2014 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: WR Andre Roberts

Andre Roberts

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The 2014 free agency is just about underway and the news is already piling up. Joique Bell and the Detroit Lions are close to a long-term deal. The New England Patriots offered wide receiver Julian Edelman a three-year deal. While these are big deals and could affect where other players land, I feel there was a bigger deal announced early Tuesday.

The Washington Redskins agreed to a four-year deal with former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts will play opposite Pierre Garcon, bumping Santana Moss from the starting job.

Roberts had his best season in 2012 with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lidley all taking snaps under center. He ended the season with 64 receptions, 759 yards and five touchdowns. Roberts finished 39 yards behind Larry Fitzgerald and led the team in receiving touchdowns.

The 26-year-old wide receiver’s fantasy value increases with the move to the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles finished in the bottom five in terms of yards allowed per game. Roberts may not be the superstar wide receiver owners are looking for their team to sign, but playing against those teams will help the Redskins score more than 20.9 points per game.

Going into the 2014 fantasy season, Roberts will be a WR4 in standard leagues. In deeper, 14 or 16-team leagues, Roberts bumps up to WR3. He has a lot of upside with the young, Redskins offense. Though, Garcon will be the main target for Robert Griffin III. Roberts will line up on the outside or in the slot, racking up plenty of receptions and yards.

If you are looking for wide receiver depth late in the draft, Roberts will be available around the 11th or 12th round. There’s a lot of value for Roberts that late in the draft.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.


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