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2014 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: WR Jermaine Kearse

Jermaine Kearse

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The 2014 fantasy football season is rapidly approaching. Owners are practicing strategy on who to draft when and what players are falling. One wide receiver who is (slowly) moving up in the rankings is Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Kearse had limited playing time last season because of the crowded depth chart in Seattle. Despite that, he finished with 22 receptions for 346 yards and four touchdowns. He continued his performance in the playoffs. Kearse had seven catches for 134 yards and two scores in three playoff games.

Kearse will move up on the depth chart after Golden Tate left and signed with the Detroit Lions. Tate caught 64 passes last year, most on the team. Those receptions have to go somewhere. Currently ahead of Kearse are Percy HarvinDoug Baldwin and Sidney Rice. Harvin and Rice have both had their fair share of injuries in recent years. If one or both of them go down with an injury, Kearse will step up and provide the Seahawks with great production.

If Kearse moves up to No. 3 or possibly No. 2, then his fantasy value will go through the roof. He would easily have a breakout season if he starts at least six games. Anything over six would provide owners with more value than what they drafted him for.

Yet, Kearse should be avoided in standard 10-12 team leagues. He could have a little more value in PPR leagues, but nothing too noteworthy. Kearse will ultimately make his impact as a WR4 in a 16-team league. However, he is a player every owner should monitor throughout the 2014 season.

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