The New York Jets are not known for having strong offensive players, especially at quarterback, and oftentimes in fantasy football their players can end up going highly underrated because of this stigma. Geno Smith has a lot to prove in his second NFL campaign and is not going to put up insane statistics, but WR Jeremy Kerley is a better possession receiver than most people realize, and if he’s healthy all season, he will be a solid pickup on the waiver wire.
Kerley had a rough campaign in 2013, as injuries only allowed him to appear in 12 games and start in just eight. He accumulated 43 receptions, 523 yards and three TDs for a team that endured one of the worst performances from the QB position in league history and still went 8-8. These are not overwhelming statistics by any means, but serviceable at the very least.
The 2012 season, Kerley’s second NFL season in which he was completely healthy and appeared in all 16 games (started seven), is far more indicative of what he is capable of over the course of a healthy, 16-game campaign. He had 56 receptions and 827 yards for a stellar 14.8 YPC average and two TDs. In fairness, the Jets were not scoring many TDs in 2012 either, even though it was not Smith, but Mark Sanchez under center.
With Eric Decker in town, the Jets finally have another piece to their receiving corps that will command attention from opposing secondaries, which Kerely has essentially been without during his three-year career (Santonio Holmes was washed up by the time Kerely arrived). Decker’s presence will undoubtedly give Kerley some opportunities to produce that he otherwise would not have seen in years past.
Currently, Kerley’s being essentially completely undrafted, which gives him some value on the waiver wire. It’s not unreasonable to say he could duplicate the very adequate numbers he put up in 2012 as the Jets’ offense has undeniably improved. He’s a buy candidate on the waiver wire or in DFS leagues where he will be near, or at minimum price most weeks on all host sites.