Probably the most exciting aspect of fantasy football is the sleeper. Whenever you get high production from a late-round pick that nobody else expects to be valuable, it's a good feeling. Titus Young may be that player for smart owners in 2012.
There's no question Calvin Johnson will be at the end of a majority of Matthew Stafford's passes. He was the third-most targeted player in the NFL and led the league with 1,681 receiving yards last season. He is arguably the best receiver in the game, and so many will focus on grabbing him for their teams.
But that's the main reason why Young could be so valuable. It's hard enough for any non-Lions fan to name the team's No. 2 receiver (it was Nate Burleson last season), so who would consider their third? Oh, and there's no shot Young will remain the team's third option this season. Although he caught a career-high 73 passes, Burleson had just 757 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 10-year veteran seems to be past his prime and on his way out. Young, on the other hand, had 607 yards and 6 touchdowns with just 48 receptions and boasts extreme athleticism and potential.
In his final two seasons at Boise State, Young dominated the NCAA. In each season, he had over 70 receptions, 1000 yards, and combined for 19 touchdowns. Yes, the Broncos ran a pass-friendly offense, but it seems the Lions will do the same.
Stafford is emerging into a dominant quarterback and Brandon Pettigrew was one of the league's top tight ends last season. Add a 2x All-Pro receiver and an injury-prone backfield to the equation, and it would be stupid for Detroit not to pass the ball.
With Johnson simply on the field and running routes, defenses suffer. His presence opens the field and as a result, his teammates thrive. On the opposite side of the field, Young will see fewer defenders and more open looks. If you still aren't convinced of his potential, look at his progression during the season. The second-year man had 4 touchdowns in the final 4 games of the season and all of his points in the team's final 9 games.
This year, he should be targeted a lot more from day one. Because he wasn't that big of a threat last season, teams will not be expecting him to do big things. Because Johnson and Pettigrew will cause so many problems and Stafford has proven he can throw, it's not unlikely that Young will go for over 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. Definitely keep him on your radar during draft night, as others will surely pass on the chance to grab him.
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