Fantasy Football WR Sleeper: Andre Holmes

The Raiders do not have a lot of offensive skill. They have some has-beens (QB Matt Schaub, RBs Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden) which could have one more year in the sunlight; some almost-has-beens (WRs James Jones, Greg Little, Denarius Moore, Rod Streater) that have not had the ability to put all of it together consistently; and a couple hope-to-bes (WRs Juron Criner and Andre Holmes, TE Mychael Rivera) who have shown flashes yet absolutely nothing concrete.

Who stands apart one of the most? Well, the tallest individual, obviously. Which is the 6-4 Holmes.

OK, we’re not actually choosing Holmes merely considering that he’s the tallest, but it’s his elevation that possibly provides him the very best chance of breaking out. The third-year wideout finished sturdy in 2013, publishing 22 catches and 366 yards on 41 targets in the last 5 games. That target counts was 25th in the NFL in that period, and 4 greater than Oakland’s next most-targeted receiver.

Holmes has the dimension and capacity to make plays if he acquires the ball and can hold onto it. The fact he was listed on the first team when Oakland’s initial depth came  out a few days ago is a terrific indicator. Now he just has to hold onto his starting work.

Will Holmes be a WR1 or a WR2 for your fantasy group? Probably not, yet the potential is there for him to be an every-week play. Obtaining him late in your dream draft would certainly be a stroke of genius (he entered the 15th at No. 177 in our most current specialists’ mock).

And unlike real-life football, it’s not a bad thing to have a bunch of sleeper WRs on your fantasy team.

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Winn Jones, FF-Winners machine learning and artificial intelligence expert , specializes in sports forecasting and advanced probability analysis. In addition to leading our research department he is a professional financial index trader.