Chad Ochocinco could provide late-round fantasy football value

      June 22, 2012 @ 17:17:26 PDT

I have a hard time believing what we saw from Chad Ochocinco last year is exactly who he is at this stage of his career or a reflection what he has left in the tank.

His 2011 season was doomed from the start, having little time to learn a complex playbook after coming from such a simplistic offense in Cincinnati. New England had too many weapons that were more familiar with the system and, frankly, more dangerous.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Miami Dolphins
May not be Ochostinko this year

A full offseason in Miami should do wonders for Ocho's chances of making a moderate fantasy splash. Their quarterback situation is sketchy, but someone has to catch passes. I have a sinking suspicion that David Garrard will open the year as the starter, and if he doesn't, it will be Matt Moore. Both passers will be at least adequate in terms of translating to Ochocinco producing acceptable fantasy stats. Ryan Tannehill probably won't see the field until Miami is completely out of it.

Miami will be using a modified West Coast offense, similar to that of the Houston Texans'. I see Chad having some usefulness, primarily because he has a chip on his shoulder. He probably figured he could waltz into Foxboro and have an immediate connection with Tom Brady or get a free pass for not having a full grasp of the playbook.

In his short time with the Dolphins, Ochocinco has drawn rave reviews and is saying all of the right things. A successful season will be 50 to 60 receptions, 800-900 yards and four or five scores, with regard to where you can land him in a fantasy football draft. It is odd to say a 34-year-old receiver that is in the twilight of his career has upside, but you could do worse if you're looking for a fifth receiver to round out your corps. He probably has slightly better value in formats that reward for receptions than in standard scoring.

At this point, he will be a value since most owners have given up or forgotten about him. Don't make that same mistake.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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