What a pain
Not saying to draft him or anything, but given the dings to Jason Witten (spleen), Miles Austin (hamstring, again) and new patient Dez Bryant (patellar tendonitis in right knee), maybe Kevin Ogletree gets a chance to produce in the Dallas Cowboys' offense and earns fantasy cred early in the season.
Sure, Dallas might explore outside options if that many bodies go missing, and the fourth-year snare has dealt with on- and off-field trials recently. While slot man Cole Beasley is the buzziest newcomer in Cowboys camp, Ogletree's familiarity with the system could mean a lot in these times of lean personnel. He's hardly a star but has improved in many areas, including route running, per ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer, and No. 85's preseason work has been encouraging, including that against first-teamers Saturday.
Witten's durability has made it almost unnecessary for a third wideout to step up alongside Bryant and Austin, but last year Laurent Robinson became a red zone warrior and a favorite of Tony Romo. QB1 has been pleased with the performance of O-tree, who was on the receiving end of No. 9's in-game ire several times last year. Maybe since Romo's other half and starting WRs might be laid up in a hospital bed indefinitely, the comfort factor, even with a backup, can trump the wideout's relative inexperience and put him in Romo's scope.
Of course, can Ogletree create such production without at least one - maybe all three - of Dallas' main catchers to take away attention? Dallas could also just rely more on Demarco Murray if their passing targets are crippled.
Opportunity might be enough, of course, for Ogletree to be a matchup fantasy play for a few weeks. If he shows signs in Week 1 and Dallas' injury woes linger, don't write him off as a waivers add as easily as you would justifiably have done in the past.
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