College Fantasy Football Preview: Big Ten West WRs

Wes Huber continues the college fantasy football FBS team previews with the wide receivers of the Big Ten conferences West division examining their DFS, devy, and redraft fantasy league value.

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Mike Dudek

College Fantasy Football Preview: Big Ten West WRs

Big Ten Conference – West Division

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WRs Mike Dudek / Geronimo Allison – Illinois Fighting Illini

Dudek submitted a true-freshman fantasy season for the ages in 2014, utilizing 115 targets to produce overall-positive CFF grades in 12/13 games. At 5’11”, 185 pounds and 4.52-speed, Dudek possesses unmeasurable attributes that aided his +8.8 receiving-specific and +2.0 blocking-specific CFF grades. A truly impressive 2.36 yards per route run (YPRR) from a teenager fresh out of high school is slightly brought back to Earth by an 84.0 WR Rating (WrR) (7 INTs allowed on personal targets).

While protection of his targets is a must, securing 76/79 catchable passes can’t be overlooked, and his success on throws in the 20-plus yard range is equally impressive. He secured 10/10 catchable passes, took two for TDs, and did it all with a 45.5 percent catch rate.

Allison is your prototypical size (6’0″, 200 pounds) speed (4.54) complement, but disappointed with a poor -5.2 receiving-specific CFF grade. A below-average 1.36 YPRR offers little upside, but he at least settled for a quality 94.4 WrR.

Bottom Line: Without a clear timetable for a return, the spring ACL injury of Dudek will linger over the offense’s near future like a dark cloud. QB Wes Lunt has the tools to do great things, but until Dudek re-emerges to see his 93.6 percent rate of routes out of the slot, the expectations must be harnessed. Dudek has the playmaking potential to demand mid-round redraft consideration that only increases in PPR formats. When he is able to return, he will instantly return to DFS deliberation.

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Wes is an analyst and fantasy correspondent at Pro Football Focus. He's been with the company since 2014, and his work has been featured on DraftKings Playbook and FantasyPros.

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