College Fantasy Football Preview: Big Ten West WRs
Big Ten Conference – West Division
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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.