Alright well noon on a Monday and I obviously have nothing better to do so get ready for the next installment of fantasy football sleeper picks. Since I just gave out a running back figured it was time to branch off so today’s sleeper is a wide receiver. My second sleeper pick is….
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago Bears
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I bet you that a lot of people haven’t even heard of this guy, he spent the majority of last season buried on the depth chart before coming to life in the final 4 games of the season. There are a couple of reasons that I like this guy.
1) He’s young, only 4 seasons in the NFL with plenty of energy left and plenty of speed and athleticism to make big plays. Did I mention he’s 6’2″, plenty of height to be a legitimate red zone and vertical threat.
2)He became Jay Cutler’s favorite target in the last 4 games of the season, racking up 39 targets, 22 receptions, 282 yards and 3 tds. Those are impressive numbers for any receiver, let alone one who had pretty much popped out of nowhere.
3)One name….Mike Martz. Martz is currently the offensive coordinator of the Bears and is best known for creating one of the most dynamic passing attacks in history, the Rams of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, better known as the Greatest Show on Turf. Kurt Warner, along with Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, excelled in the system putting up career statistics. Now Martz’s system may be complicated, but the Cutler, Hester, Knox and Aromashodu have all offseason to learn it. As of right now, Aromashodu is locked in as the third wide receiver, playing the slot position with Hester and Knox flanking on either side. Slot receivers tend to do well in Martz’s system and if you happen to play in a PPR league, Aromashodu could be fantasy gold. He is significantly larger than either Hester and Knox (and personally I believe he is much more reliable and has much better hands)and Martz’s reluctance to utilize TEs (sorry Olsen hopefuls) makes Aromashodu the perfect candidate to be the prime red zone threat for the Bears.
4)Jay Cutler. He may throw a lot of picks but dude has an arm, basically a cannon. If you have ever watched him play, he has one of the strongest arms in the league and is not afraid to let it fly into basically any coverage. This may not bode well for Cutler owners but his gunslinger mentality greatly benefits the WRs.
Bottom line, the Bears passing attack is plenty potent for all the WRs to get their fill. The TEs are basically a non-factor and if Matt Forte proves to be as sluggish and nonexplosive as he was last year and if Chester Taylor can’t be relied upon as a legitimate change of pace back (I am fairly confident in all three of these) then the Bears could turn into primarily a passing team and they certainly have the weapons to do some damage. Basically I believe this is Aromashodu’s year to break out and show how he can shine in the Martz offense and perhaps the Bears can even capture a part of the magic the Greatest Show on Turf did. If they do, watch out, the Bears offense could be a force to be reckoned with.
Fearless Forecast: 70-80 receptions, 800-900 yards, 8-10 tds