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There is a general inkling in fantasy football that the third year of a wide receiver’s career can and usually is their breakout year in the NFL.  Over the course of the off-season, Razzball will take a look at some wideouts heading into their third year in the league and see if they’re a breakout candidate for 2013 fantasy football.  This week we will review Randall Cobb.

What a difference a year and an injury can make.  A year after plenty of hype surrounding his rookie year as a draft day sleeper, Cobb was again touted in 2012 as the great draft day diamond in the wee round rough.  And not unlike his rookie year, Cobb had a big week 1 game silencing naysayers about the sleeper hype.  But a funny thing happened that changed the course of his 2012 season compared to 2011.  Namely, injuries.  Injuries that made the Green Bay receiving crew do a bit of a 180 from what fantasy owners have come to expect from the land of the Cheeseheads.  You see, Greg Jennings lived up to his Spice Girl nickname Old Spice by playing hurt most of the season, freeing up some targets for other Green Bay receivers.  And while we’re on the topic of Old Spice, if you have a youtube account I strongly encourage you to subscribe to their channel.  No company I know of in recent memory has matched the WTF’ery of old Skittles commercials quite like these guys.  BTW, that last link is not really an original Skittles commercial.  BTW part deux, it’s really not safe for work.  BTW part trois, if Marshawn Lynch sees it, he may never eat Skittles again.   But enough about ‘tasting the rainbow’, we’re here to talk about Randall Cobb and what we should come to expect from him for 2013 fantasy football…

Before I rudely interrupted myself with a link to a Skittle facial – and here’s another hint to not open that link at work or maybe ever – I was talking about how Greg Jennings’ injury really opened the door for Cobb to assert himself in 2012 as a target for Aaron Rodgers.  Well to be fair, it was an odd year in general for the Packers wide receiver attack as Jordy Nelson also had an inconsistent year brought on in part by injuries.  Overall, it was a shot for Randall Cobb to shine and he ran with it.  No really, he was not only great in the passing game with 80 receptions for 954 yards and 8 touchdowns but he also contributed 132 rushing yards on 10 carries.  When you factor in this type of diversity on the field and add kick/punt return duties, a guy like Cobb is going to have the opportunity not only to score big but also provide consistency, especially in PPR leagues.  Since we’ve already gone over Greg Jennings now a Viking, the time is nigh for Randall to shine.

Overall, Cobb has been favorably compared to Percy Harvin and the idea behind that is very reasonable.  Both are great in the slot and do most of their damage in open space with the ball rather than as downfield threats.  Throw in they’re both slightly small for their respective positions but very capable running the ball out of the backfield, you could almost call Randall a clone.  However, as you can tell from the previous Harvin link, I’m going to like Cobb more this year.  Well with that, thanks for lending me your ear and let Randall getcha popcorn ready cuz 2013 is gonna be fresh off the Cobb.  Wow, that was really corny.  I’m a-maize-d the editor let it through.

Projections: 98 receptions, 1205 receiving yards, 84 rushing yards, 10 total touchdowns

14 Responses

  1. I’ve got Cobb at the top of round 2 (13 overall), and as the 3rd reciver off the board behind Calvin and AJ Green

    • Sky

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      Interesting. I like him this year but do t think I could take him over Dez or Demaryius.

  2. With news of Plamer hitting Arizona I move Fitzy up either ahead of cobb (all depends on ADP in the end). For whatever reason I like Cobb to explode. The man is just a supremely talented athlete. Hes greg jennings but with darren sproles type ability running the ball. I’ve got Dez at 15th overall 2 spots behind so I’m right there with you on Dez.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The problem of that O-Line is still there. He might produce but I wouldn’t push him up too high on the charts

  3. I think you should lay off demaryus. I really do like him but how in the world is Manning going to spread it between decker, welker, thomas, and possibly stokely. I am just going to have to let everyone else grab those guys and take other guys. I love the possibilities in denver but I never in my life will trust doctors and their surgeries. As the man who cured my sports injuries likes to say, DEAD ATHLETES DON’T LIE, and I never go along with the injuries.

    • Sky

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      I think youre giving Welker a bit too much production if you’re that worried about DT’s production. Not really sure where you’re going with the surgery talk

  4. I take V Jax, Andre Johnson, harvin, crabtree and possibly mike wallace ahead of demaryus

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Well let’s just say I strongly disagree with your approach but go for it my man

      • murph says:
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        @Sky: Even with a 15% reduction in targets, receptions and touchdowns which is absurd regression, Thomas would still be better in all categories than Cobb. Not sure how you can argue that he should be higher. Demaryius is still the number one target in that offense and Welker’s arrival hurts the tight ends and Decker the most I would still keep Thomas in the top 5.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yup, preaching to the choir here. Of course, I think you were trying to reply to him but it’s all good :)

          Forgot to even mention Marshall when I initially said something. At worst, DT is the 5th best off the board still. Welker will eat into TE production, most likely, but I can’t see him having a huge effect on DT. You’re right about Decker, though. He finished as a top 10 WR last year in PPR leagues, I think. He’ll slip but he’s still a top 20 wideout overall. I’m hoping his value slips enough to where he’s a draft day bargain but we’ll just have to wait and see.

          • Murph says:
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            @Sky: Yup responded to the wrong comment…Sorry about that

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, no worries. I like Cobb this year too. Haven’t fully fleshed out rankings but I think I’ll have him in the top 10, but definitely not in my top 5. No reason to.

              • Murph says:
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                @Sky: I like him too in a Percy Harvin type of way but history has proven that big athletic outside receivers will always be your best options, Calvin, Marshall, AJ, Dez, DT, not shifty slot guys. Would really like to have him as a flex but doubt his ADP will allow that

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  100% with you. I think the one thing Cobb has on his side is team setup which will push him into the top 10 for the year. Unlike Harvin’s new Seattle digs, GB is ABP: always be passing. In PPR leagues, he’ll be a WR1 most likely but definitely not ahead of the names you mention.

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