On March 10, the Washington Redskins signed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal worth $6 million.
Even though he had a solid season in 2016, Pryor was expected to leave the Cleveland Browns after the signing of Kenny Britt. And while Kirk Cousins is far from elite, he’s still a massive upgrade over the quarterback carousel Pryor had in 2016.
Cousins finished third in passing yards (4,917) last season, and he finished 2016 as the fourth-highest scoring Fantasy quarterback.
If Pryor had joined Washington last year, though, he would have had to fight for attention. But this season, he’s helped out by the departure of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Jackson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Garcon is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Sky would seem to be the limit for Pryor’s 2017 Fantasy Football value after playing in Cleveland. But before making that assumption, let’s dig a little deeper…
Terrelle Pryor Signs With The Washington Redskins
By signing with Washington, the biggest thing going for the 27-year old receiver now is he has a consistent quarterback. Last season, three different quarterbacks attempted at last 147 passes for the Browns.
And considering it was his first full year as a receiver, it was amazing Pryor posted a 77-1,007-4 stat line.
But even though Cousins is an upgrade, I still have one concern…
Cousins only recorded 25 touchdown passes in 2016. That was a step back from his 2015 totals (29 touchdowns). It was surprising considering how much his pass attempts increased. The 28-year old quarterback increased his passing attempts by 11.6% from 2015 to 2016. However, he still threw four fewer touchdown passes.
Philip Rivers, for example, completed 28 fewer passes than Cousins but finished with eight more touchdown passes.
The other thing to watch out for with Cousins is his rapport with his other receivers. Because Pryor is a new signing and former first-round pick Josh Doctson only appeared in two games in 2016. Jamison Crowder has the best rapport right now with his quarterback.
Crowder posted three 100-yard performances in 2016, and he also caught seven touchdown passes.
So is there too much competition in Washington, or will Pryor thrive with a better quarterback?
Should I Draft Terrelle Pryor in My 2o17 Fantasy Football Draft?
Right now on FantasyFootballCalculator.com, Pryor is being drafted in Round 7. If you draft a few wide receivers early and Pryor is your fourth or fifth wide receiver by Round 7, he’s worth adding to your lineup.
But if you wait on receivers and he’s the second or third receiver you draft, you’re team might be in trouble.
Pryor could easily post a 1,000-yard season, but the red-zone targets are what will make or break his 2017 Fantasy Football campaign. As a 6-foot-4 receiver, he’s a big target. But tight end Jordan Reed is a red-zone target hog.
In 2015, Reed was targeted 16 times in the red zone and turned 11 of those into touchdowns. And even though he only played in 12 games in 2016, Reed still finished second in red-zone targets for Washington with 15.
If he can haul in 70-80 passes, finish with more than 1,00 receiving yards and catch five to seven touchdown passes, he’s going to be a great buy in Round 7. If he can’t haul in more catches or is less relevant than Fantasy players are hoping for, he’s still worth gambling on because of where you are drafting him.
Just make sure your team isn’t relying on Pryor too heavily in case he doesn’t work out.
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