WR Andre Roberts, Buffalo Bills
HT: 5-11, WT: 195, Born: 1-9-1988, College: Citadel, Drafted: Round 3
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For about a month, Andre Roberts thought his prospects were rising. In March, Roberts signed a 4-year, $16mm deal with $8mm guaranteed and was penciled in as the starter opposite Pierre Garcon. A month later, the Redskins signed DeSean Jackson to a 5-year deal and any hope Roberts had of being a full-time starter went out the door. Instead, Roberts will be the team's primary slot receiver and see action in 3WR sets. The good news is Jay Gruden is a fan of 3WR sets and neither Garcon nor Jackson are known for their durability. As a third receiver Roberts has minimal fantasy value.
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - In many ways, Andre Roberts’ 2012 season was about perception. Those locally and associated with the team have been insistent about his talent and play, attributing his poor statistics to the erratic, and often awful quarterback play, while outside analysts such as Pro Football Focus ranked him very poorly. With an excellent performance in week 1, Roberts took a huge step towards silencing his critics catching absolutely everything thrown his way and leading the team with 97 yards. Roberts was targeted 9 times, often with contested throws in traffic, catching 8 passes and absorbing some huge hits from the Rams defense without coughing up the ball. The lone target in which Roberts was unable to bring in came late in the 4th quarter on an uncatchable pass thrown too wide and just out of bounds. Working in the slot for the majority of the night, Roberts capitalized on the advantageous matchups he’ll see all season with Floyd and Fitzgerald on the outsides. Look for plenty of high volume days from Roberts throughout the seasons.
Week 2 - With an entire passing offense out of sorts, Roberts was not nearly the contributor he was in week one. That said, Roberts was targeted deep on multiple occasions and was able to draw the pass interference penalty in the end zone which set up Mendenhall’s go-ahead score while also being the most highly targeted receiver. Its clear Palmer has developed a comfort and confident report with Roberts and with Fitzgerald potentially missing time or being limited in games, Roberts could emerge as a valuable fantasy fill-in.
Week 10 - Simply put, the Cardinals passing game- and offense as a whole- is better when Andre Roberts is involved. Whether that is true cause-and-effect is impossible to say, but Roberts provides the offense with a quickness that is often missing. Roberts was the leading receiver on the day, hauling in five passes for 72 yards. His lone touchdown all but iced the game, and he would have had another had it not been for an uncalled defensive holding penalty. With an erratic quarterback and a porous offensive line, it’s understandably difficult for the team’s #3 receiver to consistently contribute, but Roberts is a weapon the Cardinals must involve more often. With Floyd’s status in the air and a very bad Jacksonville team on the horizon, Roberts could prove a valuable spot-start for fantasy owners.
Week 17 - Roberts likely played his last game as a Cardinals receiver, but at least went out with a bang. His 34 yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter tied the game as he made a great play to gain separation, secure the catch and get his leg down in bounds. Roberts was underutilized all season long, a complete nonfactor in any fantasy league, but will be a valuable pickup to whichever team ends up with him in 2014. A very reliable receiver who can play both inside and out, Roberts is replaceable for a team that already has both Floyd and Fitzgerald, but should have a solid future ahead of him if he can get into the right situation.