Victor Cruz was a godsend to fantasy football owners in 2012. Talk about sleepers; the guy was the ultimate sleeper, catching zero passes in 2011, then going off for 86 receptions, 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns a year later. He went from not even being on the fantasy radar, to finishing as the no.3 wide receiver in point per reception leagues.
On a personal note, I won a total of four fantasy leagues last season and just so happened to pick up Cruz on the waiver wire in three of them (Finally my ridiculous amount of time spent skimming the waiver wire was justly rewarded).
Not only was 2011 a great year for fantasy PPR owners that were lucky enough to get their hands on the former rookie free agent from Massachusetts, it was a pretty good year for him too, considering he won a Super Bowl championship and actually gets to be featured on an episode of America’s Game
You have to admit that’s awesome! I often find myself walking around wishing my life mattered enough to have someone document the events of it. Sadly, though that day seems far, far away.
Anyways back to the realm of fantasy football.
The biggest question facing Cruz this season is can he repeat his mind-boggling 2011 performance? A guy can’t have another year like that can he?
The truth is probably not but that doesn’t mean he still won’t be a high-end fantasy option this season.
Tonight against the rival Jets in week two of the NFL preseason, the salsa-dancing receiver was targeted eight times and totaled five receptions for 52 yards. He didn’t score a 99-yard touchdown like he did the last time the Giants beat the Jets, but hey, you can’t have everything in life.
The point is that Cruz looked much like he did in 2011 and as long as he has the trust of Eli Manning, who is still the most underrated quarterback in football, fantasy PPR owners can feel safe drafting him in round three of their drafts and inserting him as their WR1 for the rest of the season.