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Dexter McCluster 2014 Season Outlook

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I would love to see this cat end up in New Orleans to replace Sproles. I think this would be the best fantasy scenario for him. He would also replace the production on special teams from Sproles departure.

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what are they going to pay him with sandwiches from Bree's Jimmy John's franchises?

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McCluster wont command as much $, but you still might be right..at this point us Saints fans should hope larry centers comes out of retirement for the vet minimum as the new 3rd down back

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is he going to qualify as a RB next season?? Might be a sneaky pick in PPR if he does. Woody carried me for a nice stretch last year

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Unclear. No CJ?K. For now Shonn Greene is lead RB with McCluster "Woodheading." But that likely will change with the draft. This backfield has committee written all over it, but McCluster may have some worthwhile play in PPR...flex?

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Multiple websites have McCluster listed as a WR including nfl.com and footballguys.com, but since Rotoworld has him listed as a RB, myfantasyleague.com has him listed as a RB

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ESPN has him as strictly a WR and they don't usually change designations...ever...

They usually seem to follow the team's depth chart and I seem to remember Whisenhunt talking about McCluster as "a Woodhead-type running back" when he was talking about running a committee down in Tennessee.

ETA: Here it is...

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he sees newly signed Dexter McCluster as more of a running back than wide receiver.

The 5'8/170 McCluster last played running back in 2011, when he carried 114 times for 516 yards (4.52 YPC) with one touchdown. It looks like Whiz indeed wants McCluster to be his new Danny Woodhead, who rushed 106 times and caught 76 passes for the Chargers last season. "It could vary week to week," Whisenhunt said of McCluster's role. "As long as he makes a lot of plays he is going to get a lot of touches." Mar 13 - 12:43 PM

I think the updates on this should point to him being used at both positions and that should be enough to get him dual designation again.

Any chance he puts up Danny Woodhead numbers in the Titans' run-heavy offense?

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What to expect from this offense? RB isn't strong: Shonn The Plodder, a limited skills rookie RB who clearly was drafted to assume immediate playing time and a passing downs little guy. The OLine is reasonable. Locker supposedly is healthy and, before the initial injury in 2013 at least, showed he can play reasonably well. The coaching staff now has more creative personnel. Still, it's hard to get excited about fantasy prospects here.

McCluster may have rosterable value depending on Sankey's performance...and you can argue that both ways. The good news is that McCluster won't cost much. The bad: how much realistic upside is there? In a smaller roster redraft league I'd prefer a Lottery Ticket like Michael, C.J. Anderson, Donta Freeman, one of the Browns' rookie backs, a bet on a breakout by a young TE, or the WR3 for Chicago or Green Bay over McCluster.

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The bad: how much realistic upside is there?

My assumption would be a Sproles/Woodhead type of upside.

Maybe even a Vereen?

I know these are players that old school FF'ers hate, because they're non-conventional, but regardless. I'd say that was his upside.

Unfortunately the Titans offense as a whole, limits that upside a bit more than the other players/teams listed.

In PPR I could see a late round stash, but in standard I agree with Ol Blues, I'd grab a 2nd string RB with talent that int he event of an injury became 'the guy'.

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The bad: how much realistic upside is there?

My assumption would be a Sproles/Woodhead type of upside.

Maybe even a Vereen?

I know these are players that old school FF'ers hate, because they're non-conventional, but regardless. I'd say that was his upside.

Unfortunately the Titans offense as a whole, limits that upside a bit more than the other players/teams listed.

In PPR I could see a late round stash, but in standard I agree with Ol Blues, I'd grab a 2nd string RB with talent that int he event of an injury became 'the guy'.

Totally agree. To me McCluster is a guy that I know won't be drafted in many leagues. As such, I'm watching as the season starts and if one of my lotto tickets looks to hold less promise than his upside, I 'll pick him up. Unless he starts blowing up in preseason and Whisenhunt really commits to the guy, I'm not drafting him at all.

Also, his upside is a little higher for me if I can rotate him into both of my WR and RB bye weeks rather than just one of those.

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Wood head is an good bit sturdier and more powerful the mccluster. I like dexter but do not see his upside that high

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What to expect from this offense? RB isn't strong: Shonn The Plodder, a limited skills rookie RB who clearly was drafted to assume immediate playing time and a passing downs little guy. The OLine is reasonable. Locker supposedly is healthy and, before the initial injury in 2013 at least, showed he can play reasonably well. The coaching staff now has more creative personnel. Still, it's hard to get excited about fantasy prospects here.

See above where I have quoted bold and red:

1. You clearly don't know who Bishop Sankey is. You should Google him and what he's done.

As far as people expecting Woodhead, I don't know if I'd hold my breath too long. Jake Locker and Phillip Rivers are not the same guy, and if you want a Woodhead role, you're going to require a QB to deliver frequent passes. This doesn't even factor in that McCluster isn't nearly as good in the open field as Woodhead. Woodhead is stronger and faster by a pretty decent margin.

I really like McCluster as a sleeper prospect this year. What I like the most about him is I don't have to wait on him to develop like a rookie either. So I snag him in the 13th/14th round and if, after 3 weeks, he's done nothing I kick him to the curb for the next best option. Rookies you end up waiting on far too long only to realize this isn't their year. I also play in PPR, in standard I likely wouldn't even consider guys like this.

As far as handcuffs, by about week 5-8 almost all of them have been dropped anyway for hot waiver adds and rarely come to fruition sitting on someone's bench all season (in my leagues), so I will never go down that path.

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For those interested, McCluster does have WR/RB eligibility on ESPN leagues now. Previous to their recent update, he was exclusively a WR (dumb).

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What to expect from this offense? RB isn't strong: Shonn The Plodder, a limited skills rookie RB who clearly was drafted to assume immediate playing time and a passing downs little guy. The OLine is reasonable. Locker supposedly is healthy and, before the initial injury in 2013 at least, showed he can play reasonably well. The coaching staff now has more creative personnel. Still, it's hard to get excited about fantasy prospects here.

See above where I have quoted bold and red:

1. You clearly don't know who Bishop Sankey is. You should Google him and what he's done.

As far as people expecting Woodhead, I don't know if I'd hold my breath too long. Jake Locker and Phillip Rivers are not the same guy, and if you want a Woodhead role, you're going to require a QB to deliver frequent passes. This doesn't even factor in that McCluster isn't nearly as good in the open field as Woodhead. Woodhead is stronger and faster by a pretty decent margin.

I really like McCluster as a sleeper prospect this year. What I like the most about him is I don't have to wait on him to develop like a rookie either. So I snag him in the 13th/14th round and if, after 3 weeks, he's done nothing I kick him to the curb for the next best option. Rookies you end up waiting on far too long only to realize this isn't their year. I also play in PPR, in standard I likely wouldn't even consider guys like this.

As far as handcuffs, by about week 5-8 almost all of them have been dropped anyway for hot waiver adds and rarely come to fruition sitting on someone's bench all season (in my leagues), so I will never go down that path.

D and D, we have had this debate before. I have no interest in a reprise. You view Sankey as a stud. I don't . Enough said.

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What to expect from this offense? RB isn't strong: Shonn The Plodder, a limited skills rookie RB who clearly was drafted to assume immediate playing time and a passing downs little guy. The OLine is reasonable. Locker supposedly is healthy and, before the initial injury in 2013 at least, showed he can play reasonably well. The coaching staff now has more creative personnel. Still, it's hard to get excited about fantasy prospects here.

See above where I have quoted bold and red:

1. You clearly don't know who Bishop Sankey is. You should Google him and what he's done.

As far as people expecting Woodhead, I don't know if I'd hold my breath too long. Jake Locker and Phillip Rivers are not the same guy, and if you want a Woodhead role, you're going to require a QB to deliver frequent passes. This doesn't even factor in that McCluster isn't nearly as good in the open field as Woodhead. Woodhead is stronger and faster by a pretty decent margin.

I really like McCluster as a sleeper prospect this year. What I like the most about him is I don't have to wait on him to develop like a rookie either. So I snag him in the 13th/14th round and if, after 3 weeks, he's done nothing I kick him to the curb for the next best option. Rookies you end up waiting on far too long only to realize this isn't their year. I also play in PPR, in standard I likely wouldn't even consider guys like this.

As far as handcuffs, by about week 5-8 almost all of them have been dropped anyway for hot waiver adds and rarely come to fruition sitting on someone's bench all season (in my leagues), so I will never go down that path.

D and D, we have had this debate before. I have no interest in a reprise. You view Sankey as a stud. I don't . Enough said.

That's cool, but this was said almost 2 1/2 months ago. If you no interest in a reprise, why did you dig up a 2 1/2 month old post?

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Thoughts on McCluster?

Sneaky PPR play IMO. Shonn Greene has his knee issue and Sankey with ball control problems and I wouldn't be surprised to see him be a consistent player, like Woodhead last year. He will lineup at slot at times too so I'm gonna say you can expect at least 3-5 catches on average a week, and maybe a couple rushes here or there.

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170 pounds at RB. What's not to like? If he gets anywhere near the usage Woodhead got he'll be dead by week 4.

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170 pounds at RB. What's not to like? If he gets anywhere near the usage Woodhead got he'll be dead by week 4.

Good one. Keep in mind, however, that his erratic vision, inconsistent hands and tendency to go down at or before first contact should make McCluster a lot more durable.

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170 pounds at RB. What's not to like? If he gets anywhere near the usage Woodhead got he'll be dead by week 4.

Yeah, those 6 carries a game, will definitely do him in.

4 Catches a game are DEADLY.

No smaller guy can possibly hold up to the MASSIVE workload of 10 touches a game!

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Could have several flex worthy weeks in ppr. 50-60 catches highly possible. Maybe 350-400 rush yards, 400-450 rec yards. That would have him in the top 30 rb's. A very nice flier.

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