Dexter McCluster was one of the most heavily targeted players in football Sunday which continues from his success from late last season.
Analysis: Dexter McCluster caught ten balls and was on the end of twenty carries in the final three contests of the 2011 season. To kick off the 2012 campaign, McCluster was targeted ten times leading all players with running back eligibility. That’s more targets than LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, pretty impressive. The ten targets and six receptions led the Chiefs while Dwayne Bowe was only targeted six times, Jamaal Charles was not targeted in the passing game. McCluster lined up in the slot a ton which will eventually earn him wide receiver eligibility, another fantasy plus.
At the moment McCluster is available in well over ninety percent of leagues but the ten targets for a back is the real winner here. As of now he remains a PPR league add only but an injury to Charles or Hillis will see him start to carry the rock again. Remember that it was this time last year that Darren Sproles was one heavily targeted back and his stock has not come down since.
With an impressive eight carry and six reception game against Denver Sunday, Dexter McCluster will be attracting even more fantasy attention this week.
Analysis: Dexter McCluster carried the rock eight times Sunday, four more times than Thomas Jones who could only manage just four yards on the day. McCluster’s eight targets were three more than rookie Jon Baldwin and one more than Dwayne Bowe. McCluster is now averaging nearly eight carries per game over his last four contests and his twenty-nine receptions on the year is top ten among all fantasy qualified backs this season. McCluster isn’t going to win any PPR fantasy leagues by himself but his touches should remain solid as Thomas Jones continues to fall out of favor in Kansas City.
It appears that McCluster is finding a niche in the KC offense since Jamaal Charles went down and considering Jackie Battle doesn’t have the best of hands, McCluster is becoming a huge asset in their offense. Even though it is unlikely that the Chiefs will make the playoffs coming off of homes losses to Miami and Denver, they remain just one game back of Oakland. If they are to make a playoff push, Dexter McCluster will have to be on the end of more touches.