2013 Fantasy Football Profile and Projection: Saints WR Marques Colston
One of the ways to build a competitive fantasy football team is to draft players that other owners in your league undervalue.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is often one of those players.
Last season, Colston finished with 83 receptions for 1,154 yards, which ranked 13th in the league, and eight touchdowns. Even better, only 10 receivers scored more fantasy points than Colston in 2012.
With Colston, fantasy owners get a highly productive and consistent receiver even though he lacks the upside to provide elite numbers.
Since entering the league as a seventh-round rookie in 2006, Colston has 1,000-plus receiving yards in six of seven seasons. The only exception was his injury-shortened 2008 campaign, but he was on pace for another 1,000-yard season that year.
Colston has been fairly durable even though he has had multiple knee surgeries. In the past four seasons, he has missed a total of only three games. The 2008 season was the only year that Colston played in fewer than 14 games.
Often working out of the slot, Colston has a knack for finding the endzone. He has caught 58 touchdowns in 102 career games, which is an average of 9.1 per 16 games. Only Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (59) has more touchdowns than Colston during that span.
In an offense where Drew Brees spreads the ball around, Colston is still a lock to get 100-plus targets and lead the Saints receiving corps provided he stays healthy. Even though tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Darren Sproles will get a lot of targets as well, Brees has thrown 1,327 pass attempts for 10,653 yards and 89 touchdowns in the past two seasons.
While I don't go into fantasy drafts with the mindset of specifically targeting Colston, he's a player that I'll gladly roster once he falls further than he should. Based on current average draft position data (ADP) from Mock Draft Central, Colston is the 26th wide receiver and 63rd player overall, on average, off the board in mock drafts.
Despite being drafted as a WR3, he is a safe WR2 — and even has the potential to be a low-end WR1.
Fantasy Strength of Schedule
Based on the cumulative fantasy points allowed by their opponents from Week 1 to 16, Colston and the Saints' receivers have the league's least favorable schedule among wide receivers.
2013 Stat Projection: 85 Receptions, 1,199 Yards, 9 Touchdowns