Fantasy Football Value Pick: Johnny Knox
I wouldn’t quite call Johnny Knox a sleeper based on his ADP of 149 according to Mock Draft Central, but he could prove to be a nice value pick, if you buy into the hype.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs tweeted that Knox is emerging as the Bears #1 WR during training camp. Plus, the Bears radio analyst Tom Thayer predicted that Knox will put up the best numbers of the Bears’ WRs. ESPN North analyst Kevin Seifert noted that Cutler targeted Knox more frequently than any of the Bears WRs. Former Bears QB Brett Basanez, on ESPN radio, said that Knox is better suited for Mike Martz’s system than the other WRs because of his elite speed and route running.
That doesn’t have Knox going higher than Devin Aromashodu (35th WR, 87th overall) or Devin Hester (52, 141) though. While your competition is busy hoping one for the two Devins will breakout, you can slyly grab Knox for WR depth and hope the rapport continues to build with Cutler.
Knox ranked fifth in receptions on the Bears (3rd among WRs) with 45 catches. However, he ranked fourth in yards with 527 and second with 5 TD catches. Greg Olsen led the team with 8 TD catches, but Martz has not had a great track record with tight ends. While, I still think Olsen will have a solid year, I can see the argument that some of his production will go to the WRs. From what I’m hearing, it’s Knox that could see the biggest bump.
He has blazing 4.34 speed and Cutler has the arm to get him the deep ball. Plus, Martz has the creativity to put Knox in position to make plays. It’s going to take a leap of faith though, as Knox only topped 45 yards on three occasions as a rookie.
What are your thoughts on Johnny Knox?