The 2013 fantasy football season has just ended, but it is never too early to look back on the season that was.
Everyone makes good calls and some bad calls. At the end of the year, all you can hope for as a fan and analyst of fantasy football is that you personally made more good calls than bad…or that a couple of your good calls were so good, you survived the terrible ones. This series of posts will be similar to Learning From my Mistakes, but more focused on the specific calls we either wrote about, Tweeted about or talked about in general.
Next up is Michael Floyd, who I talked up in my pre-season article on some values I thought were to be had on the Arizona Cardinals, with my article Three Little Birds: Arizona Cardinals You Should Draft in 2013.
There were just a few things that I hung my hat on this pre-season when I wrote about Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Michael Floyd‘s 2013 outlook: Glowing chatter from beat writers on a potential breakout season, his high draft pick status and his last two stat lines from weeks 16 and 17 in 2012. I, along with many others, predicted a big step up for the young, talented wide out in 2013. That certainly happened.
Floyd finished 2013 with 1054 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, a huge leap from a 562 yard 2 touchdown rookie year. Those last two stat lines from 2012 sure seemed to manifest themselves again in 2013, showing the clear improvement in Floyd and his growing role in the Cardinal’s offense. I like to think of a good receiving day at the office as including at least one of either 5 catches, 75 yards or a touchdown, with the combination of any two or three as a bonus. Essentially, any of those three factors will more often than not lead to a productive fantasy points output of at least 6 points. Floyd had ten of those in 2013. I have to believe 2014 will bring more of those games.
I drafted him in a deep 12 team league and rolled with him as a WR3 (we start three receivers each week) for most of the year and enjoyed his consistency throughout 2013, on my way to a 3rd place finish despite losing both Julio Jones and Randall Cobb to season ending injuries. Even with the ghost of Larry Fitzgerald looming every week, Floyd still seemed to produce on some level, gaining one of those three factors I look for, and getting me consistent fantasy points whether it was yardage totals or hauling in a touchdown. He really could have had a much bigger year too, narrowly missing many early-season touchdown catches. He really only had two GREAT games, back-to-back in weeks 11 and 12 where he went for 193 yards and a TD and 104 yards without a TD respectively.
It isn’t a lock that Larry Fitzgerald will be back in Arizona in 2014 and that alone would be a tremendous boost to Floyd’s value next year. Wide receivers in the NFL typically take the biggest leap in their 3rd year in the league. Even if Fitz is back, I think Floyd builds on his 2013 breakout. Any receiver that tops the 1,000 yard mark for a year catches my attention, especially one who jumps from the 500 yard range to the 1,000 yard range in his second year.