If you are looking for a dependable wide receiver that should put up solid fantasy numbers this season, look no further then Cardinals' receiver Steve Breaston. You'll be able to select him relatively low in your draft and he's a sleeper in just about every league.
That's not to say that he won't give you solid play. If we skip last season -- in which he was the third string receiver and the offense didn't play up to par -- and go straight to 2008, that can give us the best idea on what to expect from Breaston.
In 2008, Breaston eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and made the Cardinals offenses one of the best in the league. He was the Cardinals big play threat and averaged 13.1-yards per reception. Although he only scored three touchdowns, don't forget that he was also the primary punt returner on the team. Even in a limited role, Breaston surprised everyone that season.
Last season Breaston's role didn't change, but Kurt Warner's arm did. Breaston wasn't the same big play threat and he only caught 55 receptions. His touchdown total did remain the same at three, which does cause some concern to fantasy owners. Fear not, because if we look at second string receiver Anquan Boldin's stats, it will tell us that Steve is due for improved numbers.
In 2009, Anquan Boldin was targeted 126 times and caught 84 passes. As the third string receiver, Breaston was only targeted 82 times -- meaning Breaston could see a 44-target difference. Although the offense is changing and Matt Leinart is the quarterback behind center, it's still subjective to think that Steve Breaston will see more opportunities at receiver this season.
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