Oct 12, 2011
Going forward, we will try to address any news of note with fantasy analysis in a quick blog entry like this one.
The Jets traded WR Derrick Mason to the Texans in exchange for a conditional 7th-round conditional draft pick. Mason had been a bust in his short time with the Jets, catching just 13/115 on 21 targets in five games, which was good for a measly 2.3 FPG (111th at the WR position). Mason was apparently unhappy with his role and that came to head in Week Five, when he played just five snaps in the loss to the Patriots. Although he’s 37, Mason can still be a reliable chain-mover for the Texans, especially since Jacoby Jones hasn’t developed into the player they’d hoped (1/11 against the Raiders in Week Five). Houston realizes they have a good chance to make some noise in the AFC this year, so bringing in a veteran like Mason was probably a cheap, safe move to give them some stability at the WR position until Andre Johnson returns from his hamstring injury. Jones and Kevin Walter will remain the starters for now, but look for Mason, who has good hands and is known for his route running, to be used in the slot. For now, he’s only worth grabbing for depth purposes if you’re desperate.
Part of the reason the Jets moved Mason was their confidence in rookie WR Jeremy Kerley. With Mason spending much of Week Five on the bench, Kerley saw increased snaps and came through by catching all three of his targets for 35 yards including a 9-yard TD. Previously, Kerley had only been used as a returner, but he looks like the one who will take over the #3 WR role from Mason. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much in terms of fantasy value since Mark Sanchez has looked completely lost in recent weeks and may have even regressed. Being low on the totem ball with a bad QB on a team that wants to focus on running the ball doesn’t bode well for Kerley’s fantasy production, so there’s no need to pick him up.