Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy Forecast

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Published: May 18, 2013

Cordarrelle PattersonCordarrelle Patterson is one of, if not the most athletic and electrifying play makers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Along with Tavon Austin, Patterson is also one of the most polarizing. With only one year of Division One competition at Tennessee, he is considered by many to be a one-year-wonder. Patterson previously spent a couple of years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before he received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee. With only 12 games at the Division One level, Patterson totaled 46 catches for 778 yards averaging 16.9 yards per catch. Adding even more to that, he rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on only 25 carries. He also returned kickoffs  totaling an additional 772 yards and two touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson is the ultimate package of upside and has all the physical ability in the world, but will it translate to fantasy points? Patterson is an intriguing late-round flier for fantasy owners who delay drafting their wide receivers until the mid to late rounds of the draft.

RE-DRAFT: The Minnesota Vikings have big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson’s future, and that’s a good thing because they have Greg Jennings and basically no one else. There is no way they would take a player in the first round, and not see him as an instant starter. Patterson will see some playing time this year for sure, the question is how productive he will be, and what role will he have? He is far from a polished receiver, but could contribute in many ways. Whether its returning kicks, or getting some touches out of the backfield, the Vikings will find a way to get him the ball. That said, I do think it is a bit of a gamble to take him early in redraft leagues. Just too much uncertainty as far as the his potential production and after all, redraft leagues are all about immediate success.

Cordarrelle Patterson Stats

2012 Game Log Receving Rushing
NCAA OPP REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS TD
North Carolina St. 6 93 15.5 41 1 2 72 1
Georgia State 3 71 23.7 45 0 1 18 0
Florida 8 75 9.4 18 1 0 0 0
Akron 2 20 10 13 0 2 12 0
@Georgia 2 31 15.5 20 0 3 55 1
@Mississippi State 2 25 12.5 14 1 3 57 0
Alabama 1 25 25 25 0 2 -6 0
@South Carolina 3 26 8.7 13 0 3 21 0
Troy 9 219 24.3 58 1 2 13 0
Missouri 3 53 17.7 22 0 5 28 1
@Vanderbilt 3 52 17.3 20 0 0 0 0
Kentucky 4 88 22 29 1 2 38 0

DYNASTY: Similar to Terrance Williams, I think Cordarrelle Pattersons dynasty expectations are higher than in redraft. For fantasy purposes, I would venture to say Patterson has a higher upside than anyone else in this draft class. As I said before, the Vikings will find a way to get Patterson touches possibly stepping into the old Percy Harvin role, which we all know can rack up fantasy points in a multitude of different ways. At the very least, Cordarrelle Patterson could make a year one impact in dynasty leagues that reward return yardage. Patterson is the ultimate boom or bust prospect. Although it could take a few years for him to develop into a top-notch player, I think he can become a great receiver, due to his versatility in today’s high-tempo NFL. Cordarrelle Patterson is a top 5 pick in all dynasty formats, just make sure you have a decent wide receiving corps to pair with him. I would feel comfortable taking him with a top five rookie pick, and if he happens to fall to you past the top five then its even better! However, if you are looking to trade up in your draft to get Cordarrelle Patterson, I would be cautious in what you have to give up to get him.

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