Anquan Boldin Signs with Detroit: What’s his Fantasy Value?

[the_ad id=”63198″]Longtime veteran wideout Anquan Boldin has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions to add depth to a new-look receiving corps that moves forward minus retired superstar Calvin Johnson. Boldin joins free agent acquisition Marvin Jones to give the Lions two new veteran pass-catcher for their 2016 retooled offense.

Boldin, 35, still showed signs that he could be a superb pass-catcher. Despite being hampered by subpar quarterback play and limited to 14 games last season, Boldin still finished as the WR40 and made an impact in the red zone. Boldin’s 19 red zone targets ranked 11th in the league least season.

While Boldin has been an extremely tough and reliable player throughout his career, the 14th-year pro will soon turn 36 years old- ancient for a wide receiver. He also enters the twilight of his career having seen his yards per catch numbers decline in each of the past five seasons. While this can be expected for a player that has excelled as long as Boldin has, it shows that he may no longer be able to impact the game as he once did, and could be relegated to slot duty for Detroit.

Fantasy Outlook

Few players have been good for as long as Boldin, which makes him one of the most respected players in the league. By Father Time is beckoning, and Detroit is transitioning to an entirely new offense under Jim Bob Cooter.

View Boldin as nothing more than a solid team WR3 until we see how the Lions’ passing attack plays out in camp and the preseason. There is certainly still the potential that Boldin could overcome the odds and win the WR2 job opposite of Golden Tate, but until that happens he should be larg

ely ignored in most fantasy leagues as a WR5/6.

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