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.
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.
Senior Writer Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26-year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.