Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | WR
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210 | Born: 2/26/1987
2013 Experience: 5th Year
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Bad hands and inconsistent play won’t attract Andrew Luck to trust Darrius Heyward-Bey. If it weren’t for his physical skill this guy would be out of the league by now, but for some reason, teams are likely to take chances on him hoping he will payoff.
Perhaps, but I’m not banking on it and fantasy owners would be best to leave him off their draft boards until we can see Luck and Heyward-Bey develop sound chemistry. I don’t think that will happen, so let someone else take a chance on him, and you go for TY Hilton or Reggie Wayne instead.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
While Darrius Heyward-Bey has been the brunt of jokes over time, but we shouldn’t be surprised he had a respectable third season. This was the projection by many when he came out of college; a talented but very raw receiver who would need time to develop.
Heyward-Bey came on strong at the end of the year, and while he may always be a little inconsistent, I agree with those that think he’s primed for his first 1,000-yard season. When you think about it though, Heyward-Bey had 975 yards receiving last year, so predicting a 1,000 yards isn’t saying much. Going as the 44th receiver off the board in current ADP trends, Heyward-Bey makes for a terrific, upside WR4 or WR5 on your depth chart.
Look for Carson Palmer to show improvement, and if Denarious Moore continues his development as a deep threat, Heyward-Bey could be primed for consistent WR3 and possible WR2 upside.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Darrius Heyward-Bey was a little better in his second season but was nowhere near the production that is expect from a top ten pick in the NFL draft. The Raiders made a bad choice by drafting this guy as high as they did, but we all had to figure that was the case as soon as the selection was made. I still hold out hope that Heyward-Bey can be a decent starting receiver in the pro’s but he clearly has a long way to go before he has any fantasy football relevance.
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Darrius Heyward-Bey was the first receiver taken in the 2009 draft, but he was far from the most productive. Even though Heyward-Bey started eleven games, he only caught nine passes on the season. Any time you have fewer receptions than you do games started it’s not a good thing. Now, Heyward-Bey will need a solid offseason just to start over Schilens or Murphy.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Darrius Heyward-Bey will always be known as the guy the Raiders selected in front of Michael Crabtree. Heyward-Bey wasn’t even considered a top fifteen selection for the draft and to see the Raiders take him in the first ten picks was a surprise to say the least.
For the season Heyward-Bey struggled on the field and only totaled a sorry nine receptions for the season.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Heyward-Bey was expected to take a couple of seasons of development coming out of the draft, and it looks like that will be the case. Obviously, he wasn’t ready to produce for the Raiders in 2009 even though they continued to start him.
This offseason I was hopeful that Heyward-Bey would show strong signs of improvement on the field, and so far he has in OTA’s. Jason Campbell is reportedly looking to him a lot in practice as they try and build chemistry together. I wish Heyward-Bey the best because if he is a true bust than he will be a laughing stock if Crabtree has a great career.
For this season Heyward-Bey is clearly not a player worth drafting for your team as we need to see him improve by leaps and bounds.
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