“Sometimes they have Ferraris out there and sometimes you’ve got Bentleys. Jerricho [Cotchery] is a conversion van.” Steelers safety Ryan Clark best describes the fortunate re-emergence of 10-year veteran Jerricho Cotchery. During a frustrating season for Pittsburgh, Cotchery has been a critical cog in helping the Steelers hold onto to any playoff hopes.
Now in his 3rd season with the Steelers, Cotchery has scored 5 touchdowns in his last 3 games, with 7 total on the season. He’s got 503 yards receiving and more importantly has gotten into a groove with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in recent weeks when they have needed it most.
Cotchery is having his best season since 2009 when he was still with the New York Jets. With tight-end Heath Miller’s lingering knee issues holding him back, Cotchery has become “Mr. Dependable” in the Steel City. The question now shifts to whether or not he is a viable fantasy option.
Much of Cotchery’s recent endzone dominion has come as a result of all the other talent on the field for Pittsburgh. Heath Miller, although not fully healthy, will often draw a double-team over the middle. Antonio Brown, who’s emerged as a top-notch receiver this season also draws a ton of attention. When Roethlisberger gets the opportunity to wait in the pocket, he’s as good as any as finding the open receiver.
As a waiver wire addition to your team, Cotchery is worth the pickup. He’s undoubtedly the best wide receiver still likely sitting on your league’s wire. And with tough matchups for defenses all across the Pittsburgh wide receiving corps, Cotchery often slips through the cracks. Bear in mind he’s still the 3rd option for Roethlisberger before picking him up, but their current chemistry is so undeniably strong at the moment that he’s worth the risk.