Dynasty League Spotlight: Mike Campanaro, WR Wake Forest – 2014 NFL Draft
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Weight: 190 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.54 (estimated/reports)
NFL Comparison: Wes Welker
His college career was shortened by a collarbone injury, but Campanaro WAS the Wake Forest offense whenever he was in the game. The all-time leader of receptions in Wake Forest history (229), besting Ricky Proehl, Desmond Clark, and notable diva Chris Givens in the process, Campanaro was also third in yards (2,506). He isn’t simply a “catch-and-fall” slot guy a la Danny Amendola. He’s more akin to Wes Welker, who like Campanaro, knows how to get the extra yard. A Maryland native, Campanaro is not extremely fast, but he is incredibly light on his feet and has great hip movement. His greatest strength might be his ability to make a turn on a dime, which is ever so handy whenever playing in close quarters, as most slot receivers are required to. Campanaro is a go-getter in the most literal sense. He attacks the ball, and what he lacks in speed, he makes up in his detail-oriented route running.
In the right situation, Campanaro can be an extremely productive fantasy player, especially in PPR leagues. With success stories like Welker, Cruz, Harvin, Edelman, Cobb and Amendola, teams are willing to utilize their slot receivers in many ways, and Campanaro should be no exception. He’s a nice, low-risk dynasty pickup with great upside. This is a receiver’s NFL these days, where a high-volume guy with reliable hands can be king.