Dynasty Update: Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals
Regular Rotobahn readers know of our love for Rob Housler’s game. We liked him quite a bit when he came out of Florida Atlantic. Here was our initial assessment of Housler heading into his rookie season.
“We like this guy. He is going to be a player. He will likely play in some kind of rotation with Todd Heap, so his value as a rookie is likely limited as long as Heap is healthy. He’s a nice dynasty option in the mid rounds. He runs hard after the catch and makes plays in traffic. He uses his body to shield smaller defenders very effectively. He’s got room to improve too. It wouldn’t surprise us if this kid ends up being the most successful tight end in this draft a few years down the line. He’s got the kind of tenacity you want in an NFL tight end.”
The key thing to understand with Housler is that he has special ability as a receiver. His size/speed combination is outstanding. Housler runs a 4.55 40 at 250 pounds and is six foot five. Combine that with the skills described above and you have a very interesting breakout candidate now that Arizona has landed a functional quarterback in Carson Palmer. Perhaps the most important nugget in this post is that new Arizona HC Bruce Arians agrees with us.
Housler is now entering his third professional season and he’s easily got the best situation since he’s been in the league. He plays with receivers who can pull safeties away. He’s all alone atop the depth chart and there’s functional QB play too. Housler's stats have been modest to date, though the trend is positive and we expect a big jump in 2013. If you've never seen him play, here is a highlight reel from 2012. The speed is obvious as you will see.
Housler is shaping up as a very nice value in 12-team leagues. He's just one more example of why you don't need to reach for a tight end. Just wait for good value. If you don't get it early, you can get it late. There's a really good chance that Housler can start for you and he's barely being touched in most mock drafts. That will change now that the Cardinals are getting more love, but he is going to be a value this year.