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Another reason to like Cordarrelle Patterson

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Cordarrelle Patterson drew 119 yards in pass interference flags. (USATSI)
Cordarrelle Patterson drew 119 yards in pass interference flags. (USATSI)

It's a frustrating scenario: Your receiver goes deep and has a chance for a long touchdown, only to get grabbed by a corner just before the ball arrives. Pass interference equals zero Fantasy points.

Pass intereference flags don't show up in Fantasy boxscores, but they help show a receiver's full contribution to his team. It's interesting to see which receivers stressed defenses the most.

Here were the 2013 leaders in drawing pass interference flags, based on yardage awarded:

Vincent Jackson: 124 yards, six flags

Cordarrelle Patterson: 119 yards, four flags

T.Y. Hilton: 103 yards, six flags

Antonio Brown: 97 yards, three flags

Torrey Smith: 93 yards, six flags

Larry Fitzgerald: 90 yards, five flags

Victor Cruz: 87 yards, four flags

Marlon Brown: 82 yards, three flags

Dwayne Bowe: 74 yards, seven flags

Patterson ranked second despite getting 78 targets, fewer than half of Jackson's 159. It's another indication of Patterson's big-play ability, which we talked about here. Patterson put up most of his stats in the season's final five games.

In early mock drafts on FantasyFootballCalculator.com, Patterson is going as the 22nd WR (early 5th round). Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard are a little higher on Patterson, who was severely underutilized in 2013. Eisenberg ranks Patterson 18th and Richard puts him 20th.

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