Every single year in fantasy football there are one or two pleasant surprises. These players come out of absolutely nowhere and become fantasy relevant.
This season, Danario Alexander has been one of those guys.
What a story this kid has had. Alexander joined the Chargers in mid October, two months after being released by the St. Louis Rams. San Diego took a chance on him, knowing well that he has had five surgeries on his left knee prior. On Sunday, Alexander had the toughest possible fantasy matchup. Well, at least on paper.
Alexander the Great torched the Pittsburgh Steelers, also known as the number one pass defense in football. He caught seven balls for 88 yards and two touchdowns. And believe it or not, Phillip Rivers actually looked good in this contest as the Chargers went on to win. This guy has been an absolute fantasy stud over the last five weeks, catching 25 balls for 360 yards and four touchdowns. He is without a doubt the number one receiving option in San Diego.
So, what might 2013 have in store for Alexander? This kid is as athletic as they come and can go up and make any play on the ball with his 6’5″, 217 pound frame. He is clearly beginning to make a case that he is not matchup based. Alexander will be a very nice sleeper pick for next year. Rivers has fallen in love with him since joining the team and it’s only been a few weeks. Imagine next year (assuming Rivers is still under center) when they get a full season under their belts. Watch out for this kid down the road, as he has already made an impact in the NFL.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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