Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Justin Blackmon
The Jacksonville Jaguars are flat-out bad. The team’s best offensive weapon, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, has gotten no room to do anything in this offense. Teams seem to score at will against them. The team has no idea who should start at quarterback and I mean, if you had the options of just Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, your team would have issues too.
If you are a fantasy manager, there may still be a silver lining in the Jaguars’ offense. Former first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon just finished serving his four-game suspension and is ready to return to the starting lineup. If you can see the bye weeks are going to hurt you in the upcoming weeks, I feel that Blackmon could be the answer you’re looking for via free agency.
Yes, the Jaguars’ offense is bad, but just consider these factors.
First, the Jaguars will be losing in pretty much every game they play for the rest of the season. That means that Jacksonville will be forced to throw the ball more and more. This could spell huge garbage yard time for Blackmon and fellow receiver Cecil Shorts.
Also, during the last 10 games of the 2012 season, Blackmon had 739 yards off of 50 receptions and pulled in five touchdowns. This shows that Blackmon is perfectly capable of getting many looks during a game and then doing something with them, like scoring touchdowns or turning them into big gains.
Reports coming out of Jacksonville are that Blackmon is in great shape and will be put right into the starting lineup. What more could you want as a fantasy football manager? Here is a first-round pick, hungry to prove himself (hopefully) on a bad team that has to throw the ball, and he is a free agent in most leagues.
Did I mention he is still available in most leagues? Go add him to your bench right now. At the very least, you added depth to your receiving corps and if he does truly pan out, you just picked up a dynamite play-maker. You’re welcome!