Fantasy Football: Cecil Shorts Is Benefiting From Justin Blackmon’s Rise

By Dom DeCarlo
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There have always been teams that have two wide receivers that are very valuable to any fantasy football roster. Players such as Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison, or more recently Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas, have been both very valuable to their fantasy owners while being teammates.

When you talk about fantasy football relevance, one does not think of the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has had his problems this season, and the team does not really have a starting quarterback.

However, there has been a silver lining for the Jags, and it is because they have been so bad. At the beginning of the season, while Justin Blackmon was serving his suspension, Cecil Shorts was the No. 1 guy catching the ball for the Jaguars. This really hurt Shorts, because he would get all of the attention from the opposing teams’ defense and would be shut down. However, with the return of  Blackmon, this pair is looking as if they very well may be a very valuable pair moving forward in the fantasy football season.

Blackmon has been one of the biggest surprises in the fantasy football season so far. He is slowly becoming a WR1 for many owners. However, with the rise of Blackmon, the resurgence of Shorts has started up. In the past few games, teams have focused more on shutting down Blackmon, which has made Shorts a very strong WR2 option in many leagues.

I look for this to continue for the rest of the season. Look, the Jaguars are clearly one of the worst teams in the NFL today. As a fantasy owner, you sometimes have to over look that fact. The Jaguars are going to be losing in every game and will be forced to throw the football. If you need to pick up Shorts to help your team out, or possibly trade low for him, do it! This move could really help your team late in your fantasy football season.

Dom DeCarlo is a Fantasy blogger for Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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