2013 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Mike Brown

By Dustin Manko

When Justin Blackmon returned from suspension recently, fantasy football owners who stashed him were handsomely rewarded, albeit for only four games. Now suspended indefinitely, a bad Jacksonville Jaguars team just got worse. One player that will benefit from Blackmon’s latest suspension is wide receiver Mike Brown. Brown is only owned in seven percent of Yahoo! leagues and could be a great choice for you in need of a wide receiver sleeper.

First of all, the Jaguars are not a good football team. Currently they are allowing the most points against in football, meaning (get ready for a shocker) that they are going to be trailing in most games. For those of you following at home, that equates to lots of time playing catch up on the scoreboard.

So what can Brown do for you? Over his last three games, Brown has had 19 targets (averaging 6.3 per game), turning those into 12 catches, 212 yards (70 per game) and one touchdown while averaging almost 10 fantasy points per game. Five of those targets have been in the red zone. Comparatively, Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III each have five red zone targets over the same three game timeframe. Some of those red zone looks will shift to Maurice Jones-Drew, some will go to Shorts and Brown has played well enough to earn some additional looks.

Common sense would lead the rational thinker to the conclusion that opposing defenses will now take the attention normally directed at Blackmon and move that over to Shorts. This leaves Brown as the number two receiver with a schedule that has some friendly matchups against second receivers, including two games against the Houston Texans who rank 29th against number two wide receivers and one against the Cleveland Browns (21st).

Based on the Jaguars trailing in most games and only one receiver to compete with for targets, Brown will get plenty of opportunities to produce. Fantasy owners could care less if the points come in garbage time or not, so if you need a filler at wide receiver, Brown should be able to deliver for your team.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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