Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Ace Sanders
Don’t look now, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have won three games in a row and currently own the AFC‘s longest win streak. The Jaguars defeated the Houston Texans for the second time in three weeks, with the help of Chad Henne.
Henne went 12-of-27 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew had another great game, as he rushed 14 times for 103 yards. However, the biggest surprise of the game came from No. 2 wide receiver Ace Sanders. The rookie receiver had three catches for only 26 yards, but the most shocking stat was Sanders’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Toddman.
Sanders has 23 receptions on 32 targets for 215 yards in the last four games. Sanders surpassed Mike Brown as the No. 2 wide receiver for the Jags. Yet, being the No. 2 option on a sub-par team doesn’t come with a lot of upside this late into the season, but he is someone to keep an eye on in 2014. If Justin Blackmon doesn’t get his head on straight or is cut, Sanders will fill in nicely.
Right now though, most of his value will be in PPR leagues. Those four to six extra points could make a difference in the playoffs. He could be valuable in deeper standard leagues as a WR4. Sanders is owned in just 0.5 percent of ESPN.com leagues, and I don’t think that number will increase much over the next week.
With a favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills, allowing 27.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, he could be in line for a 10-point outing.