Fancy fantasy football: Justin Blackmon

      September 27, 2012 @ 17:40:59 PDT


In three contests, Justin Blackmon has only four receptions for 31 yards. It's not surprising to see him hitting some waiver wires.

Chances are, those who drafted him had expectations that he probably wasn't going to be able to meet this season. That was certainly the case for fans and the media.

Blackmon missed the first two weeks of training camp because he didn't have a contract. He was then sluggish physically and, most likely, overwhelmed mentally. His preseason showings (10 catches for 136 yards and one TD in about a game and a half's worth of action) masked that, however; his campaign was likely to get off to a slow start.

The rook is lining up in one of the worst projected passing offenses in the league. Few people outside the Jacksonville Jaguars' organization have much confidence in Blaine Gabbert. The team has no depth on the offensive line. The constant is Maurice Jones-Drew, and he's not gonna be chuckin' the rock to Blackmon.

But it's not all bad. The wideout's redrafter fantasy stock was just overrated. It didn't make sense to draft him if you were going to be impatient.

If the Jags give Gabbert some time - both to drop back and to develop - the second-year passer will improve. He demonstrated his capabilities in a Week 1 matchup at the Minnesota Vikings. Jacksonville has been without two starting linemen for the past couple of games but should get them back this week.

Blackmon, 22, is used to having success. He had a lot of it at Oklahoma State, and exhibition play may have tempted him to think that playing in the NFL would be easier than he thought. He's probably still learning the nuances of playing from multiple spots in the Jaguars' formations.

But there are plenty of reasons why he was expected to be the team's top receiver in short order. He needs more time to display them. A number of things have to be in place for this low-flying offense to click. How else could the No. 5 overall pick end up under the radar?

For some owners in 12-team leagues with at least 16 players on their rosters, Blackmon is still worth stashing. He should eventually begin to function as a WR5, which is a fantasy position that has become more important now that bye weeks are upon us.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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