Wideouts to keep an eye on: Cecil Shorts, Titus Young

      October 23, 2012 @ 13:29:44 PDT


The Jacksonville Jaguars had a bad week. You can say that again. They potentially lost their best player for the rest of the season, Maurice Jones-Drew, to a left foot injury.

Blaine Gabbert tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. His status for Week 8 is unknown.

Detroit Lions WR Titus Young
Young's time to shine

Oh, and they also blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to the then 1-4 Oakland Raiders. The Jags are 1-5 and sit at the bottom of the AFC North. Yeah, pretty dismal.

Perhaps the only positive to be taken out of their Week 7 game was the involvement of second-year wideout Cecil Shorts, who caught four passes for 79 yards and his third touchdown of the season. He was targeted a season-high 10 times, his second most looks since Week 1, when the ball was thrown his way on seven occasions.

With Laurent Robinson making a slow recovery from a concussion, Shorts has become more of a focal point in the offense. Rookie Justin Blackmon has been inconsistent, but he leads the team's WRs with 37 targets. Shorts, who has played in only five games, is second on the club with 29 targets.

Even if Robinson returns soon, expect the Jags to keep Shorts heavily involved in the game plan. Although Gabbert is still a work in progress, Shorts has a higher completion percentage than Blackmon and could gain chemistry the more the two hook up.

Jacksonville's schedule favors the pass coming up, too, beginning with this week's matchup against Green Bay. With Jones-Drew out going against the Packers, expect whoever is under center this week to attempt plenty of passes against a secondary that is now missing Charles Woodson.

The Jaguars also face Indianapolis, the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans twice in the final nine weeks. Shorts needs to be on your radar in deep leagues, and you may have the advantage if your league mates are ignoring the league's worst offense in football.

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Titus Young saw his heaviest target load in Week 7 on Monday night against the Chicago Bears; he was targeted eight times and finished with six grabs for 81 yards.

Unfortunately for the Lions, fellow receiver Nate Burleson broke his leg and will miss the rest of the season. Young will benefit, and now that he's getting over a knee injury that nagged him for the first five games, things could be looking up. Young could be available on your league's waiver wire; he's owned in only 26 percent of Yahoo! leagues. If he is, scoop him up, especially in point-per-reception formats.

Ryan Broyles, who caught the first three passes of his NFL career last night, will likely split reps out of the slot with Young. However, he's likely to be more frustrating and inconsistent, making him a flier in extremely deep leagues if you can afford to stash him.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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