Laurent Robinson (15) and Cecil Shorts (13) each had a season high in targets, but the latter is playing a lot more snaps. Shorts has double-digit targets in three of the last four games with a pair of 100-yard efforts during that span. Robinson continues to outplay Blackmon, but the team has yet to move him past their No. 1 pick on the depth chart.
Coming up Shorts?
- With 19 targets and 12 catches over the last two weeks, Donald Jones leads the Buffalo Bills in both categories. Stevie Johnson played last week without an issue after a thigh injury. The Bills can't get much out of their receivers, but the opportunities should continue for Jones, especially since Chan Gailey praised him to the media.
- In the last two games, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks have combined for six touchdowns on just 12 catches. Also, neither receiver cracked 55 yards, so it's hard to sustain this type of efficiency. Russell Wilson has looked a lot better in his home starts but has just two of those contests remaining on the fantasy schedule.
- The Cincinnati Bengals gave rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu his most playing time of the season on Sunday. Sanu was second on the team with seven targets as he now competes with Andrew Hawkins as the No. 2 WR. Cincy had the game in hand when Sanu scored, so his extra playing time may be a result of the score, but he's an intriguing young player to keep an eye on.
- In need of a wide receiver to step up, the San Diego Chargers have given Danario Alexander a chance over the last two games. He caught five catches for 134 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown, in his first game as a starter. Even when Robert Meachem is healthy, he's offering very little, so Alexander will continue to play a lot of snaps and have an opportunity to build on this surprising performance.
- After three weeks of disappearing, tight end Kyle Rudolph roared back with a season-high seven catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Without Percy Harvin (ankle), it made sense to get the rookie matchup problem back in the game plan, and Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier emphasized the need to keep him involved going forward.
- The Tennessee Titans' Jake Locker was a dreadful 9 of 21 passing in his return to action following a shoulder injury. With the defense feasting on turnovers and Chris Johnson averaging 5.5 yards per carry, Locker's services weren't really needed. He targeted Kenny Britt six times while no other receiver got more than three looks.
- The Titans have wanted to get Britt more involved, but he continues to be slowed down by knee and ankle issues. They'll get a bye week to help Britt heal up, but with the running game working so well, the Titans receivers may not see a lot of heavy lifting.
About Eric McClung
Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a two-time award finalist. He's also made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts.
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