Danario Alexander has always had the tools to be one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers – if he could just stay healthy and play in a vertical offense. Well, luckily for him, the latter has finally come true. The San Diego Chargers have been searching for someone to replace Vincent Jackson all season, and they may have finally found their guy. At 6 foot 5, Alexander is every bit the athlete Jackson was, and may even have an edge in speed – just check out the slant route he took to the house for an 80 yard TD in the first quarter on Sunday. In just the two games he’s played this season, he’s amassed 8 receptions for 195 yards and 1 touchdown – that’s almost 25 yards-per-reception!
If he can just stay healthy (which is a big if), he could be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Chargers offense as they battle for a playoff spot. Think about it, who loves to throw the ball up to his big receivers more than Philip Rivers? All Alexander has to do is catch one of those deep balls a game to be relevant, so why not give him a chance? At the very least, he’s going to be what Chris Givens and Josh Gordon are, with an outside chance of being a top 20 receiver the rest of the way. Either way, he’s definitely worth the add.
QB – Colin Kaepernick – SF – Could be this years’ version of Tim Tebow – with much better passing numbers. Doesn’t have a great matchup Monday Night against the Bears, but the rushing numbers will always be there, so he’ll never be a bad option.
QB – Carson Palmer – OAK – Seems like I’m mentioning him every week, but he’s still available in most leagues and should have a field day against the Saints this week.
WR – Cecil Shorts – JAX – Doesn’t matter who starts at QB, Shorts is the only receiver capable of making a big play for them. Turned 13 targets into 6 receptions for 105 yards and a TD against the Colts, and should benefit from the Jags playing “catch-up” again this week against the Texans.
WR – Golden Tate – SEA – Scored another TD Sunday. Like I said before, he won’t put up big yards, and TDs are hard to rely on, but why not ride him while he’s hot?
RB – Danny Woodhead – NE – Scored 2 TDs – 1 rushing and 1 receiving last week, and could be in for another solid day against the Colts this Sunday.
RB – Chris Ivory – NO – I’ll say it again, he’s their best RB. Hopefully, someday the Saints will actually give him ALL the RB work, so can see what he’s really capable of.
RB – Marcel Reece – OAK – Profiled him last week, and now it’s clear that he is the guy for the Raiders when Goodson and McFadden are out. Oh yea, and he gets the Saints this Sunday – I expect big things.
RB – Jonathan Dwyer – PIT – Returned from injury and got the majority of the carries after Redman fumbled in the 1st quarter. Like I said when I profiled him two weeks ago, he should have no issue regaining the job and putting up solid numbers the rest of the way.
RB – Daniel Thomas – MIA – Reggie Bush got benched for an early fumble in Sunday’s game, and Thomas took over. It remains to be seen if Bush is still in the doghouse, but if he is, Thomas could be in for a huge day, Thursday against the Bills.
TE – Greg Olsen – CAR – Had 9 receptions for 102 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday. Hopefully this is the start of some big games for Olsen. He gets the Buccaneers next, who have given up 3 TDs in the last 2 weeks to opposing TEs.
TE – Dennis Pitta – BAL – Everyone went off against the Raiders on Sunday, so this could be a fluke. However, if he’s finally back as an option in the Raven offense, he could be a nice add.
DEF – Atlanta vs. Arizona – St. Louis vs. NYJ – Cincinnati vs. Kansas City – Denver vs. San Diego – Washington vs. Philadelphia – Dallas vs. Cleveland
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