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Justin Blackmon: Breakout Game Doesn't Make Him a Must-Add for Fantasy Owners

November 4, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) runs out onto the field before the game against the Detroit Lions at EverBank Field. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Justin Blackmon made it abundantly clear why the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select him with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, catching seven passes for 236 yards and an 81-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon.

It's the first time in his career that he's cracked the 100-yard receiving mark, and while Jaguars fans—and the 36 percent of fantasy owners who have him on their squads in leagues on CBS Sports—are hopeful that this is a sign of things to come, it certainly doesn't mean you should be running out to burn a waiver-wire pick on him this week.

Jacksonville's QB situation is untenable at best and, well, awful most of the time.

We all know that Blaine Gabbert isn't very good, and there's a reason that Chad Henne is Gabbert's backup—he's not exactly the second coming of Peyton Manning under center.

Before Sunday afternoon, Blackmon's career high in receiving yardage was 67 against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Entering the Texans game, he was averaging just over 31 receiving yards per game.

There isn't a track record of success here, and with Jacksonville's quarterback situation seemingly in flux on a weekly basis (since Gabbert has been knocked from games in each of the past three weeks), there are more question marks surrounding Blackmon's long-term fantasy exploits than most.

Simply put, we need to see more from Justin Blackmon than just one big game to consider him a must-add, much less a must-start, on a weekly basis, regardless of who starts under center in Jacksonville.

Let someone else take a chance on Blackmon.

He's going to disappoint you going forward, as 100-yard-receiving days—much less 200-yard games—will be the exception, not the norm, for the rookie going forward in 2012.

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