Justin Blackmon: What Should Fantasy Owners Expect for Remainder of the Season?
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon had been a major disappointment to fantasy owners that picked him based off his high selection in the 2012 NFL draft. That all changed in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.
Entering the game against the Texans, Blackmon had only caught 26 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown.
It was easy to classify Blackmon as a bust at that point as the Jaguars had selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. He, along with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, struggled to form a connection and produce together.
How quickly things change.
Against the Texans, Gabbert went down with an injury to the disappointment of the few people who had started Blackmon that week.
Those select few ended up being very happy owners.
Backup quarterback Chad Henne entered the game for Gabbert and Blackmon proceeded to have his best game as a pro with seven catches for 236 yards and one touchdown.
This didn't come against a cupcake defense either. Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph is one of the NFL's best. The entire defensive unit for Houston had only given up 196 passing yards per game, which is good for a No. 3 ranking overall.
Blackmon singlehandedly put up more yardage than the Texans surrender per game to an entire offense, which shouldn't come as a surprise. He's a bit small at 6'1", but he is a talented wideout with an excellent skill set tailored toward games like this.
It's unknown how long Gabbert will be out, but Blackmon will probably be much more productive with Henne as the man throwing passes. This also shouldn't be surprising as Henne is experienced as a starter whereas Gabbert is inconsistent at best.
Will Blackmon have sustained success the rest of the season?
This is great news for fantasy owners that have Blackmon stashed on the bench. With a breakout game under his belt against an elite defense, the sky is the limit the rest of the way if he can stay healthy.
Even better news is the Jaguars' remaining schedule, which is littered with mediocre passing defenses. Blackmon could have big days when he plays the Tennessee Titans twice, the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets.
Much of Blackmon's continued success this season hinges on his quarterback. If the Jaguars' front office is smart, it will stick with Henne because he clearly gives the team the best chance to win each week.
Blackmon has finally had his breakout game as a pro. He won't post 200+ yards a game the rest of the way, but he's a legitimate No. 2 receiver in most fantasy leagues as long as Henne remains his quarterback the rest of the season.
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