Danario Alexander: WR Must Be Added in All Fantasy Leagues after 2nd Big Game

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18:  Wide receiver Danario Alexander #84 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his 8-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Danario Alexander proved Sunday that his Week 10 performance was not a fluke. With that in mind, he must be added in all fantasy leagues.

Against the Denver Broncos, the third-year receiver finished with 96 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. This comes off a week in which he totaled 134 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. 

The good news is that there is reason to believe that these types of numbers will continue for the young receiver.

First, the talent is there for Alexander to be a big-time wideout in the NFL. He came into the league raw, but he still ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and had a 41-inch vertical leap at his pro day (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch). 

Combine this with his 6'5" frame, and what you have is a prototypical star.

In addition, he showed that he can get it done against a quality defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers allow the most passing yards in the league, so the first big game meant little. 

However, the Broncos were ranked No. 4 in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to receivers. Therefore, a 21-point day is quite impressive.

Finally, he is quickly becoming a bigger part of the offense for the Chargers.

It started with a 61-yard effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. After that, the team realized it had a quality player on its hands. 

In Week 10, Alexander tied with Malcom Floyd for a team-high seven targets. In Week 11, he was targeted 11 times, five more than anyone else on the team.

Free-agent signing Robert Meachem has been largely disappointing during the first half of the season. Floyd has been solid, but the team needed another player to step up at receiver. Alexander became that player.

The young player has never been a consistent threat in his short career. However, he showed flashes of brilliance during the last two years with the St. Louis Rams. He now has six career games of over 90 receiving yards and more than a few big plays.

With regular playing time, his current trend is certain to continue. Even though Philip Rivers has struggled at times this year, he should be able to do enough to get his receiver some solid fantasy output. 

Danario Alexander is only owned in 4.5 percent of all ESPN leagues. Unless someone else beat you to the chase in your fantasy league, he should be among the top waiver priorities this week. 


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