Fantasy owners dreaming about winning their league championship would be wise to steer clear of Cecil Shorts in Week 15.
Cecil Shorts, Dwight Lowery and FB Greg Jones had limited participation. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 13, 2012
Shorts isn't taking his concussion lightly, either, saying per the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran:
It was rough on the plane and pretty much all last week, especially early in the week; it was pretty bad. But right now, I’m feeling better. We’ll see how the rest of the week progresses. I’m definitely going to be smart about this. As much as I want to play and would like to play, my health is more important.
Obviously, this is a fluid situation. But judging by the way Shorts is talking, he's not eager to get his brain jingled again while it's still recovering.
When he's been healthy, Shorts has put up solid fantasy numbers, tallying 43 catches for 824 yards and seven touchdowns.
The best advice I can give fantasy owners is this: Make sure you have a backup plan if Shorts can't go, and even if he does play, I'd worry about his production against the tough defense of the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins don't have a particularly strong secondary, but this team can bring the heat in the pass-rushing department. Cameron Wake is coming off a three-sack performance against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, and he's been coming on strong of late.
If you're having trouble finding a replacement for Shorts on the waiver wire, I have a few suggestions:
- Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers: Alexander has averaged six catches for 90 yards and one touchdown in his last four games.
- Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles: Avant has caught 11 passes for 212 yards in his last two games in place of DeSean Jackson.
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton caught 12 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in two recent games against the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions—two teams with poor secondaries. Next up for the Colts is the Houston Texans—a team that has given up a ton of yards through the air of late.
Keep your ear to the ground as it pertains to Shorts in Week 15. He could well play this Sunday, but I don't trust him to come up big against the Dolphins while recovering from a concussion.