Justin Blackmon's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Rams

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Aug 24, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
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Welcome back, Justin Blackmon.

The second-year wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars took no time getting his feet adjusted to the water. After serving a four-game suspension, Blackmon kicked off his 2013 season by scoring a 67-yard touchdown within the first five minutes of action against the St. Louis Rams in Week 5.

Blackmon finished the game with five receptions for 136 yards and that touchdown grab.

Yes, Michael Fabiano, he is indeed back.

Last year's first-round pick caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns during his rookie season, closing out the year with 25 catches, 308 yards and two scores during the final four games. He would have inspired a massive pre-draft following were he available to play in Week 1.  

Even on Jacksonville, who entered this Sunday as the worst offense, Blackmon can still derive some fantasy value.

The 23-year-old possesses a deadly mix of size and speed that can make him a top wideout if he can avoid trouble off the field. And apparently he can even turn a Blaine Gabbert pass into a long touchdown. 

Don't go selling the farm (or one of your stud fantasy players) to acquire Blackmon, but he definitely should not be sitting on any waiver wire after a rousing start to his season debut. He's already provided the kind of spark the Jaguars have been missing, and there's no question he'll continue to be a focal point of the offensive with big-play ability.

Consider Blackmon a strong WR2 moving forward.