Justin Blackmon Is Must-Start Fantasy WR Despite Jaguars' Poor QB Play

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) carries the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at The Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Blackmon plays for the worst team in the NFL, and his quarterbacks are atrocious, but he's still a gold mine for fantasy football owners.

Whether it's Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert starting behind center, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a hard time winning games. Between them, they've combined for 1,082 yards with just three touchdown passes in five games while throwing nine interceptions.

Only three teams in the league have passed for less yardage per game, and no team has thrown fewer touchdowns. 

Blackmon has a proven track record of thriving, however, despite the poor play of his quarterbacks. 

Looking back at his last eight games, he's been remarkably consistent, too, failing to catch at least five passes just once while scoring five touchdowns.

The second-year receiver sat out the first four games of this season due to a suspension, but he wasted no time making his presence known in his first game back, going off for 136 yards and a touchdown.

He made fantasy owners who were smart enough to pick him up and/or start him for Week 5 happy, and he'll continue to do so the rest of the season in 2013. 

Jacksonville's defense has allowed 32.6 points per game this season, which is the second-worst total in the NFL. Teams have been able to dominate the line of scrimmage and run the ball at will, and as a result the Jaguars own the worst run defense in the league. 

Making matters worse, the Jaguars have been torched through the air as they attempt to plug up running lanes with eight men in the box. Through five games, this team has allowed 12 passing touchdowns, which is the second-worst total in the league. 

This atrocious defense ensures the Jaguars will be playing from behind most of the time this year. Combined with the team's non-existent running game (58.4 yards per game), this is a recipe for a high volume of passes for the Jaguars in the second half of games.

Blackmon will get plenty of opportunities to do what he does best, which is make big plays after the catch. He's a must-start fantasy wide receiver, and he'll make you happy on a weekly basis if you're lucky enough to own him on your team.


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