Mike Sims-Walker: Is the Jaguars Receiver Suddenly Fantasy Football Relevant?

Justin UseltonContributor IOctober 19, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the Washington Redskins at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Mike Sims-Walker is, once again, officially a Jacksonville Jaguar. While the move may not do much to make the Jaguars relevant in 2011, could he suddenly have become a sleeper for your fantasy football team?

Blaine Gabbert has clearly been missing a receiver with size and the ability to use their frame to gain position in the red zone. While Sims-Walker doesn't possess the speed to stretch defensive secondaries, he was always a favorite target of David Garrard in the red zone and could provide similar relief for Gabbert.

Sims-Walker first broke out in 2009, when he finished with 869 yards and seven touchdowns. During that season, he opened with 28 receptions for more than 400 yards in his first four games. At the time, Sims-Walker became a hot fantasy commodity and was thought of as an up-and-coming wide receiver in the NFL.

Last season saw Sims-Walker struggle with injuries, yet a deeper look at the numbers indicate that he was still more effective than most would recognize.

Despite only playing 11 games, Sims-Walker again scored seven touchdowns, including four touchdowns in his first six games played. His finest game came in Week 8 against Dallas, when David Garrard found Sims-Walker on eight occasions for 153 yards in a 35-17 win.

So, what does Mike Sims-Walker bring the Jaguars this season, and is he worth your time to consider?

The Rams, with whom Sims-Walker has played in 2011, have struggled mightily on offense. In the four games in which he played for St. Louis, the Rams scored only 46 points as Sims-Walker faced four of the stronger secondaries in the NFL.

However, while quiet against the Eagles, Ravens and Redskins, there was one bright spot for Sims-Walker in Week 2 against the Giants. In that game, Sims-Walker led all receivers with six receptions, tallying 92 yards against a good Giants secondary.

Now with Jacksonville, Sims-Walker will likely make a smooth adjustment back into an offense with which he is already familiar. While I wouldn't expect him to be a dominant playmaker, Sims-Walker will be looked at often by Blaine Gabbert in red zone situations. What's more, he will make a nice bye-week replacement in deeper leagues.