Danario Alexander won't be the only wide receiver to get attention from the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers on Sunday, but the respective returns of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal shouldn’t detract from his ability to make plays.
Alexander's tenure with his former team, the St. Louis Rams, can be most ably described by two words: potential and injury. The undrafted free agent has endured five surgeries—to his left knee—and made 18 starts during two seasons in a Rams uniform.
He caught 46 passes for 737 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons as a pro. He was waived by St. Louis entering the 2012 season and picked up by San Diego, recording three catches for 61 yards on Thursday night for the Chargers in Week 9.
He caught all three of his targets.
Alexander fits the prototype of a San Diego wide receiver. At 6’5”, 217 pounds, he resembles the departed Vincent Jackson (6’5”, 230) in stature more than fellow new additions Robert Meachem (6’2”, 215) and Eddie Royal (5’10”, 185).
Danario’s going to play. We’re going to play him. He’s going to be a big part of what we do. He earned that right (against the Kansas City Chiefs). It gives us another guy, and we can roll them and keep them fresh and use all the guys we have.
Alexander, despite starting the Chargers’ win against the Chiefs on the sideline, saw the field on 70.8 percent of San Diego’s offensive plays. As his comfort grows in the Chargers offense, so too should his production.
DX is worth a pickup in fantasy football leagues as a potentially high-impact player during the second half of the season. As the main target, Jackson caught 60 passes for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns opposite Malcom Floyd last season.
Alexander should receive the second-most attention (behind Floyd) among Chargers wideouts and could produce a few big games for fantasy owners before the season ends.
Floyd had three 100-yard/one-touchdown games as Rivers’ secondary wide receiver last season. Four of his last five were games during which he scored a touchdown and went for 95 or more yards.
Alexander’s best game as a pro came early last season, when he caught three passes for 122 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants on the road. He is capable of putting up big fantasy performances and, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, may do just that in Week 10.
A game against Brady Quinn’s Chiefs notwithstanding, Tampa Bay has surrendered at least 200 yards receiving to wideouts in each contest this year.
Grabbing Alexander now will save fantasy owners from scrambling to pick up a guy who could be the hottest waiver claim for Week 11.
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