After a strong Week 9 (three receptions for 61 yards), which was his first game of the season, fantasy owners weren’t exactly sure what to expect from Danario Alexander. The Chargers had clearly lacked a go to option, but could Alexander quickly emerge? A week later the answer clearly appears to be yes.
Alexander impressed, turning seven targets into five receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown (the score went for 80 yards). He actually tied for the most targets on the team, as you can see from the breakdown:
- Danario Alexander – 7
- Malcolm Floyd – 7
- Ryan Mathews – 6
- Antonio Gates – 5
- Eddie Royal – 5
Before we get into who was missing and what not, keep in mind targets are only half the battle. You have to be on the field in order to have an opportunity to make plays, and Alexander was on the field early and often. According to Michael Gehlken (via Twitter):
“WR snap counts vs. TB of a possible 66 plays: Danario Alexander (59), Malcom Floyd (58), Eddie Royal (24), Robert Meachem (8).”
Obviously nothing is ever a given. You can’t expect Alexander to replicate this type of performance week in and week out. You also always have the treat of Ryan Mathews finally figuring it out or Antonio Gates being the main focus of the passing game. That said, only one Chargers player has more than 30 receptions this season (Malcolm Foyd). Floyd is also the only player with more than four plays of at least 20 yards. In two games Alexander already as three, including the team’s longest passing play of the season.
It is evident that Alexander and Philip Rivers have formed an instant rapport and there is no reason to think that he won’t continue to make plays. While we still need to be cautious, considering the other options, consider him a must add as aWR3.
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