Justin Blackmon Fantasy News
Jaguars want Justin Blackmon back
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:20pm
Receiver Justin Blackmon missed 12 of the Jaguars’ 16 games because of two suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. When Blackmon is reinstated, owner Shad Khan “absolutely” wants him to remain with the team.
There's no doubt that Blackmon has talent. In his last 17 games (which don't include his slow start in his rookie season), he has averaged 5.2 catches for 74 yards and 0.35 TD, which are low-end fantasy WR2 numbers In four games last season, he averaged 7.3-104-.25, which are low-end WR1 numbers -- and that's with Chad Henne/Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball. If he can get his head on straight and the Jaguars can upgrade their QB, Blackmon will be a star. He'd be a high risk pick if he's reinstated in time to play in 2014.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:03am
Bradley admitted the situation wasn’t “ideal” considering the time Burton missed, but that he had to step up in Blackmon’s absence. Blackmon will miss the rest of the season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy again.
“We’ve always been intrigued by him,” Bradley said. “He’s 6-1, 220 pounds and [runs a] 4.4. We’ve been really developing him to see what he can do. Can a guy like Stephen Burton make strides? That’s our objective as a coaching staff. What we’d like to see is let’s see how he progresses and can he help continue the offense in the right direction?”
Mike Brown is the best prospect for increased targets and snaps with Blackmon out, but the coaching staff clearly likes Burton's potential. He's a player to monitor in standard 12-team redraft leagues.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:49am
The Jaguars placed wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the reserve/suspended list, leaving Cecil Shorts III, Mike Brown, Ace Sanders, Stephen Burton, Stephen Williams and Taylor as the active wide receivers.
With Blackmon out for the rest of the season, Bradley said Burton is a player with intriguing potential. The team acquired Burton off waivers from Minnesota shortly before the season, but he has been inactive the last five games, including four with a concussion.
“This young man has some potential,” Bradley said. “We’re going to try to speed it up and get him to where we can trust him, the quarterbacks can trust him and his teammates trust him. He’s done a better job. Maybe a situation like this will light a fuse for him where he sees this opportunity and now we’ll capture it. We’ll see."
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:28am
A former first-round draft selection, Blackmon previously was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the policy. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
The NFL has increased its awareness of players with recurring issues and has placed added emphasis on support, as opposed to just discipline.
Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely
Friday, November 1, 2013, 4:15pm
Blackmon’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season.
This is obviously huge news out of Jacksonville from a fantasy perspective. Cecil Shorts gets a bump, but Mike Brown will see the biggest boost in snaps and targets. He has caught 12 passes for 212 yards and a TD in the last three weeks. He was an undrafted free agent in 2012 but has been acting as the team's WR3 in recent weeks. He caught a long TD pass against the 49ers in Week 8. Ace Sanders will also see consistent work in the slot. As for Blackmon, he was on his way to a good season, but clearly has off the field issues he has to deal with. He can be dropped in all redraft formats and his dynasty value takes a big hit as well.
Chad Henne to remain starter in Week 8
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:21am