2013 Fantasy Outlook: Cecil Shorts
Cecil Shorts | Jacksonville Jaguars | WR
2013 Experience: 3rd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Shorts was one of the surprise breakout receivers in fantasy leagues with a questionable situation at quarterback and the fact that the Jaguars committed to Laurent Robinson in free agency and selected Justin Blackmon as a top ten pick in the draft.
As it turned out, Shorts was the top receiver on the team and Robinson struggled with concussion problems, doing little to help his new team.
Now, Robinson is gone and Blackmon is serving a four-game suspension to start the season after another off the field issue. I believe Shorts can play at a WR2 level even with defenses giving him more attention with Blackmon out and because of his game breaking ability to stretch the field.
Look for Chad Henne to win the starting job, if not by week one, by the end of September. Blaine Gabbert is struggling in OTA’s and with a new GM in town, he won’t have the same support like he had before from upper management.
Fantasy owners should be more concerned about Shorts two concussions towards the end of last season. While he was cleared for football activities at the end of January, you never know how long he will be out if he suffers another one.
It’s because of this, coupled with his situation that I find it understandable that he’s currently listed as the 37th receiver off the board in recent ADP trends for standard leagues. While healthy, he’s a better player than that and I would recommend you jump on him if he continues to hang around the 8th round in 12-team leagues.
Talent wise, he’s worthy of a 6th round pick in standard or big-play performance leagues, even with his situation but it’s the concussions and how teams deal with that issue today that gives me some pause. Consider Shorts a terrific addition in the mid-rounds as an upside weapon at the receiver position.
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