Fantasy Football Trader’s NFL Roundtable: 2011 Sleeper Wide Receiver

Apr 14, 2011

This week’s topic
What non-top 35 wide receiver do you project to finish in the top 25?
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My response:
I think that Danario Alexander, at 6’5″, 220 could be in for a very big year for the Rams in 2011. He has the size and explosiveness to make a big leap in his second season. Sam Bradford turned in one of the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history and is not a strong candidate for a sophomore slump. With Josh McDaniels on board to guide the offense, the Rams could return to the days of “The Greatest Show on Turf”.
There should be plenty of opportunities for Alexander to shine. Even if the Rams select a receiver early in the 2011 NFL Draft, he won’t likely be ready to make an immediate impact. The Rams will try to resign Mark Clayton, but he will be more of a possession receiver should they sign him. Alexander figures to be the deep threat. Danny Amendola will work out of the slot.
Alexander showed some glimpses of what he is capable of last year. In Week 6 he caught four passes for 72 yards against the Chargers. In Week 12 he caught four passes for 95 yards against the Broncos. In Week 15 he caught six passes for 99 yards against the 49ers. He did this despite going unsigned until just before the season began. With an offseason of work with Bradford, the dividends could be bountiful. Obviously he will have to work on his consistency and be able to stay healthy, but I am optimistic. You may draft Alexander as a WR4 or WR5, but he could end up producing like a WR2 on good weeks and a WR3 overall.

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