Week 4 Sleeper-Allen Robinson

Written by, Emmanuel Barrera
9/28/14
@e_barrera74

If you’re like me, you’re in some sort of fantasy football bind right about now either because bye weeks are taking guys out of your lineup or your team has fallen victim to the recent accumulation of injuries to key players. If you’re in a deeper league, chances are players you wanted to snag are gone, or maybe you’re looking for a quality add for various other reasons. Regardless, this week I’m going to go ahead and jump on the Jacksonville Jaguars bandwagon. Blake Bortles has seemingly breathed life into this offense, once again making it fantasy relevant. I was incredibly high on the second round pick out of Penn State when he declared for this years past draft, and my praise of Robinson is seemingly being echoed by the Jacksonville coaching staff as he seems to have surpassed UDFA Allen Hurns as the starter opposite Cecil Shorts, playing 42 out of a possible 60 snaps (according to rotoworld). Not only is Robinson getting on the field, but he’s also being productive with 11 catches on his last 16 targets for 154 yards. While it is extremely likely Robinson may hit the “rookie wall” and suffer a setback in production, he will likely be afforded a lot of opportunities to produce this year, given the lack of production from the Jacksonville backfield. Rookie Blake Bortles will throw early and often, particularly with a defense ranked 31st in the league.

Week 4 Matchup:

As mentioned before, rookies are generally inconsistent, this is especially true for receivers. However, Robinson has a chance to remain productive in a tough matchup versus a stingy San Diego defense. While veteran Brandon Flowers will likely shadow Cecil Shorts, Robinson will probably see his fair share of second year starter Shareece Wright and potentially fellow rookie Jason Verrett. Robinson holds a significant height advantage at 6’3’’ with a 39 inch vertical jump at this years combine, Verrett (5’9’’) is particularly vulnerable. Through 3 weeks, San Diego has shown to be vulnerable against number 2 receivers surrendering 119 yards on 5 catches to Michael Floyd in week 1 and a 15.3 average with 61 yards on 4 receptions to Jermaine Kearse in week 2. Despite a better showing against the Bills in week 3, limiting rookie Sammy Watkins to 19 yards on 2 receptions, the potential for explosive plays is there for Robinson in week 4.

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About Steve Gallo
Steve is an NFL Analyst and IDP writer for USA Today Sports Media Group(TheHuddle.com). He is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America & Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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