Dynasty Database: Danario Alexander
To get you prepared for the 2011 season each week we'll be profiling a player every week who we think will be a great value come draft time, especially if you are in a dynasty/keeper league. Enjoy!
With arguably the best young quarterback in football and an All-Pro running back the Rams offense is a one big play receiver away from having a really nice offense. The team drafted Austin Pettis and Greg Salas in the middle rounds of April's Draft but if anyone has the best chance to be Sam Bradford's favorite target it has to be the pride of Marlin, Texas; former Mizzou receiver Danario Alexander.
I hate comparing players but if I had to I'd say Danario Alexander plays like New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston. Both have great height (Alexander is actually an inch taller than Colston) with long arms and the ability to use their size to pull in seemingly impossible catches. Alexander had a sick college career but NFL teams were scared off by his history of knee injuries. Luckily in fantasy football investing in a player like Danario is low risk and very big reward if he produces up to his abilities. Plus he has new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who loves to throw the ball all over the field.
Of course the injuries will scare off some owners. His college career was marred by them and then he injured his knee again in October which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. All signs point to him being 100% for this season but it is definitely something to monitor if you do decide to invest in the former Mizzou product. Plus with Mark Clayton, Donnie Avery, Danny Amendola, and the two rookies it might be a crowded and very underrated receiving corp to emerge from.
Sometimes in fantasy football you just get a gut feeling about a player and that's what I got watching Danario Alexander last season. It's the same feeling I got watching Brandon Marshall in 2006. He looks like a guy destined for stardom if only he gets the opportunity and stays healthy. These are big "ifs" but with a budding superstar quarterback in Sam Bradford somebody needs to step up and be the Rams' #1 wide receiver. With the injury problems of Avery and Clayton why can't Alexander be that guy? You might not even have to draft Danario but if he explodes for a Miles Austin type breakout game don't say I didn't warn you. Alexander has all the tools to be a fantasy force in 2011.
Fearless Prediction: 50 catches, 800 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns