Week Seventeen Analysis: My love of Danario Alexander has blossomed anew after an impressive 69 yards and a touchdown last week against the very tough Jets secondary. After facing down the Jets, a matchup against the Raiders will seem like playing a Pee Wee football team. The Raiders have seen their pass defense numbers improve in the last two weeks while playing an awful Chiefs team and a run-heavy Carolina squad, but we're not fooled. This is the same Raiders team that has allowed over 200 wide receiver yards or multiple wideout touchdowns in each of their previous six games.
Week Sixteen Drop: In a stunning, Bluto Blutarsky turn of events, Danario Alexander totaled zero point zero receptions against the Panthers on Sunday. Considering his track record of 74 or more yards in each of the previous five games and five touchdowns during that span, his absence seemed a little bit more like "double secret probabtion." I'm not comfortable starting him in Week 16 against the Jets. Rex Ryan's defense has only allowed a wide receiver touchdown in five games this season, and are the only team in the league that has not allowed a wideout to top 100 yards. While I love Alexander in keeper formats, it's hard to trust him with the money on the line this week.
Week Fifteen Analysis: Two months ago he wasn't even on a team, but in the last five weeks Danario Alexander has topped 70 yards five times and scored five touchdowns. This week the Chargers host a good Panthers secondary that is coming off of their worst showing of the season last week against the Falcons. The Atlanta receivers combined for 218 yards and two scores against Carolina, and both of those benchmarks had only been hit once this season by their opponents. Only six teams have allowed fewer touchdowns to wide receivers than the Panthers, but Alexander is starting to feel matchup proof.
Week Thirteen Analysis: Last week Danario Alexander did not score a touchdown, but his campaign to be the greatest Chargers wide receiver since David Boston (and his nipple rings) is still alive and well. If five catches and 74 yards are the floor, we can handle that. Things aren't going to get easier for Alexander though. Teams are getting more film on him and he faces off against a tough Bengals squad this weekend. The Bengals? Tough? It's true. Cincy has allowed only one touchdown to a wideout in the last four weeks and allowed only one receiver to top 37 yards in the last three weeks. We'll certainly get to see what Danario is made of this weekend.
Week Twelve Analysis: Just looking at the numbers for Danario Alexander is very scary. In his last three games he's gone from three receptions, to five, to seven receptions last week. Doing the same thing for the touchdown category nets you totals of zero, then one and most recently two scores against the Broncos. Since math is the universe's only truth, we should see at least nine receptions and three touchdowns for Alexander this week against the reeling Philadelphia Eagles. Baltimore's secondary dodged a bullet on the suspention of Ed Reed, but they're still without Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Over the last five games, five wide receivers have topped 82 yards, and they've allowed five WR scores.
Week Eleven Add: San Diego's big offseason free agent acquisition, Robert Meachem, is officially a bust. Danario Alexander, a guy with 23 knee surgeries, has blown past him on the depth chart thanks to back-to-back big games. He's always been a big play threat, in the brief moments of health he's experienced, even as a Ram. But now he's on an offense with a lot of threats, and a better quarterback, so he's able to spring free more often. His schedule is very difficult in the playoffs, but he's startable in most games between now and then. I'd bid $5 for him.