If you’re in a dynasty or keeper league, you’re worried about Justin Blackmon. If you’re in a re-draft league and grabbed last spring’s fifth overall pick as a depth option, you’re worried about Justin Blackmon. If you play fantasy football and breathe oxygen, you’re worried about Justin Blackmon.
That’s because through two games the supposed deep threat due to his unique blend of speed and size has three receptions for 24 yards, and he was held without a catch last week. Maybe his prolonged and quite unintelligent training camp absence has been a factor, and a full camp surely would have helped his thus far inadequate route running. Or maybe his quarterback Blaine Gabbert is an inconsistent enigma wrapped in a puzzle that’s folded into a riddle, or something.
But know this, desperate Brandon Lloyd or Greg Jennings owner who’s digging into bench depth with those two regular starters questionable during prime times games. Blackmon just became a lot more appealing as said depth option, because the odds of his inconsistent quarterback being consistent just improved dramatically.
Gabbert, who’s making only his 17th career start today, will be throwing against a Colts defense that will again be playing without a major source of its pass rush, as Dwight Freeney will miss his second straight game due to an ankle injury.
At 32, Freeney may be aging, but he still had 8.5 sacks last year, and he still forms a formidable tandem with Robert Mathis. Now there’s hope — however faint it may be — that the Week 1 Gabbert who had two passing touchdowns and 260 yards will show up and connect with Blackmon, instead of that other guy who completed only 36 percent of his passes last week while being sacked three times and hurried constantly by the Houston pass rush.