Riding Cecil Shorts in the Playoffs
On a day when passing conditions were imperfect Jacksonville Jaguars second year pass catching phenom Cecil Shorts III still managed to amass seven receptions for seventy-seven yards and a touchdown despite leaving early in the fourth quarter with concussion like symptoms. Paired with rookie Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars young guns are one of the hottest receiving duos in the league over the past six weeks. With Shorts coming off of a possible concussion the question begs to be asked, “Is Cecil Shorts a solid start through the fantasy football playoffs?”
Since week seven of the NFL season Cecil Shorts trails only Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall in standard fantasy scoring formats not to mention that Shorts is top five among wide receivers averaging 17+ yards a catch. The Jaguars break-out player of the year ranks 6th with .42 fantasy points per opportunity. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had a 1000 yard receiver since former wide-out Jimmy Smith last accomplished the feat in 2005. Shorts should eclipse the 1000 yard mark within the next two games, presuming he plays this next week, needing 176 yards to be the first in seven years to obtain the 1000 yard milestone. None of this however answers the question posed in the intro regarding the upcoming production of Cecil Shorts and whether or not an owner can bank on Shorts for the fantasy playoffs.
A couple known facts regarding Cecil Shorts III; One – Shorts ranks top five among wide receivers averaging 17+ yards a catch; two – 53% of his total passing targets being 10+ yards down the field of play. The table below, a table of upcoming cornerbacks and safeties that Shorts will face, is extracted from data which will allow a visual relation to data pertaining to many of the defensive players Cecil Shorts and the Jacksonville Jaguars passing game will be matched up against in the next four weeks.