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Danario Alexander Out for the Season

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Danario Alexander Tears Right ACL- To Miss 2013 NFL Season

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Danario AlexanderDanario Alexander was a popular feel-good story from 2012 as a waiver-wire hero that helped many fantasy owners to a championship when he came out of seemingly nowhere to put up nearly 600 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. On Tuesday came word that there will be no repeat performance for the fourth-year receiver.

Alexander was practicing in press-coverage drills against cornerback Shareece Wright when the teammates collided with one another. After some time hobbled on the sideline, Alexander retired to the locker room, where the unfortunate injury diagnosis was given. DX tore is right ACL and will miss the entire 2013 season.

Following teammates Melvin Ingram and Jonas Mouton, Danario Alexander became the third Charger is as many months to tear his ACL.

Still only 25, Alexander has a long history of knee troubles. He’s had numerous surgeries for multiple injuries to his left knee and now will have to contend with trying to comeback, yet again, with two surgically repaired knees.

Alexander has proven to be a very determined player who has repeatedly bounced back before, so it’s not out of the question that he could become a factor in 2014 after a full season of rehabilitation. But with a soon-to-be sixth knee surgery for a young player, you have to wonder if he’ll ever realize his full potential.

Fantasy Factor:

Unfortunately, after being a nice WR3 target in the middle rounds, Alexander is now only someone for members of a dynasty league that have a free IR spot to consider. Since he’s already been ruled out for the season, there’s no reason redraft owners should waste a pick.

Vincent Brown now likely becomes San Diego’s top receiver and will line up opposite of the pedestrian Malcolm Floyd. Brown now shoots up draft boards and is worth consideration as a WR4. His current ADP of 126.8, as the 50th receiver makes him a solid value play.

Malcolm Floyd’s ADP is down at 203, meaning he’s largely being ignored in the vast majority of fantasy drafts. Floyd has never shown the ability to sustain any relevant fantasy value, but if new head coach Mike McCoy can work some magic, Floyd could be worth a final round flier in deep leagues.

Just when we were getting optimistic that McCoy could salvage Philip Rivers’s fledging NFL career, Rivers loses his top wide out. There’s little reason to think that Rivers is primed for a miraculous turnaround with the mediocre supporting cast and shoddy offensive line. Draft Rivers only as a back-up.

Eddie Royal will be San Diego’s third receiver, but has no real fantasy value except in leagues that reward return yardage. Rookie receiver Keenan Allen has looked unimpressive in training camp and has a lot of work to do before he can have any relevance.

Tight end Antonio Gates will likely be the biggest benefactor of the Alexander injury, but considering Gates is on a three-year decline, his best days are certainly behind him and he should only be considered a mediocre starting fantasy tight end.


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Jody Smith

Senior Writer Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26-year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.

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