Cecil Shorts scores, falls behind Ace Sanders in yardage; fantasy value low for both

Matt Sullivan

The pair of receivers struggled to get much yardage Sunday, though the bigger name did find the end zone. We break down the fantasy implications.

After a couple of bad games in a row, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III bounced back with decent performance coming out of the team's bye a week ago. His yardage went down a bit Sunday, but the receiver found the end zone for the first time since Week 5, giving him his third-highest fantasy score of the season. Shorts' touchdown came with 40 seconds left in the game, proving to be the difference maker in the Jaguars' 32-28 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville's third win in four tries.

Shorts caught six passes for 64 yards and his score Sunday. It was his sixth game of the season with between 60 and 80 yards. Meanwhile, rookie wide receiver Ace Sanders continued to prove he is the No. 2 to Shorts in the Jacksonville offense. Sanders caught eight passes for 67 yards, setting a new career-high in yards and tying his high in catches.

Fantasy impact: After appearing lost in the Jacksonville offense in Weeks 10 and 11, Shorts was looking like an option to be dropped in fantasy, but his production of late has his stock rising back up. He's still only a flex play, but if he can keep this up, he's a high-end flex at least.

Sanders, meanwhile, still isn't worth starts in any but the deepest fantasy leagues, but super-deep and/or dynasty league players will want to take a close look at Sanders, as he has big long-term potential.

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