WR Danario Alexander - Free Agent

6-5, 215Born: 8-7-1988College: MissouriDrafted: ---

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2012 Week 8 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The newly-signed Alexander was targeted early on a deep ball down the sideline. He did a good job just getting his hands on it with two defenders around him, but it was knocked away for an incompletion.

2012 Week 9 vs KC (3 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

The recently-signed Alexander ended up as the team's leading receiver for the game, thanks in large part to two long pass plays. He caught a quick slant on third down and 2, busting it upfield for a 30-yard pickup. He sort of stumbled as he met the defender, otherwise he may have had enough foot speed to take the angle away and reach the end zone. As it was, it was a very nice catch and run. Later in the game, with TE Antonio Gates drawing all of the coverage away from the middle of the field, Alexander again got loose over the middle off a quick slant for 20 yards.

2012 Week 10 vs TB (7 / 5 / 134 / 1 rec)

Alexander's ascension to the starting lineup has been a couple of weeks in the making, and he responded to the coaches' confidence in him by turning in a career-best performance. The afternoon started off with Alexander catching a seemingly innocuous quick slant. But after some very shoddy tackling by Tampa Bay defenders, Alexander managed to regain his balance and maintain his footing enough to outrun the defenders the remaining 70 yards to the end zone for the 80-yard score. Throughout the game, he was one of Rivers' favorite third down targets and he responded time and time again. Several times, he showed a good ability to use his big frame and shield the ball from defenders, and he really added a much-needed threat to the San Diego passing game that had been lacking this season. He is still the third option in the passing game for the team and is still working with very troublesome knees, but he should see enough targets to carry fantasy value in good matchups.

2012 Week 11 vs DEN (11 / 7 / 96 / 2 rec)

Alexander had a relatively quiet first half, but exploded after halftime to lead all players on both teams in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns. Alexander showed his athleticism early on with a full extension dive near the sideline to make an outstanding sliding catch. He later did a nice job of using his body to shield off the defender in traffic to haul in a first down pass. Late in the third quarter, he hauled in a crucial 8-yard touchdown pass on a back shoulder pass in the front corner of the end zone. He may have pushed off a bit, but there was no call. He again did a nice job of using his body to shield away the defense, providing the physical downfield presence the Chargers have lacked since Vincent Jackson left as a free agent. With San Diego down by two scores, the team drove downfield against a softer Denver defense. On that one drive, Alexander hauled in four passes for 65 yards and a score (prior to that drive, he had just three catches for 31 yards and a score in the entire game). The touchdown he scored late in the fourth quarter was questionable, because he appeared to lose control of the ball as he fell to the ground. However, officials ruled that he had established possession of the ball and then in a second action, reached out over the goal line for the score and only lost it after crossing the goal line. The call on the field was upheld as a touchdown, and Alexander owners who took a chance on him were richly rewarded. There is always the worry that his troublesome knee problems will creep up again, but for now he is showing the talent that had always been there. 

2012 Week 12 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)

Alexander's day started badly, with two penalties against him prior to his first reception. But he made up for that with consistent production once he got going. The Chargers made a clear effort to get him the football in just about all situations. Alexander looked strong after the catch, and was QB Philip Rivers' favorite third down target throughout the game. On a late first half pass play, he was targeted on a deep ball down the sideline and drew a penalty when he was drilled by the defender (who was whistled for hitting a defenseless receiver). He was very slow to get up but eventually walked off under his own power, and soon after that he returned to the game. In overtime, Rivers kept trusting Alexander in big spots. He was the target on four of Rivers' eight overtime passes, and has developed into a fairly reliable fantasy option.

2012 Week 13 vs CIN (10 / 6 / 102 / 0 rec)

Once again, Alexander turned in an outstanding performance, leading all receivers in the game with 102 yards through the air. He was targeted in all manners: inside screens, short crossing route, deep slant, curls, fade patterns, you name it. His long gain of the game came on the crossing route, which was a short third down pass over the middle that he quickly turned into a 28-yard gain by bursting upfield. He really got to top speed in a hurry, accelerating away from would-be tacklers very quickly. Alexander did a nice job late in the first half of hanging onto a pass despite taking a vicious hit from the defensive back just as he turned around with the ball. Showing he was no worse for wear, he made a similar catch near the two minute warning (just without the vicious hit from the defender). During San Diego's late drive to try and tie the game, Alexander was targeted twice. One was completed for 17 yards. The other was a floater to the corner of the end zone with just over a minute remaining that fell incomplete.

2012 Week 14 vs PIT (11 / 7 / 88 / 2 rec)

Alexander took another step towards becoming the top option in the San Diego passing game. With a team high seven receptions and 88 yards, Alexander was the guy QB Philip Rivers looked to in just about all situations. That was never more evident that on his two spectacular touchdown grabs. The first was a double move by Alexander that caused the defender to almost lose his shoes. He streaked down the sideline for a 39-yard score, getting wide open around the 8-yard line following the fake and then waltzing into the end zone untouched. Alexander followed the score up with a huge windmill dunk of the football over the goalpost. His second touchdown may have been even more impressive. He almost floated towards the end zone, keeping his body positioned between the ball and the defender and skying high over the top to snatch it out of the air. He showed great hands on the play that essentially ended the game, putting San Diego up 34-10. He did drop an easy wide open catch over the middle of the field that would have gone for first down yardage when he tried running upfield well before he caught it. And he soon after had another ball in his hands that was stripped away by the defender as he tried bringing it into his body. But the scores and big plays more than made up for those near-misses.

2012 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The clock struck midnight on Alexander's Cinderella story, as he posted a goose egg in what was the fantasy semifinals for most leagues. He was only targeted three times, drawing a pass interference on one of them but otherwise failing to do anything positive. Early in the game, he dropped an easy one right in his hands when he tried to turn upfield prior to securing the ball and it was all downhill from there.

2012 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 3 / 69 / 1 rec)

After a one week hiatus as a fantasy waiver wire darling, Alexander rewarded those owners who were fortunate enough to win their games last week despite his goose egg. He had a chance for a big play early on when he had several steps on his defender, but QB Philip Rivers underthrew the deep ball and it hit a defender in the back. Alexander sat there waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the pass to come down to him. He and Rivers did connect later in the half on a 4th and 2 slant pattern to pick up 19 yards. In the second half, Alexander was the target of a wide open pass over the middle. He has had some trouble with those in recent weeks, tending to turn upfield before he secures the pass. He managed to hang onto this one and THEN turn upfield for first down yardage. But his biggest play of the game came on a deep pattern early in the third quarter. He got past his defender deep in the corner of the end zone, and Rivers placed a perfectly-thrown pass right into his arms for the 37-yard score.

2012 Week 17 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 34 / 1 rec)

Alexander saw just two passes head his way in the game, both on deep targets. The first was on a first half bomb down the sideline. Alexander had a few steps on his defender, but the safety quickly came in to jump in front of the route and nearly intercept the ball. The second target featured no such danger. Coming with 5:00 left in the third quarter, Alexander got well beyond both levels of the defense, and Rivers placed an absolutely perfect pass right in his hands. Alexander outran the defense and avoided getting tripped up at the end to get in for the 34-yard touchdown and his first reception of the game.

2011 Week 2 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 122 / 1 rec)

The Giants simply had no way of handling Danario Alexander's size and speed match up on Monday night. He only caught 3 passes and really should have been targeted more. Alexander caught a big fade pass down the sideline early in the game and was unlucky not to score as he was tackled just short of the goal line. Alexander used his height again to simply jump and snag the ball out of the air at the highest point over shorter defenders. He was open in the redzone as Bradford targeted him on a slant but the pass was batted down which would have been a sure TD catch for Alexander. He was also able to score on a sluggo pattern as he used his size advantage for an easy catch over a NYG defender. Alexander had a very explosive night that could have been more productive if not for a few unlucky plays or Bradford being able to target him more.

2011 Week 3 vs BAL (8 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Alexander can't play often, due to knee soreness, but when he is in the game, Bradford looks his way often. He made a couple nice receptions, one of 15 and one of 13. Bradford looked his way downfield once with no success. Then later on in the game, Bradford threw a lob to Danario, and in the middle of a cut, Alexander went straight to the turf. It wasn't immediately clear if he just slipped, or if his knee buckled on him, but in either event, his fall allowed the ball to easily get intercepted. It's such a shame that Alexander is unable to get his knees healthy, because he seems to really have the physical tools to be special.

2011 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Alexander is his name and deep routes are his game and the team really left some money on the table with him I'm afraid. His troublesome knee and this leaky offensive line are the only things holding this talented pass catcher back. Alexander had two very nice catches and seems to have Bradford's trust but if this line doesn't give Bradford more time his best asset might not be used enough.

2011 Week 6 vs GB (10 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec)

Alexander had a rough start, dropping a pass, and slipping on the turf allowing an incompletion, and killing two drives. But as the game went along, Alexander looked more and more impressive. Despite the fact that we've heard that Alexander is a "pinch-hitter", he played a lot of snaps, probably helped by the bye-week. In the 2nd half, he showed why he would be so valuable if he didn't have knee problems, skying up for a catch over the cornerback on a 32 yard throw. He also had Shields beat in the endzone, but as mentioned earlier, Bradford underthrew him. It will be interesting to see how much Alexander plays next week, as this many plays should really have put a beating on that knee.

2011 Week 7 vs DAL (6 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

With Brandon Lloyd on the field it would be easy to overlook Alexander's efforts against the Cowboys. However, despite only two short catches, he was targeted half a dozen times and placed all over the field by the Rams. He was overthrown on a deep ball in the Rams first drive and didn't seem to be in sync with quarterback AJ Feeley on a handful of other throws. That said, Alexander spent the day running crossing patterns, slants, and quick outs in addition to deep routes designed to get him moving in the open field with the ball.

2011 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Alexander was pretty quiet until the 4th quarter. He didn't have many chances to play as Lloyd, Gibson, and Pettis took the majority of the snaps. He actually had a deep target near the end zone that he had in his hands but the defender made a great play to dislodge the ball. So there could have been a little bit bigger day for Alexander. If he is able to stay healthy, Alexander will be someone to watch as he continues to be a deep target for the offense.

2011 Week 14 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Non-descript evening for Alexander, he did have a nice block on Earl Thomas to spring Steven Jackson for extra yardage. The receiver did have 3 targets in the end zone; every pass hit his hands only to have them bounce to the ground.

2011 Week 15 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)

Alexander spent much of the day running deep posts and go routes. With Kellen Clemens under center and getting rid of the ball as fast as possible Alexander was not able to capitalize on any single coverage as the play was long over before he got open. Alexander continues to show good ability to get off the jam at the line of scrimmage. That said, he is not running many drag routes or hitches that would allow him to get the ball quickly after the snap. Alexander's best catch came on a late fourth quarter touchdown reception after the game was out of hand. On the play, he ran a go route up the right sideline and jumped to haul in a Kellen Clemens pass between two defenders for the score. Alexander showed excellent speed and agility on the play and deftly used his body to position himself to catch the ball. Alexander out-jumped Adam Jones for the catch.

2011 Week 16 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Alexander was used in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He often lined up close to the offensive line in tight formations and ran quick timing routes for Clemens. The little impact he had took place early in the game as he was held without a catch after his second came with 9:47 left in the second quarter. Alexander is a long and tall player whose skills would best be used on the perimeter and in the deep passing game, but Clemens' abilities aren't conducive to that usage.

2011 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

With St. Louis QBs under duress all game long brought on by an outstanding 49ers' defense, they rarely were able to look past the first or second receiver in the pattern, leaving very few chances for Alexander. And with most of those targets off the mark, he had a very pedestrian day with only a few short receptions that didn't come until the 4th quarter. He had a chance at a late touchdown, but mistimed his jump and the ball was just out of his reach near the goal line. On 4th and 17 and with the game on the line, Alexander failed to haul in the pass from QB Tom Brandstater in traffic to keep the drive going, ending the Rams' comeback bid.

2010 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 4 / 72 / 1 rec)

With many of the Saint Louis receivers banged-up, the talented Alexander had a chance to deliver a breakout game. And he did not disappoint. While all of his work was done in the first half, it was extremely impressive work nonetheless. He made a nice leaping catch on a floater on the sideline for his first grab. But it was his second catch that was most exciting. He beat his man down the seam and got behind him in the end zone, then laid out for a diving touchdown grab. He later added a quick catch near the sideline. Despite being well within the defender's reach, he simply turned on the jets and ran right by him to make the first down. He's probably not on a lot of owners' radar right now because he's been buried on the depth chart until now, but he's definitely a name to keep in mind because the Saint Louis receiver stable has been in a constant state of flux all season long.

2010 Week 7 vs TB (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Alexander was only on the field for a handful of snaps and didn't get any deep targets to show off the speed that was so impressive last week. His role in the offense is going to be too inconsistent to trust, so you can probably throw him back if you added him last week.

2010 Week 12 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 95 / 0 rec)

Alexander only had 4 catches but he made them count against Denver's outmatched secondary. Alexander used his body to shield defenders from the ball on short routes over the middle. He routinely had 1 on 1 coverage, especially after PA fakes from Bradford in which Alexander was able to win most of them. He drew a pass interference play for his team but his biggest play came on a deep sideline catch where he blew by his defender for a relatively easy throw and catch.

2010 Week 13 vs ARI (7 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Danario Alexander made a nice catch on a shallow cross route for a decent gain and was targeted on a fade route deep as the Rams tried to take advantage of his size, but the nature of the game plan for the Rams meant that Alexander didn't need to play a big role.

2010 Week 14 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite a promising Week 13 performance, Alexander was targeted only once in Sunday's game and was held without a catch. Going forward, it doesn't look like he has much value save for a very questionable bench spot if you're high on his keeper value.

2010 Week 15 vs KC (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alexander was targeted deep a few times, but Bradford was off on the throws. He also had a catch overturned by reply and could not get to a ball thrown his way near the end zone. He is still a nice deep dynasty prospect, but Alexander has failed to come anywhere near the impact made in his debut since that auspicious arrival on the scene.

2010 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 6 / 99 / 0 rec)

Danario Alexander looked the part for the Rams offense on Sunday. He didn't make a significant impact until the second half, but made several nice catches including a feisty 17 yard catch and run that showed how physical and determined he can be. His biggest catch came off play action as Bradford launched a pass down the left sideline. Alexander thought he hadn't been touched by the DB and ran it in to the end zone, but he stepped out of bounds. Alexander looked very polished and crisp in his route running.

2010 Week 17 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Alexander saw the field and took more snaps in week 17 than he had all-season so it looked like they wanted to feature him this week. However, he was held in check on a 3/14 night and he had a back-breaking miss on a deep ball when the game was on the line. On the play he flat out beat double coverage but had the ball go right between his hands.