Friday, September 20, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 3
By Michael DiRocco
Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars to play and sit, as well as which of the opposing players might be a good play against the Jags. For more fantasy football advice, check out ESPN.com's fantasy football page.
QB Chad Henne: Henne threw for 241 yards and a touchdown last week, but the bulk of that came in the fourth quarter when the game was decided. That’s irrelevant in terms of fantasy football, but it’s something to keep in mind whenever playing a Jaguars quarterback. They’ll likely be in the situation of needing to throw a lot after falling behind. Verdict: Playing Seattle’s defense is a bad matchup for any quarterback. Sit him.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: The swelling from the left ankle injury he suffered against Oakland kept him out of practice all week. Even if he’s cleared to play, just how effective can he be? Can he handle 20 carries? Expect more Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Justin Forsett even if Jones-Drew does play. Verdict: He’s too risky to start.
WR Cecil Shorts: He has been targeted 25 times in two games and has 11 catches for 133 yards. He is clearly the Jaguars’ top weapon in the passing game, but he’s going up against what is regarded as the league’s top secondary. The corners are big and physical, too. Verdict: It’s not a good matchup. Only play him if you need a No. 3 or 4 receiver in deeper leagues. Otherwise, sit him.
TE Marcedes Lewis: It looks like Lewis will be on the field for the first time this season and that’s good news for an offense desperate for playmakers. But will he be rusty? And how much of a difference will he really make. Verdict: Sit him for another week just to see how he does in his return.
K Josh Scobee: He has attempted just one field goal and the Jaguars attempted a two-point conversion after their only TD. Verdict: Until the offense shows some evidence of being able to consistently move the ball, Scobee needs to stay on the bench.
Defense/special teams: The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rushing defense. They're facing one of the league's top backs, who has touched the ball 50 times in two games. Still waiting for a big play in the return game. Verdict: Sit 'em.
QB Russell Wilson: Wilson has gotten off to slow starts in each of his first two games, but he is still completing 63.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 462 yards. He has only tossed two TD passes, though. The Jaguars have given up the second-fewest passing yards in the NFL through the first two weeks, but part of that is because they’ve given the up the most yards rushing. Verdict: Don’t start him as your No. 1 quarterback, but he’s a viable option for your No. 2 if your league allows you to play two QBs.
RB Marshawn Lynch: Only three players have carried the ball more than Lynch (45 times). He has not yet busted off a big run, and he’s only averaging 3.1 yards per carry. The Jaguars are struggling to stop the run, though, having given up 347 yards in the first two games. Verdict: Definitely start him.
WR Doug Baldwin: Sidney Rice should be the Seahawks’ top receiver with Percy Harvin sidelined, but he has been battling knee problems for a while. Baldwin leads the team with eight catches, but seven came in the season opener. Verdict: You should have better options than Baldwin on your roster. Play him as a No. 3 receiver if you have to in deeper leagues.
WR Golden Tate: Tate is healthy and has five catches for 70 yards. How much will the Seahawks throw the ball, though? If they’re able to get a big lead and control the ball none of the receiver will get much work. Verdict: Same as Baldwin.
TE Zach Miller: He has five receptions in two games and is a reliable target, especially in the red zone. Verdict: He’s not a bad play if you missed out on the top 10 tight ends.
K Steven Hauschka: He’s a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, and he should get plenty of work. Verdict: Play him.
Defense/special teams: The Seahawks lead the NFL in total defense and passing defense, and they’re facing a Jaguars team that’s last in the NFL in total offense and scoring and is still missing its top receiver. Verdict: There isn’t a better defense to play this week.