Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 12

November, 22, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars players 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.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Chad Henne: This is a bad matchup for Henne and the Jaguars. The Texans have the league's No. 1 pass defense and J.J. Watt is playing as good as he did last season. The Jaguars may not have receiver Mike Brown as well. Verdict: Sit him.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: We're 10 games into the season and Jones-Drew's numbers haven't gotten any better. There are a lot of issues for the run game's problems -- starting with poor blocking up front -- but the bottom line is there are few solutions to try. Verdict: Sit him.

WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts was bottled up last week by Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson and the Texans will certainly try and do the same. The Jaguars are going to move him around a bit, even putting him in the slot, to try and get him free. His production will be better but he's not going to have a big day: Verdict. Sit him.

TE Marcedes Lewis: He has only caught eight passes in the four games since he returned from a calf injury. I keep expecting him to get targeted more, especially after the loss of Justin Blackmon, but it hasn't happened. Verdict: Until the Jaguars start targeting him more, he's best kept on the bench.

K Josh Scobee: His perfect season ended last week when he missed a 60-yarder at the end of the first half. But, he's still the Jaguars' best offensive weapon. With the Jaguars struggling to run the ball and Houston's top-ranked pass defense, Scobee is the team's top scoring option this week. Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: The Jaguars' special teams have become a strength, especially kickoff return where Jordan Todman has been close to breaking a couple returns for TDs. The Jaguars have done a much better job against the run in the last two weeks, but they're coming off a game in which Carson Palmer threw for more than 400 yards. They'll have to contend with Andre Johnson and whatever tight ends the Texans want to throw out there. The key will be rattling Case Keenum to force a few turnovers. Verdict: Might be worth a gamble if you have a defense on a bye.

Houston Texans

QB Case Keenum: He has thrown for 992 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception in his four previous starts, but he and the rest of the Houston offense has struggled in the second half (they've scored 32 second-half points in the eight losses). Verdict: Sit him.

RB Ben Tate: Tate's numbers haven't been great -- until you consider he's been playing with broken ribs. He's getting healthier each week but still isn't 100 percent. The Jaguars have been good against the run the last two weeks, but is that a trend or an anomaly? Verdict: Sit him.

TE Garrett Graham: He's coming off a career-best 136 receiving yards in last week's loss to Oakland and has four touchdowns. The Jaguars gave up 117 yards receiving to Arizona tight ends last week. Verdict: This is the safest play you could get. Start him.

WR Andre Johnson: His 72 catches are second the NFL and he needs just 34 yards receiving for his seventh 1,000-yard season. Verdict: Start him.

K Randy Bullock: Bullock is 17-for-26, but all of his misses have come from 40 yards or longer. Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: This could be a real good day for the Texans' defense. The Jaguars can't run the ball and are without their best receiver. Watt should be in the backfield all day long. Verdict: Start them.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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