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Friday, October 11, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 6

By Michael DiRocco

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.

Jaguars

QB Chad Henne: Henne might be a decent play this week. The Jaguars are going to have to throw a lot to keep up with Peyton Manning so it wouldn't be a surprise if Henne throws for 270-plus yards and a touchdown or two. Verdict: Play him if you're in a league that allows you to play two quarterbacks.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He got a season-high 17 carries last week and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said he'd like Jones-Drew to have even more. The Jaguars are going to try and run the ball to keep Manning off the field, but the team is still only averaging 2.7 yards per rush. Once the Jaguars fall behind by more than a couple touchdowns, Jones-Drew won't have much of an impact. Verdict: Sit him.

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WR Justin Blackmon: Pretty good debut for him last week: five catches, 136 yards, one touchdown. There's no doubt he's the Jaguars' top receiver and he is in the best shape of his career. The Jaguars are going to have to make plays in the passing game to keep up. Verdict: Start him.

WR Cecil Shorts: He played through a groin injury last Sunday and has battled it all week but will play. He will benefit from Blackmon's presence because it'll open things up for him. Again, the Jaguars will have to throw a lot to keep up. Verdict: He's a solid No. 3 receiver option.

TE Marcedes Lewis: He's not playing. He probably shouldn't be on your roster by now, either.

K Josh Scobee: The lighter air is great for kickers and Scobee is allegedly going to try an 80-yard field goal in pregame warm-ups. How many field goals will he attempt in the game, though? If the Jaguars are down big he won't get many shots. Verdict: Sit him

Defense/special teams: Peyton Manning, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas vs. two rookie safeties. Verdict: Put them on the bench.

Broncos

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QB Peyton Manning: He has thrown 20 touchdown passes and only one interception and hasn't thrown for less than 307 yards in any game this season. Verdict: Do I really have to tell you?

RB Knowshon Moreno: He has enjoyed a resurgence in Denver, rushing for 331 yards (third in the AFC) and four touchdowns. He does share time with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, but he's the No. 1 back and should get a lot of work Sunday. Verdict: Start him.

WR Demaryius Thomas: He is sixth in the NFL with 450 receiving yards fifth in receptions (34). Remember the two rookie safeties? This is the guy who will burn them. Verdict: Start him.

WR Wes Welker: He has already caught seven touchdown passes. The most he ever caught in one season with New England was nine in 2011. He and Manning have quickly developed a bond, especially in the red zone. Verdict: If you have a Denver receive on your roster, start him.

WR Eric Decker: Nobody has benefitted more from Manning's arrival than Decker. He caught a career-high 85 passes last season and is on pace for 93 this season. Verdict: See above.

TE Julius Thomas: Thomas has already caught 27 passes, but the more interesting stat is he's averaging a touchdown catch every 4.5 receptions. Considering the trouble the Jaguars have had covering tight ends, Thomas should put up good numbers. Verdict: Start him.

K Matt Prater: Prater is 9-for-9 in field goal attempts this season and has made three field goals of 50-plus yards. He'll get a lot of work Sunday. Verdict: Start him.

Defense/special teams: The Broncos gave up 522 yards of total offense and 506 yards passing to Dallas last week, but the Cowboys' offense is a little more efficient than the Jaguars' offense. Plus, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was the Jaguars' head coach from 2003-2011, and don't think he doesn't want to dominate the team that fired him. The Jaguars have already thrown nine interceptions, allowed 20 sacks, and scored just five touchdowns this season. Verdict: A no-brainer start.