Friday, October 25, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 8
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.
QB Chad Henne: He has had back-to-back 300-yard games and it’s likely the Jaguars will be behind and will need to throw a lot to keep up. The only thing about Henne is that while he throws for a lot of yards he doesn’t throw for a lot of touchdowns -- only two so far. The other issue to consider is the weather: It’s supposed to be rainy with winds up to 20 mph. Verdict: He’s a good option if your league allows two QBs. Otherwise, sit him.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He touched the ball only 11 times last week, but he set a season-high with a per-carry average of 4.1 yards. He seems to be running the ball better and the offensive line is becoming more comfortable with the zone blocking scheme. But this’ll likely be another game in which the Jaguars are forced to throw to keep up. Verdict: Sit him.
WR Justin Blackmon: He has had another week to nurse the minor hamstring and groin injuries he played through last week. The Chargers bracketed him to try and contain him. Expect the 49ers to do the same. Verdict: He’s still a legitimate No. 1 fantasy receiver so play him.
WR Cecil Shorts: He also is dealing with a shoulder injury but definitely will play. He should benefit from the extra attention paid to Blackmon. Verdict: Use him as a No. 2 or 3 receiver.
TE Marcedes Lewis: He had just one catch last week, but it was a 31-yard catch-and-run that showed how dangerous he can be. Don’t expect big numbers out of Lewis, who inexplicably wasn’t targeted in the red zone. Verdict: Sit him.
K Josh Scobee: The weather expected at Wembley Stadium isn’t exactly ideal for kickers: rain and 20 mph winds, according to an early forecast. Verdict: Scobee has hit 31 consecutive field goals in October but he’s not a good play this week. Sit him.
Defense/special teams: The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rush defense and they’ll be facing Frank Gore. They’ve had trouble with tight ends and they’ll be facing one of the league’s best in Vernon Davis. The only positive is that Ace Sanders returns as the punt returner. Verdict: Sit ‘em.
QB Colin Kaepernick: The 49ers used more read-option last week than they had all season, but the expectation is that won’t be the case on Sunday. Kaepernick still has work to do as a passer (he’s only completing 56.6 percent of his passes and has only thrown for eight touchdowns) and the 49ers may ground-and-pound because of the weather. Verdict: He’s a solid play if your league allows two quarterbacks in your lineup. Otherwise, sit him.
RB Frank Gore: He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing (547 yards) and has rushed for five touchdowns. The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rush defense (153.3 yards per game). Verdict: This is a no-brainer.
WR Anquan Boldin: He had 13 of his 34 catches in Week 1 but he’s still the 49ers’ top outside target. The Jaguars will likely play umbrella coverage so Boldin could feast on the short and intermediate routes. Verdict: Play him.
TE Vernon Davis: Tight ends have hurt the Jaguars for 42 catches for 401 yards and five touchdowns this season and Davis is the best one they’ve played to date. Eight of his 26 catches have gone for 20 or more yards and he leads the 49ers with six touchdown catches. Verdict: Gleefully play him.
K Phil Dawson: Dawson has had a solid season (9-for-12 on field goal attempts) but his status is the same as Scobee’s. The weather will be a factor. Verdict: Sit him.
Defense/special teams: What’s not to like about this matchup? The Jaguars have given up a league-high 28 sacks and are rushing for a league-low 63.0 yards per game. Verdict: Play them.