Friday, November 8, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 10
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: Henne has averaged 302.7 yards passing in three starts against the Titans, but he’s minus his best weapon in Justin Blackmon (suspension). Henne has thrown for 300 yards in two of his past three games. The Tennessee Titans are only giving up 217.8 yards per game passing. Verdict: A solid second option for leagues that play two QBs.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He finally got rolling against San Francisco and the plan is to continue to get him 20-plus touches per game. He has traditionally played well in Nashville, averaging 113 yards per game at LP Field. Verdict: He’s as healthy as he’s been all year. Play him as your No. 2 or 3 back.
WR Cecil Shorts: With Blackmon gone, Shorts has to step back into the No. 1 receiver role. He held that spot while Blackmon was suspended for the first four weeks and caught 26 passes. Verdict: He’s a viable option as a flex player.
TE Marcedes Lewis: He hasn’t had the kind of impact in the passing game that people expected since his return from a calf injury, catching just two passes for 37 yards. With Blackmon gone he’ll have to be more involved, but he’s still likely not going to be targeted more than five times per game. Verdict: Sit him.
K Josh Scobee: He has made all 10 of is field goal attempts this season. That’s certainly a good stat, but consider this: only four kickers have made fewer field goals this season. Verdict: Sit him.
Defense/special teams: The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rush defense (161.8 yards per game) and are going up against one of the league’s most dynamic backs. They’re also last in scoring and have forced just eight turnovers this season. Still waiting on a big return, too. Verdict: Sit them.
QB Jake Locker: He’s only averaging 205 yards per game passing and has thrown just eight touchdown passes. He’s playing solid football and not making mistakes, which is exactly what the Titans want him to do. However, those aren’t great fantasy numbers. Verdict: Sit him
RB Chris Johnson: A guy who has six TD runs of 80 or more yards -- the most in NFL history -- going against the NFL’s worst run defense? A defense that has also struggled to tackle and missed 12 in its last game? Verdict: Play. Him.
WR Kendall Wright: He leads the Titans with 43 catches for 502 yards. The problem? Only one touchdown catch. The Titans just don’t throw the ball enough to make him a top-flight fantasy option. That will be especially true against the Jaguars’ porous run defense. Verdict: He might be a solid play as a No. 3 receiver.
WR Nate Washington: Washington averages a team-high 16.9 yards per catch. However, he’s only averaging a little more than three catches per game. He has averaged 82 yards receiving at home this season, though. Verdict: Play him only if you’ve got guys on a bye.
TE Delanie Walker: He has caught 25 passes in eight games, which is four shy of his career high of 29 catches with San Francisco in 2010. He is also the Titans’ leader in TD receptions (three). Still, he’s not a reliable fantasy option. Verdict: Sit him.
K Rob Bironas: Like Scobee, Bironas just hasn’t made a lot of field goals this season (11). Verdict: Sit him.
Defense/special teams: The last time these teams hooked up, the Titans returned two interceptions and two punts for touchdowns. That obviously doesn’t mean it’ll happen again, but the Jaguars have thrown 12 interceptions and have been inconsistent on special teams. Verdict: Worth a gamble.