Friday, November 15, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 11
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: In three games vs. NFC West teams this season, Henne has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He’ll be throwing a lot again Sunday, because the Cardinals have the league’s No. 3 rush defense. However, Patrick Peterson will likely shadow top receiver Cecil Shorts. Verdict: Sit him.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: The Cardinals are allowing only 86.9 yards per game rushing thanks to a stout defensive front. Even if he gets 20-plus touches again, there won’t be a lot of room for Jones-Drew. Verdict: Sit him.
WR Cecil Shorts: He is the Jaguars’ top receiver with Justin Blackmon suspended, but that means he’ll likely draw Peterson all day. That’s not a good matchup for the Jaguars. Verdict: Sit him.
TE Marcedes Lewis: He should be a bigger factor in the passing game, especially if Shorts is shadowed by Peterson. But that’s what everyone thought last week, too, and Lewis caught three passes. Maybe this will be the week he breaks out. Verdict: Might be worth a gamble.
K Josh Scobee: He is the only Jaguar other than linebacker J.T. Thomas to have scored a point this season at EverBank Field. Verdict: Start him.
Defense/special teams: It’s unlikely that middle linebacker Paul Posluszny plays, and if that’s the case, the Jaguars’ defense won’t have its best player and biggest playmaker. Still waiting on Ace Sanders to break out as a punt returner, although kick returner Jordan Todman had a good game last week. Verdict: Sit them.
QB Carson Palmer: Palmer has struggled with turnovers (15 interceptions) and is averaging 222.9 yards per game passing. The Jaguars’ pass rush, however, has only managed 12 sacks and 30 pressures, and the secondary includes three rookies. Verdict: If you’re in a league that allows two quarterbacks, he’d be a good option.
RB Rashard Mendenhall: He hasn’t been especially productive (388 yards), but he’ll be facing the NFL’s 31st-ranked rush defense -- likely without Posluszny. Verdict: He’d be a good play for a No. 3 back or a flex in deeper leagues.
RB Andre Ellington: He ranks No. 1 among running backs with a 7.2 per-carry average, which is more than twice what Mendenhall averages (3.1). Verdict: He’s got more of a chance of breaking a long run than Mendenhall, so he’s worth a start as a flex player.
WR Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald has caught just 39 passes, but he’s averaging a touchdown every eight catches. Plus, the Jaguars' secondary has three rookies. Verdict: Start him.
WR Michael Floyd: He said he will play Sunday despite injuring the AC joint in his shoulder last week. He has 36 catches, so he’s just as much of an option for Palmer as Fitzgerald. Verdict: That’s an easy injury to aggravate for a receiver. The safe bet would be to sit him.
TE Rob Housler: He just caught the first touchdown pass of his career last week against Houston, and has just 18 catches. Verdict: If there was ever a week to start him it would be this one, because the Jaguars have struggled against tight ends all season.
K Jay Feely: He has missed just one field goal attempt all season (16-for-17). The Cardinals' offense should be able to move up and down the field, so he’ll get plenty of work. Verdict: Start him.
Defense/special teams: The Cardinals’ defensive front is among the best in the NFL, so the Jaguars won’t have much success on the ground. That means more opportunities for Tyrann Mathieu, the ballhawking rookie from LSU. Verdict: Start them.