Friday, November 29, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 13
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 is coming off his best game of the season, although fantasy-wise it wasn’t much (239 yards and no touchdowns). But he stood in and took a beating and didn’t throw an interception or make any terrible throws. The big problem Sunday is that Browns cornerback Joe Haden will be shadowing top target Cecil Shorts. It’s not a good matchup. Verdict: Sit him.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He’s coming off his best game of the season, too: 144 all-purpose yards, including 84 yards and one touchdown rushing. He’ll get another heavy workload, but the Browns have the league’s No. 4 defense and they haven’t allowed any player to rush for more than 88 yards. Verdict: It’ll be tough going for Jones-Drew, but he’s going to get the work. He’s a viable option as a No. 3 back or flex player.
WR Cecil Shorts: It’s going to be a tough day for Shorts against Haden, who neutralized Calvin Johnson (three catches, 25 yards) and A.J. Green (nine catches, 58 yards in two games). Verdict: Sit him.
TE Marcedes Lewis: I’m still confused as to why he’s not a bigger part of the passing game. He has nine catches and his best game came against Tennessee, when he caught three passes for 39 yards. Verdict: Sit him until he starts getting more action.
K Josh Scobee: Sunday’s weather is going to be cold but the winds are only forecast to be 10 mph, so that shouldn’t affect the kickers much. Here’s an interesting stat: Scobee has made 58.3 percent of his field goal attempts of 40-49 yards in November road games in his career. His overall career field goal percentage is 80.5 percent. Verdict: Sit him.
Defense/special teams: The Jaguars have been very good against the run since the bye week (58 yards per game) and the Browns are having trouble running the ball (81.0 yards per game). Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who is completing 52 percent of his passes and has thrown for six touchdowns with seven interceptions, is starting in place of Jason Campbell. This is a good matchup for the Jaguars Verdict: Start them.
QB Brandon Weeden: He shouldn’t be on anyone’s roster at this point in the season. If you’ve picked him up for a spot start this week, then you’re probably not in the playoff hunt in your league, either. Verdict: Sit him.
FB Chris Ogbonnaya:Willis McGahee leads the Browns in rushing with 287 yards and has the team’s only rushing touchdown, but Ogbonnaya has led the team in rushing the last two weeks. He’s also fourth on the team with 36 catches. Verdict: If you have any Browns running back, sit them down – forever.
WR Josh Gordon: He’s a big-play receiver, averaging 18.3 yards per catch and has 16 catches of 20 or more yards. He tied a club record with 14 catches and set a club record with 237 yards receiving in last Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. Verdict: Start him.
TE Jordan Cameron: He leads the Browns with 59 catches and six touchdown catches and he’s averaging 11.2 yards per catch. But the only thing you really need to know is he’s a tight end, which means he’ll carve up the Jaguars. Verdict: Like any tight end facing the Jaguars, he’s a must start.
K Billy Cundiff: He has been good from long range this season, making 8 of 10 field goal attempts from 40 or more yards. Verdict: If you don’t have a dome or warm-weather kicker he’s worth a gamble.
Defense/special teams: The Browns are the only team in the NFL to have not allowed a 300-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game and their third-down defense over the last two games has been very good (5-of-28, 17.9 percent). The Jaguars’ offensive has struggled all season and gave up four sacks last week to bring the season total to 37. Verdict: Start them.