Thursday, December 5, 2013
Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 14
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 got battered around pretty good in the last meeting but did not turn the ball over. In fact, it may have been one of his best games because of how poised he was despite the pressure. The Texans gave up a ton of passing yards to Tom Brady last week. Henne isn’t Brady, though. Verdict: Sit him.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He had a season-high 144 all-purpose yards against the Texans in the last meeting and the Jaguars’ approach of giving Jordan Todman some carries is keeping Jones-Drew fresher. Verdict: Play him as your No. 3 back or flex position.
WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts has a rough day against Cleveland until he finally beat Joe Haden for the game-winning touchdown. The Jaguars may go to some quicker passes to combat the Texan’s pass rush so Shorts should get a lot of action. Verdict. Start him.
TE Marcedes Lewis: It’s pretty clear by now that he’s not going to be a big factor in the passing game, although he did catch a touchdown pass last week. But if three catches is all you can expect, there are better options at tight end. Verdict: Sit him.
K Josh Scobee: He kicked three field goals last week and remains the team’s leading scorer at EverBank Field. There will be no weather issues and he should get a chance to score because of the Jaguars’ improved work in the red zone. Verdict: He’s as good an option as any kicker.
Defense/special teams: The Jaguars did a good job rattling Case Keenum in the last meeting, which helped them shut down Andre Johnson (two catches, 36 yards). The defense is giving up only 67.8 yards per game rushing over the last four games and has recorded nine of its 20 sacks and forced eight of its 16 turnovers in the same span. Verdict: They’re a solid option.
QB Case Keenum: He threw for 272 yards and one interception and ran for a touchdown in the loss to the Patriots last Sunday. More importantly, the offense scored 14 points in the second half. While that’s not great it shows some improvement. The Jaguars secondary has been torched in two of the past three games. Verdict: He might be worth a gamble if you’re in a league that plays two quarterbacks.
RB Ben Tate: He didn’t have a lot of success against the Jaguars (1 yard on seven carries) but he’s coming off a big day against the Patriots: 102 yards and three TDs. The Jaguars have been good against the run the last four weeks, but Tate is rounding back into form. Verdict: He’s a solid option as your No. 2 or 3 back.
TE Garrett Graham: He is one of the few tight ends who did nothing against the Jaguars. Verdict: Sit him.
WR Andre Johnson: The safest play this week is Johnson, who I can virtually guarantee will catch more than two passes against the Jaguars. Verdict: Start him.
K Randy Bullock: The Texans cannot be as inept offensively as they were 11 days ago, which should mean Bullock is a solid option. Verdict: Like Scobee, he’s as good an option as any kicker.
Defense/special teams: New England just torched the Texans for 435 yards, including 365 passing. The Jaguars don’t have the same kind of weapons, obviously, and the Texan’s pass rush really gave Henne trouble in the last meeting. Will they force mistakes, this time? Verdict: The Texans are a good gamble.