Friday, December 13, 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: Henne could have a good day -- if he can stay upright. The Bills lead the NFL in sacks (44) but have the 28th ranked pass defense. Henne has thrown four touchdown passes and one interception in his last two games. Verdict: Start him if you’re in a league that plays two quarterbacks.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He said Friday it’s 50-50 whether he plays because of a strained right hamstring. Coach Gus Bradley said it’ll be a game-day decision. Verdict: Sit him. Even if he can play, how effective will he be?
WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts is battling a groin injury that will need surgery in the offseason but he practiced on a limited basis on Friday and it appears he’ll be able to play. But as with Jones-Drew, the question will be his effectiveness. Verdict: Sit him.
TE Marcedes Lewis: He has caught touchdown passes in his last two games. He has never caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games. With Shorts ailing, he should be a bigger part of the passing game. Verdict: Start him.
K Josh Scobee: He has had a left hip issue this week but it isn’t expected to affect his performance. The early forecast is for rain on Sunday. That could affect him, though. Verdict: He has missed just one field goal attempt all year. Start him.
Defense/special teams: The rush defense has been much better the last five games but the Jaguars have given up an average of more than 300 yards per game in that same stretch. However, Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is coming off his worst game and there will be opportunities for turnovers. Verdict: They are as good a play as any defense. Start them.
QB EJ Manuel: He has had an up-and-down first year and coach Doug Marrone has talked about simplifying the offense a bit. That probably means fewer passes and an even heavier reliance on the run game. Verdict: Sit him.
RB C.J. Spiller: It has been hit-or-miss with Spiller. He leads the team with 678 yards rushing but has just two rushing scores and has had four games this season in which he has averaged 2.0 or fewer yards per carry. Still, he’s a breakaway threat. Verdict: He’s a solid option as a No. 3 back or flex.
RB Fred Jackson: He is right behind Spiller with 645 yards, but he has rushed for seven touchdowns. He also is a bigger factor in the passing game, catching 41 passes and averaging 7.8 yards per catch. Verdict: Start him as a No. 2 back.
WR Stevie Johnson: Having a rookie quarterback has obviously hurt Johnson’s stats (51 catches, 593 yards, three touchdowns) and if the offense is getting scaled down that could mean even less action. The Jaguars secondary has been burned the last few games, however. Verdict: It’s close, but sit him.
TE Scott Chandler: His numbers are solid, though (43 catches, 515 yards) but he has just two touchdowns. Still, tight ends have feasted on the Jaguars all season long. Verdict: Start him.
K Dan Carpenter: He has made 25 of 27 field goal attempts, including 10 from 40 or more yards. Verdict: Start him.
Defense/special teams: The Bills lead the NFL in sacks and rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso is a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year. If the Jaguars don’t have Jones-Drew and Shorts, expect the Bills to really come after Henne in an effort to force mistakes and get turnovers. Verdict: Start them.