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Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 3

September, 20, 2013
Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars 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 threw for 241 yards and a touchdown last week, but the bulk of that came in the fourth quarter when the game was decided. That’s irrelevant in terms of fantasy football, but it’s something to keep in mind whenever playing a Jaguars quarterback. They’ll likely be in the situation of needing to throw a lot after falling behind. Verdict: Playing Seattle’s defense is a bad matchup for any quarterback. Sit him.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: The swelling from the left ankle injury he suffered against Oakland kept him out of practice all week. Even if he’s cleared to play, just how effective can he be? Can he handle 20 carries? Expect more Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Justin Forsett even if Jones-Drew does play. Verdict: He’s too risky to start.

WR Cecil Shorts: He has been targeted 25 times in two games and has 11 catches for 133 yards. He is clearly the Jaguars’ top weapon in the passing game, but he’s going up against what is regarded as the league’s top secondary. The corners are big and physical, too. Verdict: It’s not a good matchup. Only play him if you need a No. 3 or 4 receiver in deeper leagues. Otherwise, sit him.

TE Marcedes Lewis: It looks like Lewis will be on the field for the first time this season and that’s good news for an offense desperate for playmakers. But will he be rusty? And how much of a difference will he really make. Verdict: Sit him for another week just to see how he does in his return.

K Josh Scobee: He has attempted just one field goal and the Jaguars attempted a two-point conversion after their only TD. Verdict: Until the offense shows some evidence of being able to consistently move the ball, Scobee needs to stay on the bench.

Defense/special teams: The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rushing defense. They're facing one of the league's top backs, who has touched the ball 50 times in two games. Still waiting for a big play in the return game. Verdict: Sit 'em.


QB Russell Wilson: Wilson has gotten off to slow starts in each of his first two games, but he is still completing 63.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 462 yards. He has only tossed two TD passes, though. The Jaguars have given up the second-fewest passing yards in the NFL through the first two weeks, but part of that is because they’ve given the up the most yards rushing. Verdict: Don’t start him as your No. 1 quarterback, but he’s a viable option for your No. 2 if your league allows you to play two QBs.

RB Marshawn Lynch: Only three players have carried the ball more than Lynch (45 times). He has not yet busted off a big run, and he’s only averaging 3.1 yards per carry. The Jaguars are struggling to stop the run, though, having given up 347 yards in the first two games. Verdict: Definitely start him.

WR Doug Baldwin: Sidney Rice should be the Seahawks’ top receiver with Percy Harvin sidelined, but he has been battling knee problems for a while. Baldwin leads the team with eight catches, but seven came in the season opener. Verdict: You should have better options than Baldwin on your roster. Play him as a No. 3 receiver if you have to in deeper leagues.

WR Golden Tate: Tate is healthy and has five catches for 70 yards. How much will the Seahawks throw the ball, though? If they’re able to get a big lead and control the ball none of the receiver will get much work. Verdict: Same as Baldwin.

TE Zach Miller: He has five receptions in two games and is a reliable target, especially in the red zone. Verdict: He’s not a bad play if you missed out on the top 10 tight ends.

K Steven Hauschka: He’s a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, and he should get plenty of work. Verdict: Play him.

Defense/special teams: The Seahawks lead the NFL in total defense and passing defense, and they’re facing a Jaguars team that’s last in the NFL in total offense and scoring and is still missing its top receiver. Verdict: There isn’t a better defense to play this week.

Get to know the Seattle Seahawks

September, 17, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars stay on the West Coast to take on the Seattle Seahawks, who are fresh off an impressive pounding of the San Francisco 49ers.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who spent the past four seasons as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. He helped the Seattle defense rank in the top five in the NFL in eight statistical categories in his final two seasons.

The Seahawks are still thriving because of the physical defense that Bradley helped construct. They lead the NFL in total defense, passing defense and scoring defense. They’ve allowed only 10 points in two games.

Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Seahawks:

Record: 2-0.

Last week: Beat San Francisco 29-3.

Coach: Pete Carroll, fourth season (26-23); eighth season overall (59-54).

Offensive coordinator: Darrell Bevell.

Defensive coordinator: Dan Quinn.

Series record: Seahawks lead 4-2.


RB Marshawn Lynch: Lynch is coming off the best season of his career (1,590 yards rushing) but so far hasn’t been able to be as successful on the ground. He is averaging 3.1 yards per rush, although he has carried the ball 45 times in two games. He has scored three touchdowns (one receiving) and is the focal point of the offense.

QB Russell Wilson: Wilson has been efficient in his first two games, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a passer rating of 96.8. He has also rushed for two scores. He appears to be becoming more adept as a passer. He threw for a career-high 320 yards in Week 1 against Carolina.

WR Doug Baldwin: Despite catching only one pass against San Francisco, Baldwin is the team’s leading receiver with eight receptions for 142 yards. He’s also averaging 17.8 yards per catch thanks to his only catch against the 49ers: a 51-yarder. His production will certainly go down once Percy Harvin returns from his hip injury, but for now he’s the Seahawks’ top target.


CB Richard Sherman: One of the staples of a Bradley defense is big cornerbacks, and Sherman certainly meets that requirement. He’s 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. But he can cover, too, as he showed Sunday night by helping shut down Anquan Boldin. He pairs with fellow corner Brandon Browner (who has missed the first two games with a hamstring injury but may return versus the Jaguars) to give the Seahawks two of the most physical corners in the NFL.

S Earl Thomas: The unquestioned leader of the secondary is Thomas, who has started 50 consecutive regular-season games since being taken with the 14th pick in the 2010 draft. He has 10 interceptions and has averaged 75 tackles in his first three seasons. Plus, he’s made back-to-back Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first time last season.

LB Bobby Wagner: He was a second-round pick in 2012 who stepped right in and started 15 games as a rookie. He made 140 tackles, intercepted three passes and knocked down three passes. He’s only 6-foot, but he weighs 241 pounds, which allows him to play the run as well as be effective in coverage.


The Seahawks could be without starting left tackle Russell Okung, who suffered a toe injury during the first quarter of the San Francisco game. Carroll said Monday it’s unlikely that he’ll play. ... One option the Seahawks are considering, according to ESPN NFL Nation Seahawks reporter Terry Blount, is starting a rookie (Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie) in Okung’s spot at left tackle. Bowie is a seventh-round draft pick out of Northeastern State in Oklahoma and Bailey signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas. Both players were inactive against the 49ers. ... Seattle is 2-0 at home against the Jaguars and has outscored the Jaguars 65-15. ... Wilson has gotten off to slow starts in the first two games, including going 0-for-6 against the 49ers. ... Defensive end Cliff Avril, the Seahawks’ top defensive signee in the offseason, made his debut last week and recorded a sack and caused a fumble.