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Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 15

December, 20, 2013
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.


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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsJacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee has connected on 21 of 23 field goal attempts through 14 games this season.
QB Chad Henne: He completed only 14 passes for 180 yards and threw two interceptions in the last meeting with the Titans. Now he doesn’t have top target Cecil Shorts. Verdict: Sit him.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He’ll be a game-day decision because of his injured hamstring, but even if he does play, he likely won’t get a full workload. Verdict: Sit him.

RB Jordan Todman: He filled in nicely for Jones-Drew last week with 109 yards rushing. He should get the majority of the work against the Titans even if Jones-Drew plays. Verdict: He’s a good option for a flex spot in deeper leagues.

TE Marcedes Lewis: He has caught a touchdown in three consecutive games and with Shorts out, he should be more involved in the passing game. He caught a season-high four passes last week against Buffalo. Verdict: Roll the dice with him extending his TD streak to four games in a row.

K Josh Scobee: Hard not to go with a guy who has missed only two field goals all season -- and one was a 60-yarder. Verdict: Start him.

Defense/special teams: The Jaguars’ defensive turnaround started against the Titans, and the unit set the tone early with a forced fumble on the Titans’ first series. The Jaguars have recorded at least two sacks in the past five games and has at least three in four of those five. Still not scoring points in the return game, though. Verdict: Sit them.


QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: He’s coming off a 402-yard, four-TD performance against Arizona and is facing a Jaguars secondary that is giving up an average of 301.6 yards per game in the past five games. Verdict: Start him as your No. 2 QB.

RB Chris Johnson: He fumbled against the Jaguars early in the previous matchup and was no factor. He hasn’t rushed for more than 86 yards in the five games since. Until last week, the Jaguars had done a good job shutting down the run. Verdict: Sit him.

WR Kendall Wright: Wright has had a breakout season in just his second year in the NFL. His 85 catches rank seventh in the NFL and his 29 third-down catches are tied for the league lead. He only has two TD catches, though. Verdict: Start him.

WR: Nate Washington: Washington is averaging 15.3 yards on 50 catches, but like Wright he doesn’t find the end zone much (two TDs). Verdict: He’s an option for a flex spot in deeper leagues. Otherwise, sit him.

TE Delanie Walker: He has caught a career-high 53 passes for 507 yards. More importantly, he has six TD catches. Verdict: Start him.

K Rob Bironas: He has made 20 of 24 field goal attempts, but half of his field goals have been inside 29 yards and he has just one attempt of 50 or more yards (he missed). Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: The Jaguars' offense won't have its best receiver and may not have its top running back, either. Henne tried to force a few passes last week and got picked off twice, so the Titans will have chances for turnovers. Verdict: Start them.

Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 10

November, 8, 2013
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 has averaged 302.7 yards passing in three starts against the Titans, but he’s minus his best weapon in Justin Blackmon (suspension). Henne has thrown for 300 yards in two of his past three games. The Tennessee Titans are only giving up 217.8 yards per game passing. Verdict: A solid second option for leagues that play two QBs.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He finally got rolling against San Francisco and the plan is to continue to get him 20-plus touches per game. He has traditionally played well in Nashville, averaging 113 yards per game at LP Field. Verdict: He’s as healthy as he’s been all year. Play him as your No. 2 or 3 back.

WR Cecil Shorts: With Blackmon gone, Shorts has to step back into the No. 1 receiver role. He held that spot while Blackmon was suspended for the first four weeks and caught 26 passes. Verdict: He’s a viable option as a flex player.

TE Marcedes Lewis: He hasn’t had the kind of impact in the passing game that people expected since his return from a calf injury, catching just two passes for 37 yards. With Blackmon gone he’ll have to be more involved, but he’s still likely not going to be targeted more than five times per game. Verdict: Sit him.

K Josh Scobee: He has made all 10 of is field goal attempts this season. That’s certainly a good stat, but consider this: only four kickers have made fewer field goals this season. Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: The Jaguars are last in the NFL in rush defense (161.8 yards per game) and are going up against one of the league’s most dynamic backs. They’re also last in scoring and have forced just eight turnovers this season. Still waiting on a big return, too. Verdict: Sit them.


QB Jake Locker: He’s only averaging 205 yards per game passing and has thrown just eight touchdown passes. He’s playing solid football and not making mistakes, which is exactly what the Titans want him to do. However, those aren’t great fantasy numbers. Verdict: Sit him

RB Chris Johnson: A guy who has six TD runs of 80 or more yards -- the most in NFL history -- going against the NFL’s worst run defense? A defense that has also struggled to tackle and missed 12 in its last game? Verdict: Play. Him.

WR Kendall Wright: He leads the Titans with 43 catches for 502 yards. The problem? Only one touchdown catch. The Titans just don’t throw the ball enough to make him a top-flight fantasy option. That will be especially true against the Jaguars’ porous run defense. Verdict: He might be a solid play as a No. 3 receiver.

WR Nate Washington: Washington averages a team-high 16.9 yards per catch. However, he’s only averaging a little more than three catches per game. He has averaged 82 yards receiving at home this season, though. Verdict: Play him only if you’ve got guys on a bye.

TE Delanie Walker: He has caught 25 passes in eight games, which is four shy of his career high of 29 catches with San Francisco in 2010. He is also the Titans’ leader in TD receptions (three). Still, he’s not a reliable fantasy option. Verdict: Sit him.

K Rob Bironas: Like Scobee, Bironas just hasn’t made a lot of field goals this season (11). Verdict: Sit him.

Defense/special teams: The last time these teams hooked up, the Titans returned two interceptions and two punts for touchdowns. That obviously doesn’t mean it’ll happen again, but the Jaguars have thrown 12 interceptions and have been inconsistent on special teams. Verdict: Worth a gamble.

Get to know the Tennessee Titans

November, 5, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Tennessee Titans may have one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL in Chris Johnson and one of the league’s ascending, young quarterbacks in Jake Locker, but this team is built on defense.

The Titans rank 12th in the NFL in total defense and are giving up just 20.9 points per game. They’ve already scored three touchdowns on defense, have recorded 22 sacks, and opponents have managed just seven passing touchdowns in eight games.

On Sunday they’ll get a Jaguars offense that is managing only 66 yards per game rushing, just lost its best playmaker in receiver Justin Blackmon, and has scored touchdowns on only five of 20 trips in the red zone.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Titans:

Record: 4-4.

Last week: Beat St. Louis 28-21.

Coach: Mike Munchak, third season (19-21).

Offensive coordinator: Dowell Loggains.

Defensive coordinator: Jerry Gray.

Series record: Titans lead 20-16.


QB Jake Locker: Maybe it’s because he plays in the same division as Andrew Luck and a Houston Texans team that is imploding, but nobody seems to notice how well Locker has played this season. He’s the AFC’s fifth-highest rated passer and is completing 61.4 percent of his passes. He isn’t putting up monster numbers (eight TD passes) but he isn’t making many mistakes, either (three INTs).

RB Chris Johnson: Johnson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons and is on pace for No. 6 (516 yards through eight games). He is coming off his best game of the season (150 yards vs. St. Louis) and has to be eager to get a crack at a Jaguars defense that is allowing 161.8 yards per game on the ground.

WR Nate Washington: He failed to catch a pass last Sunday against St. Louis, which snapped his streak of 85 consecutive games with at least one reception. He has 26 catches for 439 yards and is averaging a team-high 16.9 yards per catch.


S Bernard Pollard: He leads the Titans with 75 tackles in his first season with the team after spending the past two with Baltimore. He is coming off a 14-tackle performance in the Titans’ victory over St. Louis last Sunday.

CB Alterraun Verner: The fourth-year player from UCLA leads the Titans with four interceptions and a team-high 14 pass breakups. He picked off two passes and recovered a fumble against the NY Jets, making him just the third Titans player since 1999 to record three turnovers in a game.

DT Jurrell Casey: The 6-foot-1, 305-pound Casey is giving the Titans a good pass rush up the middle. He leads the Titans with 6.0 sacks and is tied for the team lead with six QB pressures. He has a pair of two-sack games this season (Pittsburgh and St. Louis) and has recorded at least one sack in his last two games.


Tennessee’s schedule has been rated the seventh-toughest in the NFL. Opponents have combined for a .574 winning percentage. … The Titans’ pass defense ranks seventh in the NFL (217.8 yards per game) and their third-down defense ranks fifth (34.0 percent). … Johnson has six touchdown runs of 80 or more yards, the only player in NFL history with more than three. … Kicker Rob Bironas ranks second in NFL history in field goal percentage of kicks of 50 or more yards. He’s at 71.0 percent, behind only Jeff Wilkins (72.2 percent).