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Fantasy Football Projections: Jacksonville Jaguars

346 completions, 4000 passing yards, 26 TD, 16 INT – these are your average stats for the much-maligned Blake Bortles over the past three seasons. Those numbers are incredibly respectable for a guy who gets talked about as if he were barely a step ahead of Brock Osweiler. Factor in that Bortles can make plays with his feet and you have yourself a pretty solid fantasy fallback option. Of course, the problem with Bortles is that he’s incredibly volatile. In 2016 Bortles was a solid fantasy contributor for 11 straight weeks averaging 250 yards passing, 2 TD, 1 INT and 30 rushing yards making him a dependable QB2, but then he fell off a cliff and tossed only 3 TD over his final 5 games. In 2017, he was a boring game manager for the first 11 games, then, he flipped a switch and tossed 9 TD 320 yards per game for the next four weeks. The fact is Bortles is capable of big games, but it’s incredibly difficult to predict when those will come. Bortles 2018 fantasy prospects are there for the grabbing, right behind the glass plate that says “break in case of emergency”.

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Leonard Fournette is the very definition of a volume running back. The second-year man piled up an impressive 1040 yards in only 13 games with 36 catches and 10 total TD. There is no reason to expect less of him 2018, and given his less than stellar 3.9 yards per carry from 2017, there’s a good chance at some progression her if he can get up over the 4.0 mark. TJ Yeldon is a nice complimentary back but he’s just not a serious threat to Fournette’s status as an every-down back. Fournette is a Top 10 RB with Top 5 upside, take him as a RB1.

The Jacksonville receivers are young, talented and wildly unpredictable. Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee are probably most likely to be your anchors with Lee signing a health $38m deal this off-season. Lee had 56 catches and 700 yards in only 14 games which highlights the biggest concern about him – his health. Westbrook carved out a solid role for himself early in the year racking up 27 catches in 7 games before getting hurt and missing the second half of his rookie campaign. Both players are intriguing PPR options and Lee is likely a safe WR3 play in all formats. Donte Moncrief is likely going to start out of the gate on his one-year “prove it” deal. Moncrief is talented and will likely look to compete with Westbrook for the second most production in the group but he’ll have to fend off returning 2017 hero Keelan Cole who is coming off 750 yards on 42 catches. The problem for Cole is that he only caught the ball 50.6% of the time which leaves a lot to be desired but still, he can’t be dismissed. That’s four talented and inconsistent options who are all going to have their days and we still have the raw and talented rookie DJ Chark. Chark is the tall (6’3) and fast (4.34 40 yard dash) burner that made scouts drool ahead of the 2018 draft and make him an instant threat to contribute as a burner who can take the top off defenses. Put Lee on your boards as a fantasy starter, expect the rest to vulture each other’s value.

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At TE the Jaguars went out and grabbed the incredibly frustrating fantasy carrot we all know as Austin Seferian-Jenkins. On paper, there is little reason ASJ can’t be a starting fantasy TE. He managed to coax 50 catches out of the Jets pathetic QB options in 2017 and all signs point to a strong connection between Bortles and his big man early in OTA’s. Still, the rose was in full bloom in Tampa Bay before things went south in a hurry for ASJ there so proceed with caution. Track Seferian-Jenkins are a potential breakout star at the position but don’t put yourself in a position to have to rely on him.

2018 Projections

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Blake Bortles QB 345 565 3875 25 18 325 3

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Leonard Fournette RB 295 1235 9 35 310 2 2
TJ Yeldon RB 70 290 2 15 135

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Dede Westbrook WR 55 655 3
Keelan Cole WR 30 430 2
Donte Moncrief WR 55 610 3
Marqise Lee WR 65 815 3
DJ Chark WR 25 375 1
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE 40 485 2

 

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