A few months ago, I wrote a piece previewing the impact that some Jaguars players would have in fantasy football. Four games into the season, a majority of the players have not performed to expectations. Whether that be because of injury, or just lack of offensive execution, the Jaguars have struggled a bit on offense this year. Here is a recap of how the first four games went for the Jaguars’ offensive players, and a small preview of the next four games:
Weeks 1-4: (vs. Green Bay, at San Diego, vs. Baltimore, vs. Indianapolis (London))
Weeks 6-9: (at Chicago, vs. Oakland, at Tennessee, at Kansas City)
W 1-4: 1,050 passing yards, 7 TD, 6 INT, 15 rushing attempts, 89 rushing yards, 1 TD
W 1-4: 21 catches, 238 yards, 3 TD
W 1-4: 15 catches, 226 yards, 1 TD
W 1-4: 16 catches, 169 yards
W 1-4: 11 catches, 148 yards, 1 TD
The Jaguars have played two top-15 passing defenses thus far in the 2016 season (Green Bay and Baltimore) and played two of the bottom five pass defenses (San Diego and Indianapolis), yet looked very pedestrian in those games. Bortles has thrown seven TD thus far, but has also thrown six interceptions. That is a cause for concern with three of the next four games being played against teams with top 15 defenses in Chicago (14th), Tennessee (11th), and Kansas City (8th). The other team the Jaguars face in these next four weeks is the Oakland Raiders, who currently have the 32nd ranked pass defense, the worst in the league. Although the Jaguars have a somewhat difficult schedule, there is enough talent on offense to get some points on the board against these teams. But, it all relies on Bortles and his decision making. Expect him to lean on Hurns and Thomas a little bit more to take pressure off Robinson. Thomas needs to step up after being signed as a free agent in 2015. He has done nothing so far to prove he was worth the money the Jaguars paid him.
Bortles: Middle of the pack QB right now. Start him if your starting QB has a bye, good streaming option
Robinson: Keep starting him in the WR1 spot
Hurns: In a PPR league, solid flex play, because he will continue to get looks from Bortles
Lee: Keep him on the waiver wire
Thomas: Start him these next 4 games, if he is healthy.
W 1-4: 48 carries, 155 yards, 1 TD; 18 receptions, 97 yards
W 1-4: 20 carries, 43 yards; 1 reception, 9 yards
The Jaguars have had issues running the ball so far this season due to a multitude of reasons. For one, Ivory missed the first two games after being in the hospital to deal with a medical issue. Another issue is the fact that the offensive line is having trouble producing openings for both Yeldon and Ivory. Through four weeks, the longest team rush of the year was 24 yards, and that was by quarterback Blake Bortles. When the quarterback has the longest rush play, the running game is a concern. Luckily for the Jaguars, they only play one team in the top 15 in terms of rushing yards per game allowed (Tennessee, 14th). The other three teams rank in the lower third of the league. Expect Ivory to get more involved in the offense and look for a running game to finally pick up and get going.
If Ivory and/or Yeldon are on the waiver wire, pick them up immediately. The running game can finally get going with this four game stretch. For now, keep them on your bench.
W 1-4: 9/9 extra points made, 7/9 field goals made, 1 field goal made from 50+ yards
During his rookie year, a great majority of fans wanted Jason Myers cut after missing so many extra points and field goals. Going into this season, he was on the hot seat as the Jaguars kicker. But four games in, Myers has done an exceptional job. He has only missed two field goals and has yet to miss an extra point. Both field goals missed were from 50+ yards. Look for Myers to continue his strong start to the season with these next four games, as long as the Jaguars offense can get in his range.
If you need to pick up a kicker, Myers is not a bad option.
Weeks 1-4: 12 sacks, 3 INT, 2 Fumble recoveries; 199 passing yards/game allowed; 105.8 rushing yards/game
Coming into the season, the Jaguars had a defense that looked like that it may take some time to develop into a solid unit. Not many expected it to develop this quickly and become arguably the team’s strength. After all, the defense was awful down the stretch last year. After adding playmakers like Tashaun Gipson, Prince Amukamara, Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, and couple that with the return of Dante Fowler, Jr., this defense has vastly improved from last year. Expect this defense to continue to improve week in and week out to be one of the top defenses in the league.
Having trouble finding a good defense to rely on? The Jaguars are not a bad option to use with bye weeks, especially with the Jaguars facing two questionable offensive lines in Tennessee and Chicago.