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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Week 2 Fantasy Notebook

Zach Dewitt

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) runs the ball during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 2 Fantasy Notebook

Well folks, sorry for the delay but I had to do some preparation for the incoming hurricane. I’m here now though, bringing you your much needed Jaguars fantasy advice. We’ll do two new things in this article and from here on out. First off, I’m going to address all the fantasy relevant players in the game, so for instance, I’ll talk about both Jags and Pats players today. I’m also going to try and dig into the statistics a little more, to try and bring some more context to the takes I’m throwing out. Let’s go.

This week, the Jaguars face the Patriots in an extremely anticipated matchup. The Patriots are favored by 3 points and the over/under is 45. That tells us that Vegas expects this to be a close game but also not a very high or low scoring one. For the purposes of fantasy, nothing about the point spread or the implied totals make me lean one way or another, or towards specific players.

There is really only one must start player in this game: Rob Gronkowski. In his first matchup with the Jags, he saw three targets and had one catch for 21 yards but he also left the game in the 2nd quarter. For a little more context, over the last seven full games that Gronk has played, he has averaged 24.6 points per game. That is absolute STUD production. Now the Jags have an elite defense but Gronk is the best tight end of all time and he will get his as long as he plays the whole game. Gronk doesn’t fair as well against cornerbacks but I don’t think we’ll see a lot of those matchups anyways. I’d expect to see a lot of LB Myles Jack on Gronk and although I think Jack will fair well, Gronk will get the better of him at least a few times. Add on the fact that New England is running out of receiving options and Gronk should get peppered with targets.

There’s a couple players that I think you can start but you should really temper expectations with. We’ll start with Leonard Fournette. He left the game early last week with a hamstring injury and did not return. Hamstring injuries can be tricky and often can flare up all year. He likely won’t practice all week, save for maybe Friday but I would expect that to be a limited practice. If he does play on Sunday, you have to hope that they use him in full capacity and give him a full workload. That’s the gamble you’re taking. If he starts but then splits time with T.J. Yeldon, he’ll be largely useless for fantasy. However, if the Jags want to win on Sunday, Fournette likely has to be a big part of the plan and the Patriots just allowed 145 yards to Houston last week, where Houston has a less talented running back and a much worse offensive line.

I’d also be somewhat comfortable starting Tom Brady. I’m not going go too deep into him, because you can stream the QB position if you need to. While this is likely Brady’s toughest matchup of the season, he’s Tom freaking Brady and he’ll probably be fine. He won’t give you a blowup game but he’ll give you a serviceable 15-20 points at least.

I’m staying away from and sitting everybody else in this matchup but I’ve got two long shot players you can take a chance on if you want to. James White and Dede Westrbrook could put up serviceable weeks especially in deep leagues or DFS. Rex Burkhead is dealing with a concussion so that will only boost White’s usage and he was likely going to see most of the receiving work anyways. He led the team in targets last week and the Jags had solid run defense last week, save for the big, 68 yard Saquon Barkley run, so the Pats are going to be passing most of the game. Dede Westbrook surprisingly ran the fewest routes out of the Jags big three receivers, 23, but was targeted the most, at six times. Patriots safety, Patrick Chung, takes on slot coverage duties and Westbrook should be able to get open against him. Couple the plus matchup with the per route usage and I like Westbrook a little bit this week.

To close this out, if T.J. Yeldon is somehow still on your waivers then go pick him up. He probably isn’t worth starting if Fournette is active but if for some reason, Fournette sits, then Yeldon immediately becomes a mid to high RB2 with more receiving upside. Also, even if you can’t start Yeldon this week, I’d bet Fournette gets injured at least one more time this season and Yeldon can fill that void on your team. Let me know if you guys have any questions and feel free to reach out on Twitter.

Zach is a 21 yr old born in Jacksonville, Florida growing up in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine. He has been a Jaguars fan his whole life and endured all the bad times. Zach joined the Air Force at 18 and is currently stationed in South Carolina but makes sure to rep the Jags whenever he can. Zach has written for fantasy football sites before but wanted to try his hand at real football. You can follow Zach on Twitter at, @ZakDewitt.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.

JAGUARS INACTIVE REPORT

One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.

 

PATRIOTS INACTIVE REPORT

 

For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.

 

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Jaguars Promote Running Back Brandon Wilds, Release WR Rashad Greene

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs the ball Brandon Wilds (38) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars today have promoted Running Back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the Jaguars have released veteran Wide Receiver Rashad Greene Sr.

This move should not come as too much of a surprise as starting running back Leonard Fournette has been nursing an injured hamstring all week, and TJ Yeldon was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury.

The move might indicate that either Fournette will not be playing in tomorrows matchup against the New England Patriots, or Wilds will simply be insurance in case the star running back goes down again. Either way, it is something to keep an eye on as the Jaguars announce their inactive report around 90 minutes prior to kickoff tomorrow.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Friday Injury Reports, Fournette Questionable

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) takes a handoff from quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have officially released their Friday game status injury reports ahead of their week two matchup in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Jaguars coming into this game against the Patriots, all eyes have been on star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury. Today, the Jaguars officially listed him as questionable. Fournette has not been able to practice the entire week and will have to prove to the Jaguars training staff as well as the coaching staff he is good to go.

If Fournette is not cleared look for TJ Yeldon to take over as the Jaguars starting running back this weekend. It is also likely the Jaguars would elevate running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad as they currently only have two running backs besides Fournette on the 53-man roster. Corey Grant would also more than likely receive his bulk of the carries in the event Fournette cannot go.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, the only player who was a late addition to the Jaguars injury report was running back TJ Yeldon. He, however, will play this Sunday as that injury has seemingly been deemed minor.

Below are the Jaguars and Patriots official gameday statuses:

JAGUARS:

 

PATRIOTS:

QUESTIONABLE
RB Rex Burkhead – Concussion (Limited participant)
T Marcus Cannon – Calf (Limited participant)
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring (Limited participant)
RB Sony Michel – Knee (Limited participant)

For the Patriots their most notable players on the injury report are running backs Burkhead and Michel along with tackle Marcus Cannon. Burkhead being out this week against the Jaguars for the Patriots is notable due to the lack of weapons at the running back position. If Burkhead and Michel cannot go the Patriots will likely lean on running back James White for the bulk of the carries. I would, however, anticipate at least one of the two running backs to be active this Sunday.

If Marcus Cannon is out this week, then the Patriots will turn to LaAdrian Waddle at the right tackle position. Waddle is a journeyman and more than likely would struggle against the Jaguars front four.

For the Jaguars as well as the Patriots both teams are relatively healthy. The areas to watch will continue to be the running back positions and how the Jaguars, as well as the Patriots, handle the situation. With Fournette as a true game-time decision, keep a close eye on the Jaguars inactive report 90 minutes before kickoff this Sunday.

 

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