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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Week 2 Fantasy Notebook

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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.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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