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2019 Player Outlooks: Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette's weak ypc and injury history has him hovering around the RB16 in non-ppr leagues.

QB Nick Foles
(2018 QB Rank - No.24, 20.1 FPts/G)

Foles parlayed his playoff heroics of the Eagles Super Bowl run into a lucrative free agent deal with the Jaguars over the off-season. For the Jaguar skill position players, a functioning toaster or other small household appliance would be a better quarterback option than what Blake Bortles gave the team over the past five seasons.

Foles will provide the team with an accurate and competent signal-caller, and someone who will not make as many boneheaded mistakes as his predecessor. But for fantasy purposes, Foles lacks the upside of others at a position that is as deep as ever.

On the positive side, the Jaguars’ offensive line should be much improved by additions in the draft and the return of multiple injured o-lineman. However, Leonard Fournette will once again be the focal point of an offense that will be intent on running the ball heavily while leaning on a stout defense.

Bottom line: Foles could be a streaming option in certain matchups, but should mostly be avoided in non-super flex leagues.

RB Leonard Fournette
(2018 RB Rank - No.14, 12.3 FPts/G)

Injuries and behavioral issues forced Fournette to play in just eight games last season, effectively torpedoing the seasons of those unfortunate owners who used a first-round draft pick last summer on former LSU star.

In those eight games, Fournette averaged just 3.3 yards per carry, but he did reach the end zone six times and posted 185 yards on 22 receptions. Fournette has yet to reach the 4.0 YPC plateau in the NFL, and he continues to be a risk due to possible injuries and being a knucklehead on and off the field.

Those risks have pushed his draft stock from a consensus late-round pick in 2018 to a third or fourth-round value in 2019. Volume and the ability to score touchdowns makes Fournette a nice RB2 target for owners willing to take the risk, and the lack of any real competition on the depth chart leads us to believe he will garner a sizable percentage of the Jaguar carries.

WR Dede Westbrook
(2018 WR Rank - No.47, 7.0 FPts/G)

Westbrook finished the season one of 28 wide receivers in the league to garner at least 100 targets. Although he managed to convert his 101 targets into a paltry 66 receptions for 717 yards and five touchdowns, it should be noted that those targets came from the hand of Blake Bortles, one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks over the past decade.

The addition of Nick Foles will be a massive upgrade over Bortles, especially considering Foles’ history of targeting wide receivers out of the slot while a member of the Eagles. Westbrook took a majority of his routes from the slot last season and projects to once against start in that role in 2019.

Marqise Lee, the No.1 WR heading into the season last year, is listed on the PUP and not practicing with the team. All signs point to Westbrook, D.J. Chark, and newly acquired Chris Conley working as the top three WR options to start the year.

WR Marqise Lee
(2018 WR Rank - N/A)

A knee injury suffered in the preseason last year forced Lee to miss the entire 2018 season. As expected, the team placed Lee on the PUP list at the start of camp, making his status for opening day up in the air. The team expects him to be ready for Week 1, but his unknown status and the emergence of Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark, and the addition of Chris Conley make Lee a risky fantasy pick.

WR Chris Conley
(2018 WR Rank - No.77, 4.9 FPts/G)

Conley joins the Jaguars after four relatively quiet seasons with the Chiefs. The former Georgia Bulldog posted a career-high five touchdowns last season as one of the secondary WR options for Patrick Mahomes, but he has yet to live up to his draft cost as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The fact that Conley is leaving the best offense in the NFL to join a run-first Jags team makes him a questionable draft pick. Add in the fact that he is listed as the No.3 WR on the team and is learning a new offense of the first time in his career, and you have the recipe for avoidance in all but the deepest of leagues.

WR D.J. Chark
(2018 WR Rank - No.142, 1.7 FPts/G)

The Jags used their second-round pick of the 2018 NFL draft on D.J. Chark, a 6’3”, 200-pound wide receiver from LSU. Chark did not blow the doors off the barn as a college player, with 66 catches for 1351 yards and six total touchdowns in three seasons with the Tigers. He also didn’t do much as a rookie, which 14 catches for 174 and zero touchdowns in 11 games with the Jags.

Chark projects to be the third or fourth wide receiver on the depth chart and could end up losing playing time to Keelan Cole, Terrelle Pryor, and Chris Conley. Of the wide receivers to own in Jacksonville, Westbrook would be at the top of the list with Chark coming in as a wait and see player to pick up off of waivers.

TE Geoff Swaim
(2018 TE Rank - No.43, 3.8 FPts/G)

Swaim joined the Jaguars as a free agent this offseason after four mostly uneventful years with the Dallas Cowboys. The 29-year-old veteran will likely start the season as the No.1 tight end with rookie Josh Oliver working in as well. Neither player projects to have much fantasy value, but it should be noted that Nick Foles does have a history of targeting tight ends. It is possible some value may emerge from this position, but owners should likely avoid drafting Swaim or Oliver until we see how the Jags offense unfolds.

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