Jaguars 2018 jacksonville jaguars Fantasy Preview

Every year there's a defensive unit that has exponentially more value than the others. The "Sacksonville" Jaguars were that defense in 2017. The group scored a league-leading eight touchdowns and was second in the NFL with 21 interceptions and 55 sacks. On the other side of the ball, well, things weren't as peachy. First-round pick Leonard Fournette was fantastic, but that's about it. Jacksonville's leading offensive fantasy weapon, Fournette finished as the RB8 despite playing just 13 games. Fournette totaled 1,342 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns. Blake Bortles, often harshly criticized, was serviceable, throwing 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for 3,687 yards (overall QB13). Bortles spread the wealth to his receivers and none of them had relevant fantasy value on a consistent basis. Eleven different players caught touchdowns and only three had more than two scores. Tight end Marcedes Lewis, in his 12th year as a Jag, led the team with five touchdown catches, but he had only 318 receiving yards, putting him as the TE20. Injuries derailed the Jaguars' wideout group. The two Allens, Robinson and Hurns, were limited throughout the season. Robinson suffered a torn ACL in the season opener and missed the entire year and Hurns was limited to 10 games after a high ankle sprain in Week 10. Third-string wideout Marqise Lee stepped into the starting role (overall WR42). Lee led the team with 56 catches, but was second to undrafted rookie Keelan Cole with 702 receiving yards. Cole's 748 receiving yards and three touchdowns put him one spot behind Lee in wide receiver fantasy points and both were deep flex plays. Fourth round pick Dede Westbrook underwent core muscle surgery before Week 1 after a promising preseason (two games with at least 115 yards), and he had some outrageous expectations for himself upon his Week 11 return. Westbrook wasn't overly impressive -- he averaged just 48.4 yards per game in seven contests -- but he flashed some big-play potential. The Jags offense has the chance to get better -- all of the players listed above outside of Lewis were 25 or younger last season -- but 2017 was mostly a year of development for the skill position players.

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FACT: Fournette finished his rookie year with a modest 3.9 yards per rushing attempt -- 30th in the NFL. On third down, though, that number spiked to 8.8 yards per attempt.
Offseason Moves

Jacksonville made various moves to help give Blake Bortles the best chance to succeed. Bortles was re-signed to a three-year deal shortly after the season, but changes were made to his receiving corps. The top-two wideouts coming into last season, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, left in free agency for the Bears and Cowboys, respectively. This isn't as big of a loss as it looks on paper, though, because Robinson was injured all season and Hurns only played 10 games. The Jaguars did re-sign leading receiver Marqise Lee and add former Colt Donte Moncrief. It's tough to gauge where Jacksonville's foursome of wideouts (Lee, Moncrief, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook) rank in terms of fantasy. Keeping an eye on this unit in the preseason will be essential. Marcedes Lewis, who the Jags drafted in 2006, left for the Packers and the team signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the Jets to replace him. They also brought in Niles Paul from Washington to fill in as the second tight end.

Sleepers & Busts

The upgrade from 34-year-old Marcedes Lewis to 25-year old Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be on full display this season. On paper, they look quite similar. Lewis and Seferian-Jenkins both posted career-highs in catches and receiving yards in their fourth full season. In Lewis' fifth season, he erupted for 10 touchdowns and 700 yards. Don't look now, but Seferian-Jenkins is heading into year five. Last year in Jacksonville, Lewis scored four of his five touchdowns from the red zone. All three of Seferian-Jenkins' scores came from the red zone in 2017. Blake Bortles threw 18 of his 21 touchdowns from the red zone. There's a theme here -- ASJ will be getting tons of red zone looks. The Jags clearly have more deep threats this year, but Bortles is at his best throwing short, quick passes, which should benefit Seferian-Jenkins and lead him to a breakout season.

With four talented and capable wideouts and an inconsistent quarterback, at least one receiver is going to struggle. Marqise Lee will be that guy in 2018. All three of Lee's touchdowns came in the red zone last season, which could be Seferian-Jenkins' domain this season. Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook are arguably the bigger deep threats on this team, and that leaves Lee without a niche. He comes into the season as the No. 1 wideout, but he could lose a lot of looks as long as Westbrook stays healthy. Be cautious drafting Lee, especially if you're relying on him to be a consistent flex option.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Blake Bortles Cody Kessler
RB Leonard Fournette T.J. Yeldon Corey Grant
WR Marqise Lee Dede Westbrook Donte Moncrief Keelan Cole
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Niles Paul
K Josh Lambo