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Anyway, the other day we started analyzing the fantasy good and bad of the Buffalo Bills. This time around, let’s take a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars fantasy relevance. There is some emergence on the Jags roster while there may also be some regression.
Anyone? Beuller? To be as nice as possible, Blaine Gabbert doesn’t have the intangibles to be a starting quarterback in this league. And by that, I mean he’s not very good. Chad Henne showed some positive signs during his time as the starter, but nowhere near enough to be considered a fantasy option. Tim Tebow anyone?
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that, when healthy, Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the better running backs in football. Unfortunately, he saw his season cut short, only playing six games due to a foot injury. He had surgery during the offseason and will be sidelined until around May. Still, barring any setbacks, MJD will be good to go for the start of the 2013 season. This time, there will be no contract disputes between Jones-Drew and the Jaguars, allowing him to focus solely on football. He is their best player on both sides of the ball and will likely get a heavy workload.
One of the better stories of the 2012 fantasy season was the emergence of wide receiver Cecil Shorts. He hit the scene for the Jaguars, catching 55 balls for 979 yards and seven scores. Shorts would have easily hit the 1,000-yard marker, but he missed the final two games of the season due to concussion. The 25-year old provides big play ability, crisp route running skills and good speed. However, he isn’t the only promising receiver on this club. Second year wideout Justin Blackmon took a while to breakout in his rookie year, but eventually looked very good. He caught 64 balls for 865 yards and five touchdowns. Henne targeted him a ton when the two were on the field together and his size and speed provide a ton of fantasy potential. Keep your eye on these two receivers heading into next season.
Verdict: Follow closely
Everything else regarding the Jaguars, not too important.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy columnist for Rant Sports.
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