2014 Fantasy Football: Assessing the Jacksonville Jaguars WR Corps
2014 can be best described as a transitional year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team started last season as the laughingstock of the NFL and transitioned into a team of hope towards the end of the season. After a productive offseason, the team has stocked the offensive unit with young talent that looks promising for years to come. Not all of the promising young players drafted will get a chance to play this season. The team’s first-round selection, quarterback Blake Bortles, probably won’t see the field this year. The team brass would like for him to learn for at least a year under Chad Henne. Even though the team is in a rebuilding stage, they flaunt some interesting fantasy football assets
Cecil Shorts will be the veteran who will lead the attack as the team’s No. 1 receiver. Shorts has been a garbage-time hero in fantasy football for the past few seasons and has been very effective in PPR leagues due to the overall lack of talent around him. Things should start to change for Shorts as he will have two high draft picks to fight for receptions with. Due to the changing nature of the Jags offense this season, Shorts will likely be a low-end WR-2 since the team around him is improving.
Former Penn State standout Allen Robinson will occupy one of the spots out wide in his rookie season. Robinson has a great frame, ability to win contested catches and power over defensive backs to move the chains. He does lack the vertical speed to be an elite deep threat, but he still has the potential to be a borderline WR-2/WR-1 in his career. He may not achieve that potential in his rookie campaign, but he could be a sneaky late-round selection worth stashing.
Marqise Lee has the inside track to start in Week 1, but he will likely take some time to adapt to the game. The Jaguars will be eager to get one of their most exciting offseason additions some experience under his belt. Lee will has the potential to be an electrifying receiver in the NFL for years to come, but his ceiling this season is a mid-range WR-4.
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