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Fantasy advice- Jaguars break out back home?

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Week 13 of the NFL season means that this is the last week of the fantasy regular season in most season long leagues. Some players from the state teams just so happen to have some prime matchups, as well. The Jaguars and Bucs will play in an in-state showdown, and the Dolphins take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Each offense will have something to take advantage of against the defenses they will go up against.

The Bucs and Jags have the third-highest point projection of the weekend at 47.5 points. Multiple players will be in play in this contest. Starting with the Bucs, we know all about their high-powered passing attack. Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin are always weekly plays.

The Jags have the 18th ranked total defense and have struggled over the last few weeks. They have given up 26,33, and 42 points in their previous three games.

The Jags have been better against the pass than the run, The Colts and Titans ran all over the Jags in the last two games. Ronald Jones scored last week against Atlanta and should be able to find the endzone again against Jacksonville. On the other side, the Jags offense should have a better time scoring this week than the two weeks prior. The Bucs defense dominated the Falcons last week, but can they do it again?

They still have the 31st ranked defense against the pass. Nick Foles could be a streaming option. D.J. Chark will be a must-play while Dede Westbrook could be back on the radar as a flex option. We know the Jags love to run and will give Leonard Fournette 25-30 touches, but the Bucs have the league’s 2nd best-run defense.

The Miami Dolphins will host the Philadelphia Eagles in a game with a 45-point total spread. The Dolphins offense has been one dimensional for a while now. They can’t seem to figure it out on the ground. Between Kalen Ballage, Patrick Laird, and last week Myles Gaskin, they just can’t get anything going with a sub par offensive line. Lucky for them, the Eagles are great against the run and worse against the pass.

Devante Parker, as always, is the most consistent weapon for the offense. Mike Gesicki was able to score against last week, as well. With the extreme limitations at the tight end position in fantasy, Gesicki might be someone you want to take a look at.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue hinting he’s gone again?

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One of the key free-agent questions for the Jaguars continues to be whether or not they’re going to allow their best pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, to test the free-agent market coming up? And, once again, the player may be giving a clue that he’s going to do just that.

Ngakoue tweeted Wednesday morning the following phrase, which seems to indicate, yet again, that he will be playing somewhere else in 2020:

This goes along with something that we wrote earlier in January. That’s when just a couple of days after the season Ngakoue posted essentially a goodbye message to Jaguar fans. This came on the heels of him having held out for a new contract for the first few days of training camp last August, but not receiving a new deal during the season, etc.

Ngakoue, whose 37.5 career sacks are the most by a Jaguars player after 63 career games, is sure to be a sought-after player from many different teams. GM Dave Caldwell said at the end of the season when asked about re-sgning his star pass rusher, “He is a tremendous player and even a better person. How he handled his business this year was tremendous. But, I would say that’s priority No. 1, to make sure he comes back to Jacksonville. Hopefully, we can get that done. ″

It’s also worth noting that at Tuesday’s NFL Scouting Combine at media availability in Indianapolis, coach Doug Marrone repeated that he wants Ngakoue to remain in Jaguars teal and white:

However, it remains to be seen if Marrone and Caldwell are willing to “pony up” huge money for him or even potentially,  put the franchise tag on him before free agency begins next month?

Ngakoue figures to want a contract close to what the top ends are getting paid right now. Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark both signed five-year, over $100 million deals in 2019 and received guaranteed money that exceeded $62 million. That is massive for Jacksonville.

If the Jags opt for the “franchise tag,” then the talented end will be making around $19 million dollars, which is the current average of the top five players at his position. The Jaguars could also put the tag on him and then work on a longer term, salary cap friendly, deal that would replace the tag later in the off season.

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Jaguars confirm they are declining option on DT Dareus

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At Tuesday’s media session at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell made official what had been rumored for the last couple of days regarding defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: he will not be brought back for a fourth season in Jacksonville.

Caldwell was a specifically asked about Dareus’ status and gave a quick answer is part of his Q&A session:

Dareus only played briefly in 2019, as he suffered a core muscle injury that sidelined him after only six games and he was placed on injured reserve. The former number one pick of the Buffalo Bills had played for coach Doug Marrone for a couple of seasons in Western New York.

Marrone and Caldwell traded for Dareus during the 2017 season and he helped them with their rise to the AFC South title and two playoff wins. This included Darius registering two sacks and four other tackles-for-loss in the Jaguars three playoff games that year.

Dareus made the Pro Bowl twice in Buffalo in 2013-14.

However, he has not lived up to his hefty contract that was reworked Jacksonville last February. Last season, Dareus made over $8 million dollars and the team would have been on the hook for $20 million this year had they picked up the option. That obviously wasn’t going to happen.

Dareus also has had legal troubles off the field, including a civil suit against him in Tampa for alleged sexual misconduct. As we wrote previously, a woman alleged that Dareus had sexually assaulted her in January of 2018 at a North Tampa Florida home, while Dareus was in town for the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff Championship Game.

However, that suit filed in Hillsborough County court was “dismissed with prejudice” last April, which means it cannot be re-filed.

Dareus, if healthy after the core muscle injury rehab, may have some value as a defensive tackle on the free agent market.

As for the Jaguars, they have former #1 pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan to play more in the middle and are trying to decide if free agent-to-be, DE Yannick Ngakoue, can be afforded for their 2020 salary cap?

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