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.
Jags coach Marrone acknowledged Wednesday he’s in jeopardy
As the Jaguars 2019 season has spiraled downward, their head coach acknowledged Wednesday that there are likely changes coming in North Florida.
Head Coach Doug Marrone meets the media prior to today's practice. https://t.co/Ks19PcB0te
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 11, 2019
“We’re all fighting for our jobs. When you look at it from that standpoint, each person has to make their own decision on how they handle those things….It’s a constant microscope in this league, but I think it gets magnified when you are not winning football games,” Marrone said plainly.
It’s no secret that the Jaguars are plummeting. Sunday they were embarrassed again at home, this time by the L.A. Chargers 45 – 10. That was the fifth consecutive decisive loss (by at least 17 points) for a team that was once 4 – 4 and in the conversation are the AFC Wildcard picture.
Yes, there are injuries including the team losing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and recently linebacker Myles Jack to season-ending IR. The same on offense where WR Marqise Lee never got healthy and made contributions this year. He, too is back on injured reserve.
Further, the team also had to deal with the constant off field distraction and then decided to trade away arguably their best player, defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams. Granted, Ramsey wanted out and was trying not to play while the trade was being consummated. Still, this missed him on the field and it was an issue.
Then, there’s the mess on offense, where the Jags offensive line is in shambles and Marrone had to bench high-priced free agent quarterback Nick Foles before last week’s game. That’s because of his ineffective play and lack of mobility to play behind their poor line.
Rookie Gardner Minshew, who had won four games earlier this year, didn’t do much with only 162 yards in the air and a late third-quarter touchdown that only cut the lead to 31 – 10 in the loss Sunday.
Further, running back Leonard Fournette has now been neutralized by the lack of good line play and the inability to get the passing game going. Fournette went from having a good start to the season that included three 100-yard or more games out of four in late September and October, to having five of his last six games where he has run for 50 yards or less.
So, everywhere you look, the Jags are struggling and losing, and owner Shad Khan is expected to make wholesale changes at the end of the year.
But for now, Jacksonville must go out to Oakland this week and try not to be further embarrassed there.
Jaguars injury woes continue- LB Myles Jack to IR
The bad news on the injury front for the Jaguars continued on Thursday, when they placed star linebacker Myles Jack on injured reserve.
Source: #Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) is going on Injured Reserve today. A hit to the Jacksonville defense.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2019
Jack missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury that was believed to be a sprain suffered in the loss to the Colts two weeks ago. However, the move to IR indicates it may be more serious.
The Jaguars season has unraveled over the course of the last month with injuries to their defense and the team trading away perennial Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the Rams. Jacksonville had already put DT Marcel Dareus on IR, All-Pro defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been trying to battle through a bad back and DB Tony Harrison has still not been cleared with a concussion.
Coach Doug Marrone has expressed the last two weeks that it has been a struggle for his defense with all of the injuries mounting late in the year.
As for Jack, he had settled in the middle linebacker roll after Telvin Smith abruptly retired in May.
Jack has been solid, but not spectacular, in the middle of the defense registering 7 or more tackles in five games this season. However he hasn’t forced a fumble, has only one interception and half of a sack. Jack also has just three tackles-for-loss at a position that often dictates much more output than that.
The former second-round pick out of UCLA had question marks about his knee coming out of college, when the Jaguars took him in the 2016 draft. However, he has answered critics on his durability by being active for all 59 games of his career up until last week.
Jacksonville will use veteran Donald Payne at middle linebacker for now. Payne played significantly last week against the Buccaneers and has been on and off of Jacksonville roster this season.