If you read us last week, then you hit on Jaguars RB Le0nard Fournette, who had a great fantasy day against the Panthers. He went over 100 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. WR D.J. Chark also was able to produce in a tough matchup, which we didn’t see coming against James Bradberry.
The Jags moved him all over the field, which resulted in him scoring two touchdowns.
For the Bucs, QB Jameis Winston and WR Mike Evans struggled all afternoon with Evans finishing with zero catches. Chris Godwin, on the other hand, was able to find the endzone twice in the Buccaneers defeat in New Orleans.
This week the Bucs will match up with the Carolina Panthers for the second time of the season. In the first match up of the year, Chris Godwin torched the Panthers to the tune of 8 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Mike Evans was held in check in the first matchup, and the Panthers have had his number in the past. After the dud of a game last week, the Bucs might make it a priority to get Evans the ball. The Panthers have been hammered by the run a few times so far this year.
The problem is we don’t know who will be doing the running? Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones have been under the “hot hand” approach all season. Jones has been the more effective runner, but it seems that Barber is scoring all the touchdowns. In week two in Charlotte, Barber had 82 yards and a touchdown, while Jones had just 9 yards on four carries.
The Jags will play host to those New Orleans Saints. The Saints neutralized the Bucs attack that had 55 points the week prior. Mike Evans was held to zero catches last week. So, it will be interesting to see if Chark gets lined up with Marshon Lattimore.
Dede Westbrook is in a good spot as second WR for the second straight week in a row. Last week he had seven catches for 82 yards and could benefit from the extra eyes on Chark.
After two impressive games in a row, it might be tough going for Fournette, as the Saints defense has been good against the run.
The Dolphins are back in action this week against Washington Redskins. The Dolphins will have a chance to win this one in a battle of winless teams. The offense has looked better with QB Josh Rosen running things. The running game is still something to avoid in fantasy at the moment.
WRs DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are decent options if you’re looking for a late third receiver or flex option.
Or in DFS if you want a cheap alternative. Williams has been Rosen’s favorite target all season with 12 and 7 targets over their last two games.
Jaguars to get Nick Foles back to practice
The Jaguars are in need of some positive news and it looks like they have some regarding injured quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles, who’s been out since an injury in game one, will apparently be back at practice starting next week
Coach Doug Marrone told the media Friday that their prized free agent acquisition is anxious to get back:
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he thinks QB Nick Foles will be able to return to practice on Wednesday, which keeps Foles on track for a potential return on Nov. 17. Foles has been our since Week 1 with a broken collarbone. https://t.co/w1byEk6jmi
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) October 18, 2019
Foles was injured in the first quarter of the Jaguars opening game with the Kansas City Chiefs suffering a fractured left collarbone. And, the team has been aiming for him to be back at some point in the middle of the season.
ESPN’s Jaguars beat reporter Mike DiRocco’s tweet references that it apparently be the November 17th game with the Colts, as the goal.
In Foles is absence, Jacksonville has turned rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon in North Florida leading Jacksonville to a couple of wins including a dramatic last-second victory in week four in Denver. The team further embraced Minshew by passing out some 30,000 replica mustaches at last week’s home game with the Saints, to like what the rookie sports as part of his image.
Minshew, however, had a tough time with the Saints defense throwing for only 14 of 29 for 163 yards without a TD and an INT. He’s expected to have an easier time with the 0-6 hapless Bengals this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Jags have optimism that Foles will be able to spark them in the second half of the season.
Jacksonville landed Foles in free agency this past March of his Super Bowl winning performance two years ago and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.
And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help.
Jaguars VP Coughlin on Ramsey trade- “time came to move on”
The Jaguars have made the decision to part with problem Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Wednesday morning the team made its first statement about it.
Jacksonville VP of football Tom Coughlin released a statement through the team website and social media about the deal they made with the Rams for the disgruntled Ramsey:
Statement from Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. pic.twitter.com/W3wdjinyOZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 16, 2019
As we wrote Tuesday night, Coughlin and Ramsey not seeing eye to eye basically forced a move to be made. However, the Jaguars should be credited, as they waited and got two number one picks, as well as a mid-round pick in return for a player that has previously been an All-Pro at his position.
The soap opera boiled over in week two, when Ramsey got into things on the sidelines with coach Doug Marrone over Marrone not challenging a completion to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom Ramsey had been covering.
As we had been told at that time Ramsey and Marrone and cleared the air. However, his bigger problem had been with Coughlin and a meeting they had after the Houston game led Ramsey to demand a trade. This as, Coughlin would ultimately be in charge of approving a long-term contract extension for Ramsey be on this year, and that wasn’t going to be likely.
The Jaguars and the Rams also completed a big trade a year ago when Jacksonville dealt away defensive end and former top five pick, Dante Fowler, for third and fifth round picks in return. Fowler went on to have a good year down the stretch in L.A. and ended up helping them make the Super Bowl.
Ramsey also comes to Hollywood at a bargain in the short term for the Rams, as he is only making the prorated remainder of his $2.4 million salary for this year.
The Rams and GM Les Snead can also decide to keep Ramsey for his fifth year option at $13.7 million for 2020.
And, the Rams cleared some salary-cap room, and at Ramsey’s position, when they traded defensive back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Tuesday. L.A. is in the “win now” mode, and not only did not have a first-round pick this past draft, but also do not have one in the next two drafts after the deal for Ramsey.
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