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 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.
Can Jaguars get necessary spark from Gardner Minshew?
The Jaguars were back on the practice field on Wednesday and have to rally around their rookie QB, Gardner Minshew, to re-ignite their season. And their opponent, may be the perfect for them, too.
Minshew took over in the second half for an ineffective Nick Foles, as Foles committed turnovers on each of Jacksonville’s first three possessions. Now, he’s back as their starter to see if the 4-8 Jags can salvage some games in December.
Now, the 4-win L.A. Chargers come stumbling to North Florida off a dramatic loss in Denver and yet, somehow, have been listed as 2.5-point underdogs by top sports betting sites.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers, new-look defense is coming to Jacksonville to try and move to 5-8 and make a run at a .500 season. In effect, both of these teams’ seasons are all but over, so they are just playing for pride. And while mathematically, the Jags are not completely out of the AFC South race, yet, let’s be honest … the Titans and Texans are not going to drop four straight games … and it definitely isn’t looking like the Jags are going to win four straight.
Coach Doug Marrone is clearly in trouble and everything they try is not working. There were plenty of games that the Jaguars could have or should have won, but didn’t. And, now they are sitting on the very bottom of the AFC South with few games remaining.
Onto to the matchup.
The Chargers have owned the Jaguars historically, as they have won in two of the last three and seven of the last ten meetings. But right now, this is a pretty good spot for the Jags.
When we look at standard offense on any given Sunday, the L.A. Chargers are about two points better than the Jacksonville Jaguars on average. The Chargers put up 20.33 points per game against the Jags 18.33. It would be nice for Jaguars fans, if the Chargers performed significantly worse on the road, but they don’t.
They are almost exactly the same level of bad whether at home in Los Angeles or out on the road. And unfortunately, for Jags fans who buy tickets to home games, they have let them down at TIAA Field by performing worse in Jacksonville, to the tune of nearly three points per game. They score just 15.83 on their home field.
The yardage stats are comparable in this one, as the Chargers pass for 255.33 per game, while the Jags pass for 242.50. The Chargers rush for 92 yards per game, while the Jags run game with Leonard Fournette has dropped off to 79.67 average, currently.
On defense, the Chargers are a respectable top ten unit (No. 7 in the league) that allows just 18.50 points per game. They hold teams to 212 yards passing and 97.83 yards rushing.
However, that’s where Minshew will put them to the test. He is far more mobile than Foles and got Jacksonville 11 points in the second half Sunday with them driving for more. That is until the rookie’s killer interception at the Tampa Bay goaline midway through the fourth quarter.
So, most of the numbers point the another Jacksonville loss. That said, the Chargers have lost three straight but have shown some flashes of brilliance. So too did Minshew, who won four games in eight tries earlier this year as the fill-in starter.
If you can avoid this game for your “Survivor Pools” do so … If you are a bettor … stay away.
This is a game where anything can happen, especially with “Minshew Mania” back.