Week 11 of the NFL season will present some challenges for the state teams. All three clubs will be facing above-average defenses. The Bucs and Dolphins will be playing at home with beautiful weather expected in both games. The Jags will be on the road but will be in a dome against the Colts.
The Bucs and Saints have the highest point total of all three games at 49.5 points. Last time these teams met in week 5, they combined for 55 points. The Saints will be missing star corner Marshon Lattimore, who has given Mike Evans fits over the past few years. He had zero catches in week five, so expect him to remember that and take advantage of the Lattimore injury.
Chris Godwin had a monster game going for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He has been quiet over the past few games, however, and could be a good low owned DFS play. Ronald Jones will be the starter for this game, but the Saints run defense has been stout this season. Jones struggled on the ground last week but had success in the air with several screen passes. For the Bucs to win like most weeks, they will need to pass, meaning Jameis Winston and Mike Evans can be fired up into your lineups.
The Jaguars have the second-highest total and will be in a dome. The Jags will welcome back offseason acquisition Nick Foles. The Colts have a top 10 pass defense and top 15 run defense, meaning this will not be an easy task for Foles. With Garner Minshew, we knew that DJ Chark was the got to man. Now its anyone’s guess.
We know that they want to get Leonard Fournette involved, especially after only getting him 11 carries last time out. If you are streaming a QB this week, Foles could be a nice sneaky option. Dede Westbrook could see his stock rise with this QB switch, as well.
The Miami Dolphins are coming into Sunday somehow some way staring at a three-game winning streak. They now will face their toughest task yet.
The Bills come in with the 3rd best defense in the league when it comes to yardage. The running game was a mess last week, unable to do anything. Kalen Ballage struggled and could lose some touches to Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.
DeVante Parker had a decent game against the Colts going for 69 yards on five catches. This week, however, he will be shadowed by Tre’Davious White and should be avoided in fantasy. This is a bad matchup for the Dolphins and only play one of them if you absolutely have to.
Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue hinting he’s gone again?
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:
— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) February 26, 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:
Doug Marrone: ‘’No doubt where I stand or the coaches.”
—They want Yannick Ngakoue back. pic.twitter.com/vOorH4hH95
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) February 26, 2020
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.
Jaguars confirm they are declining option on DT Dareus
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 confirmed the Jaguars are not picking up DT Marcell Dareus' option.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) February 25, 2020
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?