Jaguars Fantasy News

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews could be back Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:39am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews knew he wouldn't play the Bills.

He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.

"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.

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Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Gerhart will be in the mix for carries, though HC Gus Bradley said that Denard Robinson will get the start against the Dolphins.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Clay is a streaming option this week against the Jaguars.

Colts Beat: Discussing the defense

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.

Fantasy Impact:

The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Gerhart will be in the mix for carries, though HC Gus Bradley said that Denard Robinson will get the start against the Dolphins.

Jaguars claim they will 'mix and match' at running back

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:50pm - [Full Article]

So do the Jaguars (1-6) ride the hot hand (Denard Robinson) or go back to Toby Gerhart? Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch wasn’t tipping his hand much on Wednesday as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against Miami (3-3) at EverBank Field.

“I think we’ll continue to mix and match a little bit,” Fisch said. “I don’t know exactly how that will all play out yet.”

That would seemingly be good news for Gerhart if Fisch isn’t ready to fully endorse the back that gave the offense a needed lift. Fisch did praise Robinson for his strong outing and his improvement.

Fantasy Impact:

Beat writer Michael DiRocco predicted earlier in the day that Robinson would be the lead back going forward and would see "15-20 carries...maybe even a little bit lower." We're betting that Gerhart stays involved when healthy, though Robinson has worked himself into a large role in the Jaguars' (modest) running game.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gerhart will be in the mix for carries, though it looks like Denard Robinson will be the primary running back for the Jaguars moving forward.

Jags Beat: Denard Robinson predicted to be the lead back going forward

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer Michael DiRocco predicts that RB Denard Robinson will see "15-20 carries...maybe even a little bit lower." He went on to predict that while the team may mix it up when Toby Gerhart returns, "the main job will be Denard Robinson's going forward."

Fantasy Impact:

The Jacksonville running backs are averaging 18.0 carries per game, so the team is going to have a tough time feeding Robinson the ball 15-20 times per game. We're expecting 13.7 carries for Robinson in Week 8.

Terrance West was benched vs. Jags

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:20am

Akron Beaon-Journal - [Full Article]

Rookie Terrance West was benched for the rest of the game after he gained just 1 yard on second-and-2 from the Jaguars’ 25-yard line and was then stopped for no gain on third-and-1 from the 24 late in the second quarter.

Instead of calling for a 42-yard field goal attempt, Pettine gambled on fourth-and-1, quarterback Brian Hoyer threw incomplete under pressure and the Jaguars responded with a three-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to capture a 7-6 halftime lead. They never trailed again.

West had room to run for a first down on both crucial carries. On second down, he had an opening off the right edge but danced in the hole. On third down, he ran into center John Greco after cutting back. West estimated he would have advanced 7 yards beyond the first-down marker had he not hesitated and collided with Greco.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns said they are going to re-evaluate the use of their three-back system, and it may be West who gets to watch a little more from the sideline after not hitting the hole against the Jags. Ben Tate seems to be the guy to own here, but the presence of West and Isaiah Crowell could cap his value as anything more than a flex play. The hope is this situation plays itself out, but the reality is we may hear a lot of talk about committees and hot hands.

Jags could stick with Denard Robinson at RB

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:03pm

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

Jags RB Denard Robinson worked hard in the offseason and gained about 15 pounds as he improved his skills.

Still, he was expected to be a backup, a change of pace runner. But Toby Gerhart is battling injuries and rookie Storm Johnson gained only 21 yards in 10 carries against Tennessee last week so the Jaguars gave Robinson a shot.

It helped that the Jaguars were never far behind Sunday so they could stick with the running game.

“We got to run it the whole game and that was fun," said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

So will Robinson remain the feature back? Coach Gus Bradley was somewhat vague when asked about it .

“Yeah, I think so. We’ll look at the film. He did a good job and we hope to get Toby back,’’ Bradley said.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story pointed out, it was really the first time the Jags were able to stick with the running game. Cleveland was just an average matchup but Robinson took advantage and Bradley's comments indicate he's got a chance to see a big role against Miami in Week 8. While he's worth a pickup if you're an owner hurting at the position, keep in mind this isn't a great situation. Storm Johnson remains a threat and the offense just isn't consistent enough for whoever the starting RB is to put up great fantasy numbers every week.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Gerhart is doubtful to return this week. HC Gus Bradley said that the team would use a three-man committee in the backfield, with Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson splitting work on first and second down with Jordan Todman coming on third downs. This is a mess.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (knee, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. The probable tag means that Harbor is virtually certain to face the Browns.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Gerhart is doubtful to return this week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. Tate should be fine for a great matchup against the Jaguars.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Gerhart may return this week, though it doesn’t sound like his foot is near 100 percent.