Jaguars Fantasy News

Chargers Beat: Antonio Gates may have to 'settle for a reduced role' upon return

Friday, July 3, 2015, 2:11pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Ladarius Green is known for his limited route tree, but his speed, athleticism and big frame supersede those concerns. He can stretch the field in ways no other Chargers receiver can.

He’s also a better run blocker than Antonio Gates, which could have a significant impact in rookie running back Melvin Gordon’s early development.

Even before the suspension, Green was due a bigger role in the offense. If the Chargers utilize his natural abilities and he shows he’s ready for primetime, Gates will have to settle for a reduced role when he returns.

Fantasy Impact:

Given how effective Gates was last year, it's hard to see the team benching him for Green even if Green lights it up in the first month of the season. One thing's for sure -- Gates's suspension has thrown a pretty settled situation up in the air. In the five career games in which Green has seen more than three targets, he has averaged 3.4 catches for 66 yards and 0.40 TD. Thats 12.4 FP in PPR formats, or about what Julius Thomas averaged last season. Keep in mind that Green only averaged 5.4 T/G in those games, while Gates averaged 6.1 T/G last season, so Green has the potential to post top 5 numbers for the first month of the season.

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for four games for PED use

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 4:11pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the league informed the Chargers on Thursday.

Gates's statement included the following:

“In an effort to recover from a long season and although I was unaware at the time, I regret to confirm that I tested positive for a substance that is currently on the NFL banned substance list. As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues, and I take full responsibility for my actions."

Fantasy Impact:

Gates will be eligible to return in Week 5. Ladarius Green figures to see starter's snaps with Gates sidelined. In the five games in which Green has seen more than three targets, he has averaged 3.4 catches for 66 yards and 0.40 TD. Thats 12.4 FP in PPR formats, or about what Julius Thomas averaged last season. Keep in mind that Green only averaged 5.4 T/G in those games, while Gates averaged 6.1 T/G last season, so Green has the potential to post top 5 numbers for the first month of the season.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' overall health is 'night and day' compared to last year

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11:39am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' shoulder didn't require surgery, said HC Jim Caldwell, who referred to it as a "dead arm" suffering from inflammation, forcing a reduction in practice reps after roughly 17 months straight of throwing through the quarterback's last year at Central Florida, the pre-draft process and his first NFL season.

A toe injury suffered in a December loss to the Baltimore Ravens exacerbated things by disrupting Bortles' footwork but didn't stop him from making a start four days later against the Tennessee Titans (one of the Jaguars' three wins).

"A lot of it was good until some of those (injuries) happen," said Caldwell. "Now he's gotten healthy, and he's gotten back to really taking care of his body. I just asked him today, 'How's your body feel compared to this time last year?'

"He said it's night and day, man."

Fantasy Impact:

Bortles averaged 12.0 fantasy points per game, which led to a #24 finish at his position. He's a passer who could make a leap in his second season if the Jaguars can give him time to throw and he continues to clean up his fundamentals. The receiving corps is young but talented, with Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns all capable of producing when given the opportunity. The team signed Julius Thomas to provide a dangerous weapon at tight end. Bortles averaged nearly 30 yards rushing, so he offers some baseline production as a runner.

Jaguars Beat: WR Allen Robinson has the 'offseason look of a player on the rise'

Friday, June 26, 2015, 12:08am

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer John Oehser listed Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns as his top three breakout players:

Robinson missed the end of last season with a stress fracture in his foot, and then was limited early in the on-field portion of the offseason program. Once he returned to full speed around the third week of organized team activities early this month, he emerged quickly as one of the standout players of the offseason. He had the offseason look of a player on the rise, and if that look translates to the regular season, he could be a go-to player at a position where the Jaguars haven’t had one in a while.

Just because we’ve talked about Robinson a lot in the last few weeks doesn’t mean he’s the Jaguars’ only young, ascending receiver. Lee missed OTAs and minicamp with a knee injury, but he was close to being on the field during minicamp in June. He appears to have matured after struggling early in his rookie season and he has more explosiveness than any other Jaguars wide receiver. Hurns has been steady, consistent and reliable in a little more than a year since joining the Jaguars. He must reduce his drops, but he showed last season he can get open against NFL defenses.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. In other words, he posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. He should be better this year, provided new TE Julius Thomas doesn't gobble up all the targets. Lee and Hurns are both late-round types as it's not completely clear who is next in the pecking order.

Jaguars Beat: TE Julius Thomas is team's 'best player'

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:58pm

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Julius Thomas is the Jaguars’ best player.

Shocker, right? The way he moved around the practice field this month was unlike any player of the Caldwell-Bradley Era. For a franchise that’s been without difference making players, Thomas checks that important box.

If Thomas wasn’t leaping to catch a Blake Bortles catch down the seam — with a linebacker trailing him, he was running a post pattern to catch a Bortles offering — with a safety scrambling to cover him.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not shocking, but maybe a bit surprising. Thomas was a very productive tight end in Denver, but we're worried about the quarterback and offense downgrade to Blake Bortles and Jacksonville. He should offer at least baseline fantasy TE1 numbers, but we're dubious about a top 5 finish.

Jaguars Beat: Allen Robinson is 'by far' team's top receiver

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:56pm

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Allen Robinson is by far the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver.

A quick canvas of the league revealed 10 No. 1-caliber receivers: Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffrey, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeMaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

Robinson, the Jaguars’ second-year receiver, is below that level, but on this team at this moment, he’s the best.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. He posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. The Jacksonville receiving corps should feature Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If QB Blake Bortles can progress, this could be a dangerous passing game, and Robinson would be the primary beneficiary.

Bortles: Jaguars WR Allen Robinson has been 'unbelievable' in camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:02pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Jaguars WR Allen Robinson has been the star of the offseason program, showing big-play ability all over the field and most noticeably in and around the end zone.

"He's been unbelievable," quarterback Blake Bortles said as the Jaguars wrapped up a mandatory, three-day minicamp. "He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He can run and do everything out in the open field, so he's been fun to throw to."

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. He posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. The Jacksonville receiving corps should feature Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If QB Blake Bortles can progress, this could be a dangerous passing game.

Bucs' Austin Seferian-Jenkins 'most active' of 'highly productive' TE group

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:05pm

Buccaneers - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers’ tight ends, as a group, were highly productive during practice. But Austin Seferian-Jenkins may have been the most active. He worked with several different groups and came on strong for 11-on-11 drills during the final 30 minutes of practice.

Fantasy Impact:

New OC Dirk Koetter has a history of featuring the tight end, coaxing a 58-700-10 season out of Marcedes Lewis in 2010 to go along with the 176 catches for 1,965 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons with Tony Gonzalez in 2012-2013. Seferian-Jenkins had an injury-riddled rookie season, but is a breakout candidate in his second season with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator.

Caplan: Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon could 'wind up' in a three-down role

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:06pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

ESPN's Adam Caplan on RB T.J. Yeldon:

Not only is Jaguars 2nd-round pick T.J. Yeldon expected to start, he could wind up being a three-down player.

Best hands of their RBs, I'm told. First time in many years their OL has depth, versatility.

Fantasy Impact:

Yeldon should see plenty of touches, but the Jaguars' offense has been poor for some time, so he may not see the same number of scoring opportunities as some of the other running backs being drafted in the middle rounds. Denard Robinson had a very nice stretch for four weeks, but otherwise the Jacksonville running backs weren't much of a fantasy factor in 2014. The team did make an effort to improve the offensive line via free agency and the draft, so Yeldon has top 20 potential provided QB Blake Bortles shows progress from his disappointing rookie season.

Raiders QB Derek Carr cleared for minicamp, but may be limited

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Raiders QB Derek Carr has been cleared for participation in minicamp, according to a source informed of his prognosis. Rapoport added that Carr might not throw at full strength during the minicamp practices, but he is expected to be "100 percent" for the start of training camp.

Carr has been battling an issue to his ring finger that has kept him from throwing regularly during the Raiders' offseason program. He threw a few short passes last week during OTAs, but has mostly handed the ball off when not watching from the sidelines.

Fantasy Impact:

Carr finished as the #20 fantasy quarterback as a rookie, but averaged only 12.5 FP, which was only a half-point higher than fellow rookie Blake Bortles. The Raiders drafted Amari Cooper, so Carr now has a bona fide WR1 to throw to, and that should help his fantasy stock. He will be in the QB streaming/committee mix in his second season provided he puts his finger injury behind him by training camp.

Jaguars Beat: RB Toby Gerhart 'finally healthy' and 'rejuvenated'

Monday, June 8, 2015, 11:55am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart looks like he did before he got hurt in the season opener last year. You can tell he's finally healthy again. Plus, when you talk to him it's evident that he's rejuvenated by Greg Olson's offense, which features more inside zone runs than the previous offense. That's more of Gerhart's wheel house and he looks more comfortable carrying the ball.

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart blew his chance to be the team's feature back, but it wasn't entirely his fault as he struggled mightily with a foot injury. T.J. Yeldon is expected to start, but Gerhart will vie with Denard Robinson for touches behind the rookie.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) returns to limited practice

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:57am

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

It was a mere five-yard flare pattern to a running back -- and a wobbly one at that -- but it was the closest thing to a forward pass seen from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in three weeks.

Carr was mostly a spectator during Tuesday's organized team activity apart from a few short throws during drills as he recovers from a reported injury to the ring finger on his throwing hand.

The Raiders, citing team policy, have kept the details of Carr's condition to themselves and coach Jack Del Rio remained circumspect following practice.

There has been no information regarding the injury nor an update on when Carr might be full-go other than he's expected to be ready for training camp in late July. Whether Carr will do much throwing at the mandatory minicamp June 9-11 remains to be seen.

Fantasy Impact:

Carr finished as the #20 fantasy quarterback as a rookie, but averaged only 12.5 FP, which was only a half-point higher than fellow rookie Blake Bortles. The Raiders drafted Amari Cooper, so Carr now has a bona fide WR1 to throw to, and that should help his fantasy stock. He will be in the QB streaming/committee mix in his second season.

Jaguars OC 'wouldn't put it past' T.J. Yeldon to become a three-down back

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:52am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars OC Greg Olson on RB T.J. Yeldon:

"He was a playmaker and he played big in big games. He’s a very knowledgeable, intelligent player at the running back position and Alabama runs a Pro-Style offense and we were able to see him do things protection-wise and route running-wise and blocking [-wise] that will translate to this level of football. … [Playing every down] would be asking a lot of any player. I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s another real self-starter and hard worker."

Fantasy Impact:

Yeldon should see plenty of touches, but the Jaguars' offense has been poor for some time, so he may not see the same number of scoring opportunities as some of the other running backs being drafted in the middle rounds. Denard Robinson had a very nice stretch for four weeks, but otherwise the Jacksonville running backs weren't much of a fantasy factor in 2014. The team did make an effort to improve the offensive line via free agency and the draft, so Yeldon has top 20 potential provided QB Blake Bortles shows progress from his disappointing rookie season.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has done a 'great job of cleaning up his mechanics'

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:50am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

An early focus for the Jaguars' new OC Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett was how Blake Bortles held the football and how it left his hand. They felt Bortles held the ball too low, leaving him susceptible to being stripped. And then the follow-through – making sure he has a more consistent spin on his throws, which will produce a tighter spiral.

“He’s done a great job of cleaning up his mechanics,” Olson said. “He’s very hard on himself and critical of himself but he recognizes what needs to be fixed and he’s able to do that. A lot of guys aren’t able to do that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bortles averaged 12.0 fantasy points per game, which led to a #24 finish at his position. He's a passer who could make a leap in his second season if the Jaguars can give him time to throw and he can clean up his fundamentals. The receiving corps is young but talented, with Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns all capable of producing when given the opportunity. The team signed Julius Thomas to provide a dangerous weapon at tight end. Bortles averaged nearly 30 yards rushing, so he offers some baseline production as a runner.

Jaguars Beat: RB T.J. Yeldon 'expected to be the starter'

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:27pm

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is expected to be the starter as a rookie, and he has shown versatility as a runner and receiver – as well as noteworthy quickness as a runner. “He looks really good in short-area change of direction,” Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said. “He looks really, really good there. It’s, ‘How does a guy move in space? How athletic is he?’ That’s what stands out. With him, he definitely has it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Yeldon should see plenty of touches, but the Jaguars' offense has been poor for some time, so he may not see the same number of scoring opportunities as some of the other running backs being drafted in the middle rounds. Denard Robinson had a very nice stretch for four weeks, but otherwise the Jacksonville running backs weren't much of a fantasy factor in 2014. The team did make an effort to improve the offensive line via free agency and the draft, so Yeldon has top 20 potential provided QB Blake Bortles shows progress from his disappointing rookie season.

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