Jaguars’ Allen Robinson(15) and Allen Hurns(88) celebrating
The Jaguars are Now an Offensive Bonanza For Fantasy Owners:
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a losing team for some time now, but this year, their offense has made many fantasy owners winners after strong showings over the three playoff weeks by all healthy major contributors. Blake Bortles was a top three quarterback over the last five weeks, placing second in both passing yards and passing touchdowns, and also added two rushing scores. He should stay a top seven quarterback option next year, as he leads a promising Jaguars offense.
Allen Robinson played like a top eight receiver all season, and should continue to do so all next year. He was in the top 10 all year in targets and is tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 14 scores. He averaged around five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown per game through the first 15 games. He is a completely rock-solid WR1.
Allen Hurns was extremely consistent, and owners were capable of counting on him scoring every week. He was the first receiver since 2012 to score a touchdown in seven consecutive games. He finished off with 10 touchdowns in the first 15 games, and eclipsed 1,000 yards in his first full season as the starter. He should continue producing at a WR2 level next year.
T.J. Yeldon’s first season in the league was a rocky one. He was given many touches, but was only able to average 4.1 yards per carry. That should improve as he learns to be a more mature runner in his sophomore season. His aptitude as a receiver out of the backfield and his running ability and situation make him a solid RB2 option.
With all these younger options around him in the Jaguars offense, Julius Thomas is easily forgotten as the veteran tight end. In the 9 games he started, he averaged four and a half catches and 45 yards per game, with a touchdown coming in five of nine games. That is good enough for low-end TE1 consideration, because the tight end spot is barren in the league right now.
David Johnson will be a Top Five Pick Next Year
Coming into the year, David Johnson was projected as a sleeper handcuff to the oft-injured Andre Ellington. That left him in a valuable spot until the Cardinals signed Chris Johnson and gave CJ?K the keys to the backfield until he got hurt. Andre Ellington also happened to get injured at the same time, and David Johnson took full advantage of his opportunity as the Cardinals bell cow running back. He accumulated nearly 600 yards from scrimmage in his last four games, piling on five touchdowns and highlight-reel-worthy plays. Even with Andre Ellington back, Johnson accrued 127 total yards and a touchdown, increasing his season total to 12 touchdowns, eight running and four receiving. His dynamic ability as both a runner and receiver all but guarantees him to be a first round pick next year, let alone a top five pick.
De’Andre Hopkins Needs a Good, or At Least a Somewhat Decent, Quarterback
The Houston Texans quarterback situation is really so bad it’s not even funny anymore. They have used T.J Yates, B.J. Daniels, Ryan Mallett and Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterbacks over the course of the 2015 season, but they somehow find a way to win games. With a win this week, they can clinch a spot in the playoffs as the winner of the awful AFC South. If they make the playoffs, the Texans chances of drafting a top quarterback would be diminished greatly. Trading for a quarterback is also a possibility, as 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick is reportedly up for trade, and maybe they can either sign or trade for Robert Griffin III of the Redskins or Johnny Manziel from the Browns. Despite the current sub-par quarterback play, De’Andre Hopkins still will eclipse 100 catches, 1300 yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns, and he is ranked as the number 20 overall player in Yahoo Fantasy’s player rankings list. He is ranked as the number six receiver and will probably be drafted in the late second-early third round territory, but with consistent quarterback play, it is not hard to believe he could put up first round value.
The FitzMagic is Rubbing Off on Jets’ Receivers
The whole IK Enemkpali situation is shaping up to be the best thing that happened to the Jets all season. Ever since Geno Smith broke his jaw and was forced to miss six weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the Jets starting quarterback job and ran away with it. Fitzpatrick has been a savior to the Jets season, but more importantly, to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker owners everywhere.
Brandon Marshall came off of a down year last year with the Chicago Bears. He played only 13 games and caught only 61 passes and 721 yards with eight touchdowns. He was then traded to the Jets for the small price of a fifth round pic, which is looking like a huge bargain for the Jets. He has put up insane statistics this season, and needs only 66 yards against the Bills this week to double his yardage total from last year. He also set a Jets franchise record in receptions, and was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in the last seven years. He should be drafted within the first four rounds of next years draft.
Eric Decker plays a very similar role in the Jets’ offense as Allen Hurns does in Jacksonville. He does not fill out the yardage category like other receivers, but he puts through consistent stats in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown categories. He averages around five catches and 70 yards a game, and has scored a touchdown in 11 out of 14 games. He, like Hurns, is a great option as a WR2.
(Andrew Theodorakis for the New York Daily News)
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