Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

The Jaguars' initial -- "unofficial" -- depth chart lists rookie RB James Robinson as the starter, with Devine Ozigbo and Chris Thompson following him on the depth chart. There are varying levels of truth to these things by team, so we wouldn't go trusting this completely. Let's treat it as a reminder, though, that Jacksonville sports a muddled backfield on what figures to be 1 of the league's worst teams. As long as you're not over-invested in any Jaguars RB, you're doing it right. Robinson, Ozigbo and Thompson should all be rostered in most leagues of 12+ teams with 2+ slots where RBs can start. Thompson's past receiving production and history with OC Jay Gruden makes him the best initial bet for role/touches.

The Buccaneers are releasing RB Dare Ogunbowale. We know a cut or 2 was coming at this position after the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette during training camp. Ogunbowale's departure leaves some 3rd-down work available and could leave Ke'Shawn Vaughn room on special teams. McCoy has been talked about as a 3rd-down option since arriving, but we'd bet on targets being spread among the top 3 backs.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been removed from the COVID list. We still don't know whether or not he had the virus -- but it's a non-issue for now. Minshew is locked in as Jacksonville's starter and is an intriguing late-round QB2 selection in fantasy drafts.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been placed on the COVID list. He has no real competition for the starting job, but missed camp time wouldn't be ideal for the 2nd-year man. We'll see when he's able to get cleared. Backup RB Ryquell Armstead was also placed on Jacksonville's COVID list.

NFL Network reports the Giants will cut K Aldrick Rosas “soon.” Rosas followed being a lackluster FG kicker with an off-season arrest for an alleged hit-and-run. Make sure you avoid him in best-ball drafts. Keep an eye on free-agent K Stephen Gostkowski, with the Giants now employing former Patriots coach Joe Judge as HC.

Giants K Aldrick Rosas was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. He reportedly T-boned another vehicle when he ran a red light at about 100 mph -- and then fled the scene. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. Rosas figures to draw a suspension from the league for this, and the Giants might just opt to release him. Avoid him in upcoming fantasy drafts.

The Seahawks have signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 1-year deal. That follows reports that Seattle had offered RB Devonta Freeman a contract, so the team was clearly looking to add to its backfield. Hyde played surprisingly well in Houston last year, averaging 4.4 yards per carry on 245 attempts. He ranked 32nd in Elusive Rating and 10th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. Hyde is solid insurance behind RBs Chris Carson (hip) and Rashaad Penny (ACL), who are both recovering from serious injuries. Carson is expected to be ready for Week 1, but Penny isn't. We'd expect Hyde to open the season as Seattle's #2 RB, although his arrival does add some downside to Carson's 2020 fantasy outlook.

The Jaguars added Texas WR Collin Johnson in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson is an intriguing prospect: a 6’6, 220-pounder with plus ball skills. He posted a 54-765-2 line as a sophomore and then went for 68-985-7 as a junior. But he struggled with a lingering hamstring injury this past year, finishing with 38 catches for 559 yards and 3 scores in 7 games. Johnson was unable to work out at the Combine due to a hip injury, and scouts wonder if he’s athletic enough to make it in the NFL. He joins D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and fellow rookie Laviska Shenault in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars added Colorado WR Laviska Shenault in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Shenault looks like a RB playing WR. At 6’1 and 227 pounds, he’s an inch taller and a pound lighter than Ezekiel Elliott. As you’d expect, Shenault is awesome with the ball in his hands. His 44 missed tackles forced over the last 2 seasons are tops among all draft-eligible WRs. Colorado also regularly used Shenault on handoffs, end-arounds and even at Wildcat QB. He compiled a 42-280-7 rushing line over the past 3 seasons. We were also impressed with Shenault’s speed, ball-tracking ability and contested-catch skills on tape. His upside is a bigger version of Deebo Samuel. Shenault is on the raw side as a route runner, though. And durability is a concern. He missed 4 games over the last 2 years and has had foot, shoulder and core-muscle surgeries in the past 15 months. Shenault has a shot to earn a significant rookie-year role with D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley as the competition for playing time. QB play in Jacksonville, both short and long term, is a potential problem.

The Falcons chose Florida CB C.J. Henderson with the 9th pick of the NFL Draft, making him the 2nd corner off the board. Henderson grabbed 4 INTs as a true freshman in 2017 and then broke up 16 passes -- with 2 INTs -- as a starter over the past 2 years. Despite 0 picks in 2019, he brings upside in coverage. Henderson also brings questions about his tackling, though, and totaled just 66 solos tackles across 3 college seasons. We're not excited about his IDP outlook, either for dynasty or redraft. Henderson's arrival should, however, help a Jacksonville defense that has shed starters Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye over the past year.

The Seahawks have signed WR Phillip Dorsett to a 1-year deal. A 1st-round pick back 2015, Dorsett has yet to top 33 catches or 528 yards in a season. He's coming off a 29-396-5 line with the Patriots last year. Dorsett will battle for #3 WR duties in Seattle and is unlikely to emerge as a 2020 fantasy asset barring injury to Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf.

The Falcons have signed WR Laquon Treadwell to a 1-year deal. The Vikings' 1st-round bust totaled just 701 yards and 2 scores over 4 seasons in Minnesota. We'll see what new the surroundings do, but don't bank on Treadwell becoming a fantasy factor. He figures to battle with Russell Gage for #3 WR duties behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that LB Joe Schobert has agreed to a 5-year deal with the Jaguars worth $53.75 million, including $22.5 million guaranteed. That should position Schobert as the MLB starter in a Jacksonville defense with new questions in the LB corps. Does Myles Jack slide out from the middle to start on the weak side in 2020? Will Telvin Smith return from his 2019 personal-life hiatus? And if so, where will he play? We'll see about those. What we can count on is Schobert heading into 2020 with the group's strongest IDP outlook. Back in Cleveland, meanwhile, 2019 rookies Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki appear to have clear lanes to starting gigs, with Schobert and Christian Kirksey gone. We'll see if the Browns add anyone else at the position.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Colts. The shoulder issue adds more downside to a guy who was an unexciting fantasy option to begin with.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he'll miss this one, but the injury is just another reason to avoid Minshew in fantasy lineups.

11:12am EST 12/22/19

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. He was limited in practice all week, so it’s unclear how close to 100% he’ll be today. Consider Chark a risk/reward WR3.

The Jaguars expect WR D.J. Chark (ankle) to return for today's game against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Chark is officially questionable after missing last week's game, but he put in limited practices all week. Atlanta presents a high-upside matchup, and the 7.5-point line points to Jacksonville likely playing from well behind.

11:12am EST 12/21/19

Texans RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bucs. We haven't heard any concern about that ankle, but Hyde is just a RB3 vs. Tampa's tough run defense.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons after a limited week of practice. HC Doug Marrone said Friday that he expects Chark to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Seemingly still at less than 100% but in a plus matchup, consider Chark a risk/reward WR3 for Week 16.

Texans RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bucs. He got in just 2 limited practices this week. We've heard nothing to suggest that Hyde is in danger of missing this one, but check back around 11:30 am ET on Saturday to make sure he's active if you're planning on using him. Hyde's absence would turn RB Duke Johnson into a fantasy starter.

 
 
 

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