Dede Westbrook Fantasy Football News 2018

The forecast for today's Jaguars-Chiefs game calls for periods of heavy rain. The good news is that winds are expected to be only 6-7 mph. They aren't ideal conditions, but it's not enough for us to adjust our projections for these passing games. You might use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players, though.

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee will have season-ending surgery after suffering ligament damage in his left knee Saturday, HC Doug Marrone announced Monday. It's not yet clear which ligament is the problem, but the ACL is usually involved in these scenarios. We'll update that as more info gets released. We already adjusted the projections for the rest of the Jacksonville WR corps over the weekend in anticipation of bad news, though. According to Adam Levitan of Fantasy Labs, Donte Moncrief led WRs by playing 32 of 40 first-team snaps after Lee left Saturday's game. Keelan Cole followed at 28, with Dede Westbrook at 26 and rookie D.J. Chark at 14.

We passed along a late-July report from ESPN's Michael DiRocco that Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook was looking like the team's #5 WR. It sounds like that's changed -- and drastically -- over the past couple of weeks. John Oehser of the team's official website believes Westbrook "may be playing his way into a spot among the top three receivers." He ran with the starters in the preseason opener (although WR Keelan Cole was out with an injury) and hauled in 3 balls for 32 yards. "A day rarely has gone by in camp that Westbrook hasn’t stood out, and starting quarterback Blake Bortles appears to be going his way more quickly as camp continues," Oehser writes. "He appears to be putting together the entire approach necessary to be a consistent, productive NFL receiver – and that could be earning him a far bigger role this season than some observers expected." We'll continue to monitor Jacksonville's WR depth chart. Westbrook is worth a look near the end of drafts, but Marqise Lee is probably the only guy in the group we'll be able to trust in early-season fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Michael DiRocco believes Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark are "set" as the Jaguars' top 4 WRs. "Dede Westbrook is the front-runner to win the fifth spot," DiRocco adds. This suggests that Westbrook is not only buried on the depth chart, but also fighting for a roster spot. (Some teams keep just 5 WRs.) We'll see if Westbrook makes a move in the pecking order over the next month. But for now, he's not worth a roster spot in redraft leagues.

The Jaguars added LSU WR D.J. Chark with the 61st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark’s stock got a big boost when he ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also posted 90th+ percentile marks in the broad and vertical jumps, earning a SPARQ score in the 96th percentile. Chark didn’t post huge numbers at LSU. He went without a single catch in his first 2 seasons before a 26-466-3 line in 2016. This past year brought a quasi-breakout, with Chark hauling in 40 balls for 874 yards and 3 scores. His 21.9 yards per catch led the entire country among players with 40+ receptions. It’s certainly worth noting that Chark played on a bad LSU passing game. He accounted for 22.3% of the catches, 33.0% of the yards and 17.6% of the TDs last year. And his 2.92 yards per route run ranked 12th among draft-eligible receivers, per Pro Football Focus. Chark at least looks like a guy who can bring big-play ability to Jacksonville. But he’ll need to refine the other parts of his game — notably his route running and hands — if he wants to turn into more than a boom-or-bust fantasy option. Chark joins a crowded Jaguars WR group that also includes Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said Monday that WR Dede Westbrook (sports hernia) is "ready" this week. That presumably means he'll be active for Sunday's game against the Browns. And the rookie could play a sizable role if WR Allen Hurns' ankle injury keeps him out. Westbrook remains just a fantasy flier for Week 11, but he's worth rostering in leagues of 12+ teams.

The Jaguars did not activate WR Dede Westbrook (sports hernia) from the IR for Sunday's game against the Bengals. The rookie returned to practice this week but evidently isn't ready for game action yet. We're expecting him to make his debut next week. Westbrook remains an intriguing stash in deeper fantasy leagues.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (sports hernia) is expected to be ready when he's eligible to come off IR in Week 9. "It's always encouraging to be able to get a player back that you feel can help you win," HC Doug Marrone said. "I do feel that way. Right now the reports that I have had is that he is on track, and we'll see." Westbrook underwent surgery on September 12 but has been running for the past couple of weeks now. He should quickly step in as Jacksonville's #3 WR and could even push Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns for snaps. Westbrook lit up the preseason, racking up 288 yards and 2 TDs on 13 catches.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook has been placed on IR. The rookie missed the 3rd preseason game with a core-muscle injury but returned for the 4th. It looks like he suffered a setback at some point since then. We'll see whether Jacksonville tabs Westbrook as their "designated-to-return" player, but he's not worth rostering in redraft leagues.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (core) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Texans. The rookie sizzled this preseason but is still off the redraft radar for now. Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns will operate as Jacksonville’s top 3 WRs.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook capped an impressive preseason with a bang on Thursday night. He torched the Falcons for 115 yards and a score on 6 catches. It all came from 3rd-string QB Brandon Allen. And, of course, against Atlanta's backups. But it's still been a strong preseason from Westbrook. The rookie finishes with 13 catches for 288 yards (22.2 YPC) and 2 TDs in 3 outings. We've heard whispers that WR Allen Hurns could be on the trading block. His departure would give Westbrook an opportunity to step in as Jacksonville's #3 WR. That probably wouldn't be enough to make him a fantasy factor, considering the team's QB woes. But he's at least worth monitoring as a potential waiver-wire target. And Westbrook should certainly be rostered in all dynasty leagues.

The Jaguars added Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After starting his college career at Blinn junior college, Westbrook spent the past 2 years in Norman. He posted a 46-743-4 line in 2015 and then busted out last season. Westbrook tallied 1,524 yards and 17 scores on 80 grabs — a sizzling 19.1 yards per catch. The monster season earned him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top WR) honors. He also finished 4th in the Heisman voting. Westbrook clocked a 4.34-second 40 time at the Combine and should at least be a big-play threat at the next level. He’s just 6’0 and 174 pounds, though, and is an older prospect at 23 years old. That lowers the fantasy floor. The ceiling extends into DeSean Jackson territory. In the short term, Westbrook will compete with Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns for targets behind Allen Robinson.

 
 
 

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