Shark Bites

The Jaguars have agreed to a 2-year deal with TE Tyler Eifert, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Eifert joins a roster whose most productive TE had been James O'Shaughnessy, with a top season of 24 receptions in 2018. Jacksonville drafted TE Josh Oliver in Round 3 last year, but he appeared in only 4 games because of injury. Eifert reunites with new Jaguars OC Jay Gruden, who coordinated the Bengals offense back when Cincinnati drafted Eifert in 2013. Eifert made it through 16 games for the 1st time in his career last season, posting a 43-436-3 receiving line in his age-29 season. If he hits August as Jacksonville's lead TE, Eifert should present at least spot-start potential.

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.

The Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo after just 1 season. The 2019 Jags ranked 20th in total yards, 19th in yards per play and 26th in points. The offense, of course, lost QB Nick Foles to a broken collarbone in Week 1 and rolled with 6th-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew most of the year. We'll see who HC Doug Marrone tabs as his new OC.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He’s a shaky fantasy play, especially at less than 100%.

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 RB Leonard Fournette (illness) is inactive for today’s finale against the Colts. Rookie Ryquell Armstead should operate as the lead back, with Devine Ozigbo as the #2 RB.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts due to an illness. He had been listed as questionable with a neck injury. So it'll be Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back in the finale. The rookie has mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 25 attempts this season but also caught 9 of 15 targets for 92 yards. Armstead goes 5’11 and 220 pounds but averaged a mediocre 4.9 yards per carry across 4 seasons at Temple and tested as a subpar athlete this spring. He's an unexciting, volume-based fantasy play for Week 17

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.

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was a full-go on Wednesday and Thursday but didn't practice on Friday. Westbrook was a weak fantasy option to begin with. These injuries should take him off your radar.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (neck) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was limited in Wednesday's practice before being sidelined on Thursday and Friday. It's certainly possible that Fournette is held out of Sunday's finale. Jags-Colts doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we'll look for an update on Fournette's status on Sunday morning. His absence would leave rookie Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back.

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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.

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.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. It looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons. We'll get another update on Chark tomorrow.

Jaguars DE Josh Allen sustained a shoulder injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders. We'll see whether it impacts his availability for Week 16.

John Oehser of the team website reports that the Jaguars will start Donald Payne at MLB for the 3rd straight game Sunday against the Raiders. That's noteworthy because ESPN's Michael DiRocco reported earlier in the week that the team was considering a switch to Joe Giles-Harris. DC Todd Wash referred to Payne Thursday as the starter. We've moved Payne back up our Week 15 LB rankings. You should start him in your IDP lineup in most cases, following a pair of double-digit tackle outings in the middle of arguably the league's worst run defense and a team that has lost 5 straight games by 17+ points.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole will operate as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs and should soak up the majority of the 8.2 targets per game Chark leaves behind.

ESPN's Michael DiRocco reported Wednesday that the Jaguars are considering a switch at MLB against the Raiders. He says Jacksonville might start Joe Giles-Harris instead of Donald Payne in the middle. Payne racked up 13 and 15 tackles in place of Myles Jack the past 2 weeks and would be a strong IDP starter in the same role. The LB changes should also include Austin Calitro starting on the weak side, where Quincy Williams landed on IR this week. If we hit the weekend not sure about roles and playing time between Payne and Giles-Harris, then Calitro becomes the upside play among Jaguars LBs. We'll keep an eye out for updates on the situation as we head into the weekend. Consider adding Calitro now in deeper IDP leagues, though -- especially if you were planning to start Payne.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) didn't practice on Wednesday. But HC Doug Marrone said he'll travel with the team to Oakland and refused to rule him out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. "I think we are going to take that all the way up. We are going to take him out there with us to see how he goes," Marrone said. "And I think as long as it doesn't put anyone in jeopardy, you know, of reinjuring, or it could be worse or anything of that nature, then I think you will see a lot of -- you know, he will be on the field." We'll see if Chark is able to practice on Thursday and/or Friday.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone labeled WR D.J. Chark "week-to-week" with his ankle injury. He won't play against the Raiders this Sunday -- and don't bank on Chark for the final 2 games of the season. His absence this weekend will leave Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs in a plus matchup.

 
 
 

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