Shark Bites

The Jaguars have named John DeFilippo their new OC. He was a hot name coming from Philadelphia around this time last year but made it just 13 games in Minnesota before getting the ax. DeFilippo's undoing was a pass-heavy approach that didn't mesh with HC Mike Zimmer's philosophy. That approach also makes DeFilippo an awkward fit with a Jaguars team that's built around its running game and defense.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle, foot) is inactive for today’s finale against the Texans. RB Carlos Hyde (knee) is active and will join T.J. Yeldon and David Williams in the backfield. It's a situation to try to avoid in fantasy lineups. Yeldon is the best bet if you’re desperate.

Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye (toe) is out for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle, foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 17. He didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday and won’t play vs. Houston this weekend. RB Carlos Hyde (knee) is listed as questionable, so Jacksonville might be down to RBs T.J. Yeldon and David Williams. We’ll get the inactives by noon ET on Sunday, but this is a situation to try to avoid against the Texans’ elite run defense.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette sat out Thursday's practice with foot and ankle issues after putting in a limited workout Wednesday. He put in full workouts all last week while being listed with the foot and hadn't appeared on the injury report at all since Week 10 before that. Fournette's looking iffy for Sunday's game at Houston -- and at the very least will be a high-risk fantasy option, especially against 1 of the league's toughest run defenses. We'll see about his status after Friday's practice.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will start Sunday's finale against the Texans, HC Doug Marrone announced. QB Cody Kessler was timid and mostly ineffective in his 4 starts, completing 63% of his passes but averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and totaling just 1 TD. At least Bortles will take some shots. He's in play as a QB2 and cheap DFS tournament dart -- and also gives the Texans defense more upside.

The Jaguars benched QB Cody Kessler for QB Blake Bortles in the 2nd half of Sunday's game in Miami. Kessler completed 12 of 17 passes for just 106 yards and "led" his team to 7 points. We'll see who Jacksonville goes with in the finale, but it's irrelevant for fantasy football purposes.

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Dolphins. So it's Leonard Fournette, David Williams and Carlos Hyde in the backfield. Fournette is the only fantasy option and is a risk/reward RB2 after last week's quiet 2nd half.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) is not listed on the final injury report. HC Doug Marrone pointed to Fournette’s foot injury as a reason he saw just 1 carry in the 2nd half of last week’s game, but he was a full-go in practice all week. With an uncertain role heading into Week 16, Fournette is a risk/reward RB2 in a plus matchup against the Dolphins.

Jaguars K Josh Lambo (groin) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Kai Forbath kicks again for Jacksonville but is a weak fantasy play.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (foot) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. So the foot injury he reportedly suffered last week shouldn't be an issue this weekend. The bigger concern is whether the Jags want to get another look at RB David Williams, who out-carried Fournette 4 to 1 in the 2nd half of last Sunday's game. Fournette gets a prime matchup vs. Miami but is more of an upside RB2 than a locked-in RB1.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette carried only 11 times in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, including just once in the 2nd half. He said afterward, “That was the game plan coming in." HC Doug Marrone said that the team wanted to get a look at 7th-round rookie RB David Williams, who finished with 5 carries for 32 yards. We'd commend the Jags for playing it safe with their stud RB in a lost season -- but they used Fournette on kick returns yesterday. No longer a lock for big volume, Fournette will be just a RB2 against the Dolphins in Week 16.

Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde is inactive for today's game against the Redskins. Expect a heavy dose of RB Leonard Fournette, with RB T.J. Yeldon in his usual change-of-pace role.

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Jaguars K Josh Lambo (quad) is inactive for today’s game against the Redskins. Kai Forbath kicks in his place but is a weak fantasy play.

Jaguars K Josh Lambo (quad) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Jacksonville signed K Kai Forbath as insurance. Avoid the situation in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson (ankle) and CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) are active for today’s game against the Colts. Neither is a strong IDP option, but they’re available if you want them.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) and S Tashaun Gipson (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts. Each guy missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited Friday workout. We'll check their status Sunday morning.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (quad) is out for Sunday’s game against the Colts. Keelan Cole will again serve as the #3 WR but isn’t a fantasy option.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette's appeal of his 1-game suspension has been denied. He's out for Sunday's game against the Colts. After Fournette was booted from last week's game, Carlos Hyde carried 4 times, while T.J. Yeldon tallied 1 carry and 3 targets. Expect similar usage this weekend, with Hyde leading in carries and Yeldon playing in passing situations.

The Jags have fired OC Nathaniel Hackett and benched QB Blake Bortles. Jacksonville sits 22nd in total yards per game; 28th in points per game. Hackett’s replacement is QB coach Scott Milanovich, whose background stems from the CFL and NFL Europe. Cody Kessler takes over at QB and figures to reduce the Jags’ turnover rate. He owns just 4 picks on 248 career attempts. Of course, it’ll be tough to trust any skill player not named Leonard Fournette down the stretch. Even then, Fournette will have to overcome the loss of top OL Andrew Norwell (ankle) to injured reserve.

 
 
 

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