With another dreadful season in the books for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they enter 2014 with a stopgap running back in Toby Gerhart and quarterback of the future and third overall pick in this year’s draft, Blake Bortles. Sadly, 2014 will be yet another forgetful season for Jaguar fans. To put just how dreadful into fantasy perspective, Gerhart and wide receiver, Cecil Shorts, are their only draftable players, and taking either of them before the fifth round would be a fool’s game. Just because we have to, let’s break down the Jaguars’ roster by position for fantasy prospects.
The always forgettable, Chad Henne, will be the Jaguars’ starting quarterback to begin the season. Just how long that will last is anyones guess at this point. With their hopes for the future squarely on the shoulders of Blake Bortles, it’s only a matter of time before they hand the keys to the franchise over to him. Henne is not worth a draft spot on your team this year given his shaky future and just simple lack of talent. Once Bortles eventually steps into the starter’s role, keep an eye on him and be ready to pick him up if he performs well out of the gate.
For a long time, running back Maurice Jones-Drew was the Jaguars’ offense. Now with the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville has filled the void with Adrian Peterson‘s former backup, Toby Gerhart. Gerhart will be Jacksonville’s best fantasy asset, but a low-end RB2 is the most you should expect from him. He’ll get a ton of carries, but the problem is he’s not a very evasive back, defenses will be loading up on him, and he probably won’t get very many touchdowns in the Jaguars’ inept offense.
Many people pegged last season as the year Cecil Shorts would breakthrough, but it never quite happened. In fact, his stats regressed a little from 2012 to 2013. He’s still a decent enough wideout, and as the Jaguars top receiver, he’ll be targeted a lot, but as with Gerhart, you can’t expect very many touchdowns from him. A decent WR3 option, Shorts will put up around 800 yards and a few touchdowns — nothing spectacular, but still rosterable. One name to keep an eye on is Marqise Lee, the Jaguars second round pick out of USC. If Jacksonville’s offense proves to be better than expected (and that’s a very big if), Lee has some sleeper potential.
For years after his breakout season in 2010, people were waiting for Marcedes Lewis to become a star, but that never happened either, and at this point, it’s safe to say he’s a bust and not worth a fantasy roster spot. He’s still the Jaguars top tight end, but don’t expect anything more from him than a low TE2 at the very, very most.
Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator, Gus Bradley, and now Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach is trying his darndest to recreate that Super Bowl-winning Seattle defense in Jacksonville. While they will be better in 2014 than they were the last two seasons when they finished in the bottom three, they probably won’t ever warrant a roster spot, even in the most favorable of matchups. Kicker Josh Scobee is decent enough, but unfortunately he plays for the Jaguars who simply don’t score enough points to make him a viable fantasy option.
For all you big Jaguar fans out there, Gerhart and Shorts should be the only two guys you even think about drafting this year for your fantasy team. You should also keep your fingers crossed that Bortles supplants Henne sooner rather than later and turns out to be franchise-savior Jacksonville hopes he is.