The Jacksonville Jaguars are entering the 2015 NFL season trying to forget their woeful 3-13 record of a year ago. The task at hand for the Jaguars this year will be to make gradual improvement under second year signal called Blake Bortles. The Jaguars have improved their running game drafting T.J Yeldon from Alabama and the passing game by adding tight end Julius Thomas to give Bortles another target this year. Hypothetically, Bortles now has the supporting cast he needs to take a major leap in his development.
As far as fantasy football relevancy goes, the Jaguars return their top three wide receivers from a year ago in Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson. All three of the Jaguars wideouts should see their numbers increase from a year ago, giving them low WR3/Flex appeal in season long leagues. Robinson is without a doubt the top Jaguars wide receiver to target due to his size/athleticism combo, while he’s also reportedly looked great in camp. Hurns is a distant second, while Lee has upside but simply has been a disappointment thus far.
The addition of Julius Thomas should provide Bortles with a legit security blanket in the passing game, something Bortles didn’t have as a rookie a year ago. It will be hard for Thomas to score 12 touchdowns in this Jaguars offense like he did with Denver, but Thomas has potential to be a top five tight end, especially in PPR leagues. He no longer has Peyton Manning throwing him passes, but his athleticism + a strong role should still give him solid overall value.
T.J Yeldon will be thrown into the fire early on and should get the majority of the Jaguars’ carries, giving him appeal in season long leagues as a low end RB2 with some nice upside. Yeldon would obviously be a great target in dynasty fantasy football leagues this year, even if you’re not into his prospects right now behind a still questionable Jacksonville offensive line. Denard Robinson will also be given an opportunity to impress the coaching staff during the preseason and could fight for more carries in the regular season, but he’s not currently on redraft radar this year. Toby Gerhart was an utter failure last season and thought Jax seems to be trying to get something out of him, he’s not a guy to look to for help in fantasy.
The Jaguars should be much improved from a year ago, and while they may lack a great fantasy football presence, they still provide a core of guys with upside to target late in the draft this year. Bortles to Thomas could become a sneaky duo this year, and Bortles already carries a QB2 tag, but could be a sneaky DFS fantasy football play at times this year, depending on the matchup. The Jaguars are likely a year or two away from high end fantasy relevance, but do have some skill guys who make for intriguing options in the later rounds come draft day.
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