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Jaguars vs. Browns fantasy football: Blake Bortles, Cecil Shorts III, and Clay Harbor

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The offense has improved in all three of Blake Bortles' starts and even with a tough Browns defense coming to town, there's still a few Jaguars players worth picking up on your fantasy roster.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have averaged just 12.3 points scored per game over the last three weeks, but the offense has steadily improved with each game rookie quarterback Blake Bortles finds himself under center. Even if the running game is stalling, the passing game has a few guys who could fill in this bye week.

Start 'Em

QB Blake Bortles: The Browns haven't allowed less than 217 yards in a game this year and they've never shut out an opposing quarterback. I think Bortles does a little less than the average yards allowed by the Browns defense (264 yards per game) but manages to have another multi-score game.
Predicted stat line: 275 total yards, two touchdowns

WR Cecil Shorts: With Shorts back in the lineup last week, Bortles looked his way a lot -- with 16 of 46 passes coming his way. I think the Browns will do a better job than the Titans of shutting down the receivers. But with the Jaguars leaving heavily once again on their passing game, and with Bortles likely passing 40-45 times this week, Shorts will get plenty of chances.
Predicted stat line: 7 catches, 85 yards, 1 touchdown

TE Clay Harbor: The Browns defense has been very good at shutting down opposing tight ends, allowing just over 33 yards and zero scores per game over the last three weeks. But Harbor makes the most of his targets, catching 87.5% of the 16 passes thrown to him -- the highest on the team of any player with 10 or more targets.
Predicted stat line: 5 catches, 55 yards, 1 touchdown

Sit 'Em

RB Toby Gerhart: He's continually bothered by a foot problem and hasn't rushed more than 10 times in a game since the opener.
Predicted stat line: 35 total yards, 0 touchdown

RB Storm Johnson: The Jaguars just aren't good at running the ball, and a lot of that rests on the offensive line. Although Storm saw a touchdown in his first career start, I don't see him doing it this week against a Browns defense that's averaging 98 yards per game and zero touchdowns to opposing running backs over the past two weeks.
Predicted stat line: 45 total yards, 0 touchdowns

WR Allen Hurns: With Cecil Shorts III and Marqise Lee healthy, Hurns is seeing his targets drop. He'll probably get at least three catches on Sunday, but if anyone is a factor in the red zone, it'll be Allen Robinson or Clay Harbor.
Predicted stat line: 3 catches, 30 total yards, 0 touchdowns

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