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The Jacksonville Jaguars (and their fans) have to be feeling pretty good about themselves after a win against the Miami Dolphins -- a game in which they were as much as 4.5-point underdogs.
It was one of the few games where the team played like an NFL squad in every facet of the game. Yes, the offense slumped for most of the second half. Yes, the defense started slow. Yes, special teams was spotty on punts. But the Jaguars found a way to win, and that's not something we've been able to say a lot over the past three years.
This week, the team travels to play the New England Patriots. Against most other opponents, I'd have some hope that a win would give us some momentum going into the next game. While I think the game will be closer than some predict, I don't think it'll ever be close for the Jaguars.
But a team's loss doesn't mean there won't be good individual performances that can result in some valuable fantasy plays.
In standard leagues on ESPN, Blake Bortles is only owned in 6.8% of leagues. If he's not on your bench, get him, because he'll have some favorable matchups throughout the season. As far as this game, the Jaguars will be down early, and I suspect with a healthy Marqise Lee to stretch the field he'll have success throwing the ball.
As far as FanDuel, he's priced at $6,700, which is right in the middle of the pack for quarterbacks. He's not going to surprise and give a top-five performance on Sunday, but if you're looking for someone who you can have confidence will produce points for where he's projected, take Bortles.
Allen Robinson and T.J. Yeldon are also priced at $6,600 each, which is just above average for their respective positions in Week 3. I don't think A-Rob will have the same performance he had last week, but with Denard Robinson out 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain, Yeldon will see the lion's share of carries. He's the player I think could surprise in Week 3.
Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor haven't yet caught a pass through the first two weeks and while I don't think they'll leave Foxborough without a catch, I think offensive coordinator Greg Olson is using both of them to help fortify a struggling offensive line.
Left tackle Luke Joeckel is out and backup Sam Young, while serviceable in last week's start, was helped greatly by Lewis who stayed in and helped block.
Don't expect either of these guys to be worth their pickup in FanDuel, even if Lewis is only $4,700 (second-lowest for a tight end) or Harbor is only $4,500 (lowest for a tight end).
The Jaguars D/ST is only owned in 1.0% of standard ESPN leagues and priced at the bottom of the barrel at $4,000 on FanDuel. Don't let the value fool you. Tom Brady is going to have his way with the Jaguars defense. They'll rack up 400 yards of total offense and score at least 30 points. Don't skimp on the defense this week.