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Jaguars vs. Panthers fantasy football picks: The good, the bad, the ugly

Did you draft any Jaguars players on your fantasy football team this year? We're sorry for that. But here's how you can get the most out of a less-than-ideal situation.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had a very up-and-down year when it came to fantasy football last year. Blake Bortles threw for at least 200 yards in most of his starts, but interceptions dragged down his points total almost every week. Allen Robinson had back-to-back games with touchdowns and at least 60 yards receiving, but couldn't find the end zone other than that. Denard Robinson had a four-game stretch where he was one of the best running backs in the league, but then tailed off after a Week 11 bye.

But, with an encouraging preseason and a new offensive coordinator in Greg Olson, there are a couple of players who could fill in the gaps on your roster and get you some points. Who are they and who aren't they?

The good

Denard Robinson and T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars running backs could find success against a Carolina Panthers defensive line that has sustained as many injuries as Jacksonville. Defensive end Frank Alexander was lost for the year in the preseason and Star Lotulelei missed practice on Tuesday with a foot injury. If Bortles can take his preseason momentum and keep Panthers defenders out of the box, Robinson and Yeldon could be in for big days.

The bad

Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor. The only tight end who will get consistent targets on this team and will be a red zone threat week in and week out will be Julius Thomas. The rest will fill in where needed. That's not to say Lewis and Harbor won't be a part of the offense. They won't be bad. Heck, they'll probably combine for 7-9 catches and 70-80 yards on Sunday. But when the Jaguars starters were in the red zone during the preseason, they targeted receivers more often than tight ends.

The ugly

Do not, under any circumstances, start the Jaguars D/ST. Do not be fooled by last year's five-sack season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Do not be teased by rookie receiver Rashad Greene's return potential. It would literally be better for you to leave this spot on your roster blank and take a 0 then to suffer the likely negative points this unit will give up against the Carolina Panthers.

The Jaguars had no semblance of a pass rush all preseason and unless something miraculous happens on the waiver wire or trade block between now and Saturday, just don't do it.