The Jacksonville Jaguars’ passing game was efficient last year — not overly productive, but enough to get the job done on most weeks. Nearly every statistical category hovered around the middle of the league, whether it was their 224.5 yards per game (17th), the 7.1 yards per attempt (13th), or the 21 touchdowns (20th).
But what wasn’t even average was the share of targets that each of the Jaguars receivers saw last season.
Marqise Lee led the Jaguars with just 96 targets, good for 39th in the league. Keelan Cole had 81, tied with tight end Mason Rudolph for 66th in the league. Allen Hurns’ 56 targets was third and put him among such players Bennie Fowler III, Corey Coleman, and Chris Godwin.
And with the emergence of Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook late in the season, and a second round pick spent on DJ Chark, that pool of targets is going to be even more spread out, causing the Jaguars receivers to collectively be middle of the road but individually not worth any fantasy capital when you’re putting together your teams this offseason.
Luis Escalante says as much in his outlook for the team on 4for4.com:
No Jaguars receiver saw more than 18 percent of the team’s targets last year. Even with Allen Hurns leaving for Dallas, the target distribution in Jacksonville might be even more diluted in 2018 than it was last year. Jacksonville added Donte Moncrief before the draft, who is at the least a formidable red-zone target and they added D.J. Chark in the second round of the draft. Chark is a tall burner in the mold of Robby Anderson. Even though Marqise Lee should maintain his role as the top target in the offense, the No. 2 receiver spot won’t be decided until training camp, assuming a true second option even emerges. Spending second-round draft capital on a wide receiver diminishes the hot finishes that Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole had to their respective 2017 campaigns.
Stock Down: Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief
What do you think? Will one Jaguars receiver rise above the rest and be worth a spot on your fantasy squad or will it be much of the same in 2018?
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