The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) are one game away from ending what has been a disappointment of a season. One winning season in the past decade. A front office in shambles. The coaching staff has already lost one coach to...
...the Edmonton Eskimos?
All that said, they still have one more game to play against the nose-diving Indianapolis Colts (7-8) who have lost six of their last seven games and fallen from divisional darlings to a a middling NFL team that sounds like an underachieving boyfriend on New Year’s Eve — “I’ll be better next year! I promise!”
On paper, it’s gonna be a close game. The Jaguars are 4-point underdogs and the over/under is 43.0 points, but I doubt we get something along the lines of a 23-20 game the oddsmakers are predicting. I think this is another blowout to slam the door shut on 2019.
But are there still players worth grabbing on the Jaguars for your DFS matchups?
Here are my predictions:
All season long, Fournette has been a very good RB2 play. Why? Volume, volume, and more volume. He’s sixth in the league in carries and fourth in receptions among running backs. His 341 touches through the first 16 weeks of the season is second in the league trailing only Christian McCaffrey.
He’s compiled the third-most all-purpose yards among running backs with 1,674. In short, he’s a workhorse who averages over 100 total yards and five catches a game. His lack of touchdowns is what’s hurting him, however, but if he can get into the end zone his $7,000 price tag will pay off for you as you can then spend that extra few thousand on more proven playmakers around him.
Fantasy projection: 110 total yards, 5 receptions, 1 touchdown
WR DJ Chark
Another player dependent on touchdowns to make the play worth it is Chark, who’s a bit of a safer bet here as he leads Jacksonville receivers in targets (113), catches (69), yards (974), and touchdowns (8).
Indianapolis is currently ranked 26th in the league in giving up points to opposing receivers and Gardner Minshew loves to look his way in the red zone this season. Chark’s current $5,800 price tag again offers the ability to get solid production at the receiver position while saving a few thousand to then go for a bigger boom Michael Thomas.
Fantasy projection: 7 receptions, 90 yards, 1 touchdown
QB Gardner Minshew
Okay, hear me out on this one...
First, garbage time points are still points. Minshew gets those in spades. Since reclaiming the job from Nick Foles, Minshew has averaged one passing touchdown per game in the second half over the past four weeks. Couple that with zero interceptions in his past three starts along with more than 30 rushing yards a game and you could luck into a solid outing spending only $5,300 at quarterback in Week 17.
Again, this Indianapolis secondary is not very good and if Minshew is able to keep a lid on his turnovers and throw even one first half touchdown, you could be in for a decent day.
Fantasy projection: 215 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns