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Friday, November 20, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: JAGS/TITANS

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans kicked off fantasy football Week 11 with a good surprisingly competitive game won late by the former  Let's check out the fantasy worthy numbers coming out of the game itself.

Marcus Mariota:  22/35 for 231 yards with 0 TD and 29 rushing yards with 1 TD.  Mariota has had a very solid rookie season to this point but nothing that has him as an every week guy in fantasy football even in two-QB formats.  He has run a lot less than expected which is a minor knock but the accuracy has been very good.  Questions about his ability to adapt to the NFL are already becoming moot.

Blake Bortles:  21/30 for 242 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT to go with 9 yards rushing and 1 fumble.  Bortles is showing signs himself in his second year in the league of being a very solid NFL passer but his accuracy is still shaky and the turnovers remain a big problem.  Also with a tremendous trio of receivers in Julius Thomas, Allen Hurns, and Allen Robinson, Bortles should be doing more.

T.J. Yeldon:  14 carries for 54 yards to go with 3 catches for 28 yards.  I really like what I have seen out of Yeldon as a rookie this season, as the kid has showcased ability both in the running and receiving game.  Averaging 4.0 yards per carry and up to 27 receptions, Yeldon has been a veyr good RB 2 in all formats.

Antonio Andrews:  15 carries for 78 yards.  Andrews has emerged as the starting running back in Tennessee which is not saying much at all given how terrible this unit collectively has been.  Bishop Sankey has been so bad that he was a healthy scratch.

Delanie Walker:  8 catches for 109 yards.  Walker is having a phenomenal season among tight ends and he is the latest example of how pass-catchers at this position have big years with rookie QB's.  Mariota constantly looks for Walker when going back to pass and with Kendall Wright out injured, the targets will continue to pile up.  Clear top five overall tight end in fantasy football and the best value altogether.

Allen Robinson:  5 catches for 113 yards.  While Hurns collects the TD's, Robinson makes hay with the receptions and yardage for the Jags.  I spoke highly of Robinson going into the season as he was terrific as a rookie in 2014 before going on IR and was mostly forgotten about given how good other first-year guys were at the position.

Allen Hurns:  3 catches for 19 yards.  The TD streak is over and Hurns was a non-factor which is not the start to the week his owners anticipated.

Julius Thomas:  5 catches for 28 yards and 1 TD.  Another tight end who is being used heavily by a young QB.  While Thomas clearly has not been the monster he was in Denver, he is still scoring touchdowns at a high clip.


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