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Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: MARQISE LEE DONE FOR 2018, WHO STEPS UP IN HIS PLACE?

When Jacksonville Jaguars slot receiver Marqise Lee went down in a heap during the team's Saturday night preseason game, it didn't take a genius to figure out he would likely miss the entire 2018 season before even playing a down that counts.  We got confirmation of such a development on Monday as it was revealed Lee tore a ligament in his knee and his placement on I.R. removed a decent WR 3 in PPR formats from his fantasy football owners' roster before Week 1 even arrived.  Of course the flip side in all of this is who steps up in Lee's place but luckily the Jags are very deep at receiver in that they still have four guys capable of being a contributor to fantasy football rosters this season.  The two names that stood out the most and who were picked up the most ardently by the fantasy football community was Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook in that order but veteran Donte Moncrief and rookie D.J. Chark also are on the radar as well.  If we were betting the farm, we would pick up Cole first and then go with Westbrook next if the former was already taken.  Both Cole and Westbrook emerged during the second half of 2017 and both guys became fantasy football lineup staples in December.  The difference between the two is that Cole is more similar to Lee and thus the more attractive option in PPR formats, while Westbrook works best in standard leagues given the fact he is the better TD option.  Overall the bottom line is that the Jags are a run-heavy outfit who still have the brutal Blake Bortles under center and so no wideout on the roster is likely to ever gain more than WR 3 value this season in fantasy football.  With that said, go with Lee and Westbrook in that order if you have a need. 


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