Coach: Doug Marrone
OC: John DeFilippo
QBs: Nick Foles, Tanner Lee, Gardner Minshew, Alex McGough
RBs: Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls, Benny Cunningham, Ryquell Armstead, Taj McGowan
WRs: Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, DJ Chark, Chris Conley, CJ Board, Tyre Brady, Michael Walker, Dredrick Snelson, Raphael Leonard
TEs: Geoff Swaim, Josh Oliver, James O’Shaungessy, Ben Koyack, Michael Colubiale, Charles Jones
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 35 – OT – Jawaan Taylor – Florida
Round 3, Pick 69 – TE – Josh Oliver – San Jose State
Round 5, Pick 140 – RB – Ryquell Armstead – Temple
Round 6, Pick 178 – QB – Gardner Minshew – Washington State
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
RB – Taj McGowan – UCF
WR – Tyre Brady – Marshall
WR – Michael Walker – Boston College
WR – Dredrick Snelson – UCF
WR – Raphael Leonard – Southern Illinois
TE – Michael Colubiale – UCF
TE – Charles Jones – Tulane
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Nick Foles
RB – Alfred Blue
RB – Thomas Rawls
RB – Benny Cunningham
TE – Geoff Swaim
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/24
Doug Marrone heads into his third season as the Jaguars’ head coach. They brought in John DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, formerly the Vikings OC. He was fired after the Week 14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Before Minnesota, DeFilippo served as the Eagles quarterbacks coach for two years, coaching Nick Foles in 2017. It’ll be interesting to see how much better the Jaguars offense can be this year with these two back together.
We shouldn’t be expecting too much from Nick Foles for fantasy purposes, but he should be able to stabilize the Jaguars offense and make them more efficient. Foles is being drafted around QB28, so clearly he is not on the radar to even be a QB2. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Foles finish within the top 24 and have some streamable stretches for us this year, but no need to spend a late round draft pick on him. I’ll be more interested in the backup job this summer between Tanner Lee and 6th round draft pick Gardner Minshew out of Washington State.
The real fantasy juice on this team will be with Leonard Fournette. He currently costs a third round pick and is being drafted around the RB13 range. When healthy, Fournette presents us with RB1 upside. He has one of the league’s best defenses to help dictate the game script as well. If the addition of Nick Foles can help make this offense more functional than it was with Blake Bortles, we should be expecting a bounce-back season for Fournette. Last year we saw more of an effort to get him involved in the passing game. TJ Yeldon is now out of the picture, so this is another plus for Fournette. The biggest red flag will be his injury risk. I’m willing to take a chance on him in the third round this year, but not before Devonta Freeman, Damien Williams or Aaron Jones. Behind Fournette, Jacksonville signed Alfred Blue. Blue has experience as a runner and pass protector, so if anything were to happen to Fournette, he would be the handcuffed. A 5th round pick was spent on Ryquell Armstead out of Temple. Armstead is dealing with a hamstring injury and has been placed on the PUP list to start camp. Armstead faces an uphill battle this year in terms of being usable in redraft leagues. We’ll monitor the backs behind this guys trying to make the team; Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and Taj McGowan.
The Jaguars receiving group will be quite the puzzle this year for fantasy. They have five guys who I could see end up being the best on the team this year. We have Marquis Lee, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, DJ Chark and Chris Conley. Nick Foles has experience with Conley in Kansas City so I’m open to him leading the team in TDs this year. Westbrook should be the favorite to lead the team in receptions. Marquis Lee is the biggest question mark as he returns from an ACL injury, but he has been placed on the PUP list to start camp and is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season. Keelan Cole has shown flashes the last two years with Bortles, so perhaps Nick Foles can unlock some of his skillset even further. DJ Chark remains the best dynasty asset and will be their big play threat. No drafted receivers this year, but they did bring in four UDFA’s we’ll have to monitor to see who makes the team; Tyre Brady, Michael Walker, Dredrick Snelson and Raphael Leonard. Tyre Brady should be the one who sticks out the most, so file his name away.
Foles has had success throwing to Zach Ertz in Philly. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they have no one close to what Ertz has been. Geoff Swaim was brought in from Dallas and will likely earn the starting job. He’s more of a utility tight end and will have more value as a blocker. Just keep an eye on him, especially in the first few weeks of the season. If he’s getting enough targets from Foles, I’m open to him being streamable. The best receiving option will be third round draft pick Josh Oliver out of San Jose State. We shouldn’t be expecting too much out of the rookie just yet, but if he’s turning heads in camp, we can start getting excited. James O’Shaughnessy and Ben Koyack are reserves and will not be on our fantasy radar.
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