|By Daniel Kalles, Sunday, November 10, 2013|
QB Blaine Gabbert - Not Draft Worthy
Update September 19, 2013 - Gabbert is out with injury. He might not get his job back.
Update: August 19, 2013 - Gabbert has been officialy name the starter for week 1.
Gabbert was only slightly better in year 2 than he was in year 1. That isn't saying much. He goes to camp in an open competition with Chad Henne, who isn't much better. The starting QB for the Jags will most likely end up being the QB that is least bad in training camp. Don't hold out any high hope that Gabbert will take miraculous steps and become a useful QB. Not gonna happen. At this point I can't imagine a reason to draft Gabbert.
QB Chad Henne - Not Draft Worthy
Update September 19, 2013 - Henne is the starter due to Gabbert injury.
Chad Henne is only slightly better than Gabbert and that isn't saying very much. For that reason only, I see him winning the starting job, but because he really isn't that good himself, Henne could lose it very quickly. As with Gabbert, no reason at all to draft this guy, find your QBs elsewhere.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 10-25-2013 - MJD is healthy but not very productive. At this point he isnt an every week starter and should only be used for bye week fill in or based on match up, until he shows he can consistently productive again.
Update September 19 -2013 - MJD sitting out practice. He might not play this week.
Profile - Before last season MJD had been one of the more consistent fantasy RBS as well as being one of the more durable ones, missing only 3 games over his first 6 seasons. 2012 was different for MJD as he set career lows in all categories mainly due to the fact that he only played in 6 games. He has been working hard to be ready ahead of training camp and at this point it is a wait and see with him. Can't judge his draft status until he shows if he is back fully from his injury. Stay tuned for more info as training camp gets closer.
RB Denard Robinson - Gamble (high risk)
Receiver, running back , maybe even Quarterback? Who knows where Denard Robinson will line up, but no matter where it is, it won't be somewhere that makes him worthy of a fantasy roster. Is it possible he has some good games - sure, but no one will be able to know when that is and it definitely won't be on a consistent basis. Avoid the hype, let someone else draft him and deal with him.
RB Justin Forsett - Fantasy Handcuff
Forsett was signed as a change of pace running back to compliment MJD. Last season, in Houston, Forsett didn't get much of a look playing as the #3 on the depth chart. This season he should get more run, especially to try and keep MJD fresh and healthy after missing most of last season. Forsett will fit nicely in the new zone blocking the Jags will be using as he has past experience with it. It is much too early to know exactly how Forsett will be used. Follow him through training camp to see where he stands in the depth chart.
WR Cecil Shorts - Quality Backup
Update 11-10-2013 - With Blackmon suspended for the season, Shorts is a low end WR1 in PPR
Update 10-25-2013 - Shorts has been playing through injury, but he is still being effective, especially in PPR leagues. He is definitely someone you want to be starting
Profile - There weren't high expectations of Shorts going into 2012, but that didn't stop him from becoming a name in fantasy football. Despite only playing in parts of 14 games (and with below average QBs), Shorts still managed to catch 55 passes for 979 yards and 7 touchdowns, becoming the big play receiver the Jags have been missing for years. Unfortunately Shorts will once again have to deal with a less than average QB throwing him the ball, but that won't stop him from getting plenty of looks (especially with fellow receiver Justin Blackmon sitting out the first 4 games due to suspension). Shorts and Blackmon complement each other well, so when Blackmon comes back it should only give Shorts more space to work. The Jags are a very bad team and will be losing most games, meaning they will have to throw the ball a lot. That's about the only thing going for receivers in this offense. Shorts should be drafted as a high end #3.
WR Justin Blackmon - Quality Backup
Update 11-10-2013 - Blackmon suspended for the season.
Update 10-25-2013 - Since returning from suspension Blackmon has been a beast and as long as Henne stays in at QB and not Gabbert, Blackmon is a must start every week in all formats
Profile - Blackmon had an up and down rookie season. He started slowly, but really came on in the 2nd half the season catching 41 of his 64 passes, 640 of his 865 receiving yards and 4 of his 5 touchdowns from week 10 on. Blackmon has great hands and became the go to guy when they needed to convert a play over the middle and get a first down. Blackmon's biggest problems have been off the field and for some of those issues he will miss the first 4 games of the season due to suspension. Once he returns to play, he could be a solid #3 fantasy WR or a very good flex player. As mentioned with Shorts, the Jags aren't good, they will be down most games and forced to throw the ball. That will give Blackmon plenty of looks once he returns from suspension.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi - Low Potential
Update August 31,2013 - Massaquoi was cut and is no longer with the team.
Massaquoi was signed from the Browns to provide depth at receiver. Not sure that it was such a great signing for Massaquoi or the Jags. Massaquoi got worse each season with the Browns, now we can't be sure if that was all his fault or the crappy QBs the Browns have had. Problem is the QBs the Jags have now aren't much better. Stay away from Massaquoi.
WR Jordan Shipley - Low Potential
Shipley will likely be the slot receiver for the Jags this coming season and if he was playing in a good offense he might be worth a flyer; since he isn't, I wouldn't spend much time thinking about him. The Jags' offense just isn't good enough and they have two better receivers that will get the bulk of the passes.
TE Marcedes Lewis - Deep-league Only
Since breaking out in 2010 with career highs across the board, 58 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, he has gone back to the bust he was the first 4 years of his career. His numbers have taken a huge dive the last 2 seasons while Gabbert has been at the helm. Lewis will be rooting for Henne to win the QB job and so should you if you draft Lewis, which at this point in the off season isn't advisable. The pool of useful fantasy TEs has grown the last number of years and you should have no problem finding other ones to draft over Lewis.
PK Josh Scobee - Not Draft Worthy
Solid actual kicker, but the Jags don't score enough points to warrant Scobee being drafted. There are plenty of better kickers out there. Not worth drafting.
Jacksonville Defense - Not Draft Worthy
The Jags' defense was one of the worst in 2013 and didn't do enough to warrant consideration for being one of your fantasy defenses. Move on and look elsewhere.