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Hello My Name Is Doug Marrone And I Am Here To Make You Want To Quit On Your Fantasy Football Team
The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t go very far to get their new coach. The new coach didn’t go very far for his offensive coordinator. And he stayed the course for his defensive coordinator. You, on the other hand, should travel a bit for your fantasy football needs.
Here is the rub. The Jaguars are stock full of potential, on both sides of the ball. The problem with potential, is that it doesn’t necessarily manifest itself to fantasy football points.
And now in charge (on the sideline) is Doug Marrone. Marrone who went 25-25 at Syracuse. Marrone who went 15-17 over two seasons as head coac of the Buffalo Bills. This same man who without explanation quit on the Bills. (Just an aside, if one does in fact take advantage of a clause in their contract, that allows him to leave, and does so leave, is that technically quitting?) And Marrone who went 1-1 as interim coach for the Jaguars last season.
On the offensive side the Jaguars no longer have the services of tight-end Julius Thomas. It has to be mentioned that it is now universally believed that the Jaguars completely misused Thomas. DUH! I only mention this because with Thomas now reunited with Adam Gase, he is now a tight-end worth considering in your fantasy draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2016 Offensive Stats
points averaged 25th in the league; yards averaged 23rd; passing yards averaged 20th; rushing yards averaged 22nd: and last in in rushing attempts
Jacksonville Jaguars 2016 Defensive Stats
points allowed 25th in the league; yards allowed 6th in the league; passing yards allowed 5th in the league; rushing yards allowed 19th in the league
Leading Player Statistics
Quarterback: Blake Bortles: 625 attempts with 368 completions; 23 touchdowns with 16 interceptions; sacked 34 times
Wide Receiver: Allen Robinson: 73 receptions; 883 yards; 12.1 yards per receptions; 6 touchdowns
Rusher: T.J. Yeldon: 130 rushing attempts; 465 rushing yards; averaged 3.6 yards per attempt; one touchdown
Leading Tackles: Paul Posluszny: 133 combined tackles; 97 total tackles
Leader in Sacks: Yannick Ngakoue: eight sacks
Leader in Interceptions: Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith with two each
So this is about how the new coach is going to impact your fantasy football team. What exactly is Marrone going to do different that will make this potential into fantasy Yahtzee?
Marrone has retained the services of Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett was hired by the Jaguars before the 2015 season as the team’s quarterback coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator under then coach Gus Bradley nine games into the season after then offensive coordinator Greg Olson was fired. Hackett took over play calling in week nine of the 2016 season.
After week nine, the Jaguars improved in time of possession, going from 30th to 13th. They improved their red zone efficiency, going from 16th to fifth. And the rushing attack improved in rushing yards per game and yards per rush.
Hackett was Marrone’s offensive coordinator with the Bills.
The Jaguars offense was better for the last two games. But two games is a small sample. And here is the problem, quarterback Blake Bortles ended the season with a 78.8 passer rating. In way to early fantasy football rankings, Bortles is ranked as the 18th best fantasy quarterback. But in reality it appears everyone from the GM on down to the quarterback coach believe that Bortles is the man. Maybe if they are talking about 2015 Bortles, yes. But 2016 Bortles made it difficult to stick with him.
Their ran game managed only three rushing touchdowns for the season. Wide receiver Allen Robinson went from two touchdowns in 2014, to 14 touchdowns in 2015 and six touchdowns in 2016.
When playing traditional fantasy heartbreak may be in store for you when depending on the offense, but for PPR league wide receivers in Jaguars’ country may be the way to go.
That is potential sitting out there boys and girls. Quit banking on inconsistent potential.
Todd Walsh, Defensive Coordinator
Walsh was retained as defensive coordinator.
According to Jaguars.com: in Walsh’s first season as defensive coordinator the defense finished sixth in the NFL in yards allowed, fifth in passing yards allowed and eighth in third-down percentage. The Jaguars were sixth in the NFL in limiting opponents in yards per carry, averaging 3.82. The defense also collected 80 tackles for loss, the fourth -most in the NFL.
If you are playing in an IDP fantasy football league, yes you want to glance at the what the Jaguars are offering.
I know it’s early. And darn it, I just can’t quit the Allen’s.
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