What can the Jacksonville Jaguars do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.
Inside the Locker Room
with Tania Ganguli, Florida Times-Union
Is the addition of Justin Blackmon enough to make Blaine Gabbert a viable fantasy player in 2012?
The additions of Blackmon and Laurent Robinson, whom the Jaguars added in free agency, have already made the Jaguars receiving corps several times better than it was last season. It’s all on Gabbert now. Watch Gabbert during the preseason and training camp for signs that he has truly changed.
What are reasonable statistical projections for Blackmon in his first season?
His ceiling could be something like Anquan Boldin’s rookie year. Boldin had 101 catches for 1,377 yards in 2003. The Jaguars see a lot of similarities in the two receivers. The quarterback situation is the biggest thing to watch when it comes to Blackmon’s fantasy production.
Can Maurice Jones-Drew reach the 1,300-yard plateau for the fourth consecutive season?
Nobody motivates himself like Jones-Drew. No matter how good of a season he had in the previous year, he can always find a way to convince himself that he has something to prove. Last season, Jones-Drew came in trying to prove that the surgery he had to repair his 2010 torn meniscus wouldn’t affect his play. This year, coming off an NFL-leading 1,606 yards, his contract situation could be a motivating factor that keeps him at the high level he’s played for the past two seasons. Jones-Drew hasn’t attended the Jaguars’ voluntary offseason workouts in an effort to make known his dissatisfaction with his contract, which has two years left on it. Expect another big season from MJD.
Athlon's Best Bets
Sleeper: Rashad Jennings, RB
Deep-Sleeper: Blaine Gabbert, QB
Overvalued: Laurent Robinson, WR
Top Rookie: Justin Blackmon, WR
Bounce-Back: Marcedes Lewis, TE
Top IDP: Paul Posluszny, LB
2012 Draft Class
Fantasy Impact: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert had an awful rookie season, but he didn’t have a lot of help in the receiving corps last year. The Jaguars have taken steps to solve that, as they signed Laurent Robinson and selected Justin Blackmon in the first round of the draft. Blackmon should provide some much-needed big-play ability, but his fantasy value will be determined by how quickly Gabbert can improve. The rest of Jacksonville’s draft was met with mixed reviews, but defensive end Andre Branch should spark a pass rush that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last year.
Fantasy Playoff Run: Weeks 14-16 (NYJ, at MIA, NE)
Perhaps Blaine Gabbert and Justin Blackmon will have some sort of chemistry by this point in the season. If so, the Jags get the Dolphins’ ninth-worst fantasy defense against WRs and 13th-worst against QBs, and the Patriots’ 32nd-ranked fantasy defense against WRs and 29th-ranked against QBs in the title game. MJD does have to play two top-10 and a 16th-ranked fantasy defense vs. RBs from a year ago.
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