Tom Coughlin rolled into town, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have a whole new feel to them. While Coughlin is not the coach, he is going to have a heavy influence into the whole team. He is going to expect certain things out of the team, and it’s going to start with their first-round draft pick this year.
Must Draft Players
- Leonard Fournette – Running Back
- Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver
Let me be perfectly clear, Leonard Fournette is NOT going to be Ezekiel Elliott this year. The Dallas offensive line is a lot better than the Jacksonville line. Having said that, Fournette was taken as the 4th overall pick, which means the Jaguars have plans to center the offense around him. People are going to draft him way too early thinking he is going to perform like Elliott, but he will still likely break over 1,000 yards and have double digit touchdowns with all the opportunities that will be given to him.
Allen Robinson broke out in 2015 with 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was then taken very early in drafts in 2016, and he severely disappointed all his owners by only have 73 receptions for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns. One of the biggest issues for Robinson was that the Jaguars could not establish a running game to take pressure off Blake Bortles and the passing attack. The Jaguars remedied the running game (probably), which should open up more opportunities for Robinson this year. I don’t think his 2015 numbers will be repeated, but 80 receptions for 1,100 yards and touchdowns is very reasonable expectation.
Players You Should Probably Draft
- Blake Bortles – Quarterback
- Allen Hurns – Wide Receiver
You aren’t going to feel good about taking Blake Bortles in your draft, but you’ll like the end result. He is basically free in drafts because everyone was burned by him last year, but he still averaged about 18 points a game between passing yards and passing touchdowns. Bortles has also been known to scramble and pick up good yardage each game. Between the yards and touchdowns from last season, he gave you an additional 3.3 points per game. I think that his passing yards and touchdowns will go up this year as the establish their running game, causing defenses to not double team every receiver.
Speaking of the passing game, Allen Hurns had a lot of injury issues last season that greatly impacted his fantasy production. Like Robinson, his production drastically decreased from 2015 to 2016. He scored 127.4 points less last season than the year before. Like my argument for why Robinson and Bortles will be better in 2017, Hurns will be the second passing option for the Jaguars, which will give you value late in your drafts.
Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep
- J. Yeldon – Running Back
- Marqise Lee – Wide Receiver
T.J. Yeldon is the pass catching running back for the Jaguars. He went from 36 receptions in his rookie year to 50 receptions last season. Fournette has not been known for catching passes, which means that Yeldon will have value in PPR leagues.
Marqise Lee took a big jump last year, his 3rd season, by having more receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns than he had in the previous two seasons combined. If Hurns has injury issues again, Lee could see a lot of targets and have an opportunity to be a flex option each week.
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