Fantasy Football Focus: Jacksonville vs Houston Week 12


Even though the Falcons and Jaguars have similar records, I was impressed by the level of positive energy and emotion that the Jags defense were playing with. While the Falcons just look flat and defeated, the Jags had some life in them. Here are some take aways that I saw from this game.

1. MJD is getting room to run and is being more involved in the passing game. Jones-Drew had six receptions for 60 yards, and he rushed for 84 yards with a touchdown. Jordan Todman cut into the rushing game with his 11 rushes compared to MJD’s 14, but this may be a formula for success for the Jaguars. If you can keep MJD healthy and productive, then perhaps he shouldn’t have any more than 15 touches a game. Henne also has accuracy issues throwing the ball more than 15 yards, so short dump offs will continue to be his go to.

2. Rookie Ace Sanders is explosive and should be on your radar. Sanders was actually one of the top performers in the NFL combines 60 yard dash cone drill, and he looks like he can break some ankles when he has room. Ace hauled in 4 of his 5 targets for 61 yards, and in Week 11 he was targeted a team high 10 times finishing the day with 8 receptions for another 61 yard day. If he could add a touchdown to the mix, he would be PPR gold and a solid flex option in any league.

3. The Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson situation may cause some headaches for fantasy owners. Tate was only handed the rock seven times, and most of those times he just did not have any room to run. This didn’t even seem like a case of the hot hand gets the ball, they just didn’t even give Tate a chance. Even though head coach Gary Kubiak said that he expects Tate to “bounce back”, I would be wary of Tate’s involvement going forward. If you are relying on Tate as a flex option or a starter, you may want to pick up Dennis Johnson(currently owned in less than 1% of ESPN leagues).

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