Fantasy football is coming up fast. For those of you who haven’t already set up your league and done a draft, you need to get on that. Like, right now. Fantasy football has gone from a side game to the main sport, to a part of mainstream culture, to a multi-million dollar business. For most NFL fans, fantasy football comes in second only to the rabid support of your favorite team.
For those of us that root for the Jacksonville Jaguars, often times we don’t have many players from our favorite team on our fantasy team. With Maurice Jones-Drew in Oakland (and putting up abysmal numbers last year) and Justin Blackmon suspended, is there anybody worth adding to your team besides kicker Josh Scobee?
The answer is yes.
If you’re looking for a value pickup, look no further than rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee. Lee will have every opportunity in Jacksonville to have an impact as a rookie. While rookie receivers don’t traditionally do well (with the blatant exception of Randy Moss), Lee should be plugged into the Jaguar offense early and often.
But playing time doesn’t necessarily equal success. Lee’s numbers aren’t eye-popping in the preseason (seven catches, 37 yards, and a TD), but he will likely get a lot more looks in the regular season as the quarterback will be a settled position under Chad Henne and fellow wide out Cecil Shorts will likely command attention.
The Jaguars will most certainly not be a high-flying passing team in 2014, but if you find yourself in need early this fantasy season, don’t overlook Lee. Then again, if undrafted rookie Allen Hurns makes the team, his eye-popping preseason numbers (13 receptions 230 yards, one TD) may be tough to pass up too.
As a rookie and because he plays for the Jaguars, Lee should be an easy late-round pickup or someone to snatch off the waiver wire when your favorite number 3 goes down in week one.