The Jaguars are playing a game versus the Buccaneers — a game that everyone is picking them to win. But we’re not here to discuss real life wins and losses; we’re here to tell you how to win your Week 5 fantasy matchup! Here is your Week 5 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.
Blake Bortles: The Bucs’ defense isn’t giving up a ton of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but their offense is a turnover machine that could give Blake Bortles and the Jaguars’ offense plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the end zone. Couple that with the fact that Blake Bortles is the eleventh ranked fantasy quarterback in standard leagues and he could be in store for a fantasy relevant day. Bortles is much improved this year and if your quarterback is on a bye, or has a bad matchup, then you should feel comfortable inserting him into your lineup.
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T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon has been somewhat of a fantasy disappointment through 4 weeks as he still hasn’t reached the end zone. But he is coming off the first 100 yard game of his career and he’s going up against a Bucs’ defense that is ranked 23rd against opposing running backs (they are giving up an average of 78 rushing yards a game to starting running backs and have given up a rushing touchdown to every starting back that they have faced, save one). The Jaguars will pound the rock early and often; look for Yeldon to have his second straight solid performance.
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns: Robinson is getting targeted heavily by Blake Bortles, but in fantasy terms he’s taken a backseat to his running mate, Allen Hurns, who has been the beneficiary of defenses focusing on Robinson. However, the Bucs’ defense is giving up an average of 72 yards and a touchdown to number one receivers. Look for Robinson and Hurns to be targeted all day, as the Jaguars are still without Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, and possibly Julius Thomas. If you have been starting Robinson, you’ve been let down in every game but one. Look for that to change against the Bucs. If you have one of the Jaguars’ receivers you should feel comfortable starting them in either your WR2 or flex spots.
Jaguars D/ST: The Bucs’ offense has been pretty bad and their rookie quarterback, Jameis Winston, has been a walking interception as he has thrown seven picks in four games. The Jags’ defense hasn’t picked the ball off since their first game, but look for that to change this week, as they are playing against “Famous” Jameis. The Jags’ are dominating opponents rushing attacks, giving up only 3 yards a carry on the season. With Jameis not being able to rely on his rushing attack, he will be forced to take to the air, where he will likely turn the ball over at least once; and don’t forget that Tampa Bay’s offensive line is below average at best. The Jaguars will look to stuff the run and take advantage of the Bucs’ young offensive line when Jameis drops back to pass. The Jaguars aren’t likely your regular starting defense, but if yours is on a bye or has a bad matchup, the Jaguars could be a very rewarding play.
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Jaguars’ Tight Ends: With Julius Thomas being questionable, the Jaguars don’t have a major receiving threat at the tight end position, and the Bucs’ aren’t giving up much to opposing tight ends. If you have Marcedes Lewis or Clay Harbor, make sure to keep them on your bench this week. If you have Julius Thomas, keep an eye on his status moving forward, but it seems more likely that he will sit out another week.
Jason Myers: Myers is coming off a rough week and the next several weeks may determine his fate as an NFL kicker. He needs to rebound strong, but at this point we aren’t confident enough in him to insert him into fantasy lineups.
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