Training Camp 2-A-Days Jaguars and Dolphins
NFL teams primarily use two-a-days to get in shape for the upcoming season. We continue our 16 Two-A-Day previews updating on training camp, roster battles and Dynasty relevance.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were a half away from making a Super Bowl appearance. The AFC South Champions look to ride that momentum into 2018. The defense was dominating last season, ranking second in the in total defense. The offense had question marks, but a powerful running game helps to take the pressure off of quarterback Blake Bortles.
1.29 – Tavan Bryan, DT, Florida
2.29 – DJ Chark, WR, LSU
3.29 – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
4.29 – Will Richardson, T, North Carolina State
6.29 – Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska
7.12 – Leon Jacobs, LB Wisconsin
7.29 – Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State
Blake Bortles – Blake Bortles overcame a preseason benching to lead his team to within one game of the Super Bowl. Bortles is an average NFL QB while being a solid fantasy QB. He has finished as QB4, QB9, and QB13 in his last three seasons. Bortles has declined as a Fantasy asset as the Jags and their D has improved. The Jags are a run first ball control team. Bortles did not have the garbage time to take advantage last season and he dropped as a result. Jacksonville will continue to be a top team this season and the run will outweigh the pass. Bortles is a great 2nd QB to own in Superflex and 2 QB leagues. In a 1QB league, Bortles should be owned but should also spend most weeks on your bench.
Cody Kesler – Kesler is locked into the backup role this season in Jacksonville. If Bortles was to be injured Kesler is not much of a fall off for the Jags. He is not a QB to own in a 1QB league but is a solid stash on the bench of your Superflex league.
Leonard Fournette – Leonard Fournette finished his strong rookie season as RB9 while only playing in 13 games. The 2017 fourth overall selection out of LSU battled a lingering ankle injury that remains concerning for his owners. I have Fournette ranked 17th in my PPR rankings. Barring injury look for him to finish as a top 12 RB again this season.
TJ Yeldon – Yeldon is a change of pace RB with good hands. He finished as RB54 last season playing in 10 games. Look for Yeldon to finish as a RB4 this season. He is in a contact year and where he lands next season will have a big impact on his overall dynasty value. If Fournette misses time, TJ’s stock will rise rapidly.
Corey Grant – Grant had limited touches last season and seemed to do something worth watching each time he got the ball. Grant is a great stash on your bench as any injury to Yeldon or Fournette increases his workload and with Yeldon all but gone next season, Grant is in for an increase in workload and overall production.
Keelan Cole – Cole finished last season with 42 catches on 82 targets, 748 yards, and 3 TD. After the preseason knee injury to Marquise Lee, Cole makes the leap to the #1 option for the Jags. This team will primarily run the ball, but when they look to pass Cole will primary target more often than not. Cole will likely finish the season in WR3 conversation if he can increase his catch rate from 2017.
DJ Chark – The Jaguars got some instant speed when they took Chark with a second-round pick in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder has blazing 4.34 speed in the 40-yard dash. He was a big play receiver for LSU, averaging 20.3 yards per catch with six TDs on 66 receptions. When comparing Chark to other WR, he reminds me of John Ross — all-or-nothing speedster. Chark is an average route runner, and his homerun catches are likely few and far between in this Jags offense. He’s a deep stash at this point and not much more.
DeDe Westbrook -Westbrook has a shot to make some plays for the Jaguars this fall, especially with the opportunity provided to him by the Marqise Lee injury. Dede underwhelmed as a rookie, catching 52.9 percent of his targets and averaging 12.6 yards per catch. He’ll get more playing time in 2018 and could push for a regular role, but the Jaguars are a run-heavy offense that won’t throw deep too often. Westbrook should be owned in all Dynasty formats. Temper your expectations, however.
Donte Moncrief – Another WR that could make the most of this opportunity. Moncrief signed a $10 Million 1-year deal this offseason and that contract would lead me to believe he will get a shot. A score a TD or disappoint kind of WR his entire career in Indianapolis, I would expect the same in Jacksonville.
Marquis Lee – Lee was earmarked to be the Jags #1 WR in 2018. A preseason knee injury and season-ending surgery ended those plans. Lee should be moved to your IR spot if you have one.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Jacksonville is a great landing spot for ASJ. He battled some off-field issues early in his career but resurrected his career with the Jets last season. ASJ set career highs in all categories except TD (thanks a lot NFL catch rule). I see ASJ being a safety blanket for Blake Bortles. He will also give the Jags a legit target from the TE position in the RedZone. ASJ has a lot of upside and should be a TE that you leverage throughout the season to plug and play into your lineups when the matchup calls for it. I would not be surprised to see him finish in the top 20 again this season.
Niles Paul – Primarily a blocking back, Paul did little with his opportunities when presented with them in Washington. In six seasons with the Redskins, he totaled 68/856/2. Paul will continue to have no fantasy value in the Jags uniform.
The Miami Dolphins continued to struggle in 2017, and it led to the team missing the postseason for the eighth time in the last nine years. The quarterback position will be key, with Ryan Tannehill coming back from a knee injury. This is Year 3 for Adam Gase, and it might be his last if he doesn’t produce a winner in 2018.
1.11 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
2.10 – Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
3.09 – Jerome Baker, OLB, Ohio State
4.23 – Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
4.31 – Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
6.35 – Cornell Armstrong, CB, Southern Miss
7.09 – Quentin Polling, LB, Ohio
7.11 – Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico
Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill returns as the starting quarterback for the Dolphins this year after missing the 2017 season with a knee injury. This will again be another prove-it year for Tannehill for the Dolphins and Fantasy owners. Tannehill has lost his No. 1 receiver in Jarvis Landry and looks to replace those targets with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola, and rookie tight end Mike Gesicki. Tannehill has shown flashes of being a solid Fantasy quarterback before. Hopefully, he can pick up from that point and have a breakout year in 2018. I for one feel he has a great opportunity to bounce back this season.
Brock Osweiler- The Brock Lobster finds himself holding the clipboard in Miami this season. We have seen what Osweiler can do when called upon. Let’s hope for Dolphin fans that we don’t see it again this year.
Frank Gore – Frank Gore just keeps on going. Gore will enter his 14th season as part of a shared backfield in Miami. Gore has seen his career go full circle as he is back in his college home town. Gore is as durable a RB as there is. He hasn’t missed a game since 2010 and enters this season with 3669 career touches. He should be limited to goal-line work and 8-10 touches a game in Miami, but this is Miami and what they choose to do with their RB’s is anyone’s best guess. If you are a contender, Gore is a nice depth piece on your bench. If you are not a contender or the Kenyan Drake owner, I would suggest moving him via trade.
Kenyan Drake – Drake is easily the best RB in Miami and one of the more electrifying backs in the game. When the Dolphins ran out of options in 2017, Drake excelled and showed everyone the type of back he can be. He is the RB to own in Miami and hopefully, Adam Gase finally realizes that he’s the best he’s got.
Kalen Ballage – The Dolphins selected rookie running back Kalen Ballage in the fourth round of the Draft out of Arizona State, and he’s expected to compete for touches as a rookie behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore. Ballage will settle in as the No. 3 option for the Fish. He was a dual threat for the Sun Devils with 450 carries for 1,984 yards, 27 TD and 82 catches for 684 yards and 2 TD. Ballage is worth a stash on your taxi squad or at the end of your Dynasty bench in 2018.
DeVante Parker – Parker continues to be one of the most overrated WR in the game today. Listed as the #1 option in Miami he fails to deliver on his expectations year in and year out. Heading into his 4th season, Parker has yet to top 60 catches or 800 yards. Parker finished as WR50 last season and I would anticipate that he finished 2018 as a WR4/5 yet again.
Kenny Stills- Stills might be as underrated, as Parker is overrated. Stills is the true #1 in Miami. I would prefer to own Stills as he is undervalued and has some upside to his game.
Albert Wilson – Wilson is coming off the best year of his career in 2017, and he will look to build off that performance this season with the Dolphins after signing in Miami as a free agent from the Chiefs. Wildon looks to help the Dolphins replace the departed Jarvis Landry. Wilson will be part of a crowded receiving corps with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, and Mike Gesicki but he should be a significant contributor on offense. Wilson should be owned in all formats. If the often-injured Danny Amendola misses anytime, Wilson stock will rise as a result.
Danny Amendola. – Amendola is heading to the Dolphins this season as a free agent, and he will help Miami replace the departed Jarvis Landry, who was traded to Cleveland. Amendola had a respectable regular season in 2017 with the 61/659/2. It will be interesting to see what Amendola can do with Tom Brady feeding him the ball. With Landry gone, Miami has to replace 160+ targets, and Amendola will likely spend most of the time in Landry’s old spot in the slot. He will be battling, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson for those targets. Amendola is a player that should be owned in all dynasty formats. Hopefully, he produces early for you before he breaks down.
Mike Gesicki – The Dolphins selected rookie tight end Gesicki the second round of the Draft out of Penn State, and he should be the starter in 2018. Gesicki was viewed as one of the top prospects at tight end coming into the draft. He could also help the Dolphins replace the departed Jarvis Landry. Ryan Tannehill will likely lean on Gesicki as a valuable weapon, and coach Adam Gase has a good track record of working with tight ends. Gesicki is a TE I targeted in all my rookie drafts this spring. I have him ranked as my #1 rookie TE, and 16th rookie overall.
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