Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 4

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QB Blaine Gabbert: He returns to the field after missing the last two weeks because of a cut on the back of his hand. The good news is he gets Marcedes Lewis back, too. The bad news is two of the Jaguars’ four active receivers for the game might come from the practice squad. Plus, he’s facing league’s 11th-best passing defense. Verdict: Keep him out of your lineup.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: Lewis’ return should help in the running game, too. But will it make enough of a difference for Jones-Drew to finally get rolling? Probably not because the interior of the line is still struggling. However, Jones-Drew has averaged 106.8 yards per game in his career against the Colts. Verdict: He might not be a bad gamble as your No. 3 back in deep leagues.

WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts has caught 16 passes in the past two games. However, only three have come in the first half and the rest came when the Jaguars were in catch-up mode. But in fantasy football, it doesn’t matter when you accumulate catches and yards. Verdict: He’ll be the top target again this week so he’s a viable play as a No. 2 receiver.

TE Marcedes Lewis: Lewis finally makes his season debut after missing the first three games with a calf injury. He should be a factor in the passing game because he’s a familiar and reliable target for Gabbert. Verdict: He’s worth a gamble if you’re trying to decide between players among the second tier of tight ends.

K Josh Scobee: The offense still isn’t consistent enough for Scobee to get a lot of work, but he has kicked four field goals of 50 or more yards in his career against the Colts, including a 59-yarder. That’s more than he’s had against any other teams. Verdict: Start him, especially if you get additional points for long field goals.

Defense/special teams: Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton against a secondary that is starting two rookies. Not a good matchup. But the special teams are intriguing because rookie Ace Sanders is finally going to return punts, which is something he did very well at South Carolina. Verdict: Don’t use them this week.


QB Andrew Luck: Luck isn’t exactly throwing it around the yard through the first three weeks. He is averaging just 227.7 yards per game passing but he also has rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry. He’s also going against two rookies in the secondary. Verdict: He’s a definite start.

RB Trent Richardson: He has now been with the Colts for more than a week and is slowly picking up the offense. With Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) out Richardson is sure to get the bulk of the carries against a Jaguars defense that is giving up 167.7 yards per game. Verdict: Start him.

WR Reggie Wayne: He may be in his 13th season but he’s still the Colts’ top pass catcher (18 receptions, 205 yards, one TD). There could be times where he’s matched up with rookie seventh-round pick Demetrius McCray. That probably will end badly for McCray. Verdict: You should have him in your lineup.

WR T.Y. Hilton: The second-year player is the Colts’ big-play receiver. He’s averaging a team-high 14.3 yards per catch, and his 10 catches are second only to Reggie Wayne’s 11. Verdict: You could play him as your No. 3 receiver or flex.

TE Coby Fleener: Fleener was predicted to have a big year, but so far has caught only seven passes for 89 yards and one touchdown -- and one of those receptions was a 40-yarder. The Jaguars, though, have had trouble with tight ends (see last week’s game agaunst Seattle). Verdict: He’s a solid play.

K Adam Vinatieri: He’s not the point machine he was during his heyday, but he’s a reliable kicker who should get plenty of work on Sunday. Verdict: Play him.

Defense/special teams: The Colts are coming off a surprising 27-7 victory over San Francisco in which the defense forced two turnovers and limited Colin Kaepernick to only 170 yards of total offense. They now get a Jaguars offensive line that has struggled up the middle and a quarterback making his first start since Week 1. Verdict: Definitely play them.