JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars players to play and sit, as well as which of the opposing players might be a good play against the Jags. For more fantasy football advice, check out ESPN.com's fantasy football page.
QB Chad Henne: Henne gets the start in place of Blaine Gabbert (hand), but he’ll be battling the same issues that Gabbert did last week: A questionable offensive line and a lack of experienced pass catchers-other than Cecil Shorts. Verdict: Keep him on your bench.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He ran for 45 yards on 15 carries last week and should be an even bigger part of the game plan against the Raiders. He has played well on the West Coast, rushing for a total of 146 yards in four games. His best performance was 75 yards on 15 carries. Verdict: Use him as your flex player.
WR Cecil Shorts: He has been battling a groin injury this week, but is listed as probable. He’s drawing most of the attention from the opposing secondary because of the Jaguars’ lack of playmakers with Justin Blackmon (suspension) unavailable. He didn’t catch his first pass last week until the fourth quarter. Verdict: Put him on the bench.
TE Marcedes Lewis: He is doubtful with a calf injury, although he said this week the injury is progressively getting better. Verdict: It’s too big of a risk to play him.
K Josh Scobee: Scobee has been practicing kicking off the infield at a nearby baseball stadium to prepare for the field conditions at O.co Coliseum. The offense, however, has to play much better than it did last week to get him in position to take advantage of that extra work. Verdict: Too much uncertainty with the offense means you should keep him on your bench.
Defense/special teams: After a shaky start, the Jaguars' defense did settle down against Kansas City last week. But it’ll be facing Terrelle Pryor, who ran for 112 yards and threw for 217 yards last week, and the pass rush is struggling. Plus, the unit might be down both starting cornerbacks. Coverage units have been hit and miss, but there is a possibility for a big play if Ace Sanders gets a chance to return punts. Verdict: Not a good matchup, so put them on the bench.
QB Terrelle Pryor: He accounted for 329 yards of total offense and one touchdown last week against Indianapolis, but a lot of those rushing yards came because he was running for his life. He’s not an accomplished passer, but he can make plays with his feet. Verdict: If you’re in a league that allows you to play two quarterbacks, it wouldn’t be a crazy move to play him as the No. 2. Otherwise, probably better off waiting another week or two to see if he can show any consistency.
RB Darren McFadden: It’s Week 2 and he’s healthy, so that’s a good thing for McFadden, who has missed 23 games in his career. He ran for 48 yards on 17 carries last week, but has traditionally had success against the Jaguars: 176 yards on 35 carries. Verdict: Play him as your No. 3 back while he’s healthy.
WR Rod Streater: He caught five passes for 70 yards last week and is likely to end up as Pryor’s favorite receiver because the two worked out together throughout the offseason. Verdict: Right now he’s at best a No. 3 receiver in 10- or 12-team leagues.
WR Denarius Moore: He also caught five passes last week, but for only 43 yards. Verdict: Put him in the same category as Streater.
K Sebastian Janikowski: He should be good for a couple of long field goals. That’s pretty much a given with him, right? Verdict: Start him.
Defense/special teams: The defense is nowhere near as good as Kansas City’s defense, but consider what it’s facing: an offense without its best receiver, starting quarterback, and potentially the starting tight end, and an offensive line that has two banged-up guards. Verdict: A safe play.