News: 2 days agoEtienne (cramps) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of Sunday's game against Houston.
Spin: Etienne missed out on a few snaps in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Chiefs after experiencing cramping, though it probably didn't cost him many fantasy points with Jacksonville looking to throw at that point. He'll continue as the team's lead back in the home opener this Sunday after taking 30 of the 39 running back carries and eight of the 10 targets in two straight road games to start the season. Etienne's 76 percent snap share through two weeks is similar to what he handled in most games last season after the Jaguars traded James Robinson to the Jets.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: After missing his entire rookie campaign in 2021, Etienne was limited early on last season prior to forcing his way into a bigger role with elite efficiency (5.1 yards per carry ranked ninth and 7.0 yards per target ranked fourth among RBs). Etienne first took on feature back duties in Week 7 and (excluding a Week 12 game that he left early) was 14th among backs in fantasy PPG from that point forward. Etienne had some terrible TD luck (five TDs despite ranking 10th among backs in both yards and expected TDs -- 9.2) and is a good bet for a boost this season. Etienne is the lead back in a good, emerging Jaguars offense and has the skill set to be a threat as a rusher and receiver. He's a fringe RB1 with elite upside.