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Each week, our staff here at QB List will be previewing all the fantasy-relevant things you should be on the lookout for in this week’s games. Today, we preview all the upcoming Week 4 action.
Jets vs. Jaguars
In typical Jets fashion, the franchise can etch themselves in yet another butt-of-the-joke memory of league history. Week 3 saw New York allow the Cleveland Browns to win their first game in 635 days, all in part to the debut of rookie QB Baker Mayfield in the second half after QB Tyrod Taylor exited with a concussion. The Jets had no answers for Mayfield, and it showed as he went on to complete 17 of 23 for 201 yards, and a 2-point conversion reception of his own. QB Sam Darnold did not have a great game, which can be chalked up to poor play calling, but that’s not to excuse the performance. He’ll now have to move forward and prepare for the highly touted Jacksonville Jaguars defense on the road.
Who can you trust for your lineup?
I hate to discredit my Jets, but the Jags D/ST is a sure-play this week. Play calling needs to be adjusted for Darnold, plain and simple. He cannot afford to roll out every week and dump the ball off to his backs in a rush. Play calling aside, the offensive line protection needs to be improved as well in order for Darnold’s play to translate more fluidly. Until then, you can expect RB Bilal Powell, who had a great game against the Jags last season – racking up 163 yards and a score – and RB Isaiah Crowell to be involved heavy in the game plan.
Look for WR Quincy Enunwa to continue to be Darnold’s go-to target. WR Robby Anderson is having a poor start to the season, so much so that I’ve seen him being discussed a drop candidate in leagues. OC Jeremy Bates needs to incorporate him more, though he’s done himself no favors having fumbles in back to back games.
Can the BOAT regain form?
If I told you that this team would dominate the defending AFC champs of 2017 and then get stifled by the Blaine Gabbert-led Tennessee Titans, you’d call me insane. I definitely would not have thought that the Titans could beat the Jaguars even if Jacksonville had lost to New England the week prior. It goes to show that there is still a whole lot of inconsistency within QB Blake Bortles’ game. Either that or Mike Vrabel must have watched the Jaguars’ week two film too many times. I’d like to think the latter, but it seemed the former prevailed as Bortles struggled with his release point and accuracy. This week should allow for getting back on the right track, again, as they play host to the Jets in what could be a very rainy contest. This should bode well for Jacksonville, as they will utilize RBs Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon plenty. When they need to pass, they will undoubtedly use the tried and true crossing routes to provide easy passing windows and plenty of grass for the speedy receiving corp we talk about every week – get WRs Keelan Cole or Dede Westbrook out in space and let them do the rest.
Can the defense keep this incredible stretch of play going?
The Jets are coming off a loss to the Cleveland Browns and will look to avenge that shame. Whether the Jaguars’ offense shows up to play is really just extra when you have the defense I gush over each week. They held the Titans to three field goals last week, despite the offense continually wasting drives and making dumb mistakes. Look for this defense to prey on the rookie signal-caller in QB Sam Darnold. The young quarterback has been able to show flashes of competence, but this unit he’ll be facing isn’t the caliber he has ever faced. I predict DE Calais Campbell and CB Jalen Ramsey to create a turnover or two in this one.
Start Golloday or Tate this week? Cowboys are awesome against the slot, but Sean Lee is out and Tate is safer……