2010 Fantasy Team Predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars enter the 2010 season with a lot of questions surrounding them, none of which are important as head coach Jack Del Rio’s future.
However, from a fantasy football perspective, the biggest question is whether David Garrard and the passing game can take the step forward needed to make the Jaguars a more balanced and less predictable team.
Read on for all the answers with our top five fantasy predictions for the 2010 Jacksonville Jaguars:
1. David Garrard Still Isn’t a QB1
Garrard didn’t perform well in his preseason debut, and then did a solid job in his second. The point? The guy has never been a model of consistency, and he’s always been hesistant to take big risks and go deep.
Back-up Luke McCown presents the exact opposite option, and could very well push the coaching staff to take a chance and steer away from the seemingly “reliable” Garrard.
He still puts up capable QB2 fantasy numbers when the season is said and done, but if he’s your starter for more than a couple weeks, it’s a safe bet your playoff run in your fantasy league won’t be long lived.
2. MJD Will Still Be the Man
Maurice Jones-Drew has done nothing but put up 1,000 total yards in every season he’s been in the league, and has never scored less than nine touchdowns in a season.
He’ the feature back on a run-first team. In other words, he is Jacksonville’s offense, and should easily once again by a top-5 (if not top-3) pick in your fantasy football league.
If the passing game can help him out more in 2010, we think he’ll easily improve on last year’s 16 total scores and 1,600+ total yards, although if he puts up anything close to his 2009 numbers, we think you’ll be plenty pleased.
3. Mike Sims-Walker Is a WR3, At Best
Mike Sims-Walker is a solid talent with big-play skills, but he’s always battling a nagging injury, and isn’t the most consistent fantasy receiving option, which should once again make him no better than a WR3.
He started hot in 2009, but ended the season with seven straight games with under 70 receiving yards, along with just one score down the stretch. We’re not sure he’ll disappear that much down the stretch in his second season as the top option, but he simply can’t be relied upon for anything more than WR3 numbers from week to week.
4. Watch Out For Troy Williamson and Mike Thomas
Mike Thomas has shown to be a reliable target, while Troy Williamson continue to show deep speed and play-making ability in practice and preseason games.
Neither receiver hold substantial fantasy value with a fairly inconsistent passing attack, but we urge you to keep a close eye on both players, as their talent definitely makes them sleepers for the 2010 fantasy season.
5. Meet the “Other” Zach Miller
Marcedes Lewis will likely enter the 2010 season as the Jags’ top tight end again, but his inconsistent hands and route-running could eventually give way to the more skilled Miller. He may not be able to ever touch the talent that Oakland Raiders Zach Miller possesses, but his soft hands and play-making ability should keep him on your fantasy radar.