Jaguars 2020 Fantasy Guide

The 2019 Jaguars didn’t find much success in any aspect of the year. The team ranked 26th in points scored on their way to a (6-10) finish. This performance led to the dismissal of Tom Coughlin, who was the head of player personal. Since his hiring in 2017 the Jaguars were being built for a power run attack, which may remain the same entering 2020, as Doug Marrone wants that style. The team is looking to get younger as they try to expand their identity. This new identity is becoming a little more clear as it’s evident they want to get more versatile on both sides of the ball. The hiring of Jay Gruden as the offensive coordinator will help this team achieve that. The one thing that we probably will see a ton of this year is the team going very pass heavy. This will not be particularly their desired design; it will be out of necessity, as they likely will be playing from behind quite often.

Gardner Minshew (QB) – Minshew entered the league last year as a 6th round pick, and seemingly came out of nowhere. Minshew was thrust into duty when Foles broke his collarbone, and out produced him when both were healthy to essentially be given the job for 2020. Minshew has proven he can be effective as a NFL quarterback, but this will be the prove it year for Minshew. If Minshew struggles in 2020 he likely won’t get the starting role next season as the team will look elsewhere. However, after looking at his film from last year we like the traits that we saw. Minshew throws the ball with great accuracy and timing. Minshew also proved he can move and be elusive in and out of the pocket. If Minshew was a first round pick last year the industry would be loving his production and future, but since he was a late round pick will always be getting the questions of if he has what it takes.

Fantasy Spin: Minshew showed flashes last season of the upside he offers at the position as both a runner and passer. Minshew enters 2020 as a backend QB2. The team will likely be behind a lot this season so Minshew will be getting a lot of work. We have him ranked as our 25th quarterback in redrafts. In dynasty leagues he ranks as our 27th quarterback.

Leonard Fournette/Ryquell Armstead/Chris Thompson (RB) – Fournette enters 2020 without a picked up fifth option from the team. This is looking to be the final season for Fournette as a Jaguar. The team has already tried to trade him this offseason around the draft, but there were no takers. Fournette was drafted by Coughlin so this coaching staff really is not fond of the running back. The running back the team is fond of is Ryquell Armstead. The team absolutely loves this kid, and in terms of a dynasty league is the back you must pick up from this team. The team thinks Armstead is very talented and loved what they saw out of him last year against the Colts, which was a game they felt he showed who he can be as a pro back. Armstead has everything you want in a running back, he’s tough, faster than you think, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Speaking of pass catcher out of backfield the team brought in Chris Thompson who Gruden is very familiar with. Gruden does have plays designed specifically for the running backs as pass catchers so Thompson should see some work, but unlikely enough to make him fantasy viable in 2020.

Fantasy Spin: As for now Fournette slots in as the lead back for the Jaguars and with that is the highest ranked back from the team in our rankings. In redraft rankings Fournette is viewed as a back end RB2. We have him ranked as our 27th running back in redraft. Ryquell finds himself down our rankings at RB49 entering 2020, but has big upside if Fournette is moved or benched. Out of all the players on this team Ryquell is the one to target in drafts, purely based on value. He could be the last round pick for your team that pays off huge. Deep dynasty watch keep an eye on the rookie out of Nebraska Devine Ozigbo, who at times on tape resembled Todd Gurley.

DJ Chark/Dede Westbrook/Laviska Shenault Jr/Chris Conley (WR) – the team likes what they had at receiver but felt they lacked speed opposite Chark. This lack of speed is why the team decided to go out and pick up Shenault Jr in the draft. Shenault will fit this new offensive mind set they are looking to achieve in the sense that he is very versatile, as he can be lined up all over the formation, much like he was in college. Shenault may not see a lot of snaps as a true receiver in year one because they are deep at the position with Conley and Westbrook. Shenault will likely have packages drawn up and schemed for his speed and run after the catch, until he develops as a pro receiver. Shenault will be more of a chess piece for this offense in 2020. DJ Chark emerged as the wide receiver to own for Jacksonville in 2019, as he had the rare year two break out. Chark averaged 13.8 yards a catch and saw good target volume as he received 118 looks from the quarterbacks, catching 62% of those targets.

Fantasy Spin: To be frank the only receiver worth a look is DJ Chark as a true weekly contributor. The problem with Chark is his ADP is putting him near players such as Adam Thielen and DK Metcalf, whom are both more appealing targets as their quarterbacks are more proven. Chark still slates in as a back end WR2 for us as we have him ranked as our WR19. Shenault is explosive but offers little fantasy juice in year one so he will be more of a Dynasty prospect. Currently we have him ranked as our 51st ranked wide out in that format. Dede comes in as our 72nd ranked wide receiver in redraft and is a later round bench filler at this point with little upside.

Tyler Eifert/Josh Oliver (TE) - Tyler Eifert comes down to Florida from Cincy and figures to slot in as the day one starter. The concern with Eifert is his availability. Over the last 4 seasons Eifert has missed 34 out of a possible 64 games. He was able to play 16 games last season but underwhelmed with just 43 catches for fewer than 450 yards 3 touchdowns. This is concerning but opens the door for the guy who the team is hopeful will be the future at the position in Josh Oliver. Oliver is a former basketball player who is an athletic freak. The team plans to use Oliver as a detached receiving tight end. Oliver was injured in 2019 and fought like hell to get back, but his torn hamstring prevented him from doing so.

Fantasy Spin: None of these guys offer much fantasy juice or appeal in redraft formats for 2020. It is best to keep clear as we have Eifert ranked as our 32nd Tight end and Oliver our 42nd in redraft. Josh Oliver makes for a late dynasty add as his athletic and physical traits make for a potential fantasy starter at the position in a few years. He comes in as our 33rd ranked tight end in that format.

Defense - this defense ranked 21st in points allowed in 2019. The team no longer resembles that elite squad we saw just a few short years ago. Many of those players have been dealt to other teams as there was an apparent growing tension between the head coach and his players. The newest and likely next trade candidate to follow this trend is DE Yannick Ngakoue. The team has already somewhat addressed this likely loss by drafting K’Lavon Chaisson who figures to be a factor for years to come.

Fantasy Spin: This defense is our 22nd ranked defense entering 2020 and offers little to no value what so ever to our fantasy teams.

Strength of Schedule

The Jaguar wide receiver corps will face the 12th toughest schedule this fantasy regular season. Their playoff schedule they face will also be the 10th toughest during weeks 14-16. The Running backs will be looking at the 11th toughest schedule during the fantasy regular season. The backs will then have the 13th toughest schedule during the fantasy playoffs. Minshew will face the 13th toughest schedule during the fantasy regular season, and the 12th toughest during weeks 14-16. The tight ends will face the 8th easiest fantasy regular season schedule, and will face the 14th toughest playoff schedule from weeks 14-16.