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Jacksonville Jaguars
Paul Brown Stadium | Sunday, November 02 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Jaguars 24, Bengals 10
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDavid Garrard
255 pass yards, 1 pass TD
Garrard killed his fantasy owners early in the season and many of them probably cut bait. It has to be frustrating to see him now playing the way many envisioned early on. He's topped 235 yards in three of his last four games and has six total TDs (one rushing) in his last four. The Bengals give up only 191.1 passing yards a game but that is misleading because teams generally don't have to throw much because the Bengals' run defense is so bad. The Jags have had major problems trying to run the ball this season so Garrard will be active and keep on rolling.
RBMaurice Jones-Drew
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 115 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Jones-Drew has had an up and down season. He struggled badly last week against a poor Cleveland defense, rushing for only 29 yards on 12 carries. The Bengals are the perfect tonic for what ails him as they have give up 146.9 rushing yards a game. This will be the type of game Jones-Drew owners need so start him with confidence.
RBFred Taylor
35 rush yards
Taylor is a likely future Hall of Famer, but he looks old and washed up. Outside of one good game against the Colts, he's looked sluggish and his production has been putrid. On paper, this is a great matchup but Taylor has yet to show any consistency regardless of the matchup so he's not someone to be started if you can avoid it.
WRMatt Jones
6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
It looks like Jones will avoid starting his suspension again this week and if he does, he's a terrific starting option in every league format. He caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown last week and has 22 receptions and two TDs in his last four games. He's become a great WR3 so keep starting him until the suspension hits.
WRReggie Williams
3 rec, 35 yards
Williams scored last week but has shaky value as long as Jones is starting. He's a fine WR to grab off the Waiver Wire, though, because once Jones is suspended Williams will likely move into the No. 1 WR role. For now, though, it's best to look elsewhere for WR help and project modest production this week.
WRMike Walker
1 rec, 10 yards
Walker is expected to return from his knee injury this week but he carries little value with Jones playing so well. Keep him on your roster because he'll be needed once Jones is suspended but don't start him this week.
TEMarcedes Lewis
2 rec, 20 yards
Like many TEs this season, Lewis has a good game and then disappears for three or four. He's caught only 13 passes this season and isn't being used much in the passing game. Don't feel the need to start him this week.
KJosh Scobee
3 PATs, 1 FG
Scobee has made 12 of 14 FGs so far this season and gets another good matchup this week. He has a big leg and remains a strong option in leagues that reward bonus points for longer FGs. He's a very good starting option this week.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Bengals' offense offers an inviting target for the Jags. Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing poorly and the Bengals' rushing attack hasn't shown any consistency. There is no verticality to the Bengals' passing game so the Jags can sit on the short routes and force turnovers with their heavy pass rush. They're a strong fantasy option this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBRyan Fitzpatrick
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Fitzpatrick had a great matchup last week against a bad Houston defense, but he soiled the bed, throwing for only 155 yards with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. That marked the fourth time in as many starts he'd thrown for less than 165 yards in a game. Don't expect his luck to change much this week although he could luck into a TD pass.
RBCedric Benson
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards
Benson has taken over as the starter and while he's been better than Chris Perry, that doesn't make him a good fantasy starter. He's been held under 55 yards in each of his two starts and won't have great success against a Jacksonville run defense that gives up 108 yards a game. He's nothing more than a so-so flex play in larger leagues this week.
WRT.J. Houshmandzadeh
7 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD
Houshmandzadeh remains a very good WR2 in PPR leagues as he's gobbling up short passes from Fitzpatrick at a very high rate. Unfortunately, the yards have been low and Fitzpatrick's ineptitude as a QB has kept Housh out of the end zone. So his overall upside is limited. In standard scoring leagues, he's just a WR3 but keep rolling with him in PPR leagues as he'll be good for 6+ receptions again this week.
WRChad Johnson
4 rec, 40 yards
Johnson continues to endure a difficult season. He's caught only 32 passes in eight games with only two touchdowns. As long as Carson Palmer is out, Johnson's fantasy potential is extremely low. At best, he's a so-so WR3 in larger leagues. Keep him benched if you can.
WRChris Henry
2 rec, 20 yards
Henry has finally surpassed Antonio Chatman as the team's No. 3 WR. Unfortunately, Ryan Fitzpatrick is his QB. Translation? Keep him benched.
TEReggie Kelly
2 rec, 10 yards
Kelly continues to receive most of the TE snaps with Ben Utecht hobbling. The Bengals' passing game doesn't feature the TE so Kelly has no fantasy value.
KShayne Graham
1 PAT, 1 FG
Graham returned last week from his groin injury and he's been very productive when given an opportunity, converting 11 of his first 12 FG attempts. The lack of offensive potential limits his upside severely so Graham isn't a good starting option.
Defense
1 sack
The Bengals offer little resistance defensively, ranking 27th in the league in points allowed per game (27.1). The Jaguars will control this game on the ground and David Garrard will make plays through the air, so the Bengals will provide fantasy owners with nothing but frustration this week. Keep them benched.
 
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