The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to gain ground in the underwhelming AFC South on Thursday with a 19-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Week 11’s Thursday night showdown was far from flush with fantasy production, as both teams failed to find the end zone in the first half and combined for just two touchdowns on the night.
Jacksonville’s effort was led by impressive young wide receiver Allen Robinson, who stacked up 113 yards and five receptions on seven targets. Robinson is averaging a cool 87.1 receiving yards per game this season and has cracked the 100-yard mark in two of his last three outings. Tight end Julius Thomas led the Jaguars in targets on Thursday with eight, catching five passes for 28 yards and a score. Thomas hasn’t produced big numbers since taking his talents to Jacksonville, but does have eight or more targets in half the games he has played this season. With the “Allens” doing such a tremendous job on the receiving end of Blake Bortles’ passes this season, Thomas will remain posted up in TE2 territory.
Tennessee tight end Delaine Walker turned in another fine performance, catching eight of a team-high 10 targets for 109 yards. Walker doesn’t have the name brand appeal of other fantasy tight ends, but is a locked-in TE1 and has averaged 85.3 receiving yards per game over the last three weeks. The Tennessee running game was led by Antonio Andrews, who had a solid game after an invisible Week 10. Andrews accounted for 94 total yards on 17 carries, and illustrated that he can be a decent fantasy back when given a sizeable workload, but is strictly volume dependent.
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Titans at Jaguars Quick Slants
Jaguars rookie wide receiver Rashad Greene hadn’t touched the field since September, but caught his only target of the night and chipped in with a critical punt return. … T.J. Yeldon was questionable to suit up on Thursday, but took the field and tallied 82 total yards on 17 touches. Yeldon’s receiving skills are keeping his fantasy value afloat but he hasn’t done much in the touchdown department this season. … Dorial Green-Beckham’s slow progression continued this week, as he hauled in three of six targets for 40 yards and is worth a bench spot in case his target totals increase down the stretch. … Marcus Mariota passed for just 231 yards with no touchdowns, but scored on the ground to salvage his fantasy stat line.
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In Other News…
Miami OC Bill Lazor told reporters on Thursday that rookie Jay Ajayi has earned more carries and playing time moving forward. Ajayi has been excellent in his two performances this season, rumbling for 89 yards on 11 carries (8.1 ypc) over the last two weeks. Despite Lazor’s positive review, Ajayi will likely remain Lamar Miller’s backup this week as the Dolphins host the Dallas Cowboys. Ajayi has outgained Miller on the ground in the last two games, but Miller has racked up 13 receptions in that same span while Ajayi has yet to catch an NFL pass. Desperate fantasy owners impacted by injuries and byes can turn to Ajayi in a pinch, but don’t expect Miller to hand over the job just yet.
Carlos Hyde (foot) did not practice on Thursday and his Week 11 status is in significant doubt. If Hyde sits, the 49ers are left with a grab bag of running backs to fill their rushing void, led by Shaun Draughn. In San Francisco’s last game without Hyde, Draughn led the way with 20 touches for 96 total yards, while no other 49ers back received more than seven touches. A trip to Seattle presents an undesirable matchup, but Draughn is an option for owners in a bind at running back this week.
Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday this week, and his Week 11 status is undetermined at the moment. Lynch may very well suit up on Sunday as he did last week, but Thomas Rawls should be within arm’s reach in case Lynch sits out. Rawls has trucked his way to 5.6 yards per attempt this season and will be a solid fantasy play against San Francisco if pushed into action.
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Injury Quick Slants
Darren McFadden (groin) was limited in practice on Thursday, and will likely need a full showing on Friday to ease the minds of fantasy owners. Rod Smith would pick up the slack if McFadden is a surprise inactive. … Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) did not practice on Thursday and his Week 11 status is in jeopardy. This situation reeks of “game-time decision.” … DeAndre Hopkins (knee) has missed two practices this week, but no reports from Houston have stated that the stud wide receiver is actually in danger of missing Week 11. More news should surface regarding Hopkins’ status Friday. … Matt Forte (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and his Week 11 status is in serious doubt. Forte will likely return in Week 12 to some form of timeshare with Jeremy Langford. … Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) made it through practice on Thursday and is in no danger of missing Week 11. … Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was limited in practice on Thursday, but coach Gary Kubiak expects Sanders to be ready for Week 11. … Michael Floyd (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and looking like a dicey bet to play on Sunday after injuring a hamstring in Week 10 at Seattle. … Vincent Jackson (knee) hasn’t played since Week 7, but is getting closer to returning to game action and was limited in practice on Thursday. Jackson’s status may require extra attention over the weekend for fantasy owners. … Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) practiced in full on Thursday and is good to go this week as the Jets take on Houston. … Brian Hoyer (concussion) reportedly suffered memory loss on Monday night against Cincinnati, leaving Houston backup QB T.J. Yates to handle the passing duties for the Texans this week. … Ryan Mathews (concussion) missed practice on Thursday and is a good bet to sit out this week, leaving DeMarco Murray with plenty of opportunities to carry the ball against the Bucs. … John Brown (hamstrings) got in a limited practice on Thursday and is tentatively looking like he may suit up this week. Brown hasn’t caught a pass since Week 7 and is a risky fantasy start at the moment. … Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) did not practice on Thursday and will likely miss Week 11 while going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Mark Sanchez is in line to get the start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.