Fantasy Football Thursday Night Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Rashad Jennings & More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 8, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07:   Rashad Jennings #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes during a game against the Chicago Bears at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Must Start Options:
Quarterback - Andrew Luck (Ind)
Running Back - None
Wide Receiver - Reggie Wayne (Ind)
Tight End - None

Debatable Options:

Quarterback – Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville

Gabbert is never going to be an option that blows you away, partly because he doesn’t have the talent to help him and partly because he hasn’t shown the ability. This season he has thrown for over 220 yards twice and only has two games with more than one touchdown. In other words, unless you are desperate in two-quarterback formats you should definitely be able to do better.

Running Back – Rashad Jennings – Jacksonville

Remember when people didn’t think the Jaguars would miss Maurice Jones-Drew if he pushed his holdout into the regular season? Over his past three games Jennings has totaled 147 yards and a touchdown on 50 carries. That said, the Colts rushing defense is less than stellar (130.8 yards per game and 9 TD), so there is a good chance of Jennings posting at least decent numbers with the potential to post his best game of the season. I would consider him a viable RB2, depending on your alternatives. 

Running Back – Vick Ballard – Indianapolis

Will he operate as the lead back? Does it matter if he does? Over the past three weeks he has shown signs, but he has hardly been consistent (199 yards on 48 carries). The thing is, the Jaguars are awful against the run this season, allowing the second most touchdowns (12). If Donald Brown is healthy I wouldn’t trust Ballard; otherwise he is a RB2 option thanks to a favorable match-up.

Running Back – Donald Brown – Indianapolis

He left Sunday’s game but it doesn’t appear to be a serious issue. He has been the Colts’ more productive back, with 164 yards on 31 carries in the two games prior to Week 9. Assuming we don’t get a report that Brown is banged up and unable to play, with this favorable match-up I would be comfortable using him as a RB2.  That said, he is listed as questionable and hasn’t practiced this week.  Monitor the news, but it is hard to trust him at this point.

Wide Receiver – Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville

 He leads the Jaguars with 456 yards and three touchdowns, but there is no guarantee for consistency (especially with Laurent Robinson back in the mix). After racking up 195 yards on 22 targets, the ball was thrown Shorts’ way just four times in Week 9. While he holds potential value for those in three receiver formats, there is too much risk to trust in most cases.

Wide Receiver – Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville

He was supposed to quickly emerge as the go to guy for Gabbert, but it has taken a long-time for him to settle in. He has been targeted at least eight times in four of the past five games, so it is clear that he is becoming more of a factor. While it wouldn’t surprise me to see a breakout performance and a strong second half, he needs to do a better job before we trust him completely. He’s more of a high-risk option WR3 for the desperate right now.

Wide Receiver – Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville

After missing all of October, Robinson returned to the line-up in Week 9 and was targeted nine times (six receptions for 41 yards and no touchdowns).  It appears that he is going to play a major role for the Jaguars, but until he shows consistency he should be left on fantasy benches.

Wide Receiver – T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis

He played a huge role in Week 9, turning 11 targets into six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. As teams focus on taking away Reggie Wayne, Hilton’s potential value could continue to grow. One could argue that he isn’t even the second best receiver on his team, so it is hard to trust him. That said, it is easy to imagine him having passed Avery on the depth chart and, out of all the borderline receivers playing, he’s the one I would trust most as a WR3 flier. 

Wide Receiver – Donnie Avery – Indianapolis

Like Hilton, he is coming off of a big game (5 receptions for 108 yards), but he has been a bigger part of the offense all year long. He has been targeted at least six times every week and has been under eight just twice. However, he hasn’t scored since Week 1, has converted less than half of his targets into receptions and is listed as questionable. It all makes him tough to trust.

Tight End – Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis

With Coby Fleener out, Allen is the lone tight end target in Indianapolis. He has posted over 50 yards in back-to-back weeks and should continue to be a factor in a passing game that is lighting it up. While he is more of a TE2, those in need of a bye week fill-in certainly could utilize him.

Tight End – Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville

His value always was his ability to find the end zone. This season he isn’t doing that, with 23 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t done nearly enough to trust.

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