Marqise Lee didn’t waste much time turning the heads of fantasy football players in the Jacksonville Jaguars' second preseason game of the year against the Chicago Bears.
Lee hauled in a six-yard touchdown catch to cap off a short 23-yard drive in the first quarter. In fact, Lee totaled four catches in the opening 15 minutes alone and looked to be Jacksonville’s top receiving option Thursday evening.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld made sure to point out the fantasy impact of the performance:
Marqise Lee's ADP to this point has been mid-14th round. Steady robbing. Figure it'll move up some, but still love him in 11th/12th.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 15, 2014
The Jaguars used a second-round pick on Lee in the 2014 NFL draft and are likely hoping he can start once the season begins. Remember, Justin Blackmon is dealing with a number of off-field issues, so the opportunity is there.
From a fantasy standpoint, it’s difficult not to be somewhat scared off by Jacksonville’s quarterback situation (Chad Henne and Blake Bortles), but Lee was certainly productive in college. He finished his career at USC with 3,655 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.
Coach Gus Bradley discussed what Lee needs to do in order to translate that and be productive at the NFL level, via Ryan O’Halloran of Jacksonville.com:
I think that’s one of those things we’re looking at – it’s the consistency. Run your routes [like the football] is coming to you. You can’t change speeds. You can’t choose when and when not to. I’ve told you before that I’ve seen him switch to where he’s more focused.
If Lee is consistent in the preseason, fantasy owners should consider using a late-round flyer on him. In all, he totaled four catches for 27 yards and a touchdown Thursday.