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AFC South Dynasty Capsule: Jacksonville Jaguars

Ken KellyContributor IIIJuly 16, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 22:  Reciever Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars catches a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Jacksonville defeated Buffalo 18-15.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Jaguars enter 2010 as a team fighting for an identity. This franchise has epitomized the NFL’s middle class for quite some time. They rarely stay down for long, but they’ve also yet to get over the hump and reach a Super Bowl.

This year brings the same set of expectations as Head Coach Jack Del Rio finds himself squarely on the hot seat yet again. Team ownership desperately needs to fill the stadium and the fans need a reason to come. Not only did they pass on the one guy they knew could achieve that in Tim Tebow, they kept most everything on the offensive side status quo, other than the offensive line. That was quite a risk for a team with a questionable future in Jacksonville.

The dynasty fantasy football value of the Jaguars is all across the board. One thing we do know is that they’re led by two hyphenated wonders. Let’s take a look at the dynasty value of the Jaguars in today’s edition of the dynasty capsule.

Players in their Prime

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB

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MJD finished fourth in the NFL with 1,391 rushing yards, and was second in the league with 15 rushing touchdowns. Add 374 receiving yards and you have the definition of an elite fantasy performer. There were questions about MJD’s ability to hold up through an entire season without Fred Taylor, but he answered the bell with a fury. As a 25-year-old featured back, the sky’s the limit for “Pocket Hercules.” Most dynasty league owners would take Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson or even Ray Rice ahead of him, but it looks like he’ll be in the discussion for fantasy MVP for several more years. He’s a pillar to build around.

Mike Sims-Walker, WR

Fantasy owners have been salivating over his talent for years. He finally matched his potential with production in 2009. After an injury plagued rookie season, Sims-Walker exploded last year for 63 receptions, 869 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s not the safest bet to stay healthy with those creaky knees of his, but he’s a solid choice to be a valuable low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3 receiver for the foreseeable future.

David Garrard, QB

Garrard finished his second season as the Jaguars starter with similar numbers to his first. He posted 3,597 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2009. He also added a valuable 323 rushing yards and another three touchdowns.

With Garrard, you get what you pay for. He’s likely never going to blossom into a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy or reality. He tends to make some mental mistakes, but combines those with some steady play. He’s a steady low-end No. 2 quarterback in dynasty leagues, with little to no chance of ever blossoming into a No. 1 option. If he doesn’t show some serious improvement this year, the Jaguars could be looking at Jake Locker, Andrew Luck, or Ryan Mallett in next year’s NFL Draft.

Rising Players

Mike Thomas, WR

This Arizona dynamo has a big opportunity ahead of him this season. He seems to be more quick than fast, which makes him a perfect fit for the slot. However, it seems he’ll have every opportunity to prove he’s more than that this season since he’s currently the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. If Thomas can convince the coaching staff that he can improve on his impressive rookie numbers of 48 catches, 453 yards and one touchdown, he could be a very good buy low candidate this offseason.

Rashad Jennings, RB

The former Libery running back only had 39 attempts last season, but averaged 5.2 yards per carry with them. If the Jaguars decide to limit the workload of Jones-Drew, Jennings would be the immediate beneficiary. Dynasty league owners shouldn’t give up on him. He showed he has ability and every running back who has ability gets a chance at some point in their career. He’s a good keeper in dynasty league circles.

Zach Miller, TE

The coaches are seriously evaluating him and had to love his season finale featuring 8 catches, 69 yards and two touchdowns last year. Miller could push Marcedes Lewis as soon as this season and looks to be a good bet to be a No. 2 TE at the very least in future dynasty leagues.

Players with Falling Values

Troy Williamson, WR

The former No. 7 overall pick is simply running out of chances. His injury last year was unfortunate as it seemed he was turning a corner. Regardless, he’s been plagued with drops in practice this offseason and the Jaguars have to want one of their young receivers to step into that starting lineup. Williamson belongs on the waiver wire in dynasty leagues.

Marcedes Lewis, TE

Lewis posted a career high with 518 receiving yards and improved his blocking ability from all reports. That’s the good. He finished his fourth straight season with 41 catches or less and again, no more than two touchdowns. That’s the bad. Lewis is a less than average fantasy tight end and dynasty league owners have to hope Miller takes over sooner rather than later.

Kassim Osgood, WR

He said he was promised a chance to make an impact as a wide receiver. From all camp reports, that doesn’t look likely to happen. Osgood still has great value as a special teamer for the Jaguars, but that’s just not going to equate into anything worthwhile in fantasy leagues.

Sleepers

Jarett Dillard, WR

Dillard was one of DLF’s favorite sleepers last year after an incredible career at Rice. An ankle injury and a struggle to learn the playbook derailed any chance of an impact last season. This year could be a different story as Dillard has been singled out recently as the most impressive receiver in OTAs. Keep an eye on him this Summer. He’s a player who has ability most don’t know about.

Luke McCown, QB

David Garrard is simply not an elite quarterback. If the Jags start out slow and the seat gets warm under Jack Del Rio, McCown could be the beneficiary. He seems to struggle to adapt to new offenses quickly, but he’s shown a tendency to make a difference when he’s played in games. Keep tabs on the performance of Garrard early and be ready to pounce.

Super Sleeper

Deji Karim, RB

The “poor man’s Brian Westbrook” from Southern Illinois was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Jacksonville. His future value is completely unknown. He could be anywhere from a special teams returner and third down back, to a huge home run compliment to Maurice Jones-Drew. Reports on Karim have been positive so far, so be proactive if he’s still on your wire. If not, he makes for a good fourth round pick in rookie drafts.

Summary

The Jaguars have some players to monitor in dynasty leagues. The No. 2 wide receiver and No. 2 running back position battles are going to be especially interesting to watch.

It’s a big year for the Jaguars and they need to produce for a variety of reasons. Dynasty league owners of Jaguar players sure hope they come through.

If anything, Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker have made the hyphen cool again. If the Dolphins happen to drop Ryan Grice-Mullen and the Jaguars subsequently sign him, go get him in fantasy leagues immediately. He’s sure to produce for the Jaguars with punctuation in his surname.

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