2013 Team Outlook: Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Cecil Shorts, TB - Quality Backup
Update 11-10-2013 - With Blackmon suspended for the season, Shorts is a low end WR1 in PPR
Update 10-25-2013 - Shorts has been playing through injury, but he is still being effective, especially in PPR leagues. He is definitely someone you want to be starting
Profile - There weren't high expectations of Shorts going into 2012, but that didn't stop him from becoming a name in fantasy football. Despite only playing in parts of 14 games (and with below average QBs), Shorts still managed to catch 55 passes for 979 yards and 7 touchdowns, becoming the big play receiver the Jags have been missing for years. Unfortunately Shorts will once again have to deal with a less than average QB throwing him the ball, but that won't stop him from getting plenty of looks (especially with fellow receiver Justin Blackmon sitting out the first 4 games due to suspension). Shorts and Blackmon complement each other well, so when Blackmon comes back it should only give Shorts more space to work. The Jags are a very bad team and will be losing most games, meaning they will have to throw the ball a lot. That's about the only thing going for receivers in this offense. Shorts should be drafted as a high end #3.
WR Justin Blackmon, JAX - Quality Backup
Update 11-10-2013 - Blackmon suspended for the season.
Update 10-25-2013 - Since returning from suspension Blackmon has been a beast and as long as Henne stays in at QB and not Gabbert, Blackmon is a must start every week in all formats
Profile - Blackmon had an up and down rookie season. He started slowly, but really came on in the 2nd half the season catching 41 of his 64 passes, 640 of his 865 receiving yards and 4 of his 5 touchdowns from week 10 on. Blackmon has great hands and became the go to guy when they needed to convert a play over the middle and get a first down. Blackmon's biggest problems have been off the field and for some of those issues he will miss the first 4 games of the season due to suspension. Once he returns to play, he could be a solid #3 fantasy WR or a very good flex player. As mentioned with Shorts, the Jags aren't good, they will be down most games and forced to throw the ball. That will give Blackmon plenty of looks once he returns from suspension.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi, --- - Low Potential
Update August 31,2013 - Massaquoi was cut and is no longer with the team.
Massaquoi was signed from the Browns to provide depth at receiver. Not sure that it was such a great signing for Massaquoi or the Jags. Massaquoi got worse each season with the Browns, now we can't be sure if that was all his fault or the crappy QBs the Browns have had. Problem is the QBs the Jags have now aren't much better. Stay away from Massaquoi.
WR Jordan Shipley, --- - Low Potential
Shipley will likely be the slot receiver for the Jags this coming season and if he was playing in a good offense he might be worth a flyer; since he isn't, I wouldn't spend much time thinking about him. The Jags' offense just isn't good enough and they have two better receivers that will get the bulk of the passes.
TE Marcedes Lewis, JAX - Deep-league Only
Since breaking out in 2010 with career highs across the board, 58 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, he has gone back to the bust he was the first 4 years of his career. His numbers have taken a huge dive the last 2 seasons while Gabbert has been at the helm. Lewis will be rooting for Henne to win the QB job and so should you if you draft Lewis, which at this point in the off season isn't advisable. The pool of useful fantasy TEs has grown the last number of years and you should have no problem finding other ones to draft over Lewis.
PK Josh Scobee, --- - Not Draft Worthy
Solid actual kicker, but the Jags don't score enough points to warrant Scobee being drafted. There are plenty of better kickers out there. Not worth drafting.