NFL news happens each and every day. In fantasy football, it is important to have an awareness of it and have an understanding of the potential implications. The Fantasy Frontline will provide Gridiron Experts readers line of sight on NFL news flow that you should be aware of from a statistical angle and help you understand what’s happening during the season and offseason. The Jaguars dismantled the Ravens 44-7 in London to kickoff Sunday’s slate of NFL action. This article will cover four headlines you should be aware of from this game, as that game should spark a lot of questions regarding your rosters moving forward.
THE RAVENS OFFENSE ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 186 TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS
The Ravens offense ran 54 plays and had a time of possession just shy of 26 minutes. Quarterback Joe Flacco and Ryan Mallett accounted for only 54 yards passing and produced 1.8 yards per pass. Flacco led the Ravens to four straight three and outs and did not complete a pass until near the end of the second quarter. Is he still recovering from his offseason back injury? Flacco’s struggles continue to negatively impact the entire Ravens offense. Nick Boyle led the Ravens in receiving with 14 yards, Buck Allen led the team in targets with six and five receptions. Tight end Benjamin Watson scored the Ravens only touchdown. Alex Collins led the team in rushing with nine attempts and 82 yards. It will require a leap of faith to have confidence in any Ravens offensive players moving forward.[the_ad id=”73965″][the_ad id=”74046″]
BLAKE BORTLES REWARDED THOSE WHO HAD HIM IN LINEUPS
Bortles completed 64.5 percent of his pass attempts for 244 passing yards and four touchdowns. The positive game flow fits in perfectly in with how the Jaguars want to operate offensively this season. The team prefers to limit Bortles’ pass attempts while leveraging running back Leonard Fournette. Bortles has averaged 28.6 pass attempts and 197.3 passing yards per game so far this season. He can be viewed as a low-end QB2 in two-quarterback or Superflex formats as a bye week fill in.
LEONARD FOURNETTE CONTINUES TO BE ON THE RB1 RADAR
Leonard Fournette catches the screen…takes it for a 1st down!
— NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2017
Fournette was given 20 touches, produced 80 total yards and scored a touchdown. He is currently averaging 19 rushing attempts and 66.3 rushing yards per game while averaging four targets per game. Two of Bortles’ touchdowns passes were within the five-yard line. Fournette is a must-start every week.
MARQISE LEE IS THE JAGUARS TOP RECEIVING OPTION
Blake Bortles finds Marqise Lee for a 35-yard gain!
— NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2017
Lee caught four of his seven targets for 65 yards against the Ravens. He has emerged as the number one option in the passing game after the season-ending injury to Allen Robinson averaging 7.6 targets per game over the last three games. Lee can be viewed as a weekly WR3 due to the Jaguars offensive philosophy.
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Eric Moody is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) and writes exclusively about fantasy football. He has a lifelong passion for the game and played on the collegiate level as an offensive lineman. Eric also participated in Dan Hatman’s Scouting Academy in order to learn the process of player evaluation at an NFL level by using game film. When he provides fantasy football advice he prefers to “play the piano with both hands” using game film, analytics, and statistics to help you understand his perspective. Eric enjoys Netflix, listening to music, playing bass guitar, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family. He lives in Dallas, Texas