2018 Fantasy Football: Who to Focus on After the Marqise Lee Injury

With Marqise Lee suffering a knee injury, Fantasy players want to know who is going to step up for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Will it be Keelan Cole?

Donte Moncrief?

Dede Westbrook?

D.J. Chark?

That’s a great question, but it might not be the right one to focus on. The passing attack is always going to be second to the rushing attack.

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Jacksonville finished first in the league last year in rushing yards.

So the player I’m focusing on instead of the receivers on Jacksonville is T.J. Yeldon…

Why I’m Focusing on T.J. Yeldon Instead of Marqise Lee

Last year, Chris Ivory rushed for 382 yards on 112 carries. Yeldon finished 2017 with 253 yards on 49 carries in just 10 games.

That’s an impressive 5.2 yards per carry (YPC).

With Ivory gone, he could easily top 112 carries this season. If he can keep his 5.2 YPC average with 112 carries, he’d record 582 rushing yards this year.

Last year, Yeldon also hauled in 36 passes for 224 yards.

With Lee out and Yeldon potentially playing in a 16-game season, just imagine how productive he could be, even with Leonard Fournette in the lineup.

Now, some expect Corey Grant will push Yeldon for carries. Whenever he gets to touch the ball, the 26-year old back can rip off big gains. Gra only recorded one carry in Week 10 last year, but it went for 56 yards.

But because he’s been playing behind Fournette and Yeldon, he will most likely be sprinkled in the offense as opposed to being Fournette’s direct backup.

That’s Yeldon’s job.

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I love Yeldon in a MFL10 format.

For a regular format, it’s going to be difficult to trust him each week.

But that’s okay.

Just let him sit on your bench and see how this plays out. He’s not even been drafted, according to data from FantasyFootballCalculator.com.

In more competitive leagues, he’ll probably go off the board between Rounds 13-15.

But that’s still extremely late for the potential value you could be getting.

The Bottom Line on the Marqise Lee Injury

Losing Marqise Lee adds another question mark to how the passing attack will operate in 2018.

However, the rushing attack is the focal point of this offense. With Lee out, this might open up more targets for Yeldon. If he can play in a 16-game season, he could be a candidate for up to 800 total yards in 2018.

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