2015 Outlook: Yeldon looks like a feature back (6-1, 226), and he figures to take over the Jaguars' lead job that Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson shared in 2014. Sounds amazing, right? Alas, this ointment comes with a couple of flies. We're not fully sold on Yeldon as a prospect: He fumbled 10 times in college and didn't always run like a big back, often losing significant time to his Alabama teammates. Also, it's worth wondering how valuable the Jags can make any RB. In 2014, the team produced just 10 carries inside an opponent's 5-yard line, 29th in the league. Yeldon's workload should be great, but don't reach too high for him.
2015 Outlook: Just two weeks into his NFL career, Robinson was forced into a significant offensive role after Cecil Shorts III went down. The rookie responded extremely well, hauling in 48 of 76 targets for 548 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 10 games. Prior to suffering a season-ending broken foot, Robinson ranked as fantasy's No. 27 wide receiver from Weeks 2 to 10, despite operating in the league's lowest-scoring offense. At 6-foot-2, Robinson has all the tools to be a fantasy star; he just needs better play from QB Blake Bortles.
2015 Outlook: Shoelace's acceleration is tremendous, and he's an instinctive runner in traffic. Those qualities alone made him a breath of fresh air in Week 7 when he took over the Jags' starting job from Toby Gerhart. But he's 6-foot and 197 pounds, a profile that probably makes him most effective as a change-of-pace back. Jacksonville drafted T.J. Yeldon this spring, and we expect the Alabama product to get first crack at a workhorse role. Robinson will work in on later downs and be a candidate to catch 30 to 40 passes.
2015 Outlook: An explosive athlete on a team badly in need of playmakers on the outside, Lee filtered in and out of the Jaguars' starting lineup during his 2014 rookie season. Durability will remain a concern with the 6-foot, 192-pound Lee; he's missed time with hamstring, knee and ankle injuries over the past two years. He finished last season with 37 catches, 422 yards and one touchdown, and although he's in the catbird seat for a starting gig opposite Allen Robinson, this isn't an offense that will allow many TD opportunities. Lee is no more than a speculative bench stash.
2015 Outlook: This winter the Jags gave Formerly Orange Julius $24 million guaranteed in exchange for leaving behind Peyton Manning. Thomas' new QB, Blake Bortles, would need to take a big step forward to be mediocre in his second season, so it's difficult to imagine Jacksonville affording Thomas double-digit red zone targets, let alone TDs. Add in his frustrating injury history and the extra attention he'll face given the inexperienced receiving corps around him and Thomas probably won't provide top production in 2015. But because he's such an elite athlete, the occasional great game does lurk.
2015 Outlook: In a 2014 season highlighted by rookie WRs, none kicked off his career better than the undrafted Hurns. Fantasy's No. 2 scoring WR in Week 1, Hurns hauled in four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Injuries to fellow rookies Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee allowed him to play more than three quarters of the Jags' offensive snaps in 2014, but he managed only four additional touchdowns and eclipsed 70 yards on just one other occasion. Entering 2015 behind Robinson, Lee and possibly Justin Blackmon, Hurns will sneak in the occasional big play and/or touchdown, but he's barely worth a fantasy roster spot.
2015 Outlook: It's unfair to say we know exactly what kind of QB Bortles is after just one season. Guys learn. Guys grow. Bortles did some things well in 2014: He's best out of the shotgun, on the move and in particular running the ball. (He finished fourth in QB rushing yards with 419.) Bortles also has all the wing you could want, but his accuracy was disastrous. He locked in on primary receivers, and he lost his throwing mechanics in big spots. The Jags need better line play and more skill-position consistency, beginning with free agent signee TE Julius Thomas. And you need to see Bortles be a much better thrower before investing in him for fantasy.
2015 Outlook: After several seasons in the fantasy basement, things are looking up a little in Jacksonville. Don't get us wrong: The Jaguars still have some work to do. They created a takeaway on just 9.8 percent of opposing drives, but their 45 sacks was tied for sixth in the league. With up-and-coming talents like LB Telvin Smith and SS Johnathan Cyprien, along with the veteran presence of LB Paul Posluszny and DE Chris Clemons, the Jags appear poised to take another step forward this season. But we're still not ready to move them into starter territory.