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*Rankings are based on a 12-team, standard scoring format.
2011 RECORD: 2-14
2012 BYE WEEK: 9
TOP DRAFT PICKS: (1) Luke Joeckel- LT- Texas A&M
(2) Johnathan Cyprien- S- Florida International
(3) Dwayne Gratz- CB- UConn
QUARTERBACK: Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne shared time in Jacksonville last season, and neither was very good. Gabbert, who is 5 years younger than Henne and was a first round draft pick, will be given the opportunity to start this season. Weapons are falling into place around him, with Justin Blackmon becoming a legitimate threat, and a big play specialist in Cecil Shorts on the other side. Gabbert isn't worth picking on draft day, but it's possible he becomes useful enough to be worth a look later in the season. If he falters, Henne would take over. We know what he is. Not good.
RUNNING BACK: If you spent the usual 1st round pick on the always reliable Maurice Jones-Drew last season, my guess is you didn't win your league. MJD played in only 6 games last season, and of those 6, only 1 was useful to his fantasy owners. He scored 1 touchdown last season. This was as low as it can get for MJD. Justin Forsett was brought in from Houston to provide depth in case of another injury. Rookie Denard Robinson could see looks as a running back, wide receiver and quarterback at some point this year. Jones-Drew could be a value this year if he returns to form. He will go in the 2nd round of most drafts, and will likely be drafted as a low-end RB1. I would feel much more comfortable with him as an RB2 though. Forsett and Robinson don't need to be drafted, but if Jones-Drew goes down, one of them will prove useful. It is yet to be seen which one rises to the top.
WIDE RECEIVER: Cecil Shorts broke out as the number 1 option for Jacksonville quarterbacks last season, finishing just 21 yards short of 1,000 with 7 touchdowns. He has a knack for the big play, with 17 plays over 20 yards. Those are the types of plays that tend to lead to touchdowns. Justin Blackmon also came on last season, playing as well as he could in such a terrible offense. He led the team in targets and had 865 yards with 5 TDs. Ace Sanders, the 4th round pick out of South Carolina, has impressed both coaches and veterans with his preseason performance. He seems like a lock as the 3rd receiver with Mike Brown and Jordan Shipley fighting for scraps. Shorts is a high-end WR3, while I am looking at Blackmon as a WR4. Sanders is worth a flier if you are carrying 5 wide receivers. He is a high end sleeper.
TIGHT END: Mercedes Lewis had 540 yards and 4 touchdowns last year, a far cry from his monstrous 2010, but much better than 2011. Last season's totals are probably what Lewis really is, a low end TE2. Allen Reisner appears set to be the backup.
KICKER: Josh Scobee is a decent kicker, but the Jaguars are so bad offensively that it is hard to justify rostering their kicker. You can do better than him.
DEFENSE-SPECIAL TEAMS: Jacksonville was horrendous defensively last year, and I wouldn't expect too much to change. The overhauled secondary isn't enough to get me interested. Avoid them on draft day.