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QB Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-5, 232Born: 12-16-1991College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Bortles was outstanding against the Patriots, and he carried the Leonard Fournette-less offense. He has a good matchup this week against the Titans and should be in streamer consideration, in addition to proving he's worth a roster spot for fantasy teams without an obvious QB1.

Week 3: vs Tennessee Titans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Blake Bortles had a career outing last week as he found revenge from last year's AFC title game, posting an impressive stat line by completing 64.4% of his passes for 377 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. This outing was lights out compared to his struggles against the Giants in Week 1, driven by a solid game plan to take advantage of the mismatches given to his receivers in coverage. Bortles relied heavily on short passes to Corey Grant while still finding room to take shots downfield, including a 61-yard touchdown bomb to speedster Dede Westbrook. Grant saw expanded playing time as the primary pass-catching running back with Leonard Fournette sidelined. While he should still see some snaps, expect his role to diminish once Fournette makes it back on the field. After an underwhelming season debut, Keelan Cole had an impressive game last week as one of the top targets in this passing offense, hauling in seven of eight targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. Cole is shaping up to be a high ceiling playmaker with last week marking his third 100+ yard outing in his last five regular season games. Donte Moncrief, on the other hand, had a relatively disappointing outing despite leading the team with nine targets and a touchdown as he managed to haul in only four of those receptions for 35 yards. The volume is there for Moncrief, but he still needs to get more separation and actually hold on to the ball. It is also worth noting that Moncrief incurred a knee injury in the second half last week, but was not listed on the team's injury report to start the week. The Titans front seven were relentless against the poor Texans offensive line last week, applying pressure to Deshaun Watson on virtually every snap. Brian Orakpo had his way with the left side of that Texans offensive line, and he may see an equally positive matchup this week with the Jaguars forced to roll out their backup left tackle due to the season-ending injury to Cam Robinson last week. Jurrell Casey racked up a couple sacks last week while new linebacker Kamalei Correa has made an instant impact for this defense with a sack in back to back outings to start the season. From a coverage perspective though, the Titans still look to be at a disadvantage. Adoree Jackson improved last week after his poor Week 1 showing, but it was Malcolm Butler again getting toasted for a long touchdown now in back to back games. Butler has been effective for most of each game but has shown he can struggle with speed on the longer routes. The Titans safeties have done a solid job over the top though to help limit those big plays to minimal occurrences. Keelan Cole should draw most coverage from Jackson, while Moncrief will square off against Butler. If Moncrief is indeed healthy from that minor knee injury last week, he should be a decent matchup for Butler--but overall, Butler is still the most talented player here despite his deep ball struggles. Cole does get the nod in his matchup against the second-year Jackson, who we have seen struggle more often than not this in his first two outings.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at NYG 63 18 33 176 1 1 4 42 0 0 16
2 vs NE 71 29 45 377 4 1 6 35 0 0 37.35
3 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds * 20 34 * * * 6 * * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 21 35 * * * 5 * * * *
3 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom * 21 32 * * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Blake Bortles's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs NE (29 / 45 / 377 / 4 / 1 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)

This was the best game that Bortles has played in a Jaguars uniform to date. He started the game with rhythm and accuracy and coupled it with good decision making to lead the Jaguars to a rout after throwing a touchdown on the first drive. He continues to use his legs well, picking up at least two key conversions on scrambles and putting his total yardage on the day to over 400. He had two bad throws in this game - both coming on the same look. The first bad throw of the game was an In Cut to Keelan Cole where Cole was double-covered, but the ball was still put where only Cole could get a hand on it (although Cole did tip it up into the air for a potential interception). His interception came on a very similar play to the Cole tipped pass, except this time Sefarian-Jenkins was the target and tipped the ball up for an interception (he was, however, more open that Cole was on his tip). Overall though, he came off of his primary in this game and got through the progression instead of staring his man down. He rewarded the coaching staff's aggressive approach, capping the two-minute drill at the end of the first half with a touchdown pass with just 0:09 left in the half - a stark contrast to the team taking knees and into halftime in the AFC Championship game. He opened the third quarter up with a 7 minute drive that led to a field goal, essentially eating 10 minutes of gametime and scoring 10 offensive points between New England possessions. Rebounded after his interception by throwing the game-sealing touchdown on a catch-and-run to Dede Westrbook.

2018 Week 1 vs NYG (18 / 33 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 42 / 0 rush)

Bortles' rhythm, timing, accuracy were all good on the opening drive. He is comfortable early in games when the offense is working off of it's script. Vertical targets to Donte Moncrief were a black hole resulting in wasted downs on shot plays (at best) with the worst outcome being a Janoris Jenkins interception. Bortles showed great placement on a touchdown Corner route target to Sefarian-Jenkins that was nullified by an offensive line penalty. He was almost intercepted by Jenkins again on the next play, as Jenkins undercut a corner route intended for Niles Paul. Jenkins' deflection almost went for a touchdown, as Paul almost made the catch after the ball popped up in the air. With better trajectory on this throw, he actually could have given Paul an opportunity at an over-the-shoulder catch. His biggest play of the game came in the second half, when he got the Jaguars offense out from the shadow of their own goalpost on a 41 yard RPO keep down the left sideline. Like with all of the Jaguars' second half drives, however, the series ended with a punt after a skipped pass and a false start left the drive with an insurmountable 3rd and 13.

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Latest News

Jaguars | Blake Bortles has banner day against Patriots (Mon Sep 17, 02:33 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles finished 29-of-45 for 377 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Week 2 versus the New England Patriots. He added six carries for 35 yards.

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Jaguars | Blake Bortles has decent outing (Sun Sep 9, 05:13 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles went 18-for-33 for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the New York Giants in Week 1. He also rushed for 42 yards on four carries during the game.

Our View: Bortles didn't do much, but he wasn't asked to do much even with Leonard Fournette out. The defense provided the margin of victory and Bortles at least showed some running ability to up his weekly floor. He'll be a possible streamer against the Patriots next week.
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Schedule

3vs Tennessee Titans
4vs New York Jets
5@ Kansas City Chiefs
6@ Dallas Cowboys
7vs Houston Texans
8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Buffalo Bills
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs Washington Redskins
16@ Miami Dolphins
17@ Houston Texans