QB Nick Foles - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-5, 243||Born: 1-20-1989||College: Arizona||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2012|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Foles was so bad with turnovers that even Jameis Winston thought he was being careless with the ball. He was pulled and will not be put back in against the Chargers this week.
General News (Mon Dec 2): was benched during the Week 13 game and was replaced by Gardner Minshew.
Week 14: vs Los Angeles Chargers - $5400
FBG says: Tough matchup. It was terrible timing for Nick Foles to have a bad outing last week as questions were already swirling about his capability to start over Gardner Minshew in this offense. After completing only half of his 14 pass attempts for 93 yards, throwing one interception, and losing two fumbles, Foles was benched at halftime in favor of Minshew to finish out the game. The Minshew era has now been revived as he will start this week against the Chargers. Minshew's mobility adds another dimension to this passing offense, but he did struggle to throw a consistent deep ball for most of his tenure as the starter earlier this season. D.J. Chark should continue to head up this passing offense, and he will be looking to get back on track after failing to exceed 50 receiving yards in three of his last four games. It has actually been Leonard Fournette to lead the team in targets in each of the last two games as he is on pace to nearly double his career-best level of production as a receiver. Minshew didn't quite feed Fournette double-digit targets on a weekly basis, but he did keep Fournette regularly involved and will likely continue supporting very fantasy-friendly stat lines for his star running back. The Chargers passing defense has been a top-tier unit for most of the season, especially in recent weeks as they have given up just the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks since Week 8. Since Week 4, only two quarterbacks have exceeded 220 yards and two have exceeded one passing touchdown when facing the Chargers. Over that span, this team has also forced one interception per game in all but two outings. On top of their success, things are only looking up as All-Pro safety Derwin James returned to the field last week. Having James along with shut-down cornerback Casey Hayward will make it tough on any receiver lining up against the Chargers. While Hayward did uncharacteristically cough up two touchdowns to Courtland Sutton last week, his shadow coverage will still represent a very difficult matchup for D.J. Chark this week. The Los Angeles defensive line has only managed one sack in their last two games, but this group--led by Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa--has the ability to wreak havoc on these weaker Jaguars offensive tackles. Overall, Gardner Minshew should have his work cut out for him as he tries to right the ship for this Jaguars passing offense.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Nick Foles's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs TB (7 / 14 / 93 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush - 1.02 points, $5700)
Nick Foles started the game for Jacksonville, but he didn't finish it due to a completely disastrous first half. He finished the game 7-of-14 for 93 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and two fumbles lost, with one fumble being returned for a touchdown. Foles was making poor decisions and misfired too many throws in the first half, with his interception thrown to Devin White on the first drive a perfect example. When he wasn't making poor reads and throws or checking it down, he was showing poor pocket presence and a complete inability to navigate the pocket. He looked like a statute on Sunday, and his lumbering movements and lack of pocket awareness directly resulted in each of his fumbles, with the second one occurring as he was trying to extend a play in the pocket. Foles was benched at halftime after a three-turnover, three three-and-out performance in the first half, and head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Minshew would start moving forward.
2019 Week 12 vs TEN (32 / 48 / 272 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush - 14.88 points, $5400)
Foles began the first drive with two completions to Chris Conley for first downs. A Brandon Linder holding penalty later in the drive got the Jaguars backed up behind the sticks, resulting in a 3rd down sack. He did have a well thrown 9-route to Chris Conley on the second drive that ended in a horrific drop for the receiver. His last two possessions of the first half were atrocious, with multiple weakly thrown balls, one of which should have been intercepted. Once the Jaguars went down 32-3 in the early third quarter, Foles' deficiencies were on clear display. He cannot move well to avoid pressure, and his arm strength is downright poor. The team seemed insistent on calling receiver screens and RPOs, indicating that they don't trust his arm strength and accuracy testing the intermediate and deep portions of the field.
2019 Week 11 vs IND (33 / 47 / 296 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 18.84 points, $5600)
Sunday was Nick Foles' first full game as the Jaguars' starting quarterback and the first time he has attempted a pass since Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Jacksonville coaching staff put Garnder Minshew II on the bench in favor of Foles due to Foles' veteran pedigree, that veteran presence did next to nothing to help elevate the Jacksonville offense against the Colts. Foles finished the game 33/47 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. One of the touchdowns and close to half the yardage came when the game was 31-7 and were Blake Bortles-esque garbage time stats. As a whole, Foles looked below-average on Sunday. His throws lacked velocity as it looked like he was still trying to get back to full strength after his Week 1 clavicle injury and this showed often when he tried to test the Colts' secondary vertically. Too many times he threw it into double, and sometimes even triple coverage when attempting to throw deep, and most of the passes were floaters that the Jaguars' receivers had to breakup to prevent interceptions. Foles did a good job with his short to intermediate accuracy, notably on DJ Chark's 34-yard as he threw it to Chark in stride in the middle of the field and helped him transition from receiver to ball carrier. He was also able to step up in the pocket decently vs. a feisty Colts' pass rush, but his lack of mobilty also hurt the team at times, such as when the Colts sent mass blitzes. Overall Foles underthrew or floated too many passes and simply didn't do anything extraordinary to elevate the Jaguars offense. He checked down a lot and took the safe throws, but he also made some terrible decisions, such as when he threw a deep pass into double coverage with less than a minute left in the first half that was then intercepted by Rock Ya-Sin.
2019 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 8 / 75 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 7 points, $5300)
Nick Foles only played two possessions (11 snaps) before suffering a fractured left clavicle when Chiefs defensive tackle landed on him hard. Before exiting the game, Foles was 5/8 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown. His first few throws were forgettable checkdowns, but his second drive featured a nice play when he shrugged off a Chris Jones sack and converted a 3rd and 18 with an accurate pass over the middle to Chris Conley. He capped the drive off with a beautiful 35-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone to Chark, but that would be the same play that would end up sidelining him for the foreseeable future.
Latest NewsJaguars | Gardner Minshew back in the saddle (Mon Dec 2, 02:04 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was named the starting quarterback by head coach Doug Marrone for Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday, Dec. 2, taking over for Nick Foles. Our View: Foles couldn't get it done against the Buccaneers, so Marrone is going with the rookie. Perhaps that has ruffled some feathers with Tom Coughlin, so Marrone may be coaching his last few games with the Jaguars over the course of the next month.
link to story Jaguars | Gardner Minshew throws for 147 yards (Sun Dec 1, 06:32 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew went 16-for-27 for 147 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13 after replacing QB Nick Foles. Our View: We can't be sure if the Jaguars will play Minshew or Nick Foles next week, or who the head coach will be. It's better for the Jaguars fantasy options if Minshew plays.
link to story Jaguars | Nick Foles struggles against Tampa (Sun Dec 1, 06:25 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles went 7-for-14 for 93 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13 before he was benched. link to story Jaguars | Nick Foles benched (Sun Dec 1, 03:06 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles was benched during the Week 13 game and has been replaced by QB Gardner Minshew. Our View: Foles was terrible early, giving up the ball three times to Tampa Bay. He hasn't looked good since he returned. The Jaguars committed a lot of guaranteed money to him but he's their second best quarterback. We'll see who starts against the Chargers next week, but you should hope for Minshew if you rely on any Jaguars in your lineup.
link to story Jaguars | Nick Foles passes for 272 in loss (Mon Nov 25, 02:41 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles completed 32 of 48 passes for 272 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. link to story More News
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