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WR Jaydon Mickens - Jacksonville Jaguars

5-11, 170Born: 4-21-1994College: WashingtonDrafted: ---

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Week 11: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Following his brief Week 7 benching, Blake Bortles may have answered the bell. He's looked strong in back-to-back starts since, completing 63% of his throws at 7.67 yards per attempt. Most importantly, he's been turnover-free, and he had the Jaguars in position to win both games. The Jaguars would much prefer Bortles play a safe, sanitized game that the team can control in other ways, but he's made a handful of impressive plays of late. His well-placed loft to Donte Moncrief last Sunday turned into an 80-yard touchdown, and he later showed off a handful of creative throws up the seams that converted key third downs. Bortles doesn't have a ton of dynamism to his game - Moncrief is an accomplished downfield playmaker, but the rest of his weaponry is fairly ho-hum. Rather, he almost always makes his fantasy hay on volume, when a shootout breaks out or the Jaguars fall behind. If nothing else, the last two weeks have brought some optimism that Bortles is indeed up to those tasks. If his development continues, Moncrief's outlook brightens, while top target Dede Westbrook takes another step toward fantasy WR3 relevance. After a horrid start to the year, the Pittsburgh pass defense is starting to border on the dominant. Despite facing a solid amount of pass volume, they've held each of the last 4 quarterbacks they've faced under 230 yards. Most of the credit goes to the pass rush, which has been virtually unblockable of late. T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, and Cameron Heyward lead a diverse group of athletic, tenacious rushers that make things exceptionally difficult for passers. They swarmed Cam Newton last Thursday, sacking him five times and giving him very little time to make anything happen downfield. (It also gifted them an easy pick-six.) The coverage unit is just so-so, with shaky cornerback play and safeties more versed in run support than help coverage down the field. When the rushers aren't hitting home, splash plays are a regular thing against this secondary. But at the moment, there's not much answer for them, and the secondary's job is being made easy. Fantasy players need to be aware of the potential downside, but also to temper their expectations in this matchup. No wideout has topped 58 yards against the Steelers since Week 6, after all.

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Schedule

11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Buffalo Bills
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs Washington Redskins
16@ Miami Dolphins
17@ Houston Texans