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RB T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-1, 226Born: 10-2-1993College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Yeldon's lead over Chris Ivory in the Jacksonville backfield disappeared in Week 11, but he could still have value as part of a persumptive RBBC if Leonard Fournette's ankle becomes a problem down the stretch. Yeldon is the better part of the backup situation in PPR leagues.

Week 12: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Jaguars own the league's most potent rushing offense this season. Leonard Fournette has been key in leading the Jaguars to just over 160 rushing yards per game--top in the league. Last week, Fournette rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in his last four games as he logged a staggering 28 carries. This was a particularly impressive outing against a Browns defense that had allowed just 3.1 yards per rush attempt through Week 10. Fournette now has over 20 carries in five of his eight starts this year--an enormous workload for the rookie running back. There are definitely some injuries to consider on this Jaguars rushing offense, including Fournette himself who has been dealing with a banged-up ankle for most of the season. Left tackle Cam Robinson has also been playing with an ankle injury while right tackle Jeremy Parnell was sidelined with a knee injury last week and is questionable for this week's game. The Cardinals have been tough on opposing running backs for most of this season, allowing the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to the position with just 101 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per rush attempt. They did allow Texans running backs to rack up 126 rushing yards and a couple touchdowns last week, but this was without elite defensive lineman Corey Peters who was out with an ankle injury. If not for a 34-yard run by D'Onta Foreman, this would have been another impressive day against the run as the Cardinals held lead back Lamar Miller to just 61 yards on 22 attempts. While their linebacker play leaves much to be desired, rookie safety Budda Baker has made a big impact in run defense--particularly last week as he led the team with 11 solo tackles, one sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss, coming up big on a number of occasions against the run. If Corey Peters returns this week, the Cardinals will pose a tough test for Leonard Fournette and this banged up Jaguars defensive line. Without Peters though, this run defense is only average.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs CIN 35 11 41 0 4 2 11 0 1 4.2
10 vs LAC 31 3 11 0 8 6 39 0 0 5
11 at CLE 20 5 15 0 2 1 5 0 0 1
12 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 3 * * * *
12 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 3 * * * *
12 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Yeldon got a ton of snaps on third downs, and even got two third-down carries, but he showed the same unreliability he has always show by fumbling the ball for the third time in only four games. He shows a more burst to the outside than Fournette does but he continues to be average as a runner when it comes to strength and vision. He was mostly ineffective on the day.

2017 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)

Yeldon had a classic T.J. Yeldon game. He did virtually nothing of note as a runner, but he was targeted a ton out of the backfield. He turned a couple dump off into first downs but he simply looked better in that role than Ivory had previously in the season. Expect his targets to remain consistent.

2017 Week 9 vs CIN (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Head coach Doug Marrone had a lot of positive things to say about Yeldon following his performance against the Colts, and that combined with Fournette's absence led to a heavy workload for Yeldon as a runner. He was used on more zone plays than Ivory was due to his more explosive nature. As has been the case with most of his career, Yeldon got what was there and not much more on most carries. He looks quicker than in the past but he cannot break tackles. He did have a tremendous spin move to make safety George Iloka completely whiff which would lead to a 15-yard gain.

2017 Week 7 vs IND (9 / 122 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Yeldon ran with a purpose on Sunday. He looked powerful and aggressive and had a 58-yard touchdown run that was designed to get him into space. Yeldon, in his first active game this season, looked like a better pure runner than Ivory against the Colts. It is worth considering keeping him on the active roster for the Jaguars.


Latest News

Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon busy as a receiver (Sun Nov 12, 09:47 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon ran three times for 11 yards and caught six of his eight targets for 39 yards in a 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10.

Our View: With Leonard Fournette back and healthy, Yeldon saw an expected decrease in his stats and opportunities. On top of that he, like the rookie, struggled against a solid Chargers front and was a non-factor when the Jaguars had to resort to throwing a ton in the fourth quarter. With Fournette in control again, Yeldon will be relegated to mop up work.
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