WR Keelan Cole - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 194||Born: 4-20-1993||College: Kentucky Wesleyan||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: vs Los Angeles Chargers
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.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Keelan Cole's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
His first major appearance in the game was committing a false start penalty on 3rd and 8 in the closing minutes of the first half. He had a nice 14-yard catch on a Comeback route in the third quarter.
2019 Week 11 vs IND (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Keelan Cole had a rough play on the first drive of the game when he failed to turn his head on a third down pass intedended for him, which almost led to a Malik hooker interception. He had a solid game after this gaffe though, catching four of his five targets for 41 yards. His best play came on third and 10 when the Jaguars' threw him a perimeter screen and asked him to pick up the yards after the catch to convert a first down. He glided past defenders and then lowered his shoulder at the marker to ensure he would move the chains, a good effort play.
2019 Week 9 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Cole is starting to see his snap count and workload increase as the season goes on and other players get injured. He was the most productive receiver on the day for the Jaguars. He took a screen pass for 19 yards on the opening drive of the second half. Later in the drive, he also made a nice grab along the sideline while getting upended by the defender. On one of Minshew's fourth quarter interceptions, he was open on a Deep Over route. However, the ball sailed over his head and into the safeties, who easily caught it. He did have the longest catch of the day for the Jaguars, a 9-route along the right sideline that he caught in traffic. Unfortunately, it came when the game was well out of hand already.
2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
Keelan Cole caught two passes for 12 yards in relief of Westbrook and an injured Marqise Lee, and he caught a touchdown for the second week in a row. His touchdown was the result of good route running as he beat Jamal Adams on an zig route for a six-yard score as he made Adams bite on his outside move before Cole won the inside leverage and provided an easy target for Minshew in the back of the end zone.
2019 Week 7 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Cole played 20 snaps for an injured Marqise Lee but he only saw two targets all game. With that said, he scored the team's only offensive touchdown thanks to well ran corner route where he tracked the ball in the air and secured it for the catch.
2019 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Cole's first reception of the season was a huge one - getting open for Minshew on a scramble drill on the first drive of the second quarter. They connected for a 3rd and 14 conversion to keep the drive alive.
2019 Week 2 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Keelan Cole only played 9 snaps and was not targeted once, despite Marqise Lee not playing due to a knee injury.
2019 Week 1 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cole only played 12 offensive snaps and he was not targeted once on Sunday. He is simply at the bottom of the team's depth chart and with Nick Foles out, don't expect that to change.
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