WR Dede Westbrook - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-0, 178Born: 11-21-1993College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 7): Westbrook is becoming a reliable mainstay for Gardner Minshew on shorter routes while DJ Chark stretches the field. He should get the lesser coverage corner this week against the Saints and projects a solid PPR WR3/Flex with Minshew under center.

Week 6: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Gardner Minshew had another strong performance last week as he passed for a season-high 374 yards with two touchdowns, marking his third straight game with multiple passing touchdowns. His aggressive play has been paying off, for the most part, as this offense certainly looks much-improved from their 2018 campaign. Minshew's aggressive playstyle does have some pitfalls, however, as his accuracy is relatively low while he has fumbled a whopping seven times in his four starts. Minshew has only thrown one interception back in Week 1 though, so he is at least making good decisions when he pulls the trigger. Top wide receiver D.J. Chark will not have it easy this week after what top Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore did to Mike Evans last week. Lattimore held Evans to just three targets with zero catches, playing an absolutely stellar game after Evans went off with three touchdowns the week prior. Lattimore may represent the toughest individual matchup Chark will have faced in his short NFL career, representing a true challenge for the Jaguars top wideout. Tight end James O'Shaughnessy, who was actually averaging four targets per game while playing two-thirds of the snaps for Jacksonville, will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. While this is not massively impactful, it does limit the options for Minshew as he was relying on O'Shaughnessy regularly. The Saints passing defense has tightened up in the past couple of weeks after what was a rough start to the season. Through Week 3, this group had allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and third-most to wide receivers. In their last two games, however, quarterbacks and wide receivers alike are scoring just the 21st-most fantasy points per game. This improvement comes with no drop-off in talent, either, as the Saints have looked good against both the Buccaneers and Cowboys--two passing offenses capable of putting up big numbers. Their pass rush has been strong with 16 sacks, buffered by a big six-sack outing last week with Marcus Davenport dominating his matchups. Cameron Jordan is no slouch either as they combine to pose a significant challenge to Jacksonville offensive tackles. As mentioned, Marcus Lattimore should be tough on D.J. Chark while the Saints safeties have been playing very well over the top--particularly with Marcus Williams as he leads the team in interceptions (2). Saints linebackers have struggled in coverage, which may open things up for Jaguars tight ends along with Leonard Fournette--but that is about the only advantage Garnder Minshew should find in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at HOU 58 0 0 0 5 1.0 3 0 0 0.3
3 vs TEN 43 1 4 0 9 5.0 46 0 0 5
4 at DEN 53 0 0 0 6 5.0 66 0 0 6.6
5 at CAR 58 0 0 0 11 7.0 82 0 0 8.2
6 vs NO 0 0 0 8 3.0 53 0 0 5.3
6 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5.2 * * * *
6 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.1 * * * *
6 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Dede Westbrook's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)

Westbrook started the season off slow during its first three weeks but he has turned in two strong performances in a row, though he was a bit less consistent against the Panthers than he was against the Denver Broncos. He caught seven passes for 82 yards, with his longest catch going for 30 yards, as he was able to find the soft zones in the Carolina defense early and often. His quickness off of the line and after the catch makes him dangerous on short to intermediate throws and this was the case against the Panthers. On the flip side, Westbrook also dropped one pass and made a terrible mistake on special teams. With less than a minute left in the first half, head coach Doug Marrone used the last of his timeouts to give his offense a chance to get into field goal range and get points before the half. But the entire strategy was wasted when Westbrook caught the ensuing punt and ran the entire lateral distance of the field trying to make a play, despite there being almost no time in the half. He wasted almost 20 seconds and ended up actually losing three yards.

2019 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had a very quiet day, but made the biggest reception on the game-winning drive. He caught a Deep Out from the slot, picking up enough yards after the catch to get the ball into comfortable range for a Josh Lambo field goal.

2019 Week 3 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Westbrook caught the first pass of the third drive, a quick Flat route for a short gain. Later in the drive he made a fantastic extended catch near the sideline on a Corner route off Play-Action. He got a Jet Sweep carry for a pickup of four yards that came directly out of the Los Angeles Rams' playbook. He had two bad drops during the two-minute drill to end the first half. On the first, he popped up a well-thrown slant and almost caused an interception. The second was another easy drop on an Out route on 3rd and 4 that would have gone for a conversion. On a 3rd and 4 in the second half, he dropped a would-be touchdown on another bucket Fade throw by Minshew. Westbrook got his hands on it, but bobbled and dropped the ball as he went down in the endzone.

2019 Week 2 vs HOU (5 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Westbrook was targeted five times but only ended the game with one catch for three yards. He was routinely open but penalties seemed to negate every big play he made -- from a holding on the offensive line eliminating a 12-yard gain on a screen to a 28-yard gain being negated by a strange offensive pass interference call, yellow flags hurt Westbrook's production more than anything.

2019 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

With Nick Foles going down early, Dede Westbrook did not get many chances to show off the strong bond the two of them had created. Westbrook also saw a lot of double coverage, forcing the team to push the ball to different players. Most of Wesbtbrook's five catches were screens or dump offs, but he did make a great adjustment on a 15-yard touchdown from Gardner Minshew. Expect him to see more targets in future games.


Latest News

Jaguars | Dede Westbrook finishes with 53 yards (Sun Oct 13, 04:56 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook caught three passes for 53 yards against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6. He was targeted eight times during the game.

Our View: The whole Jaguars passing game struggled and Westbrook was kept down with it. Don't drop him because Westbrook will be useful in the Cincinnati matchup next week.
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Jaguars | Seven grabs for Dede Westbrook (Sun Oct 6, 09:13 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook posted seven receptions for 82 yards on 11 targets in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Jaguars | Dede Westbrook tallies five catches (Mon Sep 30, 03:00 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook caught five of his six targets for 66 yards in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos.

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