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RB T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-1, 226Born: 10-2-1993College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 8): Yeldon showed he is game script proof against the Chiefs with strong contributions in the passing game. He is playing well and should be a strong RB2 start at worst assuming Leonard Fournette is out for Week 6 against Dallas.

Week 6: at Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. At the moment, the Jaguars simply can't count on Leonard Fournette. Between his long-nagging ankle/foot woes and his recurring hamstring issue, Fournette's body simply isn't cooperating with his NFL plans. He'll almost certainly sit this Sunday, leaving T.J. Yeldon as the workhorse again. Yeldon is serviceable in the lead role, averaging 4.37 yards per rush this season. But he's not nearly the powerful grinder Fournette is, nor does he boast the same breakaway speed. Owner of a career 4.04 mark, Yeldon is somewhat of a plodder unless escorted into the open field. The dip is certainly felt in this offense - It's why Blake Bortles keeps throwing 50+ passes in these games. The team would love to have Fournette's game-controlling ability back as soon as possible. Yeldon projects decently week-to-week, but rarely as a world-beater, especially behind a banged-up offensive line that just lost its second left tackle of the young season. Change-of-pace back Corey Grant went on injured reserve this week, leaving only new signee Jamaal Charles as backfield depth. Charles is a big name, but looked gassed last year and likely won't get much run. Yeldon will have plenty of opportunity Sunday, assuming game flow, but his level efficiency will be anyone's guess. The Dallas run defense is simply a different unit without oft-injured middle linebacker Sean Lee. Dating back to last season, they've allowed opposing runners just 3.55 yards per rush with Lee in the lineup, but 4.63 over 7 games without him. Still, there's hope on the horizon as Lee prepares to sit yet again in Week 6. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has been outstanding in the run game, and he's been a full-timer with Lee out, playing 130 of 134 snaps over the last 2 weeks. Vander Esch is explosive in addressing the run and reliable at bringing it down, and he was a big reason neither Alfred Blue nor Deshaun Watson was able to break any gains of note last week. In all, this unit definitely takes a step down without Lee, but not a massive one. They're still not a particularly easy task.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
2 vs NE 41 10 58 0 5 2 13 0 0 7.1
3 vs TEN 38 7 44 0 7 6 46 0 0 9
4 vs NYJ 48 18 52 1 3 3 48 1 1 21
5 at KC 77 10 53 0 10 8 69 1 0 18.2
6 at DAL 0 8 41 0 5 3 29 0 0 7
6 at DAL PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 4 * * * *
6 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 4 * * * *
6 at DAL PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 4 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

T.J. Yeldon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 5 vs KC (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 69 / 1 rec)

Yeldon showed in for the second consecutive week that he can be a viable producer even when game script tilts out of hand. Against the Jets he scored a receiving touchdown as the Jaguars were en route to blowing New York out. Against the Chiefs, a wheel route touchdown reception in garbage time salvaged Yeldon's day. He simply ran right past the Chiefs linebacker who was trying to defend him in man coverage. Yeldon was very productive running the ball early, he just got gamescripted out of good production on the ground. He did a really good job initiating offense and trying to get things back on track after falling behind 10-0, contributing positive run after positive run. His best carry of the day came on a lead draw on 3rd and 1 that he took for 17 yards.

2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (18 / 52 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)

Yeldon got no work in the first quarter, but once again stepped in effortlessly once Fournette went out. He's just adequate as a runner, but really shines as a receiver. He scored the first touchdown of the day for the Jaguars on a simple checkdown and gained 30 yards after the reception and went untouched for the score. His best run came in the 3rd quarter on an Outside Zone from Shotgun and was patiently able to bounce the play outside after the edge was initially clogged up for a gain of 10. He also had arguably the worst play of any offensive player getting the ball stripped on an inside run at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The Jets ran the recovered fumble back to the six yard line. Their offense took the field and scored their only touchdown of the day. He capped the day off with a short touchdown at the end of a long 4 minute drive to close the game.

2018 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 44 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Playing through an ankle injury. You could tell he was playing through pain, but looked good enough as a runner - even behind an offensive line missing two starters. He was noticeably slow releasing and cutting in his routes early, but seemed to get more comfortable as the game went along. He got the offense out from shadow of their goalpost after a Jeremy Parnell false start put them at 1st and 15 from their own 9. He made a catch and run in the flat for 13 yards. Afterwards, he failed the conversion on 3rd and 1 on an inside run from 21 personnel where the backside pursuit stoned him at the LOS.

2018 Week 2 vs NE (10 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Despite the Jaguars having the lead with 7 minutes into the game and never looking back, Yeldon didn't receive a ton of volume - just 12 (mostly efficient) touches on the day. He did very well getting to the perimeter on shotgun runs and remains extremely reliable in pass protection. He did rotate with Corey Grant, who did excellent in the pass game. The Jaguars did the right thing by staying aggressive throughout the game - against lesser opponents (like the Giants last week) they will be more content with giving their backs the load with a lead.

2018 Week 1 vs NYG (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)

Yeldon mixed in sporadically early in the game and took over lead back duties once Fournette went out with an injured hamstring. His first attempted touch of the game came on a pass attempt where Yeldon was split out as the weakside slot receiver in an empty formation. He won his route (a quick Out) against the linebacker, but bobbled the catch with an opportunity to catch-and-run for additional yardage. He made a big time conversion on a 3rd and 5 checkdown where he caught the ball behind the LOS and got upfield quickly through traffic. Yeldon had an impressive series of runs towards the end of the second half, including a 15 yard scamper featuring multiple broken tackles where he got the ball to the one yard line. On the following play, he scored a receiving touchdown after carrying out a play action fake and leaking to the flat. His ability as a receiver has always been there, but his strength and quickness have noticeably improved over the last two seasons. He did have another drop on an easy checkdown with under 5:00 left in the 4th that stopped the clock and set up a 3rd and 10, eventually leading the drive to a punt. Had just 4 yards on three carries when running out the clock under 2 minutes.

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Latest News

Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon sees 11 touches (Sun Oct 14, 11:22 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon rushed eight times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 29 yards in a 40-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6.

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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon's role unlikely to change for now (Tue Oct 9, 08:18 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is expected to remain 'the guy' while Leonard Fournette (hamstring) recovers from his hamstring injury despite the addition of Jamaal Charles on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Our View: Charles is not the same back he used to be. The Jaguars could use him as a change-of-pace back whenever Yeldon needs a breather but we're not expecting him to have a huge role.
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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon very busy in Week 5 road loss (Sun Oct 7, 09:25 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon rushed 10 times for 53 yards in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.

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Jaguars | Jacksonville's Week 5 injury report (Fri Oct 5, 04:23 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and CB D.J. Hayden (toe) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. CB Tre Herndon (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is listed as questionable. RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle), OL A.J. Cann (triceps), C Brandon Linder (knee, back), OG Andrew Norwell (foot), OL Jermey Parnell (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) and DE Calais Campbell (ankle) practiced fully Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon listed as limited (Thu Oct 4, 06:23 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

Our View: We'll watch Yeldon's practice report tomorrow, but he should be in line for a big workload against the Chiefs on Sunday. Even if the Jaguars fall behind, Yeldon can play a big role in the pass-heavy version of the Jaguars offense too.
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11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
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