RB T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 226||Born: 10-2-1993||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2015|
Week 14: at Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Tough matchup. With Leonard Fournette serving his one-game suspension last week, neither Carlos Hyde nor T.J. Yeldon could get anything going on the ground as they rushed a combined 21 times for just 52 yards, each averaging fewer than three yards per rush attempt with a fumble lost by Hyde. Hyde has floundered in limited opportunities since the move to Jacksonville, and he should find himself back on the bench this week with Fournette's return. Yeldon remains a threat only through the air due to his pass-catching ability. He has shown burst on the ground at times this season with to average over five yards per rush attempt in five games, but he will not get many opportunities with Fournette back. In his three games since returning from injury, Fournette has received massive volume and found the end zone in every game--so look for him to return to the workhorse role in this rushing offense. The Jaguars offensive line will continue to hinder Fournette's productivity though, as they are ranked as one of the worst units in the league according to Matt Bitonti of Footballguys. The Titans run defense has struggled in recent weeks. While the play from rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans has trended in the right direction over the second half of the season lapses from the left side of this defensive line along with some missed tackles from the secondary have led to teams finding success against the Titans on the ground. The Titans did keep Jets rushers out of the end zone last week, but they still allowed over 100 rushing yards to running backs for the third straight week--highlighted by Isaiah Crowell who found plenty of room to run in the middle of the field. The Titans have given up the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in their last three games. For comparison, they had given up the second-fewest fantasy points per game over the first nine games of their season. There have been no significant injuries or personnel changes to explain this recent downturn, but this run defense has undoubtedly been trending in the wrong direction. This week may also prove to be a challenge against the run-heavy Jaguars offense with Leonard Fournette returning from suspension.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
T.J. Yeldon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Yeldon had a reception on third and long that ended up short of the sticks. Otherwise he was barely heard from in this loss.
2018 Week 13 vs IND (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Yeldon got the start in this game and led the team in both receptions and receiving yards. With Fournette out of the picture, he saw his workload increase again and was extremely efficient with his touches. He has done everything the Jaguars could have asked him this year, and he will honestly be a key loss for them this offseason.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Yeldon remains essentially a two-minute back only at this point. He did have some nice catches at the end of the second quarter, but the drive ended with a Bortles interception. He's going to depart in free agency after this season, and is going to make a great pickup for another team.
2018 Week 11 vs PIT (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Despite his high level of play this season, Yeldon received the least amount touches out of the team 's three running backs on Sunday. Yeldon got seven touches - five carries, and two receptions - and was mostly used as a pass blocker. It seemed like the team 's game-plan was to use Leonard Fournette and Carlos Hyde as hammers, with Yeldon spelling each player in passing situations. Yeldon was mostly effective, gaining 23 yards on five carries, but he simply wasn 't given the ball enough to make an impact on the game. You can expect him to catch more than two passes most games, but Yeldon was another piece of what was a disappointing offensive output against the Steelers.
2018 Week 10 vs IND (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Yeldon is back to being a spot-duty receiving back with Fournette out. While his role/touches have been drastically reduced, he still has a place in the offense - as opposed to Carlos Hyde. He did have a 20 yard catch and run in the 2 minute drill to close out the first half, which helped to set up a Josh Lambo field goal.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 83 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars decided to not really feature their best offensive player in TJ Yeldon, because they wanted to feature their new acquisition, Carlos Hyde. He had two carries for 7 yards. Once game script turned against the Jaguars, he proceeded the lead the team in receiving and be their only dependable skill player, as has been the case all season. With Fournette coming back next week, the Jaguars will probably attempt to run different offenses for their different runningbacks and none of them will really get into a flow or have any kind of dependable output.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (12 / 28 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)
The inside run game was there for Yeldon early again, but gamescript ruined his day once again. Jags officials have blamed their offensive woes on Fournette (and others') injuries. However, Yeldon has been a very effective runner and pass catcher as gamescript and health have allowed. He keeps his legs moving to grind out extra yards even while met at the line of scrimmage. His power as a runner has really improved over his career. In the second quarter, he had a fantastic pass block, upending a defender who would have come unblocked for a sack. He had the Jaguars' only scoring play of the day. He lined up in shotgun next to Kessler, and chipped the edge rusher before releasing to the flat. He was initially covered, but noticed Kessler scrambling and expanded with him while taking his route upfield. As Kessler got into space, Yeldon was open and made a fantastic, adjusting, off-frame catch for the score. He was responsible for Kessler's interception - a slightly off-frame pass underneath that was very catchable and got tipped in the air off Yeldon's hands.
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (8 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Yeldon is easily the most consistent player week to week on the Jaguars offense. Unfortunately, poor gameflow situations have negated his overall impact the last two weeks. He has been efficient and productive even with limited carry opportunities or good gameflow. He is getting excellent with his patience and pressing the hole vertically before making his cut. He does not have negative runs. He was responsible for Jaguars' biggest play of the game - a checkdown that went for 20 yards right behind the center after a Play Action fake. A couple of plays later, he busted out a 15 yard run up the middle that was called back on a hold.
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 ñ 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.
Latest NewsJaguars | T.J. Yeldon a non-factor (Thu Dec 6, 11:49 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon rushed once for seven yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in a 30-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 14. link to story Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon involved in passing game (Sun Dec 2, 05:49 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon caught seven passes for 49 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. He also rushed for 16 yards on eight carries during the game. Our View: Yeldon has some desperation play PPR value in the very short range Jaguars passing game on Thursday against the Titans on the strength of this performance.
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