Updated: Oct 24
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Chargers Week 7 Game Preview
Each week we will be looking at some of the games being played and going position by position discussing if you should start or sit that player.
Each player will be rated as one of the following:
Must Start: These are your elite players that you start weekly despite the matchup.
Should Start: These players have good matchups and opportunities and should be in your starting lineups.
Could Start: These are your fringe starters, the ones that could be in your starting lineup but also could be sat if you have better options.
Should Sit: These players have bad matchups or may not have the opportunities in a given matchup that they usually get, and you should try to sit them on your bench.
Must Sit: These players should not be in your lineup at all; there are better options out there
Gardner Minshew II (JAC): Minshew is coming off of his worst game this season. However, he has not thrown the ball less than 40 times since week one, and he is walking into a matchup against the Chargers, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points to QBs so far this year. Minshew will need to throw the ball plenty again in this matchup and should rack up points for fantasy owners.
Justin Herbert (LAC): Since taking over for Tyrod Taylor in week 2, Herbert has looked incredible. He had faced some of the tougher defenses against quarterbacks already and put up fantasy numbers when he met Tampa Bay and Kansas City. He now gets the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are giving up 20.7 fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Herbert should continue to shine as the starter for the Chargers.
James Robinson (JAC): Robinson has struggled the past two weeks. His snap count has started to drop as Chris Thompson is being brought on the field more with the Jaguars falling behind early in games. He is also walking into a matchup against the Chargers, who are giving up the seventh least amount of points to running backs on the season at only 14.9 points per game. With all of the injuries and byes limiting options at the running back position, you will probably start Robinson no matter what, but he could be in for another tough day.
Chris Thompson (JAC): Thompson has seen more snaps on the field, but it has not translated to production. Until he is used consistently as a pass-catcher, he should not be in fantasy lineups.
Justin Jackson (LAC): Jackson looked good in his first action against the Saints two weeks ago, filling in for Austin Ekeler. We still do not have all the information about how this backfield will play out on a week to week basis; however, Jackson looked explosive with his touches while Kelley has looked sluggish. The Jaguars are giving up the 5th most fantasy points to running backs on the season. If Jackson has the lead role again, he could produce RB1 numbers, but due to his role’s uncertainty, you cannot start him as any more than an RB2 or Flex play.
Joshua Kelley (LAC): Kelley saw less work last time the Chargers played than he had when Ekeler was still on the field. The Saints were a tough matchup, but Jackson looked great against them. You can still start Kelley this week in a good matchup, but it seems like this may be his last chance to keep a substantial role on this team. You do not want to start Kelley as anything more than a flex play due to the matchup and possible volume he could have if he gets back to his early-season form.
DJ Chark (JAC): Chark saw 14 targets last week, showing he is past the ankle injury that has hampered him early this season. We have yet to see the player we were expecting when you drafted Chark as a high-end WR2, low-end WR1, but with his volume and Jacksonville needing to throw the ball a lot in games, Chark should be in all lineups.
Keelan Cole (JAC): Cole has seen at least five targets in every game this season. Due to this volume, he can be started in leagues where you want a player with a relatively safe floor but not much of a ceiling.
Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC): Since week 2, Shenault has not seen less than six targets in a game. He is the second option for the passing game and has the athleticism to break big plays. Whereas Cole is more your safe, boring option for a WR3/Flex play when it comes to the Jags receivers, Shenault is the high upside boom or bust guy. You can start him due to his target volume and see if he gets a big play that could win your week, or he could see his seven targets but only catch 3 for 7 yards like he did this past week.
Keenan Allen (LAC): As long as Allen is healthy, he needs to be in fantasy lineups. He has been a target magnet since Herbert took over at the Quarterback position. In the three games before his injury, Allen saw 10, 19, and 11 targets from Herbert. These two have a connection, and it should be on display against a middle of the pack pass defense in Jacksonville.
Mike Williams (LAC): Williams and Herbert were finally able to connect in the Chargers last game after Allen left with his injury. This should help build the chemistry between the two. There are not many passing options in Los Angeles, so Williams should be in lineups as a WR3 with upside due to his touchdown potential even if Allen plays.
Tyler Eifert/James O’Shaughnessy (JAC): Tight end has not been used too much in the Jaguar’s offense this year. Eifert left the last game with a neck injury, and O’Shaughnessy only saw one target after. The Chargers are giving up points to the tight end position, so if you are incredibly desperate at TE and want a hail mary play, you can look to the Jaguars tight end, but there should be better options for streaming the position.
Hunter Henry (LAC): Henry is a safe tight-end option, and if you have him, you are starting him every week with the state of the tight end position in fantasy. He has a good matchup here with the Jaguars giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to the tight end position.