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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce (31) runs with the ball as a penalty flag is thown above him during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Dameon Pierce: 26 carries, 99 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards

Marvin Jones Jr.: 7 receptions, 104 yards

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Sell high on Travis Etienne: The second-year back led the backfield in snaps and ran for 50 yards for the first time in his career, but it’s unlikely he can keep that up.

    • His usage was identical to previous weeks. He played significant snaps on early downs but not a majority. James Robinson was the clear short-yardage back, while Etienne was the clear passing-down back.
    • Jacksonville racked up a ridiculously high number of snaps in two-minute drills, something that is not consistent from one week to the next. 
    • The Jaguars’ schedule has been easier than average to this point and will continue to be easier than average the rest of the season, which should lead to more game scripts where Robinson remains the favorite back.

Add Zay Jones: Jones missed last week, but he returned to an eight-target game for Jacksonville.

    • He caught only three of those passes for 12 yards.
    • He’s been given at least eight targets in three of his four games this season.
    • Marvin Jones might seem like a good waiver wire option after his 100-yard game, but his targets have been much less consistent this season. For example, he didn’t catch his only target last week.

Add Evan Engram: The Jaguars tight end has consistently been a high-volume, low-efficiency receiver this season.

    • He’s among the top 10 receivers in both routes run and targets this season.
    • He caught six passes for 69 yards against Houston, finishing second among the Jaguars’ receivers in receiving production.
    • He should be an OK option at tight end during bye weeks. He can be a borderline starter the rest of the season due to his higher floor but is unlikely to reach top-eight status without better quality of play.

Monitor the Texans tight ends: Houston surprisingly cut veteran Pharaoh Brown earlier in the week, opening the door for other tight ends.

    • O.J. Howard and Jordan Akins both saw receiving work, with Howard leading the team in snaps due to his role as a run-blocker.
    • Akins put up the better numbers, with 22 yards on two receptions, while Howard didn’t catch his only target.
    • Brevin Jordan has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, but he played 60% of offensive snaps in Week 1.
    • Houston has a bye week next week, but he could be ready to play again after the bye.
    • He was considered a sleeper before the season, with Brown being one of the main factors holding him back. Jordan could be a sneaky waiver wire target after the Brown release and a quiet day from the other tight ends.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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