Let’s be honest here: this shouldn’t even be a story. I get that after a team throws as much money as Jacksonville did toward a player, that team is “forced” to play him. But I don’t get that being the case when the player currently at the position is performing as well as Gardner Minshew had until the Jaguars decided to name Nick Foles this weekend’s starter. Nick Foles is a career-reserve. He has started more than 10 games in a season twice in his career, and not once since 2011. Minshew, on the other hand, was on pace to play every game this year as a rookie and to a very high level of play.
Too bad for Minshew, though, he happened to put on one of his worst games in Week 9 just ahead of Foles return from injury. If Jacksonville needed an excuse to bench him, it got it in that game. While assessing Foles at this point there isn’t a lot of information to look at, but Jacksonville’s attack as a whole has been average this year. The Jaguars rank 22nd in points per possession, 15th in yards per attempt, ninth in yards after the catch, and 16th in passing touchdowns. In fantasy football, the receiving corps of Jacksonville ranks 19th averaging six points per game (for context, Houston leads with an average of 8.72 and Denver trails averaging 4.82). Oh, and the last time we saw Nick Foles on a football field he was throwing a 69-yard bomb to D.J. Chark for a touchdown.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles
Nick Foles is finally back, though that might not be good news for the Jaguars until he proves he’s worth the starter position when compared to now-backup Minshew. Truth be told, Foles is an unknown commodity in fantasy football. He has played in 13 games combined during the past three seasons, and never in more than seven in any of those years. In the last three games he started last season he scored 12, 37.6, and 17.4 points. Wild outcomes.
The Colts will host Jacksonville this weekend and so far so good for Indianapolis against the position. They are the ninth-best team in points per game allowed to QBs through Week 10 and have limited quarterbacks to under-17 fantasy points and 200 yards in their last three games. Only Mason Rudolph threw for a touchdown in that span, but he and Ryan Fitzpatrick last weekend were both intercepted once. A good defense, a comeback game, and an unproven and shaky track record make for a quite unappealing mix. Sit Foles until he proves he belongs, which at this point might be next season.