The Jaguars lost their tenth-straight game last week against the Cleveland Browns 27-25. Jacksonville gave themselves a chance to win, despite starting a brand new quarterback under center in Mike Glennon and not having starting wide receivers D.J. Chark Jr. and Chris Conley. Without Chark and Conley, rookie running back James Robinson continued his phenomenal season, rushing for 128 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 31 yards. Along with Robinson, rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson had the other touchdown, which was a part of his four receptions for 96 yards.
As for the Vikings, they are coming off of a hard-fought 28-27 victory against the Carolina Panthers last week. Just like the Jaguars, Minnesota was without their star wide receiver in Adam Thielen, meaning somebody else had to step up. That someone was rookie Justin Jefferson, who had seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to Jefferson, Bisi Johnson, Kyle Rudolph, and Chad Beebe all had seven receptions. Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins did a great job of spreading the wealth around in a game where Dalvin Cook got hurt.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Jaguars: #29 Overall — #31 offense, #27 defense, #28 special teams
Vikings: #15 Overall — #9 offense, #12 defense, #31 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
James Robinson, RB, $7,300
This week’s game is going to feature the top-10 fantasy running backs this season in Cook and Robinson. The undrafted rookie in Robinson has been a boom for many fantasy football managers, who might've drafted him late or picked him up off of waivers earlier this season. Robinson has rushed for at least 100 yards in three of Jacksonville’s last five games. This week, he’ll be going up against a Vikings’ run defense that is allowing 120.7 yards per game and 16.8 fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
D.J. Chark, WR, $5,400
If Chark is healthy and ready to go, he should be able to have a good game against a work in progress Vikings’ secondary. Last week, Chark did not play due to a rib injury. But in his last game against the Steelers, he had four receptions (eight targets) for 41 yards. We saw Robby Anderson create big a big play and breakout of this TD slump versus this same Vikings’ defense. Hopefully, Chark can reap those same benefits on Sunday.
Dalvin Cook, RB, $9,500
The veteran running back was hampered by an injury last week against the Panthers, but still mustered to run for 61 yards on 18 carries. It was the second time in three weeks that Dalvin Cook did not score a rushing touchdown. On Sunday, he’ll be trying to get back into the rushing touchdown column against Jacksonville defense that is giving up 14 rushing scores this season, good for 10th in the NFL.
Justin Jefferson, WR, $6,900
Justin Jefferson has been the best rookie WR this season and has a serious case to be in the conversation for offensive rookie of the year. Through 12 weeks, he already has 52 receptions for 918 receiving yards and six touchdowns. In the Vikings’ last three games, Jefferson has 18 receptions (28 targets) for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Just like his teammate in Adam Thielen, Jefferson is a must-start WR2 every week and could be in store for another huge performance against Jacksonville.