FANTASY PLAYS: Jaguars trio makes up All-Underrated team
When the Jacksonville Jaguars go on a bye week and create considerable angst for fantasy owners, then you know it’s topsy-turvy season.
The wide receiver duo of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns has combined for 11 touchdowns and 1,100 yards so far this season, accounting for the bulk of quarterback Blake Bortles’ production. They aren’t household names by any stretch, but having Robinson, Hurns or Bortles on your team has likely paid big dividends. And for Bortles, it should be noted that his 15 touchdown passes entering week eight were the same number as Aaron Rodgers and Phillip Rivers and one more than Andy Dalton.
It remains to be seen whether they can maintain their production, but through seven games, they headline the All-Underrated Team for Fantasy Plays. These are players who are quietly piling up big fantasy numbers but getting little attention for their efforts.
Here are five other members of the team, and take note: Members of the All-Underrated Team can present nice trade value if you’re looking to revamp your roster.
MARK INGRAM: It wasn’t long ago that the word ”bust” was getting thrown around to describe the former Heisman Trophy winner, now in his fifth season with the Saints. But he had a quiet 2014 campaign and is on an even better track this year – 450 yards and five touchdowns. The presence of Khiry Robinson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield always complicates things, but Ingram is a nice RB to have on your team.
KEENAN ALLEN: Allen has received plenty of attention, so it’s a close call about whether he gets the underrated moniker. But you can make a compelling case for him being a member of the fantasy underrated team when you consider just how dazzling his numbers have been. He is on pace for a 1,700-yard season, and you have to think he’ll start scoring more touchdowns. He has three scores to go with his 690 yards.
JONATHAN STEWART: His game against the Eagles on Sunday was truly impressive. The Panthers were completely committed to the running game, and their underrated offensive line paved the way for 125 yards on 24 carries for Stewart. No longer confined by the DeAngelo Williams timeshare in the backfield, Stewart has quietly gained 423 yards this season and scored twice. The challenge with Stewart is two-fold: Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert get many of the goal-line looks for the Panthers, but Stewart should have plenty of opportunities for yards in this run-first attack.
CARSON PALMER: He was tied with Tom Brady for most touchdown passes entering week eight (Brady surpassed him with his dominance of the Dolphins on Thursday night). Not bad for a guy coming off a serious knee injury a year ago.
TRAVIS BENJAMIN: Cleveland’s passing attack has yielded many surprises this season. Absolutely no one expected Gary Barnidge to be a top tight end. Benjamin, for his part, has quietly picked up 575 yards receiving and four touchdowns, putting him on pace for eclipsing 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
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