New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview 10/13/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Saints are heading to Jacksonville this Sunday to take on Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars. The Saints have looked like a force to be reckoned with over the past couple weeks. Against the Cowboys, they held Ezekiel Elliot to only 35 yards, and Amari Cooper to 48. Against the Buccaneers, Bridgewater threw for 4 touchdowns and Michael Thomas got to 182 receiving yards, catching two touchdowns. On the other hand, the Jaguars needed a little more magic than they were able to produce on Sunday. They lost a close game to the Panthers, and while Minshew put on a good show, they weren’t able to stop McCaffrey, the powerhouse. Overall, the Saints are favorites here due to their dominant performances over the past couple of weeks. For odds line movement and full matchup history, visit the New Orleans Saints vs Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview.
Date: Sunday, October 13th 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PST
Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Saints: Tre’Quan Smith (O), Drew Brees (O), Trey Hendrickson (Q)
Panthers: Jalen Ramsey (Q), D.J. Hayden (Q), Nick Foles (O), Ronnie Harrison (Q), Lerentee McCray (Q), Josh Oliver (Q)
New Orleans Saints Analysis
As I said in my introduction, the Saints have looked really powerful these past couple of weeks. Against the Buccaneers last week, Teddy Bridgewater threw 26/34 for 314 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception for an overall rating of 104.6 points. He’s been playing so well, in fact, that the Saints are most likely going to keep Drew Brees out until after their week 9 bye, despite Brees thinking he’ll be ready to play in week 8. Michael Thomas had a huge game on Sunday, catching the ball 11 times for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, it’s yet to be seen if Thomas is going to be able to put up numbers this big against the Jaguars. There’s a possibility that Ramsey will be back for Sunday’s game. Ramsey is one of the best, if not the best, shutdown corners in the league. If he’s in, there’s no doubt they’re going to be sticking him on Michael Thomas. Therefore, Bridgewater might not have the crutch of Michael Thomas to lean on, and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs if Thomas is shut down.
The Saints’ defense has also been playing extremely well these past couple of weeks. Marshon Lattimore has been one of, if not the biggest reason for the success of the Saints’ defense. Lattimore has been hugely successful at shutting down extremely talented receivers in these past couple of weeks. Against the Cowboys in week 4, he held Amari Cooper to just 4 receptions for 39 yards. The next week against the Buccaneers, Lattimore held Mike Evans to 3 targets and zero receptions. My apologies if you felt that one on your fantasy roster. The Jaguars have been relying pretty heavily on DJ Chark as a playmaker this season, and if Lattimore can go into shutdown mode on Chark, he’s going to make it really tough for the Jaguars. Furthermore, the Saints defense has held running backs in weeks 4 and 5 to just 3.2 yards per carry on average. They even held Ezekiel Elliot to only 35 yards in week 4. Fournette has been looking strong, but the Saints can shut him down. If their defense performs how it’s been performing lately, they’re going to make it tough for the Jaguars to win.
New Orleans Saints Depth Chart
Jacksonville Jaguars Analysis
Minshew magic was almost enough to get them the win on Sunday against the Panthers, but the Jaguars couldn’t tie it up in the end. Their main problem was their inability to stop Christian McCaffrey, who ran 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, plus an extra 61 yards on 6 receptions and a receiving touchdown. McCaffrey had a huge game against them, but in the Jaguars’ defense, they were missing Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is, debatably, the best corner in the game right now. In their game against the Texans, he held DeAndre Hopkins to just 5 receptions for 40 yards, his worst game of the season. There’s a possibility that Ramsey will be back against the Saints, and if so, he can work on shutting down Michael Thomas. Shutting down Thomas would be a huge problem for the Saints, and probably the best thing the Jaguars could do to help their chances of winning.
Minshew put up some pretty good numbers in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. He threw 26/44 for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Panthers pass defense that’s ranked 4th in the league for least yards allowed per game with 197. Minshew has proven to be a good player, and he seems to be the leader that the Jaguars really needed to galvanize their offense. DJ Chark has also shown up as a playmaker, catching the ball 8 times for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Panthers. He’s going to need to step up to the challenge of Marshon Lattimore, as he’ll almost certainly be on Chark. Fournette has also been playing really well lately, with 225 yards off of 29 carries in week 4 against the Broncos and 108 yards and a touchdown off of 23 carries on Sunday against the Panthers. The Saints have been good against the run these past couple of weeks, so it’ll be a good challenge for Fournette who has the opportunity to put up some big numbers if he keeps playing how he has been over the last two weeks.
Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart
Michael Thomas, who is usually an easy pickup, might be a no-go for this week. It all depends on if Jalen Ramsey is playing on Sunday, which is yet to be seen. If Ramsey is in, he’ll be making things a lot harder for Thomas and will most likely prevent him from having another game like he did last week. If Ramsey is out, Thomas’ chances of another huge game skyrocket. On the Jaguars side of things, Dede Westbrook might be a fantasy dark horse. If Lattimore is stuck on Chark, Dede Westbrook might be getting the majority of the targets. He’s been playing well, but has been getting overshadowed by Chark in almost every game. Against the Broncos he got 5 receptions for 66 yards, which was his only game with more yards than Chark. Last week he went 7 for 82, but was overshadowed by Chark’s monster game. If Chark is shut down, Westbrook might be getting more targets and has proven he can turn targets into big numbers. Watch out for him on Sunday.