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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Marqise Lee

Ryan Sharp

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Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Marqise Lee

Age: 26 Years Old

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

2015 Stats: 10 Games, 15 Rec, 191 Yards, 1 TD

2016 Stats: 16 Games, 63 Rec, 851 Yards, 3 TD

2017 Stats: 14 Games, 56 Rec, 702 Yards, 3 TD

2018 Projections: 60 Rec, 784 Yards, 5 TD

Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR 48

Injury: Lee suffered a sprained ankle in Week 15 of the 2017 season. He missed significant practice time as well as the final two regular season games. He would return for Jacksonville’s Playoff run, as he caught seven passes on 15 targets for 69 yards and no touchdowns. While the numbers seem minimal, it is important to note Jacksonville’s run-heavy offense.

2018 Health Outlook: Lee showed decent mobility to evade tackles in the AFC Championship game against New England, hinting at a good recovery going as far back as January.

Risk of Re-Injury: Though ankle sprains can be a nagging injury, Lee’s production in the Playoffs showed it wasn’t too much of a bother. He was a full participant in OTA’s and mini-camp, so it appears that any further injury would be new rather than an aggravation.

Recommendations: Jacksonville wasn’t expected to resign Lee this offseason, but was forced to after Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson both departed in Free Agency. Entering 2018, he is expected to start alongside Dede Westbrook. Even though he’s slated to start, his drop rate (12.5 %) and lack of touchdowns (three is his career high), should be concerning to fantasy owners. There should be a good selection of better receivers in round ten or later.

Ryan is a Sports Journalism student at Arizona State University. A Pennsylvania native, he is passionate about sports and good journalism. Ryan also enjoys being terrible at golf, and embarrassing himself on the course. Follow him on Twitter @RealRyanSharp.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Odell Beckham Jr.

Jesse Morse M.D.

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OBJ’s offseason was filled with controversy after being traded from the New York Football Giants to the Cleveland Browns for Jabrill Peppers along with a 1st & 3rd round pick. What is important is that Beckham got a HUGE upgrade at QB, with Baker Mayfield slinging him the rock now. He’s now reunited with college buddy Jarvis Landry who can settle into likely a much more comfortable role. He also joins David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in what might be a top 10 offense in 2019. What about OBJ’s 2018 season? Well despite playing with a quickly deteriorating Eli Manning, OBJ still managed a line of 77 / 1,052 / 6 TD in 12 games, managing to top 100 yards or a TD in 8 of those 12 games. Realistically OBJ could probably have played in 15 of the Giants’ 16 games if they weren’t out of playoff contention. Beckham was dealing with a quad injury and usually these are not overly concerning. Definitely will not affect him in the long term. Unlike the hamstring, which has a tendency to reinjure and linger (see Leonard Fournette), quad injuries heal relatively quickly and are not overly concerning in the long run. He’ll get banged up but I don’t consider him ‘injury prone.’ I personally expect OBJ to be top 5 WR in 2019, and could easily end up being the WR1. Still only 26, and now on a potential sneaky playoff contender, he’s first-round talent being drafted in the second round (especially with how few bell-cow RBs there are right now). Between Juju, DHop, Davante Adams, Julio and OBJ its going to be an awesome year for wide receivers. Draft him with confidence!

 

Injury Risk:  Low. 2/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-D’Onta Foreman

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Foreman is coming off Achilles tendon surgery from late 2017, yes so its been well over a year. I knew, because of the bad data with these injuries, that Foreman would NOT be very effective in 2018. I told everyone who would listen that. Maybe you’ll listen this time.  So how did he do in 2018? He rushed a total of 8 times for 2 yards. Will he be better in 2019? Yes. How much better? That’s really anyone’s guess.

Achilles injuries. Let me rephrase that, Achilles injuries in NFL running backs. Bad combination. The data supports this statement. I really want Foreman to break the mold, and maybe he will. But until that happens, I want nothing to do with a RB coming off of an Achilles tear. Does he have a chance to be a sleeper in 2019? Yes, but it depends on what HOU does to its O-line. The good news is that the unexciting Lamar Miller is still on the team so Foreman doesn’t have much competition. Now he just needs to show that he got his ‘burst’ back. You’ve received a fair warning. At the appropriate risk/reward part of the draft,  Foreman could be a steal, just don’t draft him as your RB2 or RB3.

 

Injury Risk: High. 7/10.

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NFL Draft Guide 2019-Will Fuller

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Fuller has loads of talent, I don’t think there’s a question about that. The problem is he seems to get injured a bit too often. His games played since entering the league is heading in the wrong direction: 14 (in 2016) to 10 (in 2017) to only 7 games in 2018. Let’s review his injuries. In 2016 he suffered with hamstring injuries and then a knee sprain. In 2017 his season started off the wrong way; he missed the entire preseason and the first 3 games with a broken collarbone, then he missed 3 more games in November/December with broken ribs and finally had minor knee surgery after leaving Week 17 early with a left knee injury. Then last year he suffered a moderate hamstring strain in August, costing him the regular-season opener. Finally, Fuller tore his right ACL in late October. So over the past 3 years Fuller has injured his hamstring at least twice, broke his collarbone and multiple ribs, tweaked his left knee and tore his right ACL. Can you say injury prone? Whether he’s the #2 WR for Watson and the Texans, his risk is simply too high for me. I’m completely fading him in 2019 fantasy unless its at a serious discount. (like round 8 or later).

 

Injury Risk:  High. 7/10.

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