Yeldon carried three times for 12 yards and caught five passes for an additional 56 yards during Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Colts. Leonard Fournette's return to the lineup dramatically limited Yeldon's carries, but his involvement as a receiver allowed him to reach a respectable total of 63 scrimmage yards on the day. Fournette racked up 29 touches despite missing the last several weeks, so he appears to be past his latest injury issues for the time being. As such, Yeldon should be expected to take on a similar role next Sunday against the Steelers.
Yeldon rushed twice for seven yards and added seven catches for 83 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 24-18 loss to the Eagles in London. Yeldon got two carries to Carlos Hyde's six, but he was able to shine as a receiver with the Jaguars abandoning the run in the second half. The running back led the team in targets, catches and yards with Blake Bortles checking the ball down often. Yeldon's value after Jacksonville's Week 9 bye will primarily come from his pass-catching ability.
Yeldon will serve as Jacksonville's starting running back Sunday against the Eagles in London, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. While it's not surprising that he'll retain starting duties with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) sidelined for a fourth consecutive game, Yeldon may see his workload shrink with recent acquisition Carlos Hyde set to make his Jaguars debut. While Hyde sat out last week's loss to the Texans, Yeldon played 56 of the team's 68 offensive snaps, finishing with 68 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches (12 carries, five receptions). Yeldon's pass-catching prowess should allow him to retain the edge in overall backfield usage in Week 8, though Hyde's status as a tough runner between the tackles could result in a lighter carry count for Yeldon.
Yeldon rushed 12 times for 28 yards and caught five of seven targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Texans. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) still sidelined and new trade acquisition Carlos Hyde still unfamiliar with the playbook, Yeldon got what could be his last start of the season. He took advantage of the opportunity with his fourth receiving touchdown of the campaign on a six-yard pass thrown by backup Cody Kessler after Blake Bortles was benched. Even when the Jacksonville backfield gets more crowded moving forward, Yeldon's pass-catching ability should allow him to carve out a third-down role at the minimum. The Jaguars will travel to London in Week 8 for an overseas matchup with the Eagles.
Yeldon could yield backfield snaps to Carlos Hyde in the weeks to come after the Jaguars acquired the latter from the Browns on Friday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. Yeldon has served as the Jaguars' lead back for much of the season with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) sitting out four of the Jaguars' six games to date. While Yeldon should be on track to start again Sunday against the Texans with Fournette again ruled out, Hyde may eventually climb ahead of Yeldon on the depth chart once he gets familiar with the new playbook. It's unlikely that Hyde will have a major role in Week 7 -- if he's even active for the contest -- but Yeldon's long-term outlook is nonetheless hindered by the addition of the Ohio State product. Both Yeldon and Hyde would see their respective fantasy values take another hit when or if Fournette is able to play again.
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