Not many Fantasy owners will trust Allen Hurns after a hamstring injury hurt him and a lack of consistency hurt his numbers. Hurns saw all of his stats decompose, including his catch rate dropping to a gross 46.1 percent. He also saw teammate Marqise Lee play well down the stretch while Hurns was sidelined with a hamstring injury. We know Hurns is capable of being a big contributor, but with the emergence of Lee, the trepidation in trusting Blake Bortles, and the Jaguars run game and defense expected to play much better, there seems to be a lack of upside in Hurns. At best he's a late-round pick as a bench receiver in any format.
Hurns caught six of seven targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-16 drubbing at the hands of the Titans. Hurns produced 36 yards and a touchdown on his team's final drive, meaning he was quiet when the game was actually competitive. He and Marqise Lee are the two main receiving weapons remaining with Allen Robinson (knee) done for the year, but Jacksonville's passing offense seems incapable of producing meaningful results outside of garbage time. With the defense looking incredible in Week 1 and awful in Week 2, it's tough to say just how often Hurns will have the benefit of working against prevent defenses.
Hurns could be set for increased targets in the absence of Allen Robinson (knee). The Jaguars' worst fears were confirmed Monday, as the team announced that Robinson did, in fact, suffer a torn ACL in Sunday's opener. With the former Pro Bowler sidelined for the season, both Hurns and Marqise Lee figure to take on larger workloads. Jacksonville employed a run-heavy approach against Houston, rushing the ball 39 times, while Blake Bortles attempted only 21 passes. Hurns was targeted four times, catching three passes for 42 yards. Neither he nor Lee is an elite fantasy option in what should continue to be a relatively conservative offense, but both players should receive a bit of a boost in Robinson's season-long absence.
Hurns caught three of four targets for 42 yards in Sunday's season-opening 29-7 win at Houston. Hurns led his team in catches and yards while tying Marqise Lee for the lead in targets. The passing game as a whole took a back seat to the rushing attack, with 39 of Jacksonville's 60 plays on offense staying on the ground. With Allen Robinson (knee) exiting this one early, Hurns and Lee should be the featured wide receivers in the coming weeks.
Hurns has been working from the slot and still has a prominent role in the Jacksonville offense, Mike Kaye of WTLV First Coast News reports. Hurns was listed behind rookies Dede Westbrook (core muscle) and Keelan Cole on Jacksonville's initial regular-season depth chart, but it seems that isn't reflective of their respective roles in the offense. It's still fair to question the extent of Hurns' involvement, as it sounds like he'll almost exclusively work from the slot as part of an offense that's trying to shift to a run-first approach. With Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee starting outside and likely playing far more snaps, Hurns will have a tough time matching his volume of six-plus targets per game from the past three seasons.
Hurns is listed as fifth on the Jaguars' depth chart at receiver heading into the team's Week 1 matchup with the Texans, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. It's not overly surprising that rookie fourth-round pick DeDe Westbrook eclipsed Hurns on the depth chart following an impressive preseason, but it's more shocking that Keelan Cole, an undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan, has also passed up the veteran in the wideout ranks. Though he's only two years removed from a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season, Hurns regressed mightily in 2016 while battling injuries and hasn't seemed to regain peak form, resulting in his slide down the depth chart. Since he doesn't offer much value on special teams either, Hurns may end up becoming a fixture on the Jaguars' inactive list this season when all of the team's other receivers are healthy.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||30||27.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Rams||9||13.00|
|10||11/12||Los Angeles Chargers||24||24.00|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||19||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||93||50||728||6||32||14.56||108|