It seems like Marcedes Lewis has been in the league since forever. Even with his longevity, the 6-foot-6 behemoth hasn't been a productive contributor to the Fantasy world since 2010. Since that's unlikely to change in his age-33 season, Lewis shouldn't be a part of Fantasy rosters.
Lewis was held without a catch in the Jaguars' Week 2 loss to the Titans. For the second straight week, Lewis was targeted twice but was unable to register a catch on an afternoon in which the Jags' passing offense struggled mightily. With Blake Bortles at the helm, Lewis can be safely ignored in standard-sized leagues, with his only real value coming as a potential touchdown vulture in the red zone -- and even that might be optimistic. Since the start of the 2015 season (28 games played), Lewis has only 36 catches and one touchdown.
Lewis was targeted twice but did not register a catch in the Jaguars' Week 1 win over Houston. As expected, Lewis was not a major part of the game plan, as the Jaguars employed a thoroughly run-heavy approach. While he could have some utility as a red-zone target, Lewis does not project to hold much fantasy value this season, despite the Jaguars moving on from Julius Thomas.
Lewis did not catch a pass in Thursday's preseason loss to Carolina. Lewis hauled in a pair of receptions in his preseason debut last week against the Bucs, but he didn't make an impact Thursday as the Jags' offense once again sputtered behind the command of both Chad Henne and Blake Bortles. With Julius Thomas out of the picture, Lewis is expected to step back into a more significant role this season, though at age 33 his best days as a receiving threat are firmly in the rear-view. The UCLA product had just 20 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown in 2016.
Lewis secured two of four targets for 22 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason loss to the Bucs. The veteran tight end is potentially in line for an increased role in the passing game now that Julius Thomas has departed. Lewis saw the third-most targets on the night for the Jaguars, but for all practical purposes, he'll likely be a fourth option at best on the majority of weeks behind Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. Lewis has only played 16 games once in the last four seasons, last topping 25 receptions back in 2012.
Lewis (calf) hopes to return to a prominent role under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. The Jaguars traded Julius Thomas and only replaced him with Mychal Rivera, who likely will occupy a part-time role on passing downs. Lewis is optimistic he'll take on a bigger pass-catching role under Hackett, but there's little reason to believe the 33-year-old can regain fantasy relevance at this stage of his career, following four straight seasons with 25 or fewer catches. The Jaguars figure to distribute most of the offensive touches to rookie running back Leonard Fournette and their wideout trio of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. While seemingly healthy and poised to start, Lewis mostly figures to contribute as a run blocker.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||22||8.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|10||11/12||Los Angeles Chargers||15||6.00|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||3||2.00|
|3 Year Avg||33||18||200||1||9||11.11||26|