8/27 Update: Marquise Lee has been placed on Injured Reserve
Potential No.1 Jaguars WR Marquise Lee was carted off the field Saturday night, and the injury appears serious. Though unfortunate for Lee, this makes a cloudy “Aerial Pie” just a little clearer with one less mouth to feed. Keelan Cole, last year’s leading receiver as an UDFA, seems likely to benefit the most, though athletic and explosive freaks like Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief, and Austin Seferian Jenkins all stand for a target bump and increased consistency as well.
Already a “Penny Stock” in our 2018 Preseason Kickoff Guide, Cole is now even more attractive with a 15+ Round ADP. He hasn’t been lighting the stat-sheet on fire this preseason, but he’s dominated first-team snaps. On 53 pass plays, Cole has logged 42 (78%), as compared to 31 for Moncrief (58%) and 26 for Westbrook (49%). A year after topping the team with 748 yards and 3 TDs, Cole seems destined to step into the clear No.1 role now with his main competition removed.
Plus, after (shockingly) ranking 5th in Total Offensive Points in 2017 (26.1 PPG), the Jaguars are reportedly ready to hit the gas pedal even further in Year 2 of OC Nathaniel Hackett‘s attack. Blake Bortles is reportedly now “fully pain-free,” and feels as though he is now “owning the offense” in his second season, allowing him to think less and play freer. Consequently, Hackett is promising a “more aggressive” Year 2 attack as he now feels a “you can trust that Blake is going to make the right decision more consistently.”
This is perfect for Cole, as well as Moncrief, Westbrook, and ASJ, who can all streak down the field with the best of them. Cole is my favorite of the bunch, especially after flatout dominant run to close 2017 (eerily similar to 2017 breakout Adam Thielen). In the last four weeks of 2017, Cole went 3-49-1 TD (Wk 13 v IND), 3-99-1 TD (Wk 14 v SEA), 7-186-1 TD (Wk 15 v HOU), and 6-108 (Wk 16), finishing as the No.2 WR in all of fantasy in this time span. Still, any of the bunch is worth a stab, as they all drip in ability and fall to the last rounds of fantasy drafts, and any one of them could emerge as the passing-game’s main vein.