What fantasy owners should do about Lee's injury
To those of you who drafted Marqise Lee before the Jacksonville Jaguars receiver went down in a preseason game with what would end up being a season-ending knee injury, sorry. And to Lee himself, wishing you a full and speedy recovery.
But if you're drafting this week, what should you do with the receivers that are left catching footballs from Blake Bortles?
Let's start with what Lee leaves behind: He caught just 56 passes last year, but he did manage to snag five or more passes in seven contests. That's some serious volume even though it was a lot of short stuff. Whoever is next up likely won't be a huge downfield threat due to the Jags' run-first offense, but he may be peppered (PPR owners, that's music to your ears).
Next up on the depth chart: Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and free-agent acquisition Donte Moncrief. Westbrook has shown flashes here and there and Moncrief has looked good in preseason, but if you're looking for the likely No. 1 receiver, it's Cole.
He led the Jags in receiving yards (748) and was second in receptions (42) and was already a deep sleeper due to preseason usage.
Cole seems like a back-end draft flier - certainly a name to think about in double-digit rounds. He might not amass a ton of yardage, but the volume will be there certain weeks. I wouldn't reach to grab him in drafts because we already know the Jaguars will run first, second and sometimes third with Leonard Fournette, and that tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be a red zone threat. But in deep leagues, particularly those with scoring for receptions? Not a bad way to finish out your bench.