Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
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Despite being the only quarterback under contract on Jacksonville’s roster, Bortles’ status with the team is up in the air thanks to a hefty pay increase (from approximately $3.2 million in 2017 to $19.053 million in 2018) and $0 in dead money resulting from a fifth-year option exercised last May. Years of inconsistency as an inferior NFL quarterback – compared with his respectability as a fantasy quarterback – may lead the team to move on. That’s even after a strong finish to his season that brought the Jaguars within minutes of the Super Bowl.
Over the last three seasons, Bortles has been the QB4, QB10 and QB13 in fantasy points, respectively. Ironically, the Jaguars’ level of success and Bortles’ performance in fantasy has been an inverse relationship, unsurprisingly related to whether the team is playing from behind (garbage points) or ahead (with a conservative game plan).
While his 2018 team is currently unknown, he will likely be given a starting job somewhere. His fantasy value will be extremely dependent upon that destination. Only 26 at the start of the season, Bortles has several years of game management and/or garbage time ahead of him.
Although he’s currently an unrestricted free agent, the Jaguars seem confident in having Henne as a veteran presence and backup at a reasonable price. He doesn’t hold any fantasy value, barring injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.