The Marcedes Lewis Misconception

Mike Clay refutes the argument that Marcedes Lewis' fantasy struggles are a result of spending too much time blocking.

| 3 years ago
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The Marcedes Lewis Misconception


The Jaguars selection of Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick in April’s draft has many tagging Marcedes Lewis as a fantasy football sleeper at the tight end position.

The reasoning behind the logic is simple: The Jaguars’ offensive line woes over the last few years have forced Lewis to stay in and pass block, which has limited his opportunity for targets.

In the past, you could get away with such an assessment because (A) it seems logical and (B) Pro Football Focus didn’t exist.

Check out the below chart:

Year

G

Targets

Rec

Yds

TD

C%

%Snaps

%PR

%Targ

%PassBlk

%WR

2008

16

64

41

489

2

64%

90%

78%

13%

12%

17%

2009

15

49

32

518

2

65%

78%

52%

10%

27%

8%

2010

16

86

58

700

10

67%

86%

60%

20%

25%

18%

2011

15

76

39

460

0

51%

77%

63%

18%

16%

20%

2012

16

75

52

540

4

69%

79%

60%

14%

16%

32%

Analysis:

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Mike Clay is the Director of Pro Football Focus Fantasy. His accolades include the 2013 Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) award for most-accurate preseason player rankings and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for the best online article in 2013. Under Mike’s leadership, PFF Fantasy has been nominated for eight industry awards over the past three years, including a 2014 win over the likes of NFL.com and BaseballHQ.com for Best Single-Sport Specialization Fantasy Site. Mike broke the first unrestricted free agent signing of 2013 (Martellus Bennett to the Bears). A stat-head, Mike has created several advanced football statistics, including average depth of target (aDOT) and opportunity-adjusted touchdowns (OTD). His award-winning offensive player projections power several top fantasy league sites, including Yahoo, RT Sports and Reality Sports Online. One of the most well-known fantasy analysts, Mike has a Twitter following of more than 43,500. Mike also contributes to ESPN Insider and ESPN the Magazine, and is a regular guest on ESPN Radio and the network’s Fantasy Focus football podcast. He has also contributed to NBC’s Rotoworld.com, Athlon Sports and at PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Mike was featured as a Virtual Analyst in EA Sports' Madden 25 and Madden 2015 video games. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and is on the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Board of Directors and Hall of Fame voting committee. He makes regular appearances on NFL-related podcasts and shows, including those on Sirius XM and FNTSY Sports Channel. Mike’s work has been referenced on several outlets across the web, including CSN New England, ESPN, Houston Chronicle, and NJ.com. Originally from Pottsville, PA, Mike now resides in Fleetwood, PA with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeClayNFL

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