Blaine Gabbert injury: Probable for Thursday night, doubtful for fantasy value

Michael Hickey

Jacksonville will likely have their starting quarterback opposite of Andrew Luck. We break down the fantasy implications.

Blaine Gabbert has been practicing in full this week and the Jaguars have listed him as probable to start against the Colts on Thursday Night Football. Gabbert injured his left shoulder two weeks ago against the Raiders, but has not missed a start.

The second-year pro has completed 58% of his passes for 1,429 yards, 9 TD and 5 INT in eight games.

Fantasy Take: On the surface, Gabbert's numbers aren't that terrible. He's completing a higher percentage of passes than he did last season, a higher percentage of touchdowns, a lower percentage of interceptions, and more yards per attempt. The problem is that they are still not very good and he's immobile with 144 rushing yards in 23 career games.

However, the Colts are dead last in the NFL on defense according to Football Outsiders and dead last against the pass. Potentially, Gabbert could sneak in two touchdowns and no interceptions (Indy has allowed 14 TD and has only 2 INT on the year) but are you willing to risk it? Gabbert could rank as a QB2 though for the first time this year.

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