Patriots vs. Jaguars: Fantasy football projections featuring Aaron Hernandez, Cecil Shorts, Wes Welker

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We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 16 matchup between the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jacksonville Jaguars host the New England Patriots in Week 16. The Patriots are still in the hunt for a first-round bye and will be looking to bounce back after getting embarrassed by the 49ers last week. There is potential for a fantasy explosion here, perfect timing for championship week. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

New England Patriots

About the only question mark here is Stevan Ridley, who was benched on Sunday night after yet another fumble. He burned many fantasy owners in the playoffs last week, and probably can't be trusted in the title games.

Other than him, there's huge fantasy potential here against the Jaguars' 29th-ranked defense. Start Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd with confidence.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon are somehow staying productive in spite of Chad Henne. Henne has been thoroughly ineffective in recent weeks and is no longer on the fantasy radar, but Shorts and Blackmon remain worthy WR3 starts against the Patriots secondary.

The running game is still a mess. Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings are out again, so it's up to Montell Owens to carry the load. In earlier weeks he might be worth a dice roll, but not during the fantasy championships. Look for safer options in your flex spot.

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