Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts won't play in preseason opener; fantasy values remain solid

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Maurice Jones-Drew and Cecil Shorts will not play in Friday's preseason opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars. We break down the fantasy implications.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Cecil Shorts are among the nine players the Jacksonville Jaguars will hold out of Friday's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins. A foot injury cost Jones-Drew much of last season and the Jaguars see no reason to risk an injury to a veteran this early in the preseason.

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Shorts, meanwhile, has been bothered by a calf injury and was never expected to play on Friday. Shorts is coming off a strong season in which he had 55 catches for 979 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Jones-Drew and Shorts are two of the more interesting players for owners to deal with heading into Draft Day. Jones-Drew appears to be healthy and could be a good value if he's close to 100 percent heading into Week 1 of the season.

Shorts is clearly Jacksonville's best wide receiver and could be in for a better season than he had in 2012. Both players could slide to owners in fantasy drafts.

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