Chris Conley Fantasy Value Promising With Gardner Minshew at QB for Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Chris Conley #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage against Charvarius Ward #35 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Opening the 2019 NFL season with a revenge game against his former team in the Kansas City Chiefs, Chris Conley turned six receptions into 97 yards and a touchdown.

It was a rough week for the Jacksonville Jaguars though, as they not only lost the game, but also lost starting quarterback Nick Foles to a collarbone injury.

However, it's not all bad in Jacksonville, as rookie QB Gardner Minshew impressed when he took the reins.

The matchup wasn't a difficult one, as the KC defense allowed the NFL's second-most passing yards in the 2018 season, but it was still encouraging that he didn't struggle in his debut.

With the types of throws he was making, it's no surprise that he completed such a high percentage of his passes. Minshew's average target depth was only 5.4 yards, which was the second shortest among all quarterbacks this week.

That may not be encouraging for the Jaguars' hopes of scoring big points and winning games with Minshew at the helm, but it does go a long way to help the team's pass-catchers in fantasy football, especially in PPR leagues.

Playing from behind should force Jacksonville to throw with plenty of volume, and if those are short, high-percentage looks then it should also lead to high reception totals.

The distribution of Minshew's volume is also promising for Conley's fantasy value.

Five of his eight targets came from Minshew, and that 20 percent share of Minshew's looks was second on the team, trailing only No. 1 wideout Dede Westbrook.

Conley may not offer much upside in an offense that isn't likely to generate many TD opportunities, but a big target share should give him a solid PPR floor on a weekly basis.

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