Gardner Minshew Fantasy Outlook Bounces Back With Nick Foles Benching in Week 13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 24:  Nick Foles #7 and Gardner Minshew II #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars talk before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Nick Foles' stint as the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback has hit another speed bump. After turning the ball over three times in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he has been benched in favor of rookie Gardner Minshew II.

Foles had a dreamy matchup this week, as the Bucs came into the week ranking 25th against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics. Given Minshew's strong play when he started in place of an injured Foles early this season, a terrible half in such a great matchup made the benching a relatively easy call.

Minshew played nine games before Foles' Week 11 return, and in that stretch he completed 61.2 percent of his passes, racking up 2,285 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Foles' two complete starts since returning saw him complete 68.4 percent of his throws, gaining 284.0 yards per contest with two TDs and one interception.

Despite the completion percentages, there is a clear gap in the pair's efficiency. Minshew averaged 7.7 adjusted yards per pass attempt, while Foles was at just 6.2 for the season.

For Foles' entire career, even including the distant memory of his 2013 breakout under Chip Kelly, he has an average of just 6.9, only ever eclipsing Minshew's 7.7 once in a season with at least five games played.

We don't know whether or not Minshew will be the starter going forward, but if he keeps control of the gig, he'll return to consideration as a streaming QB option in fantasy football.

This could be an upgrade for Jags' pass-catchers, and should be good news for DJ Chark, who turned in a dud of a first half while Foles struggled in Week 13.

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