Friday, August 23, 2013

Fantasy Footbal Wildcard #5: Maurice Jones-Drew

Two years ago Maurice Jones-Drew was fantasy gold for me.  Plenty of yards from scrimmage, a generous number of touchdowns, and tremendous durability.  2012 however was a complete and total disaster.  MJD was mired in a contract dispute and held out the entire preseason.  That holdout led to injuries during the regular season and his production fell off dramatically.  Will 2013 be the year MJD gets back to his old self?

I certainly think so.  MJD is finally healthy again as he enters the final year of his contract.  Ownership was unwilling to re-negotiate last year and I suspect he's going to perform as if he deserves Chris Johnson type money.  Although he says the past is behind him I think he's still bitter about the way things transpired.

In addition, the Jacksonville offense still revolves around him.  Blaine Gabbert has improved over the summer, but he's not even close to being a better than average quarterback.  Justin Blackmon will start the year with a 4 game suspension and the defense doesn't exactly strike fear in their opponents.

From a fantasy perspective MJD is a top 5 back.  After Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Shady McCoy, and Trent Richardson you'd be hard pressed to name a better running back.  Some people would like to see him catch more passes out of the backfield, but when he's healthy he runs hard between the tackles and cashes in down around the goal line.  Depending on when you draft MJD can still anchor your team.  Your thoughts?

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