Before the 2012 fantasy football season started, everyone had Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew in their version of top-ten fantasy backs, and rightfully so. He was coming off a season in which he had previously led the entire NFL with 1,606 rushing yards. Many argued that his lack of rushing touchdowns (eight) last season was a major hindrance to his overall fantasy value, but under closer inspection, he also had three receiving touchdowns. His 11 total touchdowns and rushing title certainly made him a top pick entering fantasy drafts this summer.
However, MJD has been completely nonexistent in the latter part of the season due to a very painful, and yet inconvenient, foot injury. He sprained his foot and it simply has not healed as quickly as one would have expected. Jones-Drew missed months with the injury and just as it appears he could come back, he sits back on the bench.
Jones-Drew originally injured his foot against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, but the prognoses originally looked positive considering that the team had a bye week the following weekend. Everyone fully expected MJD to return against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7, and he did. Unfortunately, Jones-Drew carried the ball only twice for six yards before having to exit the game.
MJD has put up a big old zero over the last ten consecutive weeks of the fantasy season; including the team’s bye week and his injury riddled game against the Raiders in which he only had six rushing yards. Now considering that he may not play in Week 15 simply makes matters even worse for the fantasy community. Jones-Drew has had absolutely no fantasy impact over the last couple months.
Jones-Drew was a very high draft pick this past summer, top-five in some instances, and to say that he has not lived up to his expectations is a complete understatement. He has all but killed millions of fantasy seasons and was certainly the fantasy football bust of the year. He may be worth a mid-round draft pick next season, but 2012 was definitely a season to forget for MJD owners.
How has MJD’s injury affected your season? Are you out of the playoffs?
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