2013 Fantasy Football Value: Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew went into the 2012 season at the top of many fantasy owners’ draft boards. Jones-Drew was coming off of the best season of his career, where he dashed his way to 1,606 yards rushing with 11 total touchdowns. MJD was the most consistent fantasy player at the time having accumulated three straight 1,300+ yard-rushing seasons while still playing for arguably the worst team in football.
Unfortunately, MJD owners (I was one of them) were extremely disappointed last year after the seven-year pro had held out of training camp due to contract issues and then only played six games because of a sprained foot. This was the first time in MJD’s career that he had not surpassed at least 14 games played in a season.
While the foot injury and contract issues may scare many fantasy owners away from MJD, he is still extremely worthy of an early round pick. In a year where good running backs are scarce, Jones-Drew could be the guy to put your fantasy team over the top. If he can stay healthy for a full season there is no reason that MJD can’t be a top ten running back. And since owners will naturally shy away from Drew, there is a good chance you can grab him in the mid to late part of the second round or even as late as the third round making him a huge steal. The 5’7” 210 pound running back can do it all. In his three years before his injury, he averaged 1,440 rushing yards, 43 receptions, and 11 total touchdowns per year . Yes he plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but this has never stopped him before. Going into the last season of his contract, MJD is absolutely trying to cash in one more big pay day before he calls it quits.
Michael Block is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports
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