Alright folks, I admit it — I may have been wrong on this one.
But, just like the NFL on a regular basis, you can’t win ’em all.
Earlier before the season started, I said that Maurice Jones-Drew would be worthy of drafting in the second round of most fantasy drafts. I believe I had a pretty good case, too. Entering a contract year and playing on a team that he probably does not want to spend past this year belonging to, Jones-Drew should have been in for a big year.
Hey, I know, it’s still only heading into the fourth week of the season. He could turn it around.
But, right now, if I am an owner of this guy I would trade him immediately. If he winds up busting out later in the year, I will be surprised. Here’s the thing: Jones-Drew is all the Jacksonville Jaguars have on offense.
Starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is just awful; just plain awful. Backup Chad Henne — when needed — isn’t much better. When you don’t have a quarterback that can lead an offense like an NFL-caliber passer is supposed to do, you’ll find yourselves in a situation like this.
Jones-Drew is a stud. He really is. He’s still one of the best guys in the business. But, when defenses know what to expect for the most part, it’s almost unfair to criticize Jones-Drew for his performance so far this year. Week three was by far his best performance, rushing for 43 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
That’s pretty miserable. And we’re calling it his best performance of the year. Jones-Drew owners: If you can find a suitor, trade him now. Get some value out of him before nobody wants him. Believe me on this one, he won’t turn out to be a consistent factor in your team’s performance each week.