After months of subpar play from RB Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jacksonville Jaguars have finally started to incorporate RB Jordan Todman into their offense. Todman has received more and more carries in recent weeks and the back has stepped up lately as MJD has missed time due to a nagging hamstring injury.
For instance, Jones-Drew missed last weekend’s game, and as a result, Todman started his first career game against the Buffalo Bills. Todman ripped off an astonishing 109 yards on 25 carries and added a respectable 44 receiving yards on four receptions. It was truly a breakout fantasy football performance.
Jacksonville did begin to mix in running back Denard Robinson last Sunday, but after the rookie fumbled the ball early in the contest, he was quickly back in the doghouse. Meanwhile, Todman continued to move the chains, while adding a 33-yard run and a 30-yard completion to his career afternoon. He showed his versatility, but the most important thing he has going for him right now is that he is healthy.
MJD hasn’t practiced at all this week and the starter is once again in jeopardy of missing the upcoming game. Todman was impressive last week in the Pro Bowler’s stead and will be a decent RB2 if he gets the bulk of the carries again this Sunday.
The former UConn standout has always been an extremely productive north-to-south rusher. He knows how to lower his shoulders and get the tough yards between the tackles. He ironically has a very similar skill set to Jones-Drew.
Jacksonville is facing off against a Tennessee Titans team this weekend that has been rather shaky against the run. Tennessee is allowing 20.5 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and have been one of the poorest tackling teams in football. This will be a strong matchup for whichever back ends up getting the majority of the carries for the Jags this week, and as it stands right now, that back looks like it will be Todman.
Todman is a must-start if MJD if officially ruled out, but even if the veteran does play, Todman could still be a decent flex option. If you need a spot starter this week in the fantasy finals, don’t be afraid to lean on Todman.