2014 Fantasy Football Keeper Profile: Denard Robinson

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Denard Robinson deserves a ton of credit for being willing to switch positions in the NFL after being a quarterback in college. But his role as a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year went from undefined, with the team officially listing him as an “offensive weapon” coming out of training camp, to minimal (20 carries for 66 yards) as he failed to maintain a role as the No. 2 running back.

Robinson will enter the offseason working exclusively as a running back, which has to be a positive development overall, but what does it mean for his fantasy value?

The Jaguars’ running back depth chart has a chance to look significantly different next season, with Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman all potentially gone. Jones-Drew is the least likely to be back, since he surely wants a multi-year deal, but Forsett is coming off a dismal season and Todman does not look like a starting caliber back right now. So based on that potential re-shuffling, barring any significant offseason moves, Robinson is in line for a bigger role in 2014.

Robinson’s physical build (5’11″, 199 lbs.) is not that of a quintessential workhorse running back, but that should not prevent him from being a difference maker going forward with fewer and fewer of those kind of backs around the league. The Jaguars simply need to find a way to get the ball in his hands more, after he did not catch a pass as a rookie and only returned four kickoffs, and the team’s offensive coaches should have Robinson’s development as a running back high on their list of offseason priorities.

Robinson’s value in re-draft leagues is to be determined, but he could become draftable in 12 and 14-team leagues between now and August if the Jaguars seem ready to make him a primary part of their offense. Owners in deep dynasty leagues can consider him a good option based on his potential, but that means taking an optimistic view of Robinson’s outlook going forward and that has to be based on the assumption of a seamless transition to being a running back full-time.

Brad Berreman is a Senior Writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24 and connect with him on Google +.


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  • Kyle

    How does Todman not have starting potential? The kid is 23 years old, and in the single game he started this year he recorded more total yards than MJD did in any of the other 15 games. Denard will be relegated to strictly odd formations and trick plays next year.

    • Dennis Coarcher

      Denard needs super glue on those gloves if he is to be effective and holding on to the ball. Over-hyped by far.

  • Dennis Coarcher

    Robinson was no more than Detroit’s media hype and Rick Rodriguez’ wet dream. The arrogance of this “one man team” left a bad taste and seasons records for the UofM fans and team. Glad he is now the Jaguar’s “golden boy” as they have sunk a lot of time and money into a loser with no hands, hair flying and ego skyrocketing.