by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Wait, shouldn’t the title read Sell High Running Backs? Maybe it was a typo and should read Buy Low Running Backs? Unfortunately that’s not the case. Sometimes players just haven’t produced and there’s little hope going forward, so we have to take what we can get and move on. Let’s take a look at Maurice Jones-Drew and Ryan Mathews to see if they fall into this category:
The Jacksonville Jaguars are simply a bad football team and things just don’t appear to be looking up. First they traded away Eugene Moore than saw Luke Joeckel lost for the year due to injury. As if things weren’t bad enough, their offensive line is now completely in shambles.
As it is they fall behind early and often, leaving the team to abandon the run and throw the ball in an attempt to keep up. That has helped limit Jones-Drew’s touches, but he’s struggled even when he has been given the football averaging just 2.8 yards per carry (he has one game averaging more than 3.0 yards per carry). Throw in that he’s no longer an asset in the passing game (6 receptions after 14 in 2012) and where is the upside?
The names to own in Jacksonville are Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Outside of that, what’s the point? If you can find a taker, you almost have to take the deal if the price is reasonable.
As it is, a free agent at the end of the season, you have to wonder if the Jaguars will start trying to see if a younger back (i.e. Denard Robinson) could be an impact player moving forward.
Always injury prone, Mathews was forced from Week 5 due to a concussion. It’s just icing on the cake for a running back who has been ceding touches to Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown all season long.
It’s hard to imagine the Chargers suddenly trusting him, and he’s not a goal line or third down back. So what is he? A fantasy black hole, that’s what. Try finding someone in your league that still believes.
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