Draft Zone: 15th Ranked Running Back – Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew

Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew is the 15th ranked running back in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 24, he’s likely to be taken either in the late second or early third rounds of standard 12-person fantasy drafts.

While he missed the better half of last season due to a foot injury, MJD’s extremely versatile skill set still has him set to be drafted within the first three rounds. In 6 games last season he rushed for 414 yards on 86 carries and hauled in 14 receptions for 86 yards.

Before his injury plagued 2012 season, MJD had earned three consecutive All-Pro accolades, 2009 through 2011, and was named NFL Alumni Running Back of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. During the 2011 season MJD accounted for 47.7% of the Jaguars’ yards from scrimmage, aggregate passing, and rushing yards.

While injury is a concern for him, if MJD stays healthy there is no doubt that he will receive most, if not all of the carries in Jacksonville. Furthermore, with a less than ideal quarterback situation, look for a majority of the Jaguars’ offense to go through him.

Fantasy owners should plan on taking MJD in the late second or early third rounds of fantasy drafts, regardless of whether it is a point-per-reception league or a standard league. He has shown that he can be one of the best backs in the NFL, and if he can stay healthy, Maurice Jones-Drew could even be a steal in the early third round.

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