Week 17 Running Back Sit and Start Report

Donald Brown could have a banner day against the Jags defense

Donald Brown could have a banner day against the Jags defense

Although most fantasy leagues have come to a close, some of them ride the season out to its very end. With those leagues, owners should be mindful of who they plug in at the running back position for this week. The following players should either be started or avoided based on an in depth examination of their contest.

Start:

Donald Brown, IND:

Brown has overtaken Trent Richardson for the starting job and has produced convincingly enough to keep the position. Coming off a stellar 110 total yard and 2 total touchdown performance against Kansas City, he will look to continue his momentum against a vulnerable Jags run defense.

The Jaguars have shown little resistance to the run, allowing a horrific 135.2 rushing yards per game, ranking them 30th. Expect Donald Brown to rack up a ton of yards while carving this abysmal Jacksonville rush defense to shreds this Sunday, while possibly scoring a touchdown or two in the process.

Sit:

Frank Gore, SF:

The San Francisco back had another solid year and has already found success against Arizona earlier in the season, but don’t expect that success to continue. Gore rushed for more than 100 yards at home against the Cardinals in Week 6, but that still stands as the only game where Arizona has failed to limit an opponent’s leading rusher to below that total.

The Cards are hot, riding a 3 game winning streak and their defense is strong, especially their rush defense. Arizona allows an average of 84.5 rushing yards per contest, ranking them first in the league. Expect them to contain Frank Gore at home in Sunday’s game.

 

 

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Todman Could be a Sneaky Play for Week 16

Todman has the potential to run all over the Tennessee Titans

Todman has the potential to run all over the Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman stepped up in Week 15 when given the start from head coach Gus Bradley in place of the injured Maurice Jones-Drew.

In Todman’s first career start at the pro level, he accomplished a feat that took starter Jones-Drew till midseason to conquer when he rushed for 100+ yards on the ground. Todman finished the game with more than 150 total yards of offense.

It seems like the Jaguars won’t decide who will get the start until later in the week. If the rookie back out of the University of Connecticut does draw the start he will have a favorable matchup against a Tennessee Titan team that has allowed almost 120 rush yards per game this season.

Todman is also used in the Jags pass game often, in Week 15 he caught 4 passes for 40 yards including a 30 yard catch and run. He is currently owned in 48% of CBS leagues and if available is a must own fantasy player. Even if you don’t have a spot for him in your starting lineup pick him up so you don’t have to go against him.

Todman has been used in the offense all season and hasn’t turned the ball over once, after a breakout week against Buffalo the Titans will want to see what their 6th round draft pick can do next.

Monitor the running back situation up until Sunday, if Todman gets the start he is a solid #2 running back with upside that could push your fantasy team to championship greatness.

Todman Could be a Sneaky Play for Week 16

Todman has the potential to run all over the Tennessee Titans

Todman has the potential to run all over the Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman stepped up in Week 15 when given the start from head coach Gus Bradley in place of the injured Maurice Jones-Drew.

In Todman’s first career start at the pro level, he accomplished a feat that took starter Jones-Drew till midseason to conquer when he rushed for 100+ yards on the ground. Todman finished the game with more than 150 total yards of offense.

It seems like the Jaguars won’t decide who will get the start until later in the week. If the rookie back out of the University of Connecticut does draw the start he will have a favorable matchup against a Tennessee Titan team that has allowed almost 120 rush yards per game this season.

Todman is also used in the Jags pass game often, in Week 15 he caught 4 passes for 40 yards including a 30 yard catch and run. He is currently owned in 48% of CBS leagues and if available is a must own fantasy player. Even if you don’t have a spot for him in your starting lineup pick him up so you don’t have to go against him.

Todman has been used in the offense all season and hasn’t turned the ball over once, after a breakout week against Buffalo the Titans will want to see what their 6th round draft pick can do next.

Monitor the running back situation up until Sunday, if Todman gets the start he is a solid #2 running back with upside that could push your fantasy team to championship greatness.

Season Slams Shut on Wideout Cecil Shorts

Jaguars shut down Shorts

Jaguars shut down Shorts

The lingering groin injury that’s plagued Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts has now shut him down for the season. The 3rd year wideout, from the University of Mount Union, has been battling through this injury since Week 8, but finally missed his first game of the season Week 15 against the Bills.

Shorts ended up with 66 catches for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. The 2012-13 season wasn’t the easiest on Shorts, who also fought through a shoulder injury sustained in Week 6, but he has shown heart and determination all year, battling through both injuries and a congruently diminished role.

Shorts voiced his displeasure in Week 11, after seeing only 1 target until midway through the 4th quarter, but came back to lead the team in both catches and yards (8, 71) in Week 12. However, heart and determination aren’t going to get Cecil through the rest of the season, as he finally said  [sitting out] is “probably the best thing for it.”

Through all the thick and thin of 2013, Cecil Shorts has got to see the silver lining of an extremely adverse season. Despite battling multiple injuries and missing many practices, Shorts only sat out 1 game and managed to put up respectable numbers for a man in constant pain. Shorts had 11 more catches this season than last, but went for 202 fewer yards.

However, the real victory here is not Shorts’ number of catches, but the fact that he was able to suit up week in and week out without aggravating this pesky injury. Surprisingly enough, Shorts will NOT have to undergo offseason surgery and, rather, will be back to full strength with some simple rehabbing.

All in all, Shorts’ season was a disappointing, and painful, journey, but the 25 year old managed to make it out without detrimental damage and can surely look forward to 2014.

Maurice Jones-Drew Will be a Game Time Decision

MJD Fantasy owners will face the dreaded Game-Time-Decision

MJD Fantasy owners will face the dreaded Game-Time-Decision

Maurice Jone-Drew is dealing with hamstring issues and is seeking medical clearance for this Sunday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Jones-Drew will test his strained hamstring out at practice on Friday and is extremely questionable until then.

So far this season, Jones-Drew has been underperforming accumulating only 719 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. His current 3.5 yards per carry is the lowest of his entire career.

Jones-Drew is coming off of his 1st 100-yard game of the season. If he is ruled out for this weekend, his replacement will be Jordan Todman, the second year back out of Connecticut. Todman has only had 46 carries this season for 146 yards, but should get enough carries to help your fantasy team if MJD is out.

Todman should thrive against the Buffalo rush defense that allows more than 124 rushing yards per game and 4.2 yards-per-carry.

MJD Says He’ll Be Ready for Week 15

MJD says he will be ready to play against the Bills

MJD says he will be ready to play against the Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew injured his hamstring at the end of 15 yard catch and run during Thursdays matchup with the Texans. Jones-Drew told reporters after the game he did not believe the injury to be serious, even though he has an MRI on Friday.

The former UCLA Bruin had his first 100+ yard rush game of the season against the Texans and has been on a roll, leading up to last weeks game, especially in PPR formats. In Jones-Drew’s last 6 games he has produced almost 600 yards of total offence with 24 receptions and 3 touchdowns. His performance of late has helped the Jaguars to go on a 3 game win streak.

Jones-Drew went from solid option to risky play for Week 15 against Buffalo depending on his MRI results. Hamstring injuries have proven to be problematic for running backs trying to make a quick return. The Jags leading back does have an extended week to rest coming off a Thursday night game.

Owners should pick up Jordan Todman as a handcuff in case Jones-Drew isn’t ready for next Sunday.

The Bills are allowing over 120 rushing yards per game on the season so whoever suits up for the Jags, will have a favorable matchup.

 

 

Week 14 Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Week 14 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. While these two teams are likely battling for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, both teams have players who will are likely on your fantasy teams.

Start:

Andre Johnson- Houston’s Andre Johnson has continued his dominance in the NFL this season, recording 82 receptions for 1,123 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him facing the Jaguars this week. The Jaguars have the league’s 10th worst pass defense. Through his last five games, Johnson has recorded 539 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Start Andre Johnson.

Ben Tate- With Arian Foster out, Ben Tate has yet again been showing that he is deserving of a starting role in the NFL. Last week against the New England Patriots, Tate rushed for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will face an almost equally struggling rush defense in the Jaguars, who rank 4th worst in the league, allowing an average of 130.4 yards per game. Start the hot Ben Tate.

Sit:

Cecil Shorts- Not much has been impressive about the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, however wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been a pleasant surprise this season. Through twelve games, he’s hauled in 64 receptions for 764 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Shorts, the Houston Texans possess the league’s second best pass defense, allowing an average of just 187.9 yards per game. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep Shorts on the fantasy bench this week.

Mercedes Lewis- Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis has struggled since returning from injury in Week 7. Through six games, Lewis has recorded 143 yards and a single touchdown. With Houston’s top notch secondary coming to town, fantasy owners should definitely sit Mercedes Lewis.

 

Week 14 Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Texans back Ben Tate should have trouble chewing up the Jaguars

Week 14 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. While these two teams are likely battling for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, both teams have players who will are likely on your fantasy teams.

Start:

Andre Johnson- Houston’s Andre Johnson has continued his dominance in the NFL this season, recording 82 receptions for 1,123 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him facing the Jaguars this week. The Jaguars have the league’s 10th worst pass defense. Through his last five games, Johnson has recorded 539 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Start Andre Johnson.

Ben Tate- With Arian Foster out, Ben Tate has yet again been showing that he is deserving of a starting role in the NFL. Last week against the New England Patriots, Tate rushed for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will face an almost equally struggling rush defense in the Jaguars, who rank 4th worst in the league, allowing an average of 130.4 yards per game. Start the hot Ben Tate.

Sit:

Cecil Shorts- Not much has been impressive about the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, however wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been a pleasant surprise this season. Through twelve games, he’s hauled in 64 receptions for 764 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Shorts, the Houston Texans possess the league’s second best pass defense, allowing an average of just 187.9 yards per game. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep Shorts on the fantasy bench this week.

Mercedes Lewis- Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis has struggled since returning from injury in Week 7. Through six games, Lewis has recorded 143 yards and a single touchdown. With Houston’s top notch secondary coming to town, fantasy owners should definitely sit Mercedes Lewis.

 

Jones-Drew, Todman Continue to Spilt Carries

So far, MJD has no problems splitting carries with Todman

So far, MJD has no problems splitting carries with Todman

There has been some more frequent sightings of another running back emerging in the Jacksonville offense. Maurice Jones-Drew has been a staple in the Jaguars offense for may years, but backup Jordan Todman has been slowly worked into the offensive attack.

Todman actually got double-digit carries in Week 12’s win over the Texans and will be getting even more action in the weeks to come. At this point in the season, the Jags have nothing to lose by letting Todman gain more experience.

Todman saw a season-high 11 carries last week against the Houston Texans. Jones-Drew saw 14 carries but was able to rush for 84 yards and a score. Mojo also had 60 receiving yards compared to the miniscule 5 receiving yards that Todman produced.

The main point to underline here is that Todman is no threat to Maurice Jones-Drew, even though Jacksonville offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says that the timeshare between Jones-Drew and Todman will continue.

MJD Trying to Extend TD Streak Against Houston

MJD hoping to light up the Texans defense with another score

MJD hoping to light up the Texans defense with another score

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is not having the year we have come to expect from him. He has yet to go over 100 yards on the ground and is averaging a career low 2.9 yards per carry.

If you drafted Jones-Drew as your second running back or even flex option you have probably attempted to hit the free agency to replace him with a more productive player.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the 5’7 210 pound back has rumbled his way into the end zone two weeks in a row and is looking to make it three in a row this week against a struggling Houston Texan defense.

After starting the season as a top run defending team, the Texans have struggled to shut down any backfield especially the past two weeks. They have allowed lackluster teams such as the Raiders and Cardinals to run for an average of 131 yards per game, and now take on a Jaguars team that is determined to get MJD and the run game going.

MJD certainly has a good opportunity to extend his scoring streak to 3 in a row as he faces the Texans during Week 12.