Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
|RB - #38||102.96||OAK||Active||9 years||29||5'7||210||@Jones_Drew32|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-26-2014 by Larry Goldstein
Maurice Jones-Drew is just one of the many new faces joining the Oakland Raiders in an attempt to ignite an offense short on reliability in recent years. A change of scenery seemed to be a long time coming for MJD, whose last couple years have been headlined by a holdout, rumors of being traded and various injuries. Coming off foot surgery that sidelined him for more than half of the 2012 season, the former Jaguar posted a career-low 3.4 yards per carry on 234 rushes in 2013. Although he was still a pass-catching threat out of the backfield with 43 receptions, Jones-Drew struggled to find the stride that made him one of the more consistent, durable threats since he burst onto the NFL scene in 2006. Many point to the heavy mileage (267 touches per year spanning eight years) as an obvious reason for his steep decline, but the Raiders are counting on MJD to join Darren McFadden and make running back a position of strength. While it's uncertain exactly how the Raiders plan to mix and match their veteran backs, it's expected to be a healthy competition which can only help the Raiders. MJD is currently falling to the 10th round (114.09 ADP) in drafts. You are not drafting the Jones-Drew of old, but given his skill-set and the likelihood of an annual McFadden injury or two, it is fine to roll the dice and draft the former UCLA back as a RB3/flex with PPR upside.
Editor's note: McFadden apparently looked great at OTAs and was praised by the media for being as healthy as ever. It is possible MJD plays second-fiddle to McFadden. This situation will be made clearer as the offseason progresses into the regular season.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says that Jones-Drew and McFadden are both "going to get an opportunity to play," according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Both of them want to be the starter," Allen said. "They wouldn't be good football players if they didn't want that."Fantasy Analysis:
As expected, Oakland's backfield is shaping up as a committee between Jones-Drew and McFadden. Ultimately, the title of starter will matter less than the type and amount of work each back receives. Jones-Drew is more suited to power running between the tackles and will probably handle goal line carries, while in the past McFadden has shown his best stuff on the wings, and is the better bet to break a big play. Neither back looks particularly desirable from a fantasy perspective, as both are coming off very sub-par 2013 seasons. If one misses time with an injury, as McFadden often has, then the other's value would notch up accordingly. Right now both players should be drafted as RB3s or RB4s.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/1 - Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew and RB Darren McFadden to share touches
7/30 - Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'
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|10.04||#5 World Ranked - I think MJD takes the full time roll and puts up solid numbers this year. He's a very good value in round 10 as a RB3/flex player.|
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