Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #38 119.90 OAK Active 9 years 29 5'7 210 @Jones_Drew32

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-10-2014 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.

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
3.05 - TheFFGhost - At this point RBs were coming off the board very quickly so MJD was a quick grab here. He is certainly in decline but his production should be enough to justify his selection here.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
3.05 Fantasy Sharks 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
3.09 FFMagicMan - Starting WR/TE has me chasing RB a bit now. Once Mo's legal issues disappeared, I gained enough confidence in him to feel kinda-OK with him as my RB1. Don't love it, but if he can regain even 85% of his 2011 season numbers, I should be able to survive.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
2.12 FantasySharks 
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