Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 2, 2010 @ 09:00:00 PDT

 


Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | 5-foot-10, 199 pounds | Rookie

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RB Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions

Pros: Explosive, exciting and can take any play the distance, Best is the spark on offense the Lions have desperately lacked at running back since the days of Barry Sanders. With Kevin Smith (knee) still recovering from an ACL injury, Best will likely open the season as the top back in Motown. He doesn't need much of a seam to get through defenses, is an adept receiver and has that extra gear you love to see out of backs. We're not ready to say he is the next Chris Johnson, but he'll add an element to the Lions' offense that hasn't existed in the last decade.

Cons: A common theme with Detroit backs in recent years has been injury problems. It's too early to say if Best is injury prone, but he missed four games last year at the University of California after suffering back-to-back concussions. At some point, Smith will be back in action and the Lions will look to use a committee approach. Best doesn't have ideal size to be a feature back, nor the power to move piles, so his work around the goal line could be reduced. Offensively, the Lions often find themselves playing from behind, which takes the running game out of the equation ... if Best doesn't show he can pass protect well, which is a typical problem for rookies, he could give way to a veteran back.

Fantasy tip: Best is being selected around the fourth round, on average, which provides a certain level of risk. The explosive back will take his lumps, as the Lions are definitely still a work in progress. However, when he hits, he is going to score points and pile up yardage in chunks. He is a better No. 3 fantasy back in terms of roster positioning, but he should post No. 2 back numbers - they'll just be inconsistent along the way. View Best as an ideal flex option.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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