Fancy fantasy football: Maurice Jones-Drew's make-or-break outlook

      October 16, 2012 @ 12:45:19 PDT

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When Jacksonville becomes more dedicated to the running game and linebacker Daryl Smith (groin injury) is back in the fold - perhaps this week - they should improve on D. Jones-Drew will continue to be a dump-off target and a threat in space when he catches the ball.

Week
Opponent
Allowed to RBs
YPC
PPR fan pts/G (Rk)
7
@Raiders
4.0
27.2 (27)
8
@Packers
4.0
19.3 (16)
9
Lions
3.3
15.0 (6)
10
Colts
5.2
28.6 (28)
11
@Texans
4.0
13.7 (5)
12
Titans
3.9
29.2 (29)
13
@Bills
5.1
26.2 (25)
14
Jets
4.4
23.8 (22)
15
@Dolphins
3.2
17.3 (11)
16
Patriots
3.4
17.7 (12)
17
@Titans
3.9
29.2 (29)

But what if the upgrade isn't significant? When you think Mike Mularkey, do you associate him with "committed to the run"?

From this week forward, the Jaguars have a handful of dates that should prove to be real stat-padding days for Jones-Drew. They also face several squads that are capable of shutting MJD down completely, and four of the five have the kind of offenses that could put J'ville in a crater before the first quarter ends. Two of those foes loom in the semis and finals of most fantasy playoff schedules.

The Jones-Drew experience shapes up as a more frustrating one in 2012 than it was in 2011. At a time when he's helping many of his owners fight to get into their fantasy playoffs - in Weeks 12 and 13 - it may prove to be wiser to deal him, if your league still permits trades then.

What do you do if you're worried about making your league's postseason - MJD should help you get there - but also about the slate that awaits him if you do?

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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