2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: A resurgent age-31 season gave Jones career bests with 1,402 yards and 14 scoring carries on 4.2 yards per tote. Jones has topped 1,100 rushing yards in five straight seasons and has 27 ground touchdowns since '07. He hasn't missed a game in four seasons. Jones will fill KC's goal line void. The Chiefs aren't 100 percent certain Jamaal Charles is a featured back; Jones should see ample work and probably the majority of rushing attempts. Charles reportedly tired down the stretch last year.
Cons: After Jones turns 32, he'll miss his old offensive line that aided the league's best rushing attack. The Chiefs don't instill much confidence there. Will he hold up after a career-high 331 totes? Charles is electric at times and may be tough to take off the field. How will Jones fit into Charlie Weis' system? Will the Chiefs run enough? His passing-down utility is nonexistent with Charles and rookie Dexter McCluster around.
Fantasy tip: Jones, typically an eighth-round selection, passes as a No. 3 back but could post No. 2 numbers in standard scoring via his end zone nose. TJ is optimally drafted as a No. 4, though, and shouldn't trump options with less baggage strictly because of his '09 stats, which came in a carrier's utopia. The Chiefs can't prop up an aging back, especially with another talented - and younger - back. Jones' potentially touchdown-centered value could frustrate fantasy owners, a la LaDainian Tomlinson, 2009.
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