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2012 NFL Fantasy Football Running Backs (RB) Rankings, Projections
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Don't sleep on Jennings during your draft.

 

Don’t Sleep on Rashard Jennings

With all the talk about Maurice Jones-Drew’s possibility of a long holdout through training camp, fantasy owners would be wise to remember Rashard Jennings as an option to stash in the later rounds.

A talented runner, Jennings has proven to be effective (he averaged 5.2 and 5.5 yards per carry in 2009 and 2010, respectively) when given an opportunity in the past, and it appears he’s ready to start if called upon.

Jennings has RB2 upside if he should start at any time, and with a full offseason to recover from his torn ACL last summer, we should feel good about his odds of delivering such lofty expectations, if Jones-Drew should miss time for any reason.

Last summer I was down on MJD not because he was playing on a team with a poor passing attack, but mainly because he was coming out of microfracture knee surgery that offseason.

While Jones-Drew proved his doubters wrong as he won the rushing title, the fact still remains that he’s had knee problems in the past, and that problem can crop up again. That’s before we start to discuss the ramifications of what can happen if he should have a long holdout deep into August or early September.

 

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Let's hope Jones-Drew doesn't go the way of CJ2.

Staying Conditioned

 

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Jones-Drew cares about being dedicated to his craft more than someone like, oh, Chris Johnson, for example, and even if he has a slow start he should still rebound for a quality second half.

That’s fine, but for those of you who are considering him as your RB1 this summer, handcuffing him with Jennings is a must. The talent this young running back possesses is phenomenal, and furthermore, we shouldn’t feel good about other options Montell Owens, DuJuan Harris, Richard Murphy, Jalen Parmale or Greg Jones being serious competition to share time with Jennings.

Some hometown homers from Jacksonville may disagree with me on that, but in this age of football, any time a coach can mix in a little help in the running game to give his star a breather is welcomed, and the Jaguars didn’t seem to trust anyone but Jones-Drew as the season moved along.

Target Jennings as a late-round stash on your roster, but don’t be surprised if he’s a name we hear more about.

1

Arian Foster

2

LeSean McCoy

3

Ray Rice

4

Ryan Mathews

5

Marshawn Lynch

6

Darren McFadden

7

DeMarco Murray

8

Maurice Jones-Drew

9

Trent Richardson

10

Matt Forte

11

Jamaal Charles

12

Chris Johnson

13

Steven Jackson

14

Ahmad Bradshaw

15

Darren Sproles

16

Michael Turner

17

Shonn Greene

18

Doug Martin

19

Fred Jackson

20

Adrian Peterson

21

Frank Gore

22

Reggie Bush

23

Willis McGahee

24

Roy Helu

25

Stevan Ridley

26

Beanie Wells

27

Peyton Hillis

28

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

29

Isaac Redman

30

Donald Brown

31

Jonathan Stewart

32

DeAngelo Williams

33

C.J. Spiller

34

Mark Ingram

35

Ronnie Hillman

36

Jahvid Best

37

Toby Gerhart

38

Ben Tate

39

Jacquizz Rodgers

40

James Starks

41

Mikel Leshoure

42

Ryan Williams

43

Rashad Jennings

44

Shane Vereen

45

LeGarrette Blount

46

David Wilson

47

Kendall Hunter

48

Michael Bush

49

Alex Green

50

Kevin Smith

51

Daniel Thomas

52

Isaiah Pead

53

Tim Hightower

54

Benard Scott

55

Lamar Miller

56

Delone Carter

57

Jonathan Dwyer

58

Evan Royster

59

Pierre Thomas

60

Felix Jones

61

Mike Goodson

62

Bernard Pierce

2012 Position Rankings: Top 200 | QBWR | TE | Cheat Sheets

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