Jahvid Best: Complete Fantasy Profile and Draft Strategy

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 2, 2012

DETROIT - OCTOBER 16: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions watches the action from the bench during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

If it is currently your pick in a fantasy football draft and you are trying to find that golden nugget of information that will convince you to take Detroit Lions’ running back  Jahvid Best or pass on him in favor of another player, you are in the right place.

Here is everything you need know.


Average Draft Position: 170 (ESPN)

Player Rank: 105 among RBs (ESPN, standard scoring)

Suggested Round: 13

Injury Assessment: Best is still on the physically unable to perform list due to post-concussion symptoms that he suffered in October of 2011, per The Detroit Free Press. He will not play at least until Week 6, and his condition will be evaluated further at that point.

Season Projections: 139.10 points (NFL.com)

Bye Week: 5

Splits Situations: Even when Best returns from injury, expect him to receive 40-50 percent of the Lions’ carries, at best. Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith will get touches, although they too may miss time due to suspension and injury, respectively.

Running Backs to Take Before Best: Roy Helu, Jacquizz Rodgers, Shane Vereen, Ronnie Brown

Running Backs to Take After Best: Felix Jones, Kendall Hunter, Lamar Miller, Jonthan Dwyer

Best is huge risk due to his injury situation. Drafting him means he will sit on your bench for at least six weeks, and he may end up not playing at all this season.