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Fantasy Football Week 6: What Should We Expect from Jahvid Best?

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)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2014

With running backs going down and people scrambling to pick up the likes of Alex Green, William Powell, La’Rod Stephens-Howling and Vick Ballard, there is some steam regarding Jahvid Best.

First of all, what can we expect from Best, and perhaps more importantly, should he be on your fantasy team?

I’m not going to pretend like I have a definitive answer regarding his expectations. Honestly, just getting cleared to play will be an accomplishment. If he is able to get back on the field, he will have missed a full season of games, combining last year’s and this year’s missed games.

Getting back on the field will be a big hurdle, but carving out a role worthy of a roster spot will likely be another serious hurdle.

Mikel Leshoure has assumed the role of feature back. At 6’0″, 227 pounds he is suited to take on that role. Kevin Smith has had some moments, although already appears to be the odd man out even prior to Best’s potential return.

Joique Bell is getting the action in the passing game. He has 10 catches in the past two games for 116 yards.

Best could possibly work his way into the change-of-pace or third-down back role. I don’t see him regularly getting more than 10 touches as long as Leshoure is healthy.

You can add him and hope for a home run, but a more realistic expectation is to hope for a single. Personally, I hope he can succeed, but I wouldn’t add him to any of my fantasy rosters.


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