Felix Jones: Examining Cowboys RB's Fantasy Value Moving Forward

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14: Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown in front of  Bernard Pollard #31 and Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I wouldn't rush to your fantasy league to add Felix Jones just yet.

DeMarco Murray suffered a foot injury against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday (h/t NFL.com's Jeff Darlington), thus opening up more opportunities for Jones in the Dallas Cowboys offense.

Cowboys' DeMarco Murray out with foot injury & Felix Jones has been sidelined by apparent cramps. Interesting 12 minutes ahead for Cowboys.

— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 14, 2012

I wouldn't worry about the cramps with which Jones was sidelined, as players often endure cramping during an NFL game.

I do, however, feel that fantasy owners should tread easy on Jones, as Dallas entered Sunday ranked No. 30 in rushing yards and No. 4 in passing yards.

What does that tell you?

The Cowboys are a pass-first offense with the likes of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, and with Murray out, I think they'll go to the pass even more.

Now don't get it twisted; Jones had a solid day filling in for Murray, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, but I still don't think he's a great fantasy option.

The fifth-year running back has never rushed for more than 800 yards or scored more than three touchdowns in a season and has had trouble staying on the field and hanging on to the football. Jones lost three fumbles last season, when he rushed for just 575 yards and one touchdown.

Dallas running backs made a convincing case against a stout Baltimore defense on Sunday, rushing for 227 yards, but I'd let your opponents take the bait and waste their time on Jones.

Jones is not a talented enough running back to promote Dallas to a top running squad or propel you to league champion.

Don't be a fool.

The bottom line is that Dallas is more of a passing offense and Jones has never been a solid fantasy option, so why waste your time now?

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