Felix Jones: Predicting What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Cowboys RB

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:   Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners have long had a love-hate relationship with Felix Jones. The Dallas Cowboys running back has plenty of talent, but hasn't been able to live up to the hype when given the chance to carry the load.

It's a role Jones should return to in Week 7 after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated the team's normal starter, DeMarco Murray, wouldn't be able to suit up due to a foot injury. Since then, there has been a mad rush to the waiver wire to add Jones.

Jones gained 92 yards on 18 carries while filling in for Murray last week. He also added a touchdown and one catch for 13 yards. It was the type of performance owners were once expecting on a weekly basis from him, but he never delivered.

Based on his track record, Jones can't be counted on to carry the load for an extended period of time. In a short stint, however, he does have plenty of value in fantasy leagues. So if he's still available, owners should pick him up.

He gets a favorable matchup on Sunday thanks to a Carolina Panthers defense that is allowing nearly 130 rushing yards per game and ranks 28th against opposing fantasy running backs.

Those lackluster numbers should ensure Jones gets a heavy workload, both on the ground and as a part of the passing attack. The Cowboys aren't going to alter their entire game plan just because Murray isn't available.

Coming out of the bye week, Dallas seemed more committed to finding balance on offense after watching Tony Romo throw five interceptions in Week 4. That should continue, given the increased effectiveness of the offense as a whole.

That's great news for Jones' fantasy value. Even if he gets off to a slow start, he should get even touches over the course of the game to put up solid fantasy numbers. It's why full-time backs have become so valuable in fantasy. There aren't many of them anymore.

At least for this week, Jones will be one. He'll be a productive one, at that. Owners should expect him to gain around 100 total yards with a touchdown. That's more than enough to warrant starting him, as a flex player at the very least.

His value moving forward will be directly linked to Murray's availability, but fantasy owners should play him with confidence in Week 7.

Prediction: 16 fantasy points