What Does Maurice Jones-Drew Injury Mean for Fantasy Owners, Jaguars?
Maurice Jones-Drew getting carted to the locker room right now.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) October 21, 2012
Jones-Drew was in on just two snaps before getting hurt in the team's opening drive, and in his absence Rashad Jennings will assume the majority of the workload.
Let's break down what the injury means for the Jaguars organization and fantasy owners moving forward.
Maurice Jones-Drew is an elite running back and an obvious RB1 on all fantasy teams, which makes this injury particularly alarming. However, Rashad Jennings is a quality backup option that can handle an increased number of touches in Jones-Drew's absence.
Jones-Drew owners should definitely invest in Jennings if you have not already, and even other fantasy owners should look to Jennings if they are in a bind for RB depth.
MJD has just one 100-yard game this season and has found the end zone only one time. Jennings, a seventh-round pick out of Liberty in the '09 draft, is a viable change-of-pace rusher that has not been given much of a chance to succeed at the NFL level.
Jones-Drew's return against the Raiders is still listed as questionable and there is no reason to rush toward trading or dropping the former UCLA star, but picking up Jennings is essential.
Jacksonville is almost completely reliant on MJD offensively, and obviously any time he spends off the field will have an effect on the flow and direction of the offense.
Jones-Drew is a downfield runner with the ability to work on the outside, while Jennings is the complete opposite. Jacksonville does not have the type of passing attack that would render a lost RB insignificant, so this will have serious consequences moving forward.
Jacksonville ranks dead last, 32nd, in the league in passing yards per game and only 22nd in rushing yards. Jones-Drew would benefit from a more balanced attack, and the same can be said for a Jennings-led backfield.
Still, the Jaguars are in a somewhat manageable position if Jones-Drew proves to be seriously injured.
Is it an ideal situation? Obviously not—MJD is one of the best running backs in all of football, but Jacksonville does have an underrated option in Jennings that will excel when given the opportunity.
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