Maurice Jones Drew: Fantasy Owners Must Trade Injured Jacksonville Jaguars RB

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23:   Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball as he's tackled by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners must trade Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew from their team because he has under performed this season, and might not even be able to play over the next few weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Source: Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew has a sprained foot that will likely sideline him multiple games (via @adamschefter)

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Jones-Drew has been one of the most reliable fantasy running backs over the last six years. After he rushed for a career-high 1,606 yards last season for an awful Jaguars team, many people drafted him in the first or second round in their fantasy league's draft this year.

These people have been disappointed thus far because Jones-Drew has rushed for over 100 yards in a game just once this season and has just one rushing touchdown. He hasn't been much of a factor in the passing game either, as he's caught just 14 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown through six games.

Jones-Drew hasn't gained many yards this season, but to be fair, he's not being given a lot of carries. He's carried the ball 20 or more times in just one game this season despite having an impressive 4.8 yards per carry average.

The problem for Jones-Drew is that his Jaguars are usually behind in games no matter who they are playing. This means that the team's offense has to throw the ball often in the second half, which prevents him from getting many carries.

Fantasy owners must trade Jones-Drew before his value gets any lower. Don't rely on him to be a productive fantasy running back for the rest of the season, especially with injuries and a struggling offense holding him back.

He still has value in keeper leagues, and to owners who have little running back depth and are willing to take a chance that he will improve in the final part of the season.

If you're team is struggling right now, and a few more losses might prevent you from making your league's playoffs, trade Jones-Drew right now. Waiting for him to come back from injury would be a mistake.