Running back is the position that will force fantasy football owners to get acquainted with previously unknown players the most. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars' second-year back Jordan Todman from Connecticut became the newest man to monitor on your fantasy radar.
Per the Jaguars' official Twitter account, Maurice Jones-Drew suffered an ankle injury that has his return to the game against the Oakland Raiders questionable.
Maurice Jones-Drew's status has been downgraded to questionable. Should be back on sideline soon. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) September 15, 2013
MJD is traditionally a decent fantasy performer because of his shifty style and power running near the goal line—on the rare occasions when the Jags get into the red zone. In the event MJD is out for a prolonged period, Todman is likely to be the man in position to take his reps.
You know what that means, right? It's time for a quick study of Todman and his potential fantasy football impact.
Here's a table that shows some of his vitals.
|Career Rushing Attempts||9|
|Career Rushing Yards||17|
|Career Rushing Touchdowns||0|
|Career Receiving Yards||20|
|Career Receiving Touchdowns||0|
|College Rushing Totals||3,179 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons|
|College Receiving Totals||42 receptions and 283 yards in three seasons|
Info from Pro-Football Reference and CFBStats
Don't Count on Him in the Red Zone
Like all of the Jags' backup running backs, Todman is a bit smallish—vertically and horizontally. MJD stands only 5'7", but he doesn't lack power with his muscular 207-pound frame. Todman is only 198 pounds and stands 5'10". He doesn't have the size to be effective in the red zone.
Close to the end zone, you may see the Jags hand the ball off to fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.
He Could Be a Solid Receiver Out of the Backfield
Todman caught 40 passes in 25 games during his last two years with UConn. That isn't a boatload of receptions, but he does have some agility that would lead you to believe he'd be a decent run-after-the-catch performer.
In the season opener, Todman caught three passes for 20 yards, Perhaps his best role in the offense would be as a third-down back. He may not have the bulk to be a featured player out of the backfield, but he could surprise with a few long gainers on screen and swing passes.
It would be wise to avoid Todman in fantasy football. Even if MJD is out for an extended period, Todman's size doesn't allow the Jags to use him as they would their starter.
Todman is too unproven for one to think he'd hit the ground running as a starter. The team still has Justin Forsett and Denard Robinson as options out of the backfield.
Lastly, the Jaguars' offense is so bad, it would be smart to stay away from every player on their team. Touchdowns are treated like the plague in Jacksonville.
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