Brandon Jacobs Is No Longer Worth Roster Spot in Standard Fantasy Leagues

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Brandon Jacobs #34 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Brandon Jacobs made himself fantasy relevant with a strong performance in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears, but various factors have significantly lowered his value going forward.

The veteran running back was a hot commodity on the waiver wire after rushing for 106 yards with two touchdowns on Thursday Night Football. Fans saw a player who totaled 22 carries while running hard to convince people this was not a fluke.

With the talent, opportunity and a favorable upcoming schedule, picking up the New York Giants running back was a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, he missed out on that chance to shine when he missed Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a hamstring injury, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox took over the backfield role in Jacobs' place and had mild success. They combined for 59 rushing yards on 29 carries, although Hillis provided a little more with a rushing touchdown, as well as 45 receiving yards.

Peyton Hillis earned the bulk of carries for the Giants on Monday night.
Peyton Hillis earned the bulk of carries for the Giants on Monday night./Getty Images

Neither player was particularly impressive in the team's first win of the season, but they did the job they were asked to do and earned the trust of head coach Tom Coughlin.

This confuses the situation for the Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Even if Jacobs is healthy enough to play, it is likely he splits carries with Hillis and possibly Cox. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles have improved dramatically against the run and currently rank 12th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game. 

With a matchup that is not that great and uncertainty regarding roles, it is an incredibly risky move to put Jacobs in your lineup for Week 8. The problem is that if he does not play for your team this week, there might not be a better chance to use him. 

As Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports, David Wilson's neck injury is not as bad as originally believed, and he could return after the Giants' bye in Week 9.

Additionally, last year's star Andre Brown has already started practicing and is eligible to come off injured reserve in Week 10, as noted by Conor Orr of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Art Stapleton of The Record recently quoted Brown about his role:

It seems as though the Nov. 10 game against the Oakland Raiders will finally see the backfield the Giants projected to start the season. Jacobs was not in the picture back then, and he will not be in the picture this time around either.

The veteran is currently owned in 28.7 percent of leagues, according to ESPN. Unless you are in an extremely deep league with no other options, you should cut him and find someone else who can help either now or in the future.


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