Fantasy Football: Will Maurice Jones-Drew Turn It on Down the Stretch?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 1, 2013

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars carries the ball against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is on pace for 1,002 total yards (782 rushing) and four touchdowns. Can Mojo come out of his bye week and finish the season strong down the stretch?

Jones-Drew has already started to turn things around. In his past four games he's averaging 84.5 total yards (63.3 rushing). In his first four games he averaged 40.8 total yards (34.5 rushing). Mojo averaged 2.4 yards per carry in his first four games and 3.9 YPC in his past four games.

Jones-Drew dealt with an ankle injury earlier in the year, but it looks like it's improving. The bye week should ensure that he comes back fresh for the stretch run.

The frustrating part is the lack of touchdowns. Mojo had one score in his first four games and one score in the second four-game set. That's going to continue to be an issue because of Jacksonville's ineptitude on offense.

Of course, you knew that was going to be an issue going into the season. It's frustrating for a player that averaged 12 touchdowns per season for six years to be limited to four touchdowns over his past 14 games, but there isn't much you can do about it.

Mojo has completed the difficult part of his schedule. He faced the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. Even the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have been strong against the run this year. Going forward should be smoother sailing.

Jones-Drew faces the Tennessee Titans (twice), Houston Texans (twice) and the Buffalo Bills. If you play the full season, the Jags also have a favorable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts to close out the year. All of those teams rank 24th or lower against the run. He should be able to put up solid numbers against them.

The other two teams on the docket are the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. Only the Colts have the type of offense that could put up enough points to take Mojo out of the game.

I expect Jones-Drew to finish the year off strong. If you can make a play for him while his value is low, go for it. You may find yourself with a high-end RB2 down the stretch.


Also, check out Lester's Legends Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings.