Brian Leonard's Instant Fantasy Value After Mike James' Injury

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2013

Oct 24, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard (30) runs past Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Just because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to rely on Brian Leonard doesn't mean you should.

As NFL's Around the League points out, Mike James went down against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, leaving Leonard as the starting running back.

Talk about a guy who has almost no fantasy value. Leonard has been a third-down back during the entirety of his seven-year career. In those seven years, he's carried the ball 183 times for 679 yards and zero touchdowns.

Instead, his actual value far exceeds his fantasy value, and that's really saying something.

There's almost no scenario where you should consider picking up Leonard on the waiver wire. His ceiling is almost nonexistent because it's so low.

If pass-blocking was a fantasy stat, then Leonard would be a stud. Since it isn't you'd be counting on a running back who's never been a consistent starter to all of a sudden be a worthwhile fantasy investment.

Don't read too much into one performance against the much-maligned Dolphins. Twenty carries for 57 yards looks good, but there's a much taller mountain of evidence that says Leonard shouldn't be considered any kind of fantasy option.