Jordan Todman's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2013

Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) celebrates after catching a 21-yard touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver Ace Sanders (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

If the 2013 NFL season has proven anything, it's that any player can experience a breakout game. And with Maurice Jones-Drew out with a hamstring injury in Week 15, Jordan Todman did just that for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Todman got the start and ran for over 100 yards along with another 44 receiving yards against the Buffalo Bills. Now the question is, does this mark the passing of the Jaguars' rushing torch from MJD to Todman, or will he just be a flash in the pan?   

That question has yet to be answered, but Todman certainly proved his fantasy worth with 15 points for owners that started the surprising Week 15 star.

While Todman's numbers may look gaudy at first, another question begs to be answered: Is it Todman's skills as a running back or a product of the matchup against a porous rushing defense?

The Bills' rushing defense had allowed an average of 126.8 rushing yards per game coming into the Week 15 showdown with the Jaguars, which ranks 27th in the league. Buffalo also ranks 20th-worst in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, with an average of 16.85 allowed per game.

But Todman's numbers leading up to his breakout performance show that he could continue this pace for at least another week. The third-year running back has been receiving decent touches since Week 10 and had two games with seven points or more prior to Week 15.

For fantasy owners looking to replace Jones-Drew in the playoffs just in case he misses another game or just simply needing another possibility at running back in the playoffs, Todman might be a player to pick up heading into the final weeks of the regular season.