As the lead-in above alluded to, with Fred Taylor finally out of the mix, Maurice Jones-Drew finally got a chance to be the feature back in Jacksonville after three tantalizing seasons where he nearly averaged 13 touchdowns a year.
And guess what? He made the most of it, accumulating 1,391 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. MJD can do it all; he can tote the rock between the 20s, catch passes out of the backfield and most importantly, SCORE once he is in the red zone.
How many times do fantasy owners get frustrated when their guy gets all the yards and then comes out when they get inside the five? MJD owners don't have that worry. And, MJD is only going to be 25 years old this year, so you know he's got plenty left in his tank.
That Jacksonville finished with a losing record and struggled in every facet of the game last year couldn’t even slow down the MJD train from putting up respectable numbers throughout the season last year.
But scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll see that Jacksonville is excitingly young at several positions. At wideout, Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas both emerged to give the Jaguars a couple of wide receivers that can help "spread the field" for MJD.
The Jags also used their first two picks last year to draft their bookend tackles of the future, Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. With their crash course rookie season now behind them, Monroe and Britton are ready to provide MJD and the rest of the Jaguars’ skill-position players solid protection, which will keep drives alive longer than in the past.
Lastly, not that it has mattered in the past, but MJD has proven to be extremely durable. Just take a look at his games played stat since he came into the league... enough said.
Simply put, MJD is the obvious pick in this head to head.