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It's Not Unusual To Love Thomas Jones: World Championships Round 8

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03:  Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the New York Jets runs the ball against Shaun Smith #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Giants Stadium on January 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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John GustafsonContributor IMay 19, 2010

ROUND 8

1. Bills Are Back - Kenny Britt, Ten WR

2. EarlyBird - Owen Daniels, Hou TE

3. purestrength3 - Clinton Portis, Was RB

4. Ficitional Thugs - Brandon Jacobs, NYG RB

5. JerrysJets - Santonio Holmes, NYJ WR

6. HAWKNATION - Braylon Edwards, NYJ WR

7. FantasyLion.com - Thomas Jones, KC RB

8. Fantasy Assassins MF - Devin Hester, Chi WR

9. Did this dude just did this? - Chris Cooley, Was TE

10. CSACMA - Fred Jackson, Buf RB

11. L.A. CONNECTION - Cadillac Williams, TB RB

12. No Mercy - Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG RB

POSITION BREAKDOWN: 6 WRs, 4 RBs, 1 QBs, 1 TE

My Pick: Jones is an ageless wonder. He takes great care of himself and isn’t your typical 31-year old RB. Normally 30+ year old RBs don’t have career years like Jones did in 2009. 

Everyone and their mother is on the Jamaal Charles bandwagon, and rightfully so—the dude had a great end to the 2009 season and was a fantasy beast. However, Charles isn’t built for every down/full season type of work. If the Chiefs plan to use him that way, he likely won’t hold up.

Futhermore, teams indicate their plans with the urgency of their moves in free agency. The Chiefs went out and signed Jones right away. I am fully confident that Charles will have a great season, but you don’t bring in a guy like Jones just to sit on the sidelines. Jones will spell Charles and may even take over the goalline duties.

I like Jones’ chances to outproduce what most people think he will. Every year Jones seems to get counted out. Admitedly, I wrote him off last year, but I won’t make the same mistake this year. Jones should be good for 8-12 points most games and sprinkle in some 15+ point performances.

The upside with a back like Jones in his situation is that he won’t need a lot of carries to get a fair amount of points (assuming he’s the goalline back of course). Jones won’t have the privilege of running behind the best OL in football this year, so I’m not expecting 1400 and would be content with 900 yards or so.

Jones is an overall nice option as he can be my flex player, my second RB, or a bye week fill-in. Finally, the Chiefs have one of the easiest schedules versus the run. I always like having guys with favorable schedules. I’m not counting on Charles missing any time, but if he does, Jones vs that schedule could be fantasy gold.

Current Roster:

-QB - Tom Brady

-RB1 - Joseph Addai

-RB2 - Ricky Williams

-WR1 - Andre Johnson

-WR2 - Miles Austin

-WR3 - Michael Crabtree

-TE - Jermichael Finley

-Flex - Thomas Jones

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