Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury, and he doesn’t look likely to play in this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans either. After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Jones-Drew was able to get back to practice today. While that bodes well for his status and would normally mean that he will play this week, it sounds like MJD is more likely to be out.
The Florida Times-Union’s Hays Carlyon believes that Jones-Drew will be out this week, as he tweeted his agreement with fantasy expert Matthew Berry’s prediction that Jordan Todman would start this week. While MJD was able to practice, he barely practiced today, which is reflected by tweets from beat writers and comments from Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. Jones-Drew wants to play this week in order to prove his health in a contract year, but he just isn’t healthy enough to play and hamstring issues are far too tricky. Although the Jaguars aren’t resting players, they don’t want to put their better players at risk and are likely more inclined to rest MJD. And more importantly, it gives the Jaguars a chance to take a closer look at Todman, who looks intriguing.
Fantasy owners of Todman’s who have a weaker situation at running back need to strongly consider starting him this week, especially those who own both Todman and Jones-Drew. MJD’s owners need to bench him for now, but it’s probably worth keeping up with all the latest updates regarding Jones-Drew’s status in case sentiments change.