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RB Maurice Jones-Drew - Oakland Raiders

5-8, 205Born: 3-23-1985College: UCLADrafted: Round 2

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Summary

After eight years as the face of the Jaguars franchise Maurice Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders in the offseason. Jones-Drew was a perennial fantasy RB1 for the first 6 years of his career averaging more than 1500 total yards and 12 touchdowns per year. In 2012 he struggled with injuries and played only 6 games and was ineffective in 2013 in a disjointed Jaguars offensive attack. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry in 2013, the first time in his career that he's averaged less than 4.2. In his prime Jones-Drew excelled in the passing game, averaging nearly 50 catches a year from 2008-2011. At 29 years old Jones-Drew is entering the twilight of a typical running back's career but he'll have plenty of opportunities to earn touches in Oakland. His main competition for touches will be the oft-injured Darren McFadden and the unproven Latavius Murray. (August 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 34, 24, 26, 27, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31, 31, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 36, 37, 38, 41, 46, 46, 49
Overall Redraft - 81, 45
RB Redraft PPR - 34, 26, 27, 27, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 37, 37, 38, 38, 41, 42, 46, 46
Overall Redraft PPR - 83, 45
RB Dynasty - 39, 19, 36, 40, 47, 49, 56

Stats and Projections

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2011 JAX 16 343 1606 8 64 43 374 3
2012 JAX 6 86 414 1 18 14 86 1
2013 JAX 15 234 803 5 60 43 314 0 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 180 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 180 * * 35 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 200 * * 25 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 197 * * 20 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 85
RB: 33
Overall-PPR: 89
RB-PPR: 32

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Latest News

Raiders | Coach impressed with Darren McFadden (Mon Aug 18, 01:04 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has performed well during training camp and shown some explosiveness during his runs, according to head coach Dennis Allen. 'I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I've seen him run it since I've been here. I think he's probably more explosive than I've seen him since I've been here. I think part of that is that he's remained healthy throughout the offseason, throughout training camp. There haven't been any kind of nicks or nagging little deals that have slowed him down. So, hopefully that trend will continue because I've seen a lot of positives in what he's done in the running game,' Allen said.

Our View: McFadden is the ultimate tease. He's incredibly talented but rarely healthy. We'll see how he works with Maurice Jones-Drew in the team's RBBC.
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Raiders | RB battle rages on (Sat Aug 9, 12:17 AM) - Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew started the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 8, and he carried twice for 10 yards while also hauling in two passes for 14 yards. RB Darren McFadden had just one tote for 23 yards and he did not have any receptions.

Our View: It is unlikely that there will be true lead back in this backfield while both McFadden and Jones-Drew are healthy, but we all know that story with McFadden. It's not the most attractive backfield to look for possible fantasy value this year, but if Jones-Drew can get some of his quickness back or McFadden can stay healthy, it will yield some value.

2014 Schedule

1@ New York Jets
2vs Houston Texans
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs San Diego Chargers
7vs Arizona Cardinals
8@ Cleveland Browns
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10vs Denver Broncos
11@ San Diego Chargers
12vs Kansas City Chiefs
13@ St. Louis Rams
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Buffalo Bills
17@ Denver Broncos