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RB Elijah McGuire - New York Jets

5-10, 214Born: 6-1-1994College: UL LafayetteDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): McGuire was an equal RBBC member with Bilal Powell when Matt Forte was out for Week 10. The team could decide to take an even longer look at the rookie with an eye towards the future, even if Forte can play coming out of his bye.

Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Jets simply can't string together consecutive weeks of solid production. In fact, on the whole, this has been a relatively weak statistical unit for much of 2017. Bilai Powell and Elijah McGuire erupted back in Week 4, and Powell and Matt Forte eviscerated the Bills 2 weeks ago, but things have been quiet otherwise. As a team they've topped 100 yards just 2 other times, and not once since Week 3. They've been decently efficient, with the trio averaging 4.20 yards per attempt on the year, but game flow tends to snuff out their better days. With Forte out indefinitely, Powell and McGuire split the load fairly evenly, and both are difficult to trust in fantasy. The Panthers continue to field one of the NFL's elite run defenses. They shut down the point of attack with their stout interior line, led by All-Pro tackle Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, and they pursue as well as anyone with stud linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Through 10 games, only 1 opponent - New Orleans in a Week 3 blowout - has topped 101 yards against them, and on the whole they're allowing the league's third-fewest yards and second-fewest touchdowns per game. It's hard to project any running game to much success against them, and the Jets' muddied, limited attack doesn't inspire much fear.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs ATL 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
9 vs BUF 20 13 30 0 1 1 9 0 0 3.9
10 at TB 36 8 22 0 7 4 36 0 0 5.8
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 10 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 9 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs TB (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Matt Forte was inactive, so McGuire served as Powell's back-up. The talented rookie primarily made an impact as a receiver. Showing smooth hands and improved route running, McGuire was sent out on wheel routes and was used on designed screen passes. He had a long gain of 13 yards on a third-and-long.

2017 Week 9 vs BUF (13 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

New York held a 15+ point lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter, so McGuire was deployed to kill the clock. The big rookie had a long run of 15 yards were he bulldozed smaller defenders in the open field.

2017 Week 8 vs ATL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Powell and Forte healthy and active, McGuire was an afterthought.

2017 Week 7 vs MIA (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Powell and Forte active, McGuire was reduced to a change-of-pace role.

2017 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Elijah McGuire started, but worked in tandem with Matt Forte, who returned from a turf toe injury. McGuire did not find much room between the tackles and was stuffed on his lone goal-line carry. McGuire ceded all running back targets to Forte and Travaris Cadet, who was deployed in a limited capacity.

2017 Week 5 vs CLE (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Elijah McGuire was deployed as New York's featured runner in the second half once Bilal Powell (calf) was ruled out. McGuire, however, did not find any room to run against an inspired Cleveland front. Powell's injury did not appear to be serious, so McGuire's time as the featured runner may be short-lived.

2017 Week 4 vs JAX (10 / 93 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

The rookie running back continues to impress. Working in tandem with Bilal Powell, McGuire looked very good as a runner and as a receiver. Early in the third quarter, McGuire ripped off an impressive 69-yard touchdown run. An outside zone run was called--and McGuire was instructed to find the cutback lane and accelerate. The middle of the defense parted like the Red Sea--and McGuire found his lane and accelerated. Once he got into the second level, McGuire juked the safety and turned on a second gear to run away from the remaining defenders. As a receiver, McGuire picked up 22 yards on a designed screen pass. McGuire did a good job by setting up his blocks before exploding into the second level. This rookie played very well and is clearly a factor in New York's backfield.

2017 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie running back was once again regularly mixed in with Forte and Powell. McGuire is the biggest back on the roster--and was deployed in short-yardage situations. McGuire's physical running style was on full display in the second half as New York grinded down the clock.

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The rookie running back was regularly mixed in with Forte and Powell--and was given more touches than Powell. McGuire gained most of his yardage when the game was out of reach. In the second quarter, McGuire lined up as the running back on a key fourth down--and was stuffed. However, New York was penalized with a false start, negating the run.


Latest News

Jets | Elijah McGuire involved in run, pass game (Sun Nov 12, 04:31 PM) - New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire rushed for 22 yards on eight carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10. He also caught four passes for 36 yards during the game.

Our View: McGuire was the more active back in the receiving game and he was just as effective as Bilal Powell as a runner. He'll have bench value through his bye in typical leagues (but not short bench), but the RBBC nature of the Jets backfield without Matt Forte is capping the value of both backs.
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