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New York Jets v New Orleans Saints

This off season I thought Thomas Jones would end up being a bust pick in fantasy football for this season. My reasoning for this is that he was coming off of a 15 touchdown season and his fantasy football ranking would be higher than ever.

Another reason why is because I believed New York would use physical rookie runner Shonn Greene for goal line work.

This preseason I was interested to see that the team was using Jones as the goal line back and not Greene. Then I found out that Greene was having problems in pass protection and just wasn’t up to the level of play the team could get out of Jones and Leon Washington.

In the past couple of week Greene has gotten a few touches here and there but with Jones playing so well at the goal line, Greene is not fantasy worthy.

Jones Needs More Touches

Last week Jones had a couple of cheep touchdown runs as he gave fantasy football owners a second consecutive scoring week.

For the season, Jones now has a total of five touchdown runs, and he is well on his way to another double digit touchdown fantasy football season.

Miami Dolphins Vs New York Jets in Miami

While the touchdown production is solid his rushing totals since week one are not. Jones has failed to produce one game in his last four with at least a four yard per carry average. Not only has he been slow in that category, but he has also failed to produce more than 54 yards rushing in that time.

Part of the reason for this lack of production is that fellow running back Leon Washington has been spiting carries with Jones. Neither running back has had more than 14 carries in a single game since week one.

Turning Things Around

This week is a great time for the Jets to get both of their running backs over 15 touches a piece as they play against the Bills poor run defense. Last week the Bills let a 70 year old man (Jamal Lewis) run for over 100 yards against them.

If Lewis and the anemic Browns’ offense can run the ball against the Bills than I would suspect the Jets can dominate.

While this week should be a good one for Jones and Washington, but I’m not sure what to expect week in and week out. If these backs continue to split carries like they have been than it will continue to dog Jones’s fantasy football value.

Fantasy Football Ranking for Jones and Washington

As the weather changes the Jets will probably lean on their running attack more often. Jones was not a top fantasy football play last season, until this point in the year. From around week six on he was a consistent fantasy producer just about every week.

Kansas City Chiefs v New York Jets

I don’t think he will produce the same numbers this season as a year ago, but he should be a good fantasy football play.

Washington, on the other hand, is a hit and miss fantasy football player. If he hits the big touchdown, then that will be a great week to have him starting.

Last year he had eight touchdown in the running game and passing total. This year he has zero touchdowns. If you need a pinch flex play for this weekend he makes for a good start, but I would bench him against hard defenses.

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Comments (2)

  • Forrest

    Leon Washington is a great player to have in PPR leagues. I think that Mark Sanchez will continue to target Leon, no matter how many carries he receives. It's always good to have an explosive player out of the backfield.

  • Sean Douglas- fantasy-info

    No doubt Washington's value is higher in PPR fantasy football leagues.

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