Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | RB
Height: 5-10 Weight: 195 | Born: 1/30/1989
2012 Experience: 3rd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Maybe the Lions aren’t ready to pull the cord on Javid Best but I’m bailing. Now over nine months since his latest concussion, Best has yet to find the field and even Head Coach Jim Schawartz recently admitted his progress won’t be measured in days but weeks.
We should consider his odds of playing again a big if at this point, and you should be targeting Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith as top forty options at the running back position.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
While Jahvid Best continued to struggle in-between the tackles, he was starting to come along with a huge game against the Bears but on a long run against the 49ers, Best hit the back of his head on the turf, and suffered another concussion.
As a long-time Pac-12 fan (grew up in the Bay Area) it pains me to watch a runner I was fond of suffer with concussion injuries. Unfortunately Best wound up on the shelf for the rest of the season, and should be cleared for contact this summer.
The good news for Best is the Lions failed to bring in a rookie running back from the draft, and with Mikel Leshoure likely to face suspension, Best will have an opportunity to start.
Question is, will the Lions put Best on a low pitch count, in light of his head injuries? If they are smart, then they should, and if they do, Best will only hold value in PPR leagues. It’s advisable to stay away from Best in fantasy leagues, unless you snag him at the end, and your will to wait and see how they use him early on.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
One man’s loss is another man’s gain, as Jahvid Best stands to profit off rookie Mikel Leshoure going down for the season with a torn Achilles injury. The two main problems Leshoure was going to threat Best with was goal-line touchdowns, and he was projected to be the main option when the team has leads late in the game.
Before the injury I had best as a top twenty five back in standard leagues and a top twenty in PPR leagues. Now Best makes for a top twelve option in standard league play and a top ten option in PPR scoring formats.
Before Best suffered a turf toe injury, it looked like he was ready to be one of the next elite fantasy backs. Best has the skills to be a top five fantasy back, but will likely fall pray to the occasional injury setback.
With Jerome Harrison as the teams projected No.2 back, Best should have no problems getting goal-line touches and pounding the rock more at the end of games. This should be a great season for Best, and if quarterback Matthew Stafford stays healthy, he could erupt into one of the top fantasy producers for the 2011 season. Target Best as an early No.2 back for your squad (third round should be right), and he will give you quality production.
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June 2011 – Fantasy Outlook Before Leshoure’s Injury
Jahvid Best got off to a fantasy stud like pace to begin his rookie season but turf toe injuries slowed him down to a crawl and he struggled to play at a flex play level the rest of the season. While Best has been a productive running back, and a capable goal line runner, the Lions felt the need to draft Mikel Leshoure in the early portion of the second round of the 2011 draft.
Coach Scwartz has already publicly noted that part of Leshoure’s role in the offense will be the teams goal line back, and he will get the main work, when the team is killing the clock with a lead. While Best is expected to be the main option in the Lions’ backfield, Leshoure’s presences stands as a dreadful blow to Best’s chances of ever being a top ten fantasy back in the future.
In the end, Schwartz may have done Best, the team, and fantasy owners a favor by taking Leshoure because I’m not sure Best will ever stay healthy for a full season as a feature tail back. Injuries have long been a problem for Best and that’s probably the reason running backs like C.J. Spiller and Ryan Mathews were selected over Best at the 2010 draft.
Best still stands in as a productive running back to own in fantasy football leagues and will hold his best value in PPR leagues. 58 receptions a year ago, could increase going forward, as Leshoure’s presence will allow the Lions to use Best more in the passing game. Heading into the summer, Mock Draft Central’s ADP values for Best stand in as the 29th best running back (66.59 average selection) in standard redraft leagues and 21st runner (47.76) in PPR scoring leagues.
Again, Best is clearly a more valuable running back in PPR leagues as he is going at a value of around a N0.2 runner for ten and twelve team leagues. In standard formats Best stands in as a flex play option and that should be about right when you figure in his health and diminished role in the red zone.
Javid Best got off to a huge start but suffered a turf toe injury week three against the Vikings. In only three weeks fantasy owners have seen the good and the bad that comes with Best and what he brings to your team.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
College / 2010 NFL Draft: Jahvid Best started out the 2009 college season as one of the top threats to win the Heisman trophy and ended it with scary injury. While Best possesses all the skills you could ask a running back to have he is still prone to injury and that is why he fell into the late first round at the draft.
The Lions traded up to get this stud runner as they needed someone to help take pressure off Matthew Stafford and the passing game.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Kevin Smith suffered a torn acl late in the 2009 season, and he won’t be at full strength for this up coming year. This means Best is the clear starting running back and should see over 300 touches if he plays a full season.
Outside of Best’s injury concerns, his offensive line leaves a lot to be desired as they aren’t the greatest of groups. Still, Best does have some help in the passing game and his defense is getting much better. Look for the Lions to play much closer in many of their games as we head deeper into the season.
This will benefit Best as it will keep the running game involved and give him chances for success. In the games where the Lions fall behind early, Best has good hands and will be used in the passing game. Look for Best as a top twenty fantasy back at your draft and he should help your team all year.
- Game Breaker
- Improving Team
- Touchdown Maker
- Good Hands
- Shaky Offensive Line
- Can Get Banged Up