Thomas Jones | RB
2011 Fantasy Football Outlook: Many are hopeful that the soon to be 33 year old Thomas Jones will continue in his decline as a relevant professional running back but hard work and good health may stall that thinking. Jamaal Charles is on the cusp of being the possible top fantasy back overall as his skills are top notch but as long as Jones remains a factor, Charles will have suppressed numbers.
One problem Charles has right now is in touchdowns as Jones clearly makes an impact around the goal line as he’s notched 33 (six last year) in the past three seasons. Another issue is that Jones received an even time share in carries with the young running back, but I would figure that will go down this season. Charles, now in his fourth season, is starting to add on the strength that should allow him to run the football around 300 times this season.
In the end, Jones’s fantasy value will probably go down this season, but he is still a valuable hand cuff to Charles in fantasy football.
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Thomas Jones signed a two year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones will now fight for touches with young ultra talented Jamaal Charles. Look for Jones to steal touchdowns at the goal line.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Thomas Jones was one of the trendier projected bust fantasy running backs coming into the 2009 season. The main reason annalists believed he would fail is because he had never sniffed the touchdowns he had (15 total) in 2008 before in his career and the Jets had three capable runners.
As it turned out Leon Washington went down for the season in October and the Jets hardly used Shonn Greene until the playoffs. This gave Jones the main load once again, and he posted another terrific season with 14 touchdowns and over 1,400 yards rushing.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: For all the success Jones has enjoyed over the past two seasons, he couldn’t find anything better than a backup role after the Jets let him go. By the start of the season Jones will be 32 years old and NFL teams didn’t seem to want to commit to a running back of that age to start.
With the teams 2009 MVP in front of him in Jamaal Charles, fantasy owners have to believe Jones will see less work as the season goes along. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs limit Charles’s touches some for the first six weeks of the year as they can lean on Jones to help out.
The Chiefs have the easiest schedule to run the football against for 2010 and Jones should have successful numbers upon his arrival to the field. My big area of concern for Charles is that Jones has been a very good touchdown maker of the past two seasons.
Charles isn’t the biggest of running backs, and it would make sense to see Jones carve a niche on the team as the Chiefs’ runner inside the five. If Jones wins this job early in the season, Charles’s value will drop and Jones might be worth an occasional start for a bye week fill in.
At this time, Jones is a mandatory hand cuff to Charles as you will want to have this proven veteran if something to should happen to the ultra talented youngster.
- Touchdown Maker
- Easiest Schedule To Run Against
- Backup To Jamaal Charles