Denard Robinson Is Streaking Upward on Fantasy Boards

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected, former Michigan QB/RB Denard Robinson in the fifth round of the draft. He tried converting to wide receiver but had to many drops at the combine for scouts to see him transitioning well. So the Jags have drafted him to be a running back. More importantly, he will probably serve as the #2 behind fantasy stalwart Maurice Jones-Drew.

Maurice will be entering the final year of his contract coming off a terrible year which started with a holdout and ended with him having a Lisfranc injury in his foot. Yeah that injury, no one likes to talk about. Especially when it comes to skill players.

Jacksonville did sign veteran RB Justin Forsett this off-season, whom had a very nice season with the Texans last year, albeit with limited touches. But the Jaguars seem geeked about having Denard in-house. The GM David Caldwell said recently that he could see Robinson touching the ball 10-15 times a game. While that number is a bit optimistic, it does show you they are serious about getting this college playmaker the ball. He will likely see time in a number of positions including running back, receiver and kick returner.

If I could add him to my running back rankings I would, but currently Fantasy Pro’s only has him listed as a WR. I have an email in to them to see if we can’t get him moved over or at least duplicated. I would probably have him in the mid 30’s at this point. Until we see where MJD is with his injury you need to be cautious on both sides.

At the moment though, Denard may be a sneaky early pick in Dynasty leagues.

UPDATE: Apparently the source, Alex Marvez, which claimed GM David Caldwell said 10-15 touches has changed it to 10-15 snaps. That’s a big difference. While I still like the idea of Robinson as a sleeper pick if MJD has any setbacks, we should temper our expectations just a bit with this fix on the quote. 

 

Comments

  1. Ziad_fflockerroom says

    Expect MJD to have a solid year on the injury front. He’s had 7 months up to this point since first injuring the foot, with 3ish months being typical timeframe post Lisfranc. Robinson seems to be a great change of pace complement to MJD and should deter the Jags from giving MJD 300+ carries to help preserve his health. Great points Tom!

    • says

      Thanks Ziad, but can you remember any other RB’s that have dealt with Lisfranc injuries and made nice comebacks? I know Benson had one last season that ended his year and DMC had one in 2011. And seeing how McFadden performed in 2012 would worry me a bit. I absolutely love MJD and hope he can comeback strong but I think I need to drop him from a keeper league where he’s been on my team for six seasons. We’ll see though, I don’t need to make that decision for a couple of months.

Thoughts?