M.J.D. the guy to own for fantasy playoff glory

Posted Dec. 06, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Maurice Jones-Drew might have given his owners a scare early in the season, but his play of late is reminding them why they used a first-round pick on the fantasy phenom.

After going through the first six contests of 2010 with only one game of 100 rushing yards or a TD, M.J.D. had many of his owners scared that he was going to be a major letdown. But then something changed when he went to Dallas on Halloween: Jones-Drew ran for 135 yards that day and hasn't looked back since.

Following his career-best 186-yard rushing day on Sunday at Tennessee, M.J.D. has now run for 100-plus yards in each of his past five contests to give him 1,177 yards on the season, the second-most in the NFL. He's also now the league leader in carries at 261, and he's gaining a healthy 4.5 yards per attempt. The only thing missing is the abundance of TDs; he has six on the season (four rushing, two receiving).

Regardless, Jones-Drew has gotten hot at the right time, as he likely has led many of his owners into the fantasy postseason. And the fun should only continue, as the next three teams on his schedule are Oakland, Indianapolis and Washington. With a slate like that, look for him to be one of the MVPs of the fantasy playoffs.