Maurice Jones-Drew has been one of the best and most consistent running backs all season for fantasy owners. And now, with your fantasy football league Championship on the line, all signs are pointing to him being unavailable on Sunday. Time to start looking for backups.
Reports from Jay Glazer earlier this week have indicated that Jones-Drew will not be suited up for the Jaguars on Sunday, and he is listed as doubtful on the official team injury report. Furthermore, Jones-Drew did not practice on Friday, and, according to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, no Jaguars player who missed a Friday practice has played on Sunday all season.
There's still a chance that the star running back will play, but its best to avoid the risk. The Jaguars will turn to Rashad Jennings, and you might want to consider doing the same for your fantasy team.
Jennings has been very quietly productive, scoring 74.90 fantasy points over the course of the season, and has scored over 11 points three of the past four weeks. The second-year player will be making the first start of his NFL career and will get plenty of looks against the weak Redskins rushing defense that has been giving up touchdowns on the ground every week, and will be missing several key players.
Jennings might not put up Jones-Drew numbers. But he's worth a start in a pinch.