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Topic: Rashad Jennings: Super Fantasy Sleeper RB?
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 02/15/11 14:21
Rashad Jennings is a guy to be looking out for as a top RB super fantasy football sleeper in 2011. With Maurice Jones-Drew having had surgery done to help repair the bone on bone condition in his knee that cut short his 2010 season, Jennings is a guy to seriously watch going forward. MJD's recovery time is listed at 4 months. That would mean he's not likely to come back until training camp and even then, he is likely to be eased back slowly so as to not damage the knee while still getting back to full speed. There's even a chance MJD is never the same RB he was, in which case heading into the 2011 season Jennings could end up being much more valuable than many currently think.
 
 
Jennings has in each of his first 2 season averaged over 5 yards per carry. At 6'1", 228 lbs, he offers size and power. He also showed better than expected speed. Another surprise was his abilities catching the ball. For a guy who didn't play much, his 26 receptions for 223 yards were unexpected. There's a really good chance that even if MJD were healthy that Jennings would have an increased role in the offense for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. For two years now, the Jaguars have tried using MJD as a feature RB and while he has performed well in that capacity, it seemed that he was more effective as an NFL RB when he was being used in tandem with Fred Taylor earlier in his career. A split carry situation for 2011 was already a definite possibility between Jennings and MJD and with MJD having health concerns, it's even likelier now.
 
 
So while Jennings didn't get included in my recent article on early 2011 fantasy football sleeper RB's, he is fully capable of being one. In dynasty leagues, he should be a hot commodity as the arrow is pointing up, way up, for his future. If Jones-Drew's injury turns out to be something he is slow to recover from, or never fully regains his previous form, Jennings will be the feature RB for a team that has proven they like to run the football. And Jennings has proven he can be very effective at running it.
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Post Date: 02/15/11 19:36
Nice post Russ.......where are you seeing mock drafts occurring this earlier in the season?  I was thinking LeGarrette Blount would have made it into your top 5 sleepers since BGE was in your list but perhaps you think he is more of a known factor going into 2011 and wouldn't fall into the "sleeper" model.
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Post Date: 02/15/11 19:37
Nice to see as well that my sleeper picks in Rashad Jennings and Jordy Nelson are in line with what you are thinking as well. 
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Post Date: 02/16/11 09:47
I agree it is difficult to come up with true "sleepers" this soon after the season (SB) is over. The list provided by Russ is an excellent start.

I am followibng one 12-team mock draft and some of the players Russ mentioned were already drafted;

Rnd.Pick
3.1 - Blount
3.9 - BGE
6.2 - Benson
8.12 - Wells
9.3 - Starks
11.1 - Hardesty

As for R. Jennings, he was selected 11.11. It was intersting to see where Ryan Grant would fall after a season ending injury last year. he was selected 4.11 and somewhat strange, but not too surprise, Ryan Mathews was a 3.5 selection.
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Post Date: 02/20/11 06:41
Mathews has allot to prove and Grant's selection is not a surprise to me. Starks and Grant will split carries.
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Post Date: 02/21/11 06:45
I agree Mathews does have to prove himself after a very poor showing, partially due to injury. I am sure some will forget his week 17 performance of 26-120-3 TD and reflect on a much weaker performance through out much of the season. Hopefully the Chargers can make a few upgrades find a true #1 WR, get Ryan healthy and see what he can do in that offense. I suspect he could be a 1000 yard, 10 TD guy.

If GB is so hot on Starks and with Grant coming off injury if they would consider packaging Grant in a draft day deal. Prior to his injury he did put up 1200 yards back to back. He will be 29 this season and expected to make about $5.25 million (plus bonus).
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Post Date: 07/13/11 11:31
I read this before my dynasty league draft in May and got Jennings in round 2. With reports saying there are concerns about MJD's knee coming out since then, I feel I got a potential steal. Thanks Russ!
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