ROTO VISIONARY BLOG - AUGUST 1
Not Running With MJD
While I appreciate the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew (MJD) selected himself in the first round of the SiriusXM celebrity draft the other week, there is no way I will follow suit. Signed in the offseason by the Oakland Raiders, MJD is hoping to split carries with the Raiders' current starting RB, Darren McFadden (DMC). DMC has a rich history of injuries, while MJD is on a downward spiral at 29 years old. The reports say that they might share the workload, each getting about 200 carries this season. I don’t think that will happen. In fact, the guy I am targeting in the Oakland backfield is Latavius Murray. Murray is bigger than both MJD and DMC and can run a 4.4 forty provided his foot has fully recovered from last year’s injury. Take Murray and pass on the Alpha Bits.
A Giant Mess
The New York Giants' running game took a big hit recently when third-year RB David Wilson got a stinger in practice after undergoing spinal-fusion surgery. This may be the final nail in the coffin for Wilson’s career as team doctors are recommending that he retire.
This leaves Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams as the last men standing in the backfield. There is talk that Williams, the rookie from Boston College, may be the new goal-line back for the G-Men. This is potentially good news for those of you in TD-only leagues. However, for those of you in PPR formats, Williams is a huge risk. His pass-catching skills are worse that the Giants thought (he caught zero passes last year in college) and he looks lost as blocker. Perhaps a sneaky pick here in deeper leagues is Peyton Hillis. Hillis can run, block and catch. He probably will go in the last two or three rounds of your draft too. He is a flier who might just pay off.