Running Back Laboratory: MJD
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Much has been written about Maurice Jones-Drew this offseason. Is he injury prone? Maybe. Has the hate, as Nate Ravitz and Matthew Berry might say, gone too far? Maybe. Regardless of how you feel about MJD, there comes a point when he falls far enough to where you’d feel comfortable drafting him. I’m not here to convince one way or another (although I’m higher on the 28-year old than most at RotoViz), but what I am going to do is a little experiment using the Running Back Sim Score Lab. I think a major point of contention among the fantasy community surrounds the fact that MJD is coming off a serious foot injury that cost him most of 2012. That’s understandable; especially considering the lisfranc injury he suffered is one of the toughest to recover from. That being said, I do wonder if MJD’s injury and age concerns have suppressed his ADP too much. In the three years before his injury, MJD averaged 1,440 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground and 355 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Not too shabby for someone going at the end of the second round. Let’s just pretend that last season never existed. Hear me out for a second. Let’s pretend MJD was coming off the 1606-yard, 8-touchdown campaign he recorded in 2011. How would the similarity score app project Jones-Drew?