Solving For X: What Exactly Is Jacquizz Rodgers Worth?
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Jacquizz Rodgers’ situation makes drafting him complicated. Fantasy football is a complex game. Every season there seems to be, for one reason or another, a particular situation that is very difficult to make sense of. Last year, Le’Veon Bell was suspended for the first four games of the season on July 22nd, which was later reduced to three games on August 20th. This was what we knew then:
- He was coming off a season where he tore his MCL after six games.
- Backup DeAngelo Williams was the overall RB1 from Week 7 through the end of the season.
- Bell had been the overall RB1 in 2014, then was the RB2 in PPG through those first six games of 2015.
- Bell’s job seemed secure if he could avoid additional suspension and injury.
- How much do those three games missed hurt a team that drafts Bell?
- How much value do the three starts add to Williams?
- How likely is Bell to get hurt again?
- How likely is he to miss or fail another drug test and get suspended again?
- How much do those things change the value of a “handcuff” like Williams, who was widely considered a pure, direct backup, that is either completely unused or handling one of the biggest RB workloads there is?
- The first few weeks of the season are the easiest for a fantasy team to absorb missed games.
- Heavy workload at the beginning of the year can cause injury and diminished performance.
- Bell’s incredibly valuable opportunity, and superstar-level performance, appeared highly likely to happen.