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T.J. Yeldon, RB JAX
Robinson is not the only young Jacksonville player struggling. His teammate, RB T.J. Yeldon is also seeing his stock drop as a result of his recent play. Many were projecting a breakout season for Yeldon early last off-season, but those hopes were crushed when the Jags overpaid for free agent RB Chris Ivory, who was expected to carry the bulk of the load.
Things changed again though when Ivory couldn’t overcome a pre-season injury. Yeldon would have his shot to regain the prime role in the Jacksonville backfield. Unfortunately, he couldn’t capitalize on that chance. Even with Ivory out of action, Yeldon managed a season high of just 39 rushing yards. His fantasy production was being propped up, at least in PPR leagues, by his involvement in the Jags passing game. Through the first four games, Yeldon was averaging over four receptions per game.
Entering Week Six, coming off the team’s bye week, Jaguars OC Greg Olsen spoke highly of Yeldon, saying the former Alabama star had taken ownership of the featured back role. That statement has proven to be the kiss of death. In the two games since, Ivory has outplayed Yeldon, despite receiving fewer snaps. The dynasty community has not really trusted Yeldon since the team added Ivory. In our October dynasty ADP, he was being drafted at 72 overall, the RB16. That is sure to change drastically by next time and it would not be a surprise at all to see the Jags use a Day Two pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on the running back position, further cementing Yeldon’s dynasty stock.
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