T.J. Yeldon Fantasy Football: A must start


All you T.J. Yeldon fantasy football owners should be smiling wide heading into Week 2, because you’re about to be rewarded.

One of the more valuable rookie running backs in the 2015 season, T.J. Yeldon’s debut of 51 yards on the ground with 13 yards on three receptions, put him among the rookie leaders (second in fact). He’ll build on that extensively in Week 2.

That Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a rough start behind the arm of quarterback Blake Bortles and they should turn to Yeldon to carry the offense in Week 2. He is the more reliable approach, with a significantly smaller chance of turning the ball over and still able to pick up yards at around 4.3 per attempt.

Daniel Lago believes that the Jaguars could hand the ball to T.J. Yeldon 20+ times in this second game, giving him plenty of opportunities to improve on an already impressive rookie debut.

For your fantasy football team this is great news. Yeldon was a much cheaper alternative than some of the premiere running backs during fantasy football drafts and if he can get 20+ carries in Week 2, it should be higher than just a handful of other running backs. Last week just nine running backs had 20 or more attempts.

With plenty of opportunities and consistent rushes of at least 10+ yards (there of his 12 attempts went for more than 10 in Week 1), fantasy football owners should be well rewarded as T.J. Yeldon get increased opportunities.

Just how good could this be for you?

With four passing targets in Week 1 and 12 attempts rushing the ball, Yeldon turned in a solid but not spectacular performance. If you are in a PPR league, Yeldon could prove even more valuable to you. He was reliable as a receiver and you should not simply consider his rushing attempts. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs reliable receivers and Yeldon showed he could be one of them.

While you shouldn’t expect Matt Forte-type numbers from Yeldon, expect a strong showing of 70+ yards on the ground and around another 20 in the air. The Miami Dolphins were incredibly weak against the Washington Redskins, letting them accumulate 161 yards on the ground. If the Jacksonville Jaguars can tighten up in the red zone (just 1-3 in Week 1), expect Yeldon to get plenty of looks there and maybe a score or two as well.

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