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Fantasy Football 2011 - Felix Jones Is This Year’s LeSean McCoy

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 9/6/2011 7:12:16 PM

Similar in age, speed, and stature, Felix Jones and LeSean McCoy have more in common than one would think. Probably the only thing that separate’s the two tailbacks thus far in their NFL lines careers has been an opportunity to be the feature back.

After being drafted in the 2nd Round by the Eagles two NFL lines seasons ago, McCoy demonstrated his explosiveness instantly. He accumulated 945 total yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns in his rookie year while splitting work with veteran running back Brian Westbrook.

In 2010, Westbrook departed Philadelphia, leaving the 23-year-old McCoy as the go-to-guy and focus of the Eagles running game.

With news of Westbrook’s departure, McCoy immediately became a fantasy football sleeper last NFL lines season, with an average draft position in the 3rd or 4th rounds.

2010 proved to be a breakout year for the tailback, as he amassed 1,672 total yards and 9 touchdowns and is now considered to be a late first round pick in 2011 fantasy drafts.

I’m predicting a similar rise in value from Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones this NFL lines season. The former first round pick is entering his 4th year as a pro and his first as a feature tailback.

Jones has seen his touches and total yards increase each of the last 3 seasons and under head coach Jason Garrett, the 24-year-old running back looks poised for a breakout year.

In the final eight games of last season (under Garrett as interim head coach), Jones reached nearly 100 yards from scrimmage every game.

Garrett has vowed to get Jones even more involved in the offense in 2011, and with a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant returning to the lineup, the Cowboys will have plenty of options to keep opposing defenses honest.

Jones is currently being drafted in the 5th round, but he should produce like a low-end RB1 this NFL lines season.

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