Fantasy Football Profile: Thomas Jones
Thomas Jones is coming off an unbelievable year in which he ran for 1312 yards with 13 TDs, and added 36 receptions for 207 yards and 2 TDs. Though he’s in great shape, he will turn 31 this year, which has typically been the beginning of the end for RBs. He has carried a pretty heavy workload the past four seasons, which didn’t go unnoticed by the Jets as they drafted Shonn Greene from Iowa. Also in the mix will be Leon Washington, who was electric (5.9 yards per carry) when he had the football last year. Washington had 9 TDs (6 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 Kick Return). I suspect Jones will have one more year to be the lead dog, but will be pushed out next year. If the Jets struggle they could start planning for the future with more Greene for the Green & White.
The Jets have a pretty tough schedule playing in the AFC East along with tilts with Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Carolina. Their fantasy playoff schedule consists of games against Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Indianapolis, which shouldn’t prove too difficult. It’s just a matter if he’s getting the bulk of the carries still when those games roll around. My expectations have lowered of Jones, but he always seems to prove people wrong. I’ll take my chances and figure him for 900 total yards and 6 TDs.