Ranks reaction: Handling the Lions RBs
October, 19, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best can be a special football player at times, but my biggest concern with him has always been health. Best is averaging 4.6 yards per rush this season; he's a terrific receiver out of the backfield and is very exciting when he gets into the open field. However, I cringe when the guy gets tackled. We found out after the Lions' Week 6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that Best suffered a concussion -- and he has a history of them -- and his availability for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons is in question.
I ranked Best 20th among running backs for this week, but I admit we might be removing him from the rankings in Friday's update. Of course, with a vote of health confidence from someone, he might move up to 12th or so for me, as well. Best ranks 10th in standard scoring for ESPN leagues, and he's been even better for point-per-reception formats, even better than Darren Sproles, who probably deserves more carries. Regardless, if Best plays this week, he's worth starting in fantasy. Coach Jim Schwartz has had his handshake full with another controversy -- a self-made one -- this week and hasn't really discussed the matter.
AP Photo/Rick OsentoskiJahvid Best has gotten more than 20 carries just once this year, but his 27 receptions are fourth most among running backs.