Time-share or not, Jahvid Best has limits 

August, 9, 2011
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On Monday, fantasy owners everywhere probably changed their opinion on the draft status of enticing Detroit Lions sophomore running back Jahvid Best. Even I admit I had to reevaluate. Of course, by Tuesday it was again time to change the opinion we had changed in the first place. Let me explain.

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Leon Halip/Getty ImagesJahvid Best should get more work in 2011 after being limited in the second half of his rookie season.
When it comes to Best, I think we can all agree there's a wonderfully talented player lurking there, a lightning-quick game-breaker who can be magical in the open field. Best had his moments as a rookie, but not enough of them because turf toe and other ailments caused his performance and availability to fluctuate, seemingly from week to week. Durability was always a concern with the diminutive Best (although the 3.2 yards per rush is another matter for a later date, I suppose). Still, the guy can play.

The Lions hedged their considerable bets -- when teams do things like this, it speaks volumes to fantasy owners -- by drafting the large but still speedy and elusive Mikel Leshoure in the second round out of Illinois to share running back duties with the smaller, faster Best. Naturally, it scared those who had protected Best or were targeting him before fellow owners. It sure looked like a time-share, and that's rarely a good thing in the fantasy/statistical world.