Especially since his matchup Week 9 at Cincinnati is, at least on paper, a favorable one. The Bengals rank 29th against the run, allowing 140.7 yards per game, and have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. And as tough as the
Calling Robinson a must-start is taking it a bit far. Some people have enviable depth at the position. But in Week 9, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Robinson among their top 24 running backs, with Dave slotting him as high as 15th.
Robinson took a reverse for a gain of 41 yards on the third play of the game, his longest gain of the game. He took 14 handoffs for 108 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He caught one of two targets for 10 yards in a 27-13 defeat.
Robinson became the first Jacksonville back to post consecutive 100-yard games on the ground since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011. He'll look for his third straight 100-yard game Week 9 at Cincinnati.
In the midst of yet another lost season, and with top pick Blake Bortles struggling mightily, running back
Robinson rushed for 100 yards for the second straight game in Week 8 against the Dolphins, the first Jaguars running back to reach that mark in consecutive games since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011. Robinson rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries in Sunday's loss, giving him 235 yards on 40 carries over the last two weeks; all other Jaguars running backs have 220 yards in the entire season.
Robinson has taken a while to get acclimated to the NFL, but the converted quarterback looks like a diamond in the rough for the Jaguars' offense. Given his lack of a track record and the sorry state of the team around him, it is probably fair to question Robinson's viability as a consistent starting Fantasy option moving forward. Still, he is a starting running back and has shown more than enough over the last two weeks to make him at least a must-own Fantasy option.
Despite the return of
Robinson is coming off a breakout performance in Week 7, when he rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries. He should see a bit of a smaller role, but we have little reason to think he will cede a majority of the work to Gerhart, who has been largely ineffective this season.
Robinson is by no means a must-start Fantasy option even after last week's success, with the Dolphins providing a pretty tough matchup. Still, he has some appeal as a low-end starting option Sunday, even with Gerhart back.
With the news Thursday that Week 7 breakout
Working behind the same offensive line with the same supporting cast that has reduced Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson and Jordan Todman to a combined 2.7 yards per carry this season, Robinson had 127 yards on 22 carries in Week 7. Granted, that was with an especially favorable matchup against the Browns, who rank 32nd against the run, and this is with a not so favorable matchup against the Dolphins, who rank 10th. But still, a running back with a big workload is a valuable thing.
Before that news, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard barely had Denard Robinson in their top 30 running backs for Week 8, but with it, he jumps to about 20th for me, ahead of Doug Martin, Tre Mason and Chris Ivory, among others.
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