When Leonard Fournette left town, there was lots of uncertainty regarding what the Jacksonville backfield would look like in his absence. Many initially expected Ryquell Armstead to receive the most opportunity, however two stints on the Covid-exempt list took him out of the picture. Next in line was Devine Ozigbo, with many figuring Chris Thompson would serve as the third down back. A hamstring injury removed Ozigbo from the running (quite literally) and UDFA James Robinson was thrust into a starting role. This seems to be Robinson’s backfield to lose at the moment and many have been disappointed in Thompson’s limited usage. Can you count on either of these backs in your Week 3 lineups? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Jaguars RBs James Robinson, Chris Thompson
James Robinson has been impressive to start off his rookie campaign, racking up 16 carries in each of his first two games. In Week 1 those carries yielded 62 yards, while Robinson added one catch for 28 yards to total 10.1 PPR points. In Week 2 he kicked it up a notch when his 16 carries resulted in 102 yards and one touchdown. He added three receptions for 18 yards and finished with 16.3 PPR points. Robinson is seeing significant volume and is even involved in the passing game. The Dolphins defense presents an opportunity for Robinson to build on his upward trend and he has earned a spot in most fantasy lineups.
Chris Thompson appears to have become an afterthought in the Jaguars offense. He had two receptions for six yards in Week 1, and three receptions for 20 yards and one touchdown in Week 2. He did add two carries for seven yards in that contest, though this volume is hardly capable of producing decent fantasy value. Until Thompson sees greater usage, he does not belong in fantasy lineups, no matter the match-up.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start James Robinson as an RB2
Sit Chris Thompson