Jahvid Best: Evaluating 2013 Fantasy Value for Detroit Lions RB

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions walks off of the field after a loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew recently announced (via the Detroit Free Press) that highly talented but injury-plagued running back Jahvid Best has not been cleared to return to the football field.

It is doubtful that the third-year pro will suit up in 2012.

It’s unfortunate, but Best has been a victim of numerous concussions and it’s likely in the interest of his long-term health to avoid football until he is absolutely, 100 percent ready for a comeback.

If ever.

For fantasy football players that took a flier on Best in their standard league, it’s now a good idea to place him on waivers. There is little chance of the former Cal star contributing many—if any—points this year.

However, owners in certain league types may want to think about keeping the 23-year-old on their roster. Those who are involved in deep keeper leagues with an IR spot, in particular.

If you are in a league that allows you to keep a handful of players, plus has a specific spot on the bench for injured players, Best could be worth keeping for 2013.

The question is, if this concussion truly has a chance to end his career, why bother?

When healthy, Best is easily the most dynamic and elusive back on the Lions roster. He’s a fantasy stud when he’s actually on the field and that will not change if he ever returns to the game.

During his 22 NFL games, he’s racked up 255 carries and turned them into 945 yards and six touchdowns. Perhaps more impressively—especially in PPR leagues—Best has hauled in 85 receptions that amount to 774 yards and three scores.

While it doesn’t seem probable that the running back will play again soon, he’s certainly worth monitoring for 2013 fantasy drafts and potentially worth a flier in keeper leagues under certain circumstances.

Don’t sleep on Best. He’s still working his hardest to make a comeback. If he’s ever cleared, expect the same sort of production he was putting up before the brain injuries, with much fresher legs.