Felix Jones: Knee Injury Will Hamper Jones Against Giants

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIOctober 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:  Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After an injury to Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones became a hot add on the waiver wire last week. He proceeded to disappoint all his fantasy owners, rushing for just 44 yards on 15 carries.

Now, dealing with a bruised knee, expectations for Jones should be at an all-time low, and he should not be starting in any fantasy lineups.

Jones was definitely a hot name last week after his 92-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens. That was proven to be an aberration, though, last week against the Panthers.

Against the Ravens, Jones was the beneficiary of an awful run defense that had already been worn down by DeMarco Murray. 

Against the Panthers, Jones was intended to be the bell-cow back, but he failed miserably in that role. He simply doesn't have the ability to be a threat when defenses are prepared for him. Jones will always do his best work coming off the bench as a change-of-pace back.

This week, Jones will be going against a Giants' defense that has struggled to stop the run, giving up over five yards per carry. However, the Giants have only allowed three rushing touchdowns all season, as they excel in the red zone.

Further, the Giants have given up just 9.7 points per game on the road. For some reason, the defense has done its best work away from home, further limiting Jones' upside.

The biggest concern, though, has to be Jones' knee. Even if he does play, and he is questionable heading into Sunday, Jones will be limited in his mobility by both pain and a likely knee brace. He will likely lack the explosion and speed that make him dangerous at all.

With a healthy Phillip Tanner behind him, Jones might find his touches limited this week. Even if he does receive a healthy share, he will struggle to find the form that helped him excel against the Ravens.

Felix Jones certainly has upside this week, but he is an extremely risky play. If you have a safer option, take it.