Felix Jones: Avoid Starting Dallas Cowboys RB vs. Redskins

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIINovember 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18:   Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Felix Jones' knee isn't his only problem anymore. The leading running back for the Dallas Cowboys apparently also injured his shoulder against the Cleveland Browns last week, just in time for the team's Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins.

Fantasy owners beware: this guy is going to kill your team if you make the mistake of starting him.

According the The Dallas Morning News, even Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is talking about the team's injured running back.

I’m concerned because he’s not healthy. We got one already that can’t play. He’s banged up. I give Felix a lot of credit. There’s other backs that would probably just say, ‘Hey, I need to get well before I get out there.’ But Felix is tough and he wants to be out there. We know he’s not 100 percent, so does he. But he wants to play.

He’s got some things going on that are real. I give Felix a lot of credit for playing. We’ve had players before in the past that wouldn’t go out like that.


The backfield situation just keeps getting worse for Dallas, as starting running back DeMarco Murray hasn't played in five and a half weeks and won't be available for some time. Now the team's backup, Jones, is going to struggle for the team if he plays at all this week.

Jones picked a bad time to injure his shoulder. He was already dealing with a knee injury, and is now regressing. The team barely beat the Browns last week, winning in overtime, and now he has a short week to get better and prepare for a divisional rivalry with the Washington Redskins.

Jones doesn't just put the 'Boys in a bad position, but he also hurts the fantasy owners who rushed to the waiver wire to add him once Murray went down.

He has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of his last three games, but he faces a difficult matchup against a 'Skins defense that ranks seventh against the run this season.

Jones was not healthy enough to practice for the team on Wednesday, which means he won't have much of a chance to prepare for a Thursday game.

Missing practice the day before a game essentially ensures that Jones won't get many touches if he is healthy enough to play at all, and of the touches he does get he is likely to be stuffed in the backfield by a stingy Washington defense.

The last time the Cowboys played against a team in the top half of the league against the run was when the team played against the New York Giants, who rank No. 15 in rushing yards allowed per game. The team ran for just 19 yards in the game.

While ESPN has him going for six fantasy points, I would be shocked if Jones reached even that measly total.

Jones has had an injury-plagued 2012-13 season, and Week 12 will continue that trend. Thanks to his physical limitations and those imposed by the Redskins, Jones is going to have the type of game that makes his fantasy owners cry themselves to sleep.

Don't ruin your Thanksgiving, just bench the guy.