During weak moments, I’ve forgotten the “fantasy” part of fantasy football. Profane words have been said in a dark living room at a rather high volume, and sometimes objects were thrown. Yes, I’ve felt shame.
But from now on in these weak moments when I begin to feel deep regret, I’ll think about the time Maurice Jones-Drew’s fullback maybe/possibly considered not blocking for him to win a fantasy matchup.
Jones-Drew is quite the fantasy footballing aficionado. Every year he participates in Sirius/XM’s celebrity fantasy draft, and every year he takes himself with his first-round pick. We’d all do that too, Maurice.
But here’s the thing about being a running back: a lot of your success is in the hands (nay, bodies) of other people. We call them the blockers, or more specifically, the offensive line, the fullback, the tight end(s), and even the wide receivers if you’re lucky enough to get downfield. I realize this is all shocking news, so maybe I should slow down.
On one recent occasion, Greg Jones — the Jaguars’ former fullback, a position that’s sort of critical to the success of runs, especially down by the goal-line — may have considered not doing his job so that he could win a fantasy matchup. Related: Greg Jones is awesome.
Earlier this morning during an interview on Mad Dog radio, Jones-Drew said that often during games, players receive real-time fantasy updates. That alone is next level, but the problem in this case comes if the running back is beating the fullback in a weekly matchup.
Yeah, MJD had a little story about how that almost ended.
“Greg Jones — see he’s not on the team anymore — perfect example: I was playing against him [in fantasy]. And we have our equipment guys keep us up on [the fantasy scores] during games. You know who you have and you see when you’re not on the field obviously but … I think if I scored, I was going to [beat Jones].
“We got onto the 1-yard line, and they were like, ‘We better call this run play.’ I’m like, ‘Greg, don’t do it.’ And he looked at me and he winked. And I was like ‘Greg.’ It’s not time to play. This is bigger than [winning in fantasy]. Let’s not do this.”
This was obviously a joke, but let’s pretend Jones was serious, because that’s more fun.
Stretching this sort of thinking to its extreme, maybe Tom Brady will be in a matchup against Danny Amendola late in the season, but he also needs to leapfrog Rob Gronkowski in the standings. Suddenly, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson would then be targeted 17 times apiece.
Greg Jones has forever changed our world.