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James Robinson Fantasy Outlook Further Improves With Devine Ozigbo on IR Ahead of Week 1

Jason Schandl
James Robinson's fantasy outlook improves even further with the Jaguars placing Devine Ozigbo on IR before Week 1's game against the Colts.
James Robinson's fantasy outlook improves even further with the Jaguars placing Devine Ozigbo on IR before Week 1's game against the Colts. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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After releasing Leonard Fournette, the Jacksonville Jaguars had an obvious hole at running back. In a surprise move, undrafted rookie James Robinson was announced as the top back on the team's depth chart.

That gave him an interesting fantasy football outlook, and his value is already on the rise with Ryquell Armstead getting a reserve/COVID designation and Devine Ozigbo placed on the injured reserve.

Robinson may not have any NFL experience under his belt, but he was an absolute workhorse at Illinois State. He ran for 1,290 yards and 12 touchdowns on 205 carries as a junior in 2018, then 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on a whopping 364 carries as a senior in 2019.

And now he's likely to handle a huge chunk of the rushing volume available in Jacksonville. His competition, Dare Ogunbowale and Chris Thompson, have a combined 261 carries in their respective NFL careers — fewer than Robinson saw in 2019 alone.

Thompson is going to dominate the receiving work in the backfield, which certainly hurts Robinson's value in an offense that is likely going to be playing from behind a lot, but Robinson should dominate the early-down and goal line work.

Go out and grab Robinson now if he's still available on your waiver wire, because not many waiver RBs are going to offer the 15-plus carry potential that Robinson does.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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