Just because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to rely on Brian Leonard doesn’t mean you should.
As NFL‘s Around the League points out, Mike James went down against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, leaving Leonard as the starting running back.
Bucs RB Mike James, a favorite of @MarcSesslerNFL, has been carted off the field with a lower left leg injury. Brian Leonard is next man up.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 12, 2013
Talk about a guy who has almost no fantasy value. Leonard has been a third-down back during the entirety of his seven-year career. In those seven years, he’s carried the ball 183 times for 679 yards and zero touchdowns.
Instead, his actual value far exceeds his fantasy value, and that’s really saying something.
There’s almost no scenario where you should consider picking up Leonard on the waiver wire. His ceiling is almost nonexistent because it’s so low.
If pass-blocking was a fantasy stat, then Leonard would be a stud. Since it isn’t you’d be counting on a running back who’s never been a consistent starter to all of a sudden be a worthwhile fantasy investment.
Don’t read too much into one performance against the much-maligned Dolphins.