Thomas Jones RB KC Dec 11 '11
Thomas Jones rushed five times for 12 yards in Kansas City's Week 14 loss to the Jets.
He was held without a catch. Jones was de-emphasized in favor of Jackie Battle, who managed only 33 yards on 10 carries. With the Chiefs lacking any coherent order in their backfield for weeks now, it's a situation to avoid in all formats for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.
Thomas Jones RB KC Dec 04 '11
Thomas Jones rushed 16 times for 36 yards in Sunday's win over the Bears.
A typically wheezing effort from Jones, who is now averaging an abysmal 3.04 yards on his 107 carries this season. As has become the norm in the Chiefs backfield, Jones, Dexter McCluster and Jackie Battle were more-or-less used in a "hot hand" rotation today, with each receiving at least nine carries and never "taking over" for any prolonged stretch. Unless you're a McCluster owner in a deeper PPR format, it's a situation to avoid in fantasy leagues.
Thomas Jones RB KC Nov 28 '11
Thomas Jones "led" the Chiefs with 13 carries for 37 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
He added one catch for seven yards. For the second straight week, Kansas City's carries were divided almost evenly between Jones, Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster, who all took the rock at least nine times. There was no clear rotation, with coach Todd Haley seemingly going with whoever was the freshest. With the trio combining to average just 2.7 yards on 31 carries, it remains a situation to avoid in fantasy leagues next weekend against a Bears team that bottled up Michael Bush Sunday.
Thomas Jones RB KC Nov 22 '11
Thomas Jones rushed the ball eight times for 48 yards in the Chiefs' Week 11 loss to the Patriots.
Jones, Dexter McCluster, and Jackie Battle each rushed the ball eight times, as Jones' touches came at the expense of Battle. Jones has better vision and a bit more "burst" than Battle, but we're comparing different junker cars at this point. Outside of PPR leagues in which McCluster would have minimal value, this is a backfield to be avoided like the plague.
Thomas Jones RB KC Nov 01 '11
Thomas Jones was held to 10 yards on five carries in Monday's Week 8 win over the Chargers.
He and Jackie Battle form perhaps the slowest running back tandem in the history of the NFL, with Jones finally getting phased out of the game plan. Jones has been waiver wire fodder for some time.
Thomas Jones RB KC Oct 09 '11
Thomas Jones rushed 10 times for 55 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' Week 5 win.
Jones hit a couple of huge holes for solid gains, but was thoroughly outplayed by and received fewer touches than Jackie Battle. Jones' role figures to decrease in favor of Battle going forward. He's barely worth owning.
Thomas Jones RB KC Oct 02 '11
Thomas Jones ran for just 37 yards on 11 carries in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Vikings.
It's interesting to note that special teamer Jackie Battle (5-22) got the carries late in clock-killing mode, with Jones essentially nowhere to be found. His tank on E, Jones is on pace for just 452 total yards, has not scored on the season, and is averaging a putrid 2.82 yards per touch. He won't be anything close to a fantasy option in Week 5 at Indianapolis.
Thomas Jones RB KC Sep 25 '11
Thomas Jones rushed 14 times for just 31 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.
Jones added one catch for two yards. It was a predictably inept performance for Jones, who had averaged just 3.62 yards per carry over his previous 18 games coming into this one. And as the Chiefs fell behind, Jones lost the majority of his snaps to Dexter McCluster. The 33-year-old is nothing more than a desperation option for owners grasping at straws.
Thomas Jones RB KC Sep 24 '11
OC Bill Muir says the Chiefs plan to give Thomas Jones the ball "until his tongue is hanging out."
"We'll do whatever we've got to do to win the game," Muir said. "Wherever (Jones has) been, he's loved to carry the ball." With Dexter McCluster expected to be limited to 10-to-14 touches per game, Jones will shoulder the rest of the load. He has no upside, but is at least worth a flier in deeper leagues. Le'Ron McClain and Jackie Battle could eventually be in line for carries, but for now they're off the radar in even exceptionally deep formats.
Thomas Jones RB KC Sep 21 '11
The Chiefs' website refers to the team's backfield as a "running back by committee" situation following Jamaal Charles' torn ACL.
KCChiefs.com calls Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster, Le'Ron McClain, and Jackie Battle all candidates for carries. Jones, now 33 years old, has 14 rushing attempts for 43 yards (3.07 YPC) through two games. McCluster will probably play the most snaps because Kansas City will so often be trailing. Aside from McCluster, it's a situation to avoid in fantasy leagues.