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Taiwan Jones takes first-team reps at running back: Fantasy implications

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Taiwan Jones took first-team reps at running back for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, according to reports. We break down the fantasy implications.

Taiwan Jones took first-team reps at running back for the Oakland Raiders on Wedneday, according to CSN Bay Area. If Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson sit out Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with high ankle sprains as expected, Jones appears to be in line to start.

Jones hasn't participated much outside of special teams this season. His only two offensive touches on the season came last week. He has one carry for two yards and one reception for four yards on the season. Fullback Marcel Reece is expected to continue to handle receiving out of the backfield, and practice squad running back Jeremy Stewart may also see touches.

Fantasy Impact: Jones' top-notch speed makes him a threat to put up solid fantasy numbers this weekend. He is a big starting risk due to the fact that the Raiders' running game has been atrocious this year, however. Oakland ranks last in the NFL with 77.3 rushing yards per game.

The Raiders face a shaky Ravens defense, but that still isn't enough to recommend putting Jones in your starting lineup unless you're absolutely desperate. If you lost McFadden last week, you might be, just be wary of the gamble you're taking.

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