Heading into Week 7 fantasy football, rookie running back Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets is a safe sit against the Miami Dolphins.
With the return of running back Bilal Powell to the New York Jets this week, it will undoubtedly cut into the playing time of their other running backs, Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire. For fantasy football owners hoping that McGuire will have another big game like he did back in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it, unfortunately, won’t be the case.
In the grand scheme of things, McGuire is third on the depth chart at this point in time behind Forte and Powell. He will get a few reps coming his way on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins but it’s not anywhere near worth enough to warrant starting him.
Last week against the Patriots, McGuire totaled just 22 rushing yards on 10 rushes and failed to score a single touchdown. That’s now two consecutive weeks that he has yet to find the end zone which doesn’t bode well for fantasy football owners hoping he’d be a central piece on the Jets offense.
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McGuire is an incredibly talented running back but his time will come. He’s a rookie that is still getting acclimated to life in the NFL and due to both Powell and Forte being active this week, means he’ll have to continue being patient.
Fantasy Football owners would be wise to sit him this week but keep an eye on him as the season progresses. Considering that both Powell and Forte are injury prone, means at some point during the season he’ll get an increase in reps.
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McGuire has star potential written all over him but it’s not happening this week. Bench McGuire and look for someone else as a starting running back or FLEX option if you’re in need of one.