Just a couple of days away from Saturday’s showdown with the Eagles, Cowboys RB Felix Jones was back on the field testing his balky hamstring. Since regaining his starting job from the injured DeMarco Murray, Jones has been lights-out, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games and accounting for double-digit fantasy points in each contest.
Despite being (justifiably) maligned this year, Philly’s defense has improved in the second half of the season, holding five of their past six opponents to less than 110 total rushing yards per game. In the past couple of weeks, the Eagles’ offense has had something to do with it, jumping out to big leads and forcing opponents to abandon the run game. While this could certainly happen Saturday, starting Jones is still a solid play against a defense that has allowed more than 20 points per week to fantasy running backs — as long as he’s playing, of course.
Meanwhile, veteran RB Sammy Morris is waiting in the wings if Jones can’t go. In limited action against the Buccaneers in Week 14, Morris picked up 53 yards on 12 carries. If you’re playing in a league with 12 or more teams, he’s not a bad flex option. And if, for some reason, Jones is out of action, Morris moves up to a low-end No. 2 RB.
– Marcas Grant