Player Points - Maurice Jones-Drew
By Chase Stuart
June 11th, 2010

Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the most versatile players in the NFL. He's also versatile when it comes to fantasy scoring. Jones-Drew scores a ton of touchdowns, runs for a bunch of yards, and is one of the best receiving backs in football. In fact, he's been one of the most balanced fantasy RBs in the history of the game.

I looked at all running backs and noted what percentage of their fantasy points came from rushing yards, receptions/receiving yards, and rushing/receiving touchdowns (using 0.5 PPR scoring). The table below shows the percentages for all 87 RBs to accumulate 200 points of VBD since 1970 (players who entered the league before 1970 are included, but their seasons before that year are not), along with an overall rating. That rating represents the difference between a player getting exactly one-third of his FPs in any one category and his actual number. The smaller the number, the more balanced a player's production:

Player
Years
Rsh
Rec
TD
Rating
Chuck Foreman
1973-1980
39%
32%
30%
11%
Dalton Hilliard
1986-1993
38%
31%
29%
11%
Maurice Jones-Drew
2006-2009
39%
28%
33%
12%
Marshall Faulk
1994-2005
39%
34%
26%
14%
Ron A. Johnson
1969-1975
40%
29%
30%
14%
Ted Brown
1979-1986
37%
37%
26%
15%
Dorsey Levens
1994-2004
41%
32%
27%
16%
Calvin Hill
1969-1981
41%
31%
27%
16%
Brian Westbrook
2002-2009
38%
37%
25%
17%
Neal Anderson
1986-1993
42%
29%
29%
17%
Marcus Allen
1982-1997
41%
28%
29%
17%
Herschel Walker
1986-1997
40%
36%
24%
19%
James Brooks
1981-1992
44%
30%
26%
21%
Priest Holmes
1997-2007
44%
25%
31%
22%
LaDainian Tomlinson
2001-2009
44%
23%
32%
22%
Larry Brown
1969-1976
44%
28%
27%
22%
Terry Metcalf
1973-1981
38%
40%
21%
23%
Earnest Byner
1984-1997
42%
36%
21%
23%
Roger Craig
1983-1993
40%
38%
22%
24%
Greg Pruitt
1973-1984
42%
35%
20%
24%
Chuck Muncie
1976-1984
45%
24%
30%
24%
Domanick Williams
2003-2005
46%
30%
24%
26%
Lorenzo White
1988-1995
47%
30%
24%
27%
Billy Sims
1980-1984
47%
27%
26%
27%
Ricky Watters
1992-2001
47%
29%
24%
27%
Edgar Bennett
1992-1999
42%
38%
19%
27%
James Wilder
1981-1990
41%
39%
19%
27%
Greg Bell
1984-1990
47%
20%
33%
28%
Lydell Mitchell
1972-1980
45%
35%
20%
28%
Charlie Garner
1994-2004
44%
36%
19%
28%
Floyd Little
1967-1975
47%
28%
24%
28%
Joe Cribbs
1980-1988
48%
30%
22%
29%
William Andrews
1979-1986
48%
32%
20%
29%
Wilbert Montgomery
1977-1985
48%
27%
24%
30%
Wendell Tyler
1977-1986
48%
21%
30%
30%
Tiki Barber
1997-2006
46%
36%
18%
31%
Pete Johnson
1977-1984
44%
17%
39%
32%
Duce Staley
1997-2006
49%
34%
17%
32%
Deuce McAllister
2001-2008
50%
24%
26%
33%
Thurman Thomas
1988-2000
50%
28%
22%
33%
Ahman Green
1998-2009
50%
26%
24%
33%
Ottis Anderson
1979-1992
50%
24%
25%
34%
Warrick Dunn
1997-2008
51%
32%
18%
34%
Steven Jackson
2004-2009
50%
28%
22%
35%
Frank Gore
2005-2009
51%
27%
22%
36%
John L. Williams
1986-1995
34%
51%
15%
36%
Larry Johnson
2003-2009
51%
18%
30%
37%
Freeman McNeil
1981-1992
52%
29%
19%
37%
Jamal Anderson
1994-2001
52%
24%
24%
38%
Ricky Williams
1999-2009
52%
23%
24%
38%
Curt Warner
1983-1990
52%
19%
29%
38%
John Riggins
1971-1985
52%
15%
32%
38%
Edgerrin James
1999-2009
53%
24%
23%
39%
Shaun Alexander
2000-2008
50%
14%
36%
39%
Mike Pruitt
1976-1986
53%
23%
24%
39%
Emmitt Smith
1990-2004
53%
17%
30%
39%
Chris Warren
1990-2000
53%
23%
24%
40%
Otis Armstrong
1973-1980
53%
23%
23%
40%
Walter Payton
1975-1987
53%
22%
24%
40%
Chris Johnson
2008-2009
54%
20%
26%
41%
Tony Dorsett
1977-1988
54%
23%
23%
41%
Terry Allen
1991-2001
54%
16%
30%
41%
Curtis Martin
1995-2005
54%
22%
23%
42%
Joe Morris
1982-1991
55%
15%
31%
43%
Adrian Peterson
2007-2009
55%
15%
30%
43%
Gerald Riggs
1982-1991
55%
17%
28%
44%
Clinton Portis
2002-2009
55%
18%
26%
44%
Stephen Davis
1996-2006
55%
16%
28%
44%
Franco Harris
1972-1984
55%
17%
27%
44%
Terrell Davis
1995-2001
56%
16%
29%
45%
Eddie George
1996-2004
56%
19%
25%
45%
Thomas Jones
2000-2009
56%
20%
24%
46%
Lawrence McCutcheon
1972-1981
56%
24%
20%
46%
Rodney Hampton
1990-1997
57%
18%
25%
47%
Corey Dillon
1997-2006
57%
16%
27%
47%
Barry Sanders
1989-1998
58%
18%
25%
49%
Rudi Johnson
2001-2008
58%
12%
30%
50%
Fred Taylor
1998-2009
58%
19%
22%
50%
Eric Dickerson
1983-1993
59%
16%
25%
51%
Garrison Hearst
1993-2004
59%
24%
17%
51%
Eric Metcalf
1989-2002
23%
59%
17%
52%
Robert Smith
1993-2000
60%
19%
20%
54%
O.J. Simpson
1969-1979
60%
15%
24%
54%
Jamal Lewis
2000-2009
61%
17%
21%
56%
Earl Campbell
1978-1985
61%
9%
29%
57%
Jerome Bettis
1993-2005
62%
11%
26%
59%

Jones-Drew's ability to find the end zone, run for a ton of yards, and still be a huge threat in the receiving game make him one of the game's most well-rounded players. In every game last season, Jones-Drew scored a touchdown, had five receptions, or rushed for at least 60 yards. It's reasons like this which make MJD a top-three pick in every fantasy league this year.

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to stuart@footballguys.com.