What an idiot. Leshoure has been arrested twice this offseason…and there is still some time for him to rack up a couple more arrests before the season starts. When the season does kick off Leshoure will spend the first couple weeks at home. He has been suspended for two games. Leshoure’s NFL career is off to an ominous start. He tore his achilles tendon during the preseason of his rookie NFL campaign and missed all of the 2011 season.
Razzball makes a good argument for Mikel Leshoure as a fantasy sleeper in 2012. The point out that Jahvid Best has major health concerns and Leshoure’s size and running style making him better suited for goal line carries and to be the back to emerge, if one does, as the primary ball carrier.
Leshoure comes in at #38 at the RB position on NFL.com. Among the five experts they have ranking players Adam Rank is highest on Leshoure (#29) and Matt Smith is least excited about his 2012 potential (#43).
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Mikel Leshoure has to prove he can play in the NFL, but if he does he could present great value. The fact that he will miss the first two games of the season will push him down even further in the draft and a savvy drafter can get him late, stash him away as their #4 or #5 RB and cross their fingers that he proves himself. We have no confidence in Jahvid Best’s ability to stay healthy or handle the pounding so it stands to reason that Leshoure will have ample opportunity to gain the lion’s share of the lion’s carries. With the excellent aerial attack they have a good RB won’t be facing eight men in the box as defenses will have to focus much of their resources on stopping the Matthew Stafford from picking them apart.
Leshoure is a moron, that’s a given, but if he succeeds he won’t be the first immature idiot to excel at RB (See Larry Johnson as exhibit A). He may not be the safest bet in dynasty leagues but in redraft leagues he’s worth adding with a mid-to-late round pick. Before the news of a suspension his ADP was 9.11, that will likely fall. His value and ADP may rise again with a strong preseason, but he presents value in our opinion in the 10th Rd or later.
NOTE: The caveat to all of this is the performance of Kevin Smith. Is the oft-injured RB as good as he appeared at times last year or is he the average back we have more often seen when he’s been on the field. There may be no one back that gets enough touches on the Lions to be a viable weekly fantasy football starter.