Week Seventeen Analysis: While he's losing carries to something called Richard Murphy, something called Montell Owens has averaged 14 touches for an impressive 91 total yards in his last three games. His 77 receiving yards against New England last week showed an extra dimension that could come into play again this week. The Titans rank bottom-10 against opposing backs in both rushing and receiving yards, and only Buffalo has surrendered more than the 16 touchdowns they've allowed to the position. Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris just combined for 143 total yards and three scores against Tennessee, so Owens is a viable No. 2 back this week.
Week Sixteen Drop: While there's a decent shot that Owens holds on to the starting job for the final two weeks of the season, there's not much about his 11 carries and 47 yards last week against the Dolphins that inspires confidence in fantasy owners. The fact that the Jags host the Patriots this week is strike two. New England boasts one of the best run defenses in the NFL and they'll probably be up by three scores in the first quarter, leading the Jags to abandon their pathetic running game. There's no way Owens should be anywhere near your lineup this week, meaning he's droppable.
Week Fourteen Add: It's not an exciting addition to put a fullback on a fantasy squad, but as of right now Montell Owens is the only healthy running back on roster for the Jaguars. Last week in Buffalo, Owens tallied a respectable 4.1 yards per carry in relief of Rashad Jennings, who left with a concussion. Since Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't practiced in weeks and Jennings won't likely be rushed back into service, Owens appears to be the best option in Jacksonville. Next week's matchup against the less-than-stellar Jets run defense may be your only opportunity to use him, but if you need a starting running back, he is probably the only one available. Keep an eye on newly signed running back Jordan Todman as well. Because Owens has a pulse, he's worth $3 until MoJo returns.