Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford has been thrust into a pivotal role following the season-ending knee injury to four-time Pro Bowler Nick Chubb. Chubb, who has consistently delivered over 1,067 rushing yards in each of his last four seasons, leaves big cleats to fill.
While Ford turned heads with a strong Week 2 outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his recent lackluster performances have raised eyebrows. Could an underlying injury be affecting his game as he heads into Week 6?
Week 6: Ford's Status
Jerome Ford's Injury Status: The Latest Ford has been present at the Browns' Thursday and Friday practice sessions, participating in full, according to the team's official injury report.
This bodes well for his status in Week 6, as the Browns prepare to take on the undefeated San Francisco 49ers. It's worth noting that Ford also overcame a hamstring injury during training camp, as well as a shoulder issue flagged in Week 4, which did not impede his full participation in practices that week.
During the Browns' Week 4 faceoff against the Baltimore Ravens, Ford left the field limping but returned to the fray in the subsequent drive. Despite this, his output was subpar; he managed just nine carries for 26 yards, lacking his usual spark.
What to Expect Ford showed immense promise in Week 2 when he filled in for Chubb, recording 16 carries for 106 yards and three catches for 25 receiving yards, as well as a touchdown. His performance garnered him 21.1 fantasy points in standard leagues, making him a notable waiver wire consideration.
Though his Week 3 performance saw fewer yards, he still produced two touchdowns and netted 17.1 fantasy points. Fantasy owners may be cautiously optimistic going into Week 6, especially considering Ford's full participation in recent practices.
However, the 49ers’ defense, ranked second in the league against the run and first in points allowed, will prove a formidable opponent. Sportskeeda's Start/Sit Optimizer projects Ford to end Week 6 with 93 rushing yards and no touchdowns, making him a viable RB2 or flex option in your fantasy lineup.
Ford is expected to suit up for Week 6 against the 49ers, but fantasy owners should temper expectations given San Francisco's stout defensive prowess. Utilize tools like Sportskeeda's Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer and Start/Sit Optimizer to make data-informed decisions as you tweak your lineup.