In the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore attempted to warn us all about the impact of climate change before it was in vogue. In this article, I too will attempt to do something that is likely to be met with groans initially. That is to convince you that two-down running backs, and more specifically Jordan Howard, still have value. It’s a tough job but someone must do it.
Jordan Howard is a polarizing player. Despite finishing as a top 12 running back in .5 PPR formats both seasons of his career, I’ve heard him called a “plodder” and a glorified “Jeremy Langford”. I’ve also heard him called the much feared “volume-dependent”. I believe the real reason people don’t like Jordan Howard is simple: he doesn’t catch passes. The pass-catching back is the hot and trendy thing in the NFL right now, and particularly in fantasy. Let me make the case for Howard being more than a “plodder”.