Oh Etienne, what a tease. Despite an early-season stretch of quality performances from James Robinson, the sophomore RB slowly took hold of the Jags’ lead job by Week 5, exploding for 18 PPR points per game and an RB8 overall showing through that span into the team’s bye in Week 11. The Jaguars traded Robinson to the Jets, Etienne found his footing as the standalone workhorse, and everything is hunky dory, right?
Well, recent times have been unkind to the former Clemson product as evidenced by him cratering back down to earth as the RB60 overall following the bye. A foot injury sustained against the Ravens in Week 12 may be a contributing factor/possible explanation for this slump. But regardless, the likelihood dynasty managers could move Etienne for fair value, even if they wanted to, is remarkably low.
As such, there is no choice but to hold Etienne; and honestly, is that such an awful thing? After missing the entirety of the 2021 season with a Lisfranc injury, has Etienne really been all that bad? There is enough of a sample size to suggest that his role in the Jaguars' offense is safe and that he is more than capable of producing at a high level for fantasy purposes. Wave off the opportunists and the swindlers. Do not be so easily scared.