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  • Brandon 3:00 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink
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    2009 Running Back Handcuff Index 

    As everyone knows, football is a brutal game and injuries are very common. You may draft an awesome duo of running backs for your fantasy football team, only to have one of them knocked out for the season in week two and if you didn’t have their backup (or were slow on the waiver wire,) you’re screwed. As I did last year, I’ve written up the Running Back Handcuff Index, listing all the starting running backs in the league, along with their primary backup(s). Also, I’ve included how important it is to draft their backup as a handcuff (if you need to draft them at all.) I’ve listed them in groups ranging in level of importance (Very High to Very Low), so you know how important it is to draft them as an insurance policy, so here you go…

    Very High

    Philadelphia Eagles

    Starter: Brian Westbrook
    Handcuff: LeSean McCoy
    Concern(s): Injury / Committee
    Notes: Westbrook has never been Mr. Durable to begin with, but he’s getting up there in age and has a very talented rookie in McCoy waiting for his shot. I’d say this is a mandatory hand-cuff, but you might not be able to get McCoy without giving up one of your early picks as someone else will surely draft him with the hopes of trading him to you or of Westbrook going down.

    Buffalo Bills

    Starter: Marshawn Lynch
    Handcuff: Fred Jackson
    Concern(s): Suspension / Ineffectiveness
    Notes: Lynch is suspended for the first three games of the season, so naturally you would like his hand-cuff on your team so it’s easy to fill the void. However, Jackson looked good in limited playing time last season and could be picked up by another team if you’re not careful in your draft.

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  • Brandon 11:12 pm on July 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Running back rankings for 2009 

    Following my wide receiver rankings, here is the list for running backs. Keep in mind that this is primarily for non-PPR leagues, but I’ve mentioned in my comments the tailbacks that will be valued higher in leagues that award points for receptions.

    You can check out the rest of our positional cheat sheets here.

    1. Adrian Peterson, MIN – Unless you’re in a PPR league, A-Pete is top dog and Favre should distract defenses a bit and open more holes.
    2. Michael Turner, ATL – As with Peterson, he is spectacular as long as you’re not in a PPR league, and he’s only slightly less than spectacular then.
    3. DeAngelo Williams, CAR – Jonathan Stewart continues to show durability issues, meaning plenty of carries again this year for D-Williams!
    4. Matt Forte, CHI – I’m digging Forte this season with Cutler in town.
    5. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX – Finally mini-me becomes the feature back…I expect it to pay some dividends
    6. Steven Jackson, STL – UPGRADE! The Rams offense scares me…and S-Jax has trouble staying healthy. He is a beast though.
    7. LaDainian Tomlinson, SD – He didn’t go from the best in the league to Average Joe over night. Expect LT to surprise the quick-to-be-haters this year.
    8. Frank Gore, SF – Taking a leadership role on the team, hopefully it equates to some leader-like stats.
    9. Brian Westbrook, PHI – He’s never played a full 16 game season and there are already injury worries. He’s a monster when he plays (especially in PPR leagues), but he’ll be 30 in a few weeks and this could be the year he starts slowing down, LT-style.
    10. Ryan Grant, GB – UPGRADE! As long as he stays healthy, Grant should put up decent numbers.
    11. Brandon Jacobs, NYG – He’s a beast when not injured, just hope he can stay on his two feet the whole season.
    12. Chris Johnson, TEN – He hasn’t been impressing this preseason, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at this point.
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    • Matt 8:31 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you at least 90% on this list, nice work. My only significant point of contention is MJD at #4. I think Peterson, MJD and Turner are pretty much interchangeable in the top tier.

    • Sean 12:16 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think when you do RB rankings, you need to not only note leagues that award points for receptions, but also leagues that award points for kick return yardage and touchdowns. If you did that, players like Sproles, Leon Washington, and Norwood would have to be top 10 considerations.

      And how does Portis not crack your top ten? Zorn’s 2nd year with the offense and nobody to steal goal line carries (Betts having ONE TD last year)?

      • Sean 12:20 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Forgot to include their catching out of the backfield qualities.

      • Brandon 12:22 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        My rankings are based on standard league formats, with a special mention for those that reward for PPR. If your league awards points for return yards as well, then by all means, rank the players you mention higher. Maybe with my next round of updates I’ll make a note on those guys…thanks for the suggestion!

      • rick 3:12 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What about jacobs? if he can stay healthy i think he cracks the top then

        • Brandon 9:59 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I like Jacobs a lot this year and there is a great chance that he’ll be in the top 10 by the year’s end. I’d have no problems with him being my RB1, I just like the other guys ahead him a little bit better right now.

        • Trevor 12:59 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree with Jacobs. How come no mention of Gore… is it possibly due to his age/being prone to injury? I’m in a tough spot with my fantasy draft this year having to keep 2 players. I’ve got Brees, Gore and Steve Smith in my debate. This is a ppr league…

        • Brandon 1:34 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In all honesty, I was just too lazy to comment on every player on the cheat sheets, so I left out some of the guys I feel were slightly boring in terms of current news, etc. It looks like he should be ready to go though when the season begins, so don’t hesitate to make him one of your keepers. He catches the ball a fair amount out of the backfield, so that should help in your league.

    • iamjack 4:27 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Why Lynch at 24? You have him behind several guys who are splitting time.

      • Brandon 10:02 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re probably right about Lynch and when I do my next update of the list you could see him a bit higher. I’m a little worried that the team will go to Fred Jackson a lot to spell Lynch, since Jackson played very well when given the chance last year.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Scratch that whole thought about moving him up the rankings with his three game suspension…that’s 20% of the fantasy season or so.

    • Jeff 11:16 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even with so many teams having RB’s by committee, I’m not so sure about MJD, he wasn’t a great producer last year. He might have a few great games, but J-ville has no passing game.

      • Brandon 1:28 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Last year the Jacksonville offensive line was in shambles due to injuries (same reason David Garrard struggled), plus Fred Taylor was splitting time with MJD. I expect the O-line to be improved and with no Taylor in the mix, Jones-Drew should be a bigger part of an improved offense. The addition of Torry Holt should boost the reliability of the receiving corps as well.

      • Matt 5:39 pm on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        MJD’s a beast of a RB, he’s featured now, and he’s got a coach who loves running the ball. He’s a good receiver and he’s a goal line monster. I think there’s a case to be made for taking him #1 overall. He’s at least in the discussion.

      • Brandon 11:46 am on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Yahoo’s Andy Behrens is on the MJD bandwagon, picking him as the #1 overall selection over A-Pete.

    • W Leung 9:33 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Pierre Thomas is going to have a great year. Bush’s knee is already acting up. I think PT has to be a little higher than 17.

      • Brandon 10:06 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah I’m starting to get worried as well about Bush’s knee issue, even if they’re claiming that it’s nothing to worry about at this point. Even with a healthy Bush, the PT Cruiser will get the bulk of the carries anyways, so he should put up some good numbers. I’ll consider moving him up next time I update the list. Thanks for the input!

    • MJ 1:49 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great site. Great blog. I have Ryan Grant, Forte & Lynch as possible keepers. Plan to free Lynch because of suspension & Fred factor. Kudos on your analysis.

  • Brandon 5:25 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 15: Time for an encore 

    In most of my leagues, week 15 means we’re two games away from a 2008 fantasy football championship, so the hits and misses this week are magnified dramatically. In some twist of fate, neither of my best fantasy teams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this year, meaning I’m right there with you in using my own advice to get to the next round.

    In terms of the action this weekend, it’s not usually my style to piggy back on a player (or players) who had a great game last week, but this weekend when Carolina hosts the Broncos, it’s too good to pass up. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart had a game for the ages in week 14 and while I don’t expect an exact repeat performance, something close would be nice! Anyways, let’s jump into the hits and misses for the week, starting with the Panthers two-headed monster…


    • DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers (vs DEN): The new heirs to the Smash & Dash nickname played out of this world last week, with both Williams and Stewart breaking the century mark and scoring two touchdowns each against a Tampa Bay defense that had only allowed one rushing touchdown all season! While I don’t expect a repeat of those touchdown numbers this weekend, even against a worse defense, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see them run for 100 yards and a score each against a Broncos team that is giving up nearly five yards per carry and almost 140 rushing yards per game (and that includes some teams that are MUCH worse at running the ball than the Panthers.) I also need to mention that I recommended to a couple people that they start Jonathan Stewart over Pierre Thomas this week…so let’s hope steps it up and makes me look smart! (More …)
    • emmdawg52 10:26 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Some player to watch for this week are Tyler Thigpen QB, KC – Devone Bess WR MIA, Reggie Williams WR JAC, Seneca Wallace QB, SEA, LeRon McClain RB BAL, and the KC DST. There are some Fantacy Pints Made To Be Here. Trust Me.

    • emmdawg52 10:29 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Marion Barber isn’t worth the effert this week. He may get a couple of Fantacy Points before he gets hurt again

    • Brandon 11:32 am on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @emmdawg52: Glad you agree with many of my picks for the week!

    • e-roc 9:55 am on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Already looking forward to your Week 16 posts… My match-ups in the Championship game are horrendous atrocious….

    • Brandon 10:03 am on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad to hear you made the championship! I made it to the final game in two out of the three leagues that I was in the playoffs for, so I can’t complain too much.

    • Matt 12:51 pm on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, and in so doing you knocked out my keeper team… bastard.

  • Brandon 10:47 pm on December 8, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 14 Wrap-Up: Reggie Bush is back 

    With the playoffs in action in many of the fantasy leagues out there, let’s just jump into the action that took place this weekend, starting with the Saints and their resurgent ground game…

    • New Orleans 29, Atlanta 25: This is supposed to be the year that the Falcons win the division (after ending up in last place last season), but with a loss to the Saints, they now find themselves in third place and will be two games behind whoever wins tonight’s game between the Panthers and Buccaneers. For Atlanta, Roddy White put up another big effort with 10 receptions for 164 yards, but it wasn’t enough to counter the Saints dominant passing rushing game (?) Pierre Thomas broke the century mark and scored two touchdowns, while Reggie Bush (106 combined yards, TD) seems to be back in action, which can only mean good things for the Saints. (More …)
  • Brandon 11:39 am on December 1, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 13 Wrap-up: Do we have to watch the Lions? 

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! If you were wishing that the football games would give you reason to ignore your family members and sit on the couch all afternoon, you were probably a bit disappointed with what transpired this past Thursday. In my opinion, this had to be one of the worst weekends of football in a long time, as eight of the fifteen games were near-blowouts, seven were missing a 30 point effort from either of the contestants, and three games featured teams whose leading rusher was either their quarterback or Jacob Hester (who needed one attempt to best LT!) Anyways, it was one of the most important weeks of football from a fantasy perspective, so let’s hope that the right guys had big days for your team, starting with the action from Turkey Day…

    • Tennessee 47, Detroit 10 (Thursday): Is it time to remove Detroit from the Thanksgiving Day football schedule? After another pathetic performance from a team trying its hardest to go 0-16, do they really deserve a national audience every Turkey Day? Either way, the Titans got back to what got them to 10-0 a few weeks ago…the running game, as both Chris Johnson (125 yards, 2 TD) and LenDale White (106 yards, 2 TD) had a field day against the Lions. (More …)
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