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  • Brandon 9:37 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , pet peeve, , running back   

    While Saints running back Mike Bell's 143-yard performance this weekend had no … 

    While Saints running back Mike Bell’s 143-yard performance this weekend had no impact on any of my match-ups, I felt the need to complain on behalf of all those who were negatively affected by his existence in week one. Doesn’t it just grind your gears to think that a waiver wire, injury fill-in scored more fantasy points than potential first round draft picks Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson, Brandon Jacobs and Chris Johnson? Let’s just hope that Pierre Thomas takes back over when he returns and the fantasy football world can right itself.

  • Matt 5:28 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , running back   

    This running back handcuff sheet which looks at each stud RB’s bye week and the lower-tier RBs who have good matchups that week could definitely come in handy on draft day. (Hat tip to the Hazean.)

  • Brandon 9:46 am on July 22, 2008 Permalink
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    Running Back Handcuff Index 

    After participating in a few mock drafts to date, it became apparent that certain backup running backs are held to a higher standard than others. I figured it might be helpful to provide a list of all the starting running backs in the league, along with their primary backup. Also, I wanted to include how important it is to get their backup as a handcuff in your draft, or if you need to draft them at all. Below you can find my “Running back Handcuff Index”, where I’ve grouped running backs into different levels (Very High to Very Low) of importance, in terms of making sure you draft their backup as an insurance policy. Please note that when I say “starter”, I mean the player that is getting drafted earlier and should have the most fantasy impact on the season, not the player who has earned the ceremonial title. So here you go…

    Very High

    Oakland Raiders

    Starter: Darren McFadden
    Handcuff: Justin Fargas
    Concern(s): Rookie / Committee
    Notes: While Fargas might be the starter going into the season (similar to how Chester Taylor was last year), DMC is the guy going early in the draft and should get most of the carries in Oakland before long. However, he IS a rookie and who knows if he’ll live up to his hype. If possible, this is a definite handcuff situation.

    Miami Dolphins

    Starter: Ronnie Brown
    Handcuff: Ricky Williams
    Concern(s): Injury
    Notes: Apparently Ricky Williams has looked great in practice so far and with Brown’s durability questions, this is a “must have” hand-cuff (although if Williams relapses into dope-smoking, you might need a handcuff for your handcuff).

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    • AA 9:23 am on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Superb summary, thanks Brandon. I always fill the low end of my roster with #2 backs, and it invariably pays off when one big name goes down. This is an excellent Handcuff CheatSheet.

    • Advisor 4:18 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Very informative article, watch out for that Tim Hightower (looked good in his first preseason game)

    • kj 12:16 pm on August 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Great list. I’d move SJax and Larry Johnson down, though. If either gets injured, I just don’t see their back-ups producing anything of fantasy value given how weak both those offenses are.

  • Brandon 10:24 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , running back, westbrook   

    2008 Running Back Power Rankings 

    Power rankings for other positions

    We all know the big question this season is LT or A-Pete, but while constructing this list I realized that after the top 5, the question is “Who the heck do I take?!” How can you justify taking someone like Frank Gore over Tom Brady or Randy Moss? Without falling back on the old “RB first” argument, you’re going to struggle to argue that Gore will have more of an impact on your fantasy team than either of those two. Same goes for Larry Johnson, who last preseason was a top three running back, but is now the Albert Pujols of the draft (i.e. someone you’re so scared to draft because of injury worries, but who could be a monster if he plays to his potential). While this list won’t answer all your questions, hopefully it at least gives you some direction when it comes to deciding what running back to draft!

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    • The Hazean 8:58 am on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice list, I definitely will try to keep up with your rankings.

    • Doc's Sports Power Rankings Guy 3:32 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll make this easy for everyone – whoever gets Adrian Peterson is going to get screwed. There is absolutely no doubt that he’s going to get hurt this year. In fact, I put the over/under on games he plays this year at 9.5 – and I’m taking ‘under’.

      It happened with the “no doubt” pick two years ago (Shaun Alexander) and the “no doubt” pick from last year (Larry Johnson). I am saying that without a doubt AP is going on IR! I also think that Chester Taylor becomes a fifth-round handcuff if you do get AP.

    • Matt 2:43 pm on June 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I definitely like Chester Taylor in or around the 5th round. A-Pete’s likely injury issues coupled with the stellar Vikings o-line make Taylor a major sleeper.

    • The Advisor 1:37 pm on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      With Dominic Rhodes coming back, Kenton Keith back there, and newcomer Mike Hart added to a now crowded backfield, I would slide Addai down a slot or two. Not to mention the fact the Brian Westbrook should be #2 on the rankings. AP is getting ranked too high on too many lists.

    • The Advisor 1:40 pm on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Two words: Steve Slaton. Shhhhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone.

    • Advisor 12:05 am on August 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Time for Jonathan Stewart to make a move north on this list! ^

      He’s starting to look a lot better as my RB2. Got him in round 6, might have been a steal, we’ll see.

    • SM 3:15 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      No Ray Rice? With all the other injury talk in your rankings, Willis’ back-up gets no love on the list?

    • Brandon 3:25 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @SM: Good catch…he must have been a victim of the dreaded Cut/Paste. He’s up there now!

    • DeAngelo Williams 3:34 pm on February 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You were HORRIBLE at predicting this years running backs! Disgusting.

      LT? HA

  • Brandon 12:22 pm on June 10, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , running back, , travis henry   

    Cedric Benson waived by Chicago Bears 

    After his second alcohol related incident in a month, the Chicago Bears have parted ways with their “supposed to be a superstar” running back:

    “Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate,” general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement. “As I said this past weekend, you have to protect your job. Everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions.”

    It probably didn’t help that the Bears were probably already looking for alternatives at the position as Benson has been a massive disappointment since entering the league in 2005, averaging under four yards a carry and fifty yards a game throughout his career at this point. Note to players: If you’re sucking, don’t go and start screwing up off the field, or you’re likely to be canned…

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