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Posted: 8/9/2011 1:33:45 AM
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Chargers:
Matthews showed up to camp out of shape and has now lost his passing down work as well as his GL carries. I have dropped him to my low 20s at RB and there's a good chance he could fall even more. But of course Matthews' loss is Tolbert's gain. And Tolbert can be had at a steal in the mid to late 30s at RB.

 

Norv Turner has announced the Chargers will basically use a 50/50 split at RB.
At this point I very well might take Tolbert ahead of Matthews in fantasy drafts.

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Posted: 8/10/2011 5:12:55 PM
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2. marion barber isnt finished..he will take all goaline carries in chicago and i have no idea why dallas let him go besides to stay under the cap.

Barber's listed as 3rd on the Bears first 2011 depth chart behind Chester Taylor. Even I'm surprised by that and I think the guys washed up.

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Posted: 8/18/2011 12:30:22 AM
?Raiders:
Run Dmc arrived last year and was a top 10 back despite missing a couple games. He is an injury risk but I'd expect another top 10 season. Bush will spell McFadden and doesn't have much value unless he gets hurt. He's going in the early 40s at RB which is probably about right."

DMC is going in the 4th rd in drafts?   Did I misunderstand what you said?
McFadden isn't making it past early Rd. 2.....
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Posted: 8/18/2011 3:17:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Knuckles:

?Raiders:
Run Dmc arrived last year and was a top 10 back despite missing a couple games. He is an injury risk but I'd expect another top 10 season. Bush will spell McFadden and doesn't have much value unless he gets hurt. He's going in the early 40s at RB which is probably about right."

DMC is going in the 4th rd in drafts?   Did I misunderstand what you said?
McFadden isn't making it past early Rd. 2.....

Yeah, you misunderstood dude.
I say McFadden is a top 10 pick and then start talking about Michael Bush. I say he'll spell McFadden, his value is limited, and he's going in the early 40s at RB.

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Posted: 8/21/2011 11:01:56 PM

Through 2 preseason games, here’s an updated RB situation for all 32 teams.

 

Patriots:

It’s looking more and more like Benjarvus Green Ellis and Danny Woodhead will shoulder the load in NE. Both have looked solid in the preseason and moved up a couple spots up my rankings.  Green Ellis now appears a very a solid RB3 with RB2 upside. Woodhead’s also draftable in all formats and will likely be an every week flex option in PPRs. Riddley’s been great in the first 2 preseason games with over 250 total yards. But unless Green Ellis & Woodhead struggle or get injured, it may be tough for him to get carries.

 

Jets:

Not much has changed here. Shonn Greene still projects as the bell cow back and should be taken as a strong RB2 option. He currently checks in at 17 on my RB list. Forget Ladainian Tomlinson unless you’re in a PPR.

 

Dolphins:

I’ve been as hard as anyone on Reggie Bush so far during his career, but during the preseason he’s looked like USC Reggie Bush out there. I have no idea where this came from. He’s shot up my rankings and now finds himself in my upper 20s at RB as a high end RB3 with a legit shot at RB2 production. Of course he has to remain healthy to accomplish this and that remains to be seen. Daniel Thomas has looked pretty ordinary at best. He’s fallen farther than anyone on my RB list and now finds himself in the mid 30s at RB. Unfortunately, now he looks like a low end RB3.

 

Bills:

The Bills suffer from a terrible case of stupidity and seem to think CJ Spiller is going to be their starter. Spiller has responded about as I would’ve predicted with 8 carries for 13 yards this preseason. Included in there is 1 carry for 14 yards. Yikes. At least he’s managed a few receptions, giving him a glimmer of hope in PPRs.

Fred Jackson has 52 yards on his 7 preseason carries and has made some great blitz pickups, an area where Spiller has struggled so far in his career. And as terrible as the Bills offensive line is, there should be lots of blitzers coming from free.

Even if the team does want to name Spiller the de facto starter so they don’t feel like their 2010 first round pick is a bust, Jackson will be inserted in games quickly. I still value him as a low end RB2. Someone else can have Spiller in my draft.

 

Steelers:

Nothing’s changed here. Lots of Mendenhall is still expected.

 

Ravens:

Nothing’s changed here either. Cam Cameron says Ray Rice should get the GL work making him a shoe in top 5 overall pick. Consider him #1 overall in PPR leagues.

 

 

Bengals:

The nothing’s changed here trifecta. Benson is always a risk to get hurt, arrested/suspended, or just be a lazy bum. He’s still an average RB 3 at best.

 

Browns:

The Browns offense has looked great this preseason. Well, actually, Colt McCoy has looked great. If he can keep defenses honest then we might see even more running room for Peyton Hillis. I’ve moved him up a couple spots to 15 on my RB list. I still have my concerns though and would like to see Hardesty get healthy to give Hillis some breathers.

 

Texans:

I’m thinking maybe a lot of the concern over Arian Foster was put to rest against the Saints. He looked quick on his feet and showed great vision, scoring twice and racking up 47 yards on his 5 carries. One of the scores was an 18 yard scamper which included a really nice cut in the open field. Feel comfortable taking him in the top 3 overall.

 

Titans:
Chris Johnson still hasn’t reported to camp and supposedly he and the Titans are still a long ways apart on a new deal. I’m keeping him in my top 3 for now but in a week I start to seriously worry.

 

Jaguars:
Maurice Jones Drew claims he’s fully healthy and initial reports have been good. I’m still cautiously optimistic though and haven’t moved him from #10 in my RB rankings.
Rashard Jennings should still be taken in all formats. He’s my 37th ranked RB and has some major upside with the MJD injury concerns.

 

Colts:

Nothing’s changed here. It’s still Joseph Addai’s job till he gets hurt. Along with Delome Carter, Darren Evans is someone to keep an eye in the Indy backfield. One report claims he’s nearly even with Carter for the primary backup role.

 

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Posted: 8/21/2011 11:02:27 PM

Chiefs:

Nothing’s changed here either in regard to Todd Haley being stupid. Thomas Jones is still the starter and will get nearly half the carries. The combination of this and the Chiefs brutal schedule is why Jamal Charles is only a top 6 or 7 pick instead of top 3.

 

Raiders:

Darren McFadden suffered a fluke break of his orbital bone in camp and hasn’t seen any game action yet. This shouldn’t be anything to worry about and I fully expect him ready to go week 1.  He’s still easily a top 10 pick. Michael Bush has been good starting in his place the first 2 preseason games. If McFadden goes down he immediately becomes a high upside RB2.

 

 

Chargers:

All implications are that Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert will see nearly even work, with Tolbert will get passing downs and GL carries. If this is the case then he probably has to be ranked higher in both standard leagues and PPRs. Right now Tolbert has peaked on RB rankings at 27. Matthews is looking more and more like a bust. He checks in as my 32nd RB.

 

Broncos:

A slightly slimmed down Knowshon Moreno has played well in the Broncos first 2 preseason games, but it’s new addition Willis McGahee that will get the short yardage and GL work. Moreno is still a RB2 and I have him as my 22nd ranked RB. Give him a bump in PPR leagues. McGahee’s worth a shot in the low to mid 40s at RB but in standard formats only.

 

Giants:

Unless we see an injury, the RB situation for the Giants is pretty set regardless of what happens during the preseason. Bradshaw should prove a quality RB2. In my RB rankings he’s 16. The GMen plan on getting Jacobs a little more work this year and he still projects in the mid to late 30s at RB.

 

Eagles:

We’ll see lots of Lesean McCoy. He’s a solid RB1.

 

Redskins:

Ryan Torain’s hand injury opened the door for Tim Hightower and he’s (no pun intended) run with it. He’s climbed all the way to #30 in my RB rankings and has RB2 upside if the Redskins can get some competent QB play. Both John Beck and Rex Grossman have looked good in the preseason so maybe there’s hope.

Rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster have both had a big preseason performance. Don’t think either’s worth a late round shot right now though. It doesn’t look like Ryan Torain will be healthy by the season opener, so check out the Redskins 3rd preseason game. It may well decide which rookie back spells Hightower early in the year.

 

Cowboys:

Felix Jones has been very impressive so far in the preseason and he appears to have no competition for carries in the Cowboys backfield. If (I know, big if) he can stay healthy then he has low end RB1 upside. He’s currently my 18th ranked back.

 

Bears:

There’s nothing new to report in Chicago. Forte’s still a top 15 back and could easily end up in the top 10.

NFL experts continue to say they expect Marion Barber to be the #2 and get GL carries, but as of right now he’s still #3 behind Chester Taylor. Neither is worth drafting.

 

 

 

Vikings:

As long as he still has all four limbs then Adrian Peterson is still a top 3 pick. Even with 3 limbs he’s still a top 15 pick.

 

Packers:

Even though the Packers were quick to name Ryan Grant the starter and clear cut lead back, that doesn’t necessarily seem like the case. In the Packers first preseason game, Grant and James Starks split nearly 50/50 with the starters. Starks didn’t play the second game so the all important third game could give us a huge idea how this situation might play out. I’ve dropped Grant a couple spots but he’s still a RB2. He’s 23 in my RB rankings and Starks comes in at 38.

 

Lions:

The season ending injury to rookie Mikel Leshoure opened the door for a huge season for Jahvid Best. The problem is that it’s looking less and less likely that Best can stay healthy, as he’s just suffered a concussion. I have him ranked 18 at RB and think his upside is huge, especially in PPR leagues, but he’s a risk.

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Posted: 8/21/2011 11:02:49 PM

Panthers:
DeAngelo Williams continues to hold strong just inside my top 20 at RB. I’ve dropped Jonathan Stewart a few spots into my mid 30s at RB, but it’s because of other guys moving up and not a knock on him.

 

Bucs:

We’ll give the benefit of the doubt and say LeGarette Blount has been average this preseason. His 4 carries for 1 yard against New England was awful, but apparently nobody on the Bucs knew they had a game that day. At least Blount doesn’t have anyone to compete with for carries. I guess that doesn’t stop him from being a bust, but I’m certainly not prepared to say anything like that after a couple preseason games. If things don’t pick up a touch in the 3rd preseason game though, I might start to get a little worried and drop him a couple spots.

 

Falcons:

I’ve given a little credit to Michael Turner who has looked better this preseason then I expected and have moved him up a couple spots in my rankings to 13. I still have my doubts though so I can’t see him climbing any higher.

 

Saints:

Running back swapping mad man Sean Peyton appears to be at it again. Word from the Big Easy is that Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas will come close to a 50/50 splits. Ingram should still get the GL work but finds himself the lowest we’ve seen yet on my RB list at #26. Thomas though has climbed to a new high in the late 30s.

 

 

 

 

49ers:

We’ve heard word today that Frank Gore is unhappy that no progress is being made in talks for a contract extension and may demand a trade. He is the 49ers offense, but his body has taken such a beating that he’s likely to be on the decline very soon. It’s going to be tough for the 49ers to give him the long term deal that he’s seeking. He if were to leave town (and I highly doubt it happens) then rookie Kendal Hunter would likely get his chance. Hunter’s looked good in the preseason and could have low end RB2 value. I’ll be monitoring this situation.

 

Rams:

Nothing’s changed here. Steven Jackson’s still #11 in my RB rankings an elite RB2/low end RB1.

 

Cardinals:

Ryan Williams became the 2nd rookie RB to suffer a season ending injury. Now Beanie Wells won’t be looking over his shoulder, even though that might’ve been a good thing and kept him motivated. He still moves up a couple spots in my RB rankings to #21.

 

Seahawks:

Marshawn Lynch projects as a very low end RB2 or RB3. Pete Carroll has said he plans on getting Leon Washington involved, but Pete likes to hear himself talk so I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Posted: 8/22/2011 7:38:38 PM
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Bills:

The Bills suffer from a terrible case of stupidity and seem to think CJ Spiller is going to be their starter. Spiller has responded about as I would’ve predicted with 8 carries for 13 yards this preseason. Included in there is 1 carry for 14 yards. Yikes. At least he’s managed a few receptions, giving him a glimmer of hope in PPRs.

Fred Jackson has 52 yards on his 7 preseason carries and has made some great blitz pickups, an area where Spiller has struggled so far in his career. And as terrible as the Bills offensive line is, there should be lots of blitzers coming from free.

Even if the team does want to name Spiller the de facto starter so they don’t feel like their 2010 first round pick is a bust, Jackson will be inserted in games quickly. I still value him as a low end RB2. Someone else can have Spiller in my draft.

 

Reports today are that Fred Jackson feels "disrespected" by the Bills staff because of the increase in Spiller's playing time. I can't say I blame him. When you outplay a guy in every faucet of the game, and the staff goes with him anyway, it's absurd.
Chan Gailey's response is that "both men are #1 backs." LOL Great stuff Chan. Way to deflect.

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Posted: 8/23/2011 2:48:47 PM
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Dolphins:

I’ve been as hard as anyone on Reggie Bush so far during his career, but during the preseason he’s looked like USC Reggie Bush out there. I have no idea where this came from. He’s shot up my rankings and now finds himself in my upper 20s at RB as a high end RB3 with a legit shot at RB2 production. Of course he has to remain healthy to accomplish this and that remains to be seen. Daniel Thomas has looked pretty ordinary at best. He’s fallen farther than anyone on my RB list and now finds himself in the mid 30s at RB. Unfortunately, now he looks like a low end RB3.

The Dolphins adding free agent Larry Johnson is absolutely hilarious. Not really sure what the thought process is here. Redskins cut him almost a year ago and he hadn't even been mentioned. He has ZERO fantasy value. Doubt he even makes the roster.

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