Posted on: May 10, 2008 7:25 pm

Drafting a RB Pro and Con

When looking to draft a RB in the draft this year for your fantasy team here is some information that you will want to look at to get a better decision when drafting.

My qualification for a solid 2008 fantasy RB would have to coincide with the better OL and QB that can throw the ball, both are essential to the success of a solid RB in any fantasy pool. The OL and QB are the key ingredients to the success of the RB getting the carries that are essential to the success of the player that is using the RB’s stats to win in there league.  <o:p></o:p>

LaDainian Tomlinson sure meets that prerequisite but injuries to Phillip Rivers (ACL), Tomlinson (Knee), Antonio Gates (Toe) has to play a heavy problem for the Chargers. If all is clear then yes he will regain the rushing crown once again. <o:p></o:p>

Steven Jackson is a very good RB but questions with the OL and passing attack has to come into question since double teaming Torry Holt will be a must and 8 in the box will be an everyday occurrence. So I can not put allot of emphasis on him<o:p></o:p>

Joseph Addai is another great draft pick for the Colts but teams in the AFC South has already worked there defense to defend the pass and run so Addai's stats will come down in coming months. The acquisition of Mike Hart will add the needed 1-2 punch that the Colts need but intern decrease the amount of carries that Addai gets each game. <o:p></o:p>

Andrian Peterson is another outstanding draft pick for the Vikings that with Chester Taylor has increased the value of the run game and help the passing game that much better. This year Tavaris Jackson will need to put it all together or his time at the helm will be limited with the acquisition of John David Booty that will be on the sidelines waiting his turn. <o:p></o:p>

Maurice Jones-Drew should receive some attention with the Jaguar Run game ranked #2 in the NFL last year and this is probably the last year for Fred Taylor since he wants to break Browns RB Jim Brown #8 all time rushing record before calling it quits. <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Taylor</st1:place></st1:city> needs 1600 yrds to do it and playing the AFC and NFC North will get him extra yards that would not normally be there. <o:p></o:p>

Marshawn Lynch is the other candidate that should get some consideration since the emergence of the Bills Offense and Defense restructure and the 2nd year starter Trent Edwards will need the push of the run game to keep the hopes alive for the AFC East crown or a wild card invitation. <o:p></o:p>

Rookies of consideration are Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall and Felix Jones due to the system that they are drafted to and the types of offensive power the teams portray. <o:p></o:p>

I have not mentioned Darren McFadden since the Oakland Raiders are behind the 8-ball with how they are going to use him. His running style is a homerun style each time he gets the ball but the OL is questionable and with no real Passing game the running game will be questionable to the amount of yardage can be acquired. <o:p></o:p>

Larry Johnson and Ronnie Brown are returning from injuries and could be a potential come back player of the year candidate. The Dolphins and Chiefs are primed to make a run but like previously mentioned the OL and QB situation is questionable so the run game will pay. <o:p></o:p>

Brian Westbrook is an excellent candidate for a solid fantasy point competitors but with Donovan McNabb and the OL having concerns not including the distractions associated with the Andy Reid family this year’s projections do not seem well with the Eagles<o:p></o:p>

Reggie Bush is another competitor that will fall again this year in the stats race, came out of USC with outstanding expectations past up by Texans and taken #2 by the Saints that have used him as more a wide out than a RB. His exceptional speed and athletic ability is something to be focused on but the system that Bush plays in does not really use him to his full potential. <o:p></o:p>

Frank Gore will be something that you have to look out for; the 49ers will need to take heat off of 2005 #1 pick Alex Smith in order to get passes out to the points of attack. The problem with Gore is not his abilities but the ability to break away from the many defenders that are in the box waiting for him.  If the off-season for the 49ers were better than last then Gore’s stats should improve from last year if not then you will not get what you want in a feature back of your Fantasy Team. <o:p></o:p>

Willie Parker is coming off a leg fracture that will place some doubts on his ability to perform this year. With the recruitment of Rashard Mendenhall the 1-2 punch will be just like the 1-2 punch of Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker, the pounding to be done by Mendenhall and the stretching of the defense by Parker. <o:p></o:p>

DeAngelo Williams is in a predicament, the acquisition of Jonathan Stewart and OT Jeff Otah will add to the strength of the run game and allow some time with Jake Delhomme to get passes out to Steven Smith and or Dwayne Jarrett who should be a better threat in year two of his career. <o:p></o:p>

The next blog will address those RBs that could have some stat support when drafting in later rounds of the fantasy draft. <o:p></o:p>


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