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    Fantasy FB question

    So, our draft will be in about a month from now, and I'm wondering which running back I should draft with the #6 pick in the first round. I am going to keep Chris Johnson of the Titans as one of my keepers, so between him and whoever I pick, I will likely have two #1 quality RB's on my team.

    Between these four, who will hopefully still be around when I pick, who would you choose?

    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Steve Slaton
    Steven Jackson
    Clinton Portis


    Thanks in advance.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    I would say LT. I think he was one more good year in him. My number two pick would be Steve Slaton.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Don't waste your time with LT. Stephen Jackson would seem to have the most upside, but he's an injury risk. Slaton had a good rookie season, but he could be in for the sophomore slump. I think Portis will have another good year, so he could be the safest pick, although he's had injuries problem as well.

    Here's how I rank them:

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    Jackson
    LT

    I will fully admit that LT could easily have one more good year, but I think he's too much of a risk at #6.


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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    LT-- Weak run D's in the division, more of a receiving threat then the others, is the short down back (goal line situations), has other weapons around him, etc..



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    LT, he had a down year last year, so I would expect him to have a good one this year. If Adrian Peterson is still on the board I would draft him.


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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    I'm in the same predicament. I like LT, people forget that even though last year was a "let down" he still ran for over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, 7th among RBs. I like Steven Jackson - Torry Holt is gone and so is Drew Bennett so they don't really have any WRs to throw to. Slaton I'm worried about a sophomore slump, but if/when Schaub gets hurt that means Sexy Rexy will see the field, so Slaton be getting a lot of touches. As for Portis, the Redskins schedule looks great: St. Louis week 2, Detroit week 3, K.C. week 6, Denver week 10, Oakland week 14 - but watch out for the playoff stretch: Giants week 15, Dallas week 16 and San Diego week 17 (if your league plays that long).



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    LT is too risky of a pick IMO. He could very easily be done.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Quote Originally Posted by Drive4cy View Post
    LT is too risky of a pick IMO. He could very easily be done.
    I would agree. The wear and tear on a running back causes their output to fall sharply when age or injuries catch up to them.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    I'm in the same predicament. I like LT, people forget that even though last year was a "let down" he still ran for over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, 7th among RBs. I like Steven Jackson - Torry Holt is gone and so is Drew Bennett so they don't really have any WRs to throw to. Slaton I'm worried about a sophomore slump, but if/when Schaub gets hurt that means Sexy Rexy will see the field, so Slaton be getting a lot of touches. As for Portis, the Redskins schedule looks great: St. Louis week 2, Detroit week 3, K.C. week 6, Denver week 10, Oakland week 14 - but watch out for the playoff stretch: Giants week 15, Dallas week 16 and San Diego week 17 (if your league plays that long).
    Thing is, Jackson's a beast when he's healthy. That's his catch year in and year out.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUChippewa View Post
    So, our draft will be in about a month from now, and I'm wondering which running back I should draft with the #6 pick in the first round. I am going to keep Chris Johnson of the Titans as one of my keepers, so between him and whoever I pick, I will likely have two #1 quality RB's on my team.

    Between these four, who will hopefully still be around when I pick, who would you choose?

    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Steve Slaton
    Steven Jackson
    Clinton Portis


    Thanks in advance.
    I have the number six pick as well but we're in a ppr league so I actually will consider a WR like Fitz with my 6th pick. That's if and only if the 5 guys ahead pick RBs I'm anticipating....AP, MJD, Forte, Turner and Williams. If they pick anything other than those 5 then I switch to RB (which I'm guessing will be Williams)

    As for which RBs out of the four you listed, I wouldn't have a problem with LT or Slaton. Portis I'd wait another round and see if he's still around and Jackson I would stay completely away from. That's just my thoughts.


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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Yeah, I might be tempted to take the #1 wide receiver. If not, I would probably suggest LT. He has fewer fumbles than Portis as well as more yards and TDs the last 7 years. Jackson has only played 16 games once and has a smaller YPC than LT and Portis.



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    My draft strategy last year was to take as many #1 WRs and pick up RBs on teams that didn't have a significant number 2 rusher. I think it's more important to take WRs early, because most teams utilize a 2 or 3-RB system like Baltimore, Tennessee, Carolina and the NY Giants. I used that strategy last year and my team blew everyone out of the water. I would have won it all if I wouldn't have sat Andre Johnson in the championship game!



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    Re: Fantasy FB question

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    My draft strategy last year was to take as many #1 WRs and pick up RBs on teams that didn't have a significant number 2 rusher. I think it's more important to take WRs early, because most teams utilize a 2 or 3-RB system like Baltimore, Tennessee, Carolina and the NY Giants. I used that strategy last year and my team blew everyone out of the water. I would have won it all if I wouldn't have sat Andre Johnson in the championship game!
    Three years ago, this wasn't true, but Fantasy Football is changing as team's strategies are changing. More teams are going to a dual RB system, so WRs are becoming more valuable. I agree with you 100%. Take a wideout.



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