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22 Sep 2009

Barber Out - Who to Start at RB

Okay, so Marion Barber is out 1-2 weeks and he is my top RB so I'm in a bit of trouble this week at least.

I have Marshawn Lynch, but he's still suspended another game. So my two starting RB's have to be from this group:

Leon Washington (vs. Titans)
Lendale White (@ Jets)
Knowshon Moreno (@ Raiders)
Jamaal Charles (@ Eagles)

My league is pretty deep so the best RB's on the waiver wire are Justin Forsett, Justin Fargas, Patrick Cobbs, Lamont Jordan, Michael Bennett, Adrian Peterson the lesser, Larod Stephens-Howling, Deshawn Wynn, Xavier Oman, Brandon Jackson, etc. Basically, nothing.

Are any of those guys worth a pickup? I was going to drop Deion Branch for Mike Walker (because Troy Williamson is out for the season so Walker should be a starter) but given my emergency situation at RB should I drop Branch for one of these guys instead? I can't really see any of them doing much, except maybe Forsett as the year goes on if Julius Jones continues to disappoint. Any of them worth it? Or is there any other deep, deep sleeper that is completely unnoticed but could get some playing time? (Please, no suggestions like Tashard Choice, guys like that are long gone.)

Given my terrible options (both on my team and on the waiver wire), who would you start? I'm thinking Moreno and Leon Washington.

Any advice? (Other than the obvious, go cry and accept your loss this week)

Any help is extremely appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Brendan Scolari on 22 Sep 2009

3 replies , Last at 22 Sep 2009, 7:34pm by Maximum

Re: Barber Out - Who to Start at RB
by Brendan Scolari :: Tue, 09/22/2009 - 7:05pm

I forgot to mention, but it is a .5 PPR league.

Re: Barber Out - Who to Start at RB
by Zheng :: Tue, 09/22/2009 - 7:32pm

Moreno and Washington. The Raiders' run D isn't stellar. The Titans' one is, but their pass D isn't, and Washington is the pass catching back. Jamaal has yet to see any action and at this point I'm not sure if there is anyone I would start against the Jets.

Re: Barber Out - Who to Start at RB
by Maximum :: Tue, 09/22/2009 - 7:34pm

I'd go washington and moreno washingtons solid in a ppr and moreno should get more work than the other two

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