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16 Sep 2009

week 2 - bench LT?!??!

Funny how a week ago my RB's were going to lead me to the championship. Now, I'm fighting the dreaded national jump to conclusions week.

here is my dilemna, 2 rb's required, standard yahoo scoring...
Tomlinson (bal)
S Jackson (@was)
L White (hou)
J Jones (@sf)

As you can see I was feeling pretty good about tomlinson and jackson with capable backups if worse came to worse. I'm thinking Lendale White has the best matchup, but the other 3 are not nearly so clear cut. I'm leaning toward tomlinson (bum ankle notwithstanding) or Jones. Jackson may have to stay on the bench until STL shows signs of life. what do you think?

Posted by: krugerindustrialsmoothing on 16 Sep 2009

8 replies , Last at 18 Sep 2009, 5:47pm by Brendan Scolari

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by JuridianSantaal... :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 11:41am

I'd start White and Jones. Washington's run D looked good against the Giants, who have a far better running game than whatever St Louis has cobbled together. Tomlinson against Baltimore isn't winning any awards either, especially with how he largely struggled vs Oakland.

I think you have to start Jones, and Houston almost always has a trash D.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by Dan :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 12:49pm

Start Jackson. It was just one game.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by socctty :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 4:05pm

I have Jackson, and am starting him against Washington, although my other choices are pretty weak (Washington who I'm starting, Norwood who I'm flexing on a whim, Bush, and F Jones on the bench; it's a PPR league)

I'd sit LdT; Tuesday Morning Quarterback noted that Baltimore hasn't allowed a 100 yard rusher since 2006. Haloti Ngata is a beast!

As a Texans fan, I will advise you to start LenDale. The run defense continues to be one of the worst in the league.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by BucNasty :: Thu, 09/17/2009 - 5:18pm

Baltimore's defense is terrifying. I say you automatically bench any runner matched up against them unless you literally have no other options.

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Jackson and Jones
by Snowglare :: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:40am

I hate to advise starting Orange Julius, but I don't trust White. Maybe he scores this week. If not, he'll get single-digit fantasy points for sure, PPR or no. If you play him, do so knowing it's a gamble.

You have to start Jackson, and benching LDT against the Ravens is a no-brainer. He's not first round material anymore, and not likely to beat the matchup. The Niners seem to have a good D now, and I don't have much faith in Jones, but he has neither the extreme matchup nor clearly defined committee that hinder LDT and White. I think you can stand to start him for one more week.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by Zheng :: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 3:24pm

Note also that LT's line is banged up.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by tomdrees :: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 5:21pm

The only argument I could possibly think of for a devil's advocate against benching Tomlinson is that he could have a big day in the passing game off of screens while the Baltimore pass rush overpursues through the more porous and unhealthy Chargers O Line. That doesn't seem like something that's worth betting on, though, especially considering that the Steelers run defense can be held accountable for LenDale White's ineffectiveness last week, while LT was less-than-marvelous even before his injury against the Raiders.

FO thinks Stephen Jackson will have a big day in the passing game against the Redskins, and having been a loyal Skins fan for a while now, I can say that's probably true. Screens have been a hole in the Washington defense for a long time now, dating back to the halcyon days of LaVar Arrington's penchant for overpursuit. This is based on the anecdotal evidence of my eyeballs being so sad about what they're seeing.

I have Julius Jones sitting on my bench this week, which is a tough call. The 49ers could be good at stuffing the run now with a renewed emphasis on it that would flow logically from Willis's abilities and Singletary's hard-nosed philosophy, or the Cardinals rushing attack could just be the Cardinals rushing attack. We don't know yet. We will know by Monday about the 49res run D if our bench RB pops off for another 16 point week. This is the price you pay for not knowing anything in the early part of the season.

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Re: week 2 - bench LT?!??!
by Brendan Scolari :: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 5:47pm

Tomlinson is now officialy ruled "out" for this week's game against the Ravens, so your decision was made for you.

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