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23 Sep 2009

Week 3 RBs

Due to some of the injuries around the league, I have a bit of a dilemma with 4 viable starting RB's. Who to start this week?

Forte @ SEA
D. Williams @ DAL
F. Jones vs. CAR
Sproles vs. MIA

I was leaning towards Forte and Jones. However, with Barber practicing, I don't think I can afford to wait til Monday night to find out if Jones is the primary back.

Posted by: DrunkenSuperman on 23 Sep 2009

14 replies , Last at 30 Sep 2009, 5:11pm by Snowglare

Re: Week 3 RBs
by Maximum :: Wed, 09/23/2009 - 7:58pm

I'd definitely start forte unclear from there unless it becomes 100 percent barbers out

Re: Week 3 RBs
by Ten Drink Drunk :: Thu, 09/24/2009 - 1:00pm

Yeah, ditto on Forte. He will probably do well considering how badly the Seattle D got burned by Gore. (Which is hard to say as a Hawks fan). I think from there I would start Sproles or Jones depending on the status of LT and Barber.

Re: Week 3 RBs
by galactic_dev :: Fri, 09/25/2009 - 1:54am

I'm deciding between Forte (against Seattle's depleted D) and Tim Hightower (facing the Colts D). I fear the Colts D will bounce back, but so far Hightower has way outperformed Forte. Is Forte due to have his first good game?

Re: Week 3 RBs
by Red Hedgehog :: Fri, 09/25/2009 - 3:22am

Against Seattle? If he's ever going to do well, it'll be this week.

by Snowglare :: Fri, 09/25/2009 - 2:54pm

No question, you have to start Forte. Hightower's not half as good. If he were putting up Fred Jackson's numbers, or even outgaining Wells on a per carry basis, I'd entertain the idea that he'd turned the corner, but he's only been decent with 11.5 carries a game and one catch-happy fluke. The Steelers held Chris Johnson in check, too, so I wouldn't worry about last week. Not sure what happened against the Packers, other than Cutler playing terribly, but Forte's far more likely to have a good game than Hightower in any given week.

Re: Week 3 RBs
by JuridianSantaal... :: Fri, 09/25/2009 - 12:51pm

If Barber can't play, is Felix Jones expected to be the starter with Choice getting 5-10 carries a game, or are they going to keep Jones in his explosive situational role and give Choice the grinding role?

Re: Week 3 RBs
by max :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 10:34am

I read that Felix is starting.

Now I have to decide between Felix and Ronnie Brown.


Re: Week 3 RBs
by dutchtreat :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 10:42am

Williams, Forte, Sproles, Jones.

Re: Week 3 RBs
by nojo :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 2:51pm

I have to pick 2 out of 3: Gore, Slaton and Felix Jones. It's going to be hard to bench Gore after last week, but should I do it?

Re: Week 3 RBs
by galactic_dev :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 3:30pm

Don't bench Gore. It's Slaton who hasn't produced yet this year.

Re: Week 3 RBs
by Zheng :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 5:04am

If you played, Gore, don't feel bad--I did too. Did he not stretch before the game or something?

Lingering injury
by Snowglare :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 4:59pm

He hurt his ankle in Week 2 and aggravated it in Week 3.

Re: Lingering injury
by Zheng :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 9:29pm

Coulda sworn I read somewhere that it was unrelated... but whatever. Good thing I drafted the mighty Glen Coffee.

Ah, you're right.
by Snowglare :: Wed, 09/30/2009 - 5:11pm

On a second look, I see it was reported to be unrelated. The earliest report I saw said he aggravated the prior injury. It's the same ankle, though, and the Niners also reported it wasn't serious before the MRI came out. I honestly don't know if the two injuries have anything to do with each other, but I don't like his chances of getting his right ankle/foot to 100% and not reinjuring it the rest of the season.

Coffee was already owned by someone else in both my leagues - one where I have Gore and one where I could use the RB depth. Good thing my Gore team picked up Tashard Choice last week.

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