Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Oct 2009

Which RBs to start?

Need to pick two of these four:

Maurice Jones-Drew @Ten
Ricky Williams @NYJ
Ray Rice vs. Den
Steven Jackson @Det

Posted by: ezorn33 on 31 Oct 2009

2 replies , Last at 01 Nov 2009, 10:53am by Fontes of Wayne

Re: Which RBs to start?
by Zheng :: Sat, 10/31/2009 - 9:46pm

Hm, that's a tough one. I'd rank them SJax, Rice, MJD, and Ricky, mostly in order of increasing risk. I don't think SJax has scored less than 11 points in any week so far, and if he's ever going to find the end zone, this is the week. Rice does not have a great matchup, but he's sure to play all day long. That's not quite the case for MJD, who might not be emphasized in a pass-heavy game plan. Ricky could go off any week, but I think usually he scores under 10 points, and he's the only definite #2 on your list.

Re: Which RBs to start?
by Fontes of Wayne :: Sun, 11/01/2009 - 10:53am

Given the matchups, MJD and SJax seem like must-starts here. You risk serious second-half carries going to MJD's backup (Rashard Jennings?), but he's in line for a big day.
It's tough to recommend sitting Rice, or Ricky, but I kind of wonder if it matters. Four top-10 backs is a good problem to have, not least because it means your opponents are less likely to have the horses to keep up.

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