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Jim Rueda

August 17, 2009

Fantasy Forum: Preseason can matter


Now, here are a couple of more running back situations that may be in flux until the start of the regular season:

Darren McFadden vs. Michael Bush vs. Justin Fargas at Oakland: If it’s close, McFadden will get the nod simply because he’s making the most money. But Bush had a solid year last season when McFadden was out and Fargas has also run well when asked to play.

Julius Jones vs. T.J. Duckett vs. Justin Forsett at Seattle: Duckett may end up having the most value of the three because he’s likely to be the goal-line back. Jones and Forsett will probably battle it out for the rest of the carries.

Jamal Lewis vs. Jerome Harrison vs. James Davis at Cleveland: Lewis is the likely starter in Week 1 but he’s near the end of his career. It would not be shocking if Harrison or Davis is carrying the load by midseason.

Willie Parker vs. Rashard Mendenhall at Pittsburgh: If healthy, Parker is the starter, but that’s been an issue for him in the past. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers go to the dreaded running back by committee approach to keep both backs fresh.

Thomas Jones vs. Leon Washington vs. Shonn Green at New York Jets: With the offense trying to protect a new quarterback this year, all three of these runners may get their share of carries. That doesn’t help fantasy owners much. If one moves ahead of the others by the end of the preseason, he should have decent value.

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