TOP 9 QB-RB Combinations

Having the same QB and RB1 in fantasy football is a sure fire way to have a consistent performance every week. Just think one week Matt Schaub throws 5 TDs and Slaton has none then the following week then Slaton has 3 TDs and Schaub only throws

1. This strategy works great the vast majority of the time. Granted this is a good approach to take but you can’t just draft the RB in round 1 and then the QB in round 2. Unless the QB is Breeze. Brady and Payton’s RBs are by committee which makes taking the QB/RB combo risky. Some will say that the Saints are using 2 RBs. This is true but P. Thomas is the back who is getting all the goal line carries and Bush is INJURY PRONE. This mitigates the risk. Don’t worry about M. Bell. He is just vying for 3rd string backup time.

Typically QBs don’t go until round 4-5. This leaves the chance to get two solid RBs and a WR before getting the QB. If your combo is there it is a perk not a requirement. I got lucky in my first draft and I was able to retain the services of Romo and Barber. Romo was there in round 4. I took Williams first with my 8th pick then Barber then L. White THEN Romo.

A inexperienced fantasy football drafter would have shot his load early and taking Romo with his 3rd pick hence missing out on the TD machine White in a TD only league. Barber does share the RB duties but he is also the RB in the game at the goal line. This being said here is the top 9 RB/QB combos in the league right now. The order is up for debate but 7 out of 9 combos are definitely winners.

1- Rivers/LT – Rivers just signed a huge extension and LT looks back to 2006 form. This team likes to spread the ball and LT will benefit from this now that he is healthy. Rivers had 34 TDs last year while LT had 11 TDs. Don’t forget last year he played hurt and two years ago LT had 28 TDs.

2- Cutler/Forte – Cutler improves the passing game tremendously in Chicago and Forte is the only back of value in Chicago. Though Forte will catch less receptions this year his TD totals will not go down. The passing game will open up lanes for Forte to have monster gains.

3- Schaub/Slaton – Schaub will throw for 4,000 yards this year. This tremendous aerial attack will allow Slaton to have room to run. Add the fact that Slaton also catches passes make this a winner. DRAWBACK: Schaub’s injury history and the fact that it looks like Slaton may not get all the goal line carries.

4- Breeze/Thomas – Breeze knows one thing- throw, throw, throw! And when the throws don’t quite get into the end zone we know that P. Thomas is the back that will run them in. Just look at the last 6 games of 2008 and you will see P. Thomas came on strong. Bush is too light to score against a stacked box at the 2 yd line.

5- Romo/Barber – Romo played well last year even with the distraction of TO. With TO gone and Roy Williams poised to step up this team looks like a playoff contender. Barber does share his time at RB but he is the back they use inside the 20.

6- McNabb/Westbrook – This combination is the best in football when both our healthy. It looks like Westbrook will be ready to go for the start of the season. I am concerned about McNabb’s ability to stay the course with an offense line that looks HORRIFIC in the preseason. Andy might have realized this hence the M. Vick signing. If you are a gambler this combination could enable you to win your league. It could also cost you the playoffs.

7- Ryan/Turner – If they repeat their 2008 performance this is a winner. I think they will suffer from the sophomore slump with a more difficult schedule. This has BUST written all over it.

8- Palmer/Benson – This is HUGE risk VS reward. Palmer is due to have a breakout year if he expects his NFL career to continue, But the fact of the matter is he has been injured a great deal and was close to having Tommy John surgery last year. Benson played great in the last 6 games when the season meant absolutely nothing to Cincy. That being said I am going to attempt to draft Palmer as my QB2 and Benson as my RB4. If they pan out I look like a genius if it doesn’t they just continue to ride the pine on my fantasy team.

9- Edwards/Lynch – Obviously they are last on my list because of 3 major concerns. 1) Can Edwards actually play now that he has 2 legit WRs? 2) Lynch out for 3 games and 3) Is TO’s injury worse then we think. If all the cards fall the right way Buffalo is in the playoffs. That is a BIG if.

I hope this helps you all on draft day. Which for most of us is this weekend. I’ll post a couple more tips before Friday. If anyone has specific questions between now and then let me know.

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