The Hot Hand Running Backs

First thing is first. I would like us all to remember those who perished 9 years ago in the worst terror attack in my generation. Those that died are all heroes and should never be forgotten. It still causes great hurt and disgust that “greater powers” have not finished the reconstruction at “Ground Zero.” I would be remiss to post today and not reference these events. Each year this day brings back horrible memories and causes chills down my spine. These events caused Pat Tillman to become an Army Ranger. An NFL player that gave up a lucrative career and lost his life defending our freedom. You all should read the book “Where Men Win Glory” by John Krakauer. This book details Pat’s life and all his struggles and accomplishments.   This book made a profound impact in my life.

On to fantasy football – As I read the highlights of the day I come across a troubling trend for week 1. Multiple Coaches this week are “employing” the hot hand approach. Todd Haley, Rex Ryan, and Tom Coughlin all have made similar statements saying whoever is “hot” will get the rock week 1.  Lets analyze the 6 backs that are affected by this statement.

Thomas Jones – Has played incredibly well for his age. NYJ saw the writing on the wall and did not resign him. Jones has looked good in the preseason and has the trust of Haley. SD is a good D and I do not feel that the Chiefs will have the opportunity to control the game with the run. They will be too far behind. This is a poor sign for Jones. Besides a few goal line looks I do not see Jones playing an important fantasy role. Bench him.

Jamaal Charles– He is the back with the most upside in KC. He can catch the ball and is VERY explosive with the ball in his hand. No doubt he is the more talented back. Haley does not have complete trust in him and is cow tailing to the veteran Thomas Jones. I would be a little hesitant to start Charles week 1 but if you don’t have any other horses in your stable he is a viable play. By week 6 we will ALL be singing Charles fantasy praises. Start Him.

Ahmad Brashaw – It is a little more clear cut in NYG. Bradshaw is the starter. Jacobs will be the goal line back. Bradshaw is a solid start week 1. I project 100 yards and 1 TD. Jacobs will cut into his production at the goal line. However I see Bradshaw breaking at least 1 play for massive yardage landing him his first TD of 2010. Start Him.

Brandon Jacobs –  As I stated above he only has value in TD only leagues. He’ll be lucky to snag 1 TD this week. BENCH HIM.

Shonne Greene – I was so high on him going into this year. I thought for sure LT was done. Looks like I was wrong. Rex said he BOTH backs will have significant playing time. Greene is still more explosive. Looks like Greene is having the same problem Charles has. Veterans RULE early in the season but Greene has too much upside. START HIM. NYJ are a run first and run often team.

LaDainian Tomlinson – He is back from the fantasy graveyard. His leadership and experience is paramount on a young Jets team. He is running behind a solid Jets o-line which bodes well for this aging body. I never thought I would write this but I give LT a START recommendation this week. NYJ run the ball so much that both backs have good value this week. LT is back at least early on this season.

Good luck to all week 1. If you have any last minute questions feel free to post and I will try to give you the best advice possible.

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