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Confessions of a RB Whore

 

Yes, I admit it. I am a running back whore.

  Invariably a part of my draft suffers due to my lack of self-control. Where others see RBBC, I see one injury away from stud muffin.

  While some may view a player as washed up or injured, I look at them with a gleam in my eye, knowing how the tides of fortune can shift so quickly.

 

 

Last night I participated in the Sports Grumblings Expert Auction Shootout, and as you can see from the table below, this time it was my WR positions that suffered.

 

FantasySharks

Pos

Name

Team

Salary

QB

Drew Brees

NOR

27

RB

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

37

RB

Joseph Addai

IND

52

WR

Darrell Jackson

SFO

10

WR

Braylon Edwards

CLE

10

WR

Joey Galloway

TAM

6

TE

Randy McMichael

STL

2

K

John Carney

NOR

1

DEF

San Diego

Chargers

SDG

3

B-QB

Trent Green

MIA

5

B-RB

Jerious

Norwood

ATL

12

B-RB

Kevin Jones

DET

13

B-RB

Ladell Betts

WAS

11

B-RB

Fred Taylor

JAC

7

B-WR

Joe Jurevicius

CLE

1

B-WR

Robert Meachem

NOR

1

B-WR

Marty Booker

MIA

1

B-TE

Heath Miller

PIT

1

 

My lust for running backs this season was at a pinnacle last night.

  I’m not convinced Portis will remain healthy, and I am convinced that Betts will have some great days in Al Saunders offensive schemes. Remember when it was Priest and Larry, then Larry and Derrick Blaylock?

  It was a frequent sight to see

Kansas City with two 100 yard backs in the same game, and Betts proved his worth last year. Yes, yes…I am betting on Betts.

 

Fred Taylor was a given for me after dropping $37 on MJD. Oh, how I love thee MJD.

  You tantalized me with many ripping, slashing runs through opposing defenses, and your 15 touchdowns have me salivating for a season of Fred Taylor in a back-up role.

 

Jerious

Norwood is like MJD-lite, only he plays on the best rushing team in the NFL the last couple of years, TJ Duckett is but a faint memory and Warrick Dunn seems to be out of favor with the new coaching regime.

  Even Michael Vick can’t run fast enough these days, and who knows how that saga will evolve?

 

Norwood has tremendous acceleration, and in the zone blocking scheme employed by the Falcons, he is one cut and gone…gone with the wind. I’m misty eyed just thinking about it.

 

Joseph Addai was christened my crown prince last year.

  I must admit I was a doubting Thomas, but oh how he convinced me, slaying the dragons of doubt with his daring and determination.

  He looked like Edge when he was but a rook, and his will and desire to score left me breathless for more.

He seems perfectly suited for an explosive offense that has at its core one of the best offensive lines in the game…and that guy, 6 foot something with a laser rocket arm, whatshisname, playing QB.

  Whatshisname went for $47 last night by the way. My paltry $27 investment in Drew Brees was theft by comparison.

 

Kevin Jones, oh how thou intrigues me.

  In Mike Martz’s offense you could be a god, and Tater Bell can’t hang on to a football, much less your job should you prove healthy at some point this year.

  I spent a lucky $13 on a whim, and if you return that chiseled physique to the gridiron and in top form, suitors will fawn all over themselves to pay me for your services.

 

I feel like such a pimp with my stable of cherished running backs, but I’ve also had more seasons fold like a house of cards after losing a starting back, and unless you win on the waiver wire roulette wheel you are likely to cannibalize one part of your roster to refill your need.

 

 

For me, that means stacking the rarest commodity deep on my benches and then looking for upgrades where I need them most. So yes, I am a RB whore. It’s a failing I’ve come to terms with, as heinous as it seems.

  I may walk down the halls, scorn and shame heaped upon me in August and September, but my focus is on December and January, and the dance I will perform, with silk veils if called for, after winning my league championship.

 

Come on now. It’s ok. You can come out of the closet and join me. There is no shame in being a RB whore. In my draft-addled mind, the only true shame is that which comes from watching your dreams go up in smoke, down the drain and out the window when Shaun breaks a foot or Clinton separates his shoulder.

 

As a very wise man told me early in my fantasy sports career, it isn’t how you start the season, it’s how you end it.

 

 

 

 

 

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