Those who are unfamiliar with the term (block children’s ears now) runningback by committee are such innocent people. Much like a toddler exploring the world for the first time, you know nothing of bad things or how cruel life can be. RBBC, or
runningback by committee, is symbolic as well. It’s the power outlet on the wall that the toddler strolls over to and inserts a penny. Much like the toddler, an inexperienced fantasy football owner could be in for a very similar shock.
The fantasy gods were not kind this offseason. Examples are a plenty. Just pick a team, and there’s sure to be an example. From the San Diego Chargers with
Vincent Jackson, to the
Ben Roethlisberger. These player flub-ups aren’t the only negative points when it comes to decreasing value, though. This offseason seems to have the theme of players hurting other players’ values. What do you think the value of
Shonn Greene and
LaDainian Tomlinson would be if Tomlinson went to a runningback-needy team like
Jamaal Charles and
Thomas Jones be if Jones had signed with
LeSean McCoy in
Jets – LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene
The Jets were obviously impressed with Greene’s production from last season. How do I know? They didn’t even seem to care that Thomas Jones had vacated Yankee country to head to Royals territory (I guess he’s not a big baseball fan). However, they seemed to be concerned enough about his third-down skills that they went out and got one of the historical bests. Greene is being valued as a No. 1 runningback. Though, this still holds true, Tomlinson will steal away receiving yardage and some red zone work. The reason that Tomlinson decided against going to
Michael Turner. All run and no catch. But the touchdowns should be there, just like Turner.
Panthers – DeAngelo Williams and
Isn’t it funny how things work? The Panthers thought that they had their feature back in DeShaun Foster just a few seasons ago. Then they thought Williams would take that position. Then Williams underperformed, and Stewart was thought to take that title. Then Williams finally caught on, but so did Stewart. Now what to do? The Panthers’ answer: start them both. Both of these
runningbacks would be Top 5 selections in drafts if it weren’t for their running mate. They have proven that even being on the same team and sharing reps, both can still amass 1,000-yard seasons. So who hurts who the most? Stewart definitely impacts Williams more than the other way around. How? Williams is being drafted as a No. 1 fantasy back. A No. 1 back means most likely first-round positioning. So you have your first-round runningback, who has an injury history and is one Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis hit from being replaced. Being replaced by someone drafted later who could offer not only similar stats, but perhaps even better ones. Both are great runningbacks to have on your weekly roster, but Williams’ injuries mixed with high draft price tag make him a larger risk. If I were in the position to take say,
Reggie Wayne over Williams in the first round and then Stewart in the second, I’d do that over say Williams in the first and then Marques Colston in the second.
Eagles – LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell
These aren’t as big as the names previously mentioned; however, both could put up very serviceable numbers. When I put together my overall rankings at the very end of last season, I had McCoy very high on my runningback list. Though, he still remains high, he lost some shine when the Eagles stole
Knowshon Moreno and
Remember the days when Buckhalter used to be solely a starter for
Josh McDaniels. But, coach Josh McDaniels knows what he wants in all of his players. The work ethic, the right attitude and the production.