Friday, February 22, 2008

Carolina Panthers did us a favor

If there's one aspect of fantasy football that really bugs me, it's the running back-by-committee.

Nothing drives me crazier on draft day or when it's time to set my lineup than having to figure out which one of a team's two or three or four RBs is going to be most productive. One of the biggest offenders the past two years has been the Carolina Panthers, with their timeshare duo of DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams. As if it weren't already hard enough to tell the two apart, the Panthers were constantly dividing up the carries in haphazard fashion, which ultimately meant it wasn't worth the hassle owning either one of them.

Well, that all changed Thursday when the Panthers released Foster. The team opted to keep the younger, more explosive Williams (5.0 yards a carry last year to Foster's 3.5), who automatically becomes a No. 2 fantasy back - assuming he's the Panthers' unquestioned starter. This makes things a heck of a lot easier for fantasy purposes. No more flipping a coin when thinking about drafting one of them or watching in horror as one of them gets 20 carries and the other eight.

Of course, Carolina could throw us all for a loop and go draft or sign another RB who will share time with Williams, which leaves us back at square one. Maybe there's a nondescript guy out there named DeJuan Jones or something who they can pick up and give half the carries to - that'd be just our luck.

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