aren't terrible--or terribly predictable, either
Say this about Brandon Jacobs: He's one starter who won't be replaced around
the goal line. After being New York's short-yardage back for the past two years
behind now-retired Tiki Barber, the 264-pound Jacobs will have a chance to show
what he can do in the feature role. But Reuben Droughns, picked up from
Cleveland after two years as a starter there, will be a more active reliever
than Jacobs's fantasy owners might like.
JACOBS, 70%; DROUGHNS, 30%
If Ahman Green is too old (30) or too injury-prone (13 missed games in two
years) to take on the 25 carries per game expected of him in Houston, he isn't
showing it. Signed as a free agent from the Packers, Green has been nagging
coach Gary Kubiak all summer long to practice during both halves of the team's
two-a-day practices, which not all vets do there. Even if Green proves
reinvigorated, 245-pound Ron Dayne will take some of the goal line carries, and
Wali Lundy and Samkon Gado are slated for mop-up duty.
GREEN, 60%; DAYNE, 25%; LUNDY, 10%; GADO, 5%
Can one backfield support two strong fantasy backs in Deuce McAllister and
Reggie Bush (above)? This is the rare case where the answer is yes, in large
part because Bush, who had 88 catches last year, does so well in the passing
game. Only the backs' fluctuating production from week to week keeps this from
being a dream scenario. The duo will share time much as they did last year,
with either veteran Aaron Stecker or rookie Antonio Pittman from Ohio State
picking up the slack.
MCALLISTER, 50%; BUSH, 45%; STECKER/PITTMAN, 5%
Thomas Jones shared many fantasy owners' frustrations over his time-share in
Chicago. Now he's in New York, where no back had more than 35% of the team's
carries in 2006. Jones will again be the lead rusher, but he'll give up some
carries to backup Leon Washington. After showing an impressive burst in his
first season, Washington is the lone holdover from the Jets' three-back attack
last year. Undrafted rookie Alvin Banks, a power runner from James Madison,
will inherit some of the departed Cedric Houston's goal line carries.
JONES, 65%; WASHINGTON, 30%; BANKS, 5%