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One and Done
Adam Duerson
August 20, 2007
Clear-cut stars make for no-brainer choices
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August 20, 2007

One And Done

Clear-cut stars make for no-brainer choices

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These platoons aren't terrible--or terribly predictable, either

GIANTS
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.

Projected split: JACOBS, 70%; DROUGHNS, 30%

TEXANS
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.

Projected split: GREEN, 60%; DAYNE, 25%; LUNDY, 10%; GADO, 5%

Risks

SAINTS
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.

Projected split: MCALLISTER, 50%; BUSH, 45%; STECKER/PITTMAN, 5%

JETS
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.

Projected split: JONES, 65%; WASHINGTON, 30%; BANKS, 5%

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