Trust RBs involved in committees

So you’re upset because your running back didn’t quite get the job done, right? And what’s worse is that his backfield mate probably got the lucky end of the stick and racked up more yardage and even a touchdown to boot.

Who cares? It’s a single game and there’s plenty of imaginary football left to be played.

Fantasy owners tend to be afraid of the whole running-back-by-committee concept. They feel that if a back has to share carries with someone else, he’ll be less productive for his team. But unless you have Larry Johnson or LaDainian Tomlinson, your back isn’t going to get 30 carries a game. Backs involved in a committee are actually beneficial in the early stages of the season. They’re fresher and are guaranteed to get their fair share of carries as long as their team stays competitive. The Tennessee Titans’ Chris Brown racked up 175 yards on Sunday against Jacksonville. Meanwhile, teammate LenDale White had 66 yards. The only difference between them was one carry (Brown had 19 carries, White 18). In Dallas, Julius Jones (who’s actually a free agent in one of my leagues) had 66 yards on 15 carries and Marion Barber had 65 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

This early in the season, teams with two top running backs will keep both guys involved a lot in the offense. So if you’re sketchy about starting a certain back every week because you’re afraid of what his teammate might do, you might as well ship him off to another owner. Because that’s how you’re going to feel every week. Trust the system — don’t try to beat it.

STONE-COLD LOCK: Jake Delhomme vs. Texans: Not too long ago, Delhomme was a Super Bowl quarterback and among the top passers in the league. And if you expect Steve Smith to go off this year, it needs to come from Delhomme. Houston allowed 206 passing yards against a Kansas City team that can’t even figure out who its quarterback is. So, expect Delhomme to crush any thoughts of you wanting to pick up the Texans’ defense.

Start ’em

» QB: Trent Green, Dolphins

» RB: DeShaun Foster, Panthers

»WR: JoeyGalloway, Buccaneers

» TE: Eric Johnson, Saints

» K: Olindo Mare, Saints

Sit ’em

» QB: J.P. Losman, Bills

» RB: Ahman Green, Texans

» WR: Braylon Edwards, Browns

» TE: Benjamin Watson, Patriots

» K: Kris Brown, Texans

Pick ’em up

» QB: Brady Quinn, Browns

» RB: Derrick Ward, Giants

» WR: Patrick Crayton, Cowboys

» TE: Zach Miller, Raiders

» K: Mason Crosby, Packers

Cut ’em

» QB: Charlie Frye, Seahawks

» RB: Selvin Young, Broncos

» WR: Eddie Kennison, Chiefs

» TE: Ben Troupe, Titans

» K: Justin Medlock, Chiefs

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