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Postby Homeless » Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:23 am

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Marshall Faulk is visibly bigger and stronger than last year because of intense weight training during the offseason.

“He's stronger this year,” running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said. “Marshall's better conditioned this year. I give that to him, dedicating himself to the offseason program that we have here.”

The hope is that the extra bulk and strength will aid Faulk in absorbing punishment, but it also could lead to burnout or fatigue late in the season.

“This year, what I put into it is kind of scary, because I usually take a little bit more time off and then start working [out].” Faulk said. “But I put a lot of work in, and hopefully it doesn't set me back.”

Faulk also admitted that the high ankle sprain he played on last season still hasn’t completely healed.

“My understanding of it is it's something that gets better but it doesn't heal,” Faulk explained. “It's a nagging thing that your body can kind of get used to it. It'll go through some adjustments. You'll have some scar tissue break up. I might have a day off or something like that because it might irritate me a bit. And then the next day I'll probably go.”

Harsh. Faulk is worried about the offseason work setting him back and he’s telling us his ankle will never be the same. Is he playing possum or is he warning fantasy owners not to take him?

Hate to hate, but I am not targeting Faulk for my teams this season.
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Postby Vixtor » Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:27 am

Hmm, I wonder what "hasn't completely healed" means. That's no good.
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Postby moochman » Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:41 am

That really makes me worry if Faulk will be able to make the cuts he used to. On turf those quick cuts place a lot of strain on the legs. Can anyone recall a player who’s home field was grass getting a high ankle sprain? I had high expectations for Faulk this year, hmm.
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Postby Confluence » Mon Jul 28, 2003 9:45 am

moochman wrote:That really makes me worry if Faulk will be able to make the cuts he used to. On turf those quick cuts place a lot of strain on the legs. Can anyone recall a player who’s home field was grass getting a high ankle sprain? I had high expectations for Faulk this year, hmm.


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Postby Xtreme » Mon Jul 28, 2003 2:16 pm

Call me a dreamer, but I still say Faulk will be back with a vengence. Mark my words. He'll be top 3 by year end.
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Postby moochman » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:06 pm

Xtreme wrote:Call me a dreamer, but I still say Faulk will be back with a vengence. Mark my words. He'll be top 3 by year end.

I, too, foresee a great year for Faulk. If he comes back with a vengeance, he will be the best in the league by far. His ability to rush and catch, and score either way, from anywhere on the field, make him the most versatile back around, and a fantasy goldmine. Damned injuries.
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Postby griswold98 » Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:35 pm

Okay from reading all the above. Faulk is bigger and stronger, but still acknowledging he is not 100%. Should he be the first RB taken in drafts? Why or Why not? In my opinion if he stays healthy he will easily beat out tomlinson, portis, and williams for the top rb spot.

Just some food for thought here, since most FF league playoffs are played out between week 14 and 17. Faulk will have by far the softest defenses to play against during those weeks. Does this make him more valuable?

All assuming he stays healthy of course
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Postby Xtreme » Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:57 pm

I think it goes without saying that if he stays healthy, he's the top back. Isn't that the question here? Does anybody actually doubt his abilities when he's healthy? Even on last year's horrible offense, when he was healthy, he was putting up 150 total yards a game and 1-2 td's. The question is definitely his health. Being a Faulk keeper, I only expect 13-14 games out of him, but I'm willing to take that risk because I think he'll out score the rest of the league with less games.
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Postby Guest » Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:57 am

in my league, Faulk was the overall #1 pick. I was rather surprised at that, but I wouldn't expect him to drop past 5 in most leagues.
As far as end of the year schedules go, you have to make it to your fantasy playoffs first, so personally, I would never draft someone based on their schedule in the last 2 weeks. If it looks like you're gonna make the playoffs you can always trade for someone with an easier schedule if you feel like it.
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Postby griswold98 » Tue Jul 29, 2003 6:43 am

You are correct no team owner should draft his/her TEAM based on the last couple weeks of the season, BUT it does not hurt to take in consideration of the opponents one or two of your top draft picks will play during the weeks that actually count assuming, like you said, your team makes it into the playoffs!

So will I take faulk number one this year? Yes I will, not because of his opponents at the end, because I believe he will put up equally good numbers along with the rest of the leagues top backs. The fact that he's playing some soft defenses in the end will only help. :-)
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