I live by the draft two RB's in Rounds #1 and #2 strategy. In both drafts, I drew the #4 and #5 picks in 12-man leagues. Both times, the draft came back around to me with Tiki Barber on the board and I snatched him both times bypassing the likes of Fred Taylor, William Green, Stephen Davis and Eddie George. Everyone I've spoke to think that Tiki is close to dropping out of the top 20 RB's because of an article that said Dorsey Levens is the new goal line back. So, question, why would NY want to take Tiki out of the offense when:
A) He is such a receiving threat.
B) Averaged 4.6 YPC
C) Drove his TD production to an all-time high with 11.
D) Had over 1,900 combined yards from scrimmage last year, ranking him 4th behind Priest, Ricky and LT
Sure, I know he ways just under 200 pounds and isn't the ideal goalline RB, but people seem to think he's going to drop back to having a 4 TD production year. This just doesn't seem realistic to me when you have Shockey forcing the LB's to focus on him and therefore not focus on Barber. Plus, Barber doesn't have a good backup in Ron Dayne, who has shown that he is too slow to the hole for the NFL.
I'm interested in what others think. Should I look to deal Tiki based on last year's production or should I just hold tight because Levens may not make an impact on Barber at all? Thanks for the comments!