GMoney wrote:yeah. ive been about as devout a Barlow fan as youll find, and even I am starting to get a little concerned about his future.
I think he will get at least until week 8 to show what he can do. if its nadda then i think that Gore will get a shot for a few weeks.
IMO however Gore has NOTHING more to offer than Barlow. Hes not fast, hes not strong, he has no knees, and even back at full strength last year he couldnt produce 1000 yards in NCAA. That was a clarrett type waste of a 3rd rounder.
Next year I look for the niners to grab a RB in the 1st round. The WR and DB class is terribly terribly weak next year and RB is the only other main area of concern on the team. a guy like Reggie Bush will be too hard to pass up should the opportunity arrise.
I disagree, Gmoney. I think Gore is faster, about as strong, much more agile, and most importantly- has much better vision than Barlow.
Barlow had the talent be has clearly shown he doesn't have the work ethic. I'm close to giving up on him.
I think Gore has pretty solid value. My bet he is the full starter by week 5, as you can tell Nolan much prefers him. Since Nolan and Mccarthy want to run more than pass to control to clock and keep our defense off the field, Gore will get a lot of carries if he becomes the starter.
He's definetely one of the lesser running backs in the league, but he's a solid backup who you can matchup once he becomes the starter.
As for Battle, he is definetely better than Lloyd. Sure, Lloyd had one nice catch on Sunday, but he is nowehere near as athletic as Battle. Lloyd specializes in making amazing catches- the man has great hands, however he does not have the agility, speed, strength, or leaping ability to be a playmaker. He is the perfect #2 WR. I doubt he will ever be more than that.
Battle, on the other hand, has the talent to be a major contributor. He is still very raw, but again, I think he's a solid backup who you can matchup at receiver. I plan to pick him up as soon as I can clear some space on my roster.
As for Rattay, I think he's a solid fantasy play. I'd definetely rank him above some ovverrated guys like David Carr. Rattay is, as kensat said very solid when he gets protection. He is kinda like Bledsoe. Good at reading coverage and accurate, but no mobility at all. Rattay will get a lot of pass attempts when we get down big, so I like him in fantasy.
Rattay, is in fact the reason I wish we hadn't drafted Smith. If we had drafted say Ronnie Brown or Braylon Edwards in that spot we would have much more upside this year.
Jeff Garcia proved that you don't have to have the best arm to succeed in the west coast offense.