Looking threw a fantasy football magazine, I've noticed that Willie Parker produced some pretty solid numbers last season. 255 carries, 1202 ru. yds., 4 tds & 218 rec. yds., 1 td. Comparing those numbers to other RBs ranked higher than him, I found he had:
48 more carries and 300 more yards than Ronnie Brown, each with 5 tds.
50 less carries, 30 less rushing yards, 150 less receiving yards, but 3 more td's than Droughns.
50 more carries, 350 more rushing yards, 150 less receiving yards, but 2 more td's than D. Foster.
75 less carries, 40 less rushing yards, 100 more receiving yards than Willis McGahee, each w/ 5 td's.
25 more carries, 250 more rushing yards, 120 less receiving yards than D. Davis, and 1 less td.
Why is Parker falling if he outproduced some backs that people have ranked higher than him? I'm curious. Maybe you guys don't have those other guys ranked higher...any thoughts?
Basically, you're asking where Parker ranks with the following backs...
Ronnie Brown, Dom. Davis, McGahee, Droughns and Foster.
Brown's ranking has to do with speculation - Miami has an upward trajectory for this year, and he's now not going to be sharing the load with Ricky. Of those six backs, he seems to have the best talent/system/youth combination.
Dom. Davis' numbers were down last year partly due to injury. The big concern with Davis is injury, but Houston passing on Bush is a definite sign that the Texans are confident with DD as their primary back. When he starts, he's a huge threat rushing/receiving and close to a first round pick in PPR leagues.
McGahee is maybe the most talented running back in the league, stuck in an absolute disaster of an organization in Buffalo. If they can muster any sort of passing game to keep 8 guys out of the box, McGahee on a pure talent level would easily get back into the top 10 RBs in the league.
Droughns had a hard time finding the endzone last year, but he proved that he was durable and consistent as the year-long starting back for Cleveland. Another situation where the back managed good numbers on a below-average team.
Foster is a major talent, but is constantly injured. He also now has DeAngelo Williams breathing down his neck.
The knock on Parker, I think, is that he's not an inside-the-20s kind of back. He hit a lot of homeruns last year, but he had a wide variation in his fantasy production, particularly in weeks 8 to 15. I think the intuition is that he'll continue to lose goal line/redzone carries to Duce Staley and Verron Hayes.
In a draft, I would rank those 6 like this...
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He started out hot with 2 game total of 250 plus yards and 2 td's.
But after that he was good or bad, only got 3 more 100 yard games in during the whole season. He managed 1200 yards with bettis getting a few steals, now duce will be the new bettis and for now I dont expect anything over his 2005 numbers. 1400 yards and 5 td's from scrimmage isnt that bad though.
The_Dude wrote:Brown Davis McGahee Droughns Parker Foster
Swap Davis and McGahee and I agree.
No, keep it as is
I would not only switch McGahee with Davis but I would easily switch Parker with Droughns. Futhermore I would then switch foster with Droughns. So:
Brown McGahee Davis Parker Foster Droughns
Done deal, period.
Foster over Droughns? not by me
Brown Mcgahee Davis Droughns Parker Foster
LOL..ok...but you do know they released the TD vulture Davis don't you? Davis sniped what like 12 TDs last year? Image Foster getting some of those, that my friend puts him over Droughns in my book. Incase you missed it: