TruNinerFan wrote:Sorry, but I disagree with you guys. I have M. Barber ranked higher in all formats. With T.O. gone, I expect Dallas to pound the football more with Barber. You just can't count on Portis down the stretch. He will start off the season fine, then he will suffer through 4 or 5 nagging injuries. He started to show signs of wear and tear last year and I think this could be the year we really start to see him break down. When he got a heavy workload last year, he couldn't make it through the year healthy. I will take the younger back and the guy who scores more Td's and that would be Barber.
On the contrary, last year wasn't the first year Portis was getting a heavy workload, in his two seasons with Denver he had over 270 carries twice, and he had 3 seasons of over 320+ carries with Washington already, carrying a full load is nothing new to him and other then 2006 you can't really say he's missed many games.
We can't predict injuries, guys like Westbrook can be battered up every year but still perform, and Portis is coming off 1700 total yards and 9 TD's, and there still isn't anyone to steal any carries...Dallas will be pounding the ball but they already stated they want every back to be involved, and Barber should be closing games out for the most part.
I'd just trust Portis in 4 quarters over Barber in the 4th or 2nd half, I can't rank Portis as if he's going to be hurt because he rarely misses games, but even being banged up last year 1700 yards is something Barber just won't reach this year as much as I like him.