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Postby Ousmagic » Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:05 pm

should i start rudi or marcel shipp this week?
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Postby KingGhidra » Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:11 pm

I agree with deft, don't make decisions based on what they say, make decisions based on what they do. Corey will get 5-10 carries and Rudi will get about 20. Business as usual.
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Postby Paladyr » Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:00 pm

If i had him (which I did but i dropped him), i would still start him this week.

I'm playing the guy that has Rudi as well, and am certainly hoping that:

1. Dillon splits carries.
2. Dillon is the goal line back.

That would be sweet.
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Postby hawksfan896 » Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:37 pm

I'm with you paladyr, I dropped him earlier (because I had Dillon when he got "healthy" again), but luckily picked him back up when Dillon's car went boom. I work with everyone I'm in my league with and there were like 9 guys that tried to pick him up right after I did. They were pissed. I'm not starting Rudi this week, but I'm certainly not getting rid of him. Dillon's always been kind of a head case (not that I can blame him playing in Cincy all these years), but this year he's getting out of control.
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Postby Wesley Walker » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:08 pm

greenman wrote:maybe Dillon will re-injure his groin and get placed on IR for the season.....
we can only hope


Maybe Dillon will get stabbed.
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Postby DUKE » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:58 pm

They both are intriguing plays this week. I'm sort of looking at this as a telling evaluation of the two backs. I've heard local hintings of Corey getting a legitimate opportunity to produce, with Rudi getting his share as well. For Rudi owners, it's defintely bad news, but he still has value. I think one will emerge as the better fantasy contributor before long, giving Rudi a slight edge, but Corey a very good possibility.
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Postby phunkadelic » Fri Nov 21, 2003 8:19 am

Rudi will get more carries than Dillion, at about a 65/35 clip. The "starter" however will probably be named Dillion on or around gameday, but don't let that get in the way of your decision to start Rudi over CD if you have that option.
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Postby M_Zimm_ffc » Fri Nov 21, 2003 9:54 am

If I had a good option I would bench Rudi, but the way he has been playing I think I will keep him in this week and see how he does. If he loses carries I will bench him next week but I wouldn't doubt him having a good game.
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Postby KingGhidra » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:32 pm

Interesting article I got off of fanball.com


Mirage: Rudi Johnson will continue to be Cincy’s main ball carrier.
“Rudi, Rudi, Rudi!” That chant has gone down as one of the most sacred for the Clover Leafs and over the past four weeks it's made its way into the NFL. But now it's about to be shut up as quickly as it started by the big bad bully Corey Dillon.

That Johnson has infected the minds and hearts of NFL fans and fantasy players is lost on a man without a heart, like Dillon. So what if Rudi's helped the team while Dillon has been hurting from a sore groin the last two months to a 5-5 record? So what if he's been humble and just hands the ball to the ref after scoring instead of doing the "Machine Gun" or Sapp's "Pogo Stick" or the "Throat Slash" like so many others? And for the one that hurts the most: So what if he's your starting fantasy running back? It looks like it’s going to be running back by committee in Cincy.

Said coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday, "We're experimenting with trying to come up with a way to put them both in there. Rudi deserves an opportunity to play as well. Obviously Corey's our starter. We'll look at that down the road, too.”

I was going to spout off on something like "what the crap is that all about?" but I'll let fantasy chatters write it for me. This is what was said Thursday in Fanball's free chat room that echoes my sentiments exactly:

alaint1976 said in all caps (which was nice): "HOW COULD MARV LEWIS LET DILLON EVEN TOUCH THE BALL AFTER HOW WELL RUDI HAS BEEN PLAYING?"

tom petty#1 responded: "dillon 6 years 1000 yards rudi two good games!!"

Touché

Then there was another remark comparing Dillon to Bettis, in that the Bus had been doing well for years and now he’s grounded. There’s only one problem with that. Bettis is 31 and Dillon is 29. He's in his prime, like Stephen Davis in Carolina, so why not ride out the season with Dillon?

Coach Marvin Lewis said Dillon has been gracious with Rudi's success, still we don't see him being as amiable as Emmitt Smith is with Marcel Shipp.

In an interview with Michael Irvin this week, Smith said he thought the starting job should belong to Shipp because of how well he has played. Everyone, except maybe Dillon and his agent, feels the same way about Rudi and the No. 1 running back gig in Cincy. Once again this is age vs. talent here, but it is also class over crass.

Dillon won't back down, not after he's been struggling, as tompetty#1 brilliantly pointed out in the chat, with the Bengals for six-plus years. Sorry, but Johnson enthusiasts will be stuck renting the movie if they want anything to cheer for Rudi in Cincinnati on Sunday, all thanks to the fantasy destroyer Dillon.
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Postby Guest » Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:39 pm

next year im betting about 80 pecent sure dillion wont be with the begals next year.
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