The Guru wrote:How can some of you have Barlow ahead of Stephen Davis?
Ricky Williams seems too low on some also.
Because Davis is old and seems to miss time with injuries every season. Plus, he has DeShaun Foster, who is more than capable of doing the job pushing him, and there's the possibility of it degenerating into RBBC, or worse Foster taking the job over. Barlow has no legit competition for his job, making him probably a safer pick, which is why many people would take Barlow over Davis. I agree that because of the teams and the lines, Barlow with the full workload on the 49ers has a lower upside than Davis with a full workload on the Panthers. However, it is fairly unlikely that Foster won't be more of a factor than last year.
As far as Ricky Williams, I see him as clearly being inferior to the big 7 stud backs (LT, Holmes, Portis, Ahman, Alexander, Deuce, Lewis). It's pretty much a wash between him and Edge IMO. The reason people are down on him is
1. Miami's terrible o-line and it doesn't look to be radically improved.
2. Lack of a legitimate QB to take the pressure off the run (many are skeptical that Feely is the answer, and Boston could be as much of a problem as a help).
3. Dave Wannstedt is still the head coach, and has the propensity to call games poorly, hurting his fantasy stats, and just generally bungle everything.
4. Ridiculously heavy workload the past 2 years could catch up to him. It's possible some of the 3.5 ypc last year is a result of an Eddie George-type decline from overuse as opposed to the o-line, QB and Wannstedt being totally to blame.
The 7 RBs most people take ahead of Ricky have better offensive lines to run behind, less incompetent head coaches, and good QBs (except possible the SD and BAL situations).