Ricky_Christ wrote: I'd put Barlow over Corey Dillon. Patriots love to spread the ball around too much. Dillon will have a few really good games, but his yearly totals won't be as high as Barlow.
Thats not really true about the Pats - they spread the ball around so much last yr through the air because they didnt have a fulltime RB that could handle the load. Their pass/rush %s werent that bad either - from memory I think it was a 47% run vs. 53% pass in that "pass heavy" attack everyone likes to say they had last yr. Expect Dillon to see a good 300+ carries, the majority of them in the 2nd half where Dillon has a history of excelling as the game wears on.
Barlow is simply overhyped. I base this on the theory he wont get much more than 4.5 ypc while defenses focus on shutting him down, and that SF will have to all but abandon the running game in the 2nd half of most games in an effort to play catch up.
As for Faulk being rated higher than him - let me rephraze that - whoever the RB in STL is, he will get better #'s than Barlow. If you get Faulk, simply handcuff him with SJackson in the 8th rd or so. Between the two of them, I expect one of the best #2 RB options you can have. BTW, I know SJackson isnt even their #2 RB option right now, but thats simply a matter of semantics and time - by the 4th/5th game of the season, they wont be able to hold SJackson off the field if/when Faulk has to sit. We saw how good he looked this preseason, and if thats any type of indication, he will be an elite RB in the near future.