If you had Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain or Ray Rice on your fantasy football team last season, you know exactly how hard it was to predict who to start and who to sit from week to week.
Well, it looks like the same will be true in 2009.
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron cleared the air about his backfield situation and squashed reports that McClain would be moved to a more traditional fullback role in an interview with CBS Sports.com.
- “You know, I’ve read that everybody thinks we’ve moved him back to fullback and I’m not sure where that came from,” Cameron said. “He’s a running back. That’s the way I view him. To me, Lorenzo Neal is a fullback, and a great one. Le’Ron, to me, and I felt like this when I saw him in college, is a potential running back. He’s also a guy that can play fullback, play tailback, and actually we’re going to use him a little bit at tight end this year.”
Cameron did admit that McClain would see fewer carries in an offense that should evolve under Joe Flacco, however, so fantasy leaguers should still expect his yardage totals to decrease. He’ll still see his share of touchdown chances, but it’s hard to see him as more than a flex starter.
The depth chart, according to Cameron, is still very much up in the air.
Rice has had a tremendous offseason and was reportedly the favorite to start, but McGahee has returned to full speed from knee surgery and remains very much in the mix. He participated in a recent minicamp without limitations and will enter training camp without issue.
Regardless of who starts and who comes off the bench, all three of these backs will be used in the offense.
- “It truly is running back by committee,” Cameron said, “and I am convinced that all three of those guys are about winning. Not about contracts or other stuff, and I think all three want to win and they know we’re going to need all three of them.”
Cameron’s words are anything but music to the ears of fantasy enthusiasts, who might be better off letting someone else draft McGahee, McClain or Rice.
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