Redskins running back Clinton Portis is coming off his best fantasy performance of the season, scoring two touchdowns and posting a total of 18 fantasy points on NFL.com.
That’s why now is the perfect time to trade him.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, Portis looks “heavy, sluggish and slow and is clearly not the same back he once was.” Lombardi went on to say that Portis isn’t even in shape and that “he can’t break tackles” anymore.
I talked about this exact point in the preseason in NFL.com’s fantasy draft kit:
“Portis is the second-youngest back on our list — he turns 28 in September — but he’s still weathered. The veteran has carried the ball at least 325 times in four of the last five seasons, and the end of his 2008 campaign was littered with various ailments. No one can question his talent and statistical impact, but Portis is at risk to break down.”
The signs were there last season, when Portis started to become brittle and suffered multiple injuries in the second half. Those signs have turned into a harsh reality now, as Portis is averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry in his last nine games.
While he did find fantasy success against the Panthers in Week 5, he averaged just 3.0 yards per carry in the game against the worse run defense in the NFL.
Portis still has some name value, and a matchup in Week 6 against the Chiefs makes him an even more attractive option for an unsuspecting owners who needs a running back and doesn’t realize that the end is getting near for this one-time fantasy superstar.
Don’t wait until Portis starts to break down to put him on the trade block. If you can’t deal him, make sure to add Ladell Betts as insurance.