Portis worthy of late-round pick

Redskins RB Clinton Portis might just have some fantasy life left in him yet.

Maybe have already discarded Portis to the fantasy scrap pile, pushing him to the bottom of the cheat sheet with the rest of lightly regarded fantasy backs. An Island of Misfit Backs, if you will.

But should we be so quick to dismiss Portis this season?

Portis’ 2009 campaign was completely forgettable, but that goes for the entire Redskins organization. While many regard Portis as past his prime, it is important to note that he is not yet 30 (the dreaded age of running backs) and has never had 370 attempts (the devastating cutoff for running backs) in a season.

Plus, he will be reunited with coach Mike Shanahan.

Now comes word that the Redskins could part ways with Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, meaning there could be a bigger role for Portis this season.

With an average draft position of the 11th round, Portis could be one of those late-round gems that could offer some production. Not to advocate him being a No. 2 RB, or even a flex starter, but Portis seems like a better bet to produce than some of the other backs available at that point. If you are choosing from a pool that includes Laurence Maroney, LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren McFadden, what is the harm?

The risk is so low, but there is a chance that Portis could have one of those bounce-back years with an offense that he is familiar with. Do not be so quick to close that door.

Adam Rank

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