Whoever coined the phrase “the more the merrier” clearly never played in a fantasy football league or managed around a backfield committee. Dealing with a RBBC can be more frustrating than a psychiatrist trying to understand anything that comes out of the mouth of Charlie Sheen lately.
Simply put, it’s hard to “win.”
Unfortunately, owners could be looking at yet another committee situation next season. This one is developing in Green Bay, home of the World Champion Packers, and involves the duo of Ryan Grant and James Starks. Grant missed most of the 2010 campaign with an injured ankle, which opened the door for Starks to see more work in the backfield. While he didn’t put up huge numbers, he did help the team during it’s championship run.
Starks also made an impression on coach Mike McCarthy, who told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Buffalo product “has a chance to be a great player.” So despite the success Grant had in the previous three years (3,412 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns), he’s not likely to return to a featured role.
In fact, McCarthy expects Grant and Starks to compete for carries.
“That’s the way we’ve always played,” said McCarthy. “I’m not looking to run one guy into the ground.”
I’m still fulling expecting Grant to open next season atop the Packers depth chart, but he’s almost certain to see a decrease in touches with Starks in the mix. The team also has the option of bringing back one or both of impending free agents John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson, which would further cloud the situation.
So while I wouldn’t say that Grant has been completely “Wally Pipped,” he’s certainly lost some of his luster.
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