Fantasy Football Profile: Clinton Portis
Because he’s been playing at such a high level for so many years, Clinton Portis seems older than he actually is. It’s hard to believe that Portis will turn 28 in September. He’s like the college basketball player that plays meaningful minutes for four years. When they are a Senior it seems like they’ve been there five or six years.
CP had another outstanding year rushing for 1487 yards with 9 TDs with another 28 receptions for 218 yards. It’s amazing that Portis’ 1487 yards is the fourth highest total of his career. He should eclipse the 10,000 yard mark this year should he stay healthy. Portis was given the ball a few too many times last year in my opinion. There is no reason he had 342 carries when Ladell Betts, a capable backup, had just 61. Perhaps the 3.0 yards per carry Portis had in December was a reflection of the fatigue from overuse.
Despite playing in the tough NFC East, Portis has some nice matchups in 2009. He faces St. Louis and Detroit in Weeks 2 & 3, Kansas City in Week 6, Denver in Week 10, and New Orleans in Week 13. He opens the fantasy playoffs against Oakland, followed by matchups with the Giants and the Cowboys.
Portis will likely be drafted in the late first or early second round. I’m not ready to signal the end for CP as I have him figured for 1600 total yards and 8 TDs.