Will Clinton Portis Fail You Down the Stretch?

Nov 24, 2008


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Clinton Portis is back.  After his 29 carry, 143-yard performance against Seattle, how can you argue that fact?  The thing I don’t get is why do they keep feeding him the ball so many times?  They have an excellent backup RB in Ladell Betts.  Shaun Alexander can still give you something, especially against the team that cast him away.  I’d even throw a carry or two Rock Cartwright’s way.  Seattle is 22nd against the run with 122.0 yards allowed per game, but is 31st against the pass with 259.2 ypg.  Maybe try to exploit that weakness a little more.  Anything to lighten the load for #26.  The Redskins are facing tough matchups the next couple of weeks.  No need to run him into the ground against lowly Seattle, who fell to 2-9. 

The aforementioned matchups for Portis are against the Giants in Week 13 and at Baltimore in Week 14.  The G-Men are sixth with just 84.8 rushing ypg.  The Ravens are fourth at 80.2 ypg.  Both rank in the top four in rushing TDs allowed.  Baltimore has allowed three and New York has allowed four.  Baltimore is fourth with 17.0 points allowed and the Giants are fifth with 18.1.  Baltimore is second with 262.3 total yards allowed per game and the Giants are fifth with 275.4. 

We are at the critical stage of the fantasy football season.  If you are counting on Portis the next couple weeks you could be in trouble.  Facing the Giants in what’s likely the last week of the regular season and Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs is brutal.  The good news is if you can survive the next two weeks he faces two teams that are splitting at the seams in Cincinnati and Philadelphia in Weeks 15 & 16.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    November 24th, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    29 carries for 143-yards is pretty sweet for Portis. Facing the Giants and Ravens back to back will make Portis owners look back on this game as when they should have traded him, at his peak. Nice write-up brother.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    Unfortunately most trade deadlines have passed. Plus, if you’re in it at this point you have your eye on the prize and would look into trades.

  3. Rad
    November 24th, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    Good point, jsut plug him in and pray for the best, or hopefully you read this blog and picked up Ahmad Bradshaw or Peyton Hillis as your backup.

  4. LestersLegends
    November 24th, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    I’d play him against the G-Men unless I had like Chris Johnson or something this week as my 3rd RB. I like his matchup against DET. Week 14 against Baltimore would be tough.

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