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Starting Opposing RB's on the same game (1 Viewer)

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I hate starting running backs on teams that are playing each other. Do you avoid doing this when at all possible? If so, what's your thinking behind it? I don't have any stats or research behind it, but feel that I am limiting my overall potential with 2 RB's facing each other. How often do 2 two RB's have good games facing each other? I guess if one of the RB's is very much involved in the passing game (like a Reggie Bush), I would be more inclined to start opposing runners.

I tried a search, but couldnt find anything, so if you know of a link, please just post it.

Thanks,

 
I think this is as random as the composition of each fantasy team - and not very helpful. A stats junky may be able to contribute but I don't see anything that prevents two RBs having good days on opposite sides of the ball.

 
I hate starting running backs on teams that are playing each other. Do you avoid doing this when at all possible? If so, what's your thinking behind it? I don't have any stats or research behind it, but feel that I am limiting my overall potential with 2 RB's facing each other. How often do 2 two RB's have good games facing each other? I guess if one of the RB's is very much involved in the passing game (like a Reggie Bush), I would be more inclined to start opposing runners.I tried a search, but couldnt find anything, so if you know of a link, please just post it.Thanks,
You didn't find anything because it's a stupid question. Whether you start a player or not should have nothing to do the fact that they play on opposing teams in the NFL. What's more important is the opposing defense each faces. What if the two teams had lousy run defenses? Do you sit them? Don't be a guppy. There, case closed.
 
I hate starting running backs on teams that are playing each other. Do you avoid doing this when at all possible? If so, what's your thinking behind it? I don't have any stats or research behind it, but feel that I am limiting my overall potential with 2 RB's facing each other. How often do 2 two RB's have good games facing each other? I guess if one of the RB's is very much involved in the passing game (like a Reggie Bush), I would be more inclined to start opposing runners.I tried a search, but couldnt find anything, so if you know of a link, please just post it.Thanks,
You didn't find anything because it's a stupid question. Whether you start a player or not should have nothing to do the fact that they play on opposing teams in the NFL. What's more important is the opposing defense each faces. What if the two teams had lousy run defenses? Do you sit them? Don't be a guppy. There, case closed.
Turn it way down, jscout. It's not a stupid question.The OP's point is that, in broad general terms, a lot of running happens by teams that are leading in the second half. Since both teams can't be leading in the second half, it might limit your upside to have two opposing RBs in the same game. (Using the same argument, it might also limit your downside, which also has to be considered.) Of course, predicting RB success depends on approximately a million factors other than just whether the team is going to win, so maybe in practice it doesn't actually limit the upside. I'm inclined to think it probably doesn't in general, but I could be wrong.
 
2 strong running teams facing off also leads to less overall plays. The clock doesn't stop near as much. Less opportunities.

 
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You didn't find anything because it's a stupid question. Whether you start a player or not should have nothing to do the fact that they play on opposing teams in the NFL. What's more important is the opposing defense each faces. What if the two teams had lousy run defenses? Do you sit them? Don't be a guppy. There, case closed.

ok, Perry going against CLE, Lewis against CINCY. Both good plays, potentially. Odds are, both are not going to have GREAT days. One team MAY control the clock and the other guy will get much less opportunity. However, someone may have a third back that is comparible. I would take the third back and make my best guess on either Perry / Lewis of who is going to have a better game. I feel I have a better chance of a better week. I was looking for thought out responses.

Pretty quick to jump on peoples throats around here.

 
I'd be willing to bet most owners who started both Slaton and Lendale White last week felt pretty good about it afterward.

 
A quick glance at last week's game reveals this:

KC vs. Atl.

L. Johnson, 24/121/1

M. Turner, 23/104/3

Cin. vs. NYG

C. Perry, 20/74/1

A. Bradshaw/B. Jacobs, 23/115/1

Ten. vs. Hou.

C. Johnson/L. White, 32/123/2

S. Slaton, 18/116/1

Ari. vs. Was.

E. James, 18/93/0

Portis, 21/68/1

Det. vs. SF

F. Gore, 27/130/1

R. Johnson, 14/83/0

Jac. vs. Ind.

F. Taylor/M. Jones-Drew, 45/228/1

J. Addai, 16/78/2

In the other games, either only one team's running back had a good game or both teams' running backs had disappointing games. I haven't checked, but I'm guessing that most weeks are like this: in some games both backs do very well, in others only one does, and in others both disappoint. Somebody more skilled than I might be able to hypothesize why in some of the games I listed above both backs had good games, but I would guess that it's pretty much impossible to predict what's going to happen week to week--there are too many factors, just as in so many other things in this game.

 
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My point was that in your OP, you said "hate". That implies you're making an emotional decision. I called it stupid because that's tough love. I said this in another post and I'll say it here. Evaluate each starter based on whether that starter will give you the best chance to win. If one of those players were on another roster, would you still be wrestling with the same decision? If you choose to sit one, you risk picking the wrong one. If you have a third back who is better than either one of the ones you listed, then you should be starting him anyway. Bottomline is don't over think this. Play the odds and hunch when you need to. That's it.

 

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