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No point in going Young

Posted by Gabe Kahn September 25, 2008 05:52 AM

In a moment, you'll read how I think it's time to give up on Selvin Young as a starting fantasy football running back. I lay out my case quite nicely, I think.

Full disclosure, though: I started Young last Sunday over Ronnie Brown. Yes, Ronnie Brown, who ran over, through and around New England to the tune of 48 fantasy points.


Brown's career day (four rushing TDs, one passing TD, 113 rushing yards), while bittersweet for me, does nothing to dissuade me from benching Selvin Young. Even if Young goes off and finds the end zone this weekend or next, you still can't count on him to get enough carries, even in a high-powered offense like Denver's.

Brown, meanwhile, may be worthy of the fourth-round pick I used on him. It's not as if he came out of nowhere. Brown was the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft. Last year, before his knee got wrecked in Week 7 against New England, he was leading the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 991.

After drafting Brown, I feared I took him too high. Ricky Williams emerged from Dolphins camp as the starter and the word in the Miami newspapers was that Brown's knee was not fully recovered. Armed with that information, I kept Brown on my bench, penciled in first-round pick Frank Gore as one mainstay, and rotated Chris Perry and Young at my other running back slot. It's not as if Brown was giving me a reason to play him; through two games, he totaled 48 yards on 17 carries.

Predictably, Perry and Young did nothing for me in Weeks 1 and 2. So last Sunday morning, before my league's lineup deadline, I considered taking a flyer on Brown. I passed, and gave Young another shot. Bad move. If I had played Brown I would have won; I ended up losing.

Only 18 percent of CBS SportsLine.com's members who own Brown started him. That makes me feel a little better, I suppose. But in two weeks, when Miami is off its bye week and Brown is in my starting lineup, I'll truly be in a Fantasy Black Hole if Selvin Young cranks out three TDs and Ronnie Brown submits one of those my-Sunday-is-officially-ruined-lines of 11 carries for 25 yards.

Ed Ryan writes about fantasy sports and betting for OT and can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com

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