With preseason games now underway, time for part two of our 2012 Fantasy Football Preview. Last week, James Morris examined the quarterbacks. Now he profiles the running backs:
1) Arian Foster: We start with the #1 player that should be taken in any fantasy draft format. He isn’t without risk as the Texans lost veteran RT Eric Winston and RG Mike Brisiel in free agency, but the zone-blocking scheme should guarantee continued success.
The running back position is an interesting one. While the value of the franchise quarterback has increased exponentially in recent years, we’ve seen a bit of a shift as far as RB value goes. The term “dime a dozen” gets used a lot when discussing the guys that smash head-first into the trenches 20+ times a game. With so much emphasis on the passing game, teams are less and less likely to use high draft picks or big money on a RB, though there are some exceptions.
Jesse unveils his NFL Top 10 after the first week of the season as Bokamper and Drayton analyze the list. Also, as the segment wraps, Bo delivers a strong parting shot.
For the first time in 2010, the Miami Dolphins lost a road game, going down to the Ravens 26-10 in Baltimore. It was a game of missed tackles and missed opportunities for the Fins, as several key mistakes helped keep them down most of the day. Ronnie Brown’s 12-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the day was the only TD that the Fins would score, and Dan Carpenter’s 19-yard field goal right before halftime capped off the rest of the scoring.
The Miami Dolphins look to run their road record to a perfect 5-0 in Baltimore this week as they also look for their first win over the Ravens since their OT victory in 2007. This will be the 10th all-time meeting between the teams, with the Fins holding a 5-4 advantage in the previous nine, though Baltimore has come out on top in each of the last two games, both of which were doing the 2008 season (27-13 in October and 27-9 in the playoffs).
The Dolphins defense will look to continue their stingy ways when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens this Sunday. In the four road victories the defense has allowed an average of just 13.5 points per game.
They’ll go up against a Ravens offense that has averaged 29.3 points per game over their past three games. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is 2-0 against the Dolphins and is 4-1 in his past 5 games with nine touchdown tosses and just one interception.