Another Lesson Learned

I knew I would be coming up with some other lessons learned after I put out the annual article earlier this month, and sure enough I have.

Another lesson learned in 2007 was that depth charts are tricky. Many times, we see a player listed as the backup running back, for example, only to see the 3rd or even 4th back step up and play a lot more once a starter goes down. Every situation is different, so if you’re looking to protect your investment, you have to take some of the depth charts with a grain of salt and think the situation through.

Sometimes, there’s not much you can do. A good example was the New York Giants this past year. We knew the Giants liked Derrick Ward, and we wrote up all summer and early in the season that he would be “in the mix” for carries if Brandon Jacobs went down. As it turned out, he was really the lead back for the G-Men. Most likely, his impressive performances in Weeks Two and three (he averaged 6.8 and 6.0 YPC) influenced the team to roll with him over Reuben Droughns, but the team probably had the plan [...]

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