Engel's FFL Mailbag: Aug. 10

Originally Published: August 10, 2004
By Scott Engel | ESPN Fantasy Edge
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Martin Luley, El Paso, TX: It looks like Quentin Griffin has the advantage in the running back competition in Denver. Is he worth taking a gamble as my second running back or am I going out on a limb?

Engel: Griffin did indeed look good in Denver's first preseason game, as he displayed good vision and open-field gear. But over time, doubts might begin to surface that he can't take the pounding of being an every-down back. Griffin could very well start the year off with some good games, only to fall into a slump as he gets worn out. Also keep in mind that rookie Tatum Bell should soon return from a finger injury. We're not saying Griffin can't become the clear No. 1 guy in Denver, but at 5-7 and 195 pounds, he'll have to show he can standout for more than just a few games. Griffin is clearly not a power runner who can break tackles with regularity, and he could get stuffed often in the regular season against strong front lines. Proceed with caution and don't draft Griffin before the latter portion of the fourth round.