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When you're trying to decide whether to pick up a third-string RB, do you turn to Colin Cowherd or Ashton Kutcher, who has a fantasy show on Ustream?

Brett Favre Should Brett Favre ever line up at wide receiver?
After his crack-back block on Texans safety Eugene Wilson, maybe the Vikings quarterback should consider giving defensive backs the chance to answer back.

Brian Westbrook Which running back would you most want on your fantasy team?
Brian Westbrook (1,338 yards and 14 touchdowns combined in '08), Clinton Portis (1,487 yards and nine touchdowns rushing) or Brandon Jacobs (1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing)?

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Times are tough and fans are hurting, but teams that fail to sell out home dates still have those games blacked out in local markets.

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There's little doubt who the best running back in football is these days; he's the guy that has more states than Minnesota native Walter Mondale carried in 1984 voting for the Vikings to win the NFC North despite Brett Favre's decision to stay retired.

As long as you have Adrian Peterson, you have a chance. Then again, that's not altogether different from how people felt about Larry Johnson as the 2007 NFL season approached.

You remember Johnson, the guy who rushed for 1,789 yards on a record 416 carries in 2006, a year after topping 1,700 yards with 20 touchdowns in a breakout campaign. Back in June, 2007, voters said he was the second-best back in the game (granted, Secretariat's margin of victory in the Belmont was a photo finish in comparison to LaDainian Tomlinson's lead) and clearly the Chiefs' most indispensable player.

Now it's 2009 and despite better than 800 yards last season, Johnson can't get a sniff when it comes to the backs "SportsNation" (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2) is asking voters to rank for Thursday's show. Just more proof that success can be fleeting at one of the NFL's most physically demanding positions. Be forewarned, Vikings fans.

The Mini Ditkas

wonder where RBs that had a goodly amount of carries combined with a goodly amount of receptions fit in in all this? For example: Matt Forte had 316 carries last year, far below the 370 curse mark, but also caught 63 passes...combined touches 379, so he's over the limit. May not mean anything at all, but I expect to see a drop off in his production this year simply because teams will scheme to shut him down more, IMO.

-- The Mini Ditkas
noodlerii

L.T. will duplicate his numbers from last season, and I can tell you now.. I spent too much time watching him log around 50 yards with zero scores to rest easy. Time to find a new horse for my squad.

-- noodlerii

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