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Fantasy Football Info: Ladell Betts Could Take Carries Away from Clinton Portis

San Francisco 49ers v Washington Redskins

Clinton Portis got off to an MVP like first half for the Washington Redskins. After the first 8 games of the season Clinton was on pace for more than 1,600 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. No doubt Portis gave his fantasy football owners big smiles and lots of fantasy success to start their years off right.

But unfortunately for fantasy football owners of this star runner his season was truly a tail of two halves. In the first half of the season Portis had a fine 5.0 yards per carry and was posting sparkling numbers every week.

In the second half of the season Portis only averaged 3.5 yards per carry and only posted one game over 80 rushing yards. Not only did Clinton struggle in the yards department but he also only managed 2 rushing touchdowns in the second half of the season.

Can Portis and Head Coach Jim Zorn Get Along

Washington Redskins Minicamp

Lets face it Portis has never been shy about voicing his opinion to his coaching staff and the media. So when we all learned last year that Portis and new head coach Jim Zorn didn’t see eye to eye on things, it really wasn’t that surprising to me.

So far this off-season has been quite for Portis and he has come out and told the media that everything is good between himself and the coaching staff. While I believe some of that is true, the heat has not really started up until the season actually begins.

In the end while Portis is a loud mouth at times I don’t believe his is the type of guy that will put on a show like Terrell Owens did in Philadelphia.

Look for Portis to stay on the team and remain highly active in the Redskins offense.

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

While Portis should be the feature runner on the team this year, fantasy football owners and football fans alike are beginning to wonder if Portis will stay healthy.

Granted he is only 28 years old but remember that Portis came into the league at a very early age of 20. Also take into account that Portis has been a feature runner in the NFL since his rookie year as well.

So while he may be 28 years old this coming season, he is really in NFL football terms more like 30 or 31 years old, in wear and tear.

I do believe that Portis will have another solid season for the Redskins, but I also believe that the Skins will use Ladell Betts more in the offense.

New York Giants v Washington Redskins

Betts has been lurking in the shadows the past couple season but remember that he had a very nice season in 2006 for Washington (and fantasy football owners) as he posted 1,600 all purpose yards and 5 touchdowns.

Ladell also did most of that damage in the second half of the season making his numbers even more explosive. No doubt Betts carried many a fantasy owner to championships, including my Uncle Mike ( jerk) whom beat me and the Reddog (my dad) in the playoffs.

Those memory’s are still painful but what matters most about this information is that the Redskins should lower Portis’s work load and they have a very capable option in the organization to do just that.

Fantasy Football Information for Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts

San Diego Chargers v Washington Redskins

Look for Portis to still have around 300 carries this season for the Redskins. However I do believe you might see Clinton’s reception totals also dip and maybe under 20 catches for this season, as Betts should take over in passing downs.

Betts will see more touches this season but in the long run I believe this will be a good thing for fantasy owners with Portis, as he should stay healthy all year.

One role that Portis will not be giving up (or he will come unglued) is the goaline work in the offense. Look for Clinton to keep his average of around 9 to 11 touchdowns a season in tact for 2009.

At this point in time Portis is still a fine 2nd round pick in 10 and 12 team fantasy football leagues. Draft this reliable runner and he will have a steady season for your fantasy football team.

As far as Betts goes, if you have room on your team he might be worth stashing away on your fantasy football roster. This guy has had tremendous success in the past and has helped fantasy owners to championships. It is always nice to know that you have a capable option like this on your depth chart during the season.

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