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Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams Splitting Carries | NFL Football Rankings


This year I truly believed the Miami Dolphins would let Ronnie Brown be their feature back. Why wouldn’t I think he would be as after all he is a very talented player. Not only that but Ricky Williams was already talking about his new career as a massage therapist this offseason and the team was saying he lost a step.

High Expectations

Last year Brown was coming off of a torn acl and most runners don’t comeback to full strength until their second year after this injury. With this injury, it was not surprising to see Brown and Williams split time in 2008.

Coming into week one against the Falcons, I expected to see Brown get at least 18 carries in the season opener. Unfortunately, Brown only had ten carries, as Williams split time with him and had seven carries.

Not only did Williams see a comparable amount of touches but he also had a 5.6 yard per carry average.

In recent days when head coach Tony Sparano was asked about Brown’s work load, he noted that the team doesn’t have a true feature back. Not only that but he also said that he plans on using Brown and Williams together all year.

While I’m not totally convinced he will distribute the touches this way all year, I am concerned about Brown’s fantasy value.

Miami Dolphins v Atlanta Falcons

Brown is in a contract year and this was supposed to be the year he broke out. Not only is he fully healthy, but he is in the prime of his career. If Brown cannot display that he can be a feature back now, I don’t know when he ever will.

Ronnie Brown’s Fantasy Football Ranking

Coaches in the NFL are notorious for bluffing about what they will actually do on game days. With that being said, if the Dolphins run Brown and Williams evenly this week, against the Colts, it may be time to panic.

Later in the season I do believe the Dolphins will cut Brown lose and let him run more, but they may lower his work load in the first half. Brown has never held up in any season as a feature back, without getting injured.

In the end, it is probably this knock that will hurt his fantasy value for the early part of the season.

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