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I’m done talking about who I’m crushing over or who should be drafted later on after half the league has turned to auto-draft. I get to introduce my series today which I’m sure all of you are waiting for after Tehol dubbed me his squire. The Razzball Squire, kinda sounds nice… I introduced my Canadian self in my first post, simultaneously dreaming about a fountain of maple syrup. The USB of Influence has been taken out – Welcome to The Max Factor – looking at one of the bigger stories going into the week… the enigma that is the Cowboys backfield. Whoever comes out of this situation on top could be a real fantasy value. I see four real names to look at in this case. My favorite for their draft value this year is Darren McFadden.

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Throughout my life as a conscious fantasy football player (ages 15-24), I promised myself I would never touch anyone on the Raiders. Let’s face it, they were the worst run organization 2003 onward, starting immediately after Rich Gannon got eaten by the ‘Bucs in the Super Bowl 37. With a change of scenery, no pressure and a much better team and especially offensive line, DMC could fully run away with the job. He looked dreadful last year on the Raiders, but no Raider has looked good in the last 5 years. I’m willing to give him a pass. Health is obviously a huge factor for DMC, and a healthy DMC getting 15+ touches a game, going where he is in the draft is insane value. I was able to lock him up in a few leagues as my RB3 or 4 and am really happy with his value there. I could see him producing RB2 numbers with 15-18 touches a game.

Now let’s take a look at the two deeper options Lance Dunbar and Christine Michael. Dunbar is a pretty uninspiring depth play. He’s an average runner at best, slightly above average pass catcher. Not much to look at here. He’s at best an occasional 3rd down back if these guys all stay healthy. With injuries he could see his touches rise but still won’t be too fantasy relevant. The signing of Michael is pretty much Dunbar’s value getting grabbed in the sack by Jeff Dabe (google him) and in one quick squeeze ending any chance of procreation (future value). If you like to handcuff your handcuff then Lance Dunbar is the guy for you. Christine Michael on the other hand is very intriguing. He was stuck behind Beastmode his first 2 years in the league, yet still held a nice buzz and you always wondered what his potential could be if got his touches. He’s got a very good pedigree, comes from a great background and after watching some of his film I can see he hits the hole hard, is a good downhill runner and has real powerful legs. I hope his Seahawk playstyle can rub off on to the almost feeble Cowboy mentality. If there’s an injury to DMC or Joseph Randle, Michael could see an uptick in his touches. It’s looking like Michael might not be active for week 1 but as the wear and tear of the season moves along he could be a useful piece. When injuries hit, they can hit hard.

Lastly we have Joseph Randle. I have zero reason to use a top-50 pick on someone with as little security for touches as Randle. I actually don’t own him in any league this year and I’m not unhappy about it. He’s shown some skill last season but has a very small sample size and has some red flags with his past actions and personality. He’s got the skill just like DMC to perform but can he carry the load? What scares me the most about the preseason and news so far is that he couldn’t impress enough in training camp or the pre-season to win the job outright. I’ve only hear that DMC has looked like best of the bunch.

The main point here, is that health and touches will decide who is the most valuable RB on the Cowboys roster. Right now DMC and Randle are the leading candidates but neither really has a leg up. I’d see them split touchers 45-45, with 10% going to Dunbar and Michael until someone gets hurt or can’t perform. If I had to bet on the outcome, I’d go McFadden as the early RB1 until he got hurt then Randle the rest of the way.

What are your guys thoughts about the Cowboys backfield going into the season?

 

 

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  1. Mike says:
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    10 team standard
    Need flex this week
    Abdullah.ry Mathews, A Robinson ,or charles Johnson
    Thx!

    • Max

      Max says:
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      @Mike: Robinson, I’ll hold off on abdullah until finding out how big of a workload he gets

  2. Gio says:
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    Half PPR…Need a flex…DMC, A. Robinson-JX, A. Johnson or Agholor?

  3. Max

    Max says:
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    Andre Johnson

  4. Mike says:
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    Would u drop hillman and pick up Christine Michael?
    Standard league
    Thx

    • Max

      Max says:
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      @Mike: Id hold hillman, michael is only late insurance at this point

  5. Mike says:
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    Or drop hillman and pick up Tyler lockett??

    • Max

      Max says:
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      @Mike: hold hillman unless your wr corp is super thin

  6. Dom B says:
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    Should I add duke Johnson hear big things about him and who should I drop for him.

    My team is
    QB Tony Romo
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Latavius Murray
    K STEVE HAUSCHKA
    DEF Bengals
    BENCH
    QB ELI MANNING
    WR KEENAN ALLEN
    RB GIO BERNARD
    WR JOHN BROWN
    WR STEVE SMITH

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: Also Rate team any weak spots positions I should trade for

      • Max

        Max says:
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        @Dom B: I tend to hold off on rooks, Im not owning Johnson in any 12 team leagues. In deeper leagues yes. Judging from your team though this is at lowest, a 10 team league.

        I like your team everywhere. Like romo this year a lot, Bell and murray, witten too. Your WR core is deadly. Id only Say RB depth. Maybe move something with allen, brown or smith for a RB.

  7. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Its getting crazy isn’t it? The back and forth between DMC and Randle is puzzling but leans more to my thoughts about Randle just not being that talented of a dude. Did DMC find the fountain of youth? Or did he just stop sippin lean and smoking bud this off season? Either way, Michael is the most talented but dude cant carry the ball on the left side of his body. it’s like the weirdest thing ever. It’s some sort of disease like ZOolander not being able to turn left. It’s disturbing. That and his propensity for fumbling. If he can get this under control and show out in practice he could be starting in a few weeks, after McFadden pulls both hammies and Randle proves inept.

    P.S. please be at my house at 6AM next Sunday. I need a power breakfast and my car waxed. You’re the best squire I’ve ever had, and I look forward to our continued relationship.

    • Max

      Max says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Michael runs real hard, watched some film and loved it. Randles got some shift but not grit, need grit to succeed in this league.

      I’ve purchased a beautiful woman (Jessica) wearing just a slightly transparent cloth vest to prepare breakfast in your kitchen and subsequently wax your car. I’m going to be shining your shoes with vigor while my pitbull stands guard in the meantime.

      P.S Fantasy sports knowledge is a turnon for Jessica. She loves dirty talk about marshawn lynchs running.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Max: LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

  8. CMUTimmah says:
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    I’m taking flyers on DMC in every league I can. I think he could be there guy there. He ALWAYS looked good when healthy in Oakland… he just couldn’t stay healthy. I can stomach a 12th or later round pick for a guy that is a possible monster, but an injury risk much easier than a 5th/6th on Randle.

    • Max

      Max says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: @CMUTimmah: Im seeing randle go as early as rounds 3-4 and just shake my head repeatedly. Give me that pick of DMC post pick 95 any day for the same amount of potential.

  9. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    I know that this is a forum on DMC mostly, but I’ve read some encouraging Michael info here to. Would any of you, Max, Tehol, etc…, drop Brandon Bolden for Michael as a long-term play?

    I have no plans on playing Bolden in week 1 and NE’s backfield is really the worst to try to manage.

    Thoughts?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: hell yes. Mad Max will take it from here. they say he’s a young legend in the making . #ElderGodBlessed

      • Max

        Max says:
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        @OldMilwaukeePounders: @Tehol Beddict: Michael is a sneaky good flier for later in the season. Bolden is pretty much a really really really poor mans shane vereen at this point. The Patriot backfield is never fun to be part of as its a total mystery. If you already have 3 solid backs then id definitely look at swapping michael for bolden to benefit in the later half of the season.

        • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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          @Max: Thanks, homies. I made the move and from the looks of it Bolden is going to be almost worthless on a week to week basis. Thanks!

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