FFL: Goal-Line Frustration
I couldn't help but wonder whether this particular person was a Carnell Williams owner in 2005, having watched as his starting running back averaged 79 rushing yards per game in a four-game span in November-December, yet actually wound up the less desirable fantasy back on his own team during that span. Goal-line back Mike Alstott managed four touchdowns in those weeks despite getting only 16 carries.
It's a trend increasingly common in the NFL world, and incredibly frustrating in the fantasy world. These days, it seems more teams are emulating the successful blueprints the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used the past half-decade, going with a speedy runner for the bulk of the work and a bulky, powerhouse back to punch the ball in for a score in the red zone. Last year's Willie Parker-Jerome Bettis tandem, which helped the Steelers on their way to a Super Bowl title, is a perfect such example.
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