Saturday, October 18

Double Coverage

The feature everyone loved in the preseason, Double Coverage, is back. There have been many dynamic duos in history. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and jelly. And today, we bring you yet another great duo. Tosten and I will be giving our views on a player each week; one of us for him, and one of us against him. Today's topic: Who's the better play? Dominic Rhodes or Ryan Grant?

A-Koz: Start Rhodes

You knew how much I disliked Joseph Addai this season.

Now you'll know how much I love Dominic Rhodes this week. Granted, he wasn't the greatest statistically last week against the Ravens. But he ran hard against a tough Ravens run defense, including a crazy 38-yard run in which he broke tackle after tackle. And after getting a big lead against Baltimore, the Colts were able to pound the ball with Rhodes the rest of the game. With Peyton Manning looking like his old self and the struggles the Packers have had as of late, I expect Indy to jump out to another big lead. That'll give Rhodes—pretty much the only viable back on the roster with Mike Hart out for the year and Addai likely to be sidelined for a few weeks—tons of opportunities to run all over the depleted Packers defensive line that has allowed running backs to rush for at least 100 yards in four out of six games this season. Keep in mind that if the Colts jump out to an early and big lead on the Packers, like they did to the Ravens last week, Grant won't get the luxury of having the opportunity for 30-plus carries like he had last week.

Tosten Burks: Start Grant
It took Britney Spears and Kevin Federline almost four years to end their shenanigans. I watched four straight weeks of Caveman before moving on my television viewing to a sitcom that actually made me laugh. Heck, Around the Horn still features Jay Mariotti. One of the hardest things to do in live is to give up on something that sucks. Case in point: Ryan Grant. But he's not a Caveman; stay with him! Don't file your divorce papers just yet. Do not mute him, whatever you do. Last year he wasn't a stud mainly until the second half of the season. His carries and yards have gone up each of the past three weeks. Ride him week seven as he plays the fourth worst run defense in the NFL on Monday night. The Colts will not be able to stop him. Enjoy at least one week of the dominance that your fantasy team who played the lucky waiver wire loser who ending up snagging him was crushed by in 2007. Britney is back on top. If that ain't a sign, I don't know what is.

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