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Old 07-09-2008, 05:16 AM   #1
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Default Mendenhall vs Parker

Thursday, Jul 3, 2008 5:30 pm EDT
Spin Doctors: Steely McBeam showdown: Parker vs. Mendenhall

By Yahoo! Fantasy Staff


Willie Parker and rookie Rashard Mendenhall are separated by nearly 40 picks in early drafts. Not using ADP as a barometer, who will be more fantasy relevant by season's end?
Buser and Big Noise bare brass knuckles over the issue:

Buser says: I expect Willie Parker to finish the 2008 season with closer to the 250 carries he had in 2005 than the 329 he's averaged in the two seasons since. Having a dynamic complement in Rashard Mendenhall allows that, and the Steelers' clear intentions are to not once again run Willie until the wheels come off.
With that said, Parker is the RB1 and I'm not anticipating the pair's production over the course of the season to change that. I'm well aware of Mendenhall's exceptional talents, but fantasy owners need to be careful as to how much they read into what a lighter load for Parker entails.
I fully expect a healthy and motivated Parker in the neighborhood of 275 carries, 1,150 yards and five scores - he's a fantasy RB2 at this point. Mendenhall should garner around 160 carries, 725 yards, and eight scores - he is likely to see more goal-line opportunities than Parker, but the Steelers throw as much as they run in the red zone. There's also talk of Mendenhall being involved in the passing game, but throwing to the RB is not something the Steelers do consistently, and any anticipation of those surplus touches has to be somewhat tempered with the presence of Mewelde Moore.
Upside is a wonderful thing, and Mendenhall has got plenty of it - I'll be the first to tell you that he's a necessary handcuff to Parker this season. I'll also be among the last to suggest that, barring injury, Mendenhall will finish the season with more total fantasy points than Parker.
Evans says: In an ironic twist, Illinois head coach Ron Zook compared Rashard Mendenhall to Jerome Bettis last September. Now, he's Pittsburgh's new terror on two wheels.
The Steelers first-round choice has the size, open-field speed and versatility of a complete NFL back. An intelligent runner with Clydesdale power, Mendenhall will revive a Pittsburgh ground game that struggled to pound out yards between the hashmarks last season.
Bruce Arians is positively giddy about his new weapon describing him as a "bigger, faster Edgerrin James." For now, Arians plans to institute a pony backfield similar to the days of Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier. Minus the bushy beard, Mendenhall will unmistakably resemble Harris.
Sharing roughly 40 percent of the workload, expect the rookie bulldozer to rack a minimum of 200 carries, with several of those touches coming near the goal-line. The potential also exists that if he outplays Mewelde Moore in camp, he will be the featured back on third-downs, spiking his PPR value.
Critics will contest that the Steelers' suspect offensive line and nine total rushing TDs last season are reasons to avoid the youngster. But this is a smash mouth team dedicated to rekindling its historical identity. Since 2001 the Steelers have averaged 14.9 rushing scores per year.
Parker's home-run hitting ability is unmatched, but because he crossed the chalk just two times in 51 red-zone attempts last year and is coming off a major leg injury, he's a second-class fantasy option compared to Mendenhall.
The Undertaker will send Parker's numbers six feet under. Projection: 215 rushes, 943 YDs, 7-9 TDs, 21 receptions, 159 YDs
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Mendenhall vs Parker

Good read Elvis, interesting perspective, it was well thought out by the writers.

I'm expecting to see an improvement in our ground game this season, pounding out the tough yards. I'm also expecting a continued progression from Ben, and to use the RB's more as an outlet. I anticipate big things from the tandem of FWP, RushHard and MeMo.
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Default Re: Mendenhall vs Parker

For practical purposes, though, I don't think either one of these guys is worth taking before RD 3. Too many unknowns. Start with LT-type backs (who don't split carries) and work your way down to the guys who share significant carries. That being said, I tend to think Mendenhall MIGHT put up #1 type numbers...but I'm not confident enough to use a #1 or #2 pick on him.
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For practical purposes, though, I don't think either one of these guys is worth taking before RD 3. Too many unknowns. Start with LT-type backs (who don't split carries) and work your way down to the guys who share significant carries. That being said, I tend to think Mendenhall MIGHT put up #1 type numbers...but I'm not confident enough to use a #1 or #2 pick on him.
Bruce Arians is probably going to be spreading the ball around. It's no secret even to the seal-clubbing polar bears who are evaporating into thin air that we can't block.

I would think Mendenhall vs. Mewelde Moore would be played out first.

We might see bonafide depth at running back in the near future.
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The only way I am looking at these two RB's....is Parker and Mendenhall. That way, they make the Steelers better.
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does it matter? mendenhall's gonna take willie's job anyway
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I dont expect Rashard to have much better of a season than what dookie had. But the difference is that Rashard is a rook not a vet.
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does it matter? mendenhall's gonna take willie's job anyway
I just don't think so Willie has a lot left in the tank
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Great read Elvis I like willie alot but I don't see him holding off Mendenhall through the whole season it is just a matter of time.
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Default Re: Mendenhall vs Parker

This two back system will tell two things about the players:

1) Are players more worried about getting back to the Super Bowl or
2) Are they more worried about personal stats and the next big contract?
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