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Topic: Don't Start RBs in Same Game
 Ram Mas_5910
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Post Date: 09/07/13 15:42
Why? Because very rarely do opposing RBs in the same game have decent games. I went back through every game in 2012 to back this up.

In 2012, there were 195 games in which at least one RB scored over 15 points (PPR format). In only 48 (24.6%) of those games did a RB from the other team score over 15 as well.

If you want to look at it a little deeper, out of 256 NFL games in 2012, a RB from each team eclipsed 15 points only 18.7% of the time. I used 15 because that total was met by about 11-12 RB's per week on average, so about 1 for every owner in a 12-team league.

Now, I'm not saying that if you have McCoy and Morris on your roster that you should not start both of them when the 3rd RB on your roster is Mendenhall. The data above only suggests that there is about a 75% chance that only one of your starting RB's is going to have a decent game.
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Post Date: 09/07/13 18:30
Great analysis.....I feel the same way at times and generally find one of my studs is facing one heck of a defense. Very seldom do both of my RB's facing one another have cream puff defenses to play against.
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Post Date: 09/07/13 21:54
Mas, are you looking at my team? I have McCoy and Morris starting, and I really hope your 2012 numbers don't hold up!
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 Throwball Heroes_118522
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Post Date: 09/08/13 05:22
Even with stats to back data up like that common sense should prevail in some cases, at least I hope it would. Regardless of opponent there will be RBs you play in EVERY case. In your example and on Glenn's team I would always start both those RBs, especially since they were drafted high.
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 Michael_8256
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Post Date: 09/08/13 07:25
TBH said it...I believe that settles it!... The point here this is fantasy football and there are NO absoultes!
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Post Date: 09/08/13 07:55
But with that said I love playing with numbers and looking at the trends to possibly gain an upper hand on my opponent. Not that it's always a sure thing. Case in point, I ran the numbers and projections for each team in the league I run. I come up in last place with the worst performing team. I think I am a few places better than that but that is why we play the game.
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 Ram Mas_5910
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Post Date: 09/12/13 13:04
UPDATE: I gave this same advice to the other 11 owners in my league. 3 of them disregarded my warning and decided to start RB's who were facing each other. The result: Their three lower-scoring RB's tallied 4.5, 2.6 and -2.1 pts. Kaboom!
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Post Date: 09/12/13 16:30
This is a pretty classic case of correlation not necessarily implying causality. One RB has little to do with the opposing RB's performance. It seems more coincidence than anything. Or, more likely, it's just related to how many RBs actually meet the 15pt benchmark you set. I'd guess less than half of the top 32 RBs actually hit that number, so 16ish? Even less on bye weeks. So, the chances that two of those that happen to break the barrier being in the same game are naturally low. Similarly picking two RBs completely at random would be unlikely to both score well.
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 Ram Mas_5910
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Post Date: 09/13/13 12:29
Good point, Cody. But throw in the fact that rarely do both teams dominate rushing the ball in the same game and you get a recipe for mediocrity. In such cases, I'd either probably lean to the home RB or the RB playing the weaker defense and in a perfect world, the home-team RB would be playing the weaker run D : )
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Post Date: 09/14/13 16:05
So if you say had Richardson and Rice on your FF team, you'd bench one this weekend? They are playing in the same game... If that is what you are trying to throw down, I'm sorry but I just can't agree with your advice. GL!
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