Great, long-lasting fierce rivalries and generally terrific play is in the DNA of the NFC East as a whole, but stability in the running game is a thing of the past in this division, aside from the Philadelphia Eagles.
LeSean McCoy chalked up 1,080 rushing yards and seven scores in 2010, along with a ridiculous 78 receptions for 592 yards and two touchdowns through the air. While he may lose a portion of his touchdown total to star signal-caller Michael Vick, he doesn’t have much competition from anyone else out of the backfield and is a solid RB1.
Felix Jones is the lead back in Dallas. The Cowboys fully expect to share the workload moving forward, though. Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray look to be in the mix, but probably won’t do enough for fantasy teams, barring an injury to Felix Jones—who’s best suited as an RB3 at this point. Marion Barber III is unlikely to return in the upcoming season.
If Bradshaw becomes a restricted free agent, look for him to be back with the Giants this season. He’ll head to the highest bidder if he becomes unrestricted. Jacobs could be asked to take a pay cut and where he’s willing to or not will determine his fantasy worth.
Like Bradshaw, I like Jacobs better if he returns to New York. I wouldn’t shy away from either one, especially Bradshaw, if they bolt. Regardless, Bradshaw is a very good RB2 and Jacobs is a solid RB3 who would receive a boost in value if Bradshaw parts ways.
Then there’s the Washington Redskins. Clinton Portis won’t be back with the ‘Skins. Ryan Torain had some moments in 2010, but he can’t seem to stayon the field healthy. He’s a major risk realistically that should probably be no better than a RB4. Torain will share the load with rookie Roy Helu, who could be the most productive back of his 2011 class.