Start Kareem Hunt, KCC and Christian McCaffrey, CAR
Argument for Kareem Hunt:
In its season preview, Pro Football Weekly ranks the Kansas City offensive line #17 in the league. Kansas City is visiting the Patriots.The Patriots have a decent defense; definitely better than the 49ers and Saints. KC head coach Andy Reid always leans on his lead back. And they (see Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles) are involved in the running and passing game. So Hunt should get a lot of touches. Regardless of the score in the game.
Argument for Christian McCaffrey
In its season preview, Pro Football Weekly ranks the Carolina offensive line #18 in the league.Carolina is visiting the 49ers. The 49ers defense was bad last season, and they gave up 33 and 32 points in the second and third preseason games when teams generally play their regulars the most. There is no way of know how much McCaffrey will be used. Carolina has more weapons than the other two teams. But that means McCaffrey will have to share his touches.
Argument for Dalvin Cook
Minnesota is home against the Saints.In its season preview, Pro Football Weekly ranks the Minnesota offensive line #29 in the league. The Saints defense was poor last season. But they have shown improvement in the preseason. They only allowed 41 points in the preseason including shutting out Houston and holding San Diego to seven points. Cook should get the majority of touches. But Latavius Murray may be a goalline vulture. And Jerick McKinnon may work as the 3rd down back.
With three rookies, there is no history that can be help judge the backs. Use week one to get a better idea of how the backs will be used.
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Cook, Hunt, or McCaffery?
1 year 7 months ago #1328