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Thursday proved a mixed bag of news regarding second-year running backs Jonathan Stewart and Steve Slaton. Stewart owners were overjoyed, and those who drafted Slaton probably felt blindsided.

According to multiple reports, Stewart was thought to have a worrisome Achilles' injury that put his status for the regular season opener in jeopardy. But apparently Stewart proclaimed himself ready for Week 1 after Thursday's preseason game against Pittsburgh.

Stewart's ADP according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com is 76th. If Stewart does play in the first regular season and shows no ill effects from that sore Achilles', then getting him there is a steal.

You'll notice if you apply FFC's graph functionality to Stewart's ADP that he's been trending way down since reports surfaced about the severity of his injury.

Slaton, meantime, was rolling along as the only running back of consequence in Houston. Not so anymore after Coach Gary Kubiak said Chris Brown would be the Texans' goal-line back.

That news immediately devalues Slaton, who some experts had ranked in the top half dozen running backs. His ADP is 12th, according to FFC, and he's been fairly steady, but look for that to change in the next several days.

"Slaton is a terrific running back and can catch passes," according to FFToolbox, "but without those valuable touchdowns, he becomes no higher than a second round pick and loses a good portion of value."

By Gene Wang  |  September 4, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Come on Gene, I heard about Chris Brown taking away goal line carries several weeks ago!

Posted by: Darrell | September 4, 2009 1:47 PM

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