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When I came out with my running back rankings before the season, several players were hard to project because they were splitting carries. Unfortunately, after two weeks, few running backs in those platoons have emerged as primary guys. Let's take a look at how some of these two running back systems are playing out:

Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush, Saints: McAllister has 35 touches on the season, and Bush has 36. How's that for balance? McAllister has gotten the bulk of the carries and posted 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Although he's shown in the past that he can be a good receiving back (69 catches for 516 yards in 2003), it doesn't look like he'll be much of a factor in the Saints passing game this season.

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On the other hand, Bush has 15 catches for 120 yards over the first two weeks. He had 15 carries for 67 yards in week one, but was ineffective running the ball in week two with six carries for five yards. Both backs are solid fantasy options in deep leagues, but neither looks spectacular so far.

Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney, Patriots: These two look like they could split carries all season. Through two games, Dillon has posted 36 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown, while Maroney has rushed 33 times for 151 yards and a TD. Both are top-25 running backs at this point, but barring an injury, neither looks like a top-10 option.

Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai, Colts: Rhodes has more carries and TDs. Addai has looked better and has more yards. Through two weeks, Rhodes has carried 30 times for 66 yards, averaging 2.2 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Addai has 16 rushes for 82 yards and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. It's tough to say who the favorite is here. I think Addai will continue to get more touches, but Rhodes could be the short yardage guy, which would make him more valuable in TD-heavy leagues.

Tatum Bell and Mike Bell, Broncos: Tatum has been the more impressive Bell so far, having rushed for 172 yards on 31 carries. However, it is unlikely that he'll get more than 15-17 carries in any given game, and he has yet to find the end zone. Meanwhile, Mike has rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries, but he's scored once and has five catches for 42 yards.

DeAngelo Williams and DeShaun Foster, Panthers: It looks like Williams could emerge as the more effective option here. In week two, he totaled 98 yards and a touchdown. An encouraging sign is that he caught five balls, signaling that Williams can put up numbers even if he doesn't get the bulk of Carolina's carries. On the flip side, Foster has been one of the early season fantasy disappointments. In two games, he's rushed 28 times for 80 yards and is averaging less than three yards per carry.

Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson, Bears: Neither guy has found the end zone, but Jones has gotten more carries. He's rushed for 127 yards over two games, but is averaging only three yards per carry. Benson, meanwhile, has rushed for 59 yards and is averaging less than three yards per carry. I'm still sticking by my prediction that Jones will emerge as the guy and be a productive fantasy back this season.

Kevan Barlow and Derrick Blaylock, Jets: Each guy has 25 carries on the season, but neither has been effective. Barlow has rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown, and Blaylock has averaged just 1.7 yards per carry en route to 43 yards. I wouldn't start either guy, but expect Barlow to get more carries as the season goes on.

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