If you're relying on some magazine's outdated rankings, just scratch out Rudi's name. He's not entirely happy, and hamstring problems have again limited him.
Perry is not exactly a model of durability himself, but he has been relatively effective during the preseason. You can find video of last night's first quarter touchdown here, via NFL.com.
Is Perry a top-30 fantasy running back? No. You'll notice that he and Rudi were both in the 40s when we rearranged the RB rankings last weekend. If we were to re-rank today, Rudi wouldn't be in my top 50.
Here's the latest on the Cincinnati backfield situation from the Enquirer's Bengals' blog:
On offense, the Bengals increasingly look ready to part ways with Rudi Johnson. Opinion: Believe the trade rumors. The club appears to be willing to move forward with Chris Perry, Kenny Watson and DeDe Dorsey.
Let's just ignore the fact that if the Bengals wanted to enhance Johnson's trade value, they've done a spectacularly bad job. He's no longer atop the Cincinnati RB hierarchy, and you can't rely on him.
"It seems like he is so much faster than everybody else out there," the quarterback said.
"He sees holes quickly. I know there was one he wished he would have had back. He catches the ball well. He runs the ball well. He sets up blocks well. He's a complete back. He is dangerous on third down, on screens."
Of course Palmer then added, "If he can stay healthy for 16 games," not that he needed to.
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