It's become a growing trend for NFL teams to rely on more than one running back to make the ground game go. But the Colts are a team that would love to have one all-purpose guy to get the job done. Only problem is, the team has tried, and failed, and tried again to find the right guy to fill the role.
At times, Joseph Addai has looked the part. Other times, not so much. The team's 2009 second-round pick, Donald Brown, has yet to arrive. In April, Indianapolis used a fourth-round pick to add another horse to the race -- Syracuse's Delone Carter.
Three are not better than one, in this case, and all fantasy owners hope is that one can emerge from what's become a very crowded backfield.
Pulling for Addai in this competition is like pulling for Google stock to hold firm. He's the conservative choice, but one lacking much upside. At best, Addai is a fringe No. 2 fantasy back. Carter, on the other hand, is the great unknown. He's probably not the second-coming of James (but he could be the breakout fantasy back of '11 if he earns the full-time duties.
Addai will probably win the job, based on experience. However, if offensive balance is truly the missing link in Manning's pursuit of a second ring, then Carter just may be the right man to fill the void.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for