By no means is Anthony Dixon as valuable as a Blake Costanzo or a Brian Jennings or a C.J. Spillman, but his value isn't that he plays special teams... his value is that he plays special teams AND runningback.
When it comes to the active roster, if we were to have LaMichael James or Brandon Jacobs, we'd also have to figure out another guy to have as a special teams person. And as much as we gripe about James and Jacobs not playing, remember that they're third-string runningbacks behind an elite runningback and a potential future starter. Honestly, Anthony Dixon has only really run the ball in blow-outs.
Frank Gore has been relatively in successful in short yardage (Jacobs' forte), while Hunter is doing a good job as the change of pace (James' forte). Like everyone's been constantly saying, we haven't needed them. We could've gone into the season with Gore, Hunter, and Dixon, and would've been fine. It's extremely assuring though that we have a BIG veteran runningback if Gore went down, and a Darren Sproles-type runningback to groom for the future.
[ Edited by Wubbie on Nov 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM ]