Running backs are awesome. For decades, Fantasy Football has been built on the backs of running … backs. Despite what others would have you believe, wide receivers aren’t the new running backs. Sure, the Zero RB Theory has some good points to it, but let’s think this through. If even a handful of owners implement the Zero RB Theory, then wide receivers are suddenly overvalued by a wide margin.
The NFL is starting to move back a little bit toward the featured backs that we all grew up remembering in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The RB duos of the late ‘00s and early ‘10s aren’t nearly as plentiful as they once were. There were just 11 running backs that carried the ball over 250 times in 2016, compared to just five RBs to carry it 250 times in 2015, and only eight RBs to hit that mark in 2014. That’s not even counting the running backs who are also in on the passing game more than ever before. Five running backs caught 50 or more passes last season – and rushed the ball 200 or more times. Compare that to just one in 2015 and three in 2014.
With all of that in mind, this week’s tour around the Fantasy Football industry is based mostly on the love of said Fantasy running backs.
8 Links To Great Articles About Fantasy Running Backs
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By Brandon Murchison of RotoExperts.com
Why not start off with a great article from one of the RotoExperts!?! Murch (that’s what I call him, we’re super tight) takes a look at several veteran running backs that had starting tailback jobs in the NFL back in March, but now, things are looking a little murky. He figures out which ones you can still roll the dice on – and which to avoid.
By Jack Delaney of SoCalledFantasyExperts.com
Delaney knows his stuff, and he goes through the running back position to find which players (both rookies and veterans) are “winners” or “losers” after what went down at the 2017 NFL Draft. This is part of a series, actually. One particular name that stood out for me was Marlon Mack, the Colts rookie tailback. I’m actually a fan of Mack (I’ve seen every USF home game since he signed with the Bulls). Delaney likes Frank Gore more, and he explains why.
“In comparison [to Gore], Mack is a slippery runner and six of his 15 touchdowns involved plays of 43-yards or more. The ideal formula would be for Gore to get a breather, let the rookie have a few carries and hopefully churn out one or two big runs. Then let the veteran grind his way into the end zone. Mack is only a Fantasy loser in the sense that he will be stuck in a committee with Gore or Robert Turbin if Gore is injured.” — Delaney
By Keith Lott of WeTalkFantasySports.com
Keith did a great job of culling together content written by a few different guys from a few different Fantasy websites for this article. He also took the FantasyPros rankings and the Average Draft Position numbers from FantasyFootballCalculator.com to produce – five overvalued RBs. Spoiler alert: A former Vikings RB and a current Vikings RB are among the potential busts.
By Brian Jensen of FantasyKnuckleheads.com
Jensen goes through the top skill position players selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, to see where they are getting drafted (if at all) in Fantasy drafts. He mentions Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara as a high-risk/high-reward back in PPR leagues.
By Ian Norton of DynastyFootballFactory.com
These guys look deep into Fantasy Football drafts – usually, in dynasty leagues – to find some underappreciated players. This week, Norton looks at one player at each position that he’s surprised is being drafted as low as he’s going in mock drafts.
By Adam Strangis of GridironExperts.com
To me, this is the type of article that goes on to become the most successful. He solves a problem many people are having, and he makes it specifically for Zero RB strategists. He points out that a Fantasy owner working this strategy has to look for “running back lottery tickets” from Round 8 on, so he points out eight running backs that you should try to target! One player I’m sure is going to rocket up mock drafts going forward, just because he’s being talked about all the time in Fantasy articles these days, is the Jets’ Bilal Powell.
By David Gonos of DavidGonos.com
We’re only a few weeks into the Fantasy Football draft prep season, now that the NFL Draft is behind us, and something I noticed was how many people have a different fourth-best running back after Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson. (Those three were usually in some order, but always among the Top 3.) So, how do we break down the next tier of backs – and how deep does that tier go? You’ll be happy to know – it goes four running backs deep! Before you click over – can you name who those next four RBs in PPR leagues are after the Big Three?
By David Gonos of SportsGrid.com
As you might know, I like to dig for interesting stats on different players to give readers another look that might help them understand whether he was actually better or worse than his final Fantasy points indicate. In this case, I look at a handful of running backs with a handful of interesting stats! For instance, I look at Todd Gurley getting a league-leading 74.13 percent of the Rams’ rushing attempts from a year ago. Now THAT’s a featured back!
Meanwhile, over at FNTSY.com …
FNTSY.com’s Chris Meaney breaks down his Top-10 Fantasy running backs for the upcoming NFL season, and while you might not be surprised by most of them, there are a couple you might be shocked to see just outside his Top 10! FNTSY’s videos are just one of the dozens of free Fantasy Football draft tools I’ve tracked down through the years.