The Steal McCoy
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RBs in fantasy football are like clues: nobody has one, but people are always looking for one.
There was a movement over the last few years to avoid drafting two RBs early. The rationale was that QBs and WRs had become way more valuable in the pass-happy NFL. It also didn’t hurt that the RB position seems to have a higher probability for injury. While the days of leaning on two star RBs to carry your fantasy team are clearly in the past, the position demands careful consideration when making your picks since there is less reliable talent to choose from than any of the other skill positions.
At some point, perhaps several times during this season, you will start a RB whom you know has no business starting in a fantasy football league. It could be during a bye week. Or perhaps injuries straight up wreck your crew and force your hand. It will happen. That’s as certain as death and taxes.
I’m not saying you have to go out there and grab mad RBs, but you do need to be aware of how your team is building at that position as one mistake could be the end of your title aspirations.
With that in mind, you’ll notice that we only have 41 RBs on this list. That’s because, in my opinion, handcuffs are only appropriate when we are talking your mom and the bedroom. There is no point in grabbing handcuff players. They waste roster spots and can kill you during the bye weeks. Only a few backup RBs were considered for this edition of “Tiers, Not Fears.”
As for how many RBs you should grab... that really depends on the size of your league. If you are talking a 12-teamer, I’d say grab four dudes from this list to ensure some level of viable depth. That may seem like a lot, but remember, RBs are like clues. You don’t want to be the fantasy owner soliciting blow jobs in exchange for a Week Nine starter, do you?
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