Hell Fucking No
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Because of the lack of true every-down backs in the NFL, fantasy owners have shied away from the old method of drafting RBs early and often. However, the reality is, the increased platooning of RBs league-wide has made good players at the position more valuable than ever. The few three-down backs are treasured items as there are only so many of them, making it well worth it to take the plunge in the first few rounds. At the same time, the running back position is physically demanding, putting RBs at a higher risk of injury as they serve as human pinballs bouncing around giant bodies.
The bottom line is this: while taking a top-tier WR or QB early is the safe choice, landing reliable RBs is invaluable. Go ahead and look at the league champions of the past couple of years. Chances are, they all had very good RB play (even if their QB was Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Maybe some of those champs were able to pick up a back late in the year and ride that to a title, but the point is that you don’t get very far without good RB play.
Admittedly, the RB position is the hardest to predict thanks to the risk of injuries and loss of playing time. Knowing which RBs are worth taking a chance on? Well, that’s what I’m here for. We’ve got 80 backs ranked and tiered for your info-tainment. Enjoy.
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