Fantasy Football Running Back Secrets – Draft Day Do’s and Dont’s

Whether you pick first or tenth, you use a snake draft, or re-pick your Fantasy Football League’s draft order each round, there are certain Draft Day Secrets you simply must employ to maximize your running back potential. Every year it seems there are new trendy ideas and situations that arise that can throw you off-track if you are not careful. If you follow these Running Back Do’s and Dont’s to the letter, you will leave Draft Day in great shape, and be headed to the Playoffs before your first week of competition.

…draft 2 Running Backs in the first 3 rounds! It is even better to go RB RB with your first and second picks, but just make sure you get 2 RBs here. The drop-off of talent after the top-ranked 5 or 6 RBs this year is drastic, so you have to ensure you have one of those backs that will see 250 carries, and is definitely the type of back mentioned next.

…draft the primary back on your team for your first 2 RB picks! There are a lot of Running Back By Committee teams out there, and I know some backs like Tennessee’s Chris Johnson will entice you, but stay the course. Remember, ข่าวบอล Draft Day is all about VALUE. I picked Johnson up in the middle rounds last year in one league and looked like a genius, but it was gut-wrenching to watch him move the ball between the 20’s and then see him pulled at the 2 yard line for fat-boy Lendale White. Stick with Chicago’s Matt Forte, Atlanta’s Michael Turner, Detroit’s Kevin Smith, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, etc. Speaking of Peterson…

…overrate RBs who carried the ball 345 times last year, or 320+ times the past 2 seasons! How is this for a brutal stat? In the past 8 NFL seasons RBs crossed the 345 carry plateau 22 times. The season after that workhorse like effort, the RB suffered either a serious injury or drastic decrease in Fantasy production, or both a staggering 18 times, or 82%! Wow! I am not saying don’t draft Michael Turner (376 carries) or Adrian Peterson (363), I am just saying that if they fall to you later than they should, then great, but DO NOT base your whole draft around them.

…follow players who had a career year! What I mean is, sure, Tampa Bay signed Derrick Ward to a big contract this year, but the TB offensive line is nowhere near the Giants in talent, and there is some risk Ernest Graham will lead the team in carries, since he knows the program already. Again, nothing wrong with Ward, who caught 41 balls last year in addition to rushing for 1,000 yards, just do not pay too much for him in a non-proven system.

Draft Day in your Fantasy Football League is all about value, and that is basically what I am hawking here. Research is important, so head on over to the NFL website for all your stats, schedules, and info. Sporting News Fantasy Football guide is also indispensable. All the stats above, and all my research comes from these 2 resources, and I have consistently won or placed in the top 3 in the leagues I have competed in over the last 18 years.

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