Don’t Sweat the Running Backs (Too Much)
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Last season, the top 20 running backs rushed for just 13,739 yards — 8,000 fewer than five years ago. Their 2008 counterparts also scored 40 more touchdowns between them. A top five running back (LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, or Adrian Peterson) can be a huge advantage, but otherwise, big-gain offensive positions (WR, TE, QB) come first. Draft gurus will say an RB in the first round is a must, but Peyton Manning will more than compensate for the low point totals from what today is considered just a pretty good RB.