Don’t Sweat the Running Backs (Too Much)
Last season only seven running backs rushed for over 1,000 yards — six fewer than the previous season and 16 fewer than 10 years ago. In fact, last season is the only one in the last 15 in which a double-digit number of running backs didn’t top 1,000 yards. And of the seven who did crack the mark last year, two of them (Dallas’ Darren McFadden and Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman) didn’t even begin the season as their teams’ starters. Clearly, running backs are more volatile and less valuable than they used to be.
So while a top running back like Todd Gurley or Adrian Peterson can be a huge advantage, big-gain offensive positions (WR, TE, QB) should come first. Pass catchers and QBs are more consistent point-scorers than running backs, and they’re also much less prone to injuries. Let someone else take a first- or second-round risk by drafting a running back. Start building your team with receivers and save the RBs for the middle of your draft.