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Running Back Strategy: How to Draft the Most Volatile Position in Fantasy

Running Back Draft Strategies

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To continue here with our draft strategy analysis, here is my strategy for addressing the running back position. Contrary to the quarterback position, all fantasy experts have differing opinions on drafting running backs. Everyone has different strategies such as drafting backs early, ignoring running backs until the later rounds, and targeting only pass-catching backs in PPR. The best part about the differing strategies is that they all can work. If you drafted either Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, or Ezekiel Elliott in the first round last season, I’ll bet it paid dividends. However, if you waited on players like LeGarrette Blount, or added Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi in free agency, you were well off as well. All of these contradicting strategies, along with the number of running back committees in the league, make the position tough to draft.

Because of how differently people attack the position, I’m here to give you my recommendations. Even though I am generally in favor of targeting running backs early, I ultimately want to take the best value available. Because of the numerous strong options at quarterback in later rounds, and my strategy of avoiding early tight ends (except Travis Kelce), my rosters start with lots of running backs and wide receivers. I’ll do my best to explain different strategies, and explain which running backs I’m targeting and when. For any other questions about the position, here are the Flurry Sports rankings.

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