RB committees and the NFL Draft

One of the most prevalent talking points leading up to the NFL Draft is the idea of the running back position being devalued. With the move toward more timeshare/RB-by-committee approaches in the NFL, the belief is that a team is better off waiting until the middle rounds to grab a RB who can be plugged in alongside a veteran and split time while receiving 10-12 touches per game. In other words, taking a RB in the 1st round isn’t worth it because you can draft someone of similar value to your offensive approach later.

In theory, the committee approach is rational. RBs have the shortest shelf life in the NFL, and by rotating backs and splitting carries, a team can reduce the wear and tear suffered by a RB and possibly extend careers. Of course, for “volume” runners like Marion Barber, the system isn’t very helpful, and for fantasy owners, it’s the source of endless frustration. But, as always, coaches and GMs aren’t concerned with helping your fantasy team.

We’re still in the early stages of the RBBC era, so it’s impossible to know how drafts will play out with RBs in the next few years. However, over the last several years, [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 4/25/11

It is possible, if not likely, that a major step in the Brady v. NFL case will be taken today. And oh yeah, Brandon Marshall got stabbed. So in summation, it is just a usual case of the Mondays in the Fantasy Guru Daily.

Judge Nelson’s decision could come on Monday… For more than two weeks, Judge Susan Nelson has sat on her decision whether to issue an injunction against the NFL’s lockout in the Brady v. NFL case. Now, sources close to the case believe that decision will come Monday. To summarize, an injunction (requested by the players) would block the NFL’s lockout as illegal and would force the owners to open the doors of the league. Of course, it’s not going to be that simple. Should Nelson rule in favor of the players, as most expect, it seems likely that she will grant a stay of the injunction, pending the NFL’s appeal to the 8th Circuit Appellate Court, meaning we’ll have to wait for a decision on the appeal to actually learn anything definitively. Should the players win this decision, the NFL will immediately ask Nelson to grant a stay, pending appeal. Should Nelson deny that request, the request [...]

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