Apr 25, 2011 1
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, [...]