If you’re a regular reader of Football.com, you’ve hopefully realized that drafting a running back early is about as important and showering and brushing your teeth every day.
True three-down feature backs are starting to go the way of the 8-track and laser disc, and we’re starting to see NFL teams utilize more specialized roles with their running backs. These specialized roles may do wonders for a team’s real football productivity, but they only mean one (bad) thing for us fantasy owners: the dreaded RBBC (Running Back By Committee).
As of May 7, I count a <sarcasm font> whopping </sarcasm font> 18 running backs who I would feel comfortable with as a starting fantasy running back (and even that is probably being generous). Keep in mind that a 12-team fantasy league requires you to start at least two running backs, that leaves a full 10 spots that fantasy owners will be scrambling to fill – and that doesn’t even factor in flex spots!
Before I start get as depressing as a Morrissey CD, there is good news here (although it’s not that there is a light that never goes out). RBBC’s can actually be a good thing if you are able to identify the correct RB of the C to target in your draft or on your waiver-wire. To help do so, let’s take a look at some of the RBBC’s around the league that present opportunities for fantasy owners to cash in.