Just a few short seasons ago, the fantasy community housed special feelings for the running back position. Scoring machines LaDainian Tomlinson, Priest Holmes, Shaun Alexander and whatever previously unforeseen starter Lucifer Shanahan was peddling were kings of consistency, indispensible cornerstones on millions of championship rosters. It's no small wonder why the running theory (Going RB-RB-RB in Rounds 1-3) was a strategy many owners adhered to. Sure, there were always risks involved, but the payoff potential was enormous. Saddle up multiple Clydesdales, and a champagne shower was practically a foregone conclusion.
Then the football gods peed in our nachos.
Now here we stand. Several unsuccessful playoff appearances, broken hearts and bitter beers later, RB is largely a hard-to-decipher position. Save for the workhorse oligarchy — Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy — uncertainties are inescapable. In this pass-happy age, ground roles are more specialized, leading many clubs to install frustrating timeshares. Worst yet, this year, unlike no other, several player-specific issues have complicated matters, causing draft day fits. A taste:Read More »from RB Primer: Jones-Drew one of several rushers on rocky ground