Why Running Backs Do Not Need To Be Drafted Early


In fantasy football this season, you should wait on selecting  running backs in your league’s draft because it will allow you to construct the best roster possible.


The old adage in fantasy football has typically been you need to draft a running back as early as possible in order for your team to have success.  However, if you are not in possession of the first five selections during this year’s draft in your fantasy football league, please erase this knowledge from your brain.

Running-backs usually fly off of the boards extremely quick in the very first round in the majority fantasy football drafts. With this observation during the draft, it creates a sense of urgency for the other owners in the league. They  believe they need to obtain a running back immediately due to the notion they will not have a decent back on their roster when the draft does conclude.

However, this is far from the truth. In several mock-drafts I have participated in, I was able to land several respectable running backs.

Without question, the top five running backs headlining the 2014 season are Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy, and Matt Forte.

As I previously noted, all of  these top running backs will likely be gone before it is your turn to select a player in the first round if you do not have a top five pick in your draft.  The crop of elite running backs thins out immensely if you are unable to draft any of these players.

The underwhelming names such as Giovanni Bernard, Marshawn Lynch,  Le’Veon Bell, Montee Ball, and DeMarco Murray are players for consideration in the first round if you are looking to perhaps draft a running when the elite ones are no longer available.  With that being said, I highly recommend you think of an alternative plan.

If you cannot select Charles, Peterson, McCoy, Forte, or Lacy in the first round of your draft, you should look at other elite players at a different position.  By doing this, you are not sacrificing on missing out on the best players at another position and you can still grab a decent running back later on in the draft.

In my most recent mock-draft I was involved in, I was drafting from the seventh slot.  I used the approach of waiting as long as possible until I thought it would be in  my best interest to select a running-back.  I opted to use my first two picks on wide receivers by obtaining AJ Green and Antonio Brown.

As it came to my third pick in the draft, thirteen running backs had been selected.  Yet, Alfred Morris, Shane Vereen, Zac Stacy, Ryan Matthews, Reggie Bush, and Chris Johnson were all still on the board for me to grab.  My patience of landing a running back really paid off because I still had plenty of running backs to choose from.  I could have waited longer to select a running back, but I decided to pick Alfred Morris because his value at this time of the draft was an absolute steal.

In essence, the sense of urgency should not be a deciding factor when you are figuring out when is the best time to take a running back in your fantasy football draft.

Patience is truly key in constructing your roster during your draft and you should do everything you can by not selecting a running back too early this season.

Patience is one of the most underrated ingredients in having a successful team in any format of fantasy sports.