Fantasy Football 2012: 6 Reasons a Running Back Might Not Be Your Top Pick

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Fantasy Football 2012: 6 Reasons a Running Back Might Not Be Your Top Pick
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You won't win your fantasy football league with the first pick of your draft, but with the wrong pick, you sure can botch your season.

When it comes to selecting your top pick, consistency is key. The first round is not the place for plaguing your roster with unnecessary risk either. 

With the changes taking place in the NFL—committee backfields, pass-heavy schemes—a running back may not be your best option in the first round. 

Let's face it, the running backs that have the most value are the guys netting at least 20-25 touches per game (read: getting tackled 20-25 times per game). With each tackle comes the risk of injury.

On the flip side, quarterbacks, wide receivers and—dare I say—tight ends take hits at a fraction of the rate of running backs. Hence they are less likely to wind up on your bench with the dreaded "O" beside their name.

There are seven reasons why you may want to trash conventional wisdom of taking a running back with your first pick. Unless you're clairvoyant, click below to learn those reasons.

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