The running back position used to be the easy first-round pick in fantasy football. Maybe a quarterback or wide receiver would sneak in there, but for the most part, running back was the safest pick you could make.
But times have changed, and the landscape of fantasy football looks different in today's pass-heavy NFL. Not as many teams have feature backs anymore, with most offenses opting to platoon two and sometimes three backs.
This year in particular, the running back position is relatively weak and unstable. There is a startling number of players coming into the season with question marks, making their fantasy value drop.
Here, I'll break players into tiers, because I think individual rankings are often misleading. In many cases, the difference between the 6th and 10th, or 15th and 20th player is not very significant, so putting them into tiers helps showcase the major gaps between groups of players.