Fantasy Football 2012: Early-Round Running Backs to Avoid Starting in Week 1

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Fantasy Football 2012: Early-Round Running Backs to Avoid Starting in Week 1
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When choosing potential fantasy disappointments at the running back position entering Week 1, you must tread softly. Imagine drafting Ray Rice as your No. 1 fantasy RB last season and sitting him because he was facing his divisional foe, the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers.

That makes sense, right?

But it doesn’t, in hindsight. Rice rushed 19 times for 107 yards and a touchdown, adding a second score to four catches and 47 yards in the receiving game.

This past summer has been particularly eventful in terms of running back injuries and recovery news. With so many platoons in the modern NFL, it’s very tempting to start some reputable backs that may not be ready to fill the role that you’d expect them to as a fantasy owner.

If you have no alternatives, you’ll have to roll with the guys you picked up early in your draft. I’m not suggesting that you banish one of the following names to your bench in favor of Dexter McCluster or anything like that.

(Disregard that example if McCluster goes off for two or three all-purpose touchdowns in Week 1.)

Here are five running backs I would avoid starting Week 1 if I had other options.

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