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I have a mantra in fantasy football: You can never have too many running backs.
With the number of true work-horse running backs shrinking, the position has as much value as ever in fantasy football, and running backs will dominate the first round of your draft.
In fact, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green are the only two non-running backs with a first-round ADP at My Fantasy League.
Loading up at running back early is likely the safest course of action in fantasy drafts, especially for beginners. The backs will get picked over quicker than the clearance table on Black Friday at Walmart.
It's not a bad idea to make your first two (or even three, if your league has a "flex" spot) picks running backs. It's a rather conservative strategy, but it's also an effective one.
Depth at the position is also important, as injuries hit the running backs harder than any other spot.
If your star running back has a "handcuff," get him. Use some mid- and late-round picks on upside picks and sleepers.
There have been plenty of fantasy teams sunk by a lack of depth at running back, but I've never seen one trashed by having too many. At the very least you'll have valuable trade bait down the road.
Overvalued: Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (RB4)
Trent Richardson scored double-digit touchdowns as a rookie, but nagging injuries limited him to under 1,000 yards on the ground, and he's already battling a shin injury this year.
Undervalued: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (RB22)
Frank Gore was a top-10 fantasy running back in fantasy leagues that awarded a point for catches last year, yet he's being drafted as a low-end RB2. Gore is a great fourth-round pick for teams that grab a wide receiver or tight end early and need a second starter.
Sleeper: Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (RB46)
Zac Stacy gained over 1,000 yards against SEC competition at Vanderbilt last year. If the youngster wins the starting job in St. Louis in training camp, he has the talent to absolutely destroy this draft spot.