Fantasy: The Shift From Backs To Recievers

Torrey LaffoonCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints runs for yards after the catch against Jonathan Wilhite #24 of the New England Patriots at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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In most leagues, the whole first round of drafting is all about picking up a great running back that is going to get 20+ touches a game and carry your fantasy team to dominance. This is a nearly inarguable fact of fantasy football. It’s FFL 101. And if you can indeed get a running back who fits this, among other criteria, you will have yourself a season-long workhorse.

 

The trend that is making this more difficult for fantasy owners, especially those in big leagues, is that many NFL teams don’t have that one single back that carries the load for them any more. Sharing the load in the backfield is becoming more and more popular as seasons come and go, and it is getting harder to find players who are consistent point-scorers every week. It becomes a guessing game of who is going to have a big gain or two and multiple touchdowns.

 

This has led me to a new strategy to make up some of those points that are lost (or maybe just possibly lost) by a back who maybe has an off game. Picking up a wide receiver that has the potential to have a few big receptions every week – maybe it’s a big game or another key receiver is hurt, or a team is more likely to run a pass heavy offense some week – can really help spark a winning streak if you stick to a routine of looking over who their team is playing, any key injuries and offensive trends. This can prove pivotal in getting those crucial points to put you past your opponent this week.

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