Revolutionary RB Draft Theory: A Year End Perspective

Jeff SockContributor IIJanuary 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 28-16.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Prior to the beginning of the 2009 NFL season, I introduced the Revolutionary RB Draft theory on this very website.  It is only fair, now that the fantasy season is over, that I review how well that theory went for the 2009 season.

I know that I am getting a lot of egg on my face for this one.  In the theory, I recommended drafting running backs, switching teams in the offseason, and rookie running backs.  If you followed this strategy to the tee, you may have needed extreme waiver wire help like I did to survive.  I apologize profusely if I ruined anyone’s fantasy season because of it.

The free agents that I recommended were Derrick Ward and Fred Taylor.  Derrick Ward finished 49th in fantasy points scored in standard scoring non-ppr format.  Fred Taylor finished ranked 71st.  Neither one of these players helped your team at all in 2009.  Ward had most of his touches eaten away by Carnell Williams, and Fred Taylor season was lost mainly due to injury and RBBC.

The rookies faired slightly better.  Knowshon Moreno finished ranked 23rd.  Chris Wells ranked 30th.  LeSean McCoy ranked 35th.  Donald Brown ranked 53rd.

Fortunately for me, I was able to pick up Jamaal Charles off waivers in the league I employed this strategy.  I was able to qualify for playoffs, but the team was beaten in Week One of the playoffs by the Aaron Rodgers buzz saw of Week 15.

In summary, though, neither of these types of running backs in 2009 finished in the top 10 in points scored, which was the point of the article and research.  I feel this theory is still a work in progress despite the poor 2009 showing.  Past history dictates otherwise. 

I intend on trying it one more time in 2010.  If it fails, then we can totally scrap it with all those other hair-brained draft theories that didn’t work that you might have read in the past.