New Fantasy Football Strategy: Avoid Running Back By Committee

Matthew WilderContributor IAugust 25, 2010

New Fantasy Football Strategy: Avoid Running Back By Committee

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    What is running back by commitee? How will this impact your fantasy football team? Why should I go against my successful, championship strategy? Every time I get two top runningbacks, it is over. I win.

    I hate to break it to you, but you won't win this time if you fail to change your strategy and mindset this year.

    More teams are relying on the passing attack. That means most running backs will be unreliable for you this year.

    Running back by commitee means that running backs are sharing the football. They are used on different downs and scoring situations.

    Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice, Micheal Turner, and Frank Gore along with a few others can still be reliable. However, don't get running backs back to back because your opponents will blast you back to the past. The strategy of acquiring back to back running backs is outdated.

    If you have the seventh overall pick or later, you are better off going for a QB.

You need a franchise quarterback-Aaron Rodgers

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    Rodgers has become the most talked about QB this year. Last year, he passed for 4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns. Let's see if he can do better.

    There are many quarterbacks to look at, but this guy is the best you can get.

Drew Brees

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    Brees passed for 4,388 yards and 34 touchdowns last season. Not to mention he led to New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory. If you can't get Rodgers and Brees is available, take him.

Peyton Manning

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    Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the AFC. There is no debate, no questions asked. Manning passed for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns last season.

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Tom Brady

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    Despite missing the 2008 season with a devastating knee injury, Brady went on to dominate opposing defenses, passing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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Develop a strong wide receiver core- Andre Johnson

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    After you get your starting quarterback, turn to developing your wide receiver core. They may not put up better numbers than the seven top running backs, but typical fantasy rosters require 3 wr in your starting unit. It is much easier to devolop a strong receiving core than it is to rely on acquiring two unstoppable rb's.

    Andre Johnson was the clear cut number one receiver in the NFL last year, catching 101 passes for 1,569 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Larry Fitzgerald

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    Fitzgerald can be a monster as well. He hauled in 97 receptions for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Randy Moss

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    Randy Moss is consistently a top wide receiver. He caught 83 receptions for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has a great quarterback in Tom Brady, so he is a big time touchdown threat.

Other Wide Receivers To Look At

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    Other big names to look at are Roddy White, Brandon Marshall, Marques Colston, Greg Jennings, Anquan Boldin, Chad Ochocincom Dwayne Bowe, and Hines Ward.

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Looking At A Team To Give You A Rough Idea

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    Right now, you are probably looking for an example to go by. Luckily for you, I have been through one draft already. There are 10 teams in the league, so you may face more competition should you be in a 12 or 14 team league. So, don't let this fool you.


    QB Drew Brees

    RB Jonathon Stewart

    RB LeSean McCoy

    WR Randy Moss

    WR Roddy White

    WR Greg Jennings

    TE Tony Gonzalez

    DST Eagles


    QB Carson Palmer

    WR Bernard Berrian

    WR Terrell Owens

    RB LaDainian Tomlinson

    DST Chargers

    Notice my RB core is not all that powerful. I put the emphasis on the QB and WR positions due to the increase in teams looking to use the passing attack to get ahead.