Fantasy Football: A Plan For Drafting Running Backs In 2009

Taylor RummelSenior Analyst IJune 4, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 14:  A. J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Jacksonville Municipal stadium on December 14, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

There is no question that the running back position is a vital one on your fantasy football team.

They provide the meat of your points, and typically remain the most consistent and productive position from year to year.

That said, it is essential to know exactly when to take you backs through the course of the draft.  Ironically, I am here to address that very same issue.

Now everyone knows, or rather thinks that the first round is a "Running Back round".  Not true. 

Only if you are drafting positions one-six in the first round do I deem it necessary to to take a RB. At and around the turn, it is a fine idea to go WR-WR, (in my mind), but also can you RB-WR, (think Steven Jackson or Frank Gore coupled with either Andre Johnson or Randy Moss).

However, I would advise everyone, (and this is how I'll be trying to draft), to grab at least two, maybe even three backs within the first four rounds.

The thinking goes like this: We are in a day and age where the days of RB's solely operating the backfield alone are ending. 

This means that all of the worthy backs, [without a timeshare] will be flying off of the draft board within the first couple of rounds. If you do not partake in this "grab running backs early method," well, get ready to welcome Julius Jones as your No. 1 RB.

There is a catch to every plan you say; and I say nay to it. I truly believe that this plan will work, (this year at least).

With your other one or two picks left over in the first four rounds, (depending on whether you decide to pick two or three backs), you can, and are recommended to take wide receivers. This way, you are sure to get a stud or two to help anchor that position.

And what about a quarterback you say? I chuckle at those of you actually asking yourself that question. I say what about quarterbacks?

Remember these words: Quarterbacks are the most overrated position in Fantasy Football.

It's true.

In my article entitled "Fantasy Football: A Plan For Drafting Quarterbacks in 2009," I explain why drafting a quarterback early is a mistake.

There are more than viable options that can be had in rounds five through eight including:

  • Eli Manning
  • Kyle Orton
  • Matt Cassel
  • David Garrard

And please don't even bother to start talking about top tier tight ends. Fellow b/r writer and friend of mine Chris DiLeo wrote a fine article on TE's to be had after the top three are gone.

The last note I can give is to be smart with your selections when drafting your running backs. 

If you drafted Maurice Jones-Drew with your first pick, don't use your next RB pick on another TD-stud. 

Instead grab a back who hacks it out between the 20's; such as Chris Johnson or Steve Slaton. 

Same goes the opposite way as well. Draft Steven Jackson in the first round? Compliment him by drafting Jonathan Stewart in the fourth or fifth round.

So basically, grab some backs in the first four rounds, get a WR or two, grab some more RB's, and wait on TE's and QB's.

This has been Fantasy Football: A Plan For Drafting Running Backs in 2009.


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