Positional overview and philosophy
Every year we see running backs come out of the ether to have great seasons. In 2021, Leonard Fournette had a preseason ADP of RB32, James Conner‘s ADP was RB35, and Cordarrelle Patterson‘s ADP was RB89. They were all top-10 running backs last year.
Since you began playing fantasy football, how many times have you lusted after a waiver-wire running back who was completely off your radar in August? It happens all the time.
Running back is a wildly unpredictable position in the NFL. Late-round picks and undrafted free agents often find their way into leading roles. Stars such as Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell abruptly hit the wall and become ineffective. Injury rates are sky-high.