“Attention Fantasy Football Shoppers…”
By Eddie Mayrose
To most Fantasy Football Owners, the key to a successful season is a stable of capable ball-carriers. Given the amount of touches they receive, it’s a logical concept to spend early round picks on running backs. In most Fantasy Football Drafts, they dominate the first round; often taking up the first five slots. However, there is significant, year-to-year turnover on the list of elite backs, something owners don’t always take into account and the reason bargain hunting could lead to a championship.
Last season, many Fantasy Football Players were all smiles after landing Matt Forte and Marion Barber in the first two rounds. That was likely the only happiness enjoyed by those owners as both of the supposed studs failed to fire. Yet, discount rushers like Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles delivered top shelf numbers at a much lower price.
Heading into the season, there are two running backs that, because of the circumstances of their teams, are newcomers to the “Elite List”. There are two others, in similar situations, who are not as highly regarded but could become productive members of your championship squad at a fraction of the cost. Just remember to shoot the old Professor a thank you note as you celebrate your title.