Fantasy football can be a heartless bitch. That’s especially the case when it comes to the running back position, as 2014 specifically made me almost embrace the Zero RB Theory. Yes, guys like Jeremy Hill and Mark Ingram could be had later in drafts and ended up being better value, while guys like Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Montee Ball were epic busts. You were still pretty pleased if you spent an early pick on guys like Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster, Le’Veon Bell or Matt Forte, however.
The point? Running back isn’t going to be totally driven by the first round anymore, and it’s high time we all take notice. Of course, that doesn’t mean skipping a running back in the first two rounds is a no-brainer. If you have an early first round pick (first five picks), taking a locked-in, elite featured back still needs to be the first thought in your mind. You just need to pick the right one. Just like with anything else, after that you just need to rely on your personal fantasy scouting and research. Oh, and us. It’s early, but we’ve put together our running back rankings to help ease you into the summer. Let’s jump right in: