Sep 2,2009

The 11th pick? Are you #*$#@(* serious?!?!

Because Running Backs generally touch the ball more than any other player during a game they also usually have the highest fantasy ratings. In the past few years, however, coaching staffs have implemented a Running Back by Committee Rule (RBBC). This is a strategy employed by teams to keep their star running backs off of the IR and on the field for as long as possible. The theory goes like this: if a team has a few really good RBs, rather than just one workhorse, they can spread the carries around and keep their players (or starter) healthier longer.

For example, take a look at the offense in Baltimore. It’s bananas. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron (does he also believe in a Cam by Committee rule too?) has said that the Ravens plan to use all three running backs – Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and Le’Ron McClain – evenly distributing the number of touches between them. Obviously, if the number of opportunities that each player gets is divided by three then they’re going to have a lower point total than a star RB. Hence, the reason why franchise RBs are so coveted in fantasy drafts. It’s simple math.

If you have a great draft pick (1-5) then you absolutely want to pick up a workhorse RB. However, if you have a kind of sh*tty pick (8-12) then you might want to consider picking up a star Wide Receiver and then an average RB as your draft snakes back around. I just feel like after the top 7 RBs are off the board, what you have left is all pretty much the same. It makes more sense to pick up a premier receiver (like Larry Fitzgerald) while one is still available, rather than to overvalue an RB (like Kevin Smith) who will probably be on the board in a few picks anyway.

While there’s no way to determine how other owners will draft their team, I tried to put together a cheat sheet to help you along:

IF YOU HAVE THE FIRST PICK:
Round One – Michael Turner (RB / Pick #1)
Round Two – Anquan Boldin (WR / Pick #24)
Round Three – Clinton Portis (RB / Pick #25)

IF YOU HAVE THE SECOND PICK:
Round One – Maurice Jones Drew (RB / Pick #2)
Round Two – Marques Colston (WR / Pick #23)

IF YOU HAVE THE THIRD PICK:
Round One – Matt Forte (RB / Pick #3)
Round Two – Terrell Owens (WR / Pick #22)

IF YOU HAVE THE FOURTH PICK:
Round One – DeAngelo Williams (RB / PIck #4)
Round Two – Dwayne Bowe (WR / Pick #21)

IF YOU HAVE THE FIFTH PICK:
Round One – Adrian Peterson (RB / Pick #5)
Round Two – Roddy White (WR / Pick #20)

IF YOU HAVE THE SIXTH PICK:
Round One – Steven Jackson (RB / Pick #6)
Round Two – Steve Smith (WR / Pick #19)

IF YOU HAVE THE SEVENTH PICK:
Round One – LaDainain Tomlinson (RB / Pick #7)
Round Two – Greg Jennings (WR / Pick #18)

IF YOU HAVE THE EIGHTH PICK:
Round One – Chris Johnson (RB / Pick #8)
Round Two – Reggie Wayne (WR / PIck #17)

IF YOU HAVE THE NINTH PICK:
Round One – Larry Fitzgerald (WR / Pick #9)
Round Two – Steve Slaton (RB / Pick #16)

IF YOU HAVE THE TENTH PICK:
Round One – Calvin Johnson (WR / Pick #10)
Round Two – Brandon Jacobs (RB / Pick #15)

IF YOU HAVE THE ELEVENTH PICK:
Round One – Randy Moss (WR / Pick #11)
Round Two – Frank Gore (RB / Pick #14)

IF YOU HAVE THE TWELFTH PICK:
Round One – Andre Johnson (WR / Pick #12)
Round Two – Brian Westbrook (RB / Pick #13)

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