The 2012 With Leather Fantasy Football Draft Guide: Selecting Your Running Backs

By: 08.29.12

Kids? 32? Yikes.

The Oldies But Goodies

I am a longtime subscriber to the theory that workhorses are usually bad news. I also think that 30 is a bad, bad number when it comes to RB age. I’m not saying I don’t like these guys, but buyer beware.

Steven Jackson – I keep reading that Jackson’s days are numbered and he’ll probably be traded if the St. Louis Rams suck this season, and he probably will because they probably will. That said, I’ve always enjoyed the guy, and while his age suggests his best days are behind him, I still think he could surprise us with one more big season.

Fred Jackson – Until he got hurt last year, Jackson was one of the top fantasy RBs, much to the surprise of pretty much everyone. I don’t normally subscribe to the whole “He’s got fresh legs” chatter because I’m a natural pessimist and he’s 31. But he’s been playing well in the preseason, so I’d trust him as a decent No. 1 or a great No. 2.

Darren Sproles – Drew Brees loves throwing to Sproles in the red zone. That’s all you need to know. He’s 29, but he qualifies under that “fresh legs” idea, and in PPR leagues he was a monster last year. Just like Jackson, he’s a fantastic No. 2 RB.

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