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

By now, you should have already read what I assume will be the world’s foremost guide on choosing which fantasy quarterback is right for you. Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on to the position that really matters – the running back. In this era of overexposure and mushy brains, almost every NFL team uses some sort of running back system that has made the elite RB as rare as a virgin quarterback.

Most people who arrogantly call themselves “fantasy experts” believe that it is important to draft one of the elite RBs before any other player, and this is the one instance in which I agree with them. But remember, I write these things to offer my honest gut instinct as a guide for beginners and people who rip themselves to shreds with indecision. My humble opinion is that a top RB is worth more to you than any other player on a draft list. However, if you have gigantic testicles, don’t let me stop you from going elsewhere.

But if you agree with me that the elite RB is a dying breed, then let’s examine which guys are worth a damn and which guys will break your heart.

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This is probably the easiest thing to write in any sort of fantasy football column, whether you call yourself an “expert” or you’re like me and you readily admit that this is all guessing and there’s hardly any science to it.

Arian Foster – If you have the No. 1 pick (I did) then you can’t go wrong by picking Foster (like I did), even if you’re worried that him being a vegan somehow hurts his value (it doesn’t). He should be good for 100 yards and 1-3 TD per week, which is miraculous in this day and age.

Ray Rice – Thanks to Joe Flacco’s “elite” ability to dump the ball off a ton, Rice is a receiving beast, which translates well for PPR. Luckily, he’s also an all-around beast, too, so he produces a ton of points. I argued with one friend who said people who would take Rice No. 1 are crazy. I don’t think it’s too far-fetched.

LeSean McCoy – And I’d argue McCoy could go No. 1, too. I don’t think there’s too much of a difference between the 3 of these guys. I only think it’s a reach to think that McCoy will score 20 TD again, but who the hell knows with that offense?

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