Drafting a running back in your fantasy pool would have been so much easier twenty years ago. Back then, there were a lot more “lead-backs” who were on the field regardless of the down, racking up at least 250 touches. The gap between the top rusher and the eighth back was not that drastic.
Today, we are faced with the daunting task of dissecting which ball carrier will get more carries in each “running back by committee” situation. The consistency is not there anymore either. We have become accustomed to running backs finding their way into the top-five, going away for a few years, and then emerging as relevant again (see Doug Martin).
Outside of about five names, you have no idea what you’re going to get, and even the top guys find themselves sidelined regularly (see Le’Veon Bell). Basically, if you don’t get your hands on one of the few remaining every-down backs, you better have done your research and hope luck is on your side.
I’m here to make your research a little easier. Here are seven backfields that I would steer clear of come draft day.