An excellent article that questions the value of the RB first approach in fantasy football. Position Primer: Running Back By Brad Evans, Yahoo! Sports Aug 19, 8:39 pm EDT For years the signs of decline at running back were obvious. Increases in platoons, catastrophic injuries and air-happy offensive trends all played a significant role in the position’s deterioration. As a result, owners often accrued massive post-draft debt, sometimes defaulting on their championship dreams. Within the ‘expert’ community, the downturn created a schism. Running theorists continued to stick to their guns by imploring the masses to follow the traditional RB-RB-RB method. Conversely, mixologists preached diversification, a must when constructing a competitive team. After all, the failure rate at RB – defined as rushers drafted in the top 12 that didn’t finish inside the top 15 – was significantly higher than other positions. Over the past five years, 46.7 percent of RB1s have bombed compared to 26.3 percent of WR1s and 38.3 percent for QBs (Note: Only five percent for top 4 QBs drafted). It appears the Sir Mix-a-Lots were mostly right. Read the rest here.