Fantasy Football Podcast: Draft Guide — Running Backs (plus the insane 'zero RB' strategy)

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Andy Behrens is joined by fantasy analyst Denny Carter of Rotoworld to talk running backs and much more on the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Forecast!

Here’s the plan for this week: Every day, we’re dedicating an episode on draft strategy for the big four positions in fantasy football: Quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, and tight ends. We already KOed the QBs, now Andy and Denny tackle the most important position, the running backs!

For most people, taking a running back with your first-round pick is a no-brainer. Seven-plus players in most analysts’ first-round rankings are usually running backs. That said, the Zero RB strategy has gained momentum in recent seasons. Andy and Denny kick off the podcast discussing how to execute a proper Zero RB draft along with its pros and cons. (1:50)

Diving into the different tiers of RBs, Andy & Denny discuss who they consider the top backs behind Christian McCaffrey, the pitfalls of drafting Derrick Henry and at which point in the first round should you start considering a wide receiver like Michael Thomas instead. (11:00)

Overall, there are around 14 running backs being drafted in the top 25 picks of Yahoo drafts, among those names like Miles Sanders and Austin Ekeler. Who among that tier should you absolutely reach for or definitely avoid? (16:00)

Moving onto rounds three through six, there are a minefield of backs like Mark Ingram and James Conner, which names in this class are worth spending that draft capital on? (25:50)

Lastly, the guys close out the show discussing some very late round options for those Zero RB vultures out there (33:05) and throw some cold water on the very unproven Antonio Gibson in Washington. (42:05)

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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