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Opportunity Efficiency: Backup Running Back Rolodex

Outlining the most inexpensive backup running backs around the NFL and why they matter in 2017

Running backs offer the largest variance on a week-to-week basis in terms of opportunity. A backup option can sit for weeks or months at a time with few opportunities...unless the starter misses time. The then-backup-now-starter is thrust into fantasy demand like Black Friday shoppers going after a door buster sale. Here are the highest-leverage backup running backs to target with final roster spots heading into the preseason for owners to avoid the rush of a future waiver wire:

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*Not listed among 87 running backs as of July 28 on myfantasyleague.com ADP*

Rex Burkhead

Remember when Burkhead was the hot addition to the Patriots backfield? Mike Gillislee stole his buzz from early in the offseason, but Burkhead projects as the next interior runner of choice after Gillislee while Dion Lewis and James White center on the pass game.

Elijah Hood

Hood is a long-shot as a late Day 3 rookie. However, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington fit the change-of-pace mold more than 15+ interior carries per week type backs. Hood needs to stick on the roster first and foremost, but at 230 pounds with quality burst and speed for his size, can offer workhorse upside if Marshawn Lynch is out of the picture during the season.

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