The FPC: Running Backs

The Footballguys Players Championship analysis: looking at the running back position

By studying the rules of both the FFPC and the FPC along with some of the history and previous performances by FPC players, insights can be found that will help many players to not only compete well in both contests but also to be in a position to win their league and be in the running for a top prize in the championship round.

As the summer rolls on, I will continue analyzing many aspects of the Footballguys Players Championship and the Fantasy Football Players Championship. Through these articles, I hope to provide extra help with fully understanding how to best build a top-notch fantasy team within the contest. As someone who has competed against the best players in the world and in several contests much like the FPC and the FFPC, I fully understand how every possible advantage and extra edge can make all the difference in the world.


Under the microscope this time around is the position of running back. According to the rules of the Footballguys Players Championship, the rosters are as follows:

Starting Roster

  • 1 quarterback
  • 2 running backs
  • 2 wide receivers
  • 1 tight end
  • 2 flex players (RB/WR/TE)
  • 1 kicker
  • 1 team defense

With the following relevant scoring system in place:

  • 4 points for passing touchdowns, 6 points for all other touchdowns
  • 0.1 point for every 1 yard rushing or receiving
  • 1.5 points per reception for tight ends

So how do you analyze the impact of this scoring system to the current crop of potential fantasy running backs? We need to dig into some numbers.

First, let's take a look at both the projected scores for the Top 50 running backs this season and calculate some VBD numbers using the worst starter method (more on that in a minute). The results are in Table 1:

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