Upside RBs: Late-Round Difference-Makers

When choosing late-round running backs in fantasy football, seek those with a path to multiple RB1 weeks.

After releasing articles on the strategy of late-round quarterbacks and tight ends a couple of weeks ago, the "upside" series continues this week with running backs. However, this article is not intended to follow the same format. If the optimal strategy is to draft quarterbacks and tight ends late due to the factors discussed in those articles, fantasy GMs would be filling their rosters with running backs and wide receivers in the early rounds.

Therefore, this article will focus on late-round running backs. These players will always be backups on our fantasy team, and they'll likely be backups on their NFL teams as well.

Because we've spent at least seven rounds filling our roster with backs and receivers, we have a true RB1 and at least two additional starter-quality running backs. Therefore, the goal with a late-round running back isn't to find a middling starter. It's to find a player who can provide us with RB1 production if his situation falls the right way.

Having multiple RB1s on a fantasy team is one of the biggest edges a fantasy GM can have over his opponents. The goal of this article is to provide a second (or third) RB1 to compliment the backs selected at the top of the draft.

The Recipe for RB1 Production

Potential League-Winners

Whether it's a late-round target that needs help to fulfill his potential or an elite RB1 like Christian McCaffrey or Ezekiel Elliott, the ingredients of an RB1 are:

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