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3 Best Running Back Committees for 2019 Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Divisional Round - Philadelphia Eagles v New Orleans Saints
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In today's NFL, "running back by committee" isn't a must-avoid situation for fantasy football like it used to be. There are few true workhorse RBs left, and only five backs played even 75 percent of their teams' offensive snaps when active in 2018.

There are certainly still some committees worth avoiding entirely, but there are also some time-shares that can produce big value. High-powered offenses are especially capable of supporting multiple fantasy-relevant backs, and some teams use two complementary backs very effectively.

Here are three committees that could be worth targeting in 2019 fantasy football drafts.

3. Los Angeles Chargers

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Melvin Gordon's contract situation muddles things a bit in the Los Angeles Chargers backfield, but there's still room for a ton of value. If Gordon re-signs before the regular season, he's worth every bit of the first-round average draft position (ADP) that he held on before his holdout. And if Gordon signs, Austin Ekeler's price-tag will likely plummet, even though he can co-exist well with Gordon. If Gordon does hold out, Ekeler is under-priced at RB29, and Justin Jackson joins him in offering some sleeper potential as well.

2. New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots' backfield used to be a nightmare for fantasy football, but with James White and Sony Michel essentially playing different positions, both can put up big fantasy numbers. White is especially valuable in PPR leagues, where his 87 receptions (third at the position) helped him finish seventh in fantasy scoring among RBs in 2018. Limited by injury to start the season, Michel averaged 11.6 fantasy points per game over his final 11 contests last year, eclipsing 17 rush attempts seven times while catching only five passes in that stretch. With one working on the ground and the other through the air, there's plenty of room for both to thrive in one of the league's top offenses.

1. New Orleans Saints

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Another one of the best offenses in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints have a long track record as one of the most fantasy-friendly backfields around. We've seen in each of Alvin Kamara's first two seasons that he can produce elite fantasy numbers without being a workhorse. He finished as fantasy football's RB4 while playing only 59 percent of the team's snaps in the 11 weeks that both he and Mark Ingram (46 percent snap share) were active. On a per-game basis, Ingram finished as the RB8 in 2017 and RB28 in 2018. That leaves plenty of room for Latavius Murray (ADP of RB33) to step into Ingram's role and return solid fantasy value of his own.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.