Long gone are the days of most NFL teams giving all of the rushing volume to one workhorse. The running back-by-committee approach has become the default in the NFL, and that has changed the position in fantasy football.
First, it gives a huge boost to the value of the players that do find themselves in that old-school role — guys like Saquon Barkley. It also means that being in a committee isn't immediately a death sentence for a player's fantasy value.
There are still some extreme examples though, either on offenses that just aren't going to produce much or that have too many RBs fighting for work, where a committee can make it tough to trust any of the backs in fantasy. Here are three running back committees you may want to avoid in 2019.
1. Washington Redskins
With Derrius Guice finally back in action, things have become really crowded in the Washington Redskins' backfield. Adrian Peterson ranked top five in the NFL with 251 carries last season, but the 2018 second-round pick Guice could immediately take a huge chunk of that work. Peterson and Guice will also only really be competing for two downs worth of work, as Chris Thompson is back from injury and will likely reclaim his role as Washington's third-down back. Thompson saw 55 targets in 2018 despite being limited to only 10 games. With most of the RB targets going to Thompson and the early-down work possibly being split up evenly, there's a good chance all three backs fall flat in the upcoming season.
2. Miami Dolphins
Less crowded, the Miami Dolphins' backfield issues come more from team quality. With a win total set at only 4.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Dolphins aren't likely to do much scoring, and playing from behind will probably force them into a pass-heavy approach. Kenyan Drake has only just returned from a calf injury that had initially put his Week 1 availability into jeopardy, and second-year back Kalen Ballage is entirely unproven, with only 36 NFL carries to his name. Drake could offer some value at his average draft position (ADP) of RB31, but that's likely to climb again now that he's back at practice.
3. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills may do us a favor and cut or trade one of their backs, but right now a group that includes LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon and Devin Singletary is tough to decipher. The Bills aren't expected to be great either, with a win total set at 6.5, and there's just not going to be enough work to split up among three RBs, let alone four. McCoy is the early favorite to land lead back duties while the rookie Singletary arguably has the highest ceiling, but this is another group that may not produce a single viable fantasy RB in 2019.
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