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Running backs have long been viewed as the most important part of any successful fantasy football roster. However, one stat shows that might not be the case any longer, as teams are now passing more than ever. And this passing revolution shows no signs of slowing down. 

NFL teams passed on 58.8 percent of plays last season, which is only a slight dip from the record-breaking 2016 season, where teams passed on 59.3 percent of plays. At this rate, it's not crazy to think that NFL teams will pass on over 60.0 percent of plays sometime in the near future. 


If this trend continues, the traditional bell-cow running back might get phased out in favor of a versatile pass-catcher, like James White or Dion Lewis.

Of course, we should note that the New England Patriots just won the Super Bowl after transforming into a run-heavy offense, which could cause some teams to reconsider relying on the pass so heavily. 


Regardless, this emphasis on the passing game is likely here to stay. And if it continues, receivers, tight ends and pass-catching running backs are going to see a huge spike in their fantasy value. 


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