Originally written on The Fake Football  |  Last updated 2/18/13

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11: Eddie Lacy of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, I can’t seem to shake the belief that running back is the most important position in fantasy football – and I don’t think I’m alone.  This past season only 12 RB’s finished among the top 50 scorers in standard leagues, but fantasy owners picked 21 ball carriers inside the top 50 during the preseason (per Fantasy Pros).  Even worse, zero RB’s finished inside the top 6 scorers. The consensus top 3 picks heading into the season?  Arian Foster, Ray Rice, and LeSean McCoy – all running backs. If so many running backs are failing to live up to expectations, why do they still receive so much love from fantasy owners on draft day?  You can certainly make the case for position scarcity.  With the number of committee attacks in the NFL at an all time high, 20 plus carry bell cows have gone the way of the Aurochs (the original bell cow – see what I did there?).  It stands to reason that there’s a clear benefit to grabbing one of the few remaining feature
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