Running backs who catch passes out of the backfield provide a cushion for their fantasy owners – even when running lanes are closed for business or their team is on the wrong side of a second-half blowout, these backs rarely leave the stat sheet empty and drenched with your Sunday night tears.
This principle applies to standard fantasy football leagues, of course, though it’s far more pronounced in point per reception formats. Your pass-catching running back has been held to 30 yards on 13 carries in the first half? His team is down by 24?
So what? A reliable target out of the backfield can rack up eight points in a single drive, without scoring a touchdown.
Your two-down runners, however, could be done for the day in this same predicament. These fantasy options have no cushion. If they don’t produce on the ground, they’re done. These backs are far more vulnerable to the whims of the game, and in PPR, their shortcomings are exacerbated.
There are three running backs whose almost tot...