I’m a zero RB zealot. I don’t invest in running backs and I usually don’t draft them in the early rounds of startup drafts. Outside of Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey at the top of the first round, I like to completely fade the position. I like to leave drafts loaded at wide receiver with a gang of RB2s and satellite backs.
Since I hold the position to a different light compared to most people, my process is a little bit different. I like to buy pass-catching backs on the cheap, play penny stocks with running backs who could receive a bounce back in value, and bank on my abilities to restock my depth chart through rookie drafts.
Even though the process is a little different, the end game is still the same. I want to effectively build my roster for the future while trying to win now. I have the rest of my positions usually covered along with my flex spots. I’m just trying to scrape by at running back until I can find a suitable option on the cheap.
Nonetheless, my approach leads to some interesting buys in dynasty. You aren’t going to catch me trying to trade for any top-ten backs. More than likely, you’re going to see me trade for younger running backs who haven’t hit yet or a veteran who just hit a bad course of luck and is falling in the rankings.
As we head into the regular season, here are five running backs who I’m buying right now:
Justice Hill, RB BAL
After an impressive preseason campaign where he rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown, Hill is one of my top buys in all of dynasty. He led all running backs with ten avoided tackles throughout the first three weeks of the preseason. Per Pro Football Focus, he is averaging 2.78 yards after contact per attempt. Hill is making defenders miss at an alarming rate. Those skills should translate to the regular season when he will be given the opportunity to showcase what he can do.