The 2022 NFL Draft is over and landing spots have been declared. In your dynasty leagues, you have a plethora of picks in all rounds and are eager to fill up a position of need; running back. The questions are: who do you target? When do you make the selection? How do you know who to pick and why? Worry not, this article is here to help guide you through your running back woes.
The first thing to mention is to never ever force a pick of a running back if it’s not necessary. That’s how people were burned with Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Trey Sermon in the previous two drafts. If you need a running back and you are on the clock, take the best player available. The number one rule of dynasty is to draft for talent, and trade for need. You have four months to trade to fill the void, so don’t force something that’s not there.
In this draft, we have the top two players – Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker III – and then everyone else. If you have a need at running back and you own the first overall pick, you are in luck. Hall is a prospect who is ready to go, and if your team is too, this pick is a no-brainer. But if you aren’t ready to compete yet and 2023 is what you’re gearing up for, you should be seeking a trade.
Even moving one spot back in the draft could be beneficial because Walker is going to need a full season of work and practice to become the kind of back everyone expects him to be. Drafting Walker will keep your 2023 draft picks from decreasing in value, while still giving you a quality player in return.
If you own any other pick in the first round that’s not a top-two selection, then don’t force anything. Either trade back or take the best player available. Reaching for a running back is one of the worst mistakes a fantasy owner can make. Draft that value and then use it to trade for what you need later on.