Running back is arguably the most important position in fantasy football, and it keeps getting more important year after year as more NFL teams opt to use a committee.
This year, there are only a handful of truly elite fantasy backs. If one of them were available in the first round, you would be wise to grab them. Keep an especially close eye on Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks), often available in the middle to later portions of the first even though he's still the focal point of his offense and has been as reliable as RBs get the past three seasons.
After the first round, there are still plenty of solid, undervalued players like Jeremy Hill (Bengals) in the second, Justin Forsett (Ravens) or Lamar Miller (Dolphins) in the third, and Mark Ingram (Saints) or Alfred Morris (Redskins) in the fourth round.
After that, don't be afraid to take a flyer on an injury risk with high upside like Arian Foster (Texans) in the sixth round or later. While you'll want to make sure to secure at least two other solid RBs to get you through the early parts of the season, Foster could provide first round production during the home stretch.
Also, keep in mind that RB rankings depend heavily on the scoring format. For instance, unranked RBs C.J. Spiller (Saints), Giovani Bernard (Bengals) and Shane Vereen (Giants) are much more valuable in a PPR league.
Alex Case is amNY's
fantasy football columnist.