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Fantasy Football: Always draft handcuff running backs

DeAngelo Williams and David Johnson were two of many backup running backs to post big fantasy numbers in 2015. Getty Images

The combination of a group of strong returning veterans and a potential impact rookie class made it seem that the running back position was going to return to its former supremacy level in the 2015 season.

That did not turn out to be the case, as only nine running backs placed in the top 50 in ESPN standard scoring and only two placed inside the top 30.

Even with this lack of a renaissance, this past fantasy football campaign did offer some very helpful insights in how fantasy owners should approach the position in 2016.

Reasonable expectations

It starts by establishing reasonable production expectations for fantasy running backs.

Most fantasy owners would agree that scoring 10 or more points in an ESPN standard league is an acceptable production level for a running back in an individual game.

If that is the case, how many of those double-digit scoring totals should a fantasy owner expect from a RB1 or RB2 over the course of a season?

That number might not be as high as generally thought.