Fantasy Football: Top 15 Running Backs To Target In 2016

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Honorable Mention Fantasy Football running back Arian Foster
Honorable Mention Fantasy Football running back Arian Foster. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Running backs are a hot Fantasy Football commodity as most leagues require you to have two starting backs on your roster.  So which are the top options to target in 2016?

Many Fantasy Football owners build their rosters around targeting running backs early on.  As there are a limited number of starting running backs in the NFL, owners have to move fast to get quality backs onto their roster.  That results in early runs on the position, so you had better plan on getting your guy in the first few rounds.

2016 may signify a change in the running back hierarchy for Fantasy Football.  There is a new wave of young running backs, led by Todd Gurley, who are making a case that they are now the top value players for fantasy owners to target instead of guys like Jamaal Charles and LeVeon Bell.

You want to grab your running backs pretty early.  Not every team has a true starting running back, so it’s tough to even say there are 32 starting backs in the league.  That’s a serious restriction on the available talent pool.  Don’t be the guy trying to find running backs on the waiver wire every week.  Here are the top fifteen backs in the NFL to target this year.

2016 Fantasy Football Running Backs Honorable Mention – Arian Foster, Miami Dolphins:

Arian Foster is the Fantasy Football wild card at the running back position.  If he can regain his old form, he can be one of the top backs in the league.  However, there is always major concern about Foster’s health.  Can he finish a full season?

Draft Value – 5th Round:  The injury history is enough to pump the brakes on Foster.  However, if you have already grabbed yourself a solid back in one of the early rounds, Foster can be an excellent compliment to them.  You’ll likely want to grab a handcuff for him like Jay Ajayi to be safe, but I would say Foster is worth the risk.