Final piece of advice in this overview: I believe that running backs are tremendously overvalued in the first round of fantasy football drafts. I know you need running backs, but I'd much rather take a surer thing early—a 5,000-yard quarterback, for instance, if he's there—than a back in the first round.
MY 20 RUNNING BACKS IN ORDER
1 Arian FOSTER TEXANS
HE'S RUNNING behind the league's best offensive line.
2 Matt FORTE BEARS
LOVE HIM. Just love him. A driven, hard-running guy whose injury (MCL sprain) shouldn't carry over into the season. I worry about the Chicago line (as does coach Lovie Smith), but Forte has shown the ability to be productive even after being hit in the backfield.
3 Ray RICE RAVENS
RICE IS a huge fantasy producer even in games in which he doesn't score.
4 Marshawn LYNCH SEAHAWKS