To Hell With RBBC

To Hell With RBBC by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

I have addressed the vile F_____subject of “Running Back By Committee” before, but every year the dialogue changes a little or a lot, so here is my 2016 profanity-laced tirade on “RBBC”….( and if you’re sensitive, you may want to skip this piece….as I will likely be forced to contribute to the “Swear Jar” many times, before this is over! )

Hopefully you have been following the joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy called “1st and 10″, the weekly segment of Q & A that canvasses some of the hot button topics in the NFL landscape.

In Week 8, I was asked the following question:

DFF- “Play devil’s advocate here and make the argument that a premier wide receiver should not be taken 1.01 across all formats. Convince me that going running back heavy in the first round is still the right strategy.”

My response, in short, was ” With fewer teams than ever before featuring a one-back offense, I think RBs Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson can easily be argued as selections #1, #2 and #3 in drafts” – See entire response here- LINK

Or, to be even more succinct, I could have simply responded….“Yes, grab a RB and F_____ RBBC!”

And that is the F____ing WORST part of RBBC. Fantasy football owners don’t have man-crushes on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Arizona’s David Johnson! They have man-crushes on WRs Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and DeAndre Hopkins. Because of F____ers like DET HC Caldwell ( who rotates RBs every other play) we almost have to draft a RB from a one-back offense in Round One, and miss out on those elite wide outs. Maybe you won’t, but I F____ing will because honestly, I’d rather start out in a draft with Todd Gurley and Mike Evans, than one with OBJ and Eddie Lacy.

I count only 6 teams that we are all fairly certain will run a one-back featured offense, those being Arizona, Dallas, LA Rams, Minnesota, Houston and Pittsburgh ( although I think Pittsburgh will use RB DeAngelo Williams more than some fantasy football owners think they will.) The New York Jets, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis and perhaps KC, are on the fringe of being one-back offenses, but not so certain that you should miss out on an elite wide receiver in Round One.

This may be interesting……not only are most of the NFL teams pissing us off with their F____ ing RBBC, but it’s not helping them win either. Good! Below is a look at the NFL Playoffs for 2015. See anything that they all have in common, at least for most of them? A solid running game with a featured back. Except for New England( who you can’t trust F_____ anyway), you can name the featured back on all of these teams in 2015. Most do have a complimentary back, but we can live with that.

2015 Playoffs

So “To Hell With RBBC” and when drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but especially in large leagues, I do not think you can afford to have a SH_____y stable of running backs. The NFL WR corps is deeper than ever, so do not ignore getting strong #1 RB(s) early if you can, then stockpile a SH___load of wide outs later.

OK….let’s see…paying the F_____swear jar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…..I owe thirteen F____ bucks. D___ it….F______ fourteen bucks.  D___ it!!

The Amazing 2014 Rookie Wide Receivers

The Amazing 2014 Rookie Wide Receivers by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

We tend to forget, that in 2013, some pretty good wide receivers were drafted. The first wide receiver drafted was Tavon Auston – 1st round St Louis selection at #8. He was followed by DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota) also in the first round. 2nd round wide receivers drafted were – Justin Hunter, Robert Woods & Aaron Dobson. 3rd round – Terrance Williams, Marquise Goodwin, Markus Wheaton & Stedman Bailey. In the 5th round, Kenny Stills was drafted by New Orleans and Baltimore later landed un-drafted wide receiver Marlon Brown…an impressive list of stars in the NFL.
If not for the class of 2014 wide receivers, the 2013 rookie accomplishments would be the bench mark for wide receivers coming into the league. The class of 2014 however, blew their numbers out of the gator-aid barrel and made for a new crazy-high standard which will make rookie WRs think twice before getting cocky on their way up the NFL draft podium.

A few of the TOP rookie WRs in 2013:

1) Cordarrelle Patterson – 627 yards & 7 TDs – ranked 38th among all WRs
2) Terrance Williams – 736 yards & 5 TDs – ranked 40th among all WRs
3) Kenny Stills – 641 yards & 5 TDs – ranked 47th among all WRs
4) Marlon Brown – 524 yards & 7 TDs – ranked 48th among all WRs
5) DeAndre Hopkins – 802 yards & 2 TDs – ranked 50th among all WRs

Another large class of rookie wide receivers came into the league in 2014. Five wide receivers were drafted in round one on the NFL draft – Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin. 2009 is the last year that 5+ WRs went in the first. In the 2nd round, seven more wide receivers were drafted – Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Paul Richardson, Davante Adams, Cody Latimer, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry. Josh Huff, Donte Moncrief and John Brown in round 3. Martavius Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers made the biggest splash of the 3 WRs drafted in round 4.
Let’s take a look at some of the astounding stats of the TOP rookie WRs in 2014:

1) Odell Beckham Jr – 1305 yards & 12 TDs – ranked 5th among all WRs
2) Mike Evans – 1051 yards & 12 TDs – ranked 11th among all WRs
3) Kelvin Benjamin – 1008 yards & 9 TDs – ranked 16th among all WRs
4) Jordan Matthews – 872 yards & 8 TDs – ranked 24th among all WRs
5) Sammy Watkins – 982 yards & 6 TDs – ranked 25th among all WRs

To give you even more perspective on what this WR class achieved, in his rookie season in 2007, Calvin Johnson finished with 756 yards and 5 total touchdowns. He finished his 2nd year in the NFL 1331 yards and 12 TDs which is comparable to that numbers Odell Beckham put up in his rookie season. However, Megatron played all 16 games in 2008- Beckham amassed 1305 yards and 12 TDs in only 12 games.

The 2015 WR rookie class offers up once again, size and talent:
1) Amari Cooper – Alabama – 6’1″
2) Kevin White – West Virginia – 6’3″
3) DeVante Parker – Louisville – 6’3″
4) Dorial Green-Beckham – Oklahoma – 6’5″
5) Jaelen Strong – Arizona State – 6’3″
6) Sammie Coates – Auburn – 6’2″
7) Devin Funchess – Michigan – 6’5″

The expectations for these young men will be daunting however, because few will tend to forget the extraordinary year of the rookie WRs – 2014.

2015 Wide Receiver Rankings

2015  Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Antonio Brown – Steelers
2. Odell Beckham Jr – Giants
3. Dez Bryant – Cowboys
4. Julio Jones – Falcons
5. Demaryius Thomas – Broncos
6. A J Green – Bengals
7. Randall Cobb – Packers
8. Calvin Johnson – Lions
9. Brandon Cooks- Saints
10. T Y Hilton – Colts
11. Alshon Jeffery – Bears
12. Jordan Matthews- Eagles
13. DeAndre Hopkins- Texans
14. Golden Tate – Lions
15. Mike Evans – Bucs
16. Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos
17. Davante Adams – Packers
18. Charles Johnson – Vikings
19. Jarvis Landry- Dolphins
20. Steve Smith Sr – Ravens
21.John Brown – Cardinals
22. Amari Cooper – Oakland Rookie
23. Jeremy Maclin- Chiefs
24. Sammy Watkins- Buffalo
25. DeSean Jackson WASH
26. Torrey Smith – 49ers
27. Devin Funchess – Carolina Rookie
28. Markus Wheaton – Steelers
29. Andre Johnson- Colts
30. Julian Edelman- Patriots
31. Nelson Agholor – Rookie Eagles
32. Keenan Allen – Chargers
33. Pierre Garcon – Washington
34. Marques Colston – Saints
35. Michael Floyd- Cardinals- Likely out Week 1
36. Vincent Jackson- Bucs
37. Terrance Williams – Cowboys
38. Malcolm Floyd – Chargers
39. Anquan Boldin – 49ers
40. Martavius Bryant- Steelers- 4 game suspension
41. Eric Decker – Jets
42. Roddy White – Falcons
43. Mike Wallace – Vikings
44. Eddie Royal – Bears
45. Victor Cruz – Giants- Likely will not play Week 1
46. Kendall Wright – Titans
47. Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals
48. Doug Baldwin- Seahawks
49. Marvin Jones – Bengal
50. Breshad Perriman – Rookie Baltimore- Likely will not play Week 1
51. Brandon LaFell – Patriots
52. Cecil Shorts – Texans
53. Danny Amendola – Patriots
54. Michael Crabtree – Raiders
55. Leonard Hankerson – Falcons
56. Dwayne Bowe – Browns
57. Mohamed Sanu – Bengals
58. Brian Hartline – Browns
59. T Y Montgomery- Packers
60. Kenny Britt – Rams
61. Jermaine Kearse – Seahawks (injured)
62. Allen Hurns – Jaguars
63. Jericho Cotchery- Panthers
64. Rueban Randle – Giants
65.  Jeff Janis – Packers
66. Chris Givens – Rams
67. Greg Jennings- Dolphins
68. James Jones- NYG
69. Marguess Wilson – Bears
70. Donte Moncrief – Colts
71. Stevie Johnson – Chargers
72. Nate Washington – Texans
73. Cody Latimer – Broncos
74. Cole Beasley – Cowboys
75. Percy Harvin – Buffalo
76. Kenny Stills – Dolphins
77. Jaelen Strong – Rookie Houston
78. Reggie Wayne- New England
79. Brian Quick – Rams
80. Harry Douglas – Titans
81. Sammie Coates – Rookie Steelers
82. Ted Ginn Jr- Panthers
83. DeVante Parker – Rookie Miami
84. Dorial Green-Beckham – Rookie Tennessee
85. Riley Cooper – Eagles
86. Robert Woods – Buffalo
87. Andre Holmes – Raiders
88. Jarrett Boykin – Panthers
89. Jeremy Kerley – Jets
90. Nick Toon – Saints
91. Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings
92. Andrew Hawkins – Browns
93. Corey Brown – Panthers
94. Stedman Bailey – Rams
95. Andre Caldwell – Broncos
96. Brandon Lloyd – 49ers
97. Josh Huff – Eagles
98. Jacoby Jones – Chargers
99. Aaron Dobson – Patriots
100. Marquise Goodwin – Buffalo
101. Denarius Moore – Bengals
102. Andre Roberts – Washington
103. Paul Richardson – Seahawks-(injured)
104. Rod Streater – Raiders
105. Justin Blackmon – Jaguars
106. James Wright – Bengals
107. Taylor Gabriel – Browns
108. Devin Smith – Rookie Jets-(injured)
109. Robert Herron – Bucs
110. Santana Moss- Free Agent
111. Wes Welker- Free Agent

112. Donnie Avery- Free Agent

 

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
• Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings