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THE QUESTION

Is the Feature Back Dead?

Has running back by committee replaced the premier back in today's NFL?

Posted by Emil Steiner on August 17, 2009 6:47 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Not Dead, Just Resting

While the feature back is rarer and rarer these days, due to size, the great ones find a way to rise to the top.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on August 17, 2009 7:52 PM

Alive and Well, Obscure

If any runner has a 100-yard day, week one, fans in his city will declare him the feature back.

Posted by Brian Tarcy, on August 17, 2009 7:21 PM

Committee Makes Sense

Growing awareness of the effects of running back overuse and the value of those backs over time has contributed to a change in thinking regarding the "feature back" concept.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on August 17, 2009 7:20 PM

Blame the Draft

While the featured back may not be completely dead, it's getting close.

Posted by Shawn Zobel, on August 17, 2009 6:43 PM

Specialization is the future... and not just at running back

Fantasy football players may shudder at the thought, but rotating backs makes sense for both the team and for the players.

Posted by Rob Rang, on August 17, 2009 11:49 AM

Committee of Diversity

The key to success in today's running game is to have a committee of running backs with different styles.

Posted by Chris Gates, on August 17, 2009 11:18 AM

Double Your Durability

The feature back may not be completely dead but the two back system is more popular because of the beating that running backs take in the NFL.

Posted by Jimmy Morris, on August 17, 2009 11:16 AM

Blame Mike Shanahan

Not only can Mike Shanahan be blamed for the downfall of the Denver Broncos, fantasy owners should blame him for ruining the feature back.

Posted by Dan Levy, on August 17, 2009 6:11 AM

A Brave New World

With most teams using at least two running backs regularly, the fantasy draft philosophy of hoarding running backs and handcuffing a starter and his backup really no longer applies.

Posted by Gene Wang, on August 12, 2009 1:15 PM

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