March of the wide recievers

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The typical mantra that running backs are the corner stone of a fantasy football team is slowly fading away.  Even now, with minimal action happening in the NFL, wide receivers are creeping up further in ADP rankings at the expense of running backs.

Here you can see Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson passing Clinton Portis and Marion Barber in 12-team drafts over the past two months.

The driving force for this shift seems to be a perceived lack of quality WRs.  In years past, it wouldn't be uncommon to see running backs taken in 11 out of 12, or even 12 out of 12 picks in the first round.  This year, there are already 3 wide receivers in the top 12 in ADP (Fitz, Johnson, Moss), and Calvin Johnson is knocking at the door.

The combination of increased passing in the NFL along with more running back committees is making the reliable wide receivers pretty valuable. If you're used to stocking up on running backs, this might be a good time to evaluate how you'll structure your team this year.

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