I'll be the first to admit that when I do a fantasy football draft, I'm always iffy about landing someone in the first round who is NOT a running back.
Let's say that I have the 9th pick and Calvin Johnson falls to me, how do I pass on him, right?
Well, fortunately for me and my fantasy football game, I became fully aware that there is still plenty of talent available outside of just the first round in terms of running backs.
With that being said though, you don't want to get stuck with one of the busts of the draft at running back as one of your starters, because it can completely ruin your fantasy season from the word go...unless you catch some luck on the waiver wire.
That's why I'm writing this, and below I'm checking into three fantasy football running backs in 2013 who are poised to be busts.
Steven Jackson - Atlanta Falcons
I was on the bandwagon, and then I jumped off the bandwagon. This isn't only because of the fact that Jackson looked slow in his preaseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons, but it did lead to me thinking more about it.
Jackson is going in the second round in most drafts, but he's in an offense that is pretty high-paced and features the team airing it out a lot. Jackson can catch the ball out of the backfield without a doubt, but Jacquizz Rodgers is much better suited for that role.
I think that Jackson has a solid year, but won't put up anywhere near the type of numbers that you want from a second round pick.
Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I had to put one crazy one out there, or else this wouldn't be an article even worth reading. The reason why Martin comes on this list is because the FARTHEST I've seen him drop is to the fourth or fifth pick.
He's one of the most hyped running backs this year in fantasy football, but I do have worries. First of all, the Buccaneers' passing offense isn't exactly on fire, and there are definitely question marks surrounding it. This could hurt Martin, but he'll still get his receptions.
ALSO, look at Martin last year. He did have a great year, but he only had five games with 100 rushing yards or more. If you take out that crazy 250-yard rushing game that he had, his YPC average drops by around half a yard as well.
One last thing to point out is that Martin had NINE games with 76 yards rushing or fewer this past season, and we are sticking with the thoughts of taking out that insane 250 yard rushing game with 4 touchdowns, he only had 7 touchdowns last season rushing.
I think there is absolutely reason to have concern about Martin, especially if you are falling to pick 2.11 or 2.10 in your fantasy draft before getting to pick again.
Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers
Some people likely ready that name and were thinking, "but Bell isn't even that high of a draft pick". Well, I've seen him go anywhere from the 3rd to the 6th round, and Bell has competition for the starting running back job.
People seem to be forgetting about Jonathan Dwyer, which might sound a bit absurd right now. Dwyer dropped a ton of weight leading into this season, and he could be a dark horse to get a pretty good workload if he can avoid turning the ball over.
The Steelers also still have Isaac Redman, and they signed LaRod Stephens-Howling, who could be a great change of pace back. Bell is really scary to me, and I definitely wouldn't want to draft him right now as one of my starting backs.