Fantasy football running back workload and injury history stats
Fowler breaks down the department's top 12 fantasy running backs' workloads and recent games missed.
By Ryan Fowler
So, you want to draft a fantasy football running back in the first and/or second round? In this running-back-by-committee fantasy world, missing on reliable running back(s) does tend to create a trickle-down effect of mediocrity if not full-blown failure in most competitive 12-team fantasy football leagues.
Earlier this week, the FOX Sports fantasy department published its early-June running back rankings. These rankings are not bible and are going to ebb and flow throughout the summer, but the top 12 players featured should all remain in the conversation by late-August.
I've taken the liberty of researching each players' games missed over the last three seasons (some dating back to college) and average number of rushes per season as a heavy workload tends to leave a running back more susceptible to injury in the future.
Fowler Risk Factor with "1" being least risky and "10" being most risky.
Games Missed (last 3 seasons): 11 Major Injury: Fractured ankle in 2011 (did have "injury prone" label placed on him coming out of college) Avg. Rush Att. / Season: 181 (3 NFL seasons - carried ball 282 times his senior season at Oklahoma) Fowler Risk Factor: 7