We’ll look back on this fantasy drafting rule of thumb — draft a running back first! — and laugh at it in the same way we used to laugh at the RB-RB rule fantasy owners followed.

We’ll look back on this fantasy drafting rule of thumb — draft a running back first! — and laugh at it in the same way we used to laugh at the RB-RB rule fantasy owners followed.

The RB-RB rule was outdated because it didn’t reflect the trend of coaches using more two- or three-back committees that diminished some backs’ values.

It also didn’t account for a changing NFL that has increasingly become more pass-happy, resulting in sky-rocketing quarterback numbers that have made receivers and tight ends as valuable, if not more, than your RB2 who could end up having a down year.

The past two seasons, especially this year, injuries have rendered most top-tier backs useless towards the end of the season with mid- to late-round picks making headlines.

Most fantasy owners that are out of the playoffs, heck even some that are still in, will tell you just how little their highly drafted backs have had to do with their success. That’s unless, of course, you’re talking to owners of LeSean McCoy (PHI), Ray Rice (BAL), Arian Foster (HOU) and Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC).

Truth is, unless you were lucky enough to draft those players in the first round this season, you didn’t have much of a reason to draft a running back first.

Five quarterbacks are still the top five fantasy scorers this year and another few wideouts and tight ends have scored more also. A great fantasy quarterback will at least allow you to coast along until your mid-round running back either earns playing time on the field or is one of the top 10 fantasy backs this year.

Sure beats that first round running back either getting hurt, underachieving or scoring just 10 points while that QB you passed up scores an average of 20 points or more a week.

We’re finally at the point where you can win any fantasy week with a top-tier quarterback. Just look at Drew Brees’ (NO) five TD week last Sunday!

The same can’t be said any more for a vast majority of running backs.

The great consistent (running backs) is no longer a stable position any more.

It’s time to switch things up, fantasy owners. Haven’t you been behind the curve long enough?

Can Wait! Waiver Wire Pickups (see what I did there?)

Since Week 14, the options for the waiver wire have been quite slim.

This week is no different. And if you’re in the fantasy championships this year, you probably don’t need any of these players.

But hey, these same players could just as easily outscore your top players this week, so if nothing else, you should at least stash them away from your opponent, who just might get lucky and beat you with a guy you should have picked up.

QB: Kellen Clemens (STL)
RB: Donald Brown (IND), Khalil Bell (CHI)
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK), Jabar Gaffney (WSH), Greg Little (CLE)

Breakin’ Bread List

This is the week we’ve all been waiting for. Championship week is upon us and for many of you, the players I list may actually break bread with you at season’s end.

So who’s going to bring home the bacon?

I believe these six will, at the very least, bring you closer to that “Major Award.”

So what will you win at the end of the year?

A leg lamp?* Prize money? A championship trophy or ring?

Either way, I wish you all the best of luck. Heck, since I won’t this year, I

QB: Drew Brees (NO) vs. Atlanta, Tom Brady (NE) vs. Miami, Cam Newton (CAR) at Tampa Bay
RB: Ray Rice (BAL) vs. Cleveland
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) — Welcome back!
TE: Rob Gronkowski (NE) vs. Atlanta
 
*If you actually win a leg lamp from a fantasy title, you’re in the coolest league ever!

The Purple Drank list — presented by The Tennessee Titans

Frauds. Each and every one of you.

How do you lose to the Indianapolis Colts? Chris Johnson (TEN), way to continue that awesome streak you’ve been having with a mediocre 10-point performance this week — you know, your season average for points.

CJ1K has been a disappointment this year, but how did the entire team put together a Purple Drankesque performance?

How did the Titans allow Donald Brown to rush for a career-high 161 yards. Brown is and has been garbage most of this season and frankly most of his career.

Sad thing is, Tennessee is still in the playoff hunt, somehow. So there’s a chance we’ll all be subjected to more mediocre football from these clowns in January.

Yeesh!

QB: Blaine Gabbert (JAC) at Tennessee
RB: LeGarrette Blount (TB) vs. Carolina, Peyton Hillis (CLE) at Baltimore, Chris Johnson (TEN) vs. Jacksonville
WR: Roy Williams (CHI) at Green Bay, Malcom Floyd (SD) at Detroit

Don’t sleep on my sleepers

QB: Jake Locker (TEN) vs. Jacksonville, Rex Grossman (WSH) vs. Minnesota
RB: Ben Tate (HOU) at Indianapolis, LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ) vs. NY Giants
WR: Titus Young (DET) vs. San Diego, Steve Breaston (KC) vs. Oakland
 
Joey Baskerville writes his column every Wednesday. He can be reached at jbaskerville@journalstandard.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.