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When addressing your dynasty problem, your solution should be proportionate to the size of your problem. At the running back position, there can be three levels of solutions: small measures, half measures, and full measures. Generally, these can all be understood by the nature of the running back position.
Running Back Overview
One confusion about the running back position is how to allocate resources to solve issues. Solving issues, particularly on the cheap, is best approached every week. Your solution is not to find a starter to slot into your lineup for all 14 weeks of the regular season except for the player’s bye. Instead, you are trying to improve a series of 14 weeks, where you need to get solved by a lineup set each week.
This is critically different than the quarterback position. Your team can survive a week or two starting a spot starter at quarterback, but if you must depend on it for the season, you likely are going to struggle. You won’t struggle at running back; instead, you will prosper.
When employing small measures at the running back position, think about how you will set your roster up to solve the position one week at a time throughout the season. Your small measures require optimizing your roster and your roster construction.
1. Optimize your roster
Fixing the running back position can be done cheaper than almost any other position. This can simply be done by working through your running back position and cutting any players you think are not in an optimized spot. Do you have a running back on your roster who you do not think is a clear injury away from a spot start while there is such a player available on your waiver wire? Cut your player and add the clear injury-away player. This should be done weekly, where you are consistently trying to optimize your bench.
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