It is often said that one cannot win a fantasy football league in the first round, but one can lose it. Your first round pick needs to be a rock solid player that you can build around on a weekly basis. Not one that occasionally dominate one week, and disappear another. The top 5 running backs (the top 5 picks in most drafts) all provide great amounts of consistency. Your team is off to a great start if you land Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Chris Johnson, or Ray Rice. Not much thought is required there, if you pick in the top half of your draft, select one of these studs. After these 5, there are 3 backs who are first round worthy due to their position on potent offenses and history of fantasy prosperity. Rashard Mendenhall, Michael Turner, and LeSean McCoy will produce on a weekly basis, and will keep you competitive when playing against teams with one of the top 5 players. All 3 of these backs compiled at least 1400 total yards and 9 TD’s last year; they all also play for a team that ranked in the top 12 in point production. Blindly selecting a running back is often encouraged in the first round, but I will challenge that train of thought, by ranking Aaron Rodgers as the 6th best player available.