The consensus going round this offseason is the notion that running backs will make or break your fantasy draft. As many as eight running backs are projected to go in the first round of a standard 10 team league. Why is that so? Well, a lot of fantasy experts believe that there is a significant drop-off from the best seven or eight and the rest. A distinct top tier that have all proven to be reliable and durable in 2012. Last season, Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles were coming off ACL tears and Alfred Morris, Trent Richardson and Doug Martin were rookies. In Morris' case a sixth-round pick that turned out to be a revelation. However, I looked at another strategy when doing a couple of live drafts over the weekend. In one live draft in a standard 10 team league, I had the No.8 pick. I looked it at and thought: "Do I take Doug Martin or Trent Richardson with one season under their belt or a proven performer like Calvin Johnson?" Now many have suggested taking a wide receiver or a quarterback with your first pick is a no-no, but I could not go past taking Megatron at pick No. 8. When it came time for my next pick, more quality running backs had been taken. However, I didn't panic. Take C.J. Spiller (with Fred Jackson in his shadow) or Brandon Marshall who totaled 216 Fantasy points last season? Again I took a wide receiver. Round 3 came along and again I looked at value rather than necessity. Take Maurice Jones-Drew or Drew Brees? How could I pass on a guy who produced 5177 passing yards and 43 TDs? After all MJD missed the second half of 2012 through injury. It wasn't until rounds four, five and six, that I drafted running backs. Getting some great value with Reggie Bush, David Wilson and Darren Sproles. I even got some steals with Wes Welker in the ninth round and Anquan Boldin in the 12th round. Some people are reading this and thinking..... this guy is mad. Would he pass on Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster? With a high first round draft pick, of course not. The next day, I did another live draft and had pick No. 3. With Aaron Rodgers taken with the first pick, I got a little excited that Adrian Peterson might fall me. That was not to be, but I did take Arian Foster. It was a no brainer. My next two picks were Dez Bryant and Jimmy Graham. With one running back in the bank, I got Maurice Jones-Drew in the fourth round and Colin Kaepernick in the fifth. Not a bad haul. My point is, don't panic and pass on value just to load up on running backs. Its more than OK to take just the one running back in the first three rounds, and if you are situated between picks 6-10, taking a running back isn't your only or best option. There is plenty of depth in Rounds 4-7. Players like Chris Ivory, Reggie Bush, David Wilson, Darren Sproles and Co. are more than capable and have plenty of upside this season. At the end of the day, a well balanced team leads you to fantasy football glory. Don't get suckered into missing out on elite talent early.