In the 2013 NFL offseason, fantasy running backs took a big hit. A new rule implemented has prevented offensive players from leading with the crown of the helmet. This would equalize the playing field for both offensive and defensive players. The goal for the NFL was to further eliminate helmet to helmet contact and the make the game safer. And in our observation, this would place greater emphasis on the quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end positions in fantasy football. Tight ends and the flanker receiver should see a noticeable uptick in touchdown receptions.
This is a big blow for running backs, particularly stocky running backs that run with low pad level. A running back of yesteryear like Emmitt Smith might have a hard time with this rule. Unless the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Trent Richardson, and Schonn Greene become fixtures of the short passing game, their eventual production might be the biggest overvalues in the 2013 fantasy football drafts.