General managers, coaches and fantasy footballers rank 1-2-3 (though not necessarily in that order) as talent evaluators for quarterbacks and running backs. And they need to be good at it because jobs and bragging rights are at stake when it comes to those positions.
In an effort to help all three groups with their evaluations, we've ranked the NFL's quarterback-running back pairings. Notably, two of the top nine QB-RB packages play in the NFC North (And here's a hint: Neither employs
Some notes on the measurements used:
• If a team's backup is an active ingredient in the mix or is arguably good enough to start for a number of other teams, that backup factored into the rating. This was not the case for every team.
• Since few teams use a true fullback in their schemes, we didn't fold that position into the backfield lineups.
• Rookies are difficult to rank, for obvious reasons, and quarterbacks particularly so. But we viewed some (
• Additions and subtractions via free agency and the draft affected some backfields more than others, even if those additions or subtractions weren't quarterbacks or running backs. Changes at various positions, even on defense, have clear trickle-down potential for quarterbacks and running backs.
• Rankings are based on more than skills and numbers alone.
With that in mind, here's how the 32 NFL backfields rank: