This article is part of our On Target series.
As you know, the primary discussion in this column is about various wide receivers and how they are involved in their team's offenses. However, as I was writing my DFS column this week, I started to notice a pretty obvious trend: many running backs are functioning like primary pass catchers for their offenses. With that angle in mind, we are going to analyze the pass-catching abilities and involvement of 10 different RBs and what that means for their value, and also the value of all RBs going forward.
C-Mac has been the biggest example of this revolution in fantasy football. We all know that passing attempts league-wide have been increasing ever since the rule changes started in 2010, but McCaffrey's designation as a running back while having a 25 percent target share of the Panthers' offense and only 45 rushing attempts for 2.5 yards per carry signals a dramatic shift. He is lining up in the backfield often, and the team is at least trying to let him run the ball, but he is clearly most effective as a receiver. Lucky for those who took a shot on him as his ADP rose, he has looked up to the task as a wide receiver.
Shady leading the Bills in total target share is actually not as surprising as some of the other RBs who have been involved in the passing game. McCoy has always been a great pass catcher out of the backfield, but his role