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Not every training camp battle affecting the fantasy football world involves a rookie running back, but it sure seems that way for this upcoming season. Ten running backs went in the first three rounds of the NFL draft and more than a few joined appealing situations in which they could take over the starting role right away and provide instant statistical goodness. Yeah, fantasy managers sure noticed, and the proof is in the early ADP (average draft position) results.
The fact that most of the top battles listed below involve rookies at what has become the most volatile position is actually not so typical — not to this extent and with players having so much upside. Then again, they are not the lone battles. We appreciate that many of you participate in far deeper leagues than the ESPN standard — my hand is up! — so let us discuss not only the training camp battles involving running backs but those that could certainly add relevance in other formats. To provide additional perspective, we also asked our NFL Nation reporters to offer their thoughts on each situation entering training camp. Here we go!
Top five running back battles
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Damien Williams
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