Hunt seems to be the only remaining FA RB that may justifiably create another messy RBBC.
Was just thinking of this earlier and for the most part the RB FA period did NOT alter the RB landscape. Actually really minor impact.
We still got the draft but really only two RB's are the kind of lock year one starter/big role types and one of them(Gibbs) is not a high volume runner. Will be a slew of RB's in the 3rd-5th round putting heat on starters but my point is I'm not sure we are gong to see the changing RB landscape a lot of us, me included, thought. At least not to start next season.
More the culmination of a trend rather than a true alteration, but I would suggest the big shake up we’re seeing is just the tripling down of RBBCs as the norm. And not just shared backfields either but more three-headed backfields with not only specialized roles but more of willingness to sub regardless of situation. As you pointed out somewhere else (and I agree), the skill players seem to be getting smaller and a byproduct of that may well be that 3 back systems take further root.
Certainly don’t think I’m breaking any news to you on this front, just saying that perhaps the shakeup were getting is just different with worse implications for fantasy than what many were expecting. With all these FA vets, plus the last wave of draft classes and the deep draft of interesting but not dominant backs on the horizon, the position has become totally saturated with talent.
I just finished a full on 3 year rebuild in one league, during which I ignored RB other than to churn the waiver wire or trade mid round draft picks or inconsequential receivers for committee or PPR backs. It worked great, my team is sick now, and of course that isn’t some novel strategy to a rebuild. Point is, I think that type of strategy is going to apply more to all types of teams moving forward. Not just rebuilds, but really just any successful fantasy team will likely be built with a stable of weekly upside plug ins at RB.