Fantasy footballers want all the information possible to help determine the stock of running backs.

Whether it's trends, depth-chart movement or personnel changes, there are a number of different components that can affect a runner's value.

An effective quarterback isn't one of them.

Sure, Edgerrin James benefitted from the presence of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, and life was much easier for Emmitt Smith in Dallas with Troy Aikman under center. But the absence of a reliable signal-caller is no reason to pass on an otherwise valuable back.

The proof of this statement can be found as we look back at some of the most productive seasons at the position during the Super Bowl era.

So before you pass on Larry Johnson, Marshawn Lynch or Michael Turner in 2008 fantasy football drafts because of their team's unattractive quarterback situation, check out these 10 running backs who recorded tremendous numbers despite the presence of a productive field general.

Running back San Francisco 49ers (2006) Quarterback

Frank Gore
Gore totaled an impressive 61 receptions, 2,180 scrimmage yards (21st all-time) and scored nine touchdowns in what was a breakout season under former offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and he did it all with the unimpressive Smith under center. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, Smith threw for a mediocre 2,890 yards with 18 total touchdowns and an awful 21 turnovers.
Alex Smith

Running back Baltimore Ravens (2003) Quarterback

Jamal Lewis
Lewis rushed for an incredible 2,066 yards (2nd all-time), recorded 2,271 scrimmage yards (10th all-time) and scored 14 times in what was the best season of his NFL career. Boller, who started nine times, threw for 1,260 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 turnovers. Anthony Wright (1,199 yards, 9 TDs, 8 INTs) also saw time under center for the Ravens, but he wasn't overly effective, either.
Kyle Boller

Running back Miami Dolphins (2002) Quarterback

Ricky Williams
Like the aforementioned Gore, Williams broke out under the guidance of Turner with 1,853 rushing yards (12th all-time), 2,216 scrimmage yards (17th all-time) and 17 total touchdowns. His emergence into the fantasy forefront was accomplished with Fiedler and Ray Lucas at the quarterback position. That duo combined for an unimpressive 3,069 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
Jay Fiedler

Running back Detroit Lions (1997) Quarterback

Barry Sanders
One of the greatest running backs ever to grace the NFL gridiron, Sanders recorded 2,053 rushing yards (3rd all-time), 2,358 scrimmage yards (4th all-time) and a solid 14 total touchdowns. He reached those totals with inconsistent journeyman Mitchell at the helm of the offense. He failed to throw for 4,000-plus yards and 20-plus touchdowns in 10 of his 11 seasons at the NFL level.
Scott Mitchell

Running back Washington Redskins (1996) Quarterback

Terry Allen
Allen might have been better known for his knee problems, but he did have a few superb statistical seasons for fantasy footballers. One of his best came with the Redskins, as he rushed for 1,353 yards and 21 touchdowns (T-15th all-time). His quarterback at the time was Frerotte, who threw for a respectable 3,453 yards but tossed a mere 12 touchdown passes with 15 turnovers that season.
Gus Frerotte

Running back Los Angeles Raiders (1985) Quarterback

Marcus Allen
Allen was a statistical monster for much of his illustrious career, but his best season came with little help from the quarterback position. Allen totaled 2,314 scrimmage yards (7th all-time) and 14 total touchdowns in 1985, while Wilson threw for a mediocre 2,608 yards with 16 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. He finished his career with more interceptions (102) than total touchdowns (91).
Marc Wilson

Running back Los Angeles Rams (1984) Quarterback

Eric Dickerson
Dickerson broke (and still holds) the NFL record for rushing yards in a single season (2,105) and totaled 2,244 scrimmage yards (12th all-time) in just his second NFL season. Those numbers came despite the futile contributions of quarterbacks Jeff Kemp (13 starts) and Vince Ferragamo (three starts), who combined to throw for an unimpressive 2,338 yards with 15 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Jeff Kemp

Running back Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984) Quarterback

James Wilder
Wilder was a solid back in his time, and his 85 receptions, 2,229 scrimmage yards (14th all-time) and 13 touchdowns during the 1984 season proves that point. DeBerg, a journeyman who played for six different teams in his 18 NFL seasons, totaled a respectable 3,554 passing yards with 21 total touchdowns, but he also threw 18 interceptions and fumbled the football 15 times.
Steve DeBerg

Running back Houston Oilers (1980) Quarterback

Earl Campbell
One of Campbell's best season in the NFL came in 1980 and included a stellar 1,934 rushing yards (6th all-time) and 13 touchdown runs. What it didn't include was a solid quarterback under center. Stabler, who was far past his prime in what was his first season with the Oilers, threw for 3,202 yards with 13 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He also fumbled the football seven times that season.
Ken Stabler

Running back Chicago Bears (1977) Quarterback

Walter Payton
Payton, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, rushed for a career best 1,852 yards and scored 16 total touchdowns in 14 games during what was his third season at the pro level. "Sweetness" received very little help from his quarterback, Bob Avellini, who threw for 2,004 yards with 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Avellini finished his career with 33 touchdown passes and 69 interceptions.
Bob Avellini

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