Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Top 10 Running Back (RB) Rankings
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Running Backs in the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft
August 4, 2014
Now that August has arrived, it’s fantasy football draft time once again. Over these next few weeks, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at all of the positions and sleeper prospects out there and see who might make the best fit within your lineup.
We’ll start things out today with the running back position, as it will once again be the most crucial part of your roster. You’ll definitely want to grab an RB with your first pick once again this year, and likely your first two as well (unless another option falls into your lap in the second round). Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 candidates you should be looking at with your first couple of selections in the draft.
1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: This one’s pretty much a no-brainer. Charles will go first overall in just about every draft, and for good reason. He posted 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground last year, with another 693 and seven scores through the air. He’ll once again be the focal point of the KC attack.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: Call us crazy, but we’re not completely sold on Nick Foles and the Philadelphia passing game--especially with all the changes that have taken place there. That makes McCoy a very valuable asset, and he should contribute heavily once again. He posted 1607 rush yards with nine scores last year, and another 539 with two more touchdowns through the air.
3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Forte is a top-three (or top-two) pickup just about everywhere you look. Even with the Bears’ suddenly competent passing game, he should get his fair share of touches and scoring opportunities. He’s getting up there in years, but should factor into the offense significantly once again.
4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: We’ll stick in the NFC North and head over to Lacy, who dazzled fantasy owners everywhere with 11 rushing TDs last season--even though at least some of that was due to Aaron Rodgers’ stretch of absence. Still, he’s a big-time name and will do fine atop your RB depth chart.
5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: One more NFC North name in the top five mix, and that’s the perennial top selection Adrian Peterson. Many keep predicting his demise on a yearly basis (us included), but he keeps finding ways to stay relevant. Expect a minor erosion of stats this year, but with Minnie’s QB troubles, he shouldn’t fall too far off.
6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: Granted, we like Murray a lot better than most people, and this is about as high as you’ll see him ranked. Still, we can’t overlook his 1,121 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns last year, and expect him to post similar numbers in 2014. He makes a very nice mid-level No. 1 RB pickup.
7. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: With Knowshon Moreno gone, Ball is running the show in Denver, and that’s got a lot of fantasy owners looking his way. Even though the Broncos offense will make headlines with their aerial attack, Ball figures to play a counterpoint on the ground, even if it’s just garbage yards in mop-up time during a blowout. All the stats count, though, so don’t hesitate here.
8. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell missed a little time with injury last year, but ended up finishing strong with a nice season. Expect him to take another step forward this season, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 rush yards and eight or so scores. One thing you’ll have to watch here is fellow RB LeGarrette Blount eating up his carries.
9. Arian Foster, Houston Texans: With all the drama surrounding the Texans this off-season, it’s easy to overlook Foster’s entry in the fantasy top 10. His health is the main concern here, as he’s already showing signs of trouble in training camp. Still, if he can put it together consistently, he’ll be a great player on a bad team.
10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard impressed just about everyone with a solid season in his rookie campaign last year. He posted 695 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, with another 514 coming on 56 catches. He’s proven to be a durable, versatile weapon and will likely see an expanded role in 2014. Bernard is a steal if you can get him this low.
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