Saturday, August 23, 2014


With two preseason games in the books, let's take a look at the updated 2014 fantasy football running back rankings.

1.  Jamaal Charles:  Injuring his foot while moving out of the dorm's is a reminder that Charles tends to find injuries sometimes. 
2.  LeSean McCoy:  Like with Charles, McCoy is a bit nicked up with turf toe.  Still he should be raring to go in Week 1 and is aiming for 2,000 yards.  If anyone could do it outside of Charles this is the guy.
3.  Matt Forte:  Still prefer Forte's less mileage and PPR prowess over Adrian Peterson.
4.  Adrian Peterson
5.  Eddie Lacy:  This guy could be scary good this season.  Michael Turner who can catch the football.
6.  Marshawn Lynch:  Sorry but Lynch scares me with his massive workloads and age. 
7.  Giovani Bernard:  The one guy I wish I had but I don't.  Should be in line to be this season's Matt forte circa 2013.
8.  DeMarco Murray:  There is not a bigger risk/reward player in the game of fantasy football.
9.  Montee Ball:  Close to returning from the appendectomy.  Has enough time to get himself in shape.
10. Doug Martin:  A mystery to me as Martin will lose third-down looks this season and didn't run all that great before hurting his shoulder a year ago.
11. Andre Ellington:  I am coming around on the kid, especially after hearing the Cardinals want to use him like Jamaal Charles.
12. Arian Foster:  I am in the minority in being bullish on Foster who I think has one more big year left in the tank.  Will certainly get the chance as he has little competition for work.
13. Zac Stacy:  Has not looked all that impressive this preseason but being a bell cow back is nothing to sniff at.
14. Alfred Morris
15. Reggie Bush:  One has to wonder how much Joquie Bell eats into his work.
16. Toby Gerhart:  Count me among those who think Gerhart could finish higher on this list.
17. Ben Tate:  Tate is another guy I like more than others.  Preseason indicates he will get the ball a ton. 
18. Bishop Sankey:  Not likely to break out of the gates right away due to ball control problems.  Big time talent though.
19. Rashad Jennings:  Will catch a ton of balls in the new West Coast offense for the Giants.
20. Le'Veon Bell:  Yes I dropped Bell this far.  Having the worst non-injury preseason among all running backs.
21. Shane Vereen
22. Danny Woodhead
23. Ryan Matthews
24. Stevan Ridley
25. Frank Gore:  Great career but signs all pointing to decline and Carlos Hyde ready to get goal-line work.
26. Chris Johnson
27. Pierre Thomas
28. Darren Sproles
29. C.J. Spiller:  Wow what a waste of talent.  This is an indictment on the Buffalo coaching staff and not on the player. 
30. Ray Rice
31. Lamar Miller
32. Trent Richardson
33. Steven Jackson
34. Joquie Bell
35. DeAngelo Williams


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