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Too Soon? Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings 2014 Preview

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Our “Too Soon” fantasy football draft preview continues with the workhorses of the NFL. They may not all be flashy, but they pound their way slowly to those triple-digit stats, and slam a few touchdowns in while they’re at it.

These are the running backs, the pride and joy of fantasy football players each and every year.

We will get more in depth with all positions as the NFL season draws closer but, for now, here are my running back rankings list based on:

a) Skillset

b) Strength of Schedule

c) Team Offensive Strengths and Weaknesses

d) Strength of Quarterback (Because bad quarterbacks usually lead to more of a running game)

And in case you were wondering, these rankings are based on standard scoring leagues. If it was about PPR, Jamaal Charles would most likely be #1.

Have questions about my running back rankings? Or just want to tell me how ridiculous my rankings are? Go ahead and comment, or email me at


Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings 2014
Running Backs
Player Team Rank Bye Week
Adrian Peterson MIN RB1 10
Jamaal Charles KC RB2 6
LeSean McCoy CIN RB3 4
Matt Forte CHI RB4 9
Arian Foster HOU RB5 10
Marshawn Lynch SEA RB6 4
Ben Tate CLE RB7 4
Eddie Lacy GB RB8 9
Zac Stacy STL RB9 4
Doug Martin TB RB10 7
Alfred Morris WAS RB11 10
LeVeon Bell PIT RB12 12
DeMarco Murray DAL RB13 11
Frank Gore SF RB14 8
C.J. Spiller BUF RB15 9
Giovani Bernard CIN RB16 4
Montee Ball DEN RB17 4
Reggie Bush DET RB18 9
Steven Jackson ATL RB19 9
Chris Johnson NYJ RB20 11
Ryan Mathews SD RB21 10
Andre Ellington ARI RB22 4
Trent Richardson IND RB23 10
Ray Rice BAL RB24 11
Rashad Jennings NYG RB25 8
Shane Vereen NE RB26 10
Bishop Sankey TEN RB27 9
Maurice Jones-Drew OAK RB28 5
Knowshon Moreno MIA RB29 5
Toby Gerhart JAC RB30 11
Joique Bell DET RB31 9
Shonn Green TEN RB32 9
Pierre Thomas NO RB33 6
Stevan Ridley NE RB34 10
DeAngelo Williams CAR RB35 12
David Wilson NYG RB36 8
Chris Ivory NYJ RB37 11
Fred Jackson BUF RB38 9
Darren McFadden OAK RB39 5
Danny Woodhead SD RB40 10
Lamar Miller MIA RB41 5
Darren Sproles PHI RB42 7
Jordan Todman JAC RB43 11
Bernard Pierce BAL RB44 11
Jonathan Dwyer ARI RB45 4
Tre Mason STL RB46 6
Andre Brown HOU RB47 10
Jeremy Hill CIN RB48 4
Terrance West CLE RB49 4
LeGarrette Blount PIT RB50 12
Khiry Robinson NO RB51 6
Mark Ingram NO RB52 6
Donald Brown SD RB53 10
James Starks GB RB54 9
Davonta Freeman ATL RB55 9
Christine Michael SEA RB56 4
Knile Davis KC RB57 6
Latavius Murray OAK RB58 5
C.J. Anderson DEN RB59 4
Roy Helu WAS RB60 10
Jonathan Stewart CAR RB61 12
Ka'Deem Carey CHI RB62 9
BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB63 4
Kendall Hunter SF RB64 8
Mike James TB RB65 7
Carlos Hyde SF RB66 8
Andre Williams NYG RB67 8
Jerick McKinnon MIN RB68 10
Chris Polk PHI RB69 7
Marcel Reese OAK RB70 5
Robert Turbin SEA RB71 4
Bryce Brown BUF RB72 9
Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB73 9
Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB74 10
Johnathan Franklin GB RB75 9



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Patrick is a self-proclaimed NFL analyst, critic, and lampooner, but he has also been known to provide commentary on baseball, basketball, hockey, MMA, and even cricket one time when he was delirious. Patrick is also a major homer when it comes to sports teams in his home state of NY, although he reserves the majority of his mockery to those teams. His heartbreaking teams are the New York Jets (football), New York Knicks (basketball), New York Islanders (hockey), Long Island Lizards (lacrosse), and evens it all out as a fan of the New York Yankees (baseball).