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Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings 2014


It’s fantasy football draft month, and you know what that means: countless ranking sheets that make you so dizzy that you end up drafting Chad Johnson in the 6th round. Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there. Granted, I’ve only been there when testing out what retired players are still available so I can troll mock drafts, but still, been there.

But don’t worry. I have, right here, the definitive rankings that will guarantee that you at least beat me in fantasy football. Whether or not that translates into beating anyone else is up for debate. This is Asinine Analysis.

We continue our rankings with the biggest playmaker in fantasy games: running back.

Captain Obvious: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs


I had Jamaal Charles on a fantasy team last year, which is why I probably won. While Charles may not get you a bonus for 100 yards rushing or receiving, he will probably get you close to both in one game, which is where his value lies and why he deserves to be the #1 pick.

Think I’m crazy? Think Adrian Peterson is still the big dog, or that LeSean McCoy has the seat? Last year, Charles had 1,287 rushing yards, the most for the Chiefs. Who had the most receiving yards? Jamaal Charles. Who had the most points besides the kicker? Jamaal Charles. Who probably had more passing yards than Alex Smith? Let me check… okay, NOT Jamaal Charles, but it wouldn’t have surprised me.

Duped: Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins


Technically, the Miami Dolphins get the Duped award, but Knowshon Moreno is the player. While “No-Show” finally showed up in running back rankings last year, it was due to a box that included maybe three defensive linemen at a time thanks to Peyton Manning squawking and flapping his arms before every play.

Ryan Tannehill is not Peyton Manning. Mike Wallace is not Demaryius Thomas. Brian Hartline is not Eric Decker.

Fantasy Ground-Zero: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

Photo: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Maybe I just don’t believe in Trent Richardson to the point that I think a bowling ball would get more yards, but I think Ahmad Bradshaw of the Indianapolis Colts has major potential this year as a pass-catching running back in a “still trying to be balanced” offense. Sure, Bradshaw had neck surgery, but who hasn’t? Peyton Manning, David Wilson…oh.

Screw it. That’s why this is a Ground-Zero award. You take someone who no one in your draft even remembers is playing, and reap the awards when the season is over.

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