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Fantasy Football 2014 rankings and stat projections: Running Backs

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Top running backs are often the first players off of the draft board. Because more teams are dividing running back duties between two players, there are so few featured backs with ample scoring opportunities and relatively few injury concerns. That's why owners want to draft one early.

There will likely be 18-20 running backs drafted by the end of Round 3. That’s more than half of the 36 draft spots in a 12-team league. The term “if you snooze, you lose” has never been more apt.

POSITION PRIMERS: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST

Find all our running back fantasy rankings -- as well as stat projections -- below. The rankings are based on standard-scoring leagues, awarding one point for 10 rushing and receiving yards, one point for 25 passing yards, six points for rushing and receiving touchdowns, and four points for passing touchdowns.

FANTASY FOOTBALL POSITION RANKINGS AND PROJECTIONS:

RUNNING BACKS
  PLAYER TEAM BYE VALUE RUSH YDs RUSH TDs RECS REC YDS REC TDs TIER
1 Jamaal Charles KC 6 $60 1,350 11 65 600 5 1
2 LeSean McCoy PHI 7 $59 1,450 10 55 515 3 1
3 Matt Forte CHI 9 $55 1,225 9 62 525 3 1
4 Adrian Peterson MIN 10 $53 1,285 12 35 230 2 1
5 Eddie Lacy GB 9 $48 1,250 11 40 280 2 2
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA 4 $46 1,150 11 30 265 2 2
7 Le'Veon Bell PIT 12 $45 1,200 8 50 450 1 2
8 DeMarco Murray DAL 11 $42 1,175 8 48 325 2 2
9 Montee Ball DEN 4 $40 1,150 8 45 310 2 2
10 Arian Foster HOU 10 $38 1,085 9 30 285 2 2
11 Giovani Bernard CIN 4 $36 1,025 5 50 415 4 3
12 Doug Martin TB 7 $34 1,115 5 46 350 2 3
13 Alfred Morris WAS 10 $32 1,300 10 10 85 0 3
14 Reggie Bush DET 9 $28 975 5 55 425 3 3
15 C.J. Spiller BUF 9 $26 1,050 6 40 350 2 3
16 Andre Ellington ARI 4 $22 900 4 50 425 2 3
17 Ryan Mathews SD 10 $20 1,075 6 20 165 1 3
18 Zac Stacy STL 4 $19 1,025 7 20 115 1 3
19 Rashad Jennings NYG 8 $17 925 6 33 255 1 4
20 Shane Vereen NE 10 $16 675 3 65 625 4 4
21 Toby Gerhart JAC 11 $14 900 6 30 245 1 4
22 Frank Gore SF 8 $12 985 6 20 140 1 4
23 Ben Tate CLE 4 $12 845 5 24 230 1 4
24 Joique Bell DET 9 $11 680 5 48 490 1 4
25 Chris Johnson NYJ 11 $11 905 5 36 255 1 4
26 Bishop Sankey TEN 9 $10 820 7 25 180 1 4
27 Trent Richardson IND 10 $10 875 5 40 240 1 4
28 Stevan Ridley NE 10 $8 1,020 6 10 60 0 4
29 Ray Rice BAL 11 $8 790 5 40 285 1 4
30 Steven Jackson ATL 9 $7 880 5 30 175 1 5
31 Pierre Thomas NO 6 $6 540 2 75 505 4 5
32 Lamar Miller MIA 5 $5 820 4 32 265 1 5
33 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK 5 $4 580 5 40 280 2 5
34 Danny Woodhead SD 10 $4 380 2 65 595 4 5
35 Fred Jackson BUF 9 $4 645 5 35 245 1 5
36 Bernard Pierce BAL 11 $3 585 6 30 180 1 6
37 Darren Sproles PHI 7 $3 180 1 80 680 4 6
38 DeAngelo Williams CAR 12 $3 785 2 20 185 1 6
39 Knowshon Moreno MIA 5 $3 615 4 32 230 1 6
40 Chris Ivory NYJ 11 $3 735 6 4 20 0 6
41 Terrance West CLE 4 $3 645 4 20 165 1 6
42 Devonta Freeman ATL 9 $2 460 4 35 280 1 6
43 Tre Mason STL 4 $2 480 5 24 185 1 6
44 Darren McFadden OAK 5 $2 455 5 25 190 1 6
45 Jeremy Hill CIN 4 $2 540 6 12 80 0 6
46 Mark Ingram NO 6 $2 515 5 15 90 1 6
47 Andre Brown HOU 10 $2 565 4 25 145 0 6
48 Carlos Hyde SF 8 $2 410 4 30 180 2 7
49 Khiry Robinson NO 6 $2 655 4 8 50 0 7
50 Christine Michael SEA 4 $1 515 3 15 120 1 7
51 Shonn Greene TEN 9 $1 470 5 8 60 0 7
52 Jonathan Stewart CAR 12 $1 375 2 24 195 1 7
53 LeGarrette Blount PIT 12 $1 420 4 4 35 0 7
54 Knile Davis KC 6 $1 360 4 15 85 0 7
55 Donald Brown SD 10 $1 380 3 18 140 0 7
56 Ahmad Bradshaw IND 10 $1 345 3 15 95 1 7
57 Lance Dunbar DAL 11 $0 310 3 12 125 1 8
58 Andre Williams NYG 8 $0 330 3 6 40 2 8
59 Roy Helu WAS 10 $0 190 2 40 295 1 8
60 Stepfan Taylor ARI 4 $0 275 3 20 125 1 8
61 James Starks GB 9 $0 380 3 12 80 0 8
62 C.J. Anderson DEN 4 $0 415 2 16 95 0 8
63 Bryce Brown BUF 9 $0 380 3 8 70 0 8
64 Latavius Murray OAK 5 $0 360 2 10 85 1 8
65 Charles Sims TB 7 $0 155 1 30 260 2 8
66 James White NE 10 $0 260 2 18 150 1 8
67 Jordan Todman JAC 11 $0 310 2 25 155 0 9
68 Isaiah Crowell CLE 4 $0 290 2 10 115 1 9
69 Mike Tolbert CAR 12 $0 260 2 23 140 1 9
70 Ka'Deem Carey CHI 9 $0 250 2 30 135 1 9
71 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 9 $0 175 1 43 260 1 9
72 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN 4 $0 345 3 5 20 0 9
73 Lache Seastrunk WAS 10 $0 325 2 8 65 0 9
74 Marcus Lattimore SF 8 $0 305 2 12 80 0 9
75 Marcel Reece OAK 5 $0 220 1 24 240 0 9
76 Chris Polk PHI 7 $0 260 1 15 165 0 9
77 Brandon Bolden NE 10 $0 235 2 18 115 0 9
78 Robert Turbin SEA 4 $0 250 2 12 90 0 9
79 Daniel Thomas MIA 5 $0 235 2 12 95 0 9
80 Bobby Rainey TB 7 $0 285 2 9 40 0 9
81 Denard Robinson JAC 11 $0 245 1 5 35 1 10
82 Ryan Williams DAL 11 $0 280 1 5 50 0 10
83 Joseph Randle DAL 11 $0 180 2 15 85 0 10
84 Mike James TB 7 $0 280 1 10 45 0 10
85 Jonathan Dwyer ARI 4 $0 250 1 10 70 0 10
86 Storm Johnson JAC 11 $0 165 0 13 105 0 10
87 Dri Archer PIT 12 $0 90 0 13 115 1 10
88 Benny Cunningham STL 4 $0 155 1 5 45 0 10
89 Bilal Powell NYJ 11 $0 135 0 18 125 0 10
90 Travaris Cadet NO 6 $0 150 1 6 45 0 10
91 Ronnie Hillman DEN 4 $0 135 0 15 115 0 10
92 DuJuan Harris GB   $0 180 1 13 85 0 10

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