Greg Nelson/SI
By David Gonos
August 05, 2014

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:

 

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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