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Running Back Projections 2014

Running Back Projections 2014

Initial projections and comments for the top 100 RBs
By: Pete Davidson : June 11, 2014 6:07pm

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Welcome to the long awaited (or should I say delayed?) running back projections for 2014. I will be adjusting these numbers and adding more backs as we move through the summer months as backfields become more defined and as injuries pile up as they always do. Understanding this, you can expect these numbers to get more pessimistic as we move ahead.

It’s also important to understand that these are projections and not rankings. These projections largely ignore injury risks and other factors such as track record and the stability of a given team. Keep that in mind when it comes to players like CJ Spiller, Andre Ellington and Trent Richardson. All three are projected higher than where we will have them ranked for various reasons.

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PPR Rank STD Rank PLAYER TEAM BYE RUSH YDS RUSH TDS REC REC YARDS REC TD STD PTS PPR PTS THE SKINNY
1 2 Jamaal Charles KC 6 1,238 12 72 545 5 288.5 360.5 Andy Reid’s arrival was a blessing for JC, who is a lock for top five numbers if he stays healthy.
2 1 LeSean McCoy PHI 7 1,575 9 55 585 2 289.9 344.9 He’s in the perfect offense for his skills.
3 4 Matt Forte CHI 9 1,245 9 70 575 3 262.1 332.1 Rookie KaDeem Carey will challenge Forte at some point down the line, but we think the vet hangs on to most of his role this year. He was very good in HC Marc Trestman’s system in 2013 and we expect that to continue.
4 3 Adrian Peterson MIN 10 1,623 14 41 235 1 282.8 323.8 We suspect that Minny will begin to ease off the gas with AP in order to preserve and extend his career. We see rookie Jerick McKinnon as a player who could spell AP and still give the Vikes a dynamic presence. Spotting Cordarrelle Patterson for a few carries a game can lighten the load as well. Having said all that, AP will still be an elite fantasy option in all scoring formats.
5 5 Eddie Lacy GB 9 1,289 13 41 302 2 255.3 296.3 If there was less talent behind Lacy in the GB backfield, we’d push his numbers even higher, but we think they’ll avoid over-use with the 2nd year back.
6 6 Montee Ball DEN 4 1,210 11 44 310 2 236.2 280.2 He should be the unquestioned leader of the ground attack and take most of snaps vacated by Knowshon Moreno.
7 7 Demarco Murray DAL 11 1,180 8 51 425 2 227.1 278.1 Last year was encouraging and DeMarco has a bit more ceiling left based on his raw talent. Injuries are still a concern, but we think his current ADP of 17 is reality-based and his role as the Cowboys’ alpha back is unquestioned.
8 12 Andre Ellington ARI 4 1,005 6 63 510 3 212.5 275.5 His projections look great and his upside is quite a bit higher in this offense than we’re projecting, but durability is certainly a concern with Ellington, who breaks a lot of tackles for a back his size. We love him, but don’t let his borderline first round projection lead you to taking him that high. He’s still got a bit to prove in terms of durability. Most importantly, you can get him in round two and often times round three, so don’t reach for no good reason.
9 9 CJ Spiller BUF 9 1,160 5 50 590 2 223.5 273.5 This is a 16 game projection and Spiller obviously has more than his share of injury risk. You don’t want to draft him this high, because you can get him later based on his current ADP (31.) He’s one of our favorite backs for 2nd or 3rd round risk-takers. He still has as much upside as any player on the board. CJ’s a play-to-win pick if he’s entering the season at 100 percent. Buffalo has to decide if Spiller is their long term lead back as CJ can opt out of his contract after this season. They should give him as big a role as he can handle in 2014. Look for 15-20 touches consistently.
10 11 Trent Richardson IND 10 1,009 10 45 435 1 216.1 261.1 This is a tough one … obviously. Richardson was almost inexplicably ineffective last season, but that doesn’t change the reality of the depth chart in Indy. The organization went all-in on the former Alabama star and he will have a major role to start the season—most likely as the lead back on first and second downs plus goal line duties. In the Indy offense, that’s worth quite a bit and it is reflected in this projection. Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are coming off of major injuries. The smart money has to be on Richardson, but we’ll be watching closely in camp. While we do not want you drafting him at his projected value, we do like the idea of you taking him ahead of his ADP, which currently stands at 59. To us, he is worth the risk a good round earlier than that and we expect his ADP to rise in the coming months.
11 8 Marshawn Lynch SEA 4 1,190 11 29 234 2 225.4 254.4 He's a bit better in standard scoring versus PPR, and we do expect more carries for the younger backs in 2014, but Marshawn is still a RB1 in 12-team redraft leagues. Christine Michael as a handcuff makes sense at this point in leagues with deep benches.
12 13 Le’veon Bell PIT 12 1,175 9 36 295 1 212.5 248.5 Training camp is important for Bell, who has fresh competition in the form of LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. Either player could cut into various parts of Bell’s job. Still, Bell is the obvious choice for most valuable Steelers RB. The question is, can he be a RB1? Right now, we have him on the fringe.
13 10 Doug Martin TB 7 1,185 10 27 310 1 220.4 247.4 Martin’s a heck of a back, but he’s now in a highly diverse offense and he could yield a lot of passing down snaps to Charles Sims, if the rookie picks things up quickly. Martin should be solid, but he no longer has the upside of the elite backs from a projection standpoint. He’s not the player in the passing game that Sims is. The Bucs have a potentially dynamite backfield, but it shaves a bit off of DM’s upside.
14 21 Giovani Bernard CIN 4 840 5 58 515 2 183.7 241.7 We love the player, but they spent so much on Jeremy Hill, who possesses elite goal line ability, that you simply have to adjust your thinking when it comes to Gio’s role. The best scenario has Hill dealing with some rookie issues, and Bernard certainly has the upside to justify his current ADP (22) if it plays out that way, but his floor should be giving more people pause.
15 17 Chris Johnson NYJ 11 1,105 5 45 415 1 194.0 239.0 CJ’s knee (recently scoped) is a potential concern, but he should be ready for camp. Assuming that all checks out, we are bullish on Johnson at his current ADP of 48. He simply has no legit competition. Chris Ivory is a brittle early down pounder. If he’s healthy, he takes some value from Johnson, but not as much as you might think. And, consider what happens if Ivory misses his usual amount of time? You’d have CJ getting almost all of the action in Marty Morhinweg’s offense. He’s a potential RB1 in that scenario.
16 15 Toby Gerhart JAC 11 1,095 8 36 305 1 199.3 235.3 This dude is being undersold, but we think Denard Robinson is as well, and you cannot discount any of the backs in the Jaguars backfield. That said, this should be Gerhart’s year, and he’s got 3-down chops plus good goal line ability. Do not draft him at this projection. We still want TG to prove his durability after a career as a backup to Adrian Peterson. There’s also some volatility in this backfield with Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson all possessing NFL skills. Gerhart’s a nice value at his current ADP of 52.
17 23 Reggie Bush DET 9 690 5 62 560 2 173.2 235.2 This is a happy projection because Reggie usually misses time and we’re not penalizing for injury here. We see him as a second or third round guy in PPR leagues. His value could get a bump if Joique Bell’s knee problems linger, but the Lions seem to think he’ll be fine.
18 19 Ray Rice BAL 11 890 7 46 390 2 187.5 233.5 This projection factors in a 2-game suspension. We’ll adapt that if need be. In the end, we expect a healthier Rice to return to form in 2014. He should be a value around draft day. We’ll be monitoring his ADP (currently 46) and camp performance closely.
19 14 Ryan Mathews SD 10 1,280 7 29 230 1 204.3 233.3 This projection reflects good health which is far from a lock with Matthews, but we have to give him a better chance than in past seasons after playing in all 16 games last year. Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown limit his upside a bit, but Mathews looks like a solid RB2 in all scoring formats.
20 18 Arian Foster HOU 10 1,050 7 39 280 2 192.4 231.4 We’re nervous about his health, his mileage and the new system he’ll be playing in. If he makes it through camp with no worries, we may upgrade him a tad, but this is a player we hope to see go off the board early, and not to us. Too many red flags.
21 25 Shane Vereen NE 10 620 4 67 535 3 163.8 230.8 His ceiling is a lot higher, but so is his floor. Vereen is still waiting for his first season of full health and we’ll be factoring that into his ranking. These projections reflect how valuable he can be in New England. Vereen can do it all and Stevan Ridley’s ball security woes give him an opening to take a big chunk of the snaps.
22 16 Zac Stacy STL 4 1,155 9 26 170 1 197.2 223.2 So much of Stacy’s value relates to Tre Mason’s ability to pick up the Rams’ offense as a rookie. If Mason gets up and running quickly, we see this as a somewhat shared backfield—limiting Stacy’s fantasy upside. Right now we see him as a solid RB2, but he could climb a bit if Mason struggles in camp.
23 22 Bishop Sankey TEN 9 1,005 5 44 345 1 176.7 220.7 This is a pure projection as we have a rookie back in a NFL offense that is in its inaugural season. The good news is that there is some talent in Tennessee. We do project Sankey to get a bigger share than a typical starter and that goes doubly if they let Shonn Greene go.
24 20 Khiry Robinson NO 6 1,050 8 27 225 1 186.1 213.1 The Saints are very good at finding lesser known talent and Robinson was quite a find last year. He’s a more diverse talent than last year’s stats indicate, and we anticipate more involvement in the passing game in 2014.
25 28 Joique Bell DET 9 590 6 50 490 1 155.0 205.0 Bell is one of the more under-appreciated backs out there and he should do well in the new scheme. Just keep an eye on his knee, which has been giving him some issues. It sounds like he had a clean-up procedure, but Bell is unwilling to confirm this based on reports. Assuming he is fully healthy, he’s a good bet to split the action with Reggie Bush. Last year, Bush played 53% of the offensive snaps with Bell picking up a very impressive 48% himself. Both players will be very productive in 2014 … especially in PPR formats.
26 24 Steven Jackson ATL 9 1,070 7 27 170 0 170.6 197.6 Atlanta is not a team with all the time in the world. Matt Ryan is still in his prime but he’ll be 30 in 2015. Roddy White is still a very good player but he’ll begin to fade soon. This team needs to win now, so Jackson will be on a short leash if rookie Devonta Freeman is ready to go … and we think he probably will be. Freeman represents a much higher level of competition that S-Jax has faced in the past. This is a backfield to focus on over the summer. At this point, Jackson can be counted upon, but he can’t be discounted either. His projections are indicative of a healthy season and a starting role. We are ready to adjust the latter based on how training camp plays out.
27 26 Ben Tate CLE 4 1,050 6 28 170 0 162.6 190.6 As much as we love the talent that Cleveland brought in behind Tate, you have to respect the talent he brings to the table as a back. You also have to give considerable weight to all his time in the Shanahan/Kubiak offensive system. He’s one of the few players on the roster who brings that to the table. So, he has a double advantage on the two rookies. The obvious worry for Tate, as far as 2014 is concerned, is his ability to stay healthy. This projection reflects a healthy season. Our rankings will likely penalize him for a few missed games and the potential for players like Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell to steal part or all of the job while he’s out. He’ll be with the RB3s in terms of draft value, but he’s very startable as a RB2 for as long as he’s the man.
28 29 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK 5 780 5 36 290 2 153.5 189.5 So much will depend on how camp shakes out and how healthy Darren McFadden is. Once again, MJD is on a team that will likely not give him much help, but we do expect him to lead the way, even when both backs are healthy.
29 30 Stevan Ridley NE 10 770 7 25 210 1 149.7 174.7 He has a ton of upside if he can earn all of stripes back after being sent to Siberia for portions of the 2014 season. The non-return of LeGarrette Blount was a huge boost. It also helped that the Patriots did not draft a player with lead back potential this year.
30 33 Knowshon Moreno MIA 5 650 4 39 340 1 133.4 172.4 He should be the lead back and he has underrated overall skills. That said, he’ll face far tougher sledding as a Dolphin than he has the last two years drafting behind a Peyton Manning offense. Tougher sledding is bad for all backs, but especially those with a propensity for injury. Three out of his five pro seasons have ended with injuries. 2013 was his only complete season as a pro. Calling 2013 a trend-breaker is a highly risky assumption.
31 32 Devonta Freeman ATL 9 710 3 34 310 2 136.2 170.2 Freeman has big upside right away, but Steven Jackson stands in the way and that’s a x-factor, because Jackson has the ability to produce and perform, but also has significant age/injury concerns. If Freeman gets a chance, we expect him to perform very well and to produce very solid fantasy numbers. He is the projected handcuff for those who draft Jackson.
32 27 Alfred Morris WAS 10 1,080 8 6 28 0 161.9 167.9 He has more upside than this, but we have serious concerns about how Jay Gruden will opt to use him. The is a backfield to watch closely in july and August. Morris could move up some if he’s doing well and dominating reps, but do not underestimate the potential of Roy Helu and Lache Seastrunk not to mention Chris Thompson.
33 31 DeAngelo Williams CAR 12 850 5 22 168 1 141.5 163.5 Carolina’s backfield is the same old mess we’ve come to expect, but if there’s a back to own in 2014, this is the guy we’d choose. He’s the best combo of health, ability and comfort in the system.
34 45 Pierre Thomas NO 6 390 2 49 390 3 112.5 161.5 If he catches as many passes as he did in 2013 (77), he’s going to be a PPR factor, but his standard value should be light in most scenarios save for inures to the rest of the Sants’ backfield. We expect Pierre to function more as a 3rd down back in 2014 … his age 29/30 season. PT will have his good days, but predicting when they occur is going to be tricky as always.
35 41 Roy Helu WAS 10 450 3 39 415 2 120.4 159.4 He's under-appreciated and he could end with a big role if things break right. This is a player to monitor this summer.
36 42 Darren McFadden OAK 5 540 3 33 250 3 118.7 151.7 Injuries are always a concern and now he has MJD to split time with. RUN-DMC is a player worth owning, but right now he projects as a bench player … even when healthy.
37 46 Danny Woodhead SD 10 480 2 38 360 2 111.9 149.9 Woodhead is a dangerous player if you over-draft him at all, because there are three talented backs in San Diego and there’s no guarantee as to how they will use Donald Brown, who is coming off of a very good 2013 campaign as a Colt. These two players could devalue each other.
38 36 Mark Ingram NO 6 670 6 22 195 0 125.7 147.7 We expect a fairly even share with Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but Ingram has to prove that he can stay healthy before we project him any higher than this.
39 39 Fred Jackson BUF 9 575 6 24 205 1 123.2 147.2 He's old and coming off of a big workload, but he’s still a very solid NFL back and he should be the guy who gets what’s left after CJ Spiller. Bryce Brown is a developing talent and is not a big threat at this point. His acquisition was more about 2015 than 2014 … unless there are injuries.
40 34 Jeremy Hill CIN 4 540 8 18 175 1 128.1 146.1 He has a metric ton of upside if anything happens to Gio Bernard and we expect him to have a big role even with a healthy Gio. Still, it’s fair to assume that the 2nd year back will get more snaps early in the season. We expect BJGE to be released in the coming weeks.
41 35 Frank Gore SF 8 700 6 19 175 0 126.6 145.6 His decline has begun and there’s a lot of quality youth at RB in San Francisco. Gore’s days are most definitely numbered, but he could keep his job for all or a portion of 2014 if none of the young backs, particularly Carlos Hyde steps up. I see this backfield as being split between Hyde and Gore by mid-season. Gore’s numbers reflect that. If you think Gore maintains his 2013 share of the snaps, then you should rate him higher.
42 49 Darren Sproles PHI 7 380 2 37 355 3 107.1 144.1 We see him as a key special teamer and a change-of-pace offensively. He’s stretch for consistent weekly value in any format unless there is an injury to LeSean McCoy.
43 40 David Wilson NYG 8 550 5 20 280 1 121.8 141.8 He's got RB1 upside but he’s also got red flags. First and foremost, we just don’t know enough about his neck injury. Then you have to consider his struggles on passing downs, which we think can be cleaned up, but he needs the practice time to do that and he’s been laid up a good portion of the last 12 months. This is a player to monitor very closely in camp.
44 38 Lamar Miller MIA 5 720 5 16 130 1 123.9 139.9 Still has upside and the departure of OC Mike Sherman serious plus, but Miller still has some things to learn as a pass protector. He’s a nice cheap add in dynasty. Don’t forget how brittle Knowshon Moreno has been over the course of his career. Miller could be a lead back in the event of a Moreno injury though we would not rule out 2nd year back Mike Gillislee or rookie Damien Williams, who has legit talent.
45 56 Dexter McCluster TEN 9 230 1 44 430 3 93.7 137.7 This is a player than can be easily misused, but they paid enough for him that you would at least expect a significant role. Just remember that Kendall Wright owns the slot in Tenn and that it’s currently a crowded backfield.
46 53 Ahmad Bradshaw IND 10 355 2 38 365 2 99.6 137.6 There's plenty of upside with Bradshaw who is coming off of a year of rest. He needs to get cleared for contact, but he could easily be in a time share with Trent Richardson if TR doesn’t get his act together. Training camp is big for Ahmad.
47 44 Rashad Jennings NYG 8 550 5 22 190 1 112.9 134.9 Jennings is the glue in the Giants’ backfield. He’s experienced and can fill a variety of roles and that included full-time starter. The health and development of both David Wilson and Andre Williams could adversely affect his value, so this is a backfield to play very close attention to in August.
48 55 Charles Sims TB 7 320 1 39 420 2 95.6 134.6 Training camp will be huge for the rookie. This projection could move in either direction based on what kind of role he earns. His skills in the passing game are rare for a running back. Sims can be elusive in space after the catch or as a runner.
49 48 Tre Mason STL 4 510 4 27 170 2 107.2 134.2 It’s all about how quickly he picks up Brian Schottenheimer’s offense. Once he is playing at full speed, he should be a threat to Zac Stacy’s workload and conceivably his starting job down the line. Having said that, Stacy is somewhat established and is a good talent himself. This is a tough backfield to project long term.
50 37 Chris Ivory NYJ 11 750 7 8 55 0 124.9 132.9 He's so enticing at his best, but you should respect the red flags. Ivory has little to no ability as a pass protector or as a receiver. He’s also a good bet to miss time with a heavy workload. The Jets gave relatively large dollars to Chris Johnson when you look at the RB market. They did it for a reason.
51 43 Carlos Hyde SF 8 690 6 12 105 0 118.1 130.1 Carlos is a player we really like, but he does have the Frank Gore issue this season, so we’re being cautious with his redraft value. Just remember to factor in his upside and Gore’s injury potential. If Hyde becomes the lead back, he had RB1 potential and that includes 2014.
52 59 De'Anthony Thomas KC 6 180 1 35 475 3 92.5 127.5 He's a projection, but we expect him to eventually exceed the numbers Dexter McCluster produced in a similar role. The key unknown is Thomas’ ability to hold up to the rough-and-tumble of the NFL. He’ll have a diverse role, so he may bloom somewhat slowly, but his PPR upside in Andy Reid’s system is currently being undersold.
53 50 Knile Davis KC 6 455 5 19 225 1 106.5 125.5 A must-own handcuff for those who own Jamaal Charles. He’ll replace a good deal of JC’s production in the event of injury.
54 52 Denard Robinson JAC 11 470 3 21 222 2 101.9 122.9 The key point we want to make here is that Robinson has the potential to do a lot more than this. There’s a lot of talent in the Jacksonville backfield, but Robinson still stands out to us. We see him sharing the job with Gerhart at some point. This guy is an afterthought right now … even in deep keeper formats. Pick him up if you have some space to play with.
55 47 Jonathan Stewart CAR 12 650 4 14 110 1 108.6 122.6 He has all the upside you want, but he has never really stayed healthy and he has plenty of competition. It’s hard to see him as the future no matter how well he performs because of his contract. Stewart should be playing his final season as a Panther in 2014.
56 54 Andre Brown HOU 10 450 4 23 180 1 95.8 118.8 Right now, he is the back to own as a handcuff for Arian Foster. Brown is a good fit for the scheme and can put up nice numbers if he is getting the touches and Foster is no lock to stay healthy.
57 63 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 9 350 2 32 245 2 86.7 118.7 We like rookie Devonta Freeman a lot and we expect him to cut into Rodgers carries and snaps.
58 57 Dri Archer PIT 12 245 2 25 365 3 93.4 118.4 People are asleep on this player. Archer has all the upside of Tavon Austin, but with an RB position tag. He has the potential to be a PPR monster if he proves capable of taking NFL hits. He’ll have a lot of different jobs, so his rookie season could be a learning one, but we still expect a handful of “wow plays.” This kid is a special athlete. Go to The Rotobahn (top toolbar) and check out his scouting report if you have not already.
59 61 Mike Tolbert CAR 12 275 4 29 230 2 89.3 118.3 A few injuries to the other backs and Tolbert can become fantasy relevant, but for the most part, he is an unpredictable spoiler.
60 51 Shonn Greene TEN 9 450 7 12 90 1 104.0 116.0 He should get some early down work and some goal line work. He’s the back to own in Tennessee after Bishop Sankey.
61 68 Donald Brown SD 10 345 2 28 235 1 78.9 106.9 With both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead established in San Diego, Brown will be hard-pressed to find a role that makes him fantasy-relevant on a weekly basis. That said, he showed that he has legit talent last season and that’s good to know if Mathews suffers another injury.
62 58 Christine Michael SEA 4 495 4 12 115 1 93.1 105.1 He should get more involved this season now that he knows the system. Michael is well rested and highly talented. He should produce nice numbers on a per-touch basis. If I end up with Marshawn Lynch, I would try to get Michael as well. We see him as a legit fantasy starter in the event of a Lynch injury.
63 60 Terrance West CLE 4 550 4 12 111 0 92.3 104.3 Huge upside, but there’s plenty of high-quality competition on his depth chart, so his rookie season could play out in nay number of ways. This projection has him slowly earning time behind Ben Tate and playing ahead of fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell.
64 65 Jerick McKinnon MIN 10 390 2 22 210 1 80.5 102.5 Go to “The Rotobahn” and read his scouting report if you haven’t already. McKinnon could be the back that ultimately takes over for AP in Minnesota if the HOFer slows down in the next few seasons. The rookie has freakish agility and some nice ability as a ball carrier but will also have some things to prove as a pass blocker. We’ll hopefully learn more about his 2014 role in the coming weeks.
65 64 Johnathan Franklin GB 9 350 3 19 205 1 81.7 100.7 Could be the third back behind Starks if he doesn’t get healthy and up to speed soon.
66 71 Robert Turbin SEA 4 365 1 26 225 1 73.8 99.8 The guy nobody talks about in Seattle, but only because the other two backs are so compelling. Turbin would get a very significant share of the snaps in the event of a Lynch injury. It’s not a coincidence that he played ahead of Christine Michael last season.
67 67 Bernard Pierce BAL 11 455 3 16 145 0 80.3 96.3 He's a solid fit for the new scheme and could have some value in deeper redrafts.
68 69 Brandon Bolden NE 10 340 3 18 155 1 75.6 93.6 If he is 100 percent healthy in camp, he could battle for a larger role, but he could also get passed by this year’s crop of rookie. Charles White, in particular poses a threat to Bolden’s roster spot and or snap total.
69 62 LeGarrette Blount PIT 12 455 5 4 55 1 88.4 92.4 He showed in 2013, once again, that he can be a very productive back. The thing is, he is one-dimensional. He looks like a guy who could get significant work at times, but not enough to be useful for fantasy purposes unless Le’Veon Bell gets injured.
70 74 Kendall Hunter SF 8 245 1 22 255 2 70.2 92.2 The addition of Hyde is a problem for Hunter’s upside, but he’s still a very talented back that knows the system. If Gore fades before Hyde is ready, Hunter could get a run of work and he could absolutely produce. Still a back to know about but only rosterable in deeper formats. I also expect Hunter to be more as a receiver as he did his rookei season.
71 75 Stepfan Taylor ARI 4 360 1 22 190 1 69.5 91.5 He has some upside if there are injuries because he’s a multi-skilled guy on an improving offense, but he won’t unseat Ellington on ability alone and Jon Dwyer knows Arians’ system as well as he does.
72 70 Bryce Brown BUF 9 455 2 16 145 0 74.3 90.3 The Bills obviously have plans for Brown, but with both Spiller and Fred Jackson in-place, Brown’s future would seem to be 2015 and beyond as far as fantasy value is concerned.
73 73 Jonathan Dwyer ARI 4 370 3 18 145 0 71.7 89.7 This was a great place for him to land. He could end up doing very well if there are injuries. He may end up being the guy to own behind Ellington, but we’ll have to see how things shake out in camp. Stepfan Taylor and rookie Tim Cornett both have ability.
74 81 Lance Dunbar DAL 11 215 1 27 255 1 61.5 88.5 Should have a change-of-pace role behind DeMarco Murray, but we do not see him as a handcuff option. If Murray is unavailable, Dallas will go with the RBBC approach.
75 78 Bilal Powell NYJ 11 280 1 23 210 1 63.3 86.3 Right now, Powell is ticketed for a reduced role, but that could change if Chris Johnson’s knee ends up being an issue, which we sort of doubt. That said, Chris Ivory gets hurt hitting the snooze on his clock radio, so there’s hope for Powell, who is an underrated player with the ability to play every down.
76 72 Chris Polk PHI 7 455 2 14 125 0 72.1 86.1 He's a factor with Bryce Brown out of town, but Darren Sproles will need carries and we are big fans of undrafted rookie Henry Josie, so there are a lot of quality options in Philadelphia. David Fluellenn is another.
77 77 Ka'Deem Carey CHI 9 245 2 22 190 1 63.7 85.7 Matt Forte should do a good job of keeping Carey off the field as a rookie, but we like the rook’s overall game quite a bit. He could be the future at the position for the Bears. He’s a good fit for Marc Trestman’s system.
78 66 Lache Seastrunk WAS 10 405 3 5 145 1 80.4 85.4 There’s no way to predict what he might do as a rookie. Lache could be anywhere from this year’s Gio Bernard to this year’s Christine Michael. A lot will depend on how well he picks up the Washington offense and pass protection. His upside is a threat to incumbent starter Alfred Morris, but he also has to outplay Roy Helu, and Helu is an underrated overall talent.
79 83 Marcel Reece OAK 5 245 2 24 195 0 58.3 82.3 He's always a potential factor, but you can predict injuries to the extent needed for him to get another chance. He’s a talent to know about in the even that he ends up playing a large role as he’s done at times in the past.
80 84 Dion Lewis CLE 4 115 1 28 225 2 54.3 82.3 He's coming off of a major injury but he was looking great before the broken fibula ended his season. He could be a nice passing down option and a weapon for Johnny Manziel. We’ll be watching Dion in camp.
81 79 Jordan Todman JAC 11 325 1 17 165 1 63.0 80.0 Todman is a good back and he’ll get some snaps and could have value if he’s in the lead role for any reason. All four four of the Jaguars’ backs can produce for fantasy if they get the touches. This is a backfield to watch closely as far as a pecking order is concerned, but Gerhart should get a good shot and we expect him to succeed if he stays healthy.
82 80 Isaiah Crowell CLE 4 225 2 17 195 1 61.8 78.8 He's a potential star if he ever gets a job, but he’s on a team with a very talented and very deep backfield. He may not play that much as a rookie unless there are injuries. Then again, when a back is this talented you can’t rule anything out. He will have some redraft value in deeper formats if he has a solid training camp. It’s not like Ben Tate is a highly durable running back.
83 87 Theo Riddick DET 9 115 0 28 245 2 50.3 78.3 Riddick has slot receiver ability and running back ability. That could land him an expanded role with the new saints-styled offense. He is a player to watch very closely in camp. He could be competing with Ryan Broyles and
84 82 James Starks GB 9 320 2 9 75 1 58.9 67.9 He's looking like the primary backup to Eddie Lacy and he has some handcuff appeal in deeper leagues.
85 86 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL 11 290 2 14 90 0 51.7 65.7 With a likely suspension for Rice, Lorenzo could get some early season work, but we’re not big fans of his game, so we don’t like him much outside of the late rounds.
86 76 Andre Williams NYG 8 450 3 1 4 0 64.6 65.6 He has the ability to be a lead back in a ground-and-pound scheme, but is he ready to pass protect and to do the little things? His film says no. He should gain time as the year goes on … but that spumes he starts to pick things up. If he has value, it will be higher in standard leagues. Much higher.
87 90 James White NE 10 175 0 18 210 1 46.2 64.2 If he wins a role in camp, his projection could improve and he is definitely a name to know because the Patriots’ backfield has some volatility to it. For example, what happens if Vereen cannot stay healthy and Ridley continues to fumble? White could be the man to own in that scenario.
88 85 Tyler Gaffney CAR 12 290 2 10 95 0 51.9 61.9 He could be a year away or more for that matter, but we really like the way Gaffney plays the game and we think he could be the primary back in Carolina at some point. His 2013 role is largely dependent on the health and performance of the veterans.
89 89 Vick Ballard IND 10 220 1 12 125 1 47.9 59.9 He's a decent back but he’s coming of an ACL reconstruction, so we need to see him before we can buy in and he’s a non-entity if Trent Richardson gets his game back.
90 88 Matt Asiasta MIN 10 245 3 7 55 0 49.1 56.1 He's the favorite for carries behind AP until rookie Jerick McKinnon unseats him. That could happen quickly or it could take some time. For those in deep leagues, this is a camp battle to watch.
91 91 Henry Josey PHI 7 125 1 14 155 1 41.3 55.3 Keep an eye on this kid. he could really produce in the right situation. We don’t want to see LeSean McCoy go down, but if he does, there will be some new heroes in Chip Kelly’s system. Josie could be one of them.
92 92 Chris Thompson WAS 10 135 1 12 145 1 41.2 53.2 He's an exciting scat back that could steal touches and add some big plays. He has a ways to go before he is a fantasy factor.
93 93 Kenjon Barner CAR 12 135 0 14 150 1 35.8 49.8 We like his college film and are anxious to see what he can do in Carolina’s scheme. He battled an ankle injury last year, so he’s still an unknown NFL commodity.
94 95 Bobby Rainey TB 7 145 1 12 115 0 33.2 45.2 Not a lock to make the team but he posted a few big games during the second half of 2013. He’s a back that can put up numbers when given a chance.
95 98 LaMichael James SF 8 50 0 16 160 1 28.3 44.3 Will he be a 49er? For his sake, I hope not. A new NFL address would be a good thing for LaMichael. Right now, he’s just barely on the edge of our radar.
96 96 Marcus Lattimore SF 8 125 2 10 75 0 33.0 43.0 It's really hard to have any take on Lattimore until he plays in a game. We’re open-minded, but pessimistic because his injury was so severe. He could get bumped up or off the rankings during August.
97 94 Mike James TB 7 150 1 8 70 1 34.9 42.9 He's coming off of an broken ankle and will be competing with Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey for snaps behind Doug Martin. All four backs can put up numbers if given the touches, but Martin is still the best of the bunch when healthy.
98 97 Benny Cunningham STL 4 135 1 9 85 0 29.0 38.0 We’ve never been on his bandwagon, but he has performed well and he could stay ahead of rookie Tre mason for a period of time if Mason struggles with the playbook. This is a situation to watch in camp. Mason’s trajectory has a big impact on Zac Stacy too … obviously.
99 99 Storm Johnson JAC 11 125 1 9 45 0 24.0 33.0 Johnson has some ability and we think he’s an NFL back, but this looks like a learning year to us. He has the potential to produce if given the chance, but Gerhart’s contract
100 100 Isaiah Pead STL 4 110 0 10 60 0 18.0 28.0 He's had problems fitting into the Rams’ scheme and he could be in danger of getting cut at some point. It’s hard to see him having much value with Zac Stacy and Tre Mason both ahead of him on the depth chart not to mention Benny Cunningham.

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PPR Rank STD Rank PLAYER TEAM BYE RUSH YDS RUSH TDS REC REC YARDS REC TD STD PTS PPR PTS
1 2 Jamaal Charles KC 6 1,238 12 72 545 5 288.5 360.5
2 1 LeSean McCoy PHI 7 1,575 9 55 585 2 289.9 344.9
3 4 Matt Forte CHI 9 1,245 9 70 575 3 262.1 332.1
4 3 Adrian Peterson MIN 10 1,623 14 41 235 1 282.8 323.8
5 5 Eddie Lacy GB 9 1,289 13 41 302 2 255.3 296.3
6 6 Montee Ball DEN 4 1,210 11 44 310 2 236.2 280.2
7 7 Demarco Murray DAL 11 1,180 8 51 425 2 227.1 278.1
8 12 Andre Ellington ARI 4 1,005 6 63 510 3 212.5 275.5
9 9 CJ Spiller BUF 9 1,160 5 50 590 2 223.5 273.5
10 11 Trent Richardson IND 10 1,009 10 45 435 1 216.1 261.1
11 8 Marshawn Lynch SEA 4 1,190 11 29 234 2 225.4 254.4
12 13 Le’veon Bell PIT 12 1,175 9 36 295 1 212.5 248.5
13 10 Doug Martin TB 7 1,185 10 27 310 1 220.4 247.4
14 21 Giovani Bernard CIN 4 840 5 58 515 2 183.7 241.7
15 17 Chris Johnson NYJ 11 1,105 5 45 415 1 194.0 239.0
16 15 Toby Gerhart JAC 11 1,095 8 36 305 1 199.3 235.3
17 23 Reggie Bush DET 9 690 5 62 560 2 173.2 235.2
18 19 Ray Rice BAL 11 890 7 46 390 2 187.5 233.5
19 14 Ryan Mathews SD 10 1,280 7 29 230 1 204.3 233.3
20 18 Arian Foster HOU 10 1,050 7 39 280 2 192.4 231.4
21 25 Shane Vereen NE 10 620 4 67 535 3 163.8 230.8
22 16 Zac Stacy STL 4 1,155 9 26 170 1 197.2 223.2
23 22 Bishop Sankey TEN 9 1,005 5 44 345 1 176.7 220.7
24 20 Khiry Robinson NO 6 1,050 8 27 225 1 186.1 213.1
25 28 Joique Bell DET 9 590 6 50 490 1 155.0 205.0
26 24 Steven Jackson ATL 9 1,070 7 27 170 0 170.6 197.6
27 26 Ben Tate CLE 4 1,050 6 28 170 0 162.6 190.6
28 29 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK 5 780 5 36 290 2 153.5 189.5
29 30 Stevan Ridley NE 10 770 7 25 210 1 149.7 174.7
30 33 Knowshon Moreno MIA 5 650 4 39 340 1 133.4 172.4
31 32 Devonta Freeman ATL 9 710 3 34 310 2 136.2 170.2
32 27 Alfred Morris WAS 10 1,080 8 6 28 0 161.9 167.9
33 31 DeAngelo Williams CAR 12 850 5 22 168 1 141.5 163.5
34 45 Pierre Thomas NO 6 390 2 49 390 3 112.5 161.5
35 41 Roy Helu WAS 10 450 3 39 415 2 120.4 159.4
36 42 Darren McFadden OAK 5 540 3 33 250 3 118.7 151.7
37 46 Danny Woodhead SD 10 480 2 38 360 2 111.9 149.9
38 36 Mark Ingram NO 6 670 6 22 195 0 125.7 147.7
39 39 Fred Jackson BUF 9 575 6 24 205 1 123.2 147.2
40 34 Jeremy Hill CIN 4 540 8 18 175 1 128.1 146.1
41 35 Frank Gore SF 8 700 6 19 175 0 126.6 145.6
42 49 Darren Sproles PHI 7 380 2 37 355 3 107.1 144.1
43 40 David Wilson NYG 8 550 5 20 280 1 121.8 141.8
44 38 Lamar Miller MIA 5 720 5 16 130 1 123.9 139.9
45 56 Dexter McCluster TEN 9 230 1 44 430 3 93.7 137.7
46 53 Ahmad Bradshaw IND 10 355 2 38 365 2 99.6 137.6
47 44 Rashad Jennings NYG 8 550 5 22 190 1 112.9 134.9
48 55 Charles Sims TB 7 320 1 39 420 2 95.6 134.6
49 48 Tre Mason STL 4 510 4 27 170 2 107.2 134.2
50 37 Chris Ivory NYJ 11 750 7 8 55 0 124.9 132.9
51 43 Carlos Hyde SF 8 690 6 12 105 0 118.1 130.1
52 59 De'Anthony Thomas KC 6 180 1 35 475 3 92.5 127.5
53 50 Knile Davis KC 6 455 5 19 225 1 106.5 125.5
54 52 Denard Robinson JAC 11 470 3 21 222 2 101.9 122.9
55 47 Jonathan Stewart CAR 12 650 4 14 110 1 108.6 122.6
56 54 Andre Brown HOU 10 450 4 23 180 1 95.8 118.8
57 63 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 9 350 2 32 245 2 86.7 118.7
58 57 Dri Archer PIT 12 245 2 25 365 3 93.4 118.4
59 61 Mike Tolbert CAR 12 275 4 29 230 2 89.3 118.3
60 51 Shonn Greene TEN 9 450 7 12 90 1 104.0 116.0
61 68 Donald Brown SD 10 345 2 28 235 1 78.9 106.9
62 58 Christine Michael SEA 4 495 4 12 115 1 93.1 105.1
63 60 Terrance West CLE 4 550 4 12 111 0 92.3 104.3
64 65 Jerick McKinnon MIN 10 390 2 22 210 1 80.5 102.5
65 64 Johnathan Franklin GB 9 350 3 19 205 1 81.7 100.7
66 71 Robert Turbin SEA 4 365 1 26 225 1 73.8 99.8
67 67 Bernard Pierce BAL 11 455 3 16 145 0 80.3 96.3
68 69 Brandon Bolden NE 10 340 3 18 155 1 75.6 93.6
69 62 LeGarrette Blount PIT 12 455 5 4 55 1 88.4 92.4
70 74 Kendall Hunter SF 8 245 1 22 255 2 70.2 92.2
71 75 Stepfan Taylor ARI 4 360 1 22 190 1 69.5 91.5
72 70 Bryce Brown BUF 9 455 2 16 145 0 74.3 90.3
73 73 Jonathan Dwyer ARI 4 370 3 18 145 0 71.7 89.7
74 81 Lance Dunbar DAL 11 215 1 27 255 1 61.5 88.5
75 78 Bilal Powell NYJ 11 280 1 23 210 1 63.3 86.3
76 72 Chris Polk PHI 7 455 2 14 125 0 72.1 86.1
77 77 Ka'Deem Carey CHI 9 245 2 22 190 1 63.7 85.7
78 66 Lache Seastrunk WAS 10 405 3 5 145 1 80.4 85.4
79 83 Marcel Reece OAK 5 245 2 24 195 0 58.3 82.3
80 84 Dion Lewis CLE 4 115 1 28 225 2 54.3 82.3
81 79 Jordan Todman JAC 11 325 1 17 165 1 63.0 80.0
82 80 Isaiah Crowell CLE 4 225 2 17 195 1 61.8 78.8
83 87 Theo Riddick DET 9 115 0 28 245 2 50.3 78.3
84 82 James Starks GB 9 320 2 9 75 1 58.9 67.9
85 86 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL 11 290 2 14 90 0 51.7 65.7
86 76 Andre Williams NYG 8 450 3 1 4 0 64.6 65.6
87 90 James White NE 10 175 0 18 210 1 46.2 64.2
88 85 Tyler Gaffney CAR 12 290 2 10 95 0 51.9 61.9
89 89 Vick Ballard IND 10 220 1 12 125 1 47.9 59.9
90 88 Matt Asiasta MIN 10 245 3 7 55 0 49.1 56.1
91 91 Henry Josey PHI 7 125 1 14 155 1 41.3 55.3
92 92 Chris Thompson WAS 10 135 1 12 145 1 41.2 53.2
93 93 Kenjon Barner CAR 12 135 0 14 150 1 35.8 49.8
94 95 Bobby Rainey TB 7 145 1 12 115 0 33.2 45.2
95 98 LaMichael James SF 8 50 0 16 160 1 28.3 44.3
96 96 Marcus Lattimore SF 8 125 2 10 75 0 33.0 43.0
97 94 Mike James TB 7 150 1 8 70 1 34.9 42.9
98 97 Benny Cunningham STL 4 135 1 9 85 0 29.0 38.0
99 99 Storm Johnson JAC 11 125 1 9 45 0 24.0 33.0
100 100 Isaiah Pead STL 4 110 0 10 60 0 18.0 28.0