The running back position has evolved into a multi-purpose position. Gone are the days of one back getting 25-30 carries a game. Now two or more backs split the load.
As the NFL has changed the fantasy game has changed with it. The new trend in fantasy football is the PPR format. Awarding a Point Per Reception gives more value to the multi-purpose pass catching running back. If your league is using PPR you may have to think about how you value the running back position. This list takes PPR into account.
Position Draft Strategy
When it comes to the PPR format, there are just few very elite running backs available. That means you have to make a choice to build around a quarterback or running back. Unless your league is chucked full of idiots you can’t have both. If you opt to build around a running back you will most likely need a high first round pick to nab the best of the best. If you can’t do that look to draft a running back in the 3rd or 4th round that can take advantage of the PPR format.
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings Top 10 Running Backs
10. Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions
The addition of WR Golden Tate and TE Eric Ebron doesn’t just help Calvin Johnson. With linebackers and safeties otherwise engaged, Bush should have plenty of open space to run in. Not to mention the Lions also have one of the best offensive lines in the league.
9. LeVeon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Michigan State Spartan standout showed he has NFL ability in his rookie season. Assuming he stays healthy look for him to improve on his 8 touchdowns from last season.