Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

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Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) catches a pass and runs for yardage during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football fans rejoice, the NFL season is approaching! With training camps now up and running it will only be a matter of time before the real games are here. That also means that it’s time to start getting ready for your fantasy football draft. Last week I gave you the top 30 fantasy football quarterbacks and this week it’s time to take a look at the top fantasy football running backs.

Running backs are the heart and soul of a fantasy team. While the NFL may have evolved into a pass dominant league, it doesn’t mean your fantasy team can too. While you can still win your league without one of the top five backs, you simply can’t wait until the mid rounds and hope to get by with everyone else’s leftovers. You need a minimum of two dependable RBs that you can count on to contribute solid points for your team every week. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable with my team unless I have four running backs on my roster that I would feel comfortable starting.

Unfortunately, there are two major factors working against you finding many high scoring running backs in fantasy football. The first is the previously mentioned emphasis that many teams are putting on the passing game. That means it is becoming increasingly important to factor in if a RB is a contributor in the passing game (especially if it’s a PPR league). The other NFL trend that is hurting fantasy production for RBs is the “by committee” approach that many teams are taking when it comes to the position. There are some talented backs out there that just don’t get enough touches to use a high pick on.

With those things in mind, here are your top 60 RBs for the coming fantasy football season.

Note: the projected fantasy points for each group are based off of a traditional 10 yards per point/6 points for TD scoring system, no PPR.

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