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Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Top 80 RB Preview

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Success or failure in fantasy football can depend on several factors including drafting strategies, injuries, quick moves on the waiver wire, and even a fairly decent amount of sheer luck.  However, there’s almost always one position that defines your team’s outlook for the season–running back (RB).

With only rare exceptions, most fantasy football leagues emphasize running back as the most important position.  As a result, most fantasy drafts are running back heavy throughout the first half of the draft especially at the very top  of the board where the early rounds are covered in RB’s.

Because they come off the board so early, getting the right RB is tricky but also extremely vital. While wide receivers are available late and even on the waiver wire, getting a quality RB after the draft is never easy.

To be successful, fantasy owners have to be familiar with the backfield situation of almost every team.  To help you get ready for your drafts, over the next few weeks I’m going to be looking at the backfield situation for each team with my fantasy outlook for all the potential contributors.

A week ago I came out with my initial top-40 RB’s with individual analysis, but I wanted to go deeper this week, so here you can find a list of my top 80 and come back throughout the next couple of weeks as I go team-by-team through the list. I’ll be updating this list with links to each team’s running back rundown as they become available.

Rank Name Team
1 LeSean McCoy Phi
2 Jamaal Charles KC
3 Adrian Peterson Min
4 Matt Forte Chi
5 Marshawn Lynch Sea
6 Eddie Lacy GB
7 Arian Foster Hou
8 DeMarco Murray Dal
9 Le’Veon Bell Pit
10 Montee Ball Den
11 Giovani Bernard Cin
12 Doug Martin TB
13 Zac Stacy StL
14 Alfred Morris Was
15 Andre Ellington Ari
16 Toby Gerhart Jac
17 Reggie Bush Det
18 Shane Vereen NE
19 Ryan Mathews SD
20 Frank Gore SF
21 R. Jennings NYG
22 Ben Tate Cle
23 Joique Bell Det
24 Chris Johnson NYJ
25 Bernard Pierce Bal
26 C.J. Spiller Buf
27 Steven Jackson Atl
28 Tony Richardson Ind
29 Bishop Sankey Ten
30 Stevan Ridley NE
31 Darren Sproles Phi
32 Ray Rice Bal
33 Knowshon Moreno Mia
34 Pierre Thomas NO
35 Maurice Jones-Drew Oak
36 De’Angelo Williams Car
37 Carlos Hyde SF
38 Fred Jackson Buf
39 Danny Woodhead SD
40 Andre Williams NYG
41 Chris Ivory NYJ
42 Khiry Robinson NO
43 Shonn Greene Ten
44 Jeremy Hill Cin
45 Benny Cunningham Stl
46 Lamar Miller Mia
47 Donald Brown SD
48 Christine Michael Sea
49 Lance Dunbar Dal
50 Roy Helu Was
51 Dexter McCluster Ten
52 Mark Ingram NO
53 Devonta Freeman Atl
54 Darren McFadden Oak
55 Latavius Murray Oak
56 James Starks GB
57 Jonathan Dwyer Ari
58 Jordan Todman Jac
59 Knile Davis KC
60 Jonathan Grimes Hou
61 Terrance West Cle
62 C.J. Anderson Den
63 Ka’Deem Carey Chi
64 Chris Polk Phi
65 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cin
66 LeGarrette Blount Pit
67 Stepfan Taylor Ari
68 Marcel Reece Oak
69 Ahmad Bradshaw Ind
70 Mike James TB
71 Bobby Rainey TB
72 Jonathan Stewart Car
73 Bryce Brown Buf
74 Jerick McKinnon Min
75 Mike Tolbert Car
76 Joseph Randle Dal
77 Robert Turbin Sea
78 Tre Mason Stl
79 Jacquizz Rodgers Atl
80 James White NE
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