LeSean McCoy looks to repeat 2013 success as the top fantasy running back. McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles are expected by many experts to be one of the top fantasy offenses with Chip Kelly calling the plays.
Last season the Eagles finished in the top five in rushing attempts (4th), rushing yards (1st), rushing touchdowns (2nd) and yards per carry (1st). Despite the Eagles bringing in a few running backs this off-season including Darren Sproles we see McCoy getting plenty of touches to produce high quality fantasy numbers.
McCoy has some solid competition as the NFL’s top running back that also includes Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson. Here are the top 10 fantasy running backs entering the 2014 NFL season.
Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs:
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: Last season McCoy put together one of the best seasons of his career rushing for 1,607 yards on 314 carries. Each of those were career highs for the sixth year running back.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles benefits from having Andy Reid as his coach and it showed last season as he posted his career high in receptions with 70, rushing touchdowns with 12 and receiving touchdowns at seven.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: The Bears running back has been one of the most consistent running backs since entering the league in 2008. Forte has caught at least 44 passes and rushed for over 900 yards in all six NFL seasons.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Only thing holding back Peterson from the top spot is his lack of involvement in the passing game. We all expect Peterson to be a top five back in regards to yards but has only pulled in 40 or more catches twice in his seven year career.
Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: The Broncos running back should get an increase workload in 2014 as the teams starting running back. Ball will also benefit from playing in one of the NFL’s top fantasy offenses under Peyton Manning.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins: The third year running back should see another season with at least 1,200 plus yards and 7-10 touchdowns. Much like Peterson, if Morris was more involved in the passing game he would be a much higher rated running back.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: Lacy was the only rookie running back to top the 1,000 yard mark last season. The Packers running back should benefit from having a healthy Aaron Rodgers for all 16 games.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: The expectations are that the Cowboys will run the ball a little more in 2014 with Tony Romo coming off back surgery. This should increase Murray’s yards and touchdowns.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions: Bush won’t top the list in regards to rushing yards but the dual threat running back will be involved in both the rushing and passing attack in Detroit.
Chris Johnson, New York Jets: Rex Ryan loves to run the football increasing Johnson’s fantasy value entering the 2014 NFL Season. Johnson has shown at times he can be one of the NFL’s top running backs.