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In a few months it is going to be time to start nailing down your fantasy football league; but its never too early to start researching who are going to be fantasy studs and busts.  More often then not the running backs are drafted early so its good to have an understanding of who is going to be the best options.  In free agency we saw a load of running backs go to different teams, sign huge contracts, and some are now on contract years.  Below is my list (as of right now) of the best value running backs going into the 2014 season.

It amazes me how far some of the 2013 “elite” runners have fallen down this list.  Just last year everyone was after players like Ray Rice, CJ Spiller, and Trent Richardson.  Now I think people are going to be very careful about drafting them because they are now considered risky instead of reliable.  On the opposite end there are now running backs who were just rookies last year and now they are going to be fantasy studs like Eddie Lacy and LeVeon Bell.  I know this list is going to change before the season starts, but for now if this was a final list you can see that some of the backs from last year, are not going to be the backs you want this year.

1. Jamaal Charles – Chiefs
2. LeSean McCoy – Eagles
3. Adrian Peterson – Vikings
4. Matt Forte – Bears
5. Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks
6. Eddie Lacy – Packers
7. LeVeon Bell – Steelers
8. Arian Foster – Texans
9. DeMarco Murray – Cowboys
10. Alfred Morris – Redskins
11. Gio Bernard – Bengals
12. Reggie Bush – Lions
13. Zac Stacy – Rams
14. Montee Ball – Broncos
15. Doug Martin – Bucs
16. Andre Ellington – Cardinals
17. Ben Tate – Browns (new team)
18. Knowshon Moreno – Dolphins (new team)
19. Toby Gerhart – Jaguars (new team)
20. CJ Spiller – Bills
21. Frank Gore – 49ers
22. Chris Johnson – Jets (new team)
23. Ray Rice – Ravens
24. Ryan Mathews – Chargers
25. Rashad Jennings – Giants (new team)
26. Shane Vereen – Patriots
27. Trent Richardson – Colts
28. Steven Jackson – Falcons
29. Fred Jackson – Bills
30. Darren Sproles – Eagles (new team)
31. DeAngelo Williams – Panthers
32. Maurice Jones-Drew – Raiders (new team)
33. Darren McFadden – Raiders
34. Danny Woodhead – Chargers
35. Stevan Ridley – Patriots

Remember when you are choosing running backs there are numerous factors you need to take into consideration.  You need to look at previous years and their stats.  Are they progressively getting worse like Ray Rice; or are they getting better like with LeSean McCoy?  How long have they been on their team?  If they just got to a new team it may take them some time to adjust to the new playbook like we saw with Trent Richardson in 2013.  How is their offensive line?  Did they get any new coaches?  Before the season starts I will post more answers to these questions, but these are things you will want to find out before draft day.

LeSean MCoy; is one of the young backs in the NFL today; and he has already made a huge impact in the league.  As a young player, he was one of the best running backs in the country; due to some injuries he was hampered in 2012, but now that he is healthy he will be a very dangerous back.  He is a triple threat as a running back, he has speed, he can catch the ball, and he has great vision.  He is a combination of Walter Payton and OJ Simpson and Barry Sanders.  As long as he can stay healthy, he will always be a premier back in the NFL.

LeSean Kamel McCoy was born on July 12th, 1988 in Pennsylvania.  as a child his nickname was Shady and he attended Bishop McDevitt High School.  As a high school football player he was amazing and was considered one of the best high school running backs in the country.  In one game as a sophomore he rushed for 506 yards; and in his junior season he had rushed for 2,828 rushing yards and 85 touchdowns in a single season.  He received numerous honors including being named to the All-State team, and was an Offensive MVP.  As a junior he actually had committed to the University of Miami, but McCoy was not the best student while in high school, and had a severe ankle injury.  He ended up going to the University of Pittsburgh instead.

In 2004 he recorded a 4.25 40 yards dash, and the Panthers used him mostly for the Wildcat offense.  By the end of his freshman year he was totaled up 1,328 rushing yards, and one newspaper compared him to the great Tony Dorsett.  He also had 14 rushing touchdowns and was selected for the All-Freshman team.  In his sophomore year with Pittsburgh he had another fantastic year by rushing for 1,403 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.  He made the All-Big East team for the second time, and he was also getting recognized for his receiving skills.  McCoy still had 2 more years of college to go when he decided to go into the NFL Draft.  I am not saying that it was a bad choice, but it could have helped him I think to stay at least one more year at Pitt.

In the 2009 NFL Draft, McCoy was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (53rd overall).  McCoy came in at a good time because Brian Westbrook had a bad ankle injury and McCoy was named a starter right away.  In his first start he had a touchdown and he proved to be a viable asset to the team.  McCoy and Westbrook were sharing the load for the Eagles, but every time Westbrook got hurt, McCoy would come in and play very well.  By the end of his rookie year he had 637 yards and 4 touchdowns.  In 2010 the Eagles released Brian Westbrook so it was McCoys back field now.  In 2010, McCoy proved he could run and catch.  He finished the season with 1,080 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.  He also totaled 78 catches, 592 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns.  The 2011 season was his best season to date; he rushed for 17 touchdowns and 1,309 rushing yards.  In the 2012 season McCoy was battling injuries and spent the majority of the season on the sideline. 

So far as a professional he has totaled up 3,776 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns, 206 catches, 1,450 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns.  He made his first Pro Bowl in 2011, in 2011 he was the FedEx Ground Player of the Year, and was an All-Pro selection.  LeSean McCoy still has a very long career ahead of him.  As long as he can stay healthy I think he could be one of the best of all-time.  He is on a team that just got a bunch of new offensive lineman so I predict the 2013 season will be a good one for McCoy.