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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.

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Now with the NFL Draft over we can start analyzing the rankings of all the NFL players.  Now it is obvious that some of the rookies that were drafted may not be included, only because we don’t know which ones will start.  But for the most part we know how a majority of the players will do.  So just for fun I held a Mock Draft with some buddies as if we were doing a 12 man league.  So below I will show what order the players went in; then I will show what the teams looked like.  I will just be doing the first 7 rounds.

+Draft Picks+

+Round 1+
1. Adrian Peterson – RB
2. Arian Foster – RB
3. Marshawn Lynch – RB
4. CJ Spiller – RB
5. Trent Richardson – RB
6. Jamaal Charles – RB
7. Doug Martin – RB
8. Ray Rice – RB
9. LeSean McCoy – RB
10. Alfred Morris – RB
11. Calvin Johnson – WR
12. Maurice Jones-Drew – RB

+Round 2+
13. Matt Forte – RB
14. Stevan Ridley – RB
15. AJ Green – WR
16. Brandon Marshall – WR
17. DeMarco Murray – RB
18. Steven Jackson – RB
19. Julio Jones – WR
20. Dez Bryant – WR
21. Chris Johnson – RB
22. Percy Harvin – WR
23. Aaron Rodgers – QB
24. Rob Gronkowski – TE

+Round 3+
25. Drew Brees – QB
26. Reggie Bush – RB
27. Frank Gore – RB
28. Larry Fitzgerald – WR
29. Lamar Miller – RB
30. Darren McFadden – RB
31. Jimmy Graham – TE
32. Demaryius Thomas – WR
33. Randall Cobb – WR
34. Andre Johnson – WR
35. Peyton Manning – QB
36. Roddy White – WR

+Round 4+
37. Vincent Jackson – WR
38. David Wilson – RB
39. Tom Brady – QB
40. Hakeem Nicks – WR
41. Cam Newton – QB
42. Victor Cruz – WR
43. Wes Welker – WR
44. Colin Kaepernick – QB
45. Michael Crabtree – WR
46. Matt Ryan – QB
47. Reggie Wayne – WR
48. Darren Sproles – RB

+Round 5+
49. Ryan Mathews – RB
50. Marques Colston – WR
51. Eric Decker – WR
52. Russell Wilson – QB
53. Aaron Hernandez – TE
54. Matthew Stafford – QB
55. Montee Ball – RB
56. Cecil Shorts – WR
57. Robert Griffin III – QB
58. Vick Ballard – RB
59. Le’Veon Bell – RB
60. Chris Ivory – RB

+Round 6+
61. Jason Witten – TE
62. Jordy Nelson – WR
63. Mikel Leshoure – RB
64. Jonathan Stewart – RB
65. Steve Johnson – WR
66. James Jones – WR
67. Torrey Smith – WR
68. Steve Smith – WR
69. Tony Gonzalez – TE
70. Antonio Brown – WR
71. Rashard Mendenhall – RB
72. Pierre Garcon – WR

+Round 7+
73. Danny Amendola – WR
74. Eddie Lacy – RB
75. Dennis Pitta – TE
76. Giovani Bernard – RB
77. Vernon Davis – TE
78. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
79. Dwayne Bowe – WR
80. Fred Jackson – RB
81. Andre Brown – RB
82. TY Hilton – WR
83. Tavon Auston – WR
84. Shane Vereen – RB

 

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 
Adrian Peterson – RB Arian Foster – RB Marshawn Lynch – RB
Rob Gronkowski – TE Aaron Rodgers – QB Percy Harvin – WR
Drew Brees – QB Reggie Bush – RB Frank Gore – RB
Darren Sproles – RB Reggie Wayne – WR Matt Ryan – QB
Ryan Mathews – RB Marques Colston – WR Eric Decker – WR
Pierre Garcon – WR Rashard Mendenhall – RB Antonio Brown – WR
     
Team 4 Team 5 Team 6
CJ Spiller – RB Trent Richardson – RB Jamaal Charles – RB
Chris Johnson – RB Dez Bryant – WR Julio Jones – WR
Larry Fitzgerald – WR Lamar Miller – RB Darren McFadden – RB
Michael Crabtree – WR Colin Kaepernick – QB Wes Welker – WR
Russell Wilson – QB Aaron Hernandez – TE Matthew Stafford – QB
Tony Gonzalez – TE Steve Smith – WR Torrey Smith – WR
Giovani Bernard – RB Vernon Davis – TE BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
     
Team 7 Team 8  Team 9
Doug Martin – RB Ray Rice – RB LeSean McCoy – RB
Steven Jackson – RB DeMarco Murray – RB Brandon Marshall – WR
Jimmy Graham – TE Demaryius Thomas – WR Randall Cobb – WR
Victor Cruz – WR Cam Newton – QB Hakeem Nicks – WR
Montee Ball – RB Cecil Shorts – WR Robert Griffin III – QB
James Jones – WR Steve Johnson – WR Jonathan Stewart – RB
Dwayne Bowe – WR Fred Jackson – RB Andre Brown – RB
     
Team 10 Team 11 Team 12
Alfred Morris – RB Calvin Johnson – WR Maurice Jones-Drew – RB
AJ Green – WR Stevan Ridley – RB Matt Forte – RB
Andre Johnson – WR Peyton Manning – QB Roddy White – WR
Tom Brady – QB David Wilson – RB Vincent Jackson – WR
Vick Ballard – RB Le’Veon Bell – RB Chris Ivory – RB
Mikel Leshoure – RB Jordy Nelson – WR Jason Witten – TE
T.Y. Hilton – WR Tavon Austin – WR Shane Vereen – RB
Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 
Adrian Peterson – RB Arian Foster – RB Marshawn Lynch – RB
Rob Gronkowski – TE Aaron Rodgers – QB Percy Harvin – WR
Drew Brees – QB Reggie Bush – RB Frank Gore – RB
Darren Sproles – RB Reggie Wayne – WR Matt Ryan – QB
Ryan Mathews – RB Marques Colston – WR Eric Decker – WR
Pierre Garcon – WR Rashard Mendenhall – RB Antonio Brown – WR
     
Team 4 Team 5 Team 6
CJ Spiller – RB Trent Richardson – RB Jamaal Charles – RB
Chris Johnson – RB Dez Bryant – WR Julio Jones – WR
Larry Fitzgerald – WR Lamar Miller – RB Darren McFadden – RB
Michael Crabtree – WR Colin Kaepernick – QB Wes Welker – WR
Russell Wilson – QB Aaron Hernandez – TE Matthew Stafford – QB
Tony Gonzalez – TE Steve Smith – WR Torrey Smith – WR
Giovani Bernard – RB Vernon Davis – TE BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
     
Team 7 Team 8  Team 9
Doug Martin – RB Ray Rice – RB LeSean McCoy – RB
Steven Jackson – RB DeMarco Murray – RB Brandon Marshall – WR
Jimmy Graham – TE Demaryius Thomas – WR Randall Cobb – WR
Victor Cruz – WR Cam Newton – QB Hakeem Nicks – WR
Montee Ball – RB Cecil Shorts – WR Robert Griffin III – QB
James Jones – WR Steve Johnson – WR Jonathan Stewart – RB
Dwayne Bowe – WR Fred Jackson – RB Andre Brown – RB
     
Team 10 Team 11 Team 12
Alfred Morris – RB Calvin Johnson – WR Maurice Jones-Drew – RB
AJ Green – WR Stevan Ridley – RB Matt Forte – RB
Andre Johnson – WR Peyton Manning – QB Roddy White – WR
Tom Brady – QB David Wilson – RB Vincent Jackson – WR
Vick Ballard – RB Le’Veon Bell – RB Chris Ivory – RB
Mikel Leshoure – RB Jordy Nelson – WR Jason Witten – TE
T.Y. Hilton – WR Tavon Austin – WR Shane Vereen – RB