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Ranking The Top Tier Running Backs For 2014

Ranking The Top Tier Running Backs For 2014

by Jesse Dameon

Anyone who plays fantasy football can tell you that it all starts with having a very solid running game. As we get ready for the 2014 season, there appears to be a top-tier of talent at the position. A total of 6 running backs should be locks for the 1st round in any league. Here is a short preview of what to expect out of each in the upcoming season.

 

Adrian Peterson

We are closing in on the and of Peterson’s prime, but he should still be the most consistent running back in fantasy football this year. He has battled some injuries in the last few seasons, and missing 2 games down the stretch last year certainly left a sour taste. However, he has an entire offense built around him, and that counts for something. He might not have his best season ever in 2014, but he is a safe pick at number 1.

 

Jamaal Charles

The reigning fantasy football champion at running back will be ready for another great season in 2014. The biggest reason why he is kept out of the top spot is because it is going to be very difficult for him to score 19 touchdowns again. He is able to have success mainly because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He was targeted over 100 times last year, and that makes up for is sometimes lacking running totals. Feel confident that he is a top 3 option for sure, and taking a number 1 overall is not a reach.

 

LeSean McCoy

Realistically, McCoy is one of only 3 players (the others listed above) who have a shot at going number 1 overall in fantasy football. He was able to revitalize his career thanks to Chip Kelly being in town. He easily won the rushing title last year in the NFL, and he has a very good shot of doing it again in 2014. Adding Darren Sproles to the mix will probably hurt his receiving numbers, but Philadelphia runs a lot plays throughout the game. He will have opportunities to succeed.

 

Matt Forte

It was a very successful 2013 season for Forte, as he was able to do a lot of things for the Chicago Bears. The most promising statistic in 2013 was the fact that he finally found a way to score on a consistent basis. He was able to find the end zone 12 times, and that made him a very valuable piece in fantasy football. Chicago’s offense is not going to be slowing down anytime soon, so expect him to be a very consistent threat all year long.

 

Eddie Lacy

Lacy was dangerous as a rookie, and he had to play quite a few games without Aaron Rodgers by his side. With those 2 players teaming up, there is a chance that both could really take off in fantasy football. He is a big running back at 230 pounds, but he has the ability to show finesse as well. Durability was thought to be an issue early on in his career, but after a concussion scare, he was able to stay on the field consistently.

 

Marshawn Lynch

Call this a Super Bowl hangover if you will, but Lynch is the most vulnerable of the top 6 running backs in the NFL as far as fantasy football is concerned. He has been very dependable in the past, but his age and the wear and tear on his body might be too much this upcoming year. Seattle is also hoping to work in some different options at running back to take the workload off of him. He is still going to be solid and worthy of a 1st round pick, but he will be the weakest link out of these guys.

 

by Jesse Dameon

 

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Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft

 

Final NFL Mock Draft

May 8th

1. Houston- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

2. St. Louis*- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

3. Jacksonville- Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo

4. Cleveland- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

5. Oakland- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

6. Atlanta- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

8. Minnesota- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

9. Buffalo- Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

10. Detroit- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

11. Tennessee- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama

12. NY Giants- Zack Martin OG Notre Dame

13. St. Louis- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

14. Chicago- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville

15. Pittsburgh- Odell Beckham Jr WR LSU

16. Dallas- Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

17. Baltimore- C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama

18. NY Jets- Marqise Lee WR USC

19. Miami- Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama

20. Arizona- Blake Bortles QB UCF

21. Green Bay- Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State

22. Philadelphia- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

23. Kansas City- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

24. Cincinnati- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State

25. San Diego- Jason Verrett CB TCU

26. Cleveland^- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

27. New Orleans- Kony Ealy DE Missouri

28. Carolina- Cameron Erving OT Florida State

29. New England- Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA

30. San Francisco- Dee Ford DE Auburn

31. Denver- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

32. Seattle- Davante Adams WR Fresno State

*- From Washington

^- From Indianapolis

 

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2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

 

NFL Mock Draft 4.0

April 30th

1. Houston- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

2. St. Louis*- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

3. Jacksonville- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

4. Cleveland- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

5. Oakland- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

6. Atlanta- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

7. Tampa Bay- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

8. Minnesota- Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo

9. Buffalo- Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

10. Detroit- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama

11. Tennessee- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

12. NY Giants- C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama

13. St. Louis- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville

14. Chicago- Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

16. Dallas- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

17. Baltimore- Zack Martin OG Notre Dame

18. NY Jets- Marqise Lee WR USC

19. Miami- Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama

20. Arizona- David Yankey OG Stanford

21. Green Bay- Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

22. Philadelphia- Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

23. Kansas City- Jarvis Landry WR LSU

24. Cincinnati- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

25. San Diego- Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech

26. Cleveland^- Blake Bortles QB UCF

27. New Orleans- Dee Ford DE Auburn

28. Carolina- Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

29. New England- Ra’Shede Hageman DT Minnesota

30. San Francisco- Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

31. Denver- Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA

32. Seattle- Cameron Erving OT Florida State

*- From Washington

^- From Indianapolis

 

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2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

 

NFL Mock Draft 3.0

April 16th

1. Houston- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

2. St. Louis*- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

3. Jacksonville- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

4. Cleveland- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

5. Oakland- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

6. Atlanta- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

7. Tampa Bay- Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

8. Minnesota- Blake Bortles QB UCF

9. Buffalo- Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo

10. Detroit- Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

11. Tennessee- Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

12. NY Giants- Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

13. St. Louis- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama

14. Chicago- Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

15. Pittsburgh- Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

16. Dallas- Kony Ealy DE Missouri

17. Baltimore- Calvin Pryor FS Louisville

18. NY Jets- Marqise Lee WR USC

19. Miami- Zack Martin OG Notre Dame

20. Arizona- David Yankey OG Stanford

21. Green Bay- Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

22. Philadelphia- C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama

23. Kansas City- Jarvis Landry WR LSU

24. Cincinnati- Dee Ford DE Auburn

25. San Diego- Bradley Roby CB Ohio State

26. Cleveland^- Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA

27. New Orleans- Cameron Erving OT Florida State

28. Carolina- Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

29. New England- Ra’Shede Hageman DT Minnesota

30. San Francisco- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

31. Denver- Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama

32. Seattle- Louis Nix DT Notre Dame

*- From Washington

^- From Indianapolis

 

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Super Bowl XLVIII Projections

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Super Bowl XLVIII finally gets underway this sunday in New York/New Jersey and the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city will have the two best teams all year face off. Both the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and the AFC champion Denver Broncos have played in bad weather this season so they should be prepared for anything the weather could throw at them.

Making their 7th Super Bowl appearance, the Denver Broncos bring their record setting offense to the big game lead by league MVP Peyton Manning who is trying to get his second ring and first with Denver. Of course one of the most criticized outdoor, cold weather players in Manning would play in the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. Peyton can silence a lot of his critics with a W on sunday. Making only their 2nd Super Bowl appearance is the Seattle Seahawks and their shut down defense. All the talk about the Seahawks has been around Richard Sherman and his post game comments after the NFC championship game but there is more to the Seattle defense than just Sherman’s great play.

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The big matchup this sunday will be between the Broncos historic offense against the league leading Seattle defense. Can the Seattle secondary contain Peyton Manning and his multiple weapons at his disposal. Peyton is having one of his greatest seasons in an already impressive career and will be by far the best quarterback leading the best offense the Seahawks have faced all year. The only way the Seahawks have a real chance to win is by containing that lethal Denver offense.

One of the match ups that has not been talked about is the Seattle offense against the Denver defense. Russell Wilson has not performed very well this postseason relying mostly on the great play by the defense and the running game led by Marshawn Lynch. Russell Wilson cannot be a game manager in this game he needs to come out early and establish the passing game against a stout Denver defense so Beast Mode can be unleashed. Percy Harvin has to be a factor in this game on both offense and in special teams.

Seattle will get out early first running behind Lynch and Wilson will get off to a good start, but the Denver offense will answer finding small holes in the Seattle defense. Peyton will be his usual efficient self but will throw at least one interception but the Denver defense will get at least two turnovers from Seattle. Denver will take the lead and hold off a late Seattle surge and get Peyton his second ring in a close, great game.

Denver 34, Seattle 31

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2014 NFL AFC/NFC Championship Picks

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New England @ Denver

Well we’ve seen this before. Once again Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will face off with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Only difference is the new location for Peyton as the Broncos are one win away from realizing the dream they installed when they signed Peyton. Of course the always resilient Tom Brady and the New England Patriots stand in their way in the matchup that we all wanted to see. In their first matchup this year it was a close victory by the Patriots that was a special teams mistake from being a possible tie after the Broncos blew a 24 point lead. This sundays entry into the Manning vs Brady story will be a close one as usual especially now that the Broncos defense has to pay extra attention to the Patriots running game after last week they ran all over the Colts. I think being so close to the promise land and after the disappointment last year the Broncos will reach the Super Bowl  beating the Patriots by a late field goal. Denver 31 New England 28

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San Francisco @ Seattle

Similar to the AFC Championship Game, the NFC Championship Game has the matchup that we all wanted to see. The third meeting of the NFL’s newest, greatest rivalries, the Seahawks and the 49ers. This game has me torn. On one hand I picked the 49ers in the beginning of the year to win the NFC and go to the Super Bowl. On the other hand, I like the Seahawks this year more and of course the game is being played in Seattle with their crazy 12th man which will swing the game towards the Seahawks. The Seahawks need Russell Wilson to have a better game than he did against New Orleans and more like the previous match up this year at home against San Francisco, so I think he will have a great game and will lead the Seahawks to New York against the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Seattle 27 San Francisco 20

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2014 NFL Divisional Round Picks

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San Diego @ Denver

The magical run for San Diego continues this week in Denver against a Bronco team that the Chargers have beaten in Denver this year which should give them plenty of confidence this week. Still, they are going up against one of the greatest offenses in the history of the game lead by the all but certain MVP Peyton Manning who is putting together one if not his best season to date. The fact than San Diego did go into Denver and beat the Broncos will keep Denver focused on the final prize and not look over the Chargers. Denver won’t have a repeat of last year against the Ravens and get past San Diego with relative ease. Denver 37 San Diego 20

Indianapolis @ New England

Well we’ve seen this matchup before in the playoffs, but this one will have a very different feel to it. Not Brady vs Manning, but now Brady vs Luck. After their improbable comeback win against Kansas City last week, the Colts head outside to play the 2 seed New England Patriots why now know no lead is safe when facing the Colts. The Colts have not had the best luck (no pun intended) when playing in New England and I expect this weekend to be no different. Brady and the Pats do what the Chiefs couldn’t do and put the Colts away for good. New England 28 Indianapolis 19

New Orleans @ Seattle

How many times have you seen the Lynch run this week? I think my count is up to at least 15. We can only hope for a moment as memorable as that one this week when the Saints play the Seahawks. The last meeting between these two teams was less than a spectacular contest so lets hope we get a better game than a 34-7 blowout by the Seahawks. While I do believe the game will be closer than the previous meeting, I think the result will be the same with the Seahawks defeating the Saints. Seattle 26 New Orleans 17

San Francisco @ Carolina

San Francisco is riding high after their last second win last week in Green Bay and look to go 2 for 2 on the road this postseason when they play Carolina whose leader and heisman winner Cam Newton is making his first playoff appearance after winning the NFC South. San Francisco is biting at the bit to return to the Super Bowl and winning their last six games makes them one of the hottest teams in the NFL, facing Carolina who are winners of 11 out of their last 12 including a tight 10-9 victory over the Niners in week 10. I think the experience of the 49ers will prove to be the difference maker this week and they will meet Seattle next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. San Francisco 31 Carolina 26

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