It has been two weeks since the Examiner declared Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy as the top player in the 2015 Fantasy Football Top 10 List and nothing has changed.
In a survey of over 20 fantasy football sites, Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson (aka “AP”), Le’Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles retain the top five spots overall and are the NFL’s top five running backs.
But even if you are fortunate enough to get one of these talented running backs, you need to draft shrewdly to put together a productive rushing attack. Here are the top 40 running backs that are worth consideration in this year’s fantasy football draft.
- No. 1 – Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers, is at the top of many draft lists because he is durable and productive. He played in every game for the Packers last year and missed only one game in 2013. His productivity is also on the rise. He scored 13 touchdowns, ran for 1,139 yards and caught 42 passes for 427 yards in 2014.
- No. 2 – Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, is just as reliable and productive as Eddie Lacy. The last game he missed was in 2011. Lynch finished No, 4 in rushing in 2014 with 1,304 yards. He did not catch as many passes as Lacy, but Lynch did finish the regular season with 17 touchdowns.
- No.3 – Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, hopes to post numbers that match or exceed the 1,266 yards rushing in 2013 and 2,097 yards in 2012. AP’s off-the-field issues will be overlooked on fantasy football draft day, because even at the age of 30 he is the most explosive running back in footbal
- No. 4 – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, would probably be ranked higher except he has to serve a two-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bell, like Lacy and Lynch, played in all 16 regular season games in 2014. He finished No. 2 in rushing with 1,361 yards. He scored 11 touchdowns and caught 83 passes for 854 yards.
- No. 5 – Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, was one of 13 running backs who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year. He’s not getting slower, because he is one of the few NFL backs who averaged 5.0 yards per carry.
No. 6 – Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears is No. 6 among the top 40 running backs in this year’s draft. Forte is a dual threat as a rusher and a pass catcher. In 2014 he caught 102 passes for 808 yards and four touchdowns. Forte had 266 carries for 1,038 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
No. 7 – C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson started only seven games for the Broncos, but accumulated 849 yards rushing and ran for eight touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. If Anderson starts in all 16 regular season games this year, he should have over 1,600 yards rushing.
No. 8 – DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
You would expect last season’s leading rusher to be ranked higher than No. 8, but DeMarco Murray won’t be running behind the talented offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys. He will be wearing a Philadelphia Eagles uniform, Still, Murray is still capable of rushing for 1,300 yards and adding another 500 yards as a pass receiver.
No. 9 – Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill is No. 9 and averaged over five yards per carry last year. He rushed for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns. Expect Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to throw more often to Hill this season.
No. 10 – Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is No. 10 and proved he could carry the load as Baltimore’s primary running back. Forsett was No. 5 in rushing yards in 2014. He had 235 carries for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns. Forsett also caught 44 passes for 263 yards.
No. 11 – Arian Foster, Houston Texans, and Nos. 12-40
- No. 11 – Arian Foster, Houston Texans
- No. 12 – Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
- No..13 – LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
- No. 14 – Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
- No. 15 -Alfred Morris, Washington
- No. 16 -Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
- No. 17- Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
- No. 18 – Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
- No. 19 – Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
- No. 20 – Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
- No. 21 – Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
- No. 22 – T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
- No. 23 – C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
- No. 24 – Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys
- No. 25 – LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
- No. 26 – Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
- No. 27 – Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
- No. 28 – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
- No. 29 – Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
- No. 30 – Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
- No. 31 – Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
- No. 32 – Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
- No. 33 – Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
- No. 34 – Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- No. 35 – Shane Vereen, New York Giants
- No. 36 – Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
- No. 37 – Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
- No. 38 – Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
- No. 39 – Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
- No. 40 – Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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