Early 2014 Running Back Rankings Part 2
By Ryan Gerrity
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin only played in six games last year due to a injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. He did have a total of 522 yards from the line of scrimmage and a touchdown. The Bucs’ offense struggled at times last year, however with the new head coach Lovie Smith, they will have a run first offense this upcoming year.
10. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Stacy is a bowling ball being only 5’8” and he has the power to move the ball and always seems to have a positive gain. Last year he came onto the scene after injuries in the Rams backfield. He averaged over 90 yards per game rushing and almost a touchdown per game. He does come with some injury risk, but he is worth a shot.
11. Le.Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a rookie, Bell was limited to only 13 games due to injury. Still managing to rush for over 1,200 yards and 8 touchdowns proved that he was a NFL running back. He is one of the few remaining every down backs in the NFL this upcoming year which allows the potential for more carries. He is a bit injury prone, but that should not make you stray away from him.
12. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris had a down year compared to his rookie season, totaling only 1,275 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. He is still the primary back for the Redskins and it will stay that way next year. It will be interesting to see how new head coach Jay Gruden wants to use Morris in the running game, and if he wants to pass the ball more often with RGIII.
13. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
I have had trouble ranking Foster this offseason because he is truly the biggest “x-factor” in fantasy football the best two years. Rushing for a little over 500 yards last year along with 1 touchdown is not the production that you would hope for from Foster. Being injury prone, and having Ben Tate on his coat tails could take some carries away from Foster next year.