Running back is frequently the most volatile position in fantasy football. If you can hit on the high-pick studs and find the right values in the later rounds at this position, then you will have a big advantage over your fellow league mates. Here is how I would rank the running backs in standard leagues.
|1||Le'Veon Bell||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2||Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks|
|3||Eddie Lacy||Green Bay Packers|
|4||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings|
|5||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs|
|6||Demarco Murray||Philadelphia Eagles|
|7||Jeremy Hill||Cincinnati Bengals|
|8||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears|
|9||Lamar Miller||Miami Dolphins|
|10||C.J. Anderson||Denver Broncos|
|11||LeSean McCoy||Buffalo Bills|
|12||Justin Forsett||Baltimore Ravens|
|13||Frank Gore||Indianapolis Colts|
|14||Mark Ingram||New Orleans Saints|
|15||Alfred Morris||Washington Redskins|
|16||Ameer Abdullah||Detroit Lions|
|17||Melvin Gordon||San Diego Chargers|
|18||Jonathan Stewart||Carolina Panthers|
|19||Andre Ellington||Arizona Cardinals|
|20||Latavius Murray||Oakland Raiders|
|21||Joseph Randle||Dallas Cowboys|
|22||LeGarrette Blount||New England Patriots|
|23||Chris Ivory||New York Jets|
|24||Carlos Hyde||San Francisco 49ers|
|25||Tevin Coleman||Atlanta Falcons|
|26||T.J. Yeldon||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|27||C.J. Spiller||New Orleans Saints|
|28||Doug Martin||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|29||Todd Gurley||St. Louis Rams|
|30||Isaiah Crowell||Cleveland Browns|
|31||Rashad Jennings||New York Giants|
|32||Tre Mason||St. Louis Rams|
|33||Shane Vereen||New York Giants|
|34||Arian Foster||Houston Texans|
|35||Danny Woodhead||San Diego Chargers|
|36||Giovani Bernard||Cincinnati Bengals|
|37||Joique Bell||Detroit Lions|
|38||Duke Johnson||Cleveland Browns|
|39||Ryan Mathews||Philadelphia Eagles|
|40||Bishop Sankey||Tennessee Titans|
|41||Alfred Blue||Houston Texans|
|42||Khiry Robinson||New Orleans Saints|
|43||David Cobb||Tennessee Titans|
|44||Darren McFadden||Dallas Cowboys|
|45||Matt Jones||Washington Redskins|
|46||Devonta Freeman||Atlanta Falcons|
|47||Charles Sims||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|48||Ronnie Hillman||Denver Broncos|
|49||Jerick Mckinnon||Minnesota Vikings|
|50||Knile Davis||Kansas City Chiefs|
RB1 Tier (1-12)
Le'Veon Bell: Even with the 2-game suspension, there is no bigger difference maker at the running back position.
Marshawn Lynch: Four straight seasons with 1200+ rush yards and 10+ touchdowns makes him the safest pick.
Eddie Lacy: Stud running back on one of the league's best offenses. Jordy Nelson injury might help him.
Adrian Peterson: Not sure if year off will help or hurt him, but he is a freak of nature, so not doubting he'll finish in the top 5.
Jamaal Charles: Concerns of his workload being reduced won't stop the Chiefs from channeling the offense through him.
Demarco Murray: Won't get nearly as many touches as last year, but will be lead dog on highest volume offense. Still only 27 and a tremendous talent.
Jeremy Hill: Gio won't be a threat to his carries. NFL's leading rusher over final nine games in 2014.
Matt Forte: Not going to catch 100 passes again and his ypc took a dip, but still an every down back on a team that needs him.
Lamar Miller: RB9 last year without getting 20 or more carries. Even if coaching staff won't give him more, he's still going to do damage. Top 5 potential if given more carries.
C.J. Anderson: Skeptical about lofty expectations, but can't deny his situation and fantasy production last year.
LeSean McCoy: Finished with 1300 rushing yards last year and is now the entire Buffalo Bills offense. Should still be a good fantasy running back.
Justin Forsett: Perfect fit for their running scheme and Trestman as the new offensive coordinator means more receiving production.
RB2 Tier (13-24)
Frank Gore: 32 years old and still looked fresh last season. Indianapolis offense is prime for fantasy running back production.
Mark Ingram: Centerpiece of a more run-based Saints offense. Will get plenty of looks at the end zone.
Alfred Morris: Their offense is in shambles, but Morris has topped 1000 yards and 7+ touchdowns in every year of his career.
Ameer Abdullah: I think he's going to take the starting job and never look back. Very talented and a great fit for a running-back friendly offense.
Melvin Gordon: Has been quiet since preseason started, but is in a great situation as a home-run hitting early-down back.
Jonathan Stewart: IF***** he stays healthy, will be a high-end RB2 as the workhorse running back with Deangelo Williams gone.
Andre Ellington: Injury concerns are apparent. Was amazing as a rookie and was inefficient and injured last year, but still produced good fantasy numbers when on the field. High risk/high reward.
Latavius Murray: Showed his potential in limited playing time last year, and will have the chance to carry the load this year.
Joseph Randle: Huge opportunity and perfect situation. Cowboys seem intent on getting McFadden and Dunbar carries, though.
LeGarrette Blount: Has 15 touchdowns in his last 16 games as a Patriot.
Chris Ivory: 19th-best RB in standard leagues in 2014. Might be better in Chan Gailey's spread.
Carlos Hyde: Has looked good in preseason, but will the Niners be competitive enough for a two-down back to put up big numbers?
RB3 Tier (25-36)
Tevin Coleman: A lot of upside in a good offense, though he will lose some work to Freeman.
T.J. Yeldon: Going into a bad offense, but will most likely be the every-down back.
C.J. Spiller: Much better for PPR. Still will be a good flex in the Darren Sproles role for the Saints.
Doug Martin: Looks like he's somewhat back, but their offensive line is a big issue and he won't play on third downs.
Todd Gurley: Uber talented, but coming off an ACL injury so Rams will be careful with him.
Isaiah Crowell: The best pure running talent on the Browns. Had eight touchdowns as a rookie last year.
Rashad Jennings: Favorite for lead back duties in the Giants backfield if he can stay healthy.
Tre Mason: Should benefit from Gurley being eased in.
Shane Vereen: The passing down back who might be more if Jennings goes down or struggles.
Arian Foster: Reports coming out that he may be back by the end of September. Could be a huge steal.
Danny Woodhead: Finished as the 19th-best standard league RB in 2013. Will adopt the same role.
Giovani Bernard: He should get around 10 touches per game. Will that be enough for him to become a good flex player?
RB4 Tier (37-50)
Joique Bell: Dealing with various injuries as he enters his age-29 season. Abdullah looks like he will siphon a lot of touches.
Duke Johnson: Is good enough to be the starter, but will be resorted to passing down work with Crowell as the starter to begin the season.
Ryan Mathews: Might be a good flex player if Chip Kelly gives him the touches. Massive upside if Murray goes down.
Bishop Sankey: Titans might use four running backs on game days.
Alfred Blue: Not very good, but will get a lot of touches with Foster out.
Khiry Robinson: Probably the most talented third string running back in the league. Will be a difference maker if Ingram goes down.
David Cobb: Titans might use four running backs on game days.
Darren McFadden: Hasn't been good the last few years and it doesn't seem like that will change.
Matt Jones: Third-down back for the Skins, who might be behind a lot this year.
Devonta Freeman: I think he will be resorted to change of pace duties behind Coleman.
Charles Sims: The third-down back for the Bucs. Won't get much work on second and first down.
Ronnie Hillman: Legitimate threat to Anderson's stronghold on the starting job. Talented running back, though doesn't have the body type to be a feature back.
Jerick Mckinnon: Very talented, but will be limited to a low number of touches with AP back.
Knile Davis: Don't understand the clamoring for him as he owns a 3.5 career ypc. Needs a Charles injury to be relevant.