When it comes to fantasy football, running back is practically the most sacred position for any roster. These guys tend to make or break your team.
The 2012 season was all about Adrian Peterson and how he came nine yards shy of breaking the single season rushing record. The 2013 season shouldn't be any different. "All Day" shouldn't have any issue putting up similar numbers as he pounds his way through defenders and racks up yards on the ground.
Jamaal Charles played for the NFL's worst team in 2012 and still managed to rack up more than 1,500 yards rushing on just 285 carries. That number could have been significantly higher if the Chiefs weren't playing catchup every game, leaving the ball in the hands of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn.
His numbers will take a huge hike in 2013 with Alex Smith under center, Eric Fisher on the offensive line and Andy Reid as his new boss.
Doug Martin and Trent Richardson, 2012 rookies, will build upon their successful rookie campaigns with solid sophomore years, respectively. Hopefully, Alfred Morris can do the same.
Also keep an eye on David Wilson, as he now has the chance to shine as the lead back under Tom Coughlin in New York.
I really like Stephen Jackson now that he's playing on a championship-caliber team in Atlanta.
Lamar Miller is a guy to keep an eye on as he is expected to handle the majority of the workload out of Miami's backfield.
With the Patriots offense slowly dwindling before the season starts, fantasy owners should have their sights on Stevan Ridley. He should play a significant role in a New England offense that consistently ranks toward the top of the NFL in total yards.
It will be interesting to see how rookies Montee Ball in Denver, Zac Stacy in St. Louis and Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh fare as the lead backs on their teams. They each have the potential to put up numbers, but you never know with rookies.
Below are the top running backs for the 2013-14 fantasy football season.