Fantasy Football 2014: Top 5 Early Sleepers at Running Back

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Fantasy Football 2014: Top 5 Early Sleepers at Running Back
Mike Groll

As far as fantasy football philosophy is concerned, few theories contend no position is more pertinent to one's success than running back. With the options being generally rather talent-strapped, the room for error when selecting a back for your championship hopes is extremely small.

Sure, it's fun to have a big-arm quarterback and electrifying wideouts, but it's all for naught if your backfield situation is unstable.

If you're lucky enough to snag a pair of top-tier backs, you'll likely have the inside track to your league's playoffs. If not, you could endure weeks for fruitlessly combing the waiver wire for unclaimed talent.

But fear not—if you do happen to whiff on securing a couple of capable backs early, a few names who should be available in the later rounds are capable of carrying your squad to the promised land.

Last year, those names included Eddie Lacy and Zac Stacy. In 2012, it was Doug Martin and Stevan Ridley. Every draft is bound to include several overlooked, underrated players who appear destined for fantasy obscurity. This year is no different.

With the 2014 NFL draft ostensibly lacking any premier RBs who can make an immediate impact, it's never too early to begin picking out potential overachievers before the season starts in September.

Here are some backs who have the potential to outplay their draft position this season.

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