2013 was not especially kind to the running back position in fantasy football.
Actually, that's putting it mildly.
Of the top 10 running backs selected in the nearly 9.000 fantasy drafts at My Fantasy League, fully half disappointed in a big way.
That puts a lot of pressure on fantasy owners to choose wisely at the position this season.
To aid them in doing so, here's a look at the top 25 fantasy running backs in 2014.
1.) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: After eclipsing 2,000 yards on the ground and threatening the single-season rushing record in 2012, Peterson's production fell off last year. But, the arrival of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in Minnesota could portend a rebound in 2014.
2.) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles rode nearly 2,000 total yards and 19 total touchdowns to the top spot among fantasy running backs in 2013. Still, it's been several years since a ball-carrier posted two straight No. 1 finishes (LaDainian Tomlinson, in 2006 and 2007).
3.) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: McCoy paced the NFL with 1,607 yards on the ground last year, and the Eagles ran the ball more than any team in the NFC in 2013, but the arrival of Darren Sproles could cost "Shady" some passing-down work.
4.) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Forte has been one of fantasy football's most consistent running backs the past several years, and coming off a career year in an offense that's a fantastic fit for his skill set, there's little reason to think that's going to change in 2014.
5.) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: The 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year carried the Green Bay offense last year while Aaron Rodgers was out. With Rodgers back there may not be as many carries, but there also won't be constant eight-man fronts.
6.) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: No running back in the National Football League has carried the ball more times over the past three seasons than Lynch. In each season over that span, Lynch has topped 1,200 yards on the ground and scored double-digit touchdowns.
7.) Arian Foster, Houston Texans: Foster was one of those top backs who disappointed last year, but the 27-year-old is reportedly healthy and slated for an every-down role in 2014, according to what head coach Bill O' Brien told the team's website.
8.) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: Murray stayed relatively healthy in 2013, and the end result was over 1,100 rushing yards and double-digit total scores. This year, Murray told Charean Williams of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he's "ready for the Cowboys to give him even more."
9.) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins: Even in a "down" second NFL season Morris rushed for 1,275 yards. The return of a healthy Robert Griffin in 2014 should mean less-stacked defensive fronts for Morris.
10.) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After rushing for over 1,400 yards as a rookie, Martin missed 10 games with a shoulder injury last year. That, and talk of a committee attack in Tampa this year, makes Martin one of the riskier RB1 picks in 2014.
11.) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: With Knowshon Moreno now in Miami, the job of lead back in Denver falls to Ball this year. The opportunity will be there. It's in Ball's court whether or not he takes advantage of it.
12.) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: At first glance, Bell's 3.5 yards per carry last year may not appear overly impressive. Still, Bell's play improved steadily down the stretch, with the former Michigan State star averaging a full half-yard better over the last six games of the season.
13.) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard showed explosive ability for the Bengals as a rookie. But, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and now rookie Jeremy Hill both in the mix, touches for Bernard in Cincinnati could be an issue.
14.) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams: Last year's late-round RB surprise, Stacy was a top-10 fantasy producer from Week 5 on. However, Stacy managed only a so-so 3.9 yards per carry in 2013, and rookie Tre Mason may siphon some touches as the season wears on.
15.) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills: Spiller was a top-10 draft pick in many fantasy leagues last year, but the former Clemson back once again struggled with injuries, and Fred Jackson just refuses to go away. A classic risk/reward pick. It's worth noting, however, that no team in the NFL ran the ball more than the Bills a year ago.
16.) Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers: Mathews played in 16 games last year for the first time in his four-year career, topping 1,200 yards on the ground. Still, the addition of Donald Brown in the offseason makes for a crowded backfield in sunny San Diego.
17.) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions: Bush had an excellent first year with the Lions in 2013, topping 1,000 yards on the ground for the second time and finishing as a top-10 fantasy back. Bump Bush up the list if your fantasy league awards a point for receptions.
18.) Chris Johnson, New York Jets: After six years and just as many 1,000-yard seasons, Johnson was let go by the Titans this spring. Granted, the "CJ2K" days may be gone, but just last year Johnson was a top-10 fantasy back.
19.) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: Ellington led the NFL with 5.5 yards a carry last year, the first rookie to accomplish that feat since Ickey Woods in 1988. A larger workload could mean a breakout season...if the 5'9", 199-pounder holds up.
20.) Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns: After three years as Arian Foster's understudy, Tate joined the Browns in free agency. Tate produced when afforded the chance with the Texans, but he's also missed time every year he's been in the league.
21.) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers: Gore has topped 1,000 rushing yards in seven of the past eight seasons, finishing just outside fantasy RB1 territory in 12-team leagues last year. With that said, at 31 age is a very real concern for the 10th-year veteran.
22.) Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: Rice was terrible last year, and this season the 27-year-old is staring at a suspension of indeterminate length to begin the campaign. Still, from 2009-2012, Rice posted fantasy RB1 numbers four straight years. He could be a steal if he bounces back strong in 2014.
23.) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: Richardson disappointed both fantasy owners and the Colts with a miserable 2013, but hopes are up entering this year that a full offseason in Indy will mean a rebound season from the former third overall pick.
24.) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants: Jennings will get his first shot as an NFL starter this year with the G-Men. If he plays like the back who gained 4.5 yards per carry last year with the Raiders, Jennings will be a solid fantasy RB2. If he plays like the back who averaged 2.8 yards two years ago in Jacksonville? Not so much.
25.) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans: The first running back drafted in 2014, Sankey topped 1,800 yards on the ground at the University of Washington last year.The only thing standing between Sankey and a big workload early on is the supremely underwhelming Shonn Greene.
Rankings based on scoring system that awards one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards and 25 passing yards, six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for all interceptions and lost fumbles.