Fantasy Football 2014: Making the Case for Terrance West

Daniel StackContributor IIJune 13, 2014

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West runs the ball during organized team activities at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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When it comes to fantasy football, drafting rookie running backs always seems to be the rage, and in 2014, one such player who may take everybody by storm is new Cleveland Browns rookie running back Terrance West.

The Browns drafted West with the 94th pick in the third round in May's NFL draft, and the initial thought was that he was going to compliment free-agent signing Ben Tate. But it appears West is wowing over the Browns' coaching staff and he may be a much more integral part of the offense, according to Glenn Moore of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

While the quarterbacks will battle for the starting job when training camp begins in July, there's another battle in the backfield. Veteran Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West will be competing for the starting job at running back, but Tate is not fazed by the rookie.

'There’s nobody in that room that scares me. I’m just honest,' Tate said after practice Thursday. He participated in individual drills during the three days of minicamp, but when it comes to 11-on-11 drills, West has been getting reps with the first team along with Chris Ogbonnaya.

West has shown power through the first level and quickness when eluding defenders, including his signature high step. Just because West is a rookie, doesn't mean he will back down when it comes to starting on game day.

'I want to be the starter, and I’m going to practice like a starter.'

Looks like West has confidence in himself. The Browns apparently do as well and it makes perfect sense for you to fall in Love with him too.

While he doesn't have the major-program pedigree as others, as West played at Towson, don't let that fool you. West has big-time play ability, and starter or not, West will get a lot of touches in the Browns offense that could be possibly missing wide receiver Josh Gordon. With the potential loss of Gordon, expect the Browns to be handing off the ball a lot this year.

West is powerfully built, quick and has fresh legs. It's all the things you want in a back. Tate, meanwhile, has missed 10 games in the last three years.

If there is one back to own on the Browns, you should put your money on West to take the bulk of the carries in Cleveland. Regardless, even if Tate is the de facto No. 1 back, West will not rot on the bench. From the looks of it, he'll be a major part of the offense.

Right now, you should target West as high-end No. 3 back to draft in Rounds 4 or 5, but if he keeps impressing and wooing over the Browns coaching staff, West has the upside to be a No. 2 back when it's all said and done.

Simply put, West is a name you have to monitor all spring and summer leading up to fantasy drafts.

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