There was a time when the running back was far and away the most coveted position in fantasy football. Teams climbed on the backs of their bell cow running backs and carried them all the way to championships. Nearly everyone’s big board was packed with running backs, and other positions were an afterthought.
Today’s NFL has changed all that. And with it, fantasy football strategies have evolved. There are still some incredibly talented backs in the league who will put up impressive numbers. However, the distribution across the league is much more balanced. This means, on a weekly basis, there are 18-20 backs in the league that can finish in the top five among fantasy scores.
The key to winning any fantasy league is winning big in the first two rounds. That means getting players who might never be the top fantasy player for a week but will never slip low enough to make you regret spending the pick on them. This also means that what used to be a running back-laden list has been infiltrated by quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Let’s take a look at my 10 biggest fantasy studs and their stat projections for 2014.