Fantasy Football 2014: How Will Schematic Changes Affect These Star Fantasy RBs?

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Fantasy Football 2014: How Will Schematic Changes Affect These Star Fantasy RBs?
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Over the next week, NFL training camps open across the country, and several fantasy football stars will take the field under new leadership in a new offensive system.

The NFL saw significant coaching turnover this offseason, including seven head coaches, 12 offensive coordinators and 10 defensive coordinators. And with these changes come new offensive philosophies, especially in the case of the ever-evolving running back position.

Understanding the impact of these new staff hires is essential to accurately project the fantasy outlook for many of today’s stud players.

Sometimes, a change in regime can bring with it fantasy fortune, prominently featuring previously under-utilized players and helping them reach their fullest potential. Such was the case with the top three fantasy running backs from last season—Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte—as each saw a significant boost in production following their team’s change in regime.

At other times, a new scheme can throw a wrench in a player’s fantasy prospects, limiting their opportunities to excel.

Here, we will take a look at how the impact of new coaching hires and the schematic offensive changes will affect four star running backs—Giovani Bernard, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris and Reggie Bush.

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