The top 50 fantasy football running backs have been calculated by the experts at Yahoo!. The top 50 list of fantasy running backs includes some familiar names and most fans that have been paying attention could likely guess the top two with very little effort. According to the report from Yahoo! on Friday (July 25), Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy are a step above the rest of the field. The experts were a bit split on the final decision, but Charles ended up No. 1 with McCoy sliding in at No. 2.
Rounding out the rest of the top 5 running backs are Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers, and Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears. That's a lot of running backs from the NFC North, showing that fans of the division could see teams once again rely very heavily on the running game. The other back from the division (Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions) comes in at No. 21 on the list.
It also seems fitting that Andy Reid coached both of the top running backs and set up rosters that will help them succeed again in the 2014 NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs will likely rely even more on Charles than in the past and it is clear that the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to use McCoy heavily on screen passes as well as in the running game. Both running backs project to put up great numbers in the regular season, hinting at very little risk when it comes to drafting them.
The rest of the top 10 fantasy football running backs are Montee Ball of the Denver Broncos, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, and Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals. That's a big boost for Ball and Foster likely will give 2013 owners pause due to how far his production fell off for the Texans. Players that might jump into the top 10 could also include Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers or C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills.
Yahoo! fantasy football leagues have already opened and owners can start up teams right away on their main site. Though training camps are just getting underway, it's never too early for the die-hard fans to get involved again. As for the beginning of the regular season, it will start in the first week of September.