Running backs occupy seven of the top 10 spots in a preliminary look at the 2014 fantasy football draft list.
A survey of fantasy football sites (and my opinion) indicates that running backs lead the way until the No. 6 pick when Calvin Johnson will be the first wide receiver selected in this year's draft.
The current draft polls are so close that for the first time the top three backs are listed as No. 1a, 1b and 1c.
By the way, the highest-ranked quarterback is Denver's Peyton Manning who is currently No. 14 on the list.
No. 1a - Jamaal Charles, running back, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs was listed as No. 1 or No. 2 on 85% of the fantasy football sites surveyed. He led the league in 2013 with 19 touchdowns. He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground with 1,287 yards rushing. Charles also caught 70 passes for seven touchdowns and 693 receiving yards.
No. 1b - LeSean McCoy, running back, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy of the Eagles led the league in rushing with 1,607 yards. He scored a total of 11 touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 539 yards. It all adds up to 2,146 yards of total offense for a running back that belongs among the elite in the NFL.
No. 1c - Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Despite missing four games last season due to a foot injury, the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson averaged over 100 yards rushing per game. He finished with 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. If Minnesota can master new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense, Peterson could catch 50-60 passes and remain one of the most dominating offensive players in the NFL.
No. 4 - Matt Forte, running back, Chicago Bears
Chicago running back Matt Forte is a solid No. 4 on the draft list. He ran for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 74 passes for 594 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 5 - Eddie Lacy, running back, Green Bay Packers
Green Bay’s most valuable player in 2013,while quarterback Aaron Rodgers was recovering from an injury, was running back Eddie Lacy. Suddenly, the pass-happy Packers had an emerging running game and Lacy finished the year with 1,178 yards rushing and 11 tocuhdowns.
No. 6 - Calvin Johnson, wide receiver, Detroit Lions
Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson (aka "Megatron") missed two games in 2013 and still managed to score 12 touchdowns, catch 84 passes and finish the season with 1,492 yards receiving. Megatron also averaged a career-high 17.8 yards per catch.
No. 7 - Jimmy Graham, tight end, New Orleans Saints
The term "receivers" was used in this article's headline, because Jimmy Graham of the Saints is more than a tight end. He can frustrate opposing defenses just like sixth-ranked Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Last year Graham caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch keeps pounding out the yards and the fantasy football points. He scored 14 touchdowns for the Seahawks in 2013. Lynch also ran for 1,257 yards and caught 36 passes for 316 yards.
Two consecutive solid years as a wide receiver have moved Demaryius Thomas up to the No. 9 spot in the 2014 fantasy football draft list. He caught 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. Thomas is a dangerous deep threat on the explosive Denver Bronco offense led by All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning.
No. 10 - Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans
Even-numbered years are good for Houston running back Arian Foster. His two most productive seasons were 2010 and 2012 when he scored 16 and 15 touchdowns respectively. Though he played in only eight games last year, he still matched his career average of 4.5 yards per carry.