With the NFL kicking-off its action this week, fantasy football owners are hard at work as they prepare for their upcoming draft. Running backs are not the high priority that they used to be, but not having some quality depth at the position will cost an owner a shot at playing for their league title.
Here is a closer look at the top running backs for the upcoming season. Ryan Lester of Bleacher Report has done a terrific job compiling data and his draft board is one of the tops in the industry.
Arian Foster missed three games last season, but he still rushed for over 1,800 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Houston Texans running back is now tops in the league and with the team emphasising the run more, he should have another big year this season.
Ray Rice is the straw that stirs the Baltimore Ravens offense and the young running back had another strong season last year with over 2,000 total yards and 15 scores. With the Ravens playing in the tough AFC Central, Rice will play a big role in the team's playoff chase and that could lead to some big numbers for owners this football season.
This year has a good rookie in the mix as Trent Richardson will look to help the Cleveland Browns break their playoff drought. Richardson did it all in college and is the type of player that could become a top five back in the NFL, but he will need help from the offensive line to live up to the expectations the fans have on the youngster.
Fantasy football owners will have plenty of good backs to choose from this season, but finding a player that could have a career year is the difference between winning and losing a championship and this list should help owners in making their final decisions on draft day.