The NFL was once dominated by running backs and fantasy football owners looked for that stud that could carry them to victory, but with the passing game taking over the league, owners have adjusted their thinking.
Having some good backs is still essential to a successful year and Jay Clemons from Bleacher Report is one of the top experts in rating players. Here is his latest player rankings with injury updates, a list that should help owners with their upcoming drafts.
The best backs are those that run and catch the ball and that makes LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice, and Matt Forte among the top players in the game. These three backs are all going to produce some terrific numbers this season and an owner can't go wrong with one of these players as their top back.
Owners looking for depth in the later rounds have several options, but Stevan Ridley from New England and James Starks of Green Bay are among the top backs that aren't stars, but should have a solid season this year.
For those owners willing to take a gamble on a late round sleeper, rookie Ronnie Hillman from Denver and backup Kendall Hunter from San Francisco are good options. Hillman could start by mid-season and the youngster has great hands. Hunter produced decent numbers last year and with Frank Gore another year older, this second-year back could see a big increase in playing time.
The NFL still has a few old-school coaches who like to pound the rock, but finding a back that is durable and plays every down is becoming harder to find. These players should help fantasy football owners this season and with some luck, a championship trophy.