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The Top Fantasy Football RBs for 2015

10. Matt Forte

While he certainly is still a top 10 RB pick that will continue to be a significant part of the Chicago offense, it’s expected that more RBs under John Fox and Adam Gase will be taking over carries and receptions so Forte will probably see a drop in useage. Make no mistake that he will still score TDs and it would not be surprising to see him eclipse the 1,000 yard mark rushing again, but he’s certainly out of the top 5 spot now. He’s a good back for fantasy owners that don’t have a Lynch, Peterson, Charles, or Lacy to pick from.

9. CJ Anderson

Anderson emerged over the course of last season into the top 10 in fantasy points scored, and it’s hard to imagine not seeing more of that this year. While he starts out at number nine in this list, it’s likely his value could go up this season with Gary Kubiak now coaching in Denver. The only downside is as long as Peyton Manning QBs that offense, Denver will probably stay a pass-first team. Otherwise he would probably easily start off even higher.

8. Jeremy Hill

Another RB on the rise is Jeremy Hill, a guy who’s quietly become a factor in the Bengals offense. This was despite sharing duties with Giovanni Bernard but compiling 1,124 rushing yards, 5.1 ypc, and 215 receiving yards. It’s a safe bet to assume that these numbers will go up this year as Hue Jackson continues to up the running game role in the offense.

7. Arian Foster

Foster has battled some injuries over the last couple years, but the Texans are liking the prospects of his return. While fantasy owners would probably be wise not to grab this guy before a Jamaal Charles or even Adrian Peterson, number 7 in this list is certainly warranted in his case if he’s healthy. The only question mark for him is whether not not Alfred Blue will be eating more into his carries this year.

6. LeVeon Bell

Considered by some to be even higher than this pick, the concern here is that Bell is suspended for the first 3 weeks which may keep his points a bit lower than the other top 5 contenders. But he definitely is worth the risk of being taken as a first round pick for owners that can get their hands on him. The Steelers’ ground game returned to fame last year and Bell was at the center of it.

5. Eddie Lacy

Perhaps no other RB that plays with one of the most elite QBs in the game has come to stardom like Eddie Lacy. The Packers playcalling has been one of the most balanced in the league between passing and running over the last couple of years and Lacy’s amount of touches on the ball from 319 in 2013 and 288 last year coupled in with the rest of his numbers put him in the top 5 RBs. While he may not quite top the first of the first picks taken, it would be a mistake not to grab him for fantasy owners who have the chance.

4. Demarco Murray

After having a career year last year, Murray should still be well within the top 10, and perhaps still in the top 5 picks of RBs, but perhaps not the number 1 pick. His numbers will likely drop a little with Philadelphia not likely to ride him as much as Dallas did last year, especially with guard Evan Mathis now gone. Also while he did stay healthy all of last year, injuries have been a liability for him in the past.

3. Adrian Peterson

After serving his supension for the 2014 season, the former “always number 1” pick is back and ready to make an impact. While he won’y likely put up 2012-like numbers, he should once again be a focal point of the Vikings offense, especially with Teddy Bridgewater entering his sophomore NFL season and the Vikings looking to make sure he avoids a sophomore slump. It certainly is reasonable to think that barring any nagging injuries, he will be playing with something to prove this year.

2. Marshawn Lynch

Probably no running back has ever been as much of a force to bring down as Marshawn Lynch. Seattle kept him out of retirement for good reason, and while he is starting to get older, he’s shown no signs of any injuries hampering him and his role on the Seahawks offense is not going to diminish. If not for a RB named Jamaal Charles, he could pretty easily be the number one pick.

1. Jamaal Charles

Probably no running back in the league has ever been as sure a pick for top fantasy points year in and year out as Jamaal Charles. Now some criticized coach Andy Reid for not using him in some critical situations last year and his total points in 2014 did take a hit from the 2013 season, but it’s a good bet to say he will be back this year. He has been one of the most versatile running backs in the league and has had such few off-the-field issues or injuries, and that is why many experts recommend him as a number 1 pick.

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