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Fantasy Football: 5 Running Quarterbacks To Think About In 2014

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5 Running Quarterbacks To Consider In Fantasy Football For 2014

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The modern NFL game has changed drastically from the way it used to be. The mantra of “defense wins championships” is long gone, and now the game is all about emphasizing skill positions, the hurry-up offense or the “muddle huddle,” wishbone and pistol formations. Let’s face it, the NFL has gone completely vertical.

This is especially exciting for all fantasy football players, as there are more opportunities to rack up fantasy points. Since the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III, the fantasy football world has become crazy with trying to find a perfect mobile quarterback. The idea of adding the factor of rushing yardage and touchdowns from a quarterback may sound like a good idea for fantasy owners. Owners may feel like they can potentially double their fantasy output from their quarterback by selecting players like that.

The five quarterbacks that can be used as examples are the four quarterbacks mentioned above and Michael Vick. They have all been chosen because of the fact that they are generally the quarterbacks with the most designed run plays and tendencies to scramble when passing plays break down.

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5. Cam Newton

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Cam Newton seems to be maturing every year and this was the year where he seemed to truly realize his full potential. He may be the flashiest choice of the group, but he has emerged this year as a reliable fantasy option. Newton raised his completion percentage this past year; in 2012, his percentage was 57.7 and in 2013 he recorded 61.7 percent.

Verdict: Owners should take the spike in completion percentage as a sign. Newton has developed into a better pocket passer and his decision making has gotten much better. Owners should expect more of the same from him in 2014 and he could even go as high as a fourth or fifth-round pick in fantasy drafts.

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4. Russell Wilson

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With the exception of Michael Vick, Russell Wilson is the quarterback on this list that may come at the cheapest price. However, it appears that not all fantasy owners are sold on Wilson. He manages one of the most efficient offenses in the entire league, but what caps his value is the fact that the Seattle Seahawks have such a powerful running game spearheaded by Marshawn Lynch.

Verdict: Fantasy owners should like the idea that Wilson can probably come at a cheap price and be taken in the middle rounds of a fantasy draft. Seattle is a team that can be near the top of the power rankings for a few years to come. Wilson will be at the forefront of that and fantasy owners should take full advantage of him in the upcoming season.

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3. Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick had a magical run to the Super Bowl in 2012, which had many fantasy owners salivating to grab the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in 2013 fantasy drafts. In his first full season as the 49ers' signal caller, he looked good in a very dynamic offensive system. He spent most of the regular season only throwing touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin, and his completion percentage went from 62.4 in 2012 to 58.4 in 2013.

Verdict: Kaepernick is in a great system in San Francisco, and in addition to Davis and Boldin, the 49ers will also have Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and rookie Quinton Patton all returning. He should be viewed as the safest option out of all the running quarterbacks due to his situation and the plethora of skill players around him.

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2. Robert Griffin III

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Robert Griffin III needs to be given a little more time to be judged on exactly what his true fantasy value will be. He was clearly a shell of the dynamic rookie we saw in 2012 and it is common belief that he will return to that form in 2014. The Washington Redskins chose to take a more conservative approach with Griffin and tried to develop him more as a pocket passer. The fact remains that Griffin took way too many hits in 2013, so it will be interesting to see what type of player he will be in 2014.

Verdict: The faint-of-heart fantasy owners should steer clear of Griffin. However, if you’re a gambler, Griffin could be the ultimate high risk-high reward pick of 2014.

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1. Michael Vick

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Michael Vick may be one of the fastest running quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, but the truth is, he has been in the NFL for 12 years and has only played a full 16 game season once. He will be 34 years old in 2014 and still needs to secure a contract somewhere.

Verdict: All fantasy owners shouldn't even bother considering Vick as a fantasy option.