Fantasy Football: 5 Potential RB Stars in 2014

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2014 Fantasy Football: Rookie RB Stars

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Other than a few NFL-ready rookie quarterbacks, rookie running backs have the best opportunity to make an instant impact in fantasy football.

Not only were the fans of the Washington Redskins excited about the new addition of Robert Griffin III in 2012, Alfred Morris ended up being a bonus to the new offense. In 2012, Morris rushed for 1,610 yards, scored 13 touchdowns and had seven games with 100 or more rushing yards. While Morris is not very involved in the passing game, he was, however, still able to finish as the fifth highest-scoring running back in standard scoring leagues.

Along with Morris, Doug Martin was another rookie running back who had a dominate season. If you owned Martin in 2012, you were a very happy fantasy football player. If you had to face Martin, however, you pretty much hated your life. Martin concluded his rookie campaign with 1,454 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 473 receiving yard yards and five games with 100 or more rushing yards. He also put up a shocking 51 points against the Oakland Raiders, and Martin ended up as a first-round draft pick for most fantasy football players in 2013.

Rookie running backs did not disappoint fantasy owners in 2013 either, as Eddie Lacy rushed his way to an Offensive Rookie of the Year title. Fellow rookies Le'Veon Bell, Zac Stacy and Giovani Bernard also had successful campaigns.

Some of these rookies will have a time share or may only see limited action, but each one has the ability to finish the year as a top-20 scoring running back. If you want to have an edge over your opponents, you will need to add these rookies to your draft plans.

Here are five potential rookie fantasy football running back stars in 2014.

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5. Charles Sims

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Charles Sims could finish the year as the rookie version of Le'Sean McCoy and Matt Forte. Sims finished his 2013 season with 1,095 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 401 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

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4. Carlos Hyde

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The 6-foot-3 Carlos Hyde has the size and speed to become an every-down back for any team in the league. The experts think that Hyde will be drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and he will be able to reprise the role of Trent Richardson. With 1,521 rushing yards in 2013, Hyde can become a fantasy stud.

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3. Jeremy Hill

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Although Jeremy Hill has been involved with time shares during his young career, he was still able to rush for 2,156 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns between 2012 to 2013. Look for Hill to work his way into any offensive scheme he finds himself a part of.

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2. Ka'Deem Carey

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Ka'Deem Carey has the ability to be the main back for several teams, and that lead role will allow him to be a productive rookie in fantasy football. With a large workload, Carey rushed for 1,885 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in 2013.

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1. Tre Mason

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Tre Mason has been an absolute beast the past two seasons. At 5-foot-8 and 207 pounds, people may worry that Mason will have a difficult time competing in the NFL. Don't let his size fool you. Mason rushed for 1,816 yards in 2013, and he has been compared to Ray Rice. Look for him to be one of the highest-scoring rookie running backs in 2014.

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2014 Fantasy Football: Rookie RB Stars

Fantasy Football Rookie Running Backs
Getty Images

Other than a few NFL-ready rookie quarterbacks, rookie running backs have the best opportunity to make an instant impact in fantasy football.

Not only were the fans of the Washington Redskins excited about the new addition of Robert Griffin III in 2012, Alfred Morris ended up being a bonus to the new offense. In 2012, Morris rushed for 1,610 yards, scored 13 touchdowns and had seven games with 100 or more rushing yards. While Morris is not very involved in the passing game, he was, however, still able to finish as the fifth highest-scoring running back in standard scoring leagues.

Along with Morris, Doug Martin was another rookie running back who had a dominate season. If you owned Martin in 2012, you were a very happy fantasy football player. If you had to face Martin, however, you pretty much hated your life. Martin concluded his rookie campaign with 1,454 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 473 receiving yard yards and five games with 100 or more rushing yards. He also put up a shocking 51 points against the Oakland Raiders, and Martin ended up as a first-round draft pick for most fantasy football players in 2013.

Rookie running backs did not disappoint fantasy owners in 2013 either, as Eddie Lacy rushed his way to an Offensive Rookie of the Year title. Fellow rookies Le'Veon Bell, Zac Stacy and Giovani Bernard also had successful campaigns.

Some of these rookies will have a time share or may only see limited action, but each one has the ability to finish the year as a top-20 scoring running back. If you want to have an edge over your opponents, you will need to add these rookies to your draft plans.

Here are five potential rookie fantasy football running back stars in 2014.

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5. Charles Sims

Charles Sims Fantasy Football
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Charles Sims could finish the year as the rookie version of Le'Sean McCoy and Matt Forte. Sims finished his 2013 season with 1,095 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 401 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

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4. Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde Fantasy Football
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The 6-foot-3 Carlos Hyde has the size and speed to become an every-down back for any team in the league. The experts think that Hyde will be drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and he will be able to reprise the role of Trent Richardson. With 1,521 rushing yards in 2013, Hyde can become a fantasy stud.

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3. Jeremy Hill

Jeremy Hill Fantasy Football
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Although Jeremy Hill has been involved with time shares during his young career, he was still able to rush for 2,156 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns between 2012 to 2013. Look for Hill to work his way into any offensive scheme he finds himself a part of.

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2. Ka'Deem Carey

Ka'Deem Carey Fantasy Football
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Ka'Deem Carey has the ability to be the main back for several teams, and that lead role will allow him to be a productive rookie in fantasy football. With a large workload, Carey rushed for 1,885 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in 2013.

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1. Tre Mason

Tre Mason Fantasy Football
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Tre Mason has been an absolute beast the past two seasons. At 5-foot-8 and 207 pounds, people may worry that Mason will have a difficult time competing in the NFL. Don't let his size fool you. Mason rushed for 1,816 yards in 2013, and he has been compared to Ray Rice. Look for him to be one of the highest-scoring rookie running backs in 2014.


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