2014 Fantasy Football: Predicting The 5 Biggest RB Flops

2014 Fantasy Football: Predicting 5 Biggest RB Flops

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Last season, GMs were burned by running backs more than any other position. If you were able to avoid players like Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, Steven Jackson and Maurice Jones-Drew, you were one of the lucky ones. Here are five running backs GMs will be equally lucky to avoid in 2014.

5. Darren Sproles

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5. Darren Sproles

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Sproles is not worth any more than a handcuff pick this season. LeSean McCoy averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per reception on his way to leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2013. Sproles is not going to be able to steal enough touches from a player like McCoy to be fantasy relevant.

4. Frank Gore

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4. Frank Gore

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Gore has stated that he's not ready to give up his heavy workload, but it may not be up to him. The 31-year-old had a career-low in yards per carry last season, and the San Francisco 49ers have some solid backup RBs. Furthermore, a running quarterback under center could vulture a few touchdowns from him.

3. Le'Veon Bell

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3. Le'Veon Bell

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Bell is projected to go as high as the first round, which is way too high for a player who will likely be losing some touches and goal-line work to LeGarrette Blount. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafting the speedy Dri Archer also doesn't bode well for his workload.

2. Toby Gerhart

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2. Toby Gerhart

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Gerhart is going to get his chance to be the workhorse, but carries don't automatically make someone a startable fantasy option. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't finished higher than 29th in total offense over the last three seasons. The offensive line is very suspect, and the quarterback situation also doesn't inspire a lot of confidence for scoring opportunities.

1. Zac Stacy

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1. Zac Stacy

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Stacy averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season, which means he could be dependent on volume for fantasy relevance. The fact that the St. Louis Rams invested a third-round pick on the more explosive Tre Mason causes concern for Stacy's workload. That's just too much risk for a player projected as a late-first to early-second round pick.