By jacobshackelford @jshack0 on August 13, 2014
Running backs can make or break your fantasy team. Be sure to avoid these 5 RBs in your 2014 fantasy football draft based off of where they are being drafted. Scratch them off your list completely and enjoy watching another fantasy owner pay the price for drafting these 5 RBs.
Arian Foster raises more red flags than just injuries for me. He's admitted to contemplating retirement this off-season and he's made statements before about how it's a tough game on your body, enough that he wouldn't want his kids to go through that. Maybe it's just me looking too deep into things but Foster just doesn't have the passion and desire to be a top tier running back on a consistent basis for me to draft him as high as he is going.
I'm not concerned at all about the shoulder injury last year. What really concern me are two things: the amount of points he accumulated off of just a few ridiculous games his rookie season, and how bad he looked at the beginning of the season last year. Bobby Rainey and Mike James looked good running the ball with the same offense that Doug Martin couldn't while active during the 2013 season.
At 31 years old, Steven Jackson is really starting to fall apart. Injuries have plagued him from time to time but can you really feel confident starting him on any given week? In the back of your mind you'll always know there is a great chance he leaves the game mid-second quarter with some sort of injury. Maybe he doesn't have the really long-term injury this year, but he will always have an injury that makes you question his roster spot.
Blame it on the playbook or the lack of familiarity, Trent Richardson's real problem is he's too slow for the NFL. With only three rushes of 20-plus yards in two seasons and a career average of 3.3 yards per carry , Richardson ranks as one of the least explosive backs in the league. Plenty of fantasy owners are still believers, which is fine. Let them be. Richardson will bottom out again this year. Avoid him at all costs.
Zac Stacy had a good year as a rookie but it will be hard to reduplicate those numbers that he put up. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy I don't see the Rams leaning on the run as much as they did last year. Stacy will have the unfortunate pleasure also to face the Seahawks, 49ers, and Cardinals' defensive front lines twice during the year. Add this on top of Tre Mason dipping into the rotation as a third down back and I'm steering clear of Stacy.
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