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Running Backs: 15-11

markIngram15. Mark Ingram: Last season Mark Ingram came in like a wrecking ball. Everyone considered Ingram a bust after his awful NFL career prior to 2014. From 2011-2013 he never put up more than 600 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Extremely bad. Hopefully this turn around can continue its upward trend. Ingram had 964 rushing yards and 9 TDs last year in 13 games. Fantasy owners didn’t see this coming in the slightest. Granted he’s only had one good year, but the saints are turning themselves into a more run oriented offense now. So expect Ingram to get better numbers than last year, especially with the touchdowns. C.J. Spiller will take some away, but he will be used similar to the role the Saints had for Darren Sproles. Ingram should get around 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, making him a solid RB2 option for fantasy owners.

Sep 28, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM;  Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) celebrates a touch down during the second half of the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

14. Lamar Miller: Lamar Miller is swimming to the top in Miami. He has shown the Dolphins that they can put their faith in him. Through the years the Dolphins have gone through running back after running back. The past two seasons Miller has given them the consistency in the back field that they have lacked. After a career year last year, Miller is ready to put up better numbers. Now with Miami’s new powered offense, and the emergence of Ryan Tannehill, Miller should put up around 1,200 Yards and around 8 Touchdowns. His attempts and receptions should increase. He will be a great RB2, probably a low end RB1 for fantasy owners.

13. Justin Forsett: Justin Forsett has had a similar career to the one of Mark Ingram. Forsett got lost around the league. He kept bouncing from team to team, with no shot given to him. Finally, he landed with the Baltimore Ravens. With some injuries that helped him out, Forsett finally got his moment, his year. He posted 1,266 yards, and 8 Touchdowns. No one in the fantasy world expected this. With the addition of Marc Trestman as the offensive coordinator, Forsett is in for a big year. Trestman gave Matt Forte some huge numbers over there in Chicago last season, both receiving and rushing. Expect around the same production on the ground from Forsett, but be assured that his receiving yards will probably double that from last year. Fantasy owners could consider Forsett to be an RB1.Alfred-Morris-Touchdown-Celebration-e1349441747346

12. Alfred Morris: Alfred Morris has been the only beacon of light provided by the Washington Redskins thus far. Morris can guarantee you 1,000 yards or more on the ground every year. Yes, his numbers have decreased over the past few years, but that’s mainly to the inconsistent quarterback play. If RG3 can re-make himself, and he and Jay Gruden can get on the same page, then Morris should have a year like 2012. When RG3 is on the field, Morris averages about 4.6 yards a carry. That’s insane. The Redskins stole Bill Callahan from the Dallas Cowboys, who gave Demarco Murray his career year. Morris could be in for some really good numbers this coming year. If all goes well, expect Morris to be in the top 7 of running backs this season.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) celebrates in the end zone in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

11. Jeremy Hill: The man that shocked the whole city of Cincinnati. The Bengals thought that Giovani Bernard was going to be their savior at running back, but they were mistaken. Granted he had over 1,000 total yards, but due to injuries Hill got his moment, and he made the most of it. He’s got extreme power and explosiveness. The Bengals got a good situation going on in the backfield with this tandem. Hill comes in at 11 because Bernard is still going take some playing time away from him. Hill is going to have to make the best of the touches he gets, but that shouldn’t be a problem after last year’s showcase. Expect close to 1,100 yards and 7 touchdowns, with an extremely high ceiling to produce more.

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