2 Running Backs Due For Fantasy Football Success in 2014
I’m focusing on two running backs who are set for fantasy success in 2014, due to changes in their team structure, or landing a new team altogether. My first running back I see succeeding in 2014 is Ben Tate, newly signed by the Cleveland Browns. The next guy ready to breakout in 2014 is Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington.
First, let’s review Tate, who is entering into just his fourth year in the NFL, and is no longer Arian Foster’s handcuff for the Houston Texans. Now signed on with the Browns, Tate will take the lead running back responsibilities that the weathered Willis McGahee really couldn’t keep up with last season. During his three seasons with the Texans, while on backup duty, Tate averaged 4.7 yards per carry, and should continue to grow as he becomes the main man on campus now.
Per USA Today..
Tate won’t have to adjust to the Browns’ offensive scheme. The basic zone-running concepts Tate grew accustomed to with the Texans are the same principles employed by the Browns’ new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan.
Tate, if he remains healthy, should be quite an asset to the Browns’ offense, as well as a flex option with upside for your 2014 fantasy football team.
— Denny Carter (@CDCarter13) May 12, 2014
Now, let’s find out what lies ahead in fantasy football for Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington.
andre ellington really gets 25-30 touches a game hes gona be a fantasy god. TD machine
— Congers (@CongersDM) May 27, 2014
25 to 30 touches per game for Ellington in 2014 is what potential fantasy football drafters want to hear. Ellington, going into only his second year with the NFL, averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the 652 yards he was rationed last season. We shouldn’t have to worry about Ellington sharing the carries much in 2014 with Rashard Mendenhall out of the way.
Other factors which contribute to Ellington’s 2014 success, via USA Today are..
A revamped offensive line. Jared Veldheer was signed during free agency to man left tackle. Bradley Sowell will slide to the right side. And Jonathan Cooper, last year’s first-round pick, will take over at left guard after missing all of last season with a fractured left tibia.
If you draft the sophomore Ellington, you may already be starting out with a top-10 running back, whom you can likely reach for late in the second or early third draft rounds. -FFC
All statistical data is provided via Profootballreference.com