There were a number of huge performances in the NFL in 2014. As we get ready for the upcoming season, let’s take a look back at the top performances of the 2014 season. Here are the top 5 fantasy football games by running backs in 2014.

Also, be sure to check out the other positions in this series:

Top Fantasy Football Performances 2014: QBs
Top Fantasy Football Performances 2014: WRs
Top Fantasy Football Performances 2014: TEs

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5. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – Week 8 vs. Titans

Arian Foster rushed for at least 100 yards seven out of the first eight weeks of the 2014 NFL season. It seemed he wanted to show the world that despite the worn tread on his 28 year old wheels, he was still one of the best NFL running backs on the face of the Earth. In Week 8 of the 2014 season, the undrafted veteran out of Tennessee rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over the Titans. He touched the ball 24 times between the air and the ground, carrying the Houston Texan offense. He totaled 173 yards and three touchdowns in this game. As Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled early in the season Foster was the beneficiary. This was the fifth best Fantasy Football performance by a running back in 2014.

4. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – Week 14 vs. Bears

To say the Chicago Bears defense was terrible in 2014 would be a compliment. In Week 14 DeMarco Murray rushed for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown. The NFL’s 2014 rushing leader gashed the Chicago Bears for four quarters at Soldier field in a 41-28 Dallas Cowboy win. Murray also added nine receptions for 49 yards. He was busy in the first half compiling over 100 total yards. Murray showed all season that he got better as games went on. Murray finished the season with 392 carries, 1845 yards, and 13 rushing touchdowns. He had many stellar performances in 2014, but week 14 was his best from a Fantasy Football perspective.

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3. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – Week 10 vs.Giants

Anyone that knows anything about Marshawn Lynch knows that he communicates better with his legs than his lips. In Week 10, Beast mode demonstrated against the Giants that despite pushing thirty years old, he was still elite. Lynch ran for a season-high 140 yards and career best four touchdowns. The Seahawks set a franchise record with 350 rushing yards.It was also the most rushing yards in a season since the Cleveland Browns had 351 against the Chiefs in 2009. The aggressive manner in which Lynch ran in this game could easily be the top running back performance, but I am a tough grader.

2. Jonas Gray – New England Patriots – Week 11 vs. Colts

On my podcast last fall, a gentleman by the name of Rob Gomes from the Italian section of Boston, came on the show and talked to us about how he won a million dollars on Draft Kings a couple weeks prior. Week 11, three running backs ran for touchdowns and Jonas Gray who previously was on the Patriots practice squad decided to rush for four by himself. The Patriots pounded the Colts on the ground similar to what LeGarrette Blount had done to them a year prior. Gray finished the game with 38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots have become masters in customizing game plans to exploit the opposition’s weaknesses. Week 4 was tailored for Jonas Gray to bruise the Colts and he did just that. Interestingly enough, Gray disappeared like a phantom after looking like Walter Payton for a week.

1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – Week14 vs. Bengals

Week 14 Le’Veon Bell joined the great Walter Payton as the only running backs to have 200 yards from scrimmage in three straight games. He finished the day with 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over their AFC North rival. This game catapulted Bell’s owners into the second round of the fantasy playoffs, making this performance the best by a running back in 2014. If it weren’t for a suspension this game would have also put bell as the consensus #1 pick in 2015 Fantasy Football drafts. Bell showed patience at the line of scrimmage and incredible burst once hitting the second level. Right now Le’Veon Bell is the best running back in the league and it is scary that he will continue to get better and better.