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Fantasy running back projections for all 32 NFL teams

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To coincide with the 28-hour ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon presented by Draft Kings, NFL Nation reporters are taking a position-by-position look at the teams they cover. Below are projections for each starting running back's stats for 2016.

On Monday: NFL Nation covered over/under on starting-quarterback performances in 2016, based on their ESPN fantasy projections. Here are the fantasy projections for running backs. Click the links after each team to view the full posts.

Arizona Cardinals: David and Chris Johnson will give the Cardinals a strong one-two punch, but it might be a stretch for David Johnson to reach his lofty projections. Read more.

Atlanta Falcons: There are early indications that Devonta Freeman is the Falcons' preferred rushing option near the goal line, which hikes up his fantasy value. Read more.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens could end up with a running back by committee, which could directly impact Justin Forsett, who has surpassed 700 yards only once in his career. Read more.

Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy has looked explosive during training camp, but once Karlos Williams returns from his four-game suspension, he will likely steal some fantasy points from McCoy. Read more.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers' continuity on the offensive line, and teams' keying on Cam Newton as a runner as well as a passer, could open the door for Jonathan Stewart to have an even bigger season. Read more.

Chicago Bears: Jeremy Langford showcased elite breakaway speed last season but also suffered from a case of the drops in the passing game. The Bears beefed up the backfield this offseason, but Langford is still expected to be the guy to replace Matt Forte. Read more.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals might be forced to rely on their running game more this season, which would produce more opportunities for Jeremy Hill. All fantasy owners need from Hill is week-to-week consistency. Read more.

Cleveland Browns: With Isaiah Crowell likely to split duties with Duke Johnson, the Browns' running backs don't offer much fantasy security, especially behind an offensive line with major questions. Read more.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys want to get back to the running the ball the way they did in 2014, and with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, the run game looks solid. Read more.

Denver Broncos: All signs point to the Broncos running the ball more than they have the previous four seasons with Peyton Manning at quarterback. C.J. Anderson, who takes his first real foray into the role of lead back, figures to flourish in the one-cut-and-go scheme. Read more.

Detroit Lions: Coach Jim Caldwell's teams have rarely had prolific rushers, so be wary of Detroit running backs in 2016 -- except if you have Theo Riddick, who is good to have in PPR leagues because he could be as good as a high RB2. Read more.

Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy is in shape and knows the pressure is on him this year, in the final season of his rookie contract, so a return to form seems probable. Read more.

Houston Texans: Lamar Miller averaged 196 carries in his final three campaigns in Miami, but the additional work he will see with the Texans should give him the opportunity to put up RB1 numbers. Read more.

Indianapolis Colts: ESPN's fantasy projection for Frank Gore is fewer than 1,000 yards this season. However, the Colts' offensive line should be improved, which would give Gore more lanes to run through and more opportunities to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. Read more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The bad news? Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will be sharing carries. The good news? The Jaguars are committed to running the ball more, which should help both running backs and their fantasy owners. Read more.

Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles is back from his ACL injury, but he'll have company in the backfield this season and might not get the carries he's used to. Read more.

Los Angeles Rams: As the clear focal point of the Rams' offense, Todd Gurley should be even better in his second season and will be relied upon heavily, especially with rookie quarterback Jared Goff trying to figure things out. Read more.

Miami Dolphins: Whoever wins the starting job has a great shot to beat fantasy projections, and for Arian Foster, it has more to do with health than anything else. Read more.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings' ground game should still be one of the league's pre-eminent running attacks this season, and there's another star fantasy option beyond Adrian Peterson. Read more.

New England Patriots: It's always risky to count on a Patriots running back in fantasy, but if Dion Lewis stays healthy, he should put up decent numbers, including going above expectations for yards and receptions. Read more.

New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram has earned the Saints' trust and is their clear-cut No. 1 back, which makes him a great option in fantasy, despite his injury history. Read more.

New York Giants: New York's backfield might remain a muddled fantasy mess again in 2016, as the Giants played ring-around-a-running-back for the first 13 weeks of the previous season. Veterans Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are the heavy favorites to earn the most significant time, but there are several wild cards in waiting. Read more.

New York Jets: Matt Forte should be healthy by the season opener, but he won't be an every-down player. How does that affect his fantasy value? Read more.

Oakland Raiders: Although Latavius Murray rushed for 1,066 yards last season, he is barely ranked as a top-20 fantasy running back. Say what? Read more.

Pittsburgh Steelers: DeAngelo Williams can ably fill in for Le'Veon Bell if needed, but might the Steelers surprise us by keeping both on the field for extended periods? Read more.

Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson's focus on the run -- especially given the lack of big-play weapons at wide receiver -- should give Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles plenty of opportunities to put points on the board for the Eagles. Read more.

San Diego Chargers: Chargers tailback Melvin Gordon didn't score a touchdown as a rookie, but Ken Whisenhunt's scheme should boost Gordon's production in his second season. Read more.

San Francisco 49ers: It's a good thing Carlos Hyde returned to training camp leaning and with a goal of 1,500 yards, as he'll need it in coach Chip Kelly's consistent ground game attack. Read more.

Seattle Seahawks: Although fantasy owners can't turn to Beastmode this season, Thomas Rawls has returned from a season-ending ankle injury and should exceed ESPN's fantasy projections. Read more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers have two strong running backs in Doug Martin and Charles Sims. It seems safe to bet Martin will have another 1,000-yard season. Read more.

Tennessee Titans: Tennessee's preseason opener, in which DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combined for 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns, made it seem that things are moving in a good direction for both the Titans and fantasy owners of both players. Read more.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins' offense has a lot of talent in the passing game, which could limit Matt Jones' opportunities. Can Jones exceed ESPN's fantasy projection of 936.7 rushing yards and 5.2 rushing touchdowns? Read more.