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2011 Fantasy FB Rankings: Top 5 Overall Picks
- Updated: May 13, 2011
1. Arian Foster (RB-HOU): Aside from the fact that he has a moron making his decisions in Gary Kubiak, there is NOTHING to dislike about this kid, on opening Day of the 2010 season he rushed 33 times for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. On October 3rd, after being benched in the first quarter (here’s your Gary Kubiak problem, the only reason you might consider not taking him first overall), Foster recorded the longest run in Texans franchise history when he scored on a 74 yard TD in the 3rd quarter, The Texans went on to win behind Fosters 187 from scrimmage. He finished the season with 1,616 Rushing yards, 604 Receiving yards, and a total of 18 TD’s. In my opinion, barring a disaster orchestrated by Kubiak which isn’t that unlikely, Foster is the clear choice for the #1 overall pick, whether in re-draft or dynasty/keeper leagues it makes no difference, this 24 year old All-Pro is primed for another record shattering year.
2. Chris Johnson (RB-TEN): I don’t think anyone has to explain why Chris Johnson is considered one of the best Running Backs in football, but for those that are skeptical or just ignorant on the subject here’s the breakdown: In just 3 seasons this young half back has 4,598 rushing yards (this is not counting his many receiving yards) and 34 rushing TD’s (again not counting his many receiving TD’s) but aside from that those who watch Titans football know one thing, their ENTIRE offense is run around this kid, whether it be him slamming it up the middle or running a sweep to the outside, or getting him into the open field or a reception their looking to get him the ball at every moment. You don’t have to worry about a timeshare with him, you don’t have to worry about him being benched, and you certainly don’t have to worry about them not using him because if He’s not scoring, then Tennessee isn’t winning. If he’s available with your second pick in ANY format, breathe easy with this pick, it’s a no-brainer.
3. Adrian Peterson (RB-MIN): Why is Peterson still ranked this high after a couple season of performing outside of the top 5 RB’s in fantasy you ask? There is only one answer, one simple reason that brings joy back to Minnesota fans, Green Bay Fans and my hearts… THE BRETT FAVRE EXPERIMENT IS OVER! What does this mean for Peterson, the offense is going to go back to the way it should have always remained, a run first give the ball to AD at all costs offense, you don’t have to worry about Gerhardt stealing many carries, you don’t have to worry about locker room drama being a distraction, he’s not planning on sending pictures of himself to reporters, and no matter who ends up at QB in the Purple & Gold we know it’s going to be somebody brought in to just manage and keep the top off the defense. With Childress gone we know the goal isn’t going to be 4-5 passing TD’s or 300 passing yards, but it’s going to be RUN, RUN, And RUN. The only downfall for Adrian Peterson is the fact that he’s going to get 350+ carries this year, which suggest he’ll be prone to injury. He is going to have a breakout year.
4. Michael Turner (RB-ATL): It’s ok to pick your jaw up off the ground now, yes I said 29 year old 5 foot 10 244 pound Michael Turner. I’m not crazy; this guy is set to have another record breaking year for fantasy owners everywhere, With Matty ice being another year older and Roddy White having Julio Jones to help spread the field this is going to open up huge running lanes for Turner. You may have been underwhelmed by his 1,371 yds and 12 TD’s last year but with a long rest of an off season and a passing game that is going to make secondary’s sweat every week I see Turner being primed for another 370+ attempt season, and he might just exceed his personal best of 1,699 with 17 TD’s he awed us with in 2008. If you’re drafting for a dynasty league you might consider a younger player like Jamaal Charles. However, if you’re looking for #1 pick potential outside of the top 3, no other Running Back provides you with this much upside.
5. Ray Rice (RB-BAL): This selection doesn’t need a lot of defending, Rice is a dynamic half back that poses not only a rushing threat but is one of the best receiving options at the running back position in the NFL. If you’re in a total yards bonus league then Rice could get you a Receiving AND a Rushing bonus any given week. With Flacco having another year of experience under his belt, and an imminent change in the receiving corps, and with Willis McGahee being another year older it looks as if Rice is going to have PLENTY of work this season. He is a dynamic option in both Re-Draft, Keeper/Dynasty, and PPR formats. If you’re not at the top of the draft order then take Rice and look to grab another good RB with upside in the second round to add depth at the most valuable position in Fantasy Football.
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