With the conclusion of the 2014 National Football League draft, the football season is fast approaching and many are starting to prepare for their yearly fantasy football drafts. The owners that have the good luck (or bad luck according to some fantasy owners) of having the first pick in their fantasy leagues will have to make the tough decision on who to select with the pick. Let’s take a look at the three most obvious choices to be the first player selected in most leagues this year.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is entering his eighth season in the National Football League and is only two years removed from his 2,000 yard rushing season. In 2012, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, scored 12 touchdowns, and finished the season as the top fantasy football player. After being drafted number one more times than not in 2013, he failed in his attempt to duplicate his 2,000 rushing yard feat and rushed for only 1,266 yards, and finished as the eighth best fantasy football running back.
My 2014 Projections for Adrian Peterson: 1,444 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 175 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.
Jamaal Charles, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is entering his sixth season in the National Football League and has been a fantasy sure thing since missing almost all of the 2011 with an injury. He returned from the injury in 2012 and rushed for 1,509 yards, had 236 receiving yards, and scored six total touchdowns. Entering the 2013 season he was usually the fourth or fifth running back to be selected and rewarded the owners who drafted him with his best fantasy season of his career. He finished with 1,287 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 693 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns to finish as the top player in fantasy football although some could argue that distinction could be given to quarterback Peyton Manning.
My 2014 Projections for Jamaal Charles: 1,421 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 465 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns.
LeSean McCoy, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
Of the three running backs I believe are worthy of the number one pick, LeSean McCoy is the youngest at 25 years old (Jamaal Charles is 27 years of age and Adrian Peterson is 29 years of age). He is entering his sixth season in the National Football League and has been a high point producing fantasy player over his career. In 2013, he finished with a career high 1,607 rushing yards and also scored nine rushing touchdowns. He also added 539 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. He finished the 2013 fantasy season as the number two ranked fantasy player behind only fellow running back Jamaal Charles. With the signing of running back Darren Sproles this off-season there is a good chance his fantasy stats could take a hit.
My 2014 Projections for LeSean McCoy: 1,252 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, 409 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns.
So who would I select with the number one pick? Based off my projections and using normal fantasy football scoring rules (1 point for every 10 rushing/receiving yard and 6 points for every touchdown) my selection would be Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. An argument can be made for any of the three running backs mentioned and none of those choices would be wrong. Who would you draft with the number one pick? Let me know by posting it in the comments section.
Who would you pick with the #1 overall pick in your fantasy football draft?
- Jamaal Charles (41%, 104 Votes)
- Adrian Peterson (30%, 76 Votes)
- LeSean McCoy (26%, 67 Votes)
- Other (2%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 253