Well we dipped our feet in the water with the top 5 players on fantasy boards let’s take a look at the rest of the top 10 across most draft boards.
There’s definitely less of a consensus to me when it comes to the 6-10 portion of the the top picks mainly due to PPR (points per reception) values that can fluctuate their overall value. Also, there are times when many fantasy managers will reach for the top player, usually at the quarterback position, somewhere around picks 8 or 9 and you could easily see a Michael Vick or a Peyton Manning go. I won’t argue much against a pick like that as some managers want their favorite player which is cool, because after all this is a game that is meant to be for fun and being able to root for your favorite player or team always adds to the excitement of playing fantasy. However, when it comes to that in drafts I would preach patience if you really want to win young padawon, reaching too far too quick can make you miss out on, or maybe benefit you, the opportunity to create a stable of strong reliable players. I’m a bit off topic again, so let’s get to the guys on the board.
6 – Maurice Jones-Drew – Well MJD, the player not the beer, should bounce back from what some may have considered a mediocre season based on expectations. The best thing I saw out of Jack Del Rio last season was the offense’s willingness to limit Jones-Drew’s carries in a game and spell him. I think this was mostly due the fact that they were wearing the back down as Jones-Drew was injured late in the season. This year, were they to keep that up, should allow him the in game rest that will allow great play throughout. He could also be a sneaky mid round pick due to the fact that the earlier picks are less battle tested than MJD.
7 – Rashard Mendenhall – Another player who is up and down the boards. Let me say this, you should take a guy like Mendenhall over some of the later to be mentioned PPR guys because: A) He an every down back which is hard to find in the NFL nowadays, B) He is a capable receiving back despite some lower numbers last year due in large part to Big Ben’s absence, C) When the Steelers are on the goal line he is the back they are most likely to use. This isn’t by any means to sell any other backs short, but rather to make the point that a player more involved in the offense makes for better fantasy numbers. Mendenhall won’t catch the ball near as much as some of the other receivers, but he also won’t be completely ignored in the pass game either and when you have a back that is constantly a threat on offense, that is fantasy gold.
8 – Ray Rice – One of my aforementioned PPR guys. First off, Rice is a good back and is in the top 10 for a reason, he can put up the yards on the ground and is a stellar pass receiver, but when you’re watching the stats during the season doesn’t it boil your blood to watch him pile up the yards only to be completely taken out at the goal line? That’s my only word of caution I’m off my soapbox. Rice is a solid pick around this position so I wouldn’t sour on him because of my prior complaints just keep in mind that if you draft him you want to grab another back that will come up big on the goal line.
9 – LeSean McCoy – McCoy was one of many players that benefited greatly from the play of Michael Vick last year from a fantasy standpoint. He averaged around 59.7 yards a game and 3.8 yards a carry in the 4 games where Vick didn’t start. McCoy served as Vick’s safety valve when checking down, leading to a career year in receptions. It just didn’t translate as well into goal line carries where the Eagles continue to pass or have Vick run it in himself. It is because of Vick though, that McCoy was able to have large gaps in the defense due to so much attention on Vick running and it is there that will make himself a prime back in your fantasy backfield.
10 – Michael Turner – Turner’s not going to catch the ball much and that is why he stays on the lower end of draft boards. It’s sound reasoning considering his 12 receptions last season was a career high for “The Burner”. I think he’d be a decent receiving back were he given the opportunity to catch the ball, but I don’t see that changing Mike Smith’s philosophy of don’t throw it to stone hands. All kidding aside, Turner is a consistent 1,000 yard rusher and 10 TD back on a team with a young offense that should become better in the pass again this season and take some of the defensive pressure on Turner. Another solid top 10 pick.
With the lockout’s conclusion gaining momentum, it’s looking brighter for fantasy players and should reinvigorate your anticipation for a new year. See you guys again soon.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.