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Buffone Fantasy Football Guide RBs 1-5: AP Still King

Posted By John Buffone On Jul 18 2011 @ 3:57 pm In Fantasy Football | No Comments

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time when your fingers become numb from searching for projections, your vision becomes blurry from checking stats, and your mind becomes twisted like a pretzel because you aren’t sure who to take at that dread #1 spot. If you haven’t gotten the hint by now, it’s time to start gearing up for the 2011 Fantasy Football season. Yes, I’m going out on the philosophical limb to say that there will in fact be NFL football this season. Throughout the rest of the summer, check back here at prosportsblogging.com everyday for updates on a full, in-depth fantasy football guide that will help you reign supreme in 2011.

#1- Adrian Peterson:RB- Minnesota


Peterson has proven year after year that he's the best option at #1.

Age: 26

Height: 6’1 

Weight: 217   

Bye Week: 9

Keeper Status: Great



2010 Stats:

 Rushing: 1298 yards            12 TD

Receiving: 36 Rec.            341 yards            1 TD




Projected 2011 Stats:

Rushing: 1440 yards            15 TD

Receiving: 45 Rec.            425 yards            3 TD


Many analysts have hopped on the Arian Foster bandwagon and leapfrogged him in front of Peterson. However, I’m one for consistency and have learned the consequences of overhyping a player after one productive year (see: Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Pierre Thomas). With the slight exception of last season, Peterson has never rushed for under 1300 yards in a season or rushed for less than 10 touchdowns in a season. With newly drafted QB Christian Ponder being the likely starter, AP could be the focal point in the passing game as well as the rushing game. The post-Favre Vikings will finally be a run first team with Peterson acting as Ponder’s security blanket when things get rough in the passing game. Go with old reliable if you’re lucky enough to choose #1.


#2 Chris Johnson:RB- Tennessee


CJ-2k will continue to slice and dice defenses in 2011.



Age: 25

Height: 5’11

Weight: 191

Bye Week: 6

Keeper Status: Great





2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1364 yards            11 TD

Receiving: 44 Rec.            245 yards            1 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1285 yards            13 TD

Receiving: 47 Rec.            440 yards            3 TD


CJ-2k could not have possibly lived up to his 2009 performance last season but still had a spectacular year from a fantasy standpoint. Johnson has continuously proved critics wrong about his durability and looks to have it tested even more this year. Like Peterson, Johnson will more than likely be paired with rookie QB in 2011 with Jake Locker being the Titans’ first pick in this year’s draft.  Johnson is used to being the most explosive player on his team so his assimilation into an offense with Locker should go smoothly.

As in years past, Johnson will be Tennessee’s main weapon in both phases of the offense. With receiver Kenny Britt’s future unknown with the team, the Titans will have no choice but to give the ball to Johnson nearly every play.


#3 Arian Foster: RB- Houston Texans


Foster was the steal of 2010. Can he repeat in 2011?



Age: 24               

Height: 6’1

Weight: 227

Bye Week: 11

Keeper Status: Good




2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1616 yards            16 TD           

Receiving: 66 Rec.            604 yards            2 TD



2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1225 yards            12 TD

  Receiving: 52 Rec.            480 yards            2 TD


All right, time to throw this year’s prized horse a carrot at the #3 spot. There’s no doubt that Foster was the pickup of the year in 2010 when he racked up 2220 total yards and 18 touchdowns. While Foster will be the gem of the running game again this year, the Texans did invest a high second-round draft pick on Ben Tate in 2010. If healthy, Tate could cut into Foster’s time. However, if the Houston defense is as pitiful as it was last year, Houston will become a predominately pass oriented team early, which benefits Foster as a receiving back. With tough run defenses like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta on the Texans’ schedule this year, Foster won’t have the numbers he did last year but will still be a very solid choice.


#4 LeSean McCoy:RB-Philadelphia Eagles


Around Philly's offense, McCoy has the potential to be a breakout star in 2011.

Age: 22

Height: 5’11

Weight: 208

Bye Week: 7

Keeper Status: Great



2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1080 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 78 Rec.  592 yards            2 TD


Projected 2011 Stats:

Rushing: 1150 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 71 Rec.      540 yards            4 TD


McCoy in essence, is Brian Westbrook 2.0 for the Eagles. Since letting go of Westbrook last season, McCoy has picked up where his predecessor left off and has done a superb job. In Philly’s explosive offense, McCoy is as much a threat catching the ball as he is running it. McCoy’s the perfect fit for Andy Reid’s offense, which means the sky is the limit for this third-year youngster out of Pittsburgh.



#5 Jamaal Charles: RB- Kansas City Chiefs


Charles is a constant threat to break big runs and rack up fantasy points.


Age 24

Height: 5’11

Weight 199

Bye Week: 6

Keeper Status: Good



2010 Stats:

Rushing: 1467 yards            5 TD

Receiving: 45 Rec.             468 yards            3 TD


2011 Projected Stats:

Rushing: 1325 yards            7 TD

Receiving: 47 Rec.            475 yards            4 TD


The burner from Texas is turning into one of the biggest homerun threats in the NFL. Unfortunately for Charles, Thomas Jones is still there to hog up the short yardage touchdowns and 2010 second-round pick Dexter McCluster may take away some of Charles’ opportunities in both the run and receiving game. However, Charles will be a constant threat to break the big one and rack up big numbers for the Chiefs.

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