Fantasy Football Running Backs – Big Dogs
On to the Running Backs. We’ll start again with the Big Dogs. These are the guys that everybody wants to own. At times, they can almost single-handedly carry you to a victory. They go for the most in auctions and take up the majority of the first round in snake drafts. A word of caution, there is usually a bust or two among these. Last year Larry Johnson and Frank Gore didn’t meet expectations. Before that it was Shaun Alexander.
LaDainian Tomlinson – What can you say about LT that hasn’t already been said. He’s quite possibly the best fantasy football player that’s ever existed.
Adrian Peterson – All Day is right up there with LT when it comes to projected fantasy numbers following his amazing rookie campaign. He cracked the 200 yard mark twice last year, including breaking the single-game mark. He’ll need to score more TDs (as if 13 isn’t enough) to be considered the Alpha Dog.
Brian Westbrook – Westy was a major force last year going for 2100 total yards and 12 TDs. He’s such a dual threat, with over 1200 yards rushing and 700 yards receiving the past two years. The knock on him is his health, but he only missed two games over the past two years. He did kill some fantasy owners by taking a knee on a sure TD last year.
Steven Jackson – He had somewhat of a down year because of injuries, but he still topped the 1000 mark rushing and added nearly 300 receiving. His TD production took a major hit, but St. Louis’ offense as a whole was down. Steven Jackson can be had with the third to fifth pick. Talk about a great value.
Joseph Addai – Addai was a force as well last year with over 1400 total yards and 15 TDs despite missing a game. He’s had virtually the same amount of rushing and receiving yards both years to show his consistency. With Peyton Manning keeping defenses in check, Addai should be able to have his way once again. Like Westbrook and Steven Jackson, Addai will be the 3rd-5th player taken, which makes the 5th pick in the draft the most attractive slot to me.