2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Top Can't-Miss Players in Round 1
The NFL preseason may just be getting started, but fantasy football season has arrived.
Drafts are taking place across the country this summer as millions of hopeful fantasy owners look to take the early steps to building a championship roster.
It's never easy, though, especially if you strike out early.
Here we'll run through a full first-round fantasy mock draft, highlighting the top can't-miss players in Round 1.
*Top can't-miss players are italicized. Selections based on standard-scoring 12-team leagues.
No. 1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB
Adrian Peterson only rushed for 2,097 yards last season following surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL. If that isn't evidence enough that he's a freak of nature and worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in your fantasy draft, nothing is.
He'll struggle to reach the 2,000-yard mark again this season, but no one runs the ball as effectively as Peterson, who is sure to break free and score touchdowns at an impressive rate yet again in 2013 in a run-heavy offense.
No. 2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans, RB
NFL fans have grown accustomed to watching Arian Foster rush for 1,200-plus yards year after year, which makes him a can't-miss first-round pick this summer.
Foster racked up over 1,400 yards on the ground last season and scored 17 total touchdowns. Even better news, since the start of 2010, Foster has missed just three regular-season games for Houston.
His consistency and durability makes him a can't-miss player for anyone drafting early on.
No. 3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens, RB
A versatile back, Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice will be one of the first players off the board this summer, and rightfully so.
When Rice isn't getting the ball in the backfield, he's usually one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets in the flat or downfield. And when Rice gets the ball in his hands, he typically makes defenders miss more often than not.
He rushed for over 1,100 yards a season ago while recording 61 receptions for nearly 480 yards and a touchdown.
The fact that Rice has played in all 16 regular-season games in each of the past four seasons makes him a must-have star.
No. 4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, QB
There are several big-time running backs sure to still be on the board at pick No. 4, but quarterbacks can light it up too. Plus, they touch the ball on every possession.
Who is the better fantasy option in 2013?
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is without a doubt the top fantasy quarterback available in 2013. The former Super Bowl MVP threw for nearly 4,300 yards last season, tossing 39 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions.
Rodgers can also move, running for nearly 260 yards and two scores in 2012.
New Orleans' Drew Brees is another fantasy stud, but Rodgers rarely makes mistakes.
No. 5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, RB
While the NFL is home to a handful of power runners, no back in today's game runs with as much anger and purpose as Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, who racked up more than 1,500 yards on the ground last season.
Following back-to-back stellar years in 2011 and 2012, it's safe to say that Beast Mode has returned and is here to stay.
No. 6. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB
Tampa Bay's Doug Martin took the league by storm a year ago as a rookie, rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns for the struggling Bucs.
Expectations will be high in 2013, but Martin, who has drawn several comparisons to Ray Rice, has all of the tools to live up to them in his second NFL season.
No. 7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, RB
One of only four backs to surpass 1,500 yards rushing last season, Kansas City's Jamaal Charles rushed for more than 225 yards on two occasions in 2012, recording seven 100-plus-yard rushing games in all for the lowly Chiefs.
When Charles is healthy, he's dynamite. He has more than 4,500 rushing yards in just 65 career regular-season games and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry for his career.
No. 8. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills, RB
If C.J. Spiller can he get more touches in 2013, he has the potential to be a fantasy superstar for some lucky owners.
The former Clemson star rushed for 1,244 yards last season on just 207 carries, averaging six yards per rush. Spiller was also dominant in the passing game, racking up 459 receiving yards to go along with two touchdowns through the air.
No. 9. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR
After shattering one of the most impressive records in football last season, Calvin Johnson is expected to rack up plenty of yards again in 2013.
Megatron was targeted over 200 times last season and caught the ball when it was thrown his way more often than not, recording 1,964 yards receiving and five touchdowns. It's hard to imagine Johnson struggling to find the end zone for a second straight year.
After all, he combined to score 28 touchdowns in 2010 and 2011.
No. 10. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns, RB
Like Doug Martin, Cleveland's Trent Richardson wasted little time during his rookie season in 2012, rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns while giving Browns fans something to feel good about.
With more opportunities and a better game plan to utilize him in place, Richardson should improve upon his rookie numbers in 2013, rushing for well over 1,000 yards and likely a dozen scores.
No. 11. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, RB
If not for the spectacular performance by his teammate Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris may have won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Only Adrian Peterson rushed for more yards than Morris last season, and only Arian Foster scored more rushing touchdowns than Morris, who finished with 13 for the season. It won't be easy to duplicate such a memorable rookie season, but with Mike Shanahan's successful system still in place, don't count out Morris to duplicate his rookie production in 2013.
No. 12. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, RB
Chip Kelly should have no problem utilizing LeSean McCoy's speed and shiftiness in Philadelphia's new offensive approach this season.
McCoy had a down year in 2012, but then again, so did the Eagles as a team.
The elusive back recorded back-to-back 1,000-plus-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 and scored a career-best 20 touchdowns in 2011.
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