Leading up to fantasy football drafts, everyone has a particular running back in mind to snag early on. Sadly, however, draft orders don’t always play out in one’s favor, which has left most of us ready to slap the computer screen out of pure disgust.
Fortunately, there exists a plethora of top-tier running backs who have the ability to propel one’s team to fantasy football greatness. Here are the top three:
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Don’t we all wish we could have Adrian Peterson on our team?
The guy has strength reminiscent of Earl Campbell and speed that would make Barry Sanders’ jaw drop.
A year ago, some doubted that Peterson would be able to get back to form after he tore his ACL during the final stages of the 2011 season.
Boy did he prove the haters wrong.
Last season, Peterson amassed 2,097 yards on the ground, single-handedly carrying the Minnesota Vikings into the postseason. In addition, he averaged a staggering 6.0 yards per rush. Yes, six yards per rush.
More than likely, Peterson will be the first player off the board. If the chips fall in your favor and you end up with the No.1 pick, it would be wise to select Peterson. Anyone other than him would simply be an injustice.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
To those who selected Doug Martin during fantasy drafts last year, I give you all a round of applause.
Who would have thought that the former Boise State Bronco would emerge as the gridiron version of Hercules?
Seriously, he can do it all. During his rookie campaign, Martin amassed 1,454 yards rushing, 472 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns.
Even if one did not catch a single Tampa Bay Buccaneers game last season, the aforementioned statistics serve as strong indicators of the talent the guy possesses.
Likewise, with a year of NFL experience under his belt, one should expect Martin to put in even more work this coming season.
Hence, don’t let the ancient “sophomore slump” myth deter you from selecting Martin if he is available.
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Now, I know you’re probably wondering how Alfred Morris could be picked instead of guys like Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, etc.
Well, every week, you know what you’re going to get from Alfred Morris. It’s as simple as that.
Last season, Morris’ fight-for-every-yard mentality and sheer determination to bust through any defender that attempted to stand in his way instantly made him one of the up-and-coming stars in the NFL.
Although Morris has received much praise early on in his career, he remains humble.
Recently, Morris expressed to Redskins.com’s Brian Tinsman that he is going through training camp with the mindset that he is “not the starter.”
Morris’ humility signifies that he will continue to work hard and improve as time goes on.
Although fantasy football is just a game, that’s the type of guy you should want on your team, for reliability is one of the main factors one should consider prior to drafting a player. And in Morris’ case, he certainly is that.