Quarterback First, Running Back Second

Daniel MaderContributor IJune 4, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints waits during a timeout against the Carolina Panthers 33-31 on December 28, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Nearly all experts and fantasy football owners have Peterson as the No. 1 pick in this years draft. Projecting a running back to be the No. 1 pick is the common trend. Peterson is the guy this year, before him it was LT.

It makes sense though, more points are granted for rushing touchdowns and yards. Running backs can be a double edge sword as well producing receiving points along with their rushing totals.

Quarterbacks though, especially the elite quarterbacks, produce many more touchdowns and yards than any other position. Still they are considered second in value to the running backs.

Drew Brees as of now is ranked 12th on the top 100 list on ESPN behind nine running backs. Brees though was the leading point scorer in fantasy football last year.

You know who was second last year in fantasy points?  That's right another quarterback, Aaron Rodgers was second in points last year.

Adrian Peterson was ninth in fantasy football points last season. He wasn't even the highest scoring running back, DeAngelo Williams and Michael Turner were ahead of him on the list.

In the top ten fantasy football scorers last season seven of them were quarterbacks. In order to win at fantasy you have to score the most points, which in order to do that you have to get the highest scoring players.

Statistics don't lie more times than not the quarterback is the highest scoring player on your respective teams. These facts bring me to my question.

Why not draft quarterback first?

There is never a debate on who a quarterback will split touches with. Quarterbacks are proved to be much more durable than running backs. All offensive plays start with the quarterback but end with any variety of players. There are more passing attempts on teams than there are rushing attempts.

Quarterbacks are the most valuable fantasy point scorers and should be drafted with the most valued pick in the fantasy draft.