Fantasy Football: #1 Pick Arguments for Running Backs

One of the best things about fantasy football is that there is always next season. Well that “next season” is almost here. I suggest you start thinking about a creative name for your team, and start planning your fantasy football draft strategy. It is always fun to play GM for a couple of hours.

Running backs always seem to be the first position drafted. One of the reasons for this is because analysts always rank them higher than any other position in fantasy football. However, quarterbacks ruled the fantasy football world last season. The top running back only finished seventh overall and that was DeMarco Murray, and he was then followed by Le’Veon Bell. Well Murray is on a new team with a busy backfield, and Bell is suspended for four games. If quarterbacks scored more points last season, why should running backs be drafted before quarterbacks this season?

Below you will find my arguments for why the following running backs should be drafted number one in your fantasy football league.

Why should Adrian Peterson be the number one pick?

Adrian Peterson might have had some issues with hitting his kid, but he doesn't have any issues when it comes to hitting the holes in his offensive line. Peterson is the identity of the Minnesota Vikings' offense, and has been since the 2007 season. Since 2007, Peterson has had the most carries in the NFL with 2,054. There might be a small reduction in the amount of carries this coming season, because the Vikings want to mix in backup running back Jerick McKinnon. But I don't see a big enough reduction to not be picked number one. Vikings RB Coach Kirby Wilson said. “Peterson has looked extremely explosive in OTAs, and “still has electric foot speed.” The addition of Norv Turner only presents more scoring opportunities for Peterson, because he likes to involve the backs in the passing game.

Why should Marshawn Lynch be the number one pick?

Marshawn Lynch is one of the most underrated players in fantasy football. He has never been ranked number one by fantasy football analysts, and I have never seen him drafted within the first eight picks in any of my leagues. Lynch should be known as Mr. Consistency, because since 2011 he has averaged 12 rushing touchdowns per season, and has had the second most carries after Peterson. This season shouldn't be any different because the Seattle Seahawks know their recipe for success, and the first ingredient is Skittles. What more can you ask for from your number one pick?

Why should Eddie Lacy be the number one pick?

The Green Bay Packers finally have a reliable running back in Eddie Lacy. The addition of Eddie Lacy to this already potent offense, has only made Aaron Rodgers better. The opposing defense now has to worry about Rodgers' arm and Lacy coming out of the backfield.  Lacy is a big 230 lb running back with quick feet, and reliable hands. The biggest positives about Lacy is that he forces a lot of missed tackles, and is a dual-threat running back. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished sixth last season with 49 missed tackles, and he has also had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. He is the youngest of this group of running backs, but he has a high ceiling.

Why should Jamaal Charles be the number one pick?

The answer to this question is pretty simple, because the Kansas City Chiefs don’t throw touchdowns to their receivers. Jamaal Charles is their star running back and star wide receiver. Last season Charles finished tied for first with five receiving touchdowns, and that was five more than starting wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin to fill the void left by Bowe and that will probably take away some targets from Charles. But Alex Smith can only manage the game, and the best offensive weapon on the Chiefs is Jamal Charles. This player is involved in just about every offensive play the Chiefs run. Charles should be one of the best fantasy players this season because of the amount of touches and targets he will get.

Why should LeSean McCoy be the number one pick?

Shady McCoy went from fantasy stud in 2013 to fantasy dud in 2014. He won the rushing title in the 2013 season with 2,146 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. The Eagles’ offensive line was depleted with injuries last season and that played a factor in McCoy’s poor production. But now McCoy is on the Buffalo Bills with a different offensive line. But the Bill’s offensive line isn’t much better. McCoy will still get a lot of touches because Rex Ryan is known for his ground and pound game. Also the Bills are still trying to figure out who their starting quarterback will be. McCoy might seem like he is on the decline but he still has his elusiveness and breakaway speed. Look for McCoy to be Ryan’s workhorse this coming season.

Do you agree or disagree with why these running backs should be drafted number one in your fantasy league? My next piece will focus on the quarterbacks.

By, Justin Raymond

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