As we all get ready for the start of the 2009 regular season, fantasy teams are scrambling to erase any doubts they might have about declining players and job security, trying to pry all of the facts can be draining and make you lose focus when drafting your fantasy roster positions. Top Fantasy Football is working vigorously to keep you updated and erase any doubts you might have when drafting for the RB position, one thing is for sure Adrian Peterson is a lock for the top spot, but after him the question is, who would you take in the second spot?
It is evident that Adrian Peterson is a force in the NFL and a must have fantasy commodity, but who would you take behind him? It is the ever evolving question we must face every year, who goes next? When drafting in the second position you must be able to nail down a franchise player with potential to run the score sheets every week, wether they are facing a tough D or not.
In this article we are going to go over 4 of the next hottest commodities to target on draft day behind Adrian Peterson. One thing is for sure, you shouldn't have to worry about these fantasy studs getting their points on Sundays.
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX)
Pocket Hercules is making quite a name for himself in fantasy drafts this summer, not only is he being considered for the second spot, behind Adrian Peterson, he is getting number one status in PPR leagues over Peterson. With all the hype surrounding Jones-Drew this year the question is, will he be your guy in the second spot in drafts this year?
If you take a look at Mojo, his career numbers in three years are 3,941 all purpose yards, 38 total TD's, considering he has been in a time share his whole career he definitely has the upside this season to crush his previous totals, and maybe take the top overall ranking for RB's this season. Jones-Drew now has the back-field to himself after the release of Fred Taylor this off-season, and should be primed for a huge season.
Michael Turner (ATL)
Turner "The Burner" was hot last season posting career highs in a potent Atlanta offense that has surrounded itself with even more weapons ( TE Tony Gonzalez) this off-season to help the passing and blocking game. Michael Turner proved to be a phenomenal RB who could carry a fantasy team to glory, not only did he erase any doubt that he is a legitimate threat, he vaulted his draft status into the elite. Turner seems to be the unquestioned number one RB on a team that is more than willing to deploy him for 20-25 carries a week, guaranteed. Barring injury he should be in line for another monster season of over 1,000 yards and double-digit TD's.
This season Turner is expected to keep the bulk of the carries, but is not as draft friendly as Mojo in PPR leagues. That being said, Mojo hasn't ever rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season and is getting his chance to own the backfield in Jacksonville. Last year Turner proved he was the real deal in terms of fantasy production (second in rushing behind Adrian Peterson, second in TD's behind Deangelo Williams) and should be considered for the second spot in drafts this summer. With all of these second place finishes, the burning question with him is, can you pull the trigger at number two?
Matt Forte (CHI)
Matt Forte was the prime example of consistency in his first season in the league, he managed to rack up 1,715 total yards and 12 total TD's. With all the hoopla (the Jay Cutler trade) surrounding the Chicago Bears franchise this off-season, there is one player who will benefit the most from Cutlers acquisition is Matt Forte. This kid has an elite ability to find holes and explode to the second level for extra yardage, as well as catch the ball out of the back-field very well also. Forte proved he could maintain his health after touching the ball 379 times last year and should be in a position to work off his totals last year and prove his worth as a number two draft pick (especially in PPR leagues) this summer.
With Cutler and Forte leading the way Chicago should be ready to roll this year, this is a young stud RB in his second year with a better offense and I believe he is in a position to make a strong claim to own the number two position in drafts this summer. The question is, you guessed it, will you be able to pull the trigger on him with the number two spot?
Deangelo Williams (CAR)
Sitting in the number two spot, are you willing to take 2008's fantasy stud Deangelo Williams?
If you are looking to add some explosion to your lineup, then look no further than Deangelo Williams. In 2008 Williams took the fantasy world by storm and created havoc for defenses piling up 1,636 total yards and an insane 20 TD's. Even with all the stats Williams piled up last year fantasy owners are still a little weary of drafting Deangelo with such a high pick, based on the fact that he has Stewart leaching carries from him.