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This upcoming football season is influx with new young talent at key positions. With the pass-happy trend the NFL has taken, elite RBs are at all time premium in the early rounds. Many teams are now reaching early for the best QB and WR simply because outside of the first-tier RBs, the talent drop-off is larger than it was in previous years.

Players like Tennessee Titans’ RB Chris Johnson and Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson are the consensus first overall picks. With every selection after the first pick, the decisions get tougher and will likely determine the success or failure of a fantasy football team.

No. of teams: 10 Scoring: Standard non-PPR

1. RB Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)
For whatever reason, CJ is not the unanimous No. 1 pick. But for the sake of argument, let’s say someone prefers Adrian Peterson. First of all, CJ had over 2500 total yards. He scored 16 TDs and was third in the league in yards per carry. He is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. CJ is the best player in the NFL right now.


2. RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)

Peterson is still a fan favorite and will go No. 1 in many leagues. But don’t be shy to take him with the second selection. Regardless of Brett Favre’s possible retirement, AP is going to put up another monster year. Despite Peterson’s heavy workload, he’s as tough as they come so make this pick with confidence.


3. RB Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)

The Ravens really need to let Rice get the red zone carries and goal line touches. Last season, backup RB Willis McGahee had 12 touchdowns. If Rice gets those touchdowns instead, he would’ve been the No. 1 back in the league hands-down.


4. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars)

MJD is still one of the best all-around backs in the league and he does it all for his team, but that’s the problem. He has to do it all which is why there are some potential injury concerns for MJD in 2010. This will be his second year as the full-time RB in Jacksonville after splitting time with Fred Taylor in the past and it will be interesting to see how he holds up.

5. RB Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons)
Turner was ridiculously good before getting injured last season. It is expected that the Falcons will have a bounce-back year, which will improve upon Turner’s 2009 numbers. Turner enters training camp at a lighter weight after a newfound commitment to slimming down.

6. RB Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers)
Gore’s the main scoring threat on the 49ers and they aren’t afraid to give him the ball in the red zone. With the 49ers selection of two offensive lineman in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, there appears to be a newfound commitment to the running game, which can only benefit Gore this year.


7. RB Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)

With QB Matt Schaub’s first full season of healthy play, Johnson continued to add to his legacy by posting his third 100+ reception season and a career high of nine TDs. He’s also the safest WR choice coming off a season that saw Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss struggle to maintain their level of production throughout the season.


8. RB Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams)

Nobody does more with less than SJax. There is concern about the Rams’ ability to score touchdowns, so there is potential for him to slip to No. 8 in many drafts. There is no arguing his ability to grind out yards, but touchdowns are a fantasy must-have.

9. QB Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
Brees has been far more consistent over the years than the trendy first-round pick of QB Aaron Rodgers. Brees put up huge numbers and he does play on the best team in the NFL. Play it conservatively safe and take the sure-thing QB.


10. RB Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Mendenhall didn’t even start the 2009 season as the starter and he now finds himself firmly in the mix as a first round selection. It goes without saying that without QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers will need to rely firmly on Mendenhall to carry their offense. The Steelers may have rookie RB Jonathon Dwyer but he’s not a serious threat to RM’s production.

Written By: Matt De Lima

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Matt De Lima is the guy behind the guy behind the guy. Born and raised near Los Angeles, CA during simpler times where the Rams and Raiders both played there. Back when Eddie Murphy was funny and people still listened to Whitney Houston's music. A graduate of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), he's played fantasy sports for the last 10 years and began writing down his opinions in 2010. You remember that fantasy football league you were in last season, there was that one team that somehow had Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson? Matt was that guy. You should listen to him. Follow his exclusive content @ OpenSports.com

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