NFL Fantasy First Round Re-Draft (cont.)
7. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City
After two weeks, Charles had 90 rushing yards total, and it looked like taking him in the first two or three rounds was a huge mistake. But he has 321 rushing yards and three scores in his past two games, and with Peyton Hillis (ankle) injured, Charles looks like a top-10 back again. It's possible that Charles would swap draft positions with Lynch if this were a PPR draft.
8. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
Speaking of long-forgotten torn ACL injuries, A.P. has prompted more than a few readers to rip me since I recommended staying away from him in the first couple of rounds. From Week 1, Peterson has looked fantastic and he looks like he gets more confident in his running/cutting ability every week. Before you feed me to the lions, let's just wait to see if that knee holds up for the next 12 games. It's a looong season. (I now have him ranked as the No. 2 running back for Week 5 against Tennessee.)
9. Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland
The rookie started his NFL career with a stinker (44 total yards), but he has since come through with four touchdowns and one 100-yard rushing game. (By the way, Walter Payton had eight carries for zero yards in his NFL debut.) Richardson is fun to watch, but the Browns need to develop some talent in other areas so that teams can't key on the Heisman winner exclusively. Richardson has put a chasm between himself and Doug Martin, the other highly-touted fantasy rookie running back in most drafts.
10. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville
Averaging 4.9 yards per carry is great to see -- but seeing that number next to 72 attempts makes his owners smile a little wider. The former holdout proved that he stayed in shape in the offseason, and he has -- so far -- avoided hamstring injuries and other issues that have plagued returning holdout running back holdouts in the past. Interestingly, he has played well enough for the Jaguars to not miss backup Rashad Jennings (knee), for a couple of games.
11. Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland
Run DMC has looked a little more like Grandmaster Flash-in-the-Pan (that just happened). McFadden ranks 20th among running backs in fantasy scoring after four weeks, but two things should be noted, both of which have to do with the Raiders schedule. Oakland has faced the third-hardest schedule for running backs in the first five weeks of the season. But in Weeks 11-16, the Raiders face the Saints, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Chiefs and Panthers. Those six teams currently rank, on average, 21st against the run.
12. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami
This might have been the second-most controversial pick in the first round. There's no question that he's playing well (5.5 yards per carry), but is he playing well enough to make a three- or four-round jump from his Average Draft Position in August? With that said, defenses are going to have to start backing out of the box, as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has proven that he can sling the ball with confidence, and receiver Brian Hartline has emerged as a downfield threat. Also, the Chargers are the only team to have a better schedule for running backs than Miami from Weeks 6-10.
The 12 fantasy writers I got to take part in this mock draft all tweeted their own analysis of their picks in all four rounds.
Other first-round points of interest
Where would C.J. Spiller have been drafted had he not injured his collarbone? Even with the injury, the only running back to score more fantasy points than Spiller through four weeks is Foster.
When would the first Jets player be drafted -- Round 84?
How good would RGIII have been if wide receiver Pierre Garcon was healthy in the first quarter of the season? We're about to find out!
What's the average fantasy record of those teams that drafted a quarterback in the first round back in August? I'm guessing closer to 1-3 than 3-1.
Did you notice only one quarterback landed in the first round, compared to three this summer?
Rashard Mendenhall is about to return from his own torn ACL injury, and if Charles and Peterson are any indication, his owners shouldn't be too worried about his injury.
While Griffin's fantasy value took the largest leap among these mock first-rounders, his teammate, Alfred Morris, was the first pick of the second round, making him the largest leaper in the draft. He went from undrafted to top-13 pick.
David Gonos is a fantasy sports veteran of over 20 years and over 100 fantasy football leagues. He has drafted both Curt and Kurt Warner in his lifetime, and he owns a Trent Dilfer Bucs jersey (jealous, much?) He also dispenses fantasy advice on his own site, DavidGonos.com, along with various stories about life's lessons learned through fantasy sports. You can also follow him @davidgonos on Twitter.
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