On the front page of our site I see an article from Bruno Boys on five reasons not to take Adrian Peterson with the number one pick in fantasy leagues. That got me to thinking…who would I take in a PPR league and who would I take in a non-PPR league. Before I go into my analysis, remember that it is only late July and things can change but here are my thoughts on this Sunday evening.
PPR League – This is tough because Peterson is the best back in the league but he doesn’t catch passes. He only has 40 catches in two season in the NFL. With that said, I’m going to take Maurice Jones-Drew as the top player in a PPR draft. MJD scored 14 TDs last season and only two were via the pass. I believe that total will increase this season as MJD will be the guy that steps to the top of the fantasy world in 2009. Why you ask? MJD is entering the prime of his career and he has already been really good and secondly, his team doesn’t pass well, so they will rely on MJD to score in the red zone. My #2 pick in a PPR is Adrian Peterson. He is very capable of breaking the single season NFL rushing record this season and will get plenty of TDs, just won’t catch many passes.
Non-PPR League – No question here as I’m taking Adrian “All Day” Peterson. Peterson will rush for over 1,600 yards this season and should have 14+ touchdowns. He is entering his 3rd season and might possibly have Brett Favre handing him the ball. Peterson is as good as it gets when it comes to rushing the football…I just wish he caught more balls.
Moral of this story is that Adrian Peterson is a stud and don’t over-think this decision if you are in a Non-PPR league. Michael Turner is great and will be a nice player but he isn’t All Day Peterson. If you are in a PPR league and want to take Peterson, I can’t fault you but I’d take MJD at this point. Of course my Sooner pride could persuade me as we get closer to draft day.