As we quickly approach Week 1 in the NFL season we are also beginning to end all of our Fantasy Football drafts for the season. If you’ve completed some drafts already then most of you have seen Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson go #1…if you haven’t then Adrian Peterson probably went #2. For the 2nd straight season Adrian Peterson is the top guy in most Fantasy Football drafts.
It’s because Adrian Peterson is “money,” he is the most explosive running back in the NFL. But to me there is new competition in that running back position that could possible dethrone the current “king” of the fantasy football “mountain.” And he is in the backfield in Atlanta, in an offense that is going to breakout this year in the NFC. Ladies and gentlemen meet Michael Turner.
This season won’t be any different for Michael Turner as he prepares himself and the Atlanta Falcons for a breakout season. With Matt Ryan as your Quarterback, Roddy White at Wide Reciever and veteran Tony Gonzalez lining up at Tight End; you have an entirely explosive offense with an incredible amount of weapons for the sophomore Ryan (who I believe is a Top 5 QB in most drafts). Michael Turner out of all those offensive weapons is the player that will get you the most points come game day.
Now what about A.P.? This guy ran for over 1700 yards while taking Minnesota to the NFC Central Championship!
The reason why I am leering on selecting A.P. is simply because of his history of injuries dating all the way back to his time with the Oklahoma Sooners. In his Junior season (his last season in college) he broke his collar bone in early October and wouldn’t make it back on the field until the Fiesta Bowl in 2007 against Boise State. His injury is what made teams not draft him in the 2007 Draft as prior to the 2006 season A.P. was a sure thing #1 overall in the NFL draft had he stayed healthy.
These same scouting reports you should keep on an eye as you draft or have already drafted this year. Yes Adrian Peterson is “money.” But if you’re concerned about injuries look at Michael Turner as your potential running back. The Atlanta Falcons are a favorite in the NFC this season.
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