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Fantasy Football 2012: Debate Over No. 1 Pick

Contributed by: Al king
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2012 9:55 AM


Walking through my local Vegas grocery stores, I always find myself in the magazine area.

Tonight I saw seven, yes seven, fantasy football magazines. This can only mean one thing, we all have way too much time on our hands, or that the fantasy football season is right around the corner.

Being that it is only July there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered. The biggest question of all is the No. 1 overall fantasy pick.

For the first time in a long time it is not a clear cut choice at who should be the No. 1 overall pick. For me it comes down to four guys, Arian Foster, Aaron Rodgers, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy.


RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans: (2011 stats: 278 att, 1,224 yards, 10 TD/53 rec, 617 yards, 2 TD)
Take a look at the stats above, pretty impressive -- and Foster did that in just 13 games.

Foster could be the leader in all categories for running backs this season. Foster is a great runner who hits the hole with more explosion than probably any other back in the league. His offensive line is great, the scheme is built for his style of running and he will get the lion's share of carries. Foster is a candidate for a home-run play on every touch.

The Texans' running back is very worthy of the No. 1 pick and should be taken with confidence in a year where the running back position is in shambles.

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: (2011 stats: 4,643 yards, 45 TD, 6 ints)
Another player who didn't play all sixteen games, his ridiculous stats came in only 15 games. He also missed half a game twice last season making it only 14 games in all reality.

The Packers run a spread out offense that looks a lot like an offense that should have buttons above the heads of the receivers and Rodgers holding the controller. Rodgers had learned the system from the great Brett Favre and has tweaked it even further to fit his skill set.

He has finished in the top 2 in fantasy points each season in standard leagues since becoming the starter. Combining great arm strength with pin-point accuracy and a terrific receiving corps, Rodgers makes a very convincing argument to be the No. 1 overall pick.

He may not be the "sexiest" pick but he very well could be the smartest pick in the draft as well. Hey Rodgers, DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!

RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: (2011 stats: 291 att, 1,364 yards, 12 TD/76 rec ,704 yards, 3 TD)
The former Scarlet Knight makes his case with an amazing 2011 season and is also a PPR monster being a great target out of the backfield for QB Joe Flacco.

Last year's total of 76 receptions was second for running backs to only Darren Sproles, who finished with an unheard of 86 receptions. Rice is currently in a holdout and has made no guarantees that he will show up to camp. Haven't we seen this before? Oh yes, hello Chris Johnson.

With the July 16th deadline looming the two sides need to come to a deal before the situation gets messy. Rice says he is not worried about missing the OTAs. "The good thing about my situation is that I’m not going into a new offensive system," Rice explained. "I’m going into a system that I’ve been in going into my fifth year. So as far as the football stuff, it’s gonna be just catching up to speed and polishing the fundamentals."

If Rice does sign his desired contract and is there for the entire training camp he is a very, very strong candidate for the No. 1 pick and I would almost say a no-brainer in PPR leagues. Don't miss this guy if you can get him!

RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: (2011 stats: 273 att, 1,309 yards, 17 TD/48 rec, 315 yards, 3 TD)
The "modern day Brian Westbrook" had a breakout campaign last season. His receiving numbers may have taken a dip but he increased his touchdown total from 7 to 17, I'm sure fantasy owners would take 10 more touchdowns over 30 more receptions any day of the week.

McCoy is blessed with an offense that has the potential to be explosive. If all the pieces stay healthy this season the Eagles could finally put it all together and be a top fantasy offense. McCoy's 17 touchdowns can almost be guaranteed not to be repeated but he could still finish the season with double-digit touchdowns, a rare commodity in running back land these days

He should see a boost in his receiving numbers this season as early reports are indicating that he will be split out wide in certain packages, and will be Mike Vick's check-down target when the deep routes aren't there. Don't worry about the gruff you may get if you make this pick. Andy Reid loves him, Mike Vick loves him, the "City of Brotherly Love" loves him, why shouldn't you?

It is very easy to see how any of these guys could be picked No. 1 overall. You could even throw Calvin Johnson intothe mix if you wanted too but the wide receiver position is far too deep to do something crazy like that. Also, let us not forget the dreaded Madden Curse.

Whether you are in a league where the trophy is $1,000 and a nice big golden cup or a league where you win a toy WWE Championship Belt titled "The Timberlake," all these guys should be on your radar if you were the lucky one to draw the No. 1 overall pick.

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