We’ll be doing a lot of fantasy football thoughts on the site here this summer, and since it’s July 1, I thought we’d begin our coverage by identifying the truly elite players available this year. Each year, it seems like the number of elite players varies – some years it’s as few as 2; other years it’s as many as 7 or 8.
This year, I number the elite as a fantastic four. They are, in alphabetical order:
I’d be excited about building my team around any of these players. The next group of guys – including Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, LaDanian Tomlinson, DeAngelo Williams, and Brandon Jacobs, as well as the first two or three quarterbacks and first few receivers – would all give me at least a moment’s pause. Maybe a fleeting moment, but that moment is enough to knock them onto Tier 1B instead of Tier 1A in my book.
Peterson seems to be the gimme in this group, given his immense talent and impressive production thus far in his career. Turner too is no question as a top guy after his ridonkulus first season in Atlanta.
Jones-Drew, or Mo-Jo as we will call him here on Football Relativity as we add him to our nickname list, has put up huge TD numbers in his first three seasons and now should get even more chances with FredTaylor wearing Patriot colors. And Forte had a huge rookie season, and given his pass-catching proclivity, he has even more upside potential with Jay Cutler now on board.
So that’s the fantastic four – at least in my mind. Feel free to comment to quibble with the top tier on my draft board or to share your own ideas.