December 31, 2010

Top 5 Picks for 2011

As I type this, it is still technically 2010 across the United States. But in a mere 4 hours, the continental US will be in a completely new year. So you can forget about how Randy Moss screwed you this year and erase the memory of trading Greg Jennings for Terrell Owens before his latest diva breakdown. Hopefully 2011 won't be so cruel.

So with that, let's take a look forward to who should be the top 5 players taken in next years' drafts:

1. Adrian Peterson RB, Vikings-

Arian Foster was by far the best runningback this year, but All Day is the definition of consistency. Let's take a look at 2010 as an example. If you had a choice to redraft, would you rather have taken Chris Johnson, MJD, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson or Adrian Peterson. My point exactly.

2. Arian Foster RB, Texans-

This was the year of surprises, and Arian was one of the biggest ones. He never looked back after his spectacular Week 1. Sure Gary Kubiak might be out, but as long as Foster is the feature back, his numbers should continue to be out of this world.

3. Chris Johnson RB, Titans-

CJ2K will have to find a new nickname next year, but his monstrous TD total following up a 2000 yard season makes Johnson a major target in all leagues.

4.Jamaal Charles RB, Chiefs-

Last year when I did this exercise, Charles was one of my top picks. My confidence started to fade with the emergence of Thomas Jones, but I should have stuck with my gut. The Chiefs' young star has excelled during the last 2 fantasy playoffs, and showed that he can produce despite limited carries. If the ball starts to find Charles in favor of Jones, he will be a definite RB1.

5. Michael Vick QB, Eagles-

As Kevin Kolb took the opening snap against Green Bay this year, it looked like Michael Vick was destined for bench duty in 2010. But boy did he prove the skeptics horribly wrong. Vick was absolutely explosive down the stretch, and if your league values rushing TDs more than passing ones, he could have very well been the highest scoring QB despite missing a handful of games. Durability issues will continue to haunt him considering how often he gets hit, but if Michael Vick isn't the first quarterback picked in your 2011 draft, I would seriously examine your competition's mental state.

Well that's all I've got for now. Be sure to check back for a hefty amount of fantasy baseball info as the season approaches. We have big things in store. Good luck if your fantasy season is still going, and most importantly, have a great new year!