There are a lot of headlines in the 2013 NFL season. The quarterback battle in New York, can Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning have as good years as they did last year, and how will New England play without all of their passing threats.
Fantasy football is my favorite fantasy sport. I have been playing fantasy football for five years and have won it all twice. I am going to provide you a mock draft of the top 10 players I would take (in order,) sleepers and busts for this year.
1. Adrian Peterson (RB) Vikings
Peterson tore his ACL in the 2011-2012 season and many people thought he would never be the same. Turns out that last year he had a better year then any year of his career. He was the leading rusher and finished third in touchdowns for his positions. He never disappoints.
2. Arian Foster (RB) Texans
Foster finished sixth in rushing yards and had the most touchdowns at his position. Houston has a very balanced offense with a solid quarterback in Matt Schaub and they love to give the ball to Foster in the red zone.
3. Alfred Morris (RB) Redskins
Alfred surprised many fantasy owners last year in his first year in the league. Morris finished second in total rushing yards and second in touchdowns for his position. Clearly the numbers say it all; he is a top five pick and expect him to get a lot more touches this year now that RGIII is coming off a major knee injury. The Redskins are going to be very cautious with their play calling in the beginning of the year.
4. Jamaal Charles (RB) Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is flat out an outstanding running back. The only question mark I have with him is his health. In the past three years he has not been very healthy suffering concussions and serious knee injuries. Now that Andy Reid and Alex Smith are in Kansas City, I think Charles will have an outstanding year and have higher totals then any of his previous years in the league.
5. Doug Martin (RB) Buccaneers
He is referred to as the "muscle hamster." Standing at 5 feet 9 inches and 215 pounds, Martin is a truck. He can turn on the jets when running to the outside and burn the secondary, when he runs up the middle he runs through linebackers like they are not even there. He can only improve on his rookie year and is going to be a great factor this year.
6. Marshawn Lynch (RB) Seahawks
Ever since Lynch went to Seattle he became a totally different player. He had a lot of quiet years in Buffalo but always caught my eye when I watched him play. Now he is on a team with a solid young quarterback and a fantastic defense. Everything around him is there and all he needs to do is perform, which he has been doing. Last year he finished third in total rushing yards and fifth in touchdowns for his position. I believe his numbers will go up so he is definitely a top 10 pick.
7. Calvin Johnson Jr. (WR) Lions
Megatron. That is his nickname because of his freakish size and talent. Last year he broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a single season. He never disappoints fantasy owners as he is clearly the number one wide receiver in the league. I don't know if his numbers will spike up from last year's phenomenal performance but his numbers will be great as always.
8. LeSean McCoy (RB) Eagles
I like McCoy, he is a solid player if healthy. He has been battling concussions that last two years and right now the Eagles are a mess. The reason why I think he is top 10 worthy is because of the offense new coach Chip Kelly has put in. McCoy will get a lot of touches through the backfield and the wildcat so expect him to have better numbers this year then last year.
9. Peyton Manning (QB) Broncos
Peyton came off of major neck surgery last year and put up outstanding numbers. Finishing sixth in passing yards and third in passing touchdowns, he is always a fantasy factor. I strongly believe his numbers will be unreal this year with the addition of Wes Welker. Welker loves to line up in the slot and I can see those two having a lot of yards and touchdowns between them.
10. C.J. Spiller (RB) Bills
Spiller was a very good running back at Clemson and has been a very streaky performer in the NFL. Spiller got off to a great start last year but suffered a couple injuries which really slowed him down. He has sky high potential but he needs to remain healthy. No doubt in my mind that if he is available this late in the first round you should take him.
- Chris Ivory (RB) Jets
- Tavon Austin (WR) Rams
- Trent Richardon (RB) Browns
- Andrew Luck (QB) Colts
- Tony Gonzalez (TE) Falcons
- Tom Brady (QB) Patriots
- Benjarvus Green Ellis (RB) Bengals
- Hakeem Nicks (WR) Giants
- Dez Bryant (WR) Cowboys
- Jimmy Graham (TE) Saints
Is there anyone that you feel has been left out in my top ten mock draft?