After the 2012 season ended, it made the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 all but unanimous in Minnesota Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson and that’s one of the many reasons why it’s a bad thing to have the No. 1 pick in your fantasy draft this season, the lack of ambiguity at the top pick, where more than one guy could be the No. 1 overall depending on the style of league that’s being run.
Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last year and this year, he is beyond driven to crush the rushing yards record. Besides that, Peterson is the safe pick because if he plays in all 16 games this year, he always gives his all and lives up to the monster seven-year, $96 million contract he received in 2011.
Also, if a person doesn’t take Peterson first overall, he will likely be the subject to ridicule in their fantasy football draft, even if it’s a legitimate running back like Doug Martin who was a stud last year to say the least taken instead. Not to mention, having the first overall pick, since most drafts are in a serpentine-style format, a person will have to wait until the end of the second round to pick again, which could be a long time to wait and other stars aren’t likely to fall that many picks.
All in all, picking first could be a good thing, especially if Peterson does in fact break the rushing yards mark in 2013. However, that being said, if he doesn’t get close or gets hurt seriously hurt again this year, your team could crumble rapidly and you don’t have as a deep team as your friends.