In a pass-happy NFL today, there are many quarterbacks that have emerged as great choices for your fantasy team, and you can get them during the fourth and fifth rounds of your draft. This is why workhorse running backs seem to be more valuable this year than the star quarterbacks.
Listen, I agree that players like Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin are must-takes if you can get them in your draft, but in the second round when most of these guys are gone, shouldn’t you take a guy who is more consistent then say, a Frank Gore?
Yes, you should, and the player who can do that for your team this year is Drew Brees. Let’s compare Brees with some of the other running backs you could take such as Steven Jackson, Stevan Ridley and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Steven Jackson has been a great runner for a bad St. Louis Rams team for many years, and is now getting his chance to take the reins of a very good Atlanta Falcons team. I think Jackson will have a good season, but his run production has gone down every year since 2009, and he is not getting any younger. Can you really depend on him to carry the load this season?
Yes, I know Ridley will be the focal point of the New England Patriots team this season. And yes, he had a great year last season. However, consider these two factors: Tom Brady is still the quarterback of the Patriots, and the emergence of Shane Vereen will take touches away from Ridley. Ridley would be a great no. 2 running back if you choose running backs in back-to-back rounds, but he is not a slam dunk.
Maurice Jones-Drew – This guy is one of my favorite players all-time in fantasy sports. How can you not like a player who plays fantasy football himself and picks himself no. 1? MJD has had some monster seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but last year was not one of them.
Jones-Drew had some foot issues that we all know about that kept him out of many games during the season. Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back. He says he is stronger, which I believe, but his team is not coming back as strong. Jones-Drew plays for one of the worst teams in the NFL and will be leaned on heavily for production. Do you really want to pin your second round hopes on a possible bad foot?
If that did not get your attention, consider these stats:
Drew Brees has missed only two starts since ’04 and plays for one of the most pass-happy teams in the NFL. Brees has also thrown 33 touchdowns or more each season since ’08. Those numbers don’t lie.
For the last three fantasy football seasons, he has been either the no. 1 or no. 2 quarterback in fantasy in regards to stats. The New Orleans Saints are built around Drew Brees. The league is a pass-happy league. Why not do yourself a favor and take Brees in the second round? You will not regret it.