Running backs Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson (aka “AP”), Le’Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles occupy the top five spots in the 2015 Fantasy Football Top 10 List.
A survey of over 20 fantasy football sites shows that this year’s top 10 list is made up of five running backs, four wide receivers and one tight end. Sites like sports.yahoo.com and foxsports.com recommend Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy as the No. 1 pick in 2015 fantasy football draft.
Lacy leads a youth movement among top fantasy football stars. He, Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are between 20 and 25 years old. Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Rob Gronkowski of New England are 26. Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of Denver are 27. Running back Jamaal Charles of Kansas City is 28, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is 29 and AP is 30.
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No. 1 – Eddie Lacy, running back, Green Bay Packers
Running back Eddie Lacy is No. 1, because he is durable and productive. He played in every game for the Packers last year and missed only one game in 2013. His productivity is also on the rise. He scored 13 touchdowns, ran for 1,139 yards and caught 42 passes for 427 yards in 2014. In his rookie year (2013), Lacy scored 11 touchdowns and had 1,435 yards of total offense. A healthy Aaron Rodgers will only generate more productive fantasy football numbers for Lacy in 2015.
No. 2 – Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is No. 2 and is just as reliable and productive as Eddie Lacy. The last game he missed was in 2011. Lynch finished No, 4 in rushing in 2014 with 1,304 yards. He did not catch as many passes as Lacy, but Lynch did finish the regular season with 17 touchdowns.
No. 3 – Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson (aka “AP”) is No. 3 and the Minnesota Vikings, their fans and fantasy football owners are counting on him to be the running back who rushed for 1,266 yards in 2013 and 2,097 yards in 2012. AP’s off-the-field issues will be overlooked on fantasy football draft day, because even at the age of 30 he is the most explosive running back in football.
No. 4 – Le’Veon Bell, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell is No. 4 and would probably be ranked higher except he has to serve a two-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bell, like Lacy and Lynch, played in all 16 regular season games in 2014. He finished No. 2 in rushing with 1,361 yards. He scored 11 touchdowns and caught 83 passes for 854 yards.
No. 5 – Jamaal Charles, running back, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is No. 5 in the top 10 list. Last year there were 13 running backs who rushed for over 1,000 yards and Charles was No. 13 with 1,033 yards. He’s not getting slower, because he is one of the few NFL backs who averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Charles doesn’t do as well as a pass receiver with a 7.3 yards per catch average and less than 300 yards receiving.
No. 6 – Antonio Brown, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
In high school, he was so thin that his friends called him “Boney Tony”, but the No. 6 tanked fantasy football player could be called “Downtown” Antonio Brown. He was simply the best and most productive wide receiver in 2014. Brown was the No. 1 receiver with 129 catches for 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns. Foxsports.com has him ranked No. 4 in their draft list. He gives the Pittsburgh Steelers an awesome one-two offensive punch with Brown at wide receiver and Bell at running back.
No. 7 – Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski was the best tight end in 2014 and No. 7 on the list. He caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. “Gronk” was also No. 10 among pass catchers in receptions of 20 yards or more. He caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks.
No. 8 – Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant of Dallas is No. 7 and he is the most vocal wide receiver in the NFL. Bryant is willing to argue with teammates, fans and opponents, but he backs it up with productivity on the football field. In 2014 Bryant had the most touchdown catches with 19 and finished No. 8 in yards receiving with 1,320.
No. 9 – Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning’s favorite target is wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and he is No. 9 on the list. Thomas was No. 2 in receiving yards with 1,619 in 2014. He caught 111 passes and scored 11 touchdowns. Thomas is also durable. In the last three seasons, he has scored 35 touchdowns without missing a game.
No. 10 – Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, New York Giants
Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is No. 10 and he led all wide receivers last season in spectacular plays. No pass seemed impossible to catch when thrown in Beckham’s direction. He led all receivers in yards per game with 108.8 and finished the season with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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