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On Saturday, the fantasy writers here at the Fantasy Sharks kicked off our points per reception draft. Feel free to follow here. Somehow I landed the first pick, yet again. Once again I followed my draft board - 1) Arian Foster; 2) Adrian Peterson; 3) Doug Martin. At the third pick Jim Bukowski takes Martin, then proceeds to call me out (don’t worry, I’m a big boy). In the comment box he wrote, “Couldn’t be happier to have Foster taken before my pick. He will not be on any of my teams this year. Martin will be a workhorse back and has a good shot at finishing the year as the top running back.” I quickly shot him an email, and here is what followed in “Martin vs. Foster.”

Hey Jim,

Thanks for blasting me on the draft board. What’s with all the Foster hatred? The guy has finished top-3 in fantasy scoring the past three seasons. Nothing’s changed; same offensive line, coaching staff and team. Now I’m definitely watching the Martin vs. Foster battle.
In the words of Bart Scott, “can’t wait.”

Hey Eric,

Nothing personal. Just business (isn’t that what the Godfather would say right before he whacked someone?). I’m just getting a bad vibe on Foster this year. The fact that Foster hasn’t healed from his calf injury has me worried especially with a healthy Ben Tate (who knows how long that will last?) and the additions of Dennis Johnson, Cierre Wood and Ray Graham. Coach Gary Kubiak has already said that he’s going to lower Foster’s carries. I just don’t feel comfortable spending a high first-round pick on him. And, you have to handcuff Tate in about Round 8.

(In all fairness, at this juncture I knew I was going to convert our emails into an article).

Jim,

All valid points. I have the same bad feeling about Peterson. Knee surgery, sports hernia, right-man fronts, and I don’t see Greg Jennings being an upgrade.

I stand on the fact that Foster has been there, done that. Still just 26, he’s in the prime of his career. The hamstring is just a coaching ploy to keep Foster off the practice field. Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t need preseason, either. You are right, his workload will decrease, because it can’t go up (351 carries and 55 targets). Did I mention he’s a beast in the red zone (15.6 touchdowns per season as a starter)? Maybe I’m just memorized by his silky smooth running style, a perfect fit in the classic Mike Shanahan West Coast Offense. Tate is a nuisance, but to his credit he is a solid handcuff.

Don’t get me wrong, Martin is going to be a stud. His raw talent is undeniable and should be a lock to finish inside the top-6. However, the entire offensive line is injury prone (Carl Nicks, Donald Penn, Gabe Carimi and Davin Joseph). The only question is, who’s going down first? Let’s not forget the lone knock on Martin last season was his goal line power. Peyton Hillis was brought in for a reason. By the way, when are you drafting Hillis? Ninth round?

Going be fun watching this one play out.

Eric “The Red” Hartvigson

[Editor's Note: The feud didn't stop there, as I (Jim Bukowski) selected DeMarco Murray with pick 2.10. Well, Eric took a shot at that selection when he chose Reggie Bush at 3.01 and I fired back when I selected Lamar Miller at 3.03. Left click here, to follow along.]