Thanks a lot for reading. I feel like MJD, who led the league in rushing last season, is really getting short changed here. He's just not a sexy pick like he used to be. If anything, the Jags offense should be better this season, presuming that Chad Henne takes the reigns from Gabbert, whose horrid. They've also beefed up their receiving corps adding Mr. DUI and Laurent Robinson. This means defenses possibly, won't be able to key in on MJD like they have the past couple seasons. As I mentioned in the article, there's no way I'd put Mathews any higher on the ranking because of the ever-present injury concerns. MJD has proven he deserves to be in that spot. The last time Mathews was drafted in the 1st round it was a disaster. He has to prove he can do it, like MJD has, before he can reach the elite level of the Top 4. To me, MJD's still the last bastion before you go into the QB/Calvin well.
Onto Sproles. If we're talking a PPR League, it's no contest, I think he's definitely a "good enough" Number 1 RB. It gets a little more complicated with Standard Leagues. Right now, Sproles' average ADP is he's being drafted towards the end of the 3rd round (http://fantasyfootballcalculator.com/ad ... =12&pos=rb
). If you're drafting a running back towards the end of the 3rd round, I'm presuming that's a Number 2 Running Back. It depends a lot on draft strategy. If you draft a QB and a WR with your first two picks, then, yes, Sproles would be your Number 1 Running Back, literally. In general, though, I think he's viewed as a Number 2 Running Back in the grand scheme of things. That's why I said he's a Rock Solid Number 2 Running Back.
It's kinda confusing, sorry! I liked your insightful response though!