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Fantasy Six Pack

It has been a crazy start for fantasy football enthusiasts. Two of the smallest wide receivers,
Eddie Royal

and DeSean Jackson
, are blowing up stat charts. Two quarterbacks have broken passing records in each of the first two weeks. And the modern day more dangerous version of Larry Centers,
Joique Bell

, is becoming a household fantasy name. In other words, NFL evolution is in full swing, and a slew of fantasy football owners seem to be lagging behind.

Below you will find a breakdown of what the top-12 draft picks look like thus far through two weeks.
Note: They are in order of
Myfantasyleague.com average draft positions. Scoring format mirrors Fantasy Shark Leagues (points per reception). ADP = Average Draft Position, PPG = Points Per Game. 

Rank

Player

ADP

PPG

9


Adrian Peterson

1.78

25.5

44


Doug Martin

4.23

18.5

47


Arian Foster

5.57

18

48


Calvin Johnson

7.12

18

16


Jamaal Charles

7.3

23.5

84


Ray Rice

8.79

15

74


C.J. Spiller

8.9

16

110


Trent Richardson

9.87

13

20


Marshawn Lynch

10.08

23.5

6


LeSean McCoy

10.27

27

18


A.J. Green

15.4

23.5

3


Aaron Rodgers

15.82

30.5






I am not surprised by the results. I am surprised, though, with the fact that fantasy owners everywhere are still getting sucked in to the stud running back theory during the preseason as if it’s some cell phone fad. Of this season’s top-12 point scorers, only three are running backs (
Matt Forte

isn’t depicted above). There are four quarterbacks and five wide receivers.

To those of you who drafted
Trent Richardson

as early as fourth overall, I was going to bid you adieu, so long, ta-ta. Richardson looked to be the second coming of
Ryan Mathews

until he was traded to the Colts.  Richardson’s production spiked last season when he saw more carries, especially in the red zone. The Colts as a team are averaging 26 carries per game (18th), five of which have come via the legs of Andrew Luck.  In other words, Richardson’s average carries (currently 15.5) may not increase as much as most believe.  


C.J. Spiller

has put up average numbers through two weeks, and the Buffalo Bills are actually an exciting team to watch. Before the season began that sentence was flipped around as if Spiller was
Adrian Peterson

and the Bills’ offensive colors were purple and gold. And while Spiller is coming off a 100-yard performance against Carolina, he has yet to show off that explosive running style that made him so dangerous in 2012.

And then there’s
Arian Foster

, who many thought still had super human potential in him. Two weeks in, and it looks like Foster hasn’t flipped any Hulk-like switch to super-human status yet. Instead, he has left fantasy owners wondering if he’s becoming a mere sidekick to a more nimble runner in
Ben Tate

.

The bottom line here is that the running back value that was thought to be so great has been anything but. Yeah, Peterson is very quietly meeting his expectations and
LeSean McCoy

looks as electrifying as Oregon’s version of
Kenjon Barner

in ugly green pads. Beyond Peterson and McCoy, though, there is little proof that fantasy owners still should continue to abide by a theory that should be ultimately laid to rest.

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