Yahoo Fantasy Football is here, and it’s got football fans everywhere wondering who should be their top five picks. It’s fairly easy to determine who not to choose, but when it comes to your first picks, you want to make sure you have the top players in your corner. You’ll want to check out a list of the top 200 players to make your own assessment about who to choose, but here are five players in no particular order that most experts agree will do very well this year.
Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Though Peterson took a little time off for a suspension, fans and sports experts alike are excited for his return. In his first pro season alone, he set the record for the most rushing yards in a single game, earning him the title of NFL Offensive Rookie of the year. Since that time, his career has only elevated. He’s also the third fastest player to reach 10,000 rushing yards. Everyone is expecting big things from Peterson this year.
Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers)
He’s only been in the league since 2013, but his two years have already been impressive. He was a second round pick for the Packers, a decision they haven’t regretted. Though he hasn’t yet broken any records, he already has 2,317 rushing yards, an impressive start for such a young player.
Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)
This running back is unquestionably talented, but a recent injury makes him a risky Yahoo Fantasy Football pick. Like Lacy, Bell has an impressive start with just two years of experience, and he too gained a second draft pick from the Steelers. His first year wasn’t too impressive, but Bell had a great second year with 1,361 yards, and is expected to have an even better year this year with a new team. Bell makes it into the top five based on his potential, and he’ll be a great pick if his injury doesn’t get in the way.
Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)
If Charles’s pre season game is any indicator, he’ll be an exceptional contender in the NFL this year. His rookie year was nothing impressive, but his second year is when the magic happened. He rushed 190 times for 1,120 yards, even though he played only 10 games. Since that time, his career sky-rocketed and he’s become the current overall NFL leader in career yards-per-carry average compared to his fellow running backs.
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
You might better recognize this running back by his nickname “Beast Mode.” He has an aggressive running style and a talent for breaking out of tackles. Over the last two years, Lynch has shown himself a worthy competitor, with 1,306 yards and 13 touch downs just last year. After seven years in the pros, it seems that Lynch has finally found his break-out year, and he’s likely to have another great season this year.
As far as the numbers show, these are great opportunities for your Fantasy picks. But we all know how it goes with Fantasy Football. A single injury or a few bad games can turn a great pick to a bad one.
Regardless of the unknown, with Yahoo Fantasy Football here, these top five picks could be just what you need to make it to the top of your league.
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