A preseason ago, everyone was lovin' on Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy, for very good reasons. They are in a class by themselves. But a year later, the love affair seems to have become a love square with Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles.
It shouldn't. A.P. and C.J. are still
Fantasy owners believe they have 20-20 vision. They all do -- think it not, have it. Some fantasy pundits do, too. They can even see the future, or so they think. They are really seeing the past year and considering it gospel according fantasy.
Hindsight is always 20-20. That is what they tend to forget.
It is not 20-20 vision, it is tunnel vision.
Bad quarterback play set Peterson and Johnson back and it makes rankings the elite backs a little more weird. Not like kissing your sister awkward, but close.
Well, this lockout-drive McOffseason has given some potential revival at quarterback for the Vikings (Donovan McNabb) and Titans (Matt Hasselbeck). No, they're not game-changers in their own rights, but with the backs behind them, they are going to more than serviceable to keep their offenses afloat long enough for those backs to make them swim like machines.
Let's update the tiers of backs to target on draft day and outline some of the breakouts, busts and sleepers:
If any position can change with one turn of an ankle or a twist of the knee, it is this one. It makes the depths of the position all the more important to mine for potential: