Top 5 overall NFL fantasy players by position

September 01, 2015 3:02 AM
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Pittsburgh Steelers Ben RoethlisbergerHere are my selections for the Top 5 NFL fantasy players (Scoring to keep in mind: .5 to 1 point per completion, 1 point per reception):

Quarterback

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: While losing Martavis Bryant will bring down Big Ben’s numbers a tick, I still expect him to lead the quarterback world in fantasy scoring. Antonio Brown will see double coverage a lot but it will open things up for Markus Wheaton and rookie Sammie Coates. I expect Big Ben to get off to a hot start against New England in Week 1 and don’t expect him to cool off.

2. Andrew Luck, Colts: The kid is the future at the position and I do believe he takes the next step and leads the Colts to the Super Bowl. The only thing that can stop Indy is the defense. Luck has never had this much talent around him. Last year it was the TY Hilton show; for Season 2, the Colts went out and added Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and rookie wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the mix. This team is loaded and I can’t see a scenario where Luck doesn’t have a career year in all major categories.

3. Joe Flacco, Ravens: If you read my previous column on underrated average draft position (ADP) quarterbacks Flacco topped the list. With new OC Marc Trestman in the mix, Flacco will set career highs this season. I had him at No. 2 at one point and feel he will push Luck and even Roethlisberger for No. 1 overall but inconsistency at wide receiver in the preseason made me take him down a slot, don’t be surprised if the Ravens soar this season, with a possible road upset at Indy in the AFC Championship.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers: First of all I believe Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league. With that said I don’t think he will be the top fantasy QB after the injury to Jordy Nelson. Nelson is a legit No. 1 WR, while Randall Cobb is a creation of Rodgers being so damn good. While Cobb has world class speed and can break free in the open field, I don’t feel he is a No. 1 and if Rodgers wasn’t as accurate as he is, Cobb wouldn’t be a household name.

5. Matthew Stafford, Lions: I am not a Stafford fan; what I am a fan of is Detroit’s fantasy offense. Most QBs dream of throwing the ball to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Might be the best 1-2 in the NFL. Stafford is the perfect fantasy QB, he throws for a bunch of yards and lot of touchdowns, but doesn’t win big games. Owners beware, Stafford’s first round fantasy playoff game Week 14 at St. Louis, could get you knocked out of the playoffs.

Running Backs

1. Jeremy Hill, Bengals: Quite a shocker right? Look Andy Dalton is a fraud QB, everyone knows it but he is still a Top 15-20 player at his position. The Bengals know QBs are the hardest position to fill so they will continue riding with the Red Rifle. So how do you hide Dalton’s weaknesses? Enter Hill. After a solid rookie season from Giovani Bernard, it was puzzling for the Bengals to spend a second round pick on a running back when they already had Gio. However Cincinnati saw something special in Hill and they were right. He was a machine down the stretch last year and he will be the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 mark my words.

2. Eddie Lacy, Packers: I already liked Lacy and had him at No. 1 two weeks ago but I am all aboard the Jeremy Hill hype train. While some might think WR Jordy Nelson going down would help Lacy’s stats I believe it will have the opposite effect. I think the Packers will have patches of games where they will struggle to move the ball through the air. That’s when Lacy does his best work. He is a grinder that pounds defenses in the second half and relies on the Green Bay’s passing game to make him a monster. However he will still have an awesome year.

3. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs: Charles had a solid season but failed to live up to his 2014 expectations. Partially it was because the Chiefs passing game was so putrid, 0 TD passes to WR last season! With Jeremy Maclin in town KC will have more of a pulse in the passing game and Charles will improve statistically in 2015.

4. DeMarco Murray, Eagles: The fact people are down on this guy because of ‘work load’ are crazy. The Eagles are going to have a dynamite offense this season as Head Coach Chip Kelly is working his magic in Philadelphia. The Eagles are going to be a power in the NFC this year and Murray will have a great season in green.

5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: The Vikings might be the most overrated team coming into the regular season, maybe because I was high on them and now the whole world is using the term sleeper to describe them. What kind of Peterson will we get in 2015? I expect the year off did him more good than harm and he will be the key cog leading Minnesota back to the playoffs.

Next week I will unveil the other positions and give my entire FanDuel/Draft Kings lineup for Week 1 of the NFL season.

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Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Twitter: @vegasberserker  Email: ABerg@GamingToday.com

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