Of course you can’t go wrong with either player but when you’re picking that high in your fantasy draft, you want to make sure you’re right. Many are wavering on the top backs, Foster, Lesean McCoy and Ray Rice. Truthfully, you likely can’t go wrong with any of the 3, BUT, if you could, we’re here to try and help you avoid being “that guy”.
Ray Rice: In standard scoring last season Ray Rice was the top dawg, the number uno, or the head honcho as they say. They, of course, referring to someone, somewhere, at some point in time using head honcho in their everyday vernacular. But no matter how you prefer to acknowledge his feats, the fact remains that Ray Rice was the man for fantasy football purposes. Among the key reasons I prefer Ray Rice over LeSean McCoy this upcoming season is because I do not believe that Shady’s 20 touchdowns are as repeatable as anything Ray Rice did last season. Assuming Rice doesn’t get hurt, for Shady to overtake him he will need to at least score 20 TDs again (a very rare accomplishment), or have a huge statistical jump in yardage. Ray Rice’s numbers last year are much more realistic to expect. His rushing totals were career highs by only 25 yards, his receiving totals were only career highs by 2 yards, and while his touchdowns also took a huge jump, getting close to 15 is a much more realistic goal. Both teams will lean on their studs and both will be great choices. When picking that high, I want the guy with upside and security. Ray Rice has finished number 1 and has done it with numbers he has proven he can repeat. - Kevin Nelson
Lesean McCoy: McCoy, McCoy, McCoy. Not much else to say about a consensus top three running back pick but here’s a little extra to get you over the hump. McCoy had 6 100-yard rushing performances in the 2011 season, with another 4 topping the 80 yard mark. All of those came DURING your fantasy football season, he didn’t toss in a huge game in week 17 like some other guy you may hear about. Of those 6, 4 were against the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins. See where I’m heading with this? One that that doesn’t change is divisional opponents and when you pile on numbers 128, 126, 185 and 113 yards in four out of five divisional games, I say bring those guys on again. Add to the fact that McCoy had 4 more performances above 80 yards, 48 catches for an additional 315 yards and 3 receiving TDs and you see a model of consistency. Oh, did I mention that he tossed in 17 rushing TDs in 2011? That brings his total to 20, proves he is a threat from anywhere on the field, including the goal line and in an effort to protect Vick, surely they will use McCoy plenty again to keep the offense going. With it being campaign season, my vote for the 2nd back off the board is Lesean McCoy. (This message has been approved by Cameron Sparks) - Cameron Sparks
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