While most people believe they should go with Adrian Peterson at the number one spot in their fantasy drafts, I’m going to disagree and say that Michael Turner deserves to go number one. This defies all of the logic, since Peterson is truly the most talented running back in the NFL.
I have nothing against Peterson’s talent and nothing against his potential as a running back, but I say this because of his injury risk. Peterson has been injured a few times, and this dates back to his first two years of college.
In 2007, his rookie year, it was lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.Adrian Peterson is a ferocious competitor. He goes all out when he plays, but that also leads to injuries which is something we’ve seen time and time again with him. These constant injuries have to be a concern.
Look I know he didn’t get injured last season, but he has still been injured three out of the last four seasons. So he didn’t get injured last year and broke the trend. So what are the chances he breaks the trend again? If anything Adrian Peterson is due for an injury. Why would you take Peterson with the first pick when there is a good chance he will miss considerable time?
I had Adrian Peterson on my team in 2007. He carried me the whole regular season and when it came to the playoffs, he was out, and I got killed. So then I ask a very basic question. Is he the very best fantasy player, if there is a good chance come playoff time, the only touchdowns he’ll be scoring will be on a Gatorade commercial?
Looking to Michael Turner in Atlanta, he’s a top running back who had a great season and it seems like he’s due for another one this year. On top of that, he’s generally stayed healthy through the course of his career. With easy games against the Lions, Rams, and Chargers to open up the season, I’m liking his schedule.
Weeks 4 and 5 bring harder opponents in Baltimore and New England, but the Falcons play two games against each of their divisional teams, which includes New Orleans and Tampa Bay. These are obviously weak defenses, and two of Atlanta’s last four games happen to be against these teams.
I just like Turner more than Peterson this year. It’s easier to write off the injury risk when you haven’t experienced it, but trust me when I say that you don’t want it. Turner’s the man in 09.