Fantasy Football Draft Advice 2015: Get the Edge to Win Your League

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With fantasy football draft season here or soon approaching, here is some advice to give you the best shot at winning your fantasy league.

Aug 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver

Jordy Nelson

(87) lays on the field after a pass reception against Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 24-19. Nelson was injured on the play. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Draft the Top RB or WR Available in the First Round.

I get this sounds simple. If you’ve played fantasy football long enough you know that you have to lock up a top-tier, no-doubt stud WR/RB in your first round. If you fail to do that it’ll take a ton of luck throughout the rest of your draft and probably your season to put together a winner.

But this is a really tough year to decipher a clear-cut #1 guy, which isn’t a bad thing. There’s basically 4 running backs most leagues will flip-flop as the top pick: Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy and Le’Veon Bell. If you get one of these guys in the top 4, pat yourself on the back for making a good pick. All 4 have the workload and talent to out-perform your matchup week-to-week.

My personal choice for #1 overall would be Jamaal Charles. He’s the safest bet to be stay healthy and have top 5 RB numbers. Kniles Davis will get touches behind him. I still think the Kansas City offense is going to have more success moving the ball, presenting more scoring chances for Charles.

Bell had a huge amount of touches last year, but he will be suspended for three games. I find it hard to think he won’t play like the same versatile weapon and should be further thought of as a #1 option in PPR Leagues.

Adrian Peterson will come back with fresh, healthy legs this year. I’d be worried if he was another 30-year-old running back who already has an injury history, but it’s AP. This is one of the greatest ever to run a football. 1300 yards and 8+ Td’s sounds fair. Bridgewater may also have a lot to do with Peterson’s success. If the Vikings can pass the ball AP may be even more dangerous in 2015.

Eddie Lacy has maybe the highest ceiling but lowest floor of the four RB’s. He could easily have 15 total TD’s and 2000+ total yardage, but I worry about Jordy Nelson not being there affecting the offense. Lacy struggling at times last year as well throws my confidence in him. He still should have 1400+ yards and 10 or more TD’s this year making him a solid top pick.

Next: The back-end of the first round