Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Every team in the NFL has now played at least 9 games, which means the season is half over!  We spent the months, weeks and days leading up to our fantasy football drafts studying, doing mock drafts and researching to ensure we didn't make a mistake when our draft date arrived.  As usual, we all have that one move where we say "WHY DID WE PICK PLAYER A OVER PLAYER B?"  Don't feel bad, we all do it, every season.Looking back to before the season started, and drafts were happening twice a night for some of us, this is what the average 1st round looked like in a 12 man league: table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Player Name Position Team ADP Adrian PetersonRBMIN1Doug MartinRBTB2Jamaal CharlesRBKC3Arian FosterRBHOU4C.J. SpillerRBBUF5Calvin JohnsonWRDET6Ray RiceRBBAL7LeSean McCoyRBPHI8Marshawn LynchRBSEA9Trent RichardsonRBIND10Matt ForteRBCHI11Alfred MorrisRBWAS12Pretty straight forward, 11 RBs and Calvin Johnson, standard.  Sometimes you saw an Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, maybe even a Jimmy Graham, but for most of us, maybe in a different order, this is how our first round looked.  Well Martin and Foster are done for the season, Ray Rice has not gained 75 yards rushing this season and Trent Richardson was traded and in 7 games has rushed for just 250 yards on 88 carries.It is hard to second guess yourself considering that RBs are impossible to find once the season kicks off and these days you are forced to pick up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3rd and 4th RBs in Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey.  So let's take a look at how fantasy football drafts have compared to actual production on the gridiron through 10 weeks in the NFL based on the following scoring system: table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } OffenseLeague ValueCompletions0.5Passing Yards50 yards per pointPassing Touchdowns6Interceptions-2Rushing Yards20 yards per point; 1 points at 100 yards; 1.5 points at 150 yards; 2 points at 200 yardsRushing Touchdowns6Receptions0.5Reception Yards20 yards per pointReception Touchdowns6Return Touchdowns62-Point Conversions2Fumbles Lost-2Offensive Fumble Return TD6The Top 100 players are split into 25 QBs, 29 RBs, 33 WRs and 13 TEs.  They are sorted by Yahoo Actual, not Fantasy Points. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Top 10TeamPOSFan PtsADPActualPeyton ManningDenQB376.63351Drew BreesNOQB328.38222Jamaal CharlesKCRB124.2033Marshawn LynchSeaRB114.2094Adrian PetersonMinRB118.4515Jimmy GrahamNOTE127.25156Matthew StaffordDetQB280.42657LeSean McCoyPhiRB108.4088Tony RomoDalQB289.12749Matt ForteChiRB116.151110CLEARLY, QBs are weighed heavily in this league, however, their value is well represented as you can see with 3 RBs and a TE with less points being more valuable than Stafford.  I think it is fair to say these 10 guys have been the best fantasy players this season. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerTeamPOSFan PtsADPActualKnowshon MorenoDenRB115.3513411Calvin JohnsonDetWR123.70612Russell WilsonSeaQB230.897613Andy DaltonCinQB258.2210314A.J. GreenCinWR119.151415Andrew LuckIndQB237.466916Philip RiversSDQB266.0216517Demaryius ThomasDenWR121.152318DeSean JacksonPhiWR114.156719Cam NewtonCarQB221.804820Brandon MarshallChiWR119.301721Frank GoreSFRB87.353322Reggie BushDetRB89.302023Julius ThomasDenTE102.3518624Dez BryantDalWR109.501325Robert Griffin IIIWasQB214.557026Fred JacksonBufRB91.9510427Jordy NelsonGBWR105.105528Matt RyanAtlQB251.784929Alfred MorrisWasRB74.851230Aaron RodgersGBQB216.112131Giovani BernardCinRB95.155432Andre JohnsonHouWR103.503033Wes WelkerDenWR107.304034Jordan CameronCleTE91.0010735Vernon DavisSFTE83.005236Alshon JefferyChiWR84.9512537Chris JohnsonTenRB74.801838Antonio BrownPitWR93.505839Eddie LacyGBRB70.404340DeMarco MurrayDalRB78.852841Alex SmithKCQB197.9316142Ben RoethlisbergerPitQB210.1311843Riley CooperPhiWR84.6522344Pierre GarconWasWR89.155145Colin KaepernickSFQB163.006046T.Y. HiltonIndWR83.957547Victor CruzNYGWR84.703448Tom BradyNEQB206.974549Ryan TannehillMiaQB203.3717350When looking at the rankings here, remember that some teams have played 8 games and some have played 10 already.  Clearly Knowshon Moreno is the highlight of this list, but guys like Jordy Nelson are slowly falling off thanks to an Aaron Rodgers injury while Riley Cooper is climbing thanks to the great play of Nick Foles.  But if you pay attention, 17 of the top 50 players are QBs, and that is why it is more important to focus on drafting RBs early on with just 14 of them in the Top 50, including Moreno who was an after thought during draft season, Fred Jackson who splits carries with Spiller and Giovani Bernard who is a rookie that is just finally taking over RB duties in Cincy.  15 of the Top 50 players are WRs. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } PlayerTeamPOSFan PtsADPActualJoe FlaccoBalQB199.5413051Pierre ThomasNORB78.9011752Stevan RidleyNERB66.202453Marvin JonesCinWR81.5034054Terrelle PryorOakQB144.3825055Danny WoodheadSDRB83.9010956Vincent JacksonTBWR80.103657Zac StacyStLRB65.2018058Jason WittenDalTE74.104759Arian FosterHouRB63.25460Eric DeckerDenWR76.555761Torrey SmithBalWR70.156162Geno SmithNYJQB161.5423863Tony GonzalezAtlTE72.755664Jay CutlerChiQB186.2613165Nick FolesPhiQB172.1228466Golden TateSeaWR74.659867Josh GordonCleWR68.409268Antonio GatesSDTE66.609069DeAngelo WilliamsCarRB53.407770Joique BellDetRB64.1513371Sam BradfordStLQB190.7913672Andre EllingtonAriRB62.7027673Jerricho CotcheryPitWR74.00#N/A74Jordan ReedWasTE65.2539775Terrance WilliamsDalWR69.6026776Darren SprolesNORB70.702977Denarius MooreOakWR69.4012678Ryan MathewsSDRB52.355079Le'Veon BellPitRB60.2511080Eli ManningNYGQB169.399481Martellus BennettChiTE65.0512082Maurice Jones-DrewJaxRB56.752583Eddie RoyalSDWR73.0533184Larry FitzgeraldAriWR72.352685Charles ClayMiaTE61.9531286Carson PalmerAriQB178.7312987Keenan AllenSDWR65.4021288Greg OlsenCarTE57.508589Darren McFaddenOakRB58.173890Jacquizz RodgersAtlRB64.5012191Jared CookStLTE53.909392Rueben RandleNYGWR62.1513893Mike TolbertCarRB59.1021594Anquan BoldinSFWR61.208795Aaron DobsonNEWR62.2014796Julio JonesAtlWR59.851997Kenny StillsNOWR55.5520198Stevie JohnsonBufWR64.558199Delanie WalkerTenTE54.10259100There are 15 RBs in the bottom half of the Top 100 list compared to 8 QBs, 18 Wrs and 9 TEs.  Important to note that 6 of these 15 RBs are on just 3 teams and 1 of them is done for the season!So go back and take a look at your draft results.  See anything that makes you scratch your head?  What about waiver wire moves or early season trading, anything that makes you say WOW, HOW?!
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