Need some fantasy football pointers?

August 30, 2011 4:51:18 PM PDT
Arian Foster, Texans running back and fantasy beast in 2010, tweeted this after injuring his hamstring in the preseason: "4 those sincerely concerned, I'm doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day. 4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick"

I'll take that as a compliment, Arian.

For fantasy fans, such as myself, when Foster pulled-up with the injury, my first thought was how could this affect my upcoming draft? Yes, I'm a Texans fan, but sometimes fantasy takes priority.

That is why I am writing about fantasy football this season. I hope I can offer some advice as your draft day approaches. I also want to be a sounding board for you as the season progresses. I don't claim to be a fantasy expert, but really and truly who is?

I've played fantasy football since 2003 and have a few titles on the resume, so I think I have some knowledge to pass along. There is no exact science to playing fantasy, but there are some steps to take to make you competitive.

Let's start with the draft. The choices you make on draft day won't necessarily make or break your team, but it's extremely important. Most people will take a running back in the first round. I typically endorse that, but you have to be flexible.

Personally, if you can't get Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson (if he signs) or Jamaal Charles, I would probably take a quarterback. Last year, 9 of the top 10 point producers were quarterbacks. You can grab a top QB such as Aaron Rodgers and feel good week in and week out that he will perform.

If you do take a QB first, you better grab a running back in the second round.

Alex's Top RBs

  1. Adrian Peterson (MINN): No less than 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns past three years
  2. Jamaal Charles (KC): Personally I think he will be the top producing fantasy RB
  3. Ray Rice (BAL): Gets points on the ground and through the air
  4. Arian Foster (HOU): His hamstring injury worries me
  5. LeSean McCoy (PHIL): Similar to Rice
  6. Chris Johnson (TENN): Holding out, so I'm not taking a risk
  7. Darren McFadden (OAK): Plays on a bad team, but is "the go to guy" on offense
  8. Michael Turner (ATL): Finds the endzone
  9. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC): Has battled injuries, but is a dual-threat
  10. Peyton Hillis (CLE): Bruising back that gets the ball a lot

Other RBs: Steven Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Felix Jones

Alex's Top QBs

  1. Aaaron Rodgers (GB)
  2. Drew Brees (NO)
  3. Mike Vick (PHIL)
  4. Peyton Manning (INDY)
  5. Tom Brady (NE)
  6. Phillip Rivers (SD)
  7. Matt Schaub (HOU)
  8. Tony Romo (DAL)
  9. Matt Ryan (ATL)
  10. Ben Roethlisberger (PITT)

Others QBs: Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Kevin Kolb

What do you think? Did I leave out any players? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Or you can contact me about your fantasy team. Hit me up on Twitter @alexradow, email at or Facebook at ABC13-Sports.

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