For the most part, fantasy football is all about the offensive stars of the NFL. Sure, there are leagues where you have to pick your defensive players, each at a time. However, most NFL fantasy football owners must concentrate on getting the best possible players at each position. While fantasy points vary from one league to the next, there are still those must have NFL superstars that will make or break your fantasy football team. So, who are the best NFL players by position for the upcoming 2010 NFL fantasy football season.
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is the Top Quarterback
If you’re going to pick a proven commodity at quarterback for your fantasy football team, look no further than Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Don’t worry about whether the Saints will repeat as Super Bowl Champions or not. The fact is, Brees is too much of a competitor to let the team slip, and Brees’s numbers will be as good as last year’s. Brees finished his 2009 season throwing for 4,388 yards, 34 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and had an incredible 109.6% quarterback rating. It was the second consecutive year in which Brees passed for more than 30 touchdowns. 2010, will be the third year Brees breaks the 30 touchdown barrier, and that makes him the #1 pick for fantasy football owners looking for the best quarterback available.
Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals and Wes Welker of the Patriots as Wide Receivers
We’ve decided to go with two proven stars at wide receiver. If you’ve managed to secure Drew Brees, then it’s a foregone conclusion that you might not get a shot at the Andre Johnsons of the world at wide receiver. However, both Fitzgerald and Welker are solid Pro-Bowl receivers that should easily be available in the later rounds of your fantasy football draft. Fitzgerald had 97 receptions for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns, and looks to improve upon those numbers in 2010 as Anquan Boldin left Arizona for Baltimore. Wes Welker of the New England Patriots had a 2009 season that saw him catch 123 passes for 1,348 yards and 4 touchdowns. In fact, nobody in the NFL has caught more passes than Welker over the last three seasons. Welker has a per season average of 115 catches for 1,229 yards and 5 touchdowns. Both Welker and Fitzgerald are excellent wide receivers for any fantasy football team.
Ryan Mathews Of the Chargers and Jahvid Best of the Lions as Running Backs
We have two rookies as our starting 2010 NFL fantasy football running backs. Don’t be too alarmed, these two are in the best possible situations and are guaranteed to start from day one. Ryan Mathews led the NCAA in rushing yards/game in 2009, and is entering a situation in San Diego where he is pretty much guaranteed to be the Chargers starting running back. With LaDainian Tomlinson now a Jet, the Chargers handed their starters role to Mathews, which will make him a solid fantasy football pick. Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions is in much the same position. Best was Detroit’s 30th pick of the 2009 first round, and will become the teams starting running back from the first snap of 2010. Best is a speedster who lead the Pac-10 in rushing in 2008, and while he was injured in 2009, he’ll easily become Detroit’s starting running back. Rookies often make all the difference on fantasy football teams, and Mathews of the Chargers, and Best of the Lions, will be those fantasy football superstar rookies of 2010.
Dallas Clark of the Colts and Jermaine Gresham of the Bengals as Tight Ends
Dallas Clark is quickly becoming a preeminent NFL tight end. In fact, an argument can be made that he’s the best tight end available. However, a number of fantasy teams will likely go after Antonio Gates of the Chargers, or Jason Witten of the Cowboys, and that might just leave Clark available. If he is, grab him. Clark had 100 receptions for 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009, which were career bests. Jermaine Gresham of the Bengals is another fantasy football rookie who’ll make a huge impact in 2010 for fantasy owners. Gresham will immediately become the Bengal’s starter, and for good reason. In the Bengal’s loss to the Jets in the Playoffs, not a single Bengal tight end caught a pass. Gresham is a huge prospect and the best tight end of the 2009 draft class. The Bengals grabbed Gresham with the 21st pick of the first round, and you should too if you have a chance to grab him for your fantasy team.