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Out of the top 3 RBs in this year's fantasy draft...let's talk about that

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Everyone's mocks...besides a few outliers usually have Foster, Rice, and McCoy as the top 3 RBs. I think a compelling argument can be made that Lesean McCoy is the top rb out of that mix. I look at a lot of factors when I draft. You can never WIN a championship in a draft...but you can sure lose one. I know that sounds odd, but it's the truth.

Let's do the easy division analysis first.

Arian Foster - "easy" division, used a lot, on a team that when you really look at the stats they run the ball a lot

Ray Rice - Ok...stout defenses in Pitt, and even with Cleveland and Cincy.

McCoy - not as easy a division as say Foster...but easier than the AFC North

Out of that crop...I say Foster or McCoy wins out of that mix.

In PPR leagues, all of these players excel at catching out of the backfield with maybe a slight edge to McCoy.

And lastly...what I consider the Standard deviation of the position (I know...a bastardization of the word).

Quick...name the backup RBs for McCoy or Rice. Can't do it right? Ok...if you were smart enough to name the backup...name what round in fantasy their backup will be drafted.

What scares the bejesus out of me with Foster is that Ben Tate is an excellent RB and he's mocking in relatively high rounds for a backup (~5th to 8th round). The difference in when those players are drafted makes it really difficult to swallow investing a very very high pick on a player that you have to worry about a handcuff mid-draft.

So...taking all those factors into consideration...and looking at the fantasy playoffs weeks (14-16) it really is a draw. I have pick 3 in a 12 team redraft PPR. Convince me McCoy isn't the best of the three.

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I'm not gonna try argue against McCoy but I wouldnt overlook mjd always consistent, not many fumbles, he's the only thing the team has and he wants more money and will prove he's worth it. Only 2 rbs have out scored him past 3 years n McCoy isn't even close

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MJD is on a horrible team that struggles to score. Changes there might be for the better.

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MJD scares me since he is holding out and has taken so much abuse (in addition to Gabbert being his QB). As far as the top 3 argument goes, for RBs I'd say Foster, McCoy then Rice....but I'm not sure I wouldn't pick Aaron Rodgers over all of them.

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