Aug 3, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs with the ball during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football draft strategy: Who should be the No. 1 pick?


With fantasy football season almost in full swing, there are plenty of people who are searching to see what the best options will be if they hold the No. 1 overall pick in their draft. Of course, most people will take Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but there is another player that is worthy of the pick that you may not have thought of.

Enter Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin.

While Peterson is an undeniable talent, he has almost no help from the Vikings wide receivers and their quarterback is awful. It seems like that could benefit Peterson, but it actually hurts him in this case.

Sure, Peterson was able to shine last year despite facing eight men in the box on nearly every snap, but that was a historic season that he will have trouble repeating.

For Martin, he is a player that has no primary back up and he has a much more diverse game than Peterson.

Not only can Martin hang with the best of them in the rushing game and hold on to the ball, but he is a threat in the passing game. Last season, Martin added 49 receptions and 472 receiving yards, along with a touchdown. By comparison, Peterson had just 217 receiving yards.

Martin also has less wear and tear and has never been considered injury prone like Peterson. He also had just one less touchdown (11) than Peterson (12) on the ground last season. If you are in a PPR or a league that values touchdowns more, Martin would be the clear choice as your No. 1 pick.

Peterson may bring you more yards, but we know that there is plenty more to fantasy than just putting up yardage numbers.

The debate will go on for the next few weeks, but I would have to lean Martin at No. 1.

Who are you taking with the first pick in your fantasy football draft? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

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