Congratulations, you landed the first overall pick in your fantasy football draft. It’s a great spot to be; you can, theoretically, get the best player available—no pressure! In all seriousness, don’t stress it too much. There are only a small handful of players worthy of the first pick, whether you’re playing in a standard or PPR format. Here are the names you should consider.
Start with running back. Fortunately, the first overall pick might be the easiest one. In standard leagues is it a bit of a coin toss. Dalvin Cook of the Vikings is going to get a lot of love here, as is Christian McCaffrey of the Panthers. McCaffrey would be a no-brainer had it not been for a cascade of injuries that kept him out of action for all but three games last season. However, he is just 25, and should be fresh and ready to go this season.
In case you forgot just how good he can be, take a look at his top line stats from 2019. He carried the ball 287 times for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns.
Cook isn’t a bad second choice here if you’re scared off by McCaffrey’s injuries. He put up 1,557 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in just 14 games last season, adding another 361 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Derrick Henry is another player who’ll get lot of attention for the No. 1 pick in standard formats. He doesn’t do much in the passing game, but his 2,027 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns were more than enough. The only reason to fade him a little bit is the workload. He had 397 total touches last year and that could be a red flag for injuries this year.
McCaffrey is a lock for the top pick here too. Cook isn’t a bad pick with the No. 1 spot in your PPR league either.
A sneaky option here is Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys. Elliott had 979 yards and six rushing touchdowns along with 338 yards on 52 catches and two receiving touchdowns in Dallas’ horrific offense last season. But the year before that, he had 420 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 54 catches to go with 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. In 2018, he caught 77 passes for 567 yards and three touchdowns, in case you’re wondering what his ceiling looks like as a pass catcher.