Fantasy Doc: Should I keep A.P. or A-Rod?

Posted Dec. 30, 2010 @ 9:16 a.m.
Posted By The Fantasy Doctor

Hi Doc. I know it may be a bit early, but in a 12-team PPR keeper league, would you keep Aaron Rodgers or Adrian Peterson?

— Clive

Wow, that's a doozy of a decision, Clive. You're talking about two elite fantasy players here.

While either guy would be a fine keeper selection, it would be difficult for me to recommend not holding on to Peterson. Not only is he one of the best backs to come into the league in a long time, but he is still just 25 years old. With 1,610 yards from scrimmage and 13 TDs, he has been very productive despite not having a productive passing attack all season long. He's not about to take a backseat to anyone on the Minnesota offense, and I would expect him to be as strong as ever in 2011.

Another reason I like him over Rodgers is because of the scarcity of superstars at the RB position. If you cut A-Rod, there likely will be plenty of available QB options you can replace him with that will also put up big stats. If you dump A.P., though, you'll have to find multiple starting backs from a group that isn't as deep. While I'm a big fan of Rodgers, he falls a bit short in this comparison.

Yo Doc-
After watching Michael Vick get battered around by the Vikings, I'm worried about starting him in the last game of my season. Should I sit him in favor of Joe Flacco, who still has something to play for?
— The Whiz, Phoenix, Ariz.

This is a legitimate concern, Whiz, as Vick took a beating on Tuesday night and was hobbling badly for most of the contest.

With the Eagles locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC and having nothing to play for this week, there's little reason for them to play a banged-up Vick. He has been such an asset for them this season that it wouldn't make much sense for them to use the Pro Bowler in a meaningless contest with the Cowboys. Keep an eye on his status this week in practice, and unless you hear he is going to play a full game, keep him on the bench.

Flacco, meanwhile, takes on the Bengals in a game that has some meaning for the Ravens, as they could still get a first-round bye with a win and a Steelers loss. While he had his worst outing of 2010 in Week Two against Cincy, I'd expect him to fare better this time around. He's not the best option out there in Week 17, but at least he will be on the field, which won't be the case for a lot of key guys in the final week of the regular season.