I signed up to play fantasy football this week. I haven't done it since 2009 (mainly because I am horrible at evalutating fantasy talent and haven't won even second place since 2003), but it was too hard for me to say no this year with the 49ers being as good as they are (and CK7 being a potential fantasy monster).
One thing we did when I played FF before was that each team was allowed to keep one "Franchise Player" over to the next year, thereby removing them from the following year's draft. Most of the time it seemed like people kept LT2, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, and, in my last years playing, AP.
This made me start to think: If you were GM of an NFL team (I'm not talking a FF team, I mean a REAL NFL team), and all the players in the league were thrown into a pool, and you drew the first draft pick, who would you choose? Who would be your franchise player?
There are a lot of different lines of reasoning on this:
Do you take AP, as he is obviously the most dominant RB in the game? Or do you hold off since RB is a relatively easy position to find quality talent at?
What about QB? Do you draft your field general first? Do you go with a young guy like Kap or Wilson or Luck, or do you take a vet like Brees or Brady, even though they only have a couple of years left?
And then there is the line of thinking that "Defense wins championships." Do you draft a dominant defensive player like Patrick Willis first?
Or maybe you are of the opinion that you can't win without a great offensive line. Would you start by drafting a dominant left tackle?
Remember, your decision determines the course of your franchise, and you don't get to pick again until 31 more players are taken. So what would you do?
Who would be your franchise player?