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EDITOR’S NOTE
by Joe Bryant
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CONTENTS
Odds and Ends
2 Editor’s Note
Opening Words from Our Owner

4 NFL Depth Charts
A Quick Look at All 32 Teams News
32 NFL Team-by-Team Schedules 11 Injury Recap
Each Team’s 2009 Schedule The Injuries to Know About

34 NFL Week-by-Week Schedules 14 Coaching Changes
A Weekly Look at the 2009 Schedule An Examination of the New Coaches

237 Target Stats 20 Offseason Player Movement
Digging Beyond the Box Scores A Summary of Free Agent Moves

248 Random Shots 26 Preseason Watch List
A Different Kind of View of the NFL Hot Topics to Follow This Preseason

250 Parting Shots
Our Owner Closes the Magazine
Player and Team Pages
90 Rookie Reviews
A Quick Look at the New Talent
Cheatsheets, Rankings and
Projections 96 Quarterbacks
Drew Brees Leads the Huddle
36 Offensive Line Preview
A Quick Rundown of the Trenches 108 Running Backs
Adrian Peterson Rushes to the Top
42 Expert Rankings
Consensus Staff Lists at Every Position 122 Wide Receivers
Larry Fitzgerald Receives the Honor
56 Cheatsheets
Performance, PPR, Basic, Auction, Dynasty, & IDP Lists 138 Tight Ends
Jason Witten Gets the Nod
62 Top 220 Players
Complete With ADP & Comments on Top 100 145 Kickers
Stephen Gostkowski by a Toe
66 Projections
Forecasts for the Entire 2009 Season 152 Individual Defensive Players
A Comprehensive Look at Each Team IDPs

Strategy 170 Team Reports
A Two-page Look at Each NFL Team
8 Navigating Injuries
An In-depth Examination of Injuries

76 Principles of Value Based Drafting Spotlights and Face-offs
Another Look at the Foundation of Footballguys 99 Jay Cutler Spotlight
How Will He Perform in Chicago?
80 Value Plays
Our Staff Consensus List of Players to Target 103 Matt Cassel Face-off
Another QB in a New City
85 Overvalued Players
Our Staff Consensus List of Players to Avoid 111 Matt Forte Face-off
Can the Second-year Back Succeed Again?
167 Defensive Team by Committee
Advanced Strategy for Selecting Defenses 115 DeAngelo Williams Spotlight
He Was Enormous in 2008
234 From the Gut
Taking a Break from the Numbers 128 Chad Ochocinco Face-off
Different Name, Same Game?
238 The Perfect Draft
How to Dominate on Draft Day

244 Mock Draft
Strategy Thoughts from 12 Staffers

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NFL Depth Charts by Bob Henry

A
t Footballguys.com we take fantasy football seriously. ated format of our full depth charts that appear on the web site.
Our depth charts are updated on a daily basis during Please visit www.footballguys.com to view the full version of our
the regular season and throughout most of the offsea- NFL depth charts, including individual defensive players (IDPs)
son as well. The depth charts presented here represent an abbrevi- and a more complete listing of backups at each position.

Baltimore RAVENS Arizona CARDINALS
QB: Joe Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck, Drew Willy QB: Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Brian St. Pierre, Tyler Palko
RB: Willis McGahee, Ray Rice (3RB), Cedric Peerman, Jalen RB: Tim Hightower, Chris Wells, Jason Wright, LaRod Ste-
Parmele phens-Howling
FB: Le’Ron McClain, Jason Cook FB: Tim Castille
WR: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Marcus Smith, Deme- WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston (KR/
trius Williams, Yamon Figurs (PR), Marcus Maxwell, Eron PR), Early Doucet, Jerheme Urban, Sean Morey
Riley TE: Leonard Pope, Ben Patrick, Anthony Becht, Steven
TE: Todd Heap, L.J. Smith, Davon Drew, Quinn Sypniewski Spach
K: Steve Hauschka, Graham Gano K: Neil Rackers

Buffalo BILLS Atlanta FALCONS
QB: Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Gibran Hamdan, Matt Baker QB: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, D.J. Shockley, John Parker
RB: Marshawn Lynch (susp), Fred Jackson, Dominic Wilson
Rhodes, Xavier Omon, Bruce Hall RB: Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood (KR), Jason Snelling,
FB: Corey McIntyre Thomas Brown
WR: Terrell Owens, Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish FB: Ovie Mughelli
(PR), James Hardy, Steve Johnson WR: Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas (PR),
TE: Derek Schouman, Shawn Nelson, Derek Fine, Jonathan Brian Finneran, Aaron Kelly
Stupar, Travis McCall TE: Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peelle, Jason Rader, Ben Hartsock
K: Rian Lindell K: Jason Elam

Cincinnati BENGALS Carolina PANTHERS
QB: Carson Palmer, J.T. O’Sullivan, Jordan Palmer, Billy Farris QB: Jake Delhomme, Josh McCown, Matt Moore, Hunter
RB: Cedric Benson, Brian Leonard (3RB/FB), Bernard Scott Cantwell
(3RB), Kenny Watson, DeDe Dorsey, Marlon Lucky RB: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson,
FB: Daniel Coats (TE), Jeremi Johnson, Fui Vakapuna Jamall Lee
WR: Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles, Chris Henry, FB: Brad Hoover, Tony Fiammetta
Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell, Antonio Chatman, Quan WR: Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, Dwayne Jarrett, Ryne
Cosby Robinson, Kenneth Moore, Marcus Monk, Larry Beavers
TE: Reggie Kelly, Ben Utecht, Chase Coffman TE: Dante Rosario, Jeff King, Gary Barnidge
K: Shayne Graham, Dave Rayner K: John Kasay, Rhys Lloyd

Cleveland BROWNS Chicago BEARS
QB: Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Brett Ratliff, Richard QB: Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Brett Basanez
Bartel RB: Matt Forte, Kevin Jones, Garrett Wolfe, Adrian Peter-
RB: Jamal Lewis, Jerome Harrison, James Davis, Noah Herron son
FB: Lawrence Vickers, Charles Ali FB: Jason McKie, Jason Davis
WR: Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth, Brian Robiskie, WR: Devin Hester (PR), Earl Bennett, Juaquin Iglesias,
David Patten, Josh Cribbs (KR/PR/QB), Mohamed Masso- Rashied Davis, Johnny Knox (KR/PR), Derek Kinder
quoi, Syndric Steptoe, Mike Furrey TE: Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark, Michael Gaines, Kellen
TE: Robert Royal, Steve Heiden, Martin Rucker, Brad Cieslak Davis
K: Phil Dawson K: Robbie Gould

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Denver BRONCOS Dallas COWBOYS
QB: Kyle Orton, Chris Simms, Tom Brandstater QB: Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee, Rudy
RB: Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Lamont Carpenter
Jordan, J.J. Arrington (KR), Darius Walker, Ryan Torain RB: Marion Barber III, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice,
(inj), Kestahn Moore Alonzo Coleman, Keon Lattimore
FB: Peyton Hillis FB: Deon Anderson, Asaph Schwapp, Jamar Hunt
WR: Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal (PR), Brandon WR: Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton, Sam
Stokley, Jabar Gaffney, Kenny McKinley, Chad Jackson Hurd, Isaiah Stanback (KR), Manuel Johnson, Kevin
TE: Daniel Graham, Tony Scheffler, Richard Quinn, Ogletree
Jeb Putzier TE: Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett, John Phillips
K: Matt Prater K: Nick Folk, David Buehlr

Houston TEXANS Detroit LIONS
QB: Matt Schaub, Dan Orlovsky, Alex Brink QB: Daunte Culpepper, Matthew Stafford, Drew
RB: Steve Slaton (3RB), Chris Brown, Ryan Moats, Stanton
Arian Foster, Jeremiah Johnson RB: Kevin Smith (3RB), Maurice Morris, Aaron Brown
FB: Vonta Leach (3RB/KR), Aveion Cason (KR), Antone Smith
WR: Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, David Anderson, FB: Jerome Felton, Terrelle Smith, Jon Bradley
Andre Davis, Jacoby Jones (PR), Darnell Jenkins, WR: Calvin Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Ronald Curry,
Glenn Martinez Derrick Williams (PR), Keary Colbert, John Standeford
TE: Owen Daniels, James Casey (HB/FB), Anthony TE: Brandon Pettigrew, Casey Fitzsimmons, Will
Hill Heller, Dan Gronkowski
K: Kris Brown K: Jason Hanson

Indianapolis COLTS Green Bay PACKERS
QB: Peyton Manning, Jim Sorgi, Curtis Painter QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Brian Brohm
RB: Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Mike Hart, Chad RB: Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson (3RB), Kregg
Simpson (KR), Lance Ball Lumpkin, DeShawn Wynn, Tyrell Sutton
FB: None FB: Korey Hall, John Kuhn, Quinn Johnson
WR: Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Col- WR: Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson
lie, Roy Hall, Pierre Garcon (PR), Taj Smith (KR), James Jones, Ruvell Martin, Brett Swain
TE: Dallas Clark, Gijon Robinson, Jacob Tamme, Justin TE: Donald Lee, Tory Humphrey, Jermichael Finley
Snow K: Mason Crosby
K: Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee

Jacksonville JAGUARS Minnesota VIKINGS
QB: David Garrard, Cleo Lemon, Todd Bouman, Paul QB: Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson, John David
Smith Booty, Sean Glennon
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew (SD/3RB), Chauncey Wash- RB: Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Albert Young,
ington, Rashad Jennings, Alvin Pearman (KR) Ian Johnson
FB: Greg Jones, Montell Owens FB: Naufahu Tahi
WR: Torry Holt, Mike Walker, Dennis Northcutt (PR), WR: Bernard Berrian (PR), Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin
Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard, Troy Williamson, Tiquan (KR/PR), Bobby Wade, Aundrae Allison (KR), Glenn Holt
Underwood TE: Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser, Garrett Mills,
TE: Marcedes Lewis, Greg Estandia, Richard Angulo Jeff Dugan
K: Josh Scobee K: Ryan Longwell, Taylor Melhaff

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N F L D E P T H C HAR TS

Kansas City CHIEFS New Orleans SAINTS
QB: Matt Cassel, Tyler Thigpen, Brodie Croyle, Ingle QB: Drew Brees, Mark Brunell, Joey Harrington,
Martin Patrick Cowan
RB: Larry Johnson, Jamaal Charles (3RB), Kolby RB: Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, Lynell
Smith (inj), Javarris Williams, Jackie Battle, Dantrell Hamilton, P.J. Hill, Herb Donaldson
Savage
FB: Heath Evans, Darian Barnes, Olaniyi Sobomehin
FB: Mike Cox
WR: Marques Colston, Lance Moore (PR), Devery
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Mark Bradley, Bobby Engram, Henderson, Adrian Arrington, Robert Meachem, Sky-
Devard Darling, Jeff Webb, Quinten Lawrence, ler Green, Courtney Roby (KR)
Terrance Copper
TE: Jeremy Shockey, Billy Miller, Dan Campbell
TE: Brad Cottam, Sean Ryan, Tony Curtis
K: Garrett Hartley
K: Connor Barth, Ryan Succop

Miami DOLPHINS New York GIANTS
QB: Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Pat White (WR/ QB: Eli Manning, David Carr, Rhett Bomar, Andre
RB) Woodson
RB: Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs RB: Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw (KR), Andre
(KR), Lex Hilliard, Anthony Kimble Brown, Danny Ware, Allen Patrick
FB: Lousaka Polite, Chris Brown FB: Madison Hedgecock
WR: Ted Ginn, Greg Camarillo (inj), Davone Bess WR: Domenik Hixon (KR/PR), Hakeem Nicks, Steve
(PR), Brandon London, Ernest Wilford, Patrick Turner, Smith, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Sinorice
Brian Hartline Moss, David Tyree
TE: Anthony Fasano, David Martin, John Nalbone TE: Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum (HB), Michael Mat-
thews, George Wrighster
K: Dan Carpenter
K: Lawrence Tynes

New England PATRIOTS Philadelphia EAGLES
QB: Tom Brady, Kevin O’Connell, Matt Gutierrez, QB: Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, A.J. Feeley
Brian Hoyer RB: Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, Lorenzo
RB: Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk (3RB), Sammy Morris, Booker, Marcus Thigpen, Walter Mendenhall
Laurence Maroney, BenJarvus Green-Ellis FB: Leonard Weaver, Kyle Eckel, Dan Klecko (DT)
WR: Randy Moss, Wesley Welker (PR), Joey Gallo- WR: DeSean Jackson (PR), Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant,
way, Greg Lewis, Brandon Tate (KR) (inj), Sam Aiken, Reggie Brown, Jeremy Maclin (KR), Hank Baskett,
Matt Slater (KR) Brandon Gibson
TE: Ben Watson, Chris Baker, Alex Smith, David TE: Brent Celek, Matt Schobel, Cornelius Ingram
Thomas
K: David Akers, Sam Swank
K: Stephen Gostkowski

New York JETS St. Louis RAMS
QB: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, Chris QB: Marc Bulger, Kyle Boller, Keith Null, Brock Berlin
Pizzotti RB: Steven Jackson, Antonio Pittman, Kenneth Darby
RB: Thomas Jones, Leon Washington (3RB/KR/PR), (3RB), Chris Ogbonnaya (3RB), Sam Gado
Shonn Greene, Danny Woodhead
FB: Mike Karney, Chris Massey (LS), Jerome Johnson
FB: Tony Richardson, Jehuu Caulcrick, Brannan
Southerland WR: Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, Laurent Robin-
son, Derek Stanley, Brooks Foster, Travis Brown, Tim
WR: Jerricho Cotchery, Chansi Stuckey, Brad Smith, David
Clowney, Wallace Wright, Marcus Henry, Huey Whittaker Carter
TE: Dustin Keller, Bubba Franks, Andrew Davie (LS), TE: Randy McMichael, Joe Klopfenstein, Daniel Fells,
Rob Myers, J’Nathan Bullock Billy Bajema
K: Jay Feely K: Josh Brown

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Oakland RAIDERS San Francisco 49ers
QB: JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Andrew Walter, QB: Shaun Hill, Damon Huard, Alex Smith, Nate
Bruce Gradkowski Davis
RB: Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas, Michael Bush RB: Frank Gore, Michael Robinson (FB), Glen Coffee,
(FB), Gary Russell, Louis Rankin Thomas Clayton, Kory Sheets
FB: Lorenzo Neal, Oren ONeal, Luke Lawton, Marcel FB: Moran Norris, Zak Keasey
Reece
WR: Michael Crabtree, Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan,
WR: Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Johnnie Brandon Jones, Jason Hill, Arnaz Battle, Dominique
Lee Higgins, Javon Walker (inj), Louis Murphy, Todd Zeigler
Watkins, Arman Shields
TE: Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Bear Pascoe
TE: Zach Miller, Tony Stewart, Brandon Myers
K: Joe Nedney
K: Sebastian Janikowski

Pittsburgh STEELERS Seattle SEAHAWKS
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon, QB: Matt Hasselbeck, Seneca Wallace, Mike Teel, Jeff
Mike Reilly Rowe
RB: Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore (3RB), Rashard RB: Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett (SD), Justin Forsett (KR),
Mendenhall, Justin Vincent, Stefan Logan Devin Moore, Tyler Roehl
FB: Carey Davis, Frank Summers FB: Owen Schmitt, Justin Griffith, David Kirtman
WR: Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed,
WR: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson, Deion
Mike Wallace, Shaun McDonald, Dallas Baker, Martin
Nance Branch, Deon Butler, Jordan Kent, Ben Obomanu,
Logan Payne
TE: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson, Sean
McHugh (FB/TE) TE: John Carlson, Cameron Morrah, John Owens
K: Jeff Reed, Piotr Czech K: Olindo Mare, Brandon Coutu

San Diego CHARGERS Tampa Bay BUCCANEERS
QB: Philip Rivers, Billy Volek, Charlie Whitehurst QB: Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Josh Freeman, Josh
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles (KR/PR), Johnson
Gartrell Johnson, Jacob Hester, Michael Bennett, RB: Derrick Ward (3RB), Earnest Graham, Clifton Smith
Curtis Brinkley (KR), Josh Vaughan, Kareem Huggins, Cadillac Williams
(inj)
FB: Mike Tolbert, Billy Latsko
FB: B.J. Askew, Jameel Cook
WR: Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson, Malcom WR: Antonio Bryant, Michael Clayton, Dexter Jackson
Floyd, Craig Davis, Legedu Naanee, Kassim Osgood, (PR), Maurice Stovall, Sammie Stroughter, Cortez Hank-
Demetrius Byrd ton, Amarri Jackson
TE: Antonio Gates, Brandon Manumaleuna, Kris Wil- TE: Kellen Winslow Jr, Jerramy Stevens, John Gilmore,
son (FB), Kory Sperry Ryan Purvis
K: Nate Kaeding K: Matt Bryant, Mike Nugent

Tennessee TITANS Washington REDSKINS
QB: Kerry Collins, Vince Young, Patrick Ramsey, Alex QB: Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Colt Brennan,
Mortenson Chase Daniels
RB: Chris Johnson (3RB/KR), LenDale White, Chris RB: Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts (3RB), Rock Cartwright
Henry, Javon Ringer, Quinton Ganther, Rafael Little (KR), Marcus Mason, Anthony Alridge, Dominique Dorsey
FB: Ahmard Hall, Casey Cramer FB: Mike Sellers, Jonathan Evans
WR: Justin Gage, Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, WR: Santana Moss (PR), Antwaan Randle El, Devin
Lavelle Hawkins, Justin McCareins, Chris Davis (PR), Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, James Thrash, Roydell Wil-
Mark Jones (KR/PR), Paul Williams, Dudley Guice liams, Jaison Williams
TE: Bo Scaife, Alge Crumpler, Jared Cook, Craig TE: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Todd Yoder, Eddie Wil-
Stevens liams (HB/FB)
K: Rob Bironas K: Shaun Suisham

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HOW TO NAVIGATE THE
INJURY REPORT
By Dr. W. David Hovis, M.D. and Dr. Jene Bramel, M.D.
with Joe Bryant
SHOULDER INJURIES
Acromioclavicular joint (AC) shoulder separation. This is
also known as a separated shoulder. This injury occurs as a
“S tay healthy.” If you listen to opposing players talk
after a game, that’s the parting phrase you’ll hear
repeated. And for good reason – avoiding serious
result of a hit or blow to the top part of the shoulder, depressing
the scapula (shoulder blade) and tearing the ligaments between
the scapula and clavicle (collar bone). The classic case where
injury is a key to success.
you see this injury is when a QB is sacked and driven to the turf
But in a game like football, few players dodge the injury
shoulder first. These don’t usually require surgery and length of
bullet for long. There will come a time when your player
rehab depends upon severity and player position. For example,
is injured. To succeed in fantasy football, you’ll need to
a quarterback with an AC separation on his throwing shoulder
understand the basics of the different injuries, and more
will obviously be a more serious injury than a similar injury to
importantly, what kind of timeframe the injured player is
a wide receiver.
looking at before returning to action.
Treatment and
To find answers to these questions, we consulted experts. Dr.
Return to play: For
David Hovis is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports
less severe Grade 1
Medicine. He’s a Team Physician for the United States Alpine
injuries, return to play
Ski Team and he served as the Assistant Team Physician for
may be immediate,
the Denver Broncos. He’s published numerous articles and has
especially with a pain
made many national presentations covering Sports Medicine
killing injection. More
with a particular focus on knee and shoulder injuries. He was
severe injuries with
gracious enough to give us the inside scoop on navigating the
Grade 2 or Grade 3
injury report. Dr. Jene Bramel is a member of our Footballguys
damage may take six
staff, but his real job is at an Urgent Care Unit where he often
weeks or even more.
diagnoses and treats the types of injuries discussed here.
Dislocated shoulder
with anterior
SPRAINS VS. STRAINS instability. The most common shoulder dislocation in football
A sprain refers to a stretching injury to a ligament. is out the front, or anterior. Dislocations occurring traumatically
Regardless, of the anatomic location, sprains are generally in this direction often tear the labrum in the front part of the
graded 1, 2, or 3, depending on severity. A Grade 1 sprain shoulder, leaving the shoulder at risk for recurring dislocations.
is simply a stretch injury to the ligament without significant Treatment and Return to play: For return to play, surgery
tearing of fibers and no instability. Grade 1 sprains heal without is usually required to repair the torn labrum. The subsequent
surgery. A Grade 2 sprain denotes a partial tear to the ligament rehab is about four months, which means these are often season
and while mild instability is possible, these injuries generally ending injuries.
heal without surgery. Grade 3 sprains are complete tears of Note the big difference
the ligament. Instability exists and treatment depends upon between a shoulder
anatomic location. Surgery is often required, depending on separation and a shoulder
where the injury occurs. dislocation.
A strain is a stretching injury to a muscle or tendon.
Hamstring or groin pulls are strain injuries. Strains can be
graded as well, just like sprains. A Grade 1 muscle strain
will be fairly minor, a Grade 2 strain would be a partial tear
of the muscle and a Grade 3 strain would be a complete tear
of the muscle belly. As we all know from following players
with hamstring injuries, these problems can be nagging and
extremely troublesome. The pressure of returning too quickly
from injury can often entrap the player in a cycle of rehab
followed by re-injury.
Let’s take a look at some injuries and how they’re treated.

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KNEE INJURIES (John Elway had torn ACLs in
There are two types of cartilage in the knee, meniscal both knees his whole career),
cartilage and articular cartilage. The great majority of knee today, a torn anterior cruciate
cartilage injuries involve the meniscal cartilage. There are ligament almost always
four major ligaments and several smaller ligaments around the means reconstruction. ACL
knee. The major ligaments, in descending order of frequency of reconstruction is performed
injury, are: medial collateral ligament (MCL), anterior cruciate by taking a tendon graft either
ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and lateral from the player’s own knee or
collateral ligament (LCL). MCL and ACL injuries comprise the from donated tissue in a tissue
majority of knee ligament injuries. bank and routing it through drill
Meniscal tear. Think of the meniscal cartilage as a “shock holes in the bone to the exact
absorber” between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin location of the once-healthy
bone). Isolated meniscal tears are the most common knee ACL. The graft is generally
injury in football. They are easily and commonly treated with fixed with screws on either side.
arthroscopic resection (surgery). Making two or three tiny Treatment and Return to play: It’s interesting that for ACL
incisions on the front part of the knee, a camera and instruments injuries, a great majority of them are Grade 3 or complete
can be inserted to clean out, or resect, the torn cartilage. The tears. In other words, when you hear “ACL Injury,” there’s
procedure is quick and players begin rehab immediately. a very good chance we’re talking about a serious injury. Six
months or longer is often required for a player to return from
reconstructive ACL surgery. There are anecdotal stories of
athletes returning to play in the same season but often with
negative consequences. Jerry Rice reinjured his knee after
returning in the same season with a very accelerated rehab
program. If a player has an ACL reconstruction, this should
be considered a season-ending injury. In fact, there is rampant
speculation that a player may take up to 18 months to fully
return to his pre-injury form.
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear. The MCL is subject
to injury from a blow to the side of the knee. Offensive
linemen are particularly prone to MCL injuries and most are
prophylactically (not a word I get to write every day) braced to
help prevent injury. In general, the braces are too restricting to
Treatment and Return to play: Recovery times for meniscal be tolerated by most agility and speed players, but for lineman
tears vary widely. Return to play usually depends on return of and less mobile QBs, it’s a common protective precaution.
muscle strength and also depends heavily on the individual. (Peyton Manning has worn a protective knee brace on his left
Quick healers with minor tears may return to action quickly, but knee for several years.)
most players take longer to return. Often, arthroscopic surgery
is necessary to repair torn meniscal cartilage. Most players take
four weeks to return after surgery, as Reggie Bush did in 2008.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. If you were going to
design a sport to create ACL tears, you would be hard-pressed
to do better than football. The
ACL controls stability to the knee
by limiting anterior translation or
shifting of the knee and coupling
rotational motion of the knee.
When the player plants his foot
to cut and change direction, the
ACL is placed under stress as it
controls and couples the motion. If
the stress is too much, the ligament Treatment and Return to play: An injured medial collateral
can tear in a non-contact injury. ligament often heals without surgery and responds well to
Add to this scenario a blow from bracing and rehab. Return to play depends on the grade of
the side as in a linebacker tackling injury and player position. Most quarterbacks, receivers and
a running back, and the prevalence of ACL injuries goes way running backs will return within two weeks with a Grade 1
up. A healthy anterior cruciate ligament is a requirement to sprain, as Indianapolis TE Dallas Clark did early in 2008. For a
effectively cut side-to-side on the field. Grade 3 or complete tear, it can take up to six weeks to return.
While there are some players who have navigated the Houston QB Matt Schaub’s month long recovery from a torn
football field for a whole career with an ACL deficient knee MCL in 2008 is the norm.

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is expected to decrease with the introduction of more player-
FOOT AND ANKLE INJURIES friendly Field Turf, but turf toe injuries are expected to continue
High ankle sprain. High ankle sprains are different from
to be a common problem.
traditional sprained ankles in that the damaged ligaments
Treatment and Return to play: A Grade 1 sprain of the
are between the tibia and fibula, the lower leg bones that run
capsule is treated symptomatically and a rigid shoe insert
from the knee to the ankle. The stout ligaments, called the
often allows an immediate return to the field. “Treated
“syndesmosis” or “syndesmotic ligaments” hold these bones
symptomatically” means treating the symptoms of the
together and can be stretched with a twisting mechanism of
injury, pain or swelling and so on. Grade 2 and 3 injuries are
injury about the ankle. If severe enough, the ligaments can
associated with increasing pain and usually require one to two
completely tear (Grade 3 sprain) and the fibula can even break.
weeks of rest, anti-inflammatories and icing. The rigid orthotics
The most recent high profile instance of such a severe injury
in the shoe usually allows return to play at that time. Also note
was that of Terrell Owens in 2004.
that turf toe is similar to hamstring injuries in that it’s one of
Syndesmotic injuries
those nagging types of injuries. Players often try to return too
tend to heal more slowly
quickly and wind up injuring themselves even more. Darren
than more common lateral
McFadden’s frustrating rookie season is a prime example
ankle sprains. Treatment is
of how difficult a turf toe injury can be to treat and return
determined by the stability
effectively in the same year.
of the ankle. If the ankle is
stable, then the high ankle
sprain can be treated in a STAPHYLOCOCCAL INFECTION
cast or immobilizing boot. Infection has always been a known risk after a surgical
If the ankle is unstable, then procedure. In recent seasons, however, staph infections have
“syndesmotic screws” can be approached epidemic proportions in NFL locker rooms. The
placed between the tibia and problem first made headlines after multiple members of the
fibula to hold the bones in Cleveland Browns were infected over a short period of time. In
proper alignment while the 2008, both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had post-surgical
syndesmotic ligaments heal. complications blamed on a staph infection. The severity of these
Obviously, this would indicate infections can be highly variable. Some minor infections may
a more serious injury with a go unreported. More severe infections after major operations
longer recovery time. could set recovery times back by months. Invasive staph
Treatment and Return to play: For a Grade 1 or 2 high infections continue to steadily increase in frequency among the
ankle sprain, a player can likely return in two to four weeks. If general public. Despite the best efforts of team training and
surgery is required, he can be out up to 12 weeks. Again, the medical staffs, these infections are likely to continue to be a
fitness and motivation of the athlete can determine in large part problem in the NFL in coming seasons.
how quickly he returns. For some athletes with little to play for,
surgery following a high ankle sprain can end their season.
Turf toe. Turf toe is a hyperflexion injury of the big (great)
MRIS AND GAME-TIME DECISIONS
With the advancement in MRI diagnostics today, team
toe. That means the big toe bends too far. Usually it’s too far
physicians have a tremendous ability to diagnose injuries. MRIs
backward. This can produce a sprain of the capsule on the
show damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons which an
plantar (bottom) surface of the foot. Turf toe injuries are named
X-ray does not show well. When a player is injured, an MRI
due to the increased frequency with which these injuries are
can be administered immediately and the results will be known
seen on artificial turf. Studies have shown that up to 87 percent
right away. The team will often withhold that information until
of the turf toe injuries occur on artificial turf. The disparity
a course of action is determined, but they know what they’re
dealing with very soon after the injury occurs.
Often times, an athlete’s playing status won’t be determined
until just before kickoff. This is the dreaded “game-time
decision.” In a great many cases, this decision has been made
well before game time, but the team doesn’t want to show
its hand. In these cases, the best bet is to watch a player’s
participation in practice (or lack of it) through the week. Every
team is different and one of the primary in-season tasks we
perform at Footballguys is deciphering the signals regarding
who will play and how effectively. Knowing that Jeff Fisher’s
“Questionable” is different from Andy Reid’s “Questionable”
or knowing which coaches enforce a fairly strict “practice to
play” rule can make all the difference. That knowledge and
experience with the coaches, plus the injury information here,
should help shed some light as you navigate the sometimes
tricky path of the injury report. Best of luck and here’s hoping
all your guys “stay healthy.”

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by Mark Wimer

INJURY RECAP
P
ro football players often suffer injuries
that linger from one season into the next.
Below is a review of the most significant
injuries that fantasy relevant skill position players
are afflicted with entering the 2009 training
camps. For the latest and most complete injury
news (and other news), check out the player
pages and news blogger at Footballguys.com.

+ QUARTERBACKS +
Cleveland QB Derek Anderson did not have
offseason surgery on the knee injury he suffered
last season. The injury healed naturally.
New England QB Tom Brady is
participating fully in the team’s offseason
workouts and is working without limitations on
his surgically repaired knee (ACL, September
2008). He is expected to be at full speed for
training camp.
Buffalo QB Trent Edwards is rehabbing a
shoulder injury but should be ready for the start
of training camp.
Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck said his
offseason weight training regimen has been
successful (April 7th), and he participated fully
in the team’s first minicamp in April. So far, his
injured back looks to be at 100 percent.
Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer avoided

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further surgery on his injured right elbow early Darren McFadden
this year and as of April 26 was said to be ready
to participate full speed in offseason OTAs. He’s
said to have a “chip on his shoulder” and is eager to prove + RUNNING BACKS +
he’s back to 100 percent. Denver RB J.J. Arrington was unable to participate in May
Cleveland QB Brady Quinn was reportedly near 100 mini-camp as he continues to recover from a torn meniscus
percent recovered from finger surgery as of February 2009. “It cartilage in his knee. He may be on the bubble if he can’t get
feels great,” he said. “It’s amazing. This is what I was born to into action soon.
do and it feels great to be throwing again. I’m pain-free and Dallas RB Marion Barber’s dislocated pinkie toe (an issue
everything was 100 percent successful.” Quinn should be at full at the end of last season) is apparently healed – he’s been doing
speed for training camp. strenuous offseason workouts with no reported problems.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers played through a sprained New Orleans RB Reggie Bush is said to be recovering well
throwing shoulder since week 4 of 2008, but did not require from his late December knee surgery (microfracture surgery/
offseason surgery as of mid-May. knee cartilage repair). The team hopes he’ll be ready to go for
San Francisco QB Alex Smith threw in minicamps during the start of training camp.
April but was seen holding his sore throwing arm shoulder NY Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a minor ankle
(surgically repaired last November). It remains to be seen if he sprain while stepping off a street curb on April 2. He resumed
can get to 100 percent healthy in time for training camp. full participation in OTAs on April 21.
Arizona QB Kurt Warner had surgery in mid-March Chicago RB Matt Forte reports that the sore toe that
to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. As of May 4, he was bothered him at the end of 2008 has completely healed during
participating in minicamp on a limited basis and appears to be the offseason.
on schedule to return to full participation by training camp. Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham suffered a high ankle

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sprain with ligament damage back in November NY Giants WR Ramses Barden suffered a hamstring injury
of 2008, but he is expected to be able to participate during minicamp in early May. The injury isn’t considered
in OTAs/training camp. On May 8 his agent Drew serious, but nagging hamstring injuries have dogged more than
Rosenhaus asserted that Graham is fully healed. one WR so we’ll keep an eye on his recovery.
Indianapolis RB Mike Hart is said to be “on schedule” Arizona WR Anquan Boldin was sent for an MRI after
for returning from a torn ACL (suffered last October). He reporting a hamstring injury at the mandatory 3-day minicamp
may be on the bubble with the Colts since they drafted Donald in early May. It appears the “hamstring” complaint may have
Brown. had more to do with his contractual squabble with the team than
Dallas RB Felix Jones is apparently 100 percent recovered an actual injury, however.
from his surgically repaired turf toe (November 2008 surgery Seattle WR Nate Burleson is running pass patterns again
on ligaments attached to his left big toe). He has been running without any problem. Burleson, eight months removed from
and cutting in workouts and looks solid. reconstructive knee surgery, is catching “everything thrown
Tennessee RB Chris Johnson reported in early April that his way” and is said to be running effortlessly. He should
his injured ankle was 95 percent healed and that he expects to participate fully in training camp.
participate in minicamps and training camp at 100 percent. He’s Seattle WR Deion Branch had arthroscopic knee surgery
been working out extensively with a speed and performance after the 2008 season and was seen in street clothes at the
expert. teams’ first minicamps. The team hopes he’ll be ready for
Cleveland RB Jamal Lewis is recovering from an training camp.
arthroscopic procedure on his ankle performed in February – no San Diego rookie WR Demetrius Byrd (seventh round pick,
rookie RBs were picked in the 2009 Draft, so the Browns are once considered a first round prospect), is recovering from a
presumably comfortable with Lewis’ health. serious car accident suffered just days before the NFL draft.
New England RB Laurence Maroney believes he is 100 He’s been released from the hospital and continues his rehab.
percent recovered from his troublesome shoulder injury of last Miami WR Greg Camarillo is recovering from late-season
October. We’ll see when training camp rolls around. ACL/meniscus surgery in his knee. He hopes to be ready for
Oakland RB Darren McFadden is said to be 100 percent training camp, but that goal may be tough only six months
recovered from an arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed in removed from knee surgery as of mid-May.
January. He should be fine for training camp. New Orleans WR Marques Colston is recovering well from
Baltimore RB Willis McGahee revealed in May he had arthroscopic knee surgery. The Saints hope he’ll participate
arthroscopic surgery on an ankle, not on the knee that has been at some point during their OTAs, targeting a June return. He
troubling him in the past (as the team first indicated, in error). should be 100 percent for training camp.
He expects to be fully recovered for the start of training camp San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree is recovering from a
in late July. foot injury. He is expected to get in the mix by the end of May
Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall has participated in and should be ready for training camp.
offseason sessions and minicamps and looks fully recovered Dallas WR Patrick Crayton had arthroscopic ankle surgery
from last September’s broken shoulder. in January, but he is expected to be healthy for training camp.
Kansas City RB Kolby Smith did not participate in the Philadelphia WR Kevin Curtis had sports hernia surgery
first minicamp as his sprained knee is still an issue early in the in mid-April (a follow-up to last year’s surgery, performed in
offseason. August 2008). Curtis is expected to be up to speed by training
New England RB Fred Taylor suffered a minor wrist camp, hopefully.
(sprained left wrist) injury in early May while lifting weights. San Diego WR Craig Davis is expected to be 100 percent
He should be fine well before training camp opens. for training camp after rehabbing a groin injury that landed him
San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson participated fully in on IR last year.
May minicamps and appears 100 percent recovered from the Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald played with a broken left
groin injury that sidelined him during the playoffs at the end thumb and torn cartilage in his left hand between his middle
of last season. “No, I wasn’t restricted and I did everything. and ring fingers during 2008. “My hands are so messed up right
Of course you are always concerned because it is the first now,” he said in February. “I’m just glad I don’t have to catch
time back on the field and especially after being injured. But I a ball again for a couple months. I can mend up.” Fitzgerald is
wasn’t restricted at all and it was great.” Tomlinson commented. expected to be fine for training camp.
Denver RB Ryan Torain suffered an ACL tear in early Buffalo WR James Hardy is coming off a torn ACL suffered
November and wasn’t able to participate in May mini-camps. last season and may not be ready for the start of training camp
He’ll likely begin the season on the PUP list. as of mid-May 2009. He said in March (two months after knee
Philadelphia RB Brian Westbrook talked about his surgery) that he hopes to play in the last preseason game.
recent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 9th and said for the Oakland rookie WR Derrius Heyward-Bey sat out of
first time in years, he doesn’t feel any pain heading into an Sunday, May 10th’s workout due to a sore hamstring. The injury
offseason. He should be ready for the start of training camp. isn’t considered serious but does bear watching as nagging
hamstring injuries are the sort of injury that can dog a player.
+ WIDE RECEIVERS + Green Bay WR James Jones battled a torn PCL throughout
St. Louis WR Donnie Avery played 2008 with a cracked hip last season, but he is expected to be fine for training camp.
– he was told at the end of the season he’d need 8-10 weeks of Washington WR Malcolm Kelly is recovering from
rest to heal. He should be ready for training camp. offseason (March) knee surgery. He may not be ready for the

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start of training camp. Fellow 2008 draft pick Devin Thomas is coming off a broken foot suffered in the Alamo Bowl. It’s
was coming along nicely in mini-camp, but then injured his unclear if he will be able to participate in training camp.
hamstring. The team hopes Thomas will be able to participate in San Diego TE Antonio Gates sat out May minicamp due to
June OTAs. soreness in his injured big toe, and lingering effects from a late
Baltimore WR Derrick Mason underwent surgery to fix the season high ankle sprain. “I don’t know how I got through last
scapula and the labrum in his left shoulder in March, and may season,” Gates said. “The toe bothered me for months and then
miss all of training camp as a result: “It turned out to be more I hurt the ankle. But, somehow, I made it through.” The toe is
than we anticipated,” he said in early May. “But great doctors said to be “structurally” fine, but pain management is obviously
find a way to mend you back.” He expects to be in the Week 1 part of the package for Gates with this injury. He should be
starting lineup, but he turns 35 this year and his recovery may ready for training camp.
not go as smoothly as planned. Missing training camp may Baltimore TE Todd Heap was still struggling with his sore
mean that he’ll get off to a slow start in 2009. back as of minicamps. It remains to be seen if he’ll be able
Denver WR Brandon Marshall continues to recover from to participate fully in OTAs and minicamps, let alone training
early April hip surgery. He may not be ready for the start of camp.
training camp, although in recent comments he indicated his Cleveland TE Steve Heiden had ACL and MCL surgery in
hip is feeling “great.” The Broncos are installing a new offense December – he probably won’t be ready for training camp and
during the offseason and minicamps, and Marshall won’t get may not contribute much for the first half of the season.
any reps in the new system until training camp. Philadelphia rookie TE Cornelius Ingram may need
New Orleans WR Lance Moore tore the labrum and additional surgery to repair a damaged ACL in his knee. If so,
dislocated his left shoulder working out in mid-April. He had he’ll probably sit out the 2009 season.
surgery to repair the damage but may be iffy for the start of St. Louis TE Randy McMichael, who broke a bone in his
training camp as of mid-May. The team is hopeful he’ll be lower right leg Sept. 28 vs. Buffalo (also tearing a tendon in
ready for the start of regular season. his leg), and landed on IR as a result. As of May 8, agent Drew
Washington WR Santana Moss missed May minicamp due Rosenhaus asserts that McMichael is 100 percent recovered and
to shin splints – he’s expected to be fine for training camp. ready to play ball in 2009.
St. Louis WR Derrick Stanley suffered a torn ACL and Oakland TE Zach Miller had offseason sports hernia
cartilage damage in his knee during mid-December and surgery (he disclosed this in early May). He may not participate
underwent surgery to repair the damage. It is unclear if he’ll be in June practices, but is hopeful to be in action for training
ready for training camp. camp. Keep an eye on how Miller progresses once training
New England WR Brandon Tate (#83 pick in the 2009 camp begins as groin injuries are notorious for causing
Draft) is recovering from ACL and MCL (October 2008) injuries continuing problems even after surgical intervention (see
in his knee. He may not contribute to the Patriots this season. Philadelphia Kevin Curtis above, and Baltimore L.J. Smith,
Washington WR James Thrash missed May minicamp due below).
to a neck injury of unspecified type. He is expected back for Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew had a minor issue with a
June minicamps. tight hamstring in his first practices with Detroit, but he was
Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward is recovering from offseason held out more due to an abundance of caution rather than an
shoulder surgery (torn rotator cuff). He won’t participate in actual injury.
OTA/minicamps but is expected to be back for training camp. Carolina TE Dante Rosario underwent lower back surgery
Oakland WR Javon Walker surprised the Raiders in early in early May. He may be ready for training camp, but that is up
May by revealing he had further knee surgery on the right in the air as of mid-May.
knee originally repaired in 2007 (while he was with Denver) New Orleans TE Jeremy Shockey is said to be fully healed
– the team didn’t know about the procedure until a mandatory from last season’s sports hernia and is “anxious” to have a big
minicamp, when Walker was unable to participate. HC Tom year with the Saints in 2009.
Cable doesn’t expect Walker to be ready for the start of training Baltimore TE L.J. Smith sat out of early May practices due
camp, but he looks very dicey for 2009. to ongoing groin problems due to his sports hernia surgery
Baltimore WR Demetrius Williams recently indicated his performed a couple of years ago. He’s battled pain from the
80 percent recovered from a late-October/early-November injury/procedure for years now.
Achilles/ankle injury/surgery. He has been running in practices, Arizona TE Steven Spach had surgery to repair the ACL,
but still walks with a limp so we’ll see if he’s 100 percent by MCL and meniscus in his knee in late January. He’ll have a
training camp. hard time getting on the field for the start of regular season.
Dallas WR Roy Williams is apparently over his late-season Baltimore Quinn Sypniewski was signed to a one-year, $1
plantar fascia foot injury and the Cowboys are reportedly million contract in early April despite missing last season with
“elated” with his progress this offseason in the team’s offensive an ACL injury (suffered last April). He appears to be recovered
system. from the injury.

+ TIGHT ENDS+ + PLACE KICKER +
NY Giants rookie TE Travis Beckum suffered a broken leg Dallas PK Nick Folk underwent hip surgery on
as a senior in college, but is expected to be fine for the start of May 5. The team is hopeful he’ll be back up to
training camp. speed for training camp.
Cincinnati TE Chase Coffman (#98 pick in the 2009 Draft)

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Coaching
2009

& Philosophy Changes
by Jason Wood

T
he NFL is a demanding league, and the coaching carou-
sel never stops spinning. This offseason was particularly Baltimore Ravens
tumultuous. Nine teams hired new head coaches, and Head Coach: John Harbaugh
two more – Oakland and San Francisco – removed the interim Offensive Coordinator: Cam Cameron
tags from 2008 midseason coaching replacements. Defensive Coordinator: Greg Mattison (replaces Rex Ryan)
Four teams replaced Super Bowl winning head coaches:
Denver (Mike Shanahan), Indianapolis (Tony Dungy), Seattle What to expect on defense: Fans have to be nervous about
(Mike Holmgren), and Tampa Bay (Jon Gruden). The Broncos the state of the Ravens vaunted defense. Rex Ryan, a fixture
looked outside the organization for Shanahan’s replacement, but on the defensive staff since joining the team in 1999, has taken
the other three teams promoted from within. the Jets head coaching job, and brought a number of assistant
Although the head coaching turnover is what grabs headlines, coaches with him. The Ravens promoted linebackers coach
the changing landscape among assistant coaches remains vitally Greg Mattison, a surprising move after just one season on the
important to NFL fans and fantasy football owners. This year, an staff. Mattison has 36 years of collegiate coaching experi-
astounding 21 defensive coordinators were replaced; in one case, ence but had never coached in the NFL before last season. He
by the team’s head coach (Wade Phillips in Dallas). That’s clearly and John Harbaugh coached together under Jack Harbaugh in
a sign of the times, as defenses struggle to keep up with explosive the 80s, so there is a trust level there. Realistically, Mattison
offenses the NFL rules committee seems to be so intent on pro- won’t change much about the scheme; an aggressive 3-4 defen-
ducing. On the offensive side, 11 new coordinators are in place. sive front. He has enormous shoes to fill, but his cupboard is
Just remember, the smartest hires in February can look like the stocked with groceries.
worst in December; and the guys everyone assumes will struggle
are just as likely to emerge from the pack.
Carolina Panthers
Head Coach: John Fox
Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator: Jeff Davidson
Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt Defensive Coordinator: Ron Meeks (replaces Mike Trgovac)
Offensive Coordinator: Russ Grimm & Mike Miller (replace Todd Haley)
Defensive Coordinator: Bill Davis (replaces Clancy Pendergast) What to expect on defense: One of the more surprising
coaching changes this offseason for a number of reasons. Mike
What to expect on offense: The Cardinals offense won’t Trgovac had been with Carolina for seven seasons, coming
look much different this year under the watchful eyes of Russ aboard with John Fox. Despite a late season defensive swoon,
Grimm and Mike Miller. Whisenhunt will call the plays on the Panthers offered Trgovac a contract extension but ultimately
game day, and work closely with Grimm and Miller to game he opted to depart. Meeks steps in after his own seven-year
plan. Grimm, who has worked alongside Whisenhunt for a long stint in Indianapolis; where his defenses were known for being
time in Pittsburgh and Arizona, will serve as the run game coor- undersized but productive. Meeks will continue to run a 4-
dinator. Miller, the WR coach last season, will be the passing 3 defensive front that emphasizes consistent pressure on the
game coordinator. Expect a renewed emphasis on the ground outside. It’s less clear whether Meeks plans to implement the
game. The team drafted Chris “Beanie” Wells in order to inject Cover-2 – a hallmark of the Tony Dungy coaching tree that will
life and balance into the playcalling. depend on what Meeks sees from his players in camp.
What to expect on defense: Hopefully, improvement. The
Cardinals made the Super Bowl last year despite allowing
almost 27 points per game defensively. Clancy Pendergast was Cleveland Browns
let go in favor of Bill Davis, the Cardinals linebackers coach. Head Coach: Eric Mangini (replaces Romeo Crennel)
Although it’s hard to argue change was warranted, it’s unclear Offensive Coordinator: Brian Daboll (replaces Rob Chudzinski)
whether Davis will have more success. Davis struggled as the Defensive Coordinator: Rob Ryan (replaces Mel Tucker)
49ers defensive coordinator before joining the Cardinals staff,
and the Cardinals haven’t done much to improve the defensive What to expect on offense: We know that the organization
roster. will run through Eric Mangini, and very little will be said by

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other coaches or the team’s players to the media. That said,
Mangini will let the offense run through Brian Daboll, who
takes over the role of offensive coordinator for the first time
in his NFL career. Daboll spent two seasons in NY as the QB
coach and was the Patriots WR coach for five seasons before
that. Daboll will implement a version of Charlie Weis’ pro-style
offense, which figures to give Brady Quinn a leg up in the
quarterback race. The hallmark of the Weis offense is diversity,
and Daboll will want to bring an air of unpredictability to the
playcalling.
What to expect on defense: Mangini replaces Romeo
Crennel in Cleveland just as he replaced Crennel as the Patriots
defensive coordinator years ago. Mangini will be the archi-
tect of this defense and, schematically, it will look the same.
Mangini is a devout disciple of the 3-4 defensive front and
eschews exotic blitz packages. While Mangini will call the
shots, Rob Ryan will have a heavy hand; he’s too talented not
to. Landing Rob Ryan is a coup for a defense that struggled
under the old regime. Mangini wanted to hire Ryan to run the
Jets defense in 2008, but the Raiders wouldn’t let him out of his
contract. Ryan outlasted three head coaches in Oakland, and is
known for getting the most out of his players.

Dallas Cowboys
Head Coach: Wade Phillips
Offensive Coordinator: Jason Garrett
Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips (replaces Brian Stewart)

What to expect on defense: Wade Phillips took over the

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playcalling from Brian Stewart last year and it became an easy
Josh McDaniels
decision to let the DC go this offseason. Interestingly, Jerry
Jones opted not to hire a replacement, instead letting Phillips
handle both roles. Being an NFL head coach is a daunting task, tor. Nolan was inconsistent as the 49ers head coach but has
as is being the defensive play-caller. Needless to say, Phillips is vast experience as an NFL coordinator; serving as DC with the
going to have to rely heavily on his defensive assistants during Giants, Jets, Redskins and Ravens. The Broncos will need to be
the week to help game plan. patient, as their personnel isn’t ideally suited for a 3-4 yet.

Denver Broncos Detroit Lions
Head Coach: Josh McDaniels (replaces Mike Shanahan) Head Coach: Jim Schwartz (replaces Rod Marinelli)
Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy (replaces Rick Dennison) Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan (replaces Jim Colletto)
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Nolan (replaces Bob Slowik and Jim Defensive Coordinator: Gunther Cunningham (replaces Joe Barry)
Bates)
What to expect on offense: Jim Schwartz is a defensive
What to expect on offense: Make no mistake, the Broncos minded coach and he’s going to rely heavily on Scott Linehan
are trying to build Patriots West and owner Pat Bowlen is hop- to build the offense around first overall pick Matt Stafford.
ing Josh McDaniels can replicate the success of New England’s Linehan brings a wealth of experience to his new role, serv-
offense. Whether McDaniels is up to the task remains to be ing as the Rams head coach over the last three seasons and the
seen, but he will need to prove that any QB can execute his offensive coordinator in Minnesota and Miami prior to that. He
system after trading Jay Cutler away. McDaniels will call an emphasizes a north-south approach and will transition the team
attacking style of offense that changes its looks to fit the oppos- away from the zone-blocking scheme utilized by the former
ing defenses each week. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy coaches. In the passing game, Linehan believes in using mul-
comes over from Carolina where he served as the passing game tiple sets and taking shots downfield. Daunte Culpepper, who
coordinator and QB coach. About the only other certainty with may start to open the season, enjoyed his most productive sea-
the offense is that Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Marshall and sons in Minnesota with Linehan as his coach.
Eddie Royal should be important cogs. What to expect on defense: Jim Schwartz will have a strong
What to expect on defense: The Broncos were among the hand in rebuilding the 0-16 Lions defensively, but he’ll rely
worst defenses in the league last year and are making sweeping on Gunther Cunningham to do the heavy lifting. Cunningham
changes, including moving from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 front. The is a fiery guy, known for expletive-laden tirades as much as
Broncos were smart to land Mike Nolan as defensive coordina- he is for his defensive schemes. Even though Cunningham is

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best remembered for his dual stints in Kansas City, it was his Williams has carved out an impressive career in a number of
time in Tennessee coaching alongside Schwartz that landed NFL stints, he simply wasn’t a good fit with Jack Del Rio and
him this job. Cunningham has promised an aggressive, blitz- the Jaguars. Mel Tucker joins the Jaguars staff from Cleveland,
happy defensive approach, and will look to use man coverage where he served as defensive coordinator last season and
much more than he did in Kansas City under Herm Edwards. coached defensive backs from 2005-2007. Tucker’s inexperi-
The defense will be built around the linebacking corps of Ernie ence, particularly in a 4-3 scheme signals that Jack Del Rio will
Sims, Julian Peterson, Larry Foote and Jordan Dizon. be taking a more hands on approach this year.

Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs
Head Coach: Gary Kubiak Head Coach: Todd Haley (replaces Herman Edwards)
Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
Defensive Coordinator: Frank Bush (replaces Richard Smith) Defensive Coordinator: Clancy Pendergast (replaces Gunther Cunningham)

What to expect on defense: The Texans fired Richard Smith What to expect on offense: Todd Haley takes over for Herm
after another uninspiring defensive campaign and promoted Edwards fresh from a run to the Super Bowl as the Arizona
from within, naming Frank Bush to his first defensive coordina- Cardinals offensive coordinator. Haley opted to retain Chan
tor post. Bush coached the defensive line the last two seasons Gailey as offensive coordinator, signaling that he’s serious
and plans on using more deception, and running a lot of differ- about the holistic requirements of the head coaching position.
ent blitzes out of the base 4-3 formation. In addition to adding Retaining Gailey doesn’t mean the offense won’t look differ-
wrinkles to the existing playbook, Bush has to integrate a num- ent this year. The team traded for QB Matt Cassel, and you
ber of projected new starters. He expects to put more players in can be sure the Chiefs will throw the ball more than they did
the box to stop the run, and that will put pressure on the defen- under Herman Edwards. It’s unlikely the Chiefs have the offen-
sive backs to cover downfield. Bush also wants his defensive sive personnel to run the 3- and 4-WR sets Haley utilized in
lineman to push upfield; he never wants them going sideways. Arizona, but they should have a more effective rushing attack
now that Larry Johnson is back in the team’s good graces.
What to expect on defense: The Chiefs are going to run
Indianapolis Colts a 3-4 front this year and drafted Tyson Jackson with the third
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell (replaces Tony Dungy) overall pick to expedite the transition. The Chiefs don’t have
Offensive Coordinator: Clyde Christensen (replaces Tom Moore) the linebackers in place to fully leverage the flexibility of a 3-4
Defensive Coordinator: Larry Coyer (replaces Ron Meeks) defense, so expect Clancy Pendergast to play a relatively close
to the vest scheme in his first season. Pendergast joins Haley
What to expect on offense: A seismic changeover occurred from Arizona, where he served as defensive coordinator until
this offseason as HC Tony Dungy, OC Tom Moore and OL being fired after the Super Bowl. Chiefs fans have a right to be
Coach Howard Mudd all retired. Dungy was the least surpris- skeptical about Pendergast’s appointment, the Cardinals finished
ing, and the Colts had his replacement formally in place. Jim no better than 26th in points allowed over the last four seasons.
Caldwell takes over the head reins, and Clyde Christensen
will transition to OC following eight seasons as an offensive
assistant. On one hand, Tom Moore was the only OC Peyton
New England Patriots
Head Coach: Bill Belichick
Manning’s ever known, on the other hand, for years Manning
Offensive Coordinator: Vacant (no one replaces Josh McDaniels)
has been taking three plays into the huddle and making the call
Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees
himself. It’s tough to say how the players will react to the loss
of Dungy, Moore and Mudd, but don’t underestimate the pre-
What to expect on offense: For those who argue Josh
paredness and resiliency of this veteran group.
McDaniels wasn’t a product of Bill Belichick’s system, the fact
What to expect on defense: While the Colts defense had a
the Pats aren’t going to hire a coordinator in his place should
reputation for giving up big chunks of yardage under former
give them pause. Can you really be irreplaceable when the team
DC Ron Meeks, the fact remains that Meeks’ defenses were
doesn’t bother to replace you? Offensively things won’t change
among the stingiest and most aggressive in the AFC under his
in New England regardless of who calls the plays. As long as
watch. Regardless, Meeks opted out after Tony Dungy retired,
Tom Brady is healthy, the Pats will have a potent offense.
and the Colts have brought in Larry Coyer as his replacement.
Schematically, Coyer is cut from the same Cover-2 cloth that
Dungy and Meeks are, but he had the tendency to blitz more New Orleans Saints
while calling the defensive plays in Denver a few seasons ago. Head Coach: Sean Payton
Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael (replaces Doug Marrone)
Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams (replaces Gary Gibbs)
Head Coach: Jack Del Rio
Offensive Coordinator: Dirk Koetter What to expect on offense: When Doug Marrone decided
Defensive Coordinator: Mel Tucker (replaces Gregg Williams) to accept the head coaching position at Syracuse University,
the Saints wasted no time in promoting Pete Carmichael to
What to expect on defense: When Mike Smith left to take offensive coordinator. Carmichael has been the team’s QB
the Falcons head coaching job, the Jaguars thought they had coach the last three seasons and has an excellent working rela-
found the best replacement possible in Gregg Williams. While tionship with Drew Brees. Sean Payton will continue calling
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the plays, but Carmichael will be more involved in the game- What to expect on offense: The Raiders are going to play
planning now. Al Davis’ style of ball, and he’s going to put coaches in place to
What to expect on defense: Payton’s tenure has been charac- make sure of it. Tom Cable took over as interim head coach last
terized by explosive offenses paired with meandering defenses. year, and the team’s play improved under his watch. An offen-
Gregg Williams hopes to change that by bringing the most sive line coach by nature, Cable will try to bring consistency
aggressive zone-blitzing scheme to the Big Easy. Williams and toughness to the zone-blocking scheme. He will call the
has been defensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Tennessee and plays but rely heavily on Passing Game Coordinator Ted Tollner
Washington and will be asked to get more out of the Saints and QB coach Paul Hackett for game-planning. Tollner, a jour-
front seven. Williams likes to use a lot of man coverage so he neyman coordinator if there ever was one, has experience in
can blitz from all over the field, but the Saints defensive backs both the West Coast offense and the Air Coryell system.
aren’t particularly well suited to play on an island. What to expect on defense: Rob Ryan outlasted three
Raiders head coaches and has finally moved on to Cleveland
New York Giants as his contract had run out. John Marshall has big shoes to fill,
but the Raiders defense ranked 24th and 26th in points allowed
Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
over the last two seasons. Marshall has nearly 30 years of NFL
Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride
coaching experience, including stints as defensive coordinator
Defensive Coordinator: Bill Sheridan (replaces Steve Spagnuolo)
in San Francisco, Carolina and Seattle. The Raiders will use a
4-3 defensive front under Marshall, and will play a read-and-
What to expect on defense: Giants fans knew this day
react 2-gap system.
was coming, but they hoped it wouldn’t be so soon. Steve
Spagnuolo, whose arrival in New York coincided with the
team’s return to elite status, has taken the head coaching job
in St. Louis. The Giants opted to promote from within, nam-
San Diego Chargers
Head Coach: Norv Turner
ing linebackers coach Bill Sheridan to the post. Sheridan has Offensive Coordinator: Clarence Shelmon
enormous shoes to fill, but benefits from an absolutely stacked Defensive Coordinator: Ron Rivera (replaces Ted Cottrell)
roster. His main job will be maintaining the status quo, while
integrating new pieces like Michael Boley, Rocky Bernard and What to expect on defense: The Chargers fired Ted Cottrell
Chris Canty. last October and promoted LB coach Ron Rivera. Rivera had
been a successful defensive coordinator in Chicago before wear-
New York Jets ing out his welcome by flirting with too many head coaching
opportunities. Rivera is a versatile coach and acquitted himself
Head Coach: Rex Ryan (replaces Eric Mangini)
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer well last year in a 3-4 scheme. But he prefers a 4-3 front and the
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Pettine (replaces Bob Sutton) Chargers are going to mix up their front seven looks this year to
encompass Rivera’s experience calling both schemes.
What to expect on offense: New head coach Rex Ryan is
a defensive guy through and through, and he was impressed
enough with incumbent OC Brian Schottenheimer to retain his
San Francisco 49ers
Head Coach: Mike Singletary (replaces Mike Nolan)
services. Schottenheimer is a disciple of both the West Coast Offensive Coordinator: Jimmy Raye (replaces Mike Martz)
offense and the Air Coryell offense and leverages a power run- Defensive Coordinator: Greg Manusky
ning attack to set up downfield passing. The biggest question
for Schottenheimer is getting the team’s young QBs ready to What to expect on offense: Mike Singletary has far more
play, as either first rounder Mark Sanchez or inexperienced notoriety for his achievements as a player than he does in his
Kellen Clemens will be under center. brief coaching career. Singletary is going to heavily rely on
What to expect on defense: One word – aggression. Ryan’s his assistants in his first full season as the 49ers head coach.
defenses in Baltimore were ferocious, combining unbridled Offensively, Jimmy Raye will call the shots. Raye is from the
aggression with world-class preparation and scouting. Even Coryell School, but he’s much more conservative than Mike
though Ryan’s defenses look chaotic, it’s actually the disci- Martz. The good news is Raye has been an NFL offensive
plined roles each man maintains that allow for such attacking coordinator for six different teams. The bad news is he’s lasted
play. The Jets will likely undergo a bit of a transition period, less than two seasons per stop. Raye’s first order of business is
but this is a team loaded with quality defensive personnel. Plus, choosing a quarterback - no easy feat with this roster.
the additions of LB Bart Scott, S Jim Leonhard and CB Lito What to expect on defense: On the surface, not much has
Sheppard will speed up the process. Mike Pettine will serve as changed in San Francisco. Manusky was Mike Nolan’s defen-
Ryan’s right hand man, just as he did in Baltimore coaching the sive coordinator and Singletary was a defensive assistant, too.
outside linebackers. So what’s changed from this time last year? Nolan is gone
and so is the propensity to play a complex hybrid system that
morphs back and forth between 3- and 4-man fronts. Once
Oakland Raiders Singletary took over last year, Manusky ditched the hybrid
Head Coach: Tom Cable (replaces Lane Kiffin) approach for a pure 3-4 and simplified the playbook. The result
Offensive Coordinator: Ted Tollner (replaces Greg Knapp) was a nearly 10-point improvement in points allowed. Expect
Defensive Coordinator: John Marshall (replaces Rob Ryan) more of the same in 2009.

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What to expect on offense: Jeff Jagodzinski left his role as
Seattle Seahawks the Packers offensive coordinator for the head coaching position
Head Coach: Jim Mora (replaces Mike Holmgren) at Boston College. Two seasons later, he’s back in the NFL after
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Knapp (replaces Gil Haskell) being fired by BC for interviewing with the New York Jets. It’s
Defensive Coordinator: Gus Bradley (replaces John Marshall) no surprise that Jagodzinski landed on his feet in Tampa Bay,
where he will be tasked with taking the Bucs offense in a new
What to expect on offense: The Seahawks enjoyed a lot direction. Although Jagodzinski has roots in the West Coast
of success running a traditional West Coast offense, and that offense, he pulls elements from a number of different schemes
won’t change under the new coaches. Greg Knapp has a long and is loathe to label his style of playcalling as WCO. He will
history of working with Jim Mora – both were coordinators emphasize a zone-blocking scheme and hopes to use the run to
in San Francisco and then Knapp was Mora’s OC in Atlanta. set up downfield passing off play action.
While Knapp continues to advocate a WCO passing attack, he What to expect on defense: The pairing of Jim Bates and
developed an affinity for the zone-blocking scheme while in Raheem Morris is a curious one. Both are advocates of 4-3
Atlanta and will implement the scheme in Seattle. He believes fronts, but that’s roughly where the similarities end. Morris is a
in using a committee of RBs and emphasizes offensive balance Tampa Cover-2 guy through and through, believing the defen-
above all else. sive tackles need to get upfield and pressure the passer. Bates
What to expect on defense: Gus Bradley is the latest in a prefers his tackles to stand their ground and plug holes, letting
long line of Monte Kiffin disciples to land a defensive coor- the linebackers flow to the gaps. Morris will probably look for
dinator position. Bradley coached the Bucs’ linebackers in Bates to have input on the front seven specifically, while he
2007-2008 and has been called a “head coach in waiting” by his focuses more on the defensive backfield, where he’s most expe-
mentor. Bradley will run a version of the Cover-2, just as his rienced. With the youth movement afoot, there is more uncer-
predecessor did, but expect the team to play a more aggressive tainty in Tampa Bay than there’s been in a long, long time.
1-gap front than the 2-gap system Marshall advocated. Bradley
also expects his defensive backs to play the QB and react rather
than play the man. Tennessee Titans
Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Heimerdinger
St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Cecil (replaces Jim Schwartz)
Head Coach: Steve Spagnuolo (replaces Scott Linehan)
Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur (replaces Al Saunders) What to expect on defense: The Titans smartly promoted
Defensive Coordinator: Ken Flajole (replaces Jim Haslett) from within to replace Jim Schwartz, who took the Lions head
coaching job. Cecil has been a Titans assistant coach since
What to expect on offense: Steve Spagnuolo is a defen- 2001, coaching the defensive backs for most of his tenure.
sive-minded coach through and through, which means he’ll Don’t expect much to change under Cecil, save for the recogni-
rely heavily on his new OC Pat Shurmur to right an offense tion that no defense is going to be as stout without the services
that ranked 30th in points scored last season. Shurmur worked of DT Albert Haynesworth as they were with him.
with Spagnuolo in Philadelphia, where Shurmur has served as
the Eagles QB coach for the last seven years. You can expect
Shurmur to implement an offensive system evocative of the
Eagles, but he’ll try to attain more balance to take advantage
Other Notable Coaching Changes
of Steven Jackson, the team’s best offensive weapon. Key to
• Bob Sanders (BUF) – Defensive Line Coach
any improvement comes with rebuilding the offensive line and
• Richard Smith (CAR) – Linebackers Coach
second overall pick Jason Smith needs to perform immediately.
What to expect on defense: When Spagnuolo became • Rod Marinelli (CHI) – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
the DC in New York after serving under Jim Johnson in • Joe DeCamillis (DAL) – Special Teams Coordinator
Philadelphia, many wondered if he could replicate the Eagles • Rick Dennison (DEN) – Offensive Line Coach
success defensively. Not only was Spagnuolo an apt pupil, he • Mike Priefer (DEN) – Special Teams Coordinator
overtook his mentor in many ways. A lot of coaches talk about • Mike Trgovac (GB) – Defensive Line Coach
attacking the opponent, but few follow through as aggressively • Shawn Slocum (GB) – Special Teams Coordinator
as Spagnuolo did in New York. Now granted, he had the weap- • Russ Purnell (JAX) – Special Teams Coordinator
ons in New York on the defensive line, but there’s no question • Gary Gibbs (KC) – Linebackers Coach
he’ll turn the Rams into a blitz-happy unit in short order. Ken • Bill Muir (KC) – Offensive Line Coach
Flajole, a well respected defensive assistant in Carolina, will • Dave DeGuglielmo (MIA) – Offensive Line Coach
handle the DC duties. • Scott O’Brien (NE) – Special Teams Coordinator
• Bob Sutton (NYJ) – Defensive Line Coach
• John Fassel (OAK) – Special Teams Coordinator
Tampa Bay Buccaneers • Rob Chudzinski (SD) – Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends
Head Coach: Raheem Morris (replaces Jon Gruden) • Joe Barry (TB) – Linebackers Coach
Offensive Coordinator: Jeff Jagodzinski (replaces Bill Muir)
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Bates (replaces Monte Kiffin)

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very year, some journeyman
turns into a star simply because
he’s got a new address. Is it
due to a new system? The weather?
Something in the water? The answers to
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how do we know which players will turn
into stars? And how do we know how
worked wonders when he was in Arizona.
the stars (I’m looking at you, Jay Cutler) QUARTERBACK The bad news is that Kansas City doesn’t
will respond to a change of scenery?
That’s where we come in. have many proven weapons, particularly
1. Jay Cutler - Chicago (from Denver)
We’ve broken down each key situa- following the trade of future Hall of
What happened: Once it became clear
tion by position to give a comprehensive Fame TE Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta.
that new head coach Josh McDaniels
look at all that has gone on this offsea- coveted Matt Cassel to run his offense,
son in the fantasy world. Our team of 3. Sage Rosenfels - Minnesota (from Houston)
the coach and Cutler didn’t see eye to
writers has managed to steal playbooks What happened: After three seasons
eye. Bears GM Jerry Angelo pulled the
for all 32 teams to see exactly how backing up Matt Schaub in Houston,
trigger on a bold move that gives the
these players will be utilized. And even Rosenfels was traded to Minnesota
Bears their best signal caller in decades,
if certain aspects of that last sentence to compete for the starting role with
if not ever.
are complete fabrications, just know Tarvaris Jackson.
What it means: Bears fans will now
that you’re in good hands here with our What it means: Rosenfels is a gun-
find out if they really have been a
evaluation and analysis. slinger who brings a startlingly different
quarterback short of a title these last
Even if you don’t take our suggestions approach to the position than Jackson.
few years. Cutler will solidify the posi-
to the bank, be aware that all of these On one hand, Rosenfels completes a high
tion and should dramatically improve
players are in the unique position of percentage of passes. On the other hand,
Chicago’s passing attack.
having just about everything you knew he’s a turnover machine (29 intercep-
about them basically tossed out the tions in 453 attempts). If he wins the
2. Matt Cassel - Kansas City (from NE)
window. We simply can’t guarantee with job, Rosenfels could be a fantasy sleeper
What happened: Cassel stepped in
any certainty how one player adjusts or in leagues that don’t penalize turnovers
for an injured Tom Brady last year and
adapts to his new surroundings, espe- harshly. Of course, all of this goes out the
played quite well. Scott Pioli obtained
cially this early in the offseason. But window if Favre comes to town.
the rights to Cassel, who will serve as
that’s what makes this part of fantasy the cornerstone of the Chiefs rebuilding
football so much fun. It’s also why 4. Byron Leftwich - Tampa Bay (from Pittsburgh)
effort.
you’d do well to read what is below, and What happened: Leftwich played
What it means: Cassel will be the
then follow up with us on our website well in limited action last year as Ben
unquestioned starter for a team in des-
throughout the summer months to see Roethlisberger’s backup, and parlayed
perate need of offensive cohesion. The
exactly how each player is adjusting. that into a two-year contract with Tampa.
good news is that head coach Todd Haley

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What it means: With a new coach, landed in one of the few places he might offense with additional weapons, so if
several other veteran quarterbacks on the actually see the field. Oakland is Garcia’s Smith needs to share time or gets injured,
roster, and a rookie first rounder in tow, fifth team in six years. the job would be Morris’s to lose.
Leftwich has precious little time to make What it means: Garcia isn’t the kind
his mark. Rookie Josh Freeman realisti- of veteran who comfortably mentors a 4. Dominic Rhodes - Buffalo (from Indianapolis)
cally needs some seasoning, so Leftwich younger player willingly, and he still What happened: Rhodes signed a two-
could emerge as the opening week starter believes he should start. Make no mis- year deal with the Bills after his second
and, if he plays well, could hold onto the take – the Raiders have every intention of go-round with Indianapolis last season.
job for much of the season. playing JaMarcus Russell. But you can What it means: Buffalo is preparing for
never predict what’s going to happen in a suspension of as many as three games
5. Kyle Orton - Denver (from Chicago) Oakland. Garcia won’t hesitate to press for starter Marshawn Lynch. That would
What happened: The Bears didn’t hesi- for a chance at the first sign of discontent promote Fred Jackson to a starting role
tate to send Orton packing for the chance with his young teammate. and leave the backup role vacant. Enter
to bring Jay Cutler aboard. He’ll now Rhodes, who is a strong secondary back
compete for the starting job against Chris OTHER NOTABLE QUARTERBACKS and is used to a committee approach.
Simms in Denver. WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
Kyle Boller - Saint Louis (from Baltimore)
What it means: Most assume Orton 5. Leonard Weaver - Philadelphia (from Seattle)
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Buffalo (from Cincinnati)
will win the job in Denver, which would Damon Huard - San Francisco (from Kansas City) What happened: The Eagles added
make him an attractive sleeper given the J.T. O’Sullivan - Cincinnati (from San Francisco) Leonard Weaver via free agency, signing
likes of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Dan Orlovsky - Houston (from Detroit) him to a one-year contract.
Royal at his disposal. But Orton is hardly Patrick Ramsey - Tennessee (from Denver) What it means: When Correll
a pedigreed passer and must earn the job Brett Ratliff - Cleveland (from NY Jets) Buckhalter left for Denver, Philadelphia
against a healthy and focused Simms. was devoid of talent after starter Brian
Note: As of press time, Brett Favre was still
unsigned but was possibly contemplating a come- Westbrook. So, they went out and signed
6. Chris Simms - Denver (from Tennessee) back with the Minnesota Vikings. Weaver. Weaver has good hands and can
What happened: Last year, Simms rush inside, and also stepped up when
quietly served Tennessee well as a RUNNING BACK injuries afforded him more playing time.
backup, and signed with Denver to be Weaver’s role, however, is likely to be
Jay Cutler’s backup. But with Cutler’s 1. Derrick Ward - Tampa Bay (from NYG) diminished once rookie LeSean McCoy
trade to Chicago, new Head Coach Josh What happened: The Bucs added learns the Eagle offense.
McDaniels has promised an open compe- Derrick Ward as a free agent, awarding
tition between Simms and Kyle Orton. him a four-year contract. 6. LaMont Jordan - Denver (from NE)
What it means: While Simms hasn’t What it means: Tampa Bay’s running
done enough to bet on his success, he back stable got pretty thin in a hurry. 7. Correll Buckhalter - Denver (from Philadelphia)
always possessed the size, mechanics Warrick Dunn was not re-signed and
and temperament to earn a starting role. Cadillac Williams blew out his knee 8. J.J. Arrington - Denver (from Arizona)
Orton should be considered the favorite, again late last year and may be lost for What happened: Denver added three
but he’s by no means assured of win- 2009. Although he’ll share carries with backs to form a new group of potential
ning the job. If Simms emerges, he has Earnest Graham, Ward looks to be the rushers during the free agency period
the supporting cast to put up respectable favorite to start and to repeat a 1,000- prior to the NFL Draft.
numbers. yard season. What it means: New head coach Josh
McDaniels appeared to be repeating his
7. Jon Kitna - Dallas (from Detroit) 2. Fred Taylor - New England (from Jacksonville) previous approach from New England,
What happened: The Cowboys strug- What happened: The Patriots signed gathering several backs to put together a
gled when Tony Romo was sidelined last the veteran Jaguar to a two-year deal. large, running back committee. All that
season, so they made acquiring Kitna What it means: New England loves to changed on Draft Day, however, as the
a priority to insulate against a similar use a committee approach to running the Broncos used their first pick to select
occurrence in the future. ball, and they certainly love veteran con- Knowshon Moreno from Georgia. They
What it means: Kitna has been a Top tributors looking to go on one last cham- will likely insert him as their primary ball
10 fantasy quarterback for three different pionship run. Taylor will compete with carrier. Barring an injury or a holdout, all
teams and gives the Cowboys the safety Laurence Maroney for the bulk of the three backs may not see much in the way
valve they sorely missed in 2008. Just as work, and both are likely to share touches of playing time for Denver in 2009.
importantly, he has chemistry with wide- with Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris.
out Roy Williams, having thrown to him OTHER NOTABLE RUNNING BACKS
in Detroit during both of Kitna’s 4,000- 3. Maurice Morris - Detroit (from Seattle) WHO CHANGED TEAMS
yard passing seasons. What happened: The long-time (INCLUDES FBS):
Heath Evans - New Orleans (from New England)
Seahawk inked a three-year deal to join
Noah Herron - Cleveland (from New York Jets)
8. Jeff Garcia - Oakland (from Tampa Bay) the Lions. Jason Wright - Arizona (from Cleveland)
What happened: After two seasons What it means: After Kevin Smith, Note: As of press time, four high-profile run-
starting in Tampa, the new regime decid- the tailback depth chart gets very thin in ning backs (Warrick Dunn, Edgerrin James, Rudi
ed to go in a different direction. Garcia Detroit. The Lions are bolstering their Johnson, and Deuce McAllister) remained unsigned.
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Johnson. OTHER NOTABLE WIDE RECEIVERS
WIDE RECEIVER What it means: Though he was given WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
Bobby Engram - Kansas City (from Seattlee)
a shot to be a featured receiver in San
1. Terrell Owens - Buffalo (from Dallas)
Francisco, he put up mediocre numbers
What happened: After Owens was Note: As of press time, Plaxico Burress, D.J.
(45/546/3). Now he joins an 0-16 team
released by the Cowboys, he surprisingly Hackett and Marvin Harrison, and Amani Toomer
that figures to start a rookie quarterback
signed to play for the Bills. remained unsigned.
for most of the year.
What it means: Owens will team with
Lee Evans to form an impressive start-
6. Brandon Jones - San Francisco (from Tennessee)
TIGHT END
ing duo, but will he be able to be a good
What happened: Jones was an unrestrict- 1. Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta (from Kansas City)
teammate this year? Historically, he
ed free agent who was signed by the 49ers. What happened: The Falcons
behaves fairly well in his first year in a
What it means: Jones historically had addressed their glaring need for a pass-
new city. If he’s got his attitude where it
trouble staying healthy in Tennessee, but he catching tight end by trading their 2010
needs to be, Owens can still be a domi-
did set career highs in targets (62), recep- second-round draft choice to the Chiefs
nant player.
tions (41) and yards receiving (449) while for Gonzalez.
playing in all 16 games. He’ll get the same What it means: Gonzalez is a future
2. T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Seattle (from Cincinnati)
shot that Bryant Johnson got last year – to Hall of Fame tight end and is coming off
What happened: Houshmandzadeh was
be a starter – but it remains to be seen if a 96-catch season. Matt Ryan now has
an unrestricted free agent and got a huge
Jones is up to the task. Roddy White and Gonzalez to go along
deal to play for Seattle.
What it means: Houshmandzadeh was with Michael Turner in what appears to
7. Nate Washington - Tennessee (from Pittsburgh) be a very formidable offense for 2009.
one of the best receivers in this year’s
What happened: An unrestricted free
free-agent pool. Despite working with
agent, Washington got $9 million in 2. Kellen Winslow - Tampa Bay (from Cleveland)
sub-par quarterback talent for parts of the
guaranteed money from Tennessee to join What happened: Cleveland traded
last three years, he still caught at least 90
their squad. away its young and talented tight end for
passes each season. It remains to be seen
What it means: Washington is an undisclosed future draft picks.
how he’ll transition from the Bengals’ to
upgrade for the Titans and could flourish What it means: The Bucs needed
the Seahawks’ system, but he is expected
if he gets on the same page with Kerry options in their passing attack, and
to be their top receiver in 2009.
Collins. However, the Titans’ style of Winslow should instantly add a strong
offense doesn’t typically produce top-tier second option to complement WR
3. Laveranues Coles - Cincinnati (from NYJ)
fantasy wide receivers. They were 27th in Antonio Bryant. Whoever wins the quar-
What happened: After the Jets
passing offense in 2008 with Collins at terback job in Tampa should be looking
released Coles, he got a four-year deal
the helm (2,819 pass yards) and 28th in for Winslow quite a bit, especially in the
to join Cincinnati. He’ll attempt to
passing touchdowns, with 13. red zone.
fill the void left by the departed T.J.
Houshmandzadeh.
8. Jabar Gaffney - Denver (from NE) 3. L.J. Smith - Baltimore (from Philadelphia)
What it means: Coles is a hard work-
What happened: Gaffney was an unre- What happened: Free agent L.J. Smith
ing player who landed in a potentially
stricted free agent and followed coach signed a one-year deal with the Ravens.
good spot (depending on whether Carson
Josh McDaniels from New England to What it means: The writing is on the
Palmer returns to full health). If Palmer
Denver. wall for Todd Heap in Baltimore. Heap’s
struggles again this year, though, Coles
What it means: Gaffney usually plays health is waning and he was used mostly
will have a hard time making an impact
a solid 16 games and snagged 38/468/2 as a blocker last year, so Smith becomes
fantasy-wise.
receiving from Matt Cassel last year. He the receiving tight end in the Ravens
should be a viable third receiver for the offense. It is uncertain if Smith can
4. Torry Holt - Jacksonville (from St. Louis)
Broncos. rekindle his career and get back to being
What happened: Holt was released by
the Rams and signed with Jacksonville a Top 10 fantasy tight end, especially in a
9. Joey Galloway - New England (from TB) run-first Ravens offense.
for three years.
What happened: Galloway was
What it means: Holt has been a lead-
released by the Bucs after an injury- 4. Chris Baker - New England (from NY Jets)
ing NFL wideout for many years, but
marred season. New England decided What happened: Baker signed a
he’s starting to show all the mileage on
that the 37-year old may still have some five-year deal with New England in free
his legs. He’ll be a veteran leader for the
gas in the tank and signed him. agency.
Jaguars, but the drop-off to 64 recep-
What it means: Galloway is just one What it means: The Patriots needed
tions and three touchdowns last year with
season removed from a string of three depth behind Ben Watson, who has
Saint Louis was an ominous sign. Still, a
consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. He missed an average of three games a year
change of scenery could rejuvenate him.
probably won’t approach those numbers the past three seasons. Watson has also
as New England’s third receiver, but he seen his catches and yards per catch
5. Bryant Johnson - Detroit (from San Francisco)
might have some decent games left in the drop in each of the last two seasons,
What happened: Johnson was an
old legs. so additional help was warranted. With
unrestricted free agent and signed with
Detroit to play second-fiddle to Calvin Tom Brady expected back, Baker has

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decent upside to be a serviceable fantasy and is a large, punishing lineman. He to leave and sign with Miami.
backup. doesn’t have great quickness and can be What it means: He is a very talented
exposed by speed rushers but his addi- player, and the Dolphins believe his
5. Robert Royal - Cleveland (from Buffalo) tion, along with fellow newcomer Jason upside outweighs the likelihood for
What happened: The Browns traded Peters, ensures the Eagles offensive line injury. The Dolphins gave up a talented
Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay and added will be big and physical in 2009. young center in his own right in Samson
Royal via free agency. Satele, so Grove needs to play exception-
What it means: Cleveland looks to be 4. C Matt Birk - Baltimore (from Minnesota) ally well and stay healthy this season.
a team in turmoil with so many changes What happened: The Ravens lost tal-
on offense for 2009. Royal may have the ented young center Jason Brown to the 9. T Tra Thomas - Jacksonville (from Philadelphia)
inside track to start at tight end but is Rams in free agency this offseason, but What happened: Jacksonville suffered
unlikely to be a major contributor as a somewhat made amends by signing vet- through horrible injury woes along the
receiver. eran center Matt Birk to a four-year deal. offensive line last season. In an attempt
What it means: Birk has 11 years of to stabilize the offensive line and return
OTHER NOTABLE TIGHT ENDS WHO experience. While he may not be the to dominance, the Jaguars picked up
CHANGED TEAMS: player he once was, his veteran savvy and Thomas.
Alex Smith - New England (from Tampa Bay)
talent will definitely fill the hole in the What it means: Thomas is getting a
Anthony Becht - St. Louis (from Arizona)
Dan Campbell - New Orleans (from Detroit) middle of the Ravens offensive line. little long in the tooth at 34, but should
Michael Gaines - Chicago (from Detroit) still have another good season or two and
Will Heller - Detroit (from Seattle) 5. G Derrick Dockery - Washington (from Buffalo) is certainly an upgrade at the right tackle
Tony Curtis - Kansas City (from Dallas) What happened: Dockery played well, position.
but the Bills could not justify his salary
OFFENSIVE LINE and released him. The Redskins had a 10. T Orlando Pace - Chicago (from St. Louis)
hole at the guard position and welcomed What happened: The Bears signed
1. T Jason Peters - Philadelphia (from Buffalo) Dockery back with open arms. formerly-elite lineman Orlando Pace in
What happened: The Bills traded their What it means: He has played with the an attempt to shore up a weakness at left
former franchise LT to Philadelphia other starting linemen in the past, and he tackle.
because of a contract dispute. The Eagles will have an easy transition back into the What it means: At the top of his game,
gave up three picks (including the 28th Redskins fold. Pace was truly dominant. He has been
overall pick this season) for the rights to injury prone for a few seasons now, how-
Peters. 6. T Marvel Smith - San Francisco (from Pittsburgh) ever, and has not been as effective as he
What it means: Peters has become What happened: Smith was a very was early in his career. Still, his arrival
one of the more dominant left tackles in good player early on in his career, but alone is a boon for the offensive line as
the game. He has the speed and quick- a nagging back injury has derailed his he’ll give them a strong, veteran pres-
ness to deal with the speed rushers and productivity. Now he is looking to regain ence. Pace has had a Hall of Fame career,
the strength to punish defenders in the his reputation as a top tackle with a new and if he can come even close to his past
running game. He is an upgrade for the franchise. production, he could have a Pro Bowl
Eagles over longtime starter Tra Thomas. What it means: If Smith can put injury season for the club.
woes behind him, he can step into a start-
2. C Jason Brown - Saint Louis (from Baltimore) ing role and do a good job. It is just as OTHER NOTABLE OFFENSIVE LINE-
What happened: The Rams needed a likely, however, that his bad back will MEN WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
lot of offensive line help and landed a persist for the rest of his career, limiting T Khalif Barnes - Oakland (from Jacksonville)
huge piece in revamping it this offseason his effectiveness. G Mike Goff - Kansas City (from San Diego)
when they inked Brown. C Geoff Hangartner - Buffalo (from Carolina)
T Daniel Loper - Detroit (from Tennessee)
What it means: Brown is a talented, 7. C Samson Satele - Oakland (from Miami)
T Frank Omiyale - Chicago (from Carolina)
young center who will become the leader What happened: A few weeks after T Erik Pears - Oakland (from Denver)
of an offensive line looking to improve signing Jake Grove, the Dolphins traded G Duke Preston - Green Bay (from Buffalo)
this season. He is just 25 and entering his their gifted, young center Samson Satele T Kevin Shaffer - Chicago (from Cleveland)
fifth season in the league. Having played to the Raiders for a draft choice. T John St. Clair - Cleveland (from Chicago)
in all 16 games each of the last two sea- What it means: Satele had shoulder G Floyd Womack - Cleveland (from Seattle)
sons, he is a great player to re-build a surgery to repair a torn labrum but
team around. should be back to full health by the start DEFENSIVE LINE
of the season. He is a strong, intelligent
3. T Stacy Andrews - Philadelphia (from Cincinnati) player and the Raiders will be very happy 1. DT Albert Haynesworth - Washington (from Tennessee)
What happened: It is going to be the to have him manning the interior of their What happened: The league’s most
Andrews brothers show in 2009 after offensive line. dominant defensive tackle left the Titans
Stacy signed a six-year deal to join his and signed with the Redskins for seven
brother Shawn on the right side of the 8. C Jake Grove - Miami (from Oakland) years.
Eagles offensive line. What happened: Grove was unable to What it means: Haynesworth has yet
What it means: Andrews has played in stay healthy throughout his five seasons to play a full 16-game season, but over
29 of 32 games over the last two seasons in Oakland, and the Raiders allowed him the past couple of years he has clearly
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emerged as one of the best fantasy near the size or strength of Haynesworth, a breakout season in 2007. Although he
defensive tackles in the game. He will Haye is one of the quickest defensive played SLB in Atlanta and wasn’t always
certainly help solidify the interior of the tackles in the league. The Titans will a three-down player, he’ll likely be
Redskins defensive line and should make likely use a committee approach to try moved to WLB with the Giants and play
things much easier for pass rushers like and fill Haynesworth’s shoes, but Haye in all downs and situations. With all the
Andre Carter and rookie Brian Orakpo. could become a serviceable starter in DT- talent the Giants have on the defensive
required leagues. line and an aging Antonio Pierce at MLB,
2. DE Antonio Smith - Houston (from Arizona) Boley is in a great situation and could
What happened: Smith left Phoenix OTHER NOTABLE DEFENSIVE produce like a LB3 for fantasy owners.
and signed a five-year contract to play LINEMEN WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
DT Rocky Bernard - NY Giants (from Seattle)
opposite Mario Williams. 4. ILB Kevin Burnett - San Diego (from Dallas)
DT Shaun Cody - Houston (from Detroit)
What it means: A former fifth-round DT Colin Cole - Seattle (from Green Bay)
What happened: Burnett joins a very
pick with just 15.5 career sacks, Smith DT Rod Coleman - New Orleans (from Atlanta) strong LB group in San Diego after sign-
was the best pass rusher available in free DE Demetric Evans - San Francisco (from ing a two year contract.
agency this year. Playing opposite Mario Washington) What it means: Although Burnett was
Williams along with the switch from a DT Grady Jackson - Detroit (from Atlanta) never able to emerge as a starter dur-
3-4 to a 4-3 defense should boost his DT Tank Johnson - Cincinnati (from Dallas) ing his four years in Dallas, he proved
DT C.J. Mosley - Cleveland (from NY Jets)
numbers and could make him a Top 20 to be a very strong nickel linebacker.
DT Cory Redding - Seattle (from Detroit)
fantasy defensive end. DE Darrell Reid - Denver (from Indianapolis) The Chargers have not gotten a lot of
DE Darrell Robertson - Kansas City (from New production from Matt Wilhelm and Tim
3. DE Chris Canty - NY Giants (from Dallas) England) Dobbins at ILB, so they should give
What happened: The Giants added a Burnett a chance to win that job. Given
versatile player for their defensive line by LINEBACKER his strength in coverage, there is a good
signing Canty from Dallas to a six-year chance that Burnett could emerge as a
deal. 1. ILB Bart Scott - New York Jets (from Baltimore) three-down linebacker alongside Stephen
What it means: Canty’s numbers in What happened: Scott signed a six- Cooper.
Dallas were not that impressive (10 year contract to follow Rex Ryan out of
career sacks in 64 games), but he is mov- Baltimore and join him with the Jets. 5. OLB Angelo Crowell - Tampa Bay (from Buffalo)
ing to a much better situation. The Giants What it means: Ryan signed Scott What happened: After spending last
have the league’s best collection of pass to become a focal point of the new year on injured reserve, Crowell left the
rushers, which should create a lot of one- defense. Scott has often been overshad- Bills and signed a one-year contract with
on-one situations. Canty could see a lot owed by Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs in Tampa.
of snaps at defensive tackle, but he can Baltimore, but he’ll combine with David What it means: Crowell has been a
also play end on run downs and the con- Harris to give the Jets a very strong ILB very productive fantasy linebacker in
tract he signed should ensure that he gets tandem. While he may not live up to the Buffalo, but he may be limited to a two-
plenty of playing time. huge contract, Scott should see a bump in down role in Tampa. Initial indications
his production and wind up as a Top 20 are that Jermaine Phillips will be moved
4. DE Kenyon Coleman - Cleveland (from NY Jets) fantasy LB. from safety to WLB replace Derrick
What happened: In a draft day trade, Brooks, which would leave Crowell at
the Jets shipped Kenyon Coleman and 2. OLB Julian Peterson - Detroit (from Seattle) SLB. He’s an athletic and versatile line-
a package of players and picks to the What happened: Peterson refused to backer, but he may need some breaks to
Browns for the chance to draft Mark take a salary cut, so the Seahawks traded become a quality fantasy starter again.
Sanchez. him to Detroit for Cory Redding and a
What it means: Coleman has been an fifth round pick. OTHER NOTABLE LINEBACKERS
effective starter for the past two years WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
What it means: The Seahawks felt
OLB Tully Banta-Cain - New England (from San
and should make a quick adjustment Peterson’s skills were on the decline and Francisco)
playing in the same scheme under Eric that he was no longer worth the money ILB Eric Barton - Cleveland (from NY Jets)
Mangini. Look for him to start at DE on he was due. Peterson should provide ILB Keith Brooking - Dallas (from Atlanta)
a strong defensive line. Although he has a big boost to the Lions defense. He’s ILB Andra Davis - Denver (from Cleveland)
limited upside as a pass rusher, Coleman expected to line up at SLB in the base OLB Cato June - Houston (from Tampa Bay)
is a reliable fantasy option due to his sur- package but could also see plenty of time OLB Niko Koutouvides - Tampa Bay (from Denver)
prisingly high tackle numbers. OLB Mike Peterson - Atlanta (from Jacksonville)
as a DE in passing situations after aver-
ILB Pat Thomas - Buffalo (from Kansas City)
aging eight sacks per year over the last ILB Zach Thomas - Kansas City (from Dallas)
5. DT Jovan Haye - Tennessee (from Tampa Bay) three seasons. OLB Mike Vrabel - Kansas City (from New
What happened: After losing Albert England)
Haynesworth in free agency, the Titans 3. OLB Michael Boley - New York Giants (from Atlanta)
signed Haye to a four-year contract.
What it means: Haye broke out in 2007
What happened: Boley left the Falcons DEFENSIVE BACK
to sign a five-year contract with the
and finished as the top fantasy defensive Giants. 1. S Gibril Wilson - Miami (from Oakland)
tackle, but he struggled with injuries for What it means: Boley was a three- What happened: One year after sign-
much of 2008. While he doesn’t have year starter for the Falcons and enjoyed ing a big contract, the Raiders released
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Wilson and he quickly signed a five-year 5. S James Butler - St. Louis (from NY Giants) Rayner’s sixth stop in the NFL. He previ-
contract with the Dolphins. What happened: Butler signed a four- ously played for Indianapolis, Green Bay,
What it means: Wilson has been one year contract to be the Rams strong Kansas City, San Diego and Cincinnati.
of the most consistent fantasy defensive safety. What it means: Rayner, whose strength
backs in the league over the last five What it means: Butler’s production is on kickoffs, will compete with incum-
seasons. Although he is at his best play- with the Giants was not that impressive, bent Shaun Suisham. Suisham struggled
ing up in the box, the Dolphins already but he was often splitting time with oth- last year and missed 10 field goal
use Yeremiah Bell in that role. Therefore, ers. He has ideal size for strong safety attempts (although some of that has been
Wilson is expected to start out at free and should see plenty of time up in the attributed to his holder, punter Ryan
safety. His tackle numbers will likely box as O.J. Atogwe patrols the deep sec- Plackemeier - who is no longer with the
take a hit, but he could also see a cor- ondary. With rookie James Laurinaitis team).
responding bump in big plays. He should playing in front of him, Butler could be
remain a top ten safety. headed for a breakout season. Note: As of press time, three high-profile kick-
ers (John Carney, Martin Gramatica, and Matt
2. S Sean Jones - Philadelphia (from Cleveland) OTHER NOTABLE DEFENSIVE Stover) remained unsigned.
What happened: Jones left the Browns BACKS WHO CHANGED TEAMS:
to sign a one-year contract with the S CC Brown - New York Giants (from Houston) RETURNER
CB Phillip Buchanon - Detroit (from Tampa Bay)
Eagles.
S Josh Bullocks - Chicago (from New Orleans) 1. CB Chris Carr - Baltimore (from Tennessee)
What it means: Jones has proven to be CB Chris Carr - Baltimore (from Tennessee)
one of the league’s best playmaking safe- After several years of quantity with
S Sean Considine - Jacksonville (from
ties, with 14 interceptions over the past Philadelphia) the Raiders, and a year of quality with
three seasons. Although he played strong CB Travis Daniels - Kansas City (from Miami) the Titans in 2008, Carr landed with the
safety in Cleveland, he’s expected to CB Drayton Florence - Buffalo (from Jacksonville) Ravens. He’ll take over on both kickoff
compete for the free safety spot vacated CB Domonique Foxworth - Baltimore (from and punt returns. WR Yamon Figurs
Atlanta) gradually lost both jobs last year due to
by Brian Dawkins. He’ll get competition CB Andre Goodman - Denver (from Miami)
for the starting spot from Quintin Demps, injury and ineffectiveness.
CB Eric Green - Miami (from Arizona)
but Jones is a physical presence and a CB Jabari Greer - New Orleans (from Buffalo)
ballhawk who should be an excellent fit CB Anthony Henry - Detroit (from Dallas) 2. RB J.J. Arrington - Denver (from Arizona)
in the Eagles aggressive defense. S Renaldo Hill - Denver (from Miami) Eddie Royal was drafted by the
CB Corey Ivy - Cleveland (from Baltimore) Broncos last year to be their return spe-
CB Eric King - Detroit (from Tennessee) cialist but quickly emerged as a starting
3. S Brian Dawkins - Denver (from Philadelphia)
S Jim Leonhard - NY Jets (from Baltimore) wide receiver. So, his special teams work
What happened: The longtime Eagle CB Bryant McFadden - Arizona (from Pittsburgh)
left Philadelphia by signing a five-year was scaled back to just punt returns.
CB Karl Paymah - Minnesota (from Denver)
contract with the Broncos. CB Hank Poteat - Cleveland (from NY Jets)
Arrington emerged as a decent threat on
What it means: Dawkins has been one S Gerald Sensabaugh - Dallas (from Jacksonville) kickoff return with the Cardinals, and
of the best safeties in the league and a S Darren Sharper - New Orleans (from Minnesota) should step into that role for Denver.
great leader for the Eagles over the years. CB Lito Sheppard - NY Jets (from Philadelphia)
CB Shawn Springs - New England (from 3. WR Mark Jones - Tennessee (from Carolina)
At 35, he’s probably lost a step, but he’ll
Washington) Jones has evolved into a journeyman
be a great addition for a Broncos defense CB Donald Strickland - NY Jets (from San
that struggled to stop anybody last year. return specialist. He grew into the role
Francisco)
While he may not get as many opportuni- with Tampa before getting injured. Last
year, the Panthers brought him in after
ties to blitz in Denver, he should remain
a reliable fantasy option as long as he is
KICKER WR Ryne Robinson was injured. This
healthy. year, he’ll take over the job for the Titans
1. Mike Nugent - Tampa Bay (from NY Jets)
after Chris Carr landed in Baltimore.
What happened: After suffering a quad
4. CB Leigh Bodden - New England (from Detroit) injury in Week 1, Nugent did not play
What happened: After a disappointing 4. WR Glenn Holt - Minnesota (from Cincinnati)
the remainder of the year. Jay Feely then Holt will compete for a spot on the
season in Detroit, Bodden signed a one- kicked well enough to keep the job even
year deal with the Patriots. roster as starting kickoff returner and
after Nugent was healthy. Nugent made backup wide receiver. The Vikings have
What it means: Bodden finished 2007 the decision of which kicker to keep a
as the highest scoring fantasy cornerback had a different annual leading kickoff
relatively easy call by opting to test free returner for 11 consecutive years.
in the league, but struggled in 2008 after agency.
a trade to Detroit. There were reports that What it means: The Bucs signed OTHER NOTABLE RETURNERS WHO
the Patriots offered a multiyear deal, but Nugent to compete with incumbent Matt CHANGED TEAMS:
it appears that Bodden hopes to turn his Bryant. Bryant, meanwhile, had a strong CB Phillip Buchanon - Detroit (from Tampa Bay)
career around with a big 2009 and then scoring year in 2008, although he did RB Correll Buckhalter - Denver (from Philadelphia)
sign an even bigger contract next season. miss some long range kicks, which con- WR Bobby Engram - Kansas City (from Seattle)
Bodden is a physical cornerback who CB Ellis Hobbs - Philadelphia (from New England)
tinues to be his weak area.
excels in man-to-man coverage, and the WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Seattle (from
Patriots system should be a great fit. Cincinnati)
2. Dave Rayner - Washington (from Cincinnati) RB Derrick Ward - Tampa Bay (from NY Giants)
What happened: Washington is
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Watch List 2009

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Quarterback Situations to Watch Bowl. Jay Cutler is the best QB they’ve Kyle Orton will start, but Chris Simms
had in a long time, if not ever, will he is healthy and will give him a run for his
• How good can Trent Edwards be
really be the missing piece? money.
(Buffalo)? — Edwards completed almost
66 percent of his passes last year and • Can Palmer stay healthy • When does Stafford play (Detroit)?
now gets Terrell Owens added to his (Cincinnati)? — Carson Palmer missed — Matthew Stafford will start sooner
arsenal. With the promise of a no huddle the majority of last season with a torn rather than later, but will he get the green
offense, can Edwards become a reliable elbow ligament but avoided Tommy John light in Week 1?
fantasy starter? surgery. Will that decision come back to
• Will Tom Moore’s retirement affect
haunt him?
• Was Delhomme’s contract Manning? (Indianapolis)? — Peyton
extension a good idea (Carolina)? • Is Romo as good without Owens Manning lost the only OC he’s known
— Jake Delhomme had one of the worst (Dallas)? — The Cowboys believe in the NFL to retirement. Will there be a
playoff games in league history and waiving Terrell Owens was addition by period of adjustment to worry about?
was then rewarded with a hefty new subtraction, but the fact is QBs enjoy
• Will we see the Garrard of 2007 or
extension. Does the 34-year old justify their career seasons with him in the
2008? (Jacksonville)? — Garrard’s TD
his new deal? lineup. Can Romo find new weapons and
rate was cut in half last year and his sack
remain a top fantasy passer?
• Is Jay Cutler the missing piece total doubled, with the additions of WR
(Chicago)? — Bears fans have long • Kyle Orton or Chris Simms Torry Holt and two new bookend rookie
believed they were a QB short of a Super (Denver)? — The consensus believes tackles put him back on track?
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• Is Matt Cassel a franchise QB the Eagles pass-happy WCO to St. Louis, comparison to DeAngelo Williams. Will
(Kansas City)? — The Chiefs traded for will that make Bulger relevant again? the Panthers maintain their roughly 60/40
Matt Cassel and plan to rebuild around split or is Stewart in line for a different
• The QB pecking order (Tampa
him. Is he really a special QB or a workload?
Bay)? — Josh Freeman, Byron Leftwich,
byproduct of the Patriots way?
Luke McCown and Josh Johnson all • Will Matt Forte get as many
• What do the Dolphins have think they should start, which one is touches (Chicago)? — Forte was
planned for Pat White (Miami)? right? impressive as a rookie but wore down at
— Chad Pennington has security after the end of the season. With Jay Cutler in
• Can Vince Young dig himself out
a stellar 2008 season, but the Fins have town, will the Bears run less as a team,
of the dog house (Tennessee)? — The
plans for Pat White. How many reps do and will they follow through on their
Titans re-signed Kerry Collins to start,
they plan on giving him? promise to use Kevin Jones more?
but he’s still a short-term option. Can
• Favre or Rosenfels or Jackson Vince Young do enough to at least • Cedric Benson: Franchise Back
(Minnesota)? — The Brett Favre soap resume his QB2 role? (Cincinnati)? — The Bengals released
opera continues, but even if he doesn’t Chris Perry, signed Benson to a new
• Can Jason Campbell look past
suit up, Rosenfels and Jackson will wage deal and didn’t draft anyone until the
this offseason (Washington)? — Jason
an intense battle for the job. sixth round. Is Benson really their
Campbell has to wonder what he ever did
answer at tailback?
• Is Brady healthy (New England)? to Daniel Snyder. With overtures about
— About all we know of Tom Brady’s trading for Jay Cutler and drafting Mark • Is Jamal Lewis entrenched
offseason is that he married the world’s Sanchez, can Campbell maintain his (Cleveland)? — Jamal Lewis
most famous supermodel. But far more confidence and prove he should be the disappointed last season and the new
important is to know whether he’s fully team’s starter beyond 2009? coaches owe him nothing, but is there a RB
recovered from last season’s injury. on the roster that poses a credible threat?
Would the Pats have traded Matt Cassel Running Back Situations to Watch • Will the Boys use a three-headed
if there were lingering concerns?
monster (Dallas)? — Tashard Choice
• Can Manning find his new Plax • Will Beanie have to share carries ran hard last year, Felix Jones is healthy
(New York Giants)? — Manning isn’t (Arizona)? — The Cardinals drafted and a home run threat on every play, and
the same without Plaxico Burress, and he Beanie Wells in the first round, and he Marion Barber is the starter with a mega-
has to build rapport with a collection of should be the starter from day one. But contract. Will Dallas go back to Barber
young receivers this year or risk further will they make him share carries with being the main man, or will they use all
regression. Tim Hightower or the other backups? three talented runners liberally?
• Does Sanchez play immediately • What can Michael Turner do for • Will Knowshon Moreno be the
(New York Jets)? — Mark Sanchez is an encore (Atlanta)? — Michael Turner workhorse (Denver)? — The Broncos
the future of the New York Jets, but is ran for 1,699 yards in his first season stockpiled RBs this offseason and
he the present? Kellen Clemens doesn’t in Atlanta on a league high 376 carries. appeared ready to mimic New England’s
think so. Can he do more with less this year? Can committee approach, but then they used
any back handle that kind of workload the 12th overall pick on Moreno. Will
• Was JaMarcus Russell worth the
repeatedly? they give him 20 touches a game or make
first pick (Oakland)? — JaMarcus
him share time?
Russell quietly played good football at • Who’s going to get the carries
the end of the season, but overall his (Baltimore)? — The Ravens have • Do the Lions believe in Kevin
book remains unwritten. Will he finally worked out Le’Ron McClain at fullback Smith (Detroit)? — Kevin Smith was
emerge this year as a true franchise this offseason, which would suggest the one of the few bright spots last year,
cornerstone? Ravens plan on spreading out the carries but the Lions reportedly wanted Beanie
again between him, Ray Rice and Willis Wells in the April draft. They also signed
• Shaun Hill vs. Alex Smith (San
McGahee. Will the picture become Maurice Morris. Do they think Smith can
Francisco)? — New OC Jimmy Raye
clearer as camp progresses? be a full-time workhorse?
has to figure out the QB pecking order
quickly. Alex Smith took a pay cut to stay • Will Marshawn Lynch come back • Can Ryan Grant put it all together
in the fight, but will it matter? to a committee (Buffalo)? — Lynch (Green Bay)? — Grant ran for more than
faces suspension for a gun possession 1,200 yards last year but averaged less
• Is Hasselbeck’s back okay
charge, and Fred Jackson and Dominic than four yards and only scored five TDs.
(Seattle)? — A bulging disc robbed Matt
Rhodes will do everything in their power Can he match his 2007 TD and YPC
Hasselbeck of more than half the season,
to earn significant playing time in his numbers with his 2008 workload?
yet he opted against surgery to repair it.
Is there a risk of recurrence, and if so, do stead. When Lynch returns, will the job • Will Steve Slaton handle the
the Seahawks have a backup plan? be his or will he have to share? monster workload (Houston)? — Steve
• How much time will Jonathan Slaton had an amazing rookie season, but
• Will Bulger flourish in the WCO?
Stewart get (Carolina)? – Stewart some wonder if he can handle a heavier
— Mark Bulger needs a bounce back
was impressive last year but paled in workload. Yet the Texans have no one on
year. New OC Pat Shurmur is bringing
the roster worthy of sharing touches.
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• How much work will Donald • Will the Jets appease Thomas the short yardage hammer last year while
Brown take from Joseph Addai Jones and Leon Washington (New York Chris Johnson did everything else. Are
(Indianapolis)? — The Colts drafted Jets)? — Thomas Jones wants a new those roles constant?
Donald Brown in the first round, and deal. Leon Washington wants a new deal.
• Will Clinton Portis outperform his
he’ll definitely play a large role. The Rookie Shonn Greene wants to take their
ADP again (Washington)? — Every
question is how will he eat into Joseph jobs. Will NY get their vet tandem signed
year it’s the same old story. Teams bet
Addai’s workload? and sealed?
Clinton Portis will wear down and then
• Is Maurice Jones-Drew ready to be • Is Darren McFadden a go-to he goes out and puts up another monster
THE man (Jacksonville)? — MJD has weapon (Oakland)? — McFadden ran season. Is it possible to be drafted too
been an all-purpose weapon for years, for less than 50 yards in all but one game low nearly every year of your career?
but this year he’s in line for a dramatic last year, but he should be healthy and
increase in his workload following the ready for a larger role this season. Is he a
Wide Receiver Situations to Watch
release of Fred Taylor. Is he up to the task major weapon or a fantasy tease?
or will the Jags need to find someone to
• Is Brian Westbrook still an elite RB
pair him with? • Can the Cardinals bring Anquan
(Philadelphia)? — Brian Westbrook saw
Boldin back into the fold (Arizona)?
• Has Larry Johnson mended fences his YPR and YPC drop last season, and
— The trade rumors were rampant this
(Kansas City)? — With a new regime his ability to stay on the field is always
offseason, but it appears the Cardinals
aboard, Larry Johnson seemed a good a worry. Is Brian Westbrook nearing the
want to keep Boldin for another run at
bet to be cut or traded. Yet his quiet end of his time as one of the NFL’s most
the title. Can they make peace in the
offseason appears to have appeased the explosive runners?
absence of a new long-term contract?
new brass, and LJ now looks to be a
• Does Rashard Mendenhall play
focal point of the offense. • How will Roddy White adjust to
a big role (Pittsburgh)? — Rashard
Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta)? — Roddy
• Does Ronnie Brown have to share Mendenhall was supposed to be a short
White was Matt Ryan’s top option in
the load with Ricky Williams (Miami)? yardage bell cow last year before getting
2008. Will the addition of a HOF tight
— Ronnie Brown is ultra-productive as hurt. Will he lock down an important role
end make things easier for him, or will
both a runner and receiver when he’s this year or can Fast Willie Parker eek out
he need to adjust to fewer targets?
healthy. But he’s always nicked up it another solid season?
seems, and Ricky Williams played hard • Are the Ravens happy going to war
• Will LaDainian Tomlinson have
in 2008. Will the Fins make them share with this WR corps (Baltimore)? —
to share carries (San Diego)? —
the role again? The Ravens were rumored to be pursuing
Tomlinson had to redo his deal to stay in
Anquan Boldin, yet they ignored the
• Is 2,000 yards within reach for San Diego and has plenty of competition
position in the draft. Are they confident
Peterson (Minnesota)? — When you for touches. Will LT have the chance to
in the guys behind Derrick Mason?
run for 1,760 yards as a second-year regain his 20-carry form?
player, is 2,000 yards really out of • Will Terrell Owens presence help
• Is Glen Coffee going to spell
the question? If anyone can do it, it’s Lee Evans (Buffalo)? — We know
Frank Gore from time to time (San
Peterson especially if the Vikings can get Owens will get his, and that he’ll help
Francisco)? — Frank Gore is the
the QB situation settled. Trent Edwards. But will T.O.’s presence
centerpiece but third round rookie Glen
help or hurt Evans?
• Is Fred Taylor the new Corey Dillon Coffee needs to contribute, as well. Will
(New England)? — The Patriots have a the 49ers integrate Coffee immediately? • Can Muhsin Muhammad keep
trove of RBs on the roster, but none have fighting father time (Carolina)?
• Can Steven Jackson stay on the
Fred Taylor’s career numbers. Will the — Muhsin Muhammad had 923 yards
field (St. Louis) — Jackson has missed
Pats give Taylor a major role as they did receiving last year at 35 years old.
eight games in the last two seasons,
with Corey Dillon? Is there any reason to worry he can’t
keeping him from a spot atop the fantasy
maintain that level as a 36-year old?
• Will Pierre Thomas build off his elite. Is this the year he regains his
strong second half (New Orleans)? premiere form? • Defining the WR pecking order
— The Saints cut Deuce McAllister and (Chicago) — The Bears have a
• How will Earnest Graham and
ignored RB in the draft; which bodes gunslinger now, but Jay Cutler needs
Derrick Ward split the touches (Tampa
well for Pierre Thomas. Can he build off people to throw to. Will Devin Hester
Bay)? — The Bucs wasted little time
his late season heroics or will we look start? Is Earl Bennett ready to emerge?
this offseason signing Derrick Ward to a
back on them as a fluke? Will the rookies contribute?
long-term deal following his 1,000-yard
• Can Ahmad Bradshaw replace season in New York. Is Ward the clear • Integrating Laveranues Coles
Derrick Ward (New York Giants)? cut starter or will the Bucs find a role for (Cincinnati) — The Bengals lost T.J.
— Derrick Ward ran for 1,000 yards as Earnest Graham, too? Houshmandzadeh in free agency but
a backup, can Ahmad Bradshaw step in signed Laveranues Coles to a multi-year
• Are Chris Johnson and LenDale
and provide the necessary complement to deal. Will he quickly integrate into the
White satisfied with their two-headed
bruising Brandon Jacobs? fold, and how will Chad Ochocinco
approach (Tennessee)? — White was
handle his new running mate?

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• Do the Browns intend to keep
Braylon Edwards (Cleveland)? — The
new Browns regime wasted little time
trading away Kellen Winslow but haven’t
accepted any of the offers for Braylon
Edwards. Are they content to keep him,
and if so, will he be the focal point of the
new offense?
• Do the Cowboys have someone
worthy to start (Dallas)? — Roy
Williams will be asked to replace T.O.,
but beyond that there are lots of question
marks. Patrick Crayton is better suited
for the slot, but that means Miles Austin
or someone else needs to clearly establish
himself in camp.
• Adjusting to a new offense
(Denver) — Brandon Marshall and Eddie
Royal have major adjustments to make,
including a new coaching staff, new
playbook and most importantly a new
quarterback. How will they handle the
transition?
• Who starts alongside Calvin
Johnson (Detroit)? — Calvin Johnson
proved last year he’ll produce in any

ICON SMI
situation. But who starts opposite CJ this
TJ Houshmandzadeh
year is very much in question. Bryant
Johnson, Ron Curry, Adam Jennings and
Derrick Williams all have designs on the
• Who starts opposite Dwayne • How long will Lance Moore be out
job.
Bowe (Kansas City)? — The (New Orleans)? — Lance Moore was
• Will Donald Driver have to share rebuilding Chiefs lost Tony Gonzalez set to test the free agent waters after a
more time (Green Bay)? — GM Ted and they need a number of receivers breakout season, but he tore his labrum
Thompson believes Driver remains to emerge as complements to Dwayne lifting weights and now must play under
an elite talent, but the Packers have a Bowe. Does Bobby Engram have gas a one-year deal in New Orleans. How
number of talented young receivers who left in the tank? Is Mark Bradley an long will his rehab take?
deserve playing time, too. Will Driver NFL starter?
• Replacing Plaxico and Toomer
remain a full-time starter?
• Sorting out the pecking order (New York Giants) — The Giants need to
• Does Kevin Walter have a higher (Miami) — The Dolphins drafted two replace both Plaxico Burress and Amani
ceiling (Houston)? — Kevin Walter receivers and have Ted Ginn, Davone Toomer - no small feat. Will Steve Smith
delivered a Top 20 season last year, but Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brandon and Domenik Hixon hold down the jobs
many believe he’s capable or more than London all vying for roles. No one’s job or will rookies Hakeem Nicks and Ramses
60 catches and 899 yards. Does he have should be considered secure entering Barden push for time immediately?
more upside or was 2008 a career year? camp.
• Who is going to catch the ball
• Can Anthony Gonzalez replace • Will Percy Harvin start besides Jerricho Cotchery (New York
Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis)? immediately (Minnesota)? — The Jets)? — Jerricho Cotchery is the
— Anthony Gonzalez regressed in his Vikings need Percy Harvin to provide clear cut WR1, but the Jets have major
second season, yet he will be counted on offensive versatility, and he will be on the question marks beyond him. Is David
to replace Marvin Harrison in the starting field quickly. But is he a polished enough Clowney or Chansi Stuckey ready to start
lineup. Is Gonzalez up to the task? receiver to start in Week 1? full-time?
• Is Torry Holt still an impact • Who fills Jabar Gaffney’s spot • Who starts in Oaktown (Oakland)?
receiver (Jacksonville)? — Torry Holt (New England)? — Jabar Gaffney — Javon Walker had another knee
was cut by the Rams and signed with played a lot more offensive snaps than operation and seems unlikely to
Jacksonville – filling a desperate need for the typical WR3 but left for Denver in start. Is rookie first rounder Darrius
the Jaguars. But is Holt still an impact the offseason. Is Joey Galloway a lock to Heyward-Bey polished enough to start
receiver or have age and injury caught up fill that role or will a younger receiver immediately, and can Chaz Schilens hold
to him? surprise? off Johnnie Lee Higgins?

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• What do the Eagles have planned • Is Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly • How do you replace Tony Gonzalez
for Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia)? — ready to contribute (Washington)? — (Kansas City)? — You simply can’t
The Eagles didn’t draft Jeremy Maclin Antwaan Randle El shouldn’t be starting, replace a HOF tight end, but the Chiefs
19th overall to sit him on the bench, but the Redskins need at least one of will need to start someone in his old
but where does he fit? Is he a starter last year’s rookie WRs to emerge in their spot. Will Brad Cottam, Sean Ryan, Tony
opposite DeSean Jackson or better suited second season. Curtis or Jake O’Connell get the nod?
for the slot?
• Is Visanthe Shiancoe legit
Tight End Situations to Watch
• Does Limas Sweed earn a role (Minnesota)? — Visanthe Shiancoe
(Pittsburgh)? — Ward and Holmes are came out of nowhere to post a Top 5
the starters, but there’s an opportunity • Will Tony Gonzalez adjust to his fantasy finish in 2008, was that a sign of
for Limas Sweed to step into the role new surroundings (Atlanta)? — Tony things to come or a fluke born out of his
vacated by Nate Washington. Can he Gonzalez finds himself starting anew in seven TDs in 42 catches?
win the coaches over, or will veteran his 13th season. Will he be able to step
• Defining roles for the new
Shaun McDonald fill the slot? into the same kind of go-to role as an
additions (New England)? — The
Atlanta Falcon?
• What does Vincent Jackson do Patriots never sit idly by, and this year
for an encore (San Diego)? — Vincent • Defining Todd Heap and L.J. they targeted upgrading the TE position
Jackson broke out last year with 1,098 Smith’s roles (Baltimore) — Todd by signing Chris Baker and trading
yards and seven TDs. Was that the start Heap is great when healthy, and L.J. for Alex Smith. How will they fit into
of great things, or will we look back on Smith started for most of his career in the rotation, and does this mean Ben
that as his career best? Philadelphia, where John Harbaugh Watson’s days are numbered?
coached before Baltimore. How will the
• How good can Michael Crabtree • Can Jeremy Shockey re-establish
Ravens divide the touches between these
be (San Francisco)? — The 49ers re- himself (New Orleans)? — Jeremy
two talented but inconsistent players?
signed Isaac Bruce and signed Brandon Shockey missed four games and was
Jones, but then Michael Crabtree fell • Does Greg Olsen emerge as an hobbled for most of last season. Will
into their laps on draft day. Crabtree elite playmaker (Chicago)? — Greg full health and a training camp to work
should start immediately; will he live up Olsen was a Top 10 fantasy TE last year with the offense allow him to reestablish
to the mountainous expectations? despite starting only seven games. This himself as an elite TE?
year, he’ll start right away and have Jay
• Can T.J. Houshmandzadeh • Finding depth beyond Dustin
Cutler throwing him passes. Watch out.
be the top Hawk (Seattle)? — T.J. Keller (New York Jets) — Dustin Keller
Houshmandzadeh has lived in Chad • Replacing Kellen Winslow is going to catch a lot of passes this year,
Ochocinco’s shadow for a long time but (Cleveland) — The Browns cut ties but the Jets are woefully undermanned
is now set to be the Seahawks new top with Kellen Winslow and can’t possibly at the position. Right now Bubba Franks
receiver. Is he ready for the attention that replace him with any one player. Will and undrafted free agent J’Nathan
brings from opposing defenses? the combination of Robert Royal, Steve Bullock are the most likely backups.
Heiden and Martin Rucker be enough?
• Who starts opposite Donnie Avery • Can the veterans hold off
(St. Louis)? — Donnie Avery is an • Can Jason Witten lead the league Cornelius Ingram (Philadelphia)? —
emerging star, but someone needs to in receptions (Dallas)? — With Terrell Matt Schobel and Brent Celek wouldn’t
start alongside him. Will it be Laurent Owens gone, Jason Witten is almost start for many teams and are the weak
Robinson, Keenan Burton or Derek assured of being the most targeted TE links in a stellar offensive cast. Can
Stanley? in the league. Might he lead the NFL in rookie Cornelius Ingram overtake them
receptions? this season?
• Will Bryant and Clayton earn
their new paydays (Tampa Bay)? • Does Tony Scheffler have a future • How is Antonio Gates’ ankle
— Antonio Bryant resurrected his career with the Broncos (Denver)? — Tony (San Diego)? — Antonio Gates wasn’t
last season and was franchised, and Scheffler has allegedly been on the himself last year rehabbing a bum toe,
Michael Clayton was given a monster trading block ever since Josh McDaniels and then hurt his ankle come playoff
new contract in spite of pedestrian took over. If they don’t trade him, will time. He admitted to lingering pain
numbers. Can they live up to their new they make use of his receiving prowess in the ankle at mini-camp. Is that an
contracts or will these deals be ridiculed or has the sun set on his time as a ominous sign for the league’s most
this time next year? Bronco? explosive TE?
• Have the Titans done enough at • Are expectations too high for • Kellen Winslow gets a new lease
WR (Tennessee)? — The Titans signed Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit)? — on life (Tampa Bay) — Winslow was
Nate Washington in the offseason and Brandon Pettigrew was the cream of the traded to Tampa Bay and then signed to
then drafted Kenny Britt in the first rookie TE crop, and his future is bright. a monster new deal. Will the fire still
round. Are those additions enough But are expectations too big for the burn bright in his new digs, and how
to improve the Titans weak link on rookie on a team desperate to erase the good can he be now that he’s back in
offense? memories of an 0-16 season? Florida?

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ARIZONA CARDINALS CAROLINA PANTHERS DALLAS COWBOYS HOUSTON TEXANS
Sep 13 San Francisco 4:15pm Sep 13 Philadelphia 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Sep 13 NY Jets 1:00pm
Sep 20 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm Sep 20 @ Atlanta 1:00pm Sep 20 NY Giants 8:20pm Sep 20 @ Tennessee 1:00pm
Sep 27 Indianapolis 8:20pm Sep 28 @ Dallas 8:30pm Sep 28 Carolina 8:30pm Sep 27 Jacksonville 1:00pm
Week 4 Bye Week 4 Bye Oct 4 @ Denver 4:15pm Oct 4 Oakland 1:00pm
Oct 11 Houston 4:15pm Oct 11 Washington 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Arizona 4:15pm
Oct 18 @ Seattle 4:05pm Oct 18 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Week 6 Bye Oct 18 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm
Oct 25 @ NY Giants 8:20pm Oct 25 Buffalo 4:05pm Oct 25 Atlanta 4:15pm Oct 25 San Francisco 1:00pm
Nov 1 Carolina 4:15pm Nov 1 @ Arizona 4:15pm Nov 1 Seattle 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Buffalo 1:00pm
Nov 8 @ Chicago 1:00pm Nov 8 @ New Orleans 4:05pm Nov 8 @ Philadelphia 8:20pm Nov 8 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm
Nov 15 Seattle 4:15pm Nov 15 Atlanta 1:00pm Nov 15 @ Green Bay 4:15pm Week 10 Bye
Nov 22 @ St. Louis 4:05pm Nov 19 Miami 8:20pm Nov 22 Washington 1:00pm Nov 23 Tennessee 8:30pm
Nov 29 @ Tennessee 1:00pm Nov 29 @ NY Jets 1:00pm Nov 26 Oakland 4:15pm Nov 29 Indianapolis 1:00pm
Dec 6 Minnesota 4:15pm Dec 6 Tampa Bay 1:00pm Dec 6 @ NY Giants 4:15pm Dec 6 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm
Dec 14 @ San Francisco 8:30pm Dec 13 @ New England 1:00pm Dec 13 San Diego 4:15pm Dec 13 Seattle 1:00pm
Dec 20 @ Detroit 1:00pm Dec 20 Minnesota 8:20pm Dec 19 @ New Orleans 8:20pm Dec 20 @ St. Louis 1:00pm
Dec 27 St. Louis 4:05pm Dec 27 @ NY Giants 1:00pm Dec 27 @ Washington 8:20pm Dec 27 @ Miami 1:00pm
Jan 3 Green Bay 4:15pm Jan 3 New Orleans 1:00pm Jan 3 Philadelphia 1:00pm Jan 3 New England 1:00pm

ATLANTA FALCONS CHICAGO BEARS DENVER BRONCOS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Sep 13 Miami 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Green Bay 8:20pm Sep 13 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm Sep 13 Jacksonville 1:00pm
Sep 20 Carolina 1:00pm Sep 20 Pittsburgh 4:15pm Sep 20 Cleveland 4:15pm Sep 21 @ Miami 8:30pm
Sep 27 @ New England 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Seattle 4:05pm Sep 27 @ Oakland 4:15pm Sep 27 @ Arizona 8:20pm
Week 4 Bye Oct 4 Detroit 1:00pm Oct 4 Dallas 4:15pm Oct 4 Seattle 1:00pm
Oct 11 @ San Francisco 4:05pm Week 5 Bye Oct 11 New England 4:15pm Oct 11 @ Tennessee 8:20pm
Oct 18 Chicago 8:20pm Oct 18 @ Atlanta 8:20pm Oct 19 @ San Diego 8:30pm Week 6 Bye
Oct 25 @ Dallas 4:15pm Oct 25 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm Week 7 Bye Oct 25 @ St. Louis 1:00pm
Nov 2 @ New Orleans 8:30pm Nov 1 Cleveland 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Baltimore 1:00pm Nov 1 San Francisco 1:00pm
Nov 8 Washington 1:00pm Nov 8 Arizona 1:00pm Nov 9 Pittsburgh 8:30pm Nov 8 Houston 1:00pm
Nov 15 @ Carolina 1:00pm Nov 12 @ San Francisco 8:20pm Nov 15 @ Washington 1:00pm Nov 15 New England 8:20pm
Nov 22 @ NY Giants 1:00pm Nov 22 Philadelphia 8:20pm Nov 22 San Diego 4:15pm Nov 22 @ Baltimore 1:00pm
Nov 29 Tampa Bay 1:00pm Nov 29 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Nov 26 NY Giants 8:20pm Nov 29 @ Houston 1:00pm
Dec 6 Philadelphia 1:00pm Dec 6 St. Louis 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Dec 6 Tennessee 1:00pm
Dec 13 New Orleans 1:00pm Dec 13 Green Bay 1:00pm Dec 13 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm Dec 13 Denver 1:00pm
Dec 20 @ NY Jets 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Baltimore 1:00pm Dec 20 Oakland 4:05pm Dec 17 @ Jacksonville 8:20pm
Dec 27 Buffalo 1:00pm Dec 28 Minnesota 8:30pm Dec 27 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm Dec 27 NY Jets 4:15pm
Jan 3 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Detroit 1:00pm Jan 3 Kansas City 4:15pm Jan 3 @ Buffalo 1:00pm

BALTIMORE RAVENS CINCINNATI BENGALS DETROIT LIONS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Sep 13 Kansas City 1:00pm Sep 13 Denver 1:00pm Sep 13 @ New Orleans 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm
Sep 20 @ San Diego 4:15pm Sep 20 @ Green Bay 1:00pm Sep 20 Minnesota 1:00pm Sep 20 Arizona 1:00pm
Sep 27 Cleveland 1:00pm Sep 27 Pittsburgh 4:15pm Sep 27 Washington 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Houston 1:00pm
Oct 4 @ New England 1:00pm Oct 4 @ Cleveland 1:00pm Oct 4 @ Chicago 1:00pm Oct 4 Tennessee 1:00pm
Oct 11 Cincinnati 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Baltimore 1:00pm Oct 11 Pittsburgh 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Seattle 4:15pm
Oct 18 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Oct 18 Houston 1:00pm Oct 18 @ Green Bay 1:00pm Oct 18 St. Louis 1:00pm
Week 7 Bye Oct 25 Chicago 1:00pm Week 7 Bye Week 7 Bye
Nov 1 Denver 1:00pm Week 8 Bye Nov 1 St. Louis 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Tennessee 4:05pm
Nov 8 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm Nov 8 Baltimore 1:00pm Nov 8 @ Seattle 4:05pm Nov 8 Kansas City 1:00pm
Nov 16 @ Cleveland 8:30pm Nov 15 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Nov 15 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Nov 15 @ NY Jets 1:00pm
Nov 22 Indianapolis 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Oakland 4:15pm Nov 22 Cleveland 1:00pm Nov 22 Buffalo 1:00pm
Nov 29 Pittsburgh 8:20pm Nov 29 Cleveland 1:00pm Nov 26 Green Bay 12:30pm Nov 29 @ San Francisco 4:05pm
Dec 7 @ Green Bay 8:30pm Dec 6 Detroit 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm Dec 6 Houston 1:00pm
Dec 13 Detroit 1:00pm Dec 13 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Dec 13 @ Baltimore 1:00pm Dec 13 Miami 1:00pm
Dec 20 Chicago 1:00pm Dec 20 @ San Diego 4:05pm Dec 20 Arizona 1:00pm Dec 17 Indianapolis 8:20pm
Dec 27 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Dec 27 Kansas City 1:00pm Dec 27 @ San Francisco 4:05pm Dec 27 @ New England 1:00pm
Jan 3 @ Oakland 4:15pm Jan 3 @ NY Jets 1:00pm Jan 3 Chicago 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Cleveland 1:00pm

BUFFALO BILLS CLEVELAND BROWNS GREEN BAY PACKERS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Sep 14 @ New England 7:00pm Sep 13 Minnesota 1:00pm Sep 13 Chicago 8:20pm Sep 13 @ Baltimore 1:00pm
Sep 20 Tampa Bay 4:05pm Sep 20 @ Denver 4:15pm Sep 20 Cincinnati 1:00pm Sep 20 Oakland 1:00pm
Sep 27 New Orleans 4:05pm Sep 27 @ Baltimore 1:00pm Sep 27 @ St. Louis 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm
Oct 4 @ Miami 4:05pm Oct 4 Cincinnati 1:00pm Oct 5 @ Minnesota 8:30pm Oct 4 NY Giants 1:00pm
Oct 11 Cleveland 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Buffalo 1:00pm Week 5 Bye Oct 11 Dallas 1:00pm
Oct 18 @ NY Jets 4:15pm Oct 18 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Oct 18 Detroit 1:00pm Oct 18 @ Washington 1:00pm
Oct 25 @ Carolina 4:05pm Oct 25 Green Bay 1:00pm Oct 25 @ Cleveland 1:00pm Oct 25 San Diego 1:00pm
Nov 1 Houston 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Chicago 1:00pm Nov 1 Minnesota 1:00pm Week 8 Bye
Week 9 Bye Week 9 Bye Nov 8 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Nov 8 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm
Nov 15 @ Tennessee 1:00pm Nov 16 Baltimore 8:30pm Nov 15 Dallas 4:15pm Nov 15 @ Oakland 4:05pm
Nov 22 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Detroit 1:00pm Nov 22 San Francisco 1:00pm Nov 22 Pittsburgh 1:00pm
Nov 29 Miami 1:00pm Nov 29 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm Nov 26 @ Detroit 12:30pm Nov 29 @ San Diego 4:05pm
Dec 3 NY Jets 8:20pm Dec 6 San Diego 4:05pm Dec 7 Baltimore 8:30pm Dec 6 Denver 1:00pm
Dec 13 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Dec 10 Pittsburgh 8:20pm Dec 13 @ Chicago 1:00pm Dec 13 Buffalo 1:00pm
Dec 20 New England 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Dec 20 Cleveland 1:00pm
Dec 27 @ Atlanta 1:00pm Dec 27 Oakland 1:00pm Dec 27 Seattle 1:00pm Dec 27 @ Cincinnati 1:00pm
Jan 3 Indianapolis 1:00pm Jan 3 Jacksonville 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Arizona 4:15pm Jan 3 @ Denver 4:15pm

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MIAMI DOLPHINS NEW YORK GIANTS PITTSBURGH STEELERS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Sep 13 @ Atlanta 1:00pm Sep 13 Washington 4:15pm Sep 10 Tennessee 8:30pm Sep 13 St. Louis 4:15pm
Sep 21 Indianapolis 8:30pm Sep 20 @ Dallas 8:20pm Sep 20 @ Chicago 4:15pm Sep 20 @ San Francisco 4:05pm
Sep 27 @ San Diego 4:15pm Sep 27 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Cincinnati 4:15pm Sep 27 Chicago 4:05pm
Oct 4 Buffalo 4:05pm Oct 4 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Oct 4 San Diego 8:20pm Oct 4 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm
Oct 12 NY Jets 8:30pm Oct 11 Oakland 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Detroit 1:00pm Oct 11 Jacksonville 4:15pm
Week 6 Bye Oct 18 @ New Orleans 1:00pm Oct 18 Cleveland 1:00pm Oct 18 Arizona 4:05pm
Oct 25 New Orleans 4:15pm Oct 25 Arizona 8:20pm Oct 25 Minnesota 1:00pm Week 7 Bye
Nov 1 @ NY Jets 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Philadelphia 4:15pm Week 8 Bye Nov 1 @ Dallas 1:00pm
Nov 8 @ New England 1:00pm Nov 8 San Diego 4:15pm Nov 9 @ Denver 8:30pm Nov 8 Detroit 4:05pm
Nov 15 Tampa Bay 1:00pm Week 10 Bye Nov 15 Cincinnati 1:00pm Nov 15 @ Arizona 4:15pm
Nov 19 @ Carolina 8:20pm Nov 22 Atlanta 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Minnesota 1:00pm
Nov 29 @ Buffalo 1:00pm Nov 26 @ Denver 8:20pm Nov 29 @ Baltimore 8:20pm Nov 29 @ St. Louis 1:00pm
Dec 6 New England 8:20pm Dec 6 Dallas 4:15pm Dec 6 Oakland 1:00pm Dec 6 San Francisco 4:15pm
Dec 13 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm Dec 13 Philadelphia 8:20pm Dec 10 @ Cleveland 8:20pm Dec 13 @ Houston 1:00pm
Dec 20 @ Tennessee 1:00pm Dec 21 @ Washington 8:30pm Dec 20 Green Bay 1:00pm Dec 20 Tampa Bay 4:15pm
Dec 27 Houston 1:00pm Dec 27 Carolina 1:00pm Dec 27 Baltimore 1:00pm Dec 27 @ Green Bay 1:00pm
Jan 3 Pittsburgh 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Miami 1:00pm Jan 3 Tennessee 4:15pm

MINNESOTA VIKINGS NEW YORK JETS ST. LOUIS RAMS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Sep 13 @ Cleveland 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Houston 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Seattle 4:15pm Sep 13 Dallas 1:00pm
Sep 20 @ Detroit 1:00pm Sep 20 New England 1:00pm Sep 20 @ Washington 1:00pm Sep 20 @ Buffalo 4:05pm
Sep 27 San Francisco 1:00pm Sep 27 Tennessee 1:00pm Sep 27 Green Bay 1:00pm Sep 27 NY Giants 1:00pm
Oct 5 Green Bay 8:30pm Oct 4 @ New Orleans 4:05pm Oct 4 @ San Francisco 4:15pm Oct 4 @ Washington 1:00pm
Oct 11 @ St. Louis 1:00pm Oct 12 @ Miami 8:30pm Oct 11 Minnesota 1:00pm Oct 11 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm
Oct 18 Baltimore 1:00pm Oct 18 Buffalo 4:15pm Oct 18 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm Oct 18 Carolina 1:00pm
Oct 25 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Oct 25 @ Oakland 4:05pm Oct 25 Indianapolis 1:00pm Oct 25 New England 1:00pm
Nov 1 @ Green Bay 1:00pm Nov 1 Miami 1:00pm Nov 1 @ Detroit 1:00pm Week 8 Bye
Week 9 Bye Week 9 Bye Week 9 Bye Nov 8 Green Bay 1:00pm
Nov 15 Detroit 1:00pm Nov 15 Jacksonville 1:00pm Nov 15 New Orleans 1:00pm Nov 15 @ Miami 1:00pm
Nov 22 Seattle 1:00pm Nov 22 @ New England 4:15pm Nov 22 Arizona 4:05pm Nov 22 New Orleans 1:00pm
Nov 29 Chicago 1:00pm Nov 29 Carolina 1:00pm Nov 29 Seattle 1:00pm Nov 29 @ Atlanta 1:00pm
Dec 6 @ Arizona 4:15pm Dec 3 @ Buffalo 8:20pm Dec 6 @ Chicago 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Carolina 1:00pm
Dec 13 Cincinnati 1:00pm Dec 13 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Dec 13 @ Tennessee 1:00pm Dec 13 NY Jets 1:00pm
Dec 20 @ Carolina 8:20pm Dec 20 Atlanta 1:00pm Dec 20 Houston 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Seattle 4:15pm
Dec 28 @ Chicago 8:30pm Dec 27 @ Indianapolis 4:15pm Dec 27 @ Arizona 4:05pm Dec 27 @ New Orleans 1:00pm
Jan 3 NY Giants 1:00pm Jan 3 Cincinnati 1:00pm Jan 3 San Francisco 1:00pm Jan 3 Atlanta 1:00pm

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OAKLAND RAIDERS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS TENNESSEE TITANS
Sep 14 Buffalo 7:00pm Sep 14 San Diego 10:15pm Sep 14 @ Oakland 10:15pm Sep 10 @ Pittsburgh 8:30pm
Sep 20 @ NY Jets 1:00pm Sep 20 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Sep 20 Baltimore 4:15pm Sep 20 Houston 1:00pm
Sep 27 Atlanta 1:00pm Sep 27 Denver 4:15pm Sep 27 Miami 4:15pm Sep 27 @ NY Jets 1:00pm
Oct 4 Baltimore 1:00pm Oct 4 @ Houston 1:00pm Oct 4 @ Pittsburgh 8:20pm Oct 4 @ Jacksonville 1:00pm
Oct 11 @ Denver 4:15pm Oct 11 @ NY Giants 1:00pm Week 5 Bye Oct 11 Indianapolis 8:20pm
Oct 18 Tennessee 4:15pm Oct 18 Philadelphia 4:05pm Oct 19 Denver 8:30pm Oct 18 @ New England 4:15pm
Oct 25 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Oct 25 NY Jets 4:05pm Oct 25 @ Kansas City 1:00pm Week 7 Bye
Week 8 Bye Nov 1 @ San Diego 4:05pm Nov 1 Oakland 4:05pm Nov 1 Jacksonville 4:05pm
Nov 8 Miami 1:00pm Week 9 Bye Nov 8 @ NY Giants 4:15pm Nov 8 @ San Francisco 4:15pm
Nov 15 @ Indianapolis 8:20pm Nov 15 Kansas City 4:05pm Nov 15 Philadelphia 4:15pm Nov 15 Buffalo 1:00pm
Nov 22 NY Jets 4:15pm Nov 22 Cincinnati 4:15pm Nov 22 @ Denver 4:15pm Nov 23 @ Houston 8:30pm
Nov 30 @ New Orleans 8:30pm Nov 26 @ Dallas 4:15pm Nov 29 Kansas City 4:05pm Nov 29 Arizona 1:00pm
Dec 6 @ Miami 8:20pm Dec 6 @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Cleveland 4:05pm Dec 6 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm
Dec 13 Carolina 1:00pm Dec 13 Washington 4:05pm Dec 13 @ Dallas 4:15pm Dec 13 St. Louis 1:00pm
Dec 20 @ Buffalo 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Denver 4:05pm Dec 20 Cincinnati 4:05pm Dec 20 Miami 1:00pm
Dec 27 Jacksonville 1:00pm Dec 27 @ Cleveland 1:00pm Dec 25 @ Tennessee 7:30pm Dec 25 San Diego 7:30pm
Jan 3 @ Houston 1:00pm Jan 3 Baltimore 4:15pm Jan 3 Washington 4:15pm Jan 3 @ Seattle 4:15pm

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Sep 13 Detroit 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Carolina 1:00pm Sep 13 @ Arizona 4:15pm Sep 13 @ NY Giants 4:15pm
Sep 20 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm Sep 20 New Orleans 1:00pm Sep 20 Seattle 4:05pm Sep 20 St. Louis 1:00pm
Sep 27 @ Buffalo 4:05pm Sep 27 Kansas City 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Minnesota 1:00pm Sep 27 @ Detroit 1:00pm
Oct 4 NY Jets 4:05pm Week 4 Bye Oct 4 St. Louis 4:15pm Oct 4 Tampa Bay 1:00pm
Week 5 Bye Oct 11 Tampa Bay 1:00pm Oct 11 Atlanta 4:05pm Oct 11 @ Carolina 1:00pm
Oct 18 NY Giants 1:00pm Oct 18 @ Oakland 4:05pm Week 6 Bye Oct 18 Kansas City 1:00pm
Oct 25 @ Miami 4:15pm Oct 26 @ Washington 8:30pm Oct 25 @ Houston 1:00pm Oct 26 Philadelphia 8:30pm
Nov 2 Atlanta 8:30pm Nov 1 NY Giants 4:15pm Nov 1 @ Indianapolis 1:00pm Week 8 Bye
Nov 8 Carolina 4:05pm Nov 8 Dallas 8:20pm Nov 8 Tennessee 4:15pm Nov 8 @ Atlanta 1:00pm
Nov 15 @ St. Louis 1:00pm Nov 15 @ San Diego 4:15pm Nov 12 Chicago 8:20pm Nov 15 Denver 1:00pm
Nov 22 @ Tampa Bay 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Chicago 8:20pm Nov 22 @ Green Bay 1:00pm Nov 22 @ Dallas 1:00pm
Nov 30 New England 8:30pm Nov 29 Washington 1:00pm Nov 29 Jacksonville 4:05pm Nov 29 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm
Dec 6 @ Washington 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Atlanta 1:00pm Dec 6 @ Seattle 4:15pm Dec 6 New Orleans 1:00pm
Dec 13 @ Atlanta 1:00pm Dec 13 @ NY Giants 8:20pm Dec 14 Arizona 8:30pm Dec 13 @ Oakland 4:05pm
Dec 19 Dallas 8:20pm Dec 20 San Francisco 1:00pm Dec 20 @ Philadelphia 1:00pm Dec 21 NY Giants 8:30pm
Dec 27 Tampa Bay 1:00pm Dec 27 Denver 1:00pm Dec 27 Detroit 4:05pm Dec 27 Dallas 8:20pm
Jan 3 @ Carolina 1:00pm Jan 3 @ Dallas 1:00pm Jan 3 @ St. Louis 1:00pm Jan 3 @ San Diego 4:15pm

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Week 1
2009 NFL Schedule
Time (ET) Houston at Arizona 4:15 PM Jacksonville at NY Jets 1:00 PM Philadelphia at NY Giants 8:20 PM
Thursday, September 10 New England at Denver 4:15 PM Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Monday, December 14
Tennessee at Pittsburgh 8:30 PM Indianapolis at Tennessee 8:20 PM Denver at Washington 1:00 PM Arizona at San Francisco 8:30 PM
Sunday, September 13 Monday, October 12 Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM
Miami at Atlanta 1:00 PM NY Jets at Miami 8:30 PM Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 PM Week 15 TIME
Denver at Cincinnati 1:00 PM • Bye: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, Dallas at Green Bay 4:15 PM Thursday, December 17
Minnesota at Cleveland 1:00 PM San Diego Seattle at Arizona 4:15 PM Indianapolis at Jacksonville 8:20 PM
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Philadelphia at San Diego 4:15 PM Saturday, December 19
Detroit at New Orleans 1:00 PM Week 6 TIME New England at Indianapolis 8:20 PM Dallas at New Orleans 8:20 PM
Dallas at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Sunday, October 18 Monday, November 16 Sunday, December 20
Philadelphia at Carolina 1:00 PM Houston at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Baltimore at Cleveland 8:30 PM New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Kansas City at Baltimore 1:00 PM Detroit at Green Bay 1:00 PM • Bye: NY Giants, Houston Arizona at Detroit 1:00 PM
NY Jets at Houston 1:00 PM Baltimore at Minnesota 1:00 PM Miami at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Washington at NY Giants 4:15 PM NY Giants at New Orleans 1:00 PM Week 11 TIME Cleveland at Kansas City 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Arizona 4:15 PM Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Thursday, November 19 Houston at St. Louis 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Seattle 4:15 PM Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Miami at Carolina 8:20 PM Atlanta at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM Kansas City at Washington 1:00 PM Sunday, November 22 San Francisco at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Monday, September 14 St. Louis at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Washington at Dallas 1:00 PM Green Bay at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Buffalo at New England 7:00 PM Arizona at Seattle 4:05 PM Cleveland at Detroit 1:00 PM Chicago at Baltimore 1:00 PM
San Diego at Oakland 10:15 PM Philadelphia at Oakland 4:05 PM San Francisco at Green Bay 1:00 PM Cincinnati at San Diego 4:05 PM
Tennessee at New England 4:15 PM Pittsburgh at Kansas City 1:00 PM Oakland at Denver 4:05 PM
Week 2 TIME Buffalo at NY Jets 4:15 PM Atlanta at NY Giants 1:00 PM Tampa Bay at Seattle 4:15 PM
Sunday, September 20 Chicago at Atlanta 8:20 PM New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Minnesota at Carolina 8:20 PM
Carolina at Atlanta 1:00 PM Monday, October 19 Buffalo at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Monday, December 21
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM Denver at San Diego 8:30 PM Indianapolis at Baltimore 1:00 PM NY Giants at Washington 8:30 PM
Cincinnati at Green Bay 1:00 PM • Bye: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, Seattle at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM San Francisco Arizona at St. Louis 4:05 PM Week 16 TIME
Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM NY Jets at New England 4:15 PM Friday, December 25
New England at NY Jets 1:00 PM Week 7 TIME Cincinnati at Oakland 4:15 PM San Diego at Tennessee 7:30 PM
New Orleans at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Sunday, October 25 San Diego at Denver 4:15 PM Sunday, December 27
St. Louis at Washington 1:00 PM Chicago at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Philadelphia at Chicago 8:20 PM Buffalo at Atlanta 1:00 PM
Arizona at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Green Bay at Cleveland 1:00 PM Monday, November 23 Kansas City at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 4:05 PM San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 PM Tennessee at Houston 8:30 PM Oakland at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Seattle at San Francisco 4:05 PM Indianapolis at St. Louis 1:00 PM Seattle at Green Bay 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Chicago 4:15 PM San Francisco at Houston 1:00 PM Week 12 TIME Baltimore at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Baltimore at San Diego 4:15 PM Minnesota at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Thursday, November 26 Houston at Miami 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Denver 4:15 PM New England at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Green Bay at Detroit 12:30 PM Jacksonville at New England 1:00 PM
NY Giants at Dallas 8:20 PM Buffalo at Carolina 4:05 PM Oakland at Dallas 4:15 PM Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM
Monday, September 21 NY Jets at Oakland 4:05 PM NY Giants at Denver 8:20 PM Carolina at NY Giants 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Miami 8:30 PM New Orleans at Miami 4:15 PM Sunday, November 29 Denver at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Dallas 4:15 PM Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM St. Louis at Arizona 4:05 PM
Week 3 TIME Arizona at NY Giants 8:20 PM Miami at Buffalo 1:00 PM Detroit at San Francisco 4:05 PM
Sunday, September 27 Monday, October 26 Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM NY Jets at Indianapolis 4:15 PM
Washington at Detroit 1:00 PM Philadelphia at Washington 8:30 PM Arizona at Tennessee 1:00 PM Dallas at Washington 8:20 PM
Green Bay at St. Louis 1:00 PM • Bye: Denver, Detroit, Tennessee, Seattle, Seattle at St. Louis 1:00 PM Monday, December 28
San Francisco at Minnesota 1:00 PM Jacksonville, Baltimore Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM Minnesota at Chicago 8:30 PM
Atlanta at New England 1:00 PM Carolina at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Tennessee at NY Jets 1:00 PM Week 8 TIME Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Week 17 TIME
Kansas City at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Sunday, November 1 Indianapolis at Houston 1:00 PM Sunday, January 3
NY Giants at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Houston at Buffalo 1:00 PM Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 PM Indianapolis at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM Cleveland at Chicago 1:00 PM Jacksonville at San Francisco 4:05 PM Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 PM Seattle at Dallas 1:00 PM Pittsburgh at Baltimore 8:20 PM Philadelphia at Dallas 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Buffalo 4:05 PM St. Louis at Detroit 1:00 PM Monday, November 30 Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM
Chicago at Seattle 4:05 PM Minnesota at Green Bay 1:00 PM New England at New Orleans 8:30 PM Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Miami at San Diego 4:15 PM San Francisco at Indianapolis 1:00 PM New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 4:15 PM Miami at NY Jets 1:00 PM Week 13 TIME New England at Houston 1:00 PM
Denver at Oakland 4:15 PM Denver at Baltimore 1:00 PM Thursday, December 3 San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Arizona 8:20 PM Oakland at San Diego 4:05 PM NY Jets at Buffalo 8:20 PM Pittsburgh at Miami 1:00 PM
Monday, September 28 Jacksonville at Tennessee 4:05 PM Sunday, December 6 NY Giants at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Carolina at Dallas 8:30 PM NY Giants at Philadelphia 4:15 PM Philadelphia at Atlanta 1:00 PM Cincinnati at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Carolina at Arizona 4:15 PM St. Louis at Chicago 1:00 PM Green Bay at Arizona 4:15 PM
Week 4 TIME Monday, November 2 Detroit at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Washington at San Diego 4:15 PM
Sunday, October 4 Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 PM Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tennessee at Seattle 4:15 PM
Detroit at Chicago 1:00 PM • Bye: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New England, Denver at Kansas City 1:00 PM Baltimore at Oakland 4:15 PM
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 PM Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington New Orleans at Washington 1:00 PM Kansas City at Denver 4:15 PM
Seattle at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM
NY Giants at Kansas City 1:00 PM Week 9 TIME Houston at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Postseason
Baltimore at New England 1:00 PM Sunday, November 8 Oakland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM Saturday, January 9, 2010
Tampa Bay at Washington 1:00 PM Washington at Atlanta 1:00 PM San Diego at Cleveland 4:05 PM AFC and NFC wild-card playoffs NBC
Tennessee at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Arizona at Chicago 1:00 PM San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM
Oakland at Houston 1:00 PM Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM Dallas at NY Giants 4:15 PM Sunday, January 10
NY Jets at New Orleans 4:05 PM Houston at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Minnesota at Arizona 4:15 PM AFC and NFC wild-card playoffs CBS & FOX
Buffalo at Miami 4:05 PM Miami at New England 1:00 PM New England at Miami 8:20 PM
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:15 PM Green Bay at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Monday, December 7 Saturday, January 16
Dallas at Denver 4:15 PM Kansas City at Jacksonville 1:00 PM Baltimore at Green Bay 8:30 PM AFC and NFC divisional playoffs CBS & FOX
San Diego at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM Detroit at Seattle 4:05 PM
Monday, October 5 Carolina at New Orleans 4:05 PM Week 14 TIME Sunday, January 17
Green Bay at Minnesota 8:30 PM San Diego at NY Giants 4:15 PM Thursday, December 10 AFC and NFC divisional playoffs CBS & FOX
• Bye: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Arizona, Tennessee at San Francisco 4:15 PM Pittsburgh at Cleveland 8:20 PM
Carolina Dallas at Philadelphia 8:20 PM Sunday, December 13 Sunday, January 24
Monday, November 9 New Orleans at Atlanta 1:00 PM AFC and NFC championship games
Week 5 TIME Pittsburgh at Denver 8:30 PM Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM CBS & FOX
Sunday, October 11 • Bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland, St. St. Louis at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Buffalo 1:00 PM Louis, Minnesota, NY Jets Denver at Indianapolis 1:00 PM Sunday, January 31
Dallas at Kansas City 1:00 PM Buffalo at Kansas City 1:00 PM AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Dolphin Stadium,
Minnesota at St. Louis 1:00 PM Week 10 TIME NY Jets at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM Miami Gardens, Fla. ESPN
Oakland at NY Giants 1:00 PM Thursday, November 12 Miami at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia 1:00 PM Chicago at San Francisco 8:20 PM Detroit at Baltimore 1:00 PM Sunday, February 7
Pittsburgh at Detroit 1:00 PM Sunday, November 15 Seattle at Houston 1:00 PM Super Bowl XLIV at Dolphin Stadium,
Washington at Carolina 1:00 PM Buffalo at Tennessee 1:00 PM Cincinnati at Minnesota 1:00 PM Miami Gardens, Fla. CBS
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 PM New Orleans at St. Louis 1:00 PM Carolina at New England 1:00 PM
Atlanta at San Francisco 4:05 PM Tampa Bay at Miami 1:00 PM Washington at Oakland 4:05 PM
Jacksonville at Seattle 4:15 PM Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM San Diego at Dallas 4:15 PM

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By Chris Smith

GRADING SYSTEM
erview
A Excellent
B+ Very Good
B Good
C+ Fair
C Average
D Poor
F Terrible

Arizona Cardinals
Overall Grade: C+ / Overall Rank 14th

2009 Grades
Run blocking: C Cohesion: A
Pass blocking: B+ Experience: A
Depth: C Potential: B+

Projected Starters
LT Mike Gandy – 16 starts in 2008 / 8th season
LG Reggie Wells – 16 starts in 2008 / 7th season
C Lyle Sendlein – 16 starts in 2008 / 3rd season
RG Deuce Lutui – 16 starts in 2008 / 4th season
RT Levi Brown – 16 starts in 2008 / 3rd season

Key Backups: G Elton Brown, T Elliot Vallejo, T
Herman Johnson [R], C Donovan Raiola

ICON SMI
Steve Hutchinson
Team Notes
• New Additions: T Herman Johnson
• Key Losses: None Projected Starters
• Yet to sign: None
Baltimore Ravens LT Langston Walker – 16 starts / 8th season
Overall Grade: C / Overall Rank 20th LG Kirk Chambers – 4 starts / 6th season

Atlanta Falcons
C Geoff Hangartner – new addition / 5th season
2009 Grades RG Brad Butler – 13 starts / 4th season
Overall Grade: B+ / Overall Rank 8th RT Demetrius Bell – 0 starts / 2nd season
Run blocking: B+ Cohesion: C
Pass blocking: C Experience: B
2009 Grades Key Backups: C/G Seth McKinney, C Eric Wood
Depth: A Potential: B
Run blocking: A Cohesion: B [R], T Jonathon Scott, T Chris Denman, G Andy
Pass blocking: A Experience: B Levitre [R]
Projected Starters
Depth: C Potential: A
LT Jared Gaither - 15 starts in 2008 / 3rd season
LG Ben Grubbs – 16 starts in 2008 / 3rd season Team Notes
Projected Starters • New Additions: G/C - Seth McKinney
C Matt Birk – new addition / 12th season
LT Sam Baker – 5 starts in 2008 / 2nd season (Cleveland), C/G - Geoff Hangartner (Carolina), C
RG Marshall Yanda- 5 starts / 3rd season
LG Justin Blalock – 16 starts in 2008 / 3rd season Eric Wood [R], G Andy Levitre [R]
RT Michael Oher – rookie (first round pick)
C Todd McClure – 16 starts in 2008 /10th season • Key Losses: LT Jason Peters (traded to
RG Harvey Dahl- 16 starts in 2008 / 4th season Philadelphia), C/G Duke Preston (Green Bay), G
Key Backups: G/C Chris Chester, T Adam Terry
RT Tyson Clabo – 16 starts in 2008 / 3rd season Derrick Dockery (Washington)
Team Notes
Key Backups: C/G Ben Wilkinson, G Brett
• New Additions: Center Matt Birk (Minnesota), T
Romberg, T Garrett Reynolds [R]
Michael Oher [R]
Team Notes
• Key Losses: Jason Brown (St. Louis) Carolina Panthers
• Yet to Sign: None Overall Grade: B+ / Overall Rank 9th
• New Additions: Brett Romberg, T Garrett
Reynolds [R]
• Key Losses: None Buffalo Bills 2009 Grades
• Yet to Sign: Harvey Dahl (RFA) Overall Grade: F / Overall Rank 32nd Run blocking: A Depth: B
• Center Todd McClure has not missed a start Pass blocking: A Cohesion: C
since 2001 2009 Grades Experience: B Potential: A
Run blocking: D Cohesion: F
Pass blocking: D Experience: C Projected Starters
Depth: C+ Potential: D LT Jordan Gross – Pro Bowl – 15 starts / 7th season

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LG Travelle Wharton – 14 starts / 6th season
C Ryan Kalil – 12 starts / 3rd season
Cleveland Browns Team Notes
• New Additions: G Seth Olsen [R], C Blake
Overall Grade: C+ / Overall Rank 15th
RG Keydrick Vincent – 14 starts / 9th season Schlueter [R]
RT Jeff Otah – 12 starts / 2nd season • Key Losses: T Erik Pears (Oakland)
2009 Grades
• Yet to Sign: none
Run blocking: C+ Cohesion: C+
Key Backups: G Jeremy Bridges (likely to sign),
Pass blocking: B+ Experience: A
T Jonathon Palmer, G Mackenzy Bernadeau, T/G
Duke Robinson [R], G Justin Geisinger
Depth: C+ Potential: B+ Detroit Lions
Overall Grade: D / Overall Rank 29th
Projected Starters
Team Notes
LT Joe Thomas – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 3rd 2009 Grades
• New Additions: T Duke Robinson [R], G Justin
season Run blocking: C Cohesion: B
Geisinger
LG Eric Steinbach – 14 starts / 7th season Pass blocking: F Experience: C+
• Key Losses: T Frank Omiyale (Chicago), C Geoff
C Hank Fraley – 15 starts / 10th season Depth: C+ Potential: C+
Hangartner (Buffalo)
RG Floyd Womack – new addition / 9th season
• LT Jordan Gross re-signs for 6 years ($60
RT John St. Clair – new addition / 10th season Projected Starters
million contract)
LT Jeff Backus – 16 starts / 9th season
Key Backups: G Rex Hadnot, C Alex Mack [R], T LG Manuel Ramirez – 3 starts / 3rd season
Isaac Sowells, T Ryan Tucker C Dominic Raiola – 12 starts / 9th season
Chicago Bears Team Notes
RG Stephen Peterman – 14 starts / 6th season
RT Gosder Cherilus – 13 starts / 2nd season
Overall Grade: D / Overall Rank 26th • New Additions: T/G Floyd Womack (Seattle), T
John St. Clair (Chicago), C Alex Mack [R] Key Backups: T Daniel Loper, G Dylan Gandy, T
2009 Grades • Key Losses: T Kevin Shaffer (Chicago), C/G Seth Damion Cook
Run blocking: C Cohesion: C+ McKinney (Buffalo)
Pass blocking rank: C Experience: B • Yet to Sign: none Team Notes
Depth: C+ Potential: C+ • New Additions: T Daniel Loper (Tennessee), G
Dylan Gandy (Oakland), T Lydon Murtha [R]
Dallas Cowboys
Projected Starters • Key Losses: Edwin Mulitalo (released)
LT Orlando Pace – new addition / 13th season • Yet to sign: none
LG Josh Beekman – 16 starts / 3rd season Overall Grade: B / Overall Rank 11th
C Olin Kreutz – 16 starts / 12th season
Green Bay Packers
RG Roberto Garza – 16 starts / 9th season 2009 Grades
RT– Chris Williams – 0 starts / 2nd season Run blocking: B Cohesion: A
Pass blocking: B Experience: A Overall Grade: C- / Overall Rank 21st
Key Backups: T Frank Omiyale (could start at RT), Depth: B+ Potential: B+
T Kevin Shaffer (could also start at RT), G Dan 2009 Grades
Buenning Projected Starters Run blocking: B Cohesion: B
LT Flozell Adams – Pro Bowl replacement player Pass blocking: C+ Experience: B
Team Notes – 16 starts / 12th season Depth: C+ Potential: B
• New Additions: LT Orlando Pace (St. Louis), LG Cory Procter – 11 starts / 5th season
Kevin Shaffer (Cleveland), Frank Omiyale C Andre Gurode – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 8th Projected Starters
(Carolina) season LT Chad Clifton – 15 starts / 10th season
• Key Losses: T John St. Clair (Cleveland) RG Leonard Davis – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 9th LG Daryn Colledge – 16 starts / 4th season
• Yet to Sign: T Fred Miller season C Scott Wells – 13 starts / 6th season
RT Marc Colombo – 16 starts / 8th season RG Jason Spitz – 16 starts / 4th season
RT Tony Moll – 5 starts / 4th season
Key Backups: T Pat McQuistan, G Montrae
Cincinnati Bengals Holland, T Doug Free, G Kyle Kosier (could start), Key Backups: T/G James Meredith [R], T T.J. Lang
Overall Grade: D+ / Overall Rank 24th T Robert Brewster [R] [R], C/G Duke Preston (could start at LG and have
Colledge slide to RT)
2009 Grades Team Notes
Run blocking: C Cohesion: C • New Additions: T Robert Brewster [R] Team Notes
Pass blocking: B Experience: C+ • Key Losses: G Joe Berger (Miami) • New Additions: C/G Duke Preston (Buffalo), T
Depth: C+ Potential: C+ James Meredith [R], T T.J. Lang [R]
• Key Losses: none
• Yet to Sign: Mark Tauscher (should start
Denver Broncos
Projected Starters
LT Andrew Whitworth – 10 starts / 4th season somewhere if not Green Bay)
LG Nate Livings – 6 starts / 4th season Overall Grade: C / Overall Rank 18th
C Kyle Cook – 0 starts / 2nd season
Houston Texans
RG Bobbie Williams – 16 starts – 10th season 2009 Grades
RT Andre Smith – rookie (first round pick) Run blocking: B Cohesion: A
Pass blocking: B Experience: B Overall Grade: B / Overall Rank 12th
Key Backups: G Scott Kooistra, C Jonathon Luigs Depth: C Potential: B
[R], T Anthony Collins, C Dan Santucci 2009 Grades
Projected Starters Run blocking: B Cohesion: A
Team Notes LT Ryan Clady – 16 starts / 2nd season Pass blocking: B Experience: A
• New Additions – C Jonathon Luigs [R] LG Ben Hamilton – 16 starts / 9th season Depth: B Potential: A
• Key Losses – Stacy Andrews (Philadelphia) C Casey Wiegmann – Pro Bowl replacement player
• Yet to sign – G Even Mathis – 16 starts / 14th season Projected Starters
RG Chris Kuper – 16 starts / 4th season LT Duane Brown – 16 starts / 2nd season
RT Ryan Harris – 16 starts / 3rd season LG Chester Pitts – 16 starts / 8th season
C Chris Myers – 16 starts / 5th season
Key Backups: T Brandon Gorin, G Mitch Erickson, RG Mike Brisiel – 16 starts / 4th season
G Seth Olsen [R], C Kory Lichtensteiger RT Eric Winston – 16 starts / 4th season

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Jacksonville Jaguars Team Notes
• New Additions: C Jake Grove (Oakland), G Joe
Overall Grade: B+ / Overall Rank 6th Berger (Dallas), T Andre Gardner [R]
2009 Grades • Key Losses: C Samson Satele (traded to
Oakland)
Run blocking: A Cohesion: B • Yet to sign: None
Pass blocking: C+ Experience: A • Dolphins re-signed RT Vernon Carey with
Depth: A Potential: A lucrative contract to remain in Miami
Projected Starters
LT Tra Thomas – new addition – 12th season
LG Vince Manuwai – 1 start (injured knee) / 7th Minnesota Vikings
season Overall Grade: C+ / Overall Rank 16th
C Brad Meester – 10 starts / 10th season
RG Maurice Williams – injured DNP / 8th season 2009 Grades
RT Tony Pashos – 16 starts / 7th season Run blocking: A Cohesion: B
Pass blocking: C Experience: B
Key Backups: T Eugene Monroe (rookie), T Eben Depth: C+ Potential: A
Britton (rookie), G Uche Nwaneri, G/T Dennis
Norman Projected Starters
LT Bryant McKinnie – 12 starts / 8th season
Team Notes LG Steve Hutchinson – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 9th
• New Additions: T William (Tra) Thomas season
(Philadelphia), T Eugene Monroe [R], T Eben C John Sullivan – 0 starts / 2nd season
Britton [R] RG Anthony Herrera – 16 starts / 6th season
• Key Losses: T Khalif Barnes (Oakland) RT Phil Loadholt – rookie (second round pick)
• Yet to sign: None
Key Backups: G/T Artis Hicks, T Ryan Cook, T Phil

Kansas City Chiefs Loadholt [R]

Overall Grade: D+ / Overall Rank 23rd Team Notes
• New Additions: T Phil Loadholt [R]
2009 Grades • Key Losses: C Matt Birk (Baltimore)
Run blocking: B Cohesion: B
Pass blocking: C Experience: B
Depth: D Potential: B New England Patriots
Overall Grade: A / Overall Rank 1st
Projected Starters
LT Branden Albert – 15 starts / 2nd season 2009 Grades
LG Brian Waters – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 10th Run blocking: A Cohesion: A
ICON SMI

Jordan Gross season Pass blocking: B Experience: A
C Rudy Niswanger – 15 starts / 4th season Depth: A Potential: A
RG Mike Goff – new addition / 12th season
Key Backups: G Antoine Caldwell [R], T Rashard
RT Damion McIntosh – 16 starts / 10th season Projected Starters
Butler, C Chris White, T Adrian Jones
LT Matt Light – 16 starts / 9th season
Key Backups: T Colin Brown [R], T Herb Taylor, C LG Logan Mankins – 16 starts / 5th season
Team Notes
Eric Ghiacius C Dan Koppen – 16 starts / 7th season
• New Additions: G Antoine Caldwell [R]
• Key Losses: T Ephraim Salaam (released) RG Steve Neal – 9 starts / 8th season
Team Notes RT Nick Kaczur – 14 starts / 5th season
• Yet to sign: none
• New Additions: Mike Goff (San Diego), T Colin
Brown [R] Key Backups: G/T Russ Hochstein, T Sebastian
Indianapolis Colts
• Key Losses: none Vollmer [R], G Rich Ohrnberger [R], T Ryan
O’Callaghan
Overall Grade: C+ / Overall Rank 17th
Team Notes
Miami Dolphins
2009 Grades
• New Additions: T Sebastian Vollmer [R], G Rich
Run blocking: C+ Cohesion: B
Overall Grade: C- / Overall Rank 22nd Ohrnberger [R]
Pass blocking: A Experience: B
• Key Losses: G Billy Yates (released)
Depth: C+ Potential: B
2009 Grades • Yet to sign: None
Projected Starters Run blocking: B Cohesion: C+
LT Tony Ugoh – 12 starts / 3rd season Pass blocking: B Experience: B
LG Charlie Johnson – 16 starts / 4th season Depth: C Potential: B New Orleans Saints
C Jeff Saturday – 12 starts / 11th season Overall Grade: C / Overall Rank 19th
RG Mike Pollak – 13 starts / 2nd season Projected Starters
RT Ryan Diem – 16 starts / 9th season LT Jake Long – Pro Bowl replacement – 16 starts 2009 Grades
/ 2nd season Run blocking: C Cohesion: B
Key Backups: T Charlie Johnson / G Jamey LG Justin Smiley – 12 starts / 6th season Pass blocking: A Experience: B
Richard / T Dan Federkeil C Jake Grove – new addition / 6th season Depth: C+ Potential: B
RG Ikechuku Ndukwe - 15 starts / 4th season
Team Notes RT Vernon Carey – 16 starts / 6th season Projected Starters
• New Additions: none LT Jammal Brown – Pro Bowl replacement – 15
• Key Losses: none Key Backups: G Donald Thomas, T Andre Gardner starts / 5th season
• Yet to Sign: none (rookie), C Andy Alleman LG Carl Nicks – 13 starts / 2nd season
• Jeff Saturday signed to new contract

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C Jonathan Goodwin – 13 starts / 8th season
RG Jahri Evans (RFA) – 16 starts / 4th season
Oakland Raiders Key Backups: T Kraig Urbik [R], C A.Q. Shipley
[R], G Trai Essex
Overall Grade: D / Overall Rank 28th
RT Jon Stinchcomb – 16 starts / 7th season
Team Notes
2009 Grades
Key Backups: G/C Nick Leckey, G Jamar Nesbit, T • New Additions: T Kraig Urbik [R], C A.Q. Shipley [R]
Run blocking: C+ Cohesion: C-
Jermon Bushrod • Key Losses: T Marvel Smith (San Francisco)
Pass blocking: D Experience: B
• Yet to Sign: none
Depth: C+ Potential: C
Team Notes • Steelers re-signed Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu,
• New Additions: G/C Nick Leckey (St. Louis) Willie Colon and Trai Essex
• Key Losses: none Projected Starters
LT Cornell Green – 16 starts / 11th season
• Saints re-signed veteran RT Jon Stinchcomb to a
five-year / $22.5 million dollar deal LG Robert Gallery – 16 starts / 6th season San Diego Chargers
C Samson Satele – new addition / 3rd season Overall Grade: B / Overall Rank 13th
RG Cooper Carlisle – 16 starts / 10th season
RT Khalif Barnes – new addition / 5th season
New York Giants
2009 Grades
Run blocking: B Cohesion: B
Overall Grade: A / Overall Rank 5th Key Backups: T/G Erik Pears, T Mario Henderson, Pass blocking: B+ Experience: A
T James Marten, T Marcus Johnson Depth: B Potential: A
2009 Grades
Run blocking: A Cohesion: A Team Notes Projected Starters
Pass blocking: B Experience: A • New Additions: C Samson Satele (trade with LT Marcus McNeill – 14 starts / 4th season
Depth: B Potential: A Miami), T Khalif Barnes (Jacksonville), T Erik LG Kris Dielman – Pro Bowl – 15 starts / 7th
Pears (Denver), T Marcus Johnson (Minnesota) season
Projected Starters • Key Losses: C Jake Grove (Miami), Kwame C Nick Hardwick – 13 starts/ 6th season
LT David Diehl – 16 starts / 7th season Harris (released) RG Kynan Forney – 0 starts / 9th season
LG Rich Seubert – 16 starts / 9th season • Yet to Sign: none RT Jeromey Clary – 16 starts / 3rd season
C Shaun O’Hara – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 10th • Raiders re-signed dependable right guard Cooper
season Carlisle (terms undisclosed) Key Backups: G Louis Vasquez [R], G Tyrone
RG Chris Snee – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 6th season Green [R], T L.J. Shelton
RT Kareem McKenzie – 16th start / 9th season
Philadelphia Eagles Team Notes
Key Backups: T William Beatty [R], RG Kevin Overall Grade: B / Overall Rank 10th • New Additions: G Louis Vasquez [R], G Tyrone
Boothe, T Adam Koets, T Guy Whimper Green [R]
2009 Grades • Key Losses: G Mike Goff (Kansas City)
Team Notes Run blocking: A Cohesion: C+ • Yet to Sign: C Jeremy Newberry (UFA)
• New Additions: T William Beatty [R] Pass blocking: B Experience: A • G Kynan Forney re-signs with Chargers
• Key Losses: none Depth: B Potential: A
• Yet to sign: None

San Francisco 49ers
Projected Starters
LT Jason Peters – new addition (Pro Bowl as Bills
New York Jets LT) / 6th season Overall Grade: D+ / Overall Rank 25th
Overall Grade: B+ / Overall Rank 7th LG Todd Herremans – 15 starts / 5th season
C Jamaal Jackson – 16 starts / 6th season 2009 Grades
2009 Grades RG Stacy Andrews – new addition / 6th season Run blocking: C+ Cohesion: C+
Run blocking: A Cohesion: A RT Shawn Andrews- 2 starts / 6th season Pass blocking: D Experience: A
Pass blocking: B Experience: A Depth: C Potential: C+
Depth: C Potential: A Key Backups: T Fenuki Tupou [R], G Max Jean-
Gilles, T Winston Justice, C Nick Cole Projected Starters
Projected Starters LT Joe Staley – 16 starts / 3rd season
LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson – 16 games / 4th Team Notes LG David Baas – 9 starts / 5th season
season • New Additions: T Stacy Andrews (Cincinnati), T C Eric Heitmann – 16 starts / 8th season
LG Alan Faneca – Pro Bowl – 16 games / 12th Jason Peters (trade with Buffalo), T Fenuki Tupou RG Chilo Rachal – 6 starts / 2nd season
season [R], G/C Nick Cole RT Marvel Smith – 5 starts (Pit) / 10th season
C Nick Mangold – Pro Bowl – 16 games / 4th • Key Losses: T William (Tra) Thomas
season (Jacksonville), T Jon Runyan Key Backups: G Joe Toledo, G/C Tony Wragge,
RG Brandon Moore – 16 games / 7th season G/T Adam Snyder, T Barry Simms
RT Damien Woody – 16 games / 11th season
Team Notes
Key Backups: G Matt Slauson [R], G Mike Pittsburgh Steelers • New Additions: T Marvel Smith (Pittsburgh)
Kracilik, G Robert Turner Overall Grade: D / Overall Rank 30th • Key Losses: T Jonas Jennings (released)
• Yet to sign: None
Team Notes 2009 Grades
Run blocking: C Cohesion: B
Seattle Seahawks
• New Additions: G Matt Slauson [R]
• Key Losses: none Pass blocking: D Experience: B
• Yet to Sign: none Depth: C Potential: C Overall Grade: D- / Overall Rank 31st
• Jets re-signed G Brandon Moore to a four-year /
$16 million dollar contract Projected Starters 2009 Grades
LT Max Starks – 11 starts / 6th season Run blocking: C Cohesion: C
LG Chris Kemoeatu – 16 starts / 5th season Pass blocking: D Experience: B
C Justin Hartwig – 16 starts / 8th season Depth: C Potential: C
RG Darnell Stapleton – 12 starts / 3rd season Projected Starters
RT Willie Colon – 16 starts / 4th season LT Walter Jones – Pro Bowl (DNP) – 12 starts / 13th season
LG Mike Wahle – 10 starts / 12th season

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C Chris Spencer – 11 starts / 5th season
RG Rob Sims – 1 start / 4th season Offensive Line Rankings
RT Sean Locklear – 11 starts / 6th season
2008 Rankings (from 1st through 32nd) 2009 Ratings (on a 10-point scale)
Rk Team Rush Yards YPC TDs PA/Sck Yds/PA AvgRk Run Pass Depth Coh Exp Pot Score 2009 Grade
Key Backups: T Max Unger [R], G Mansfield 1 New England Patriots 4 6 7 4 16 26 11 10 6 10 10 10 10 54 A
Wrotto, T Ray Willis 2 Tennessee Titans 5 7 10 2 25 4 4 10 10 2 10 10 10 54 A
3 Washington Redskins 8 8 7 22 24 20 18 10 10 1 10 10 10 53 A
Team Notes 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 15 18 19 19 13 17 10 6 6 10 10 10 51 A
• New Additions: T Max Unger [R] 5 New York Giants 7 1 1 8 18 16 6 10 6 6 10 10 10 51 A
6 Jacksonville Jaguars 18 18 14 10 19 23 22 10 4 10 6 10 10 48 B+
• Key Losses: Floyd Womack (Cleveland) 7 New York Jets 19 9 5 5 22 13 12 10 6 2 10 10 10 48 B+
• Seahawks re-sign T/G Ray Willis to stay on as #1 8 Atlanta Falcons 2 2 7 3 5 6 1t 10 10 2 6 6 10 48 B+
backup and spot starter 9 Carolina Panthers 6 3 2 1 4 8 1t 10 10 6 2 6 10 48 B+
10 Philadelphia Eagles 17 22 21 14 21 5 15 10 6 6 4 10 10 47 B
11 Dallas Cowboys 25 21 10 22 11 13 15 6 6 8 10 10 8 45 B

St. Louis Rams
12 Houston Texans 16 13 10 11 2 17 7 6 6 6 10 10 10 45 B
13 San Diego Chargers 20 20 18 19 1 10 9 6 8 6 6 10 10 45 B
Overall Grade: D / Overall Rank 27th 14 Arizona Cardinals 32 32 31 18 7 6 20 2 8 2 10 10 8 38 C+
15 Cleveland Browns 24 26 26 31 32 9 29 4 8 4 4 10 8 38 C+
16 Minnesota Vikings 3 5 6 14 15 28 13 10 2 4 6 6 10 38 C+
2009 Grades 17 Indianapolis Colts 30 31 32 19 12 3 21 4 10 4 6 6 6 38 C+
Run blocking: C Cohesion: C 18 Denver Broncos 28 12 2 14 9 1 3 6 6 2 10 6 6 36 C
Pass blocking: C Experience: C+ 19 New Orleans Saints 26 28 21 5 3 2 8 2 10 4 6 6 6 35 C
Depth: B Potential: C+ 20 Baltimore Ravens 1 4 21 5 13 22 10 8 2 10 2 6 6 33 C
21 Green Bay Packers 14 17 18 24 8 18 14 6 4 4 6 6 6 32 C-
22 Miami Dolphins 12 11 14 9 7 11 4 6 6 2 4 6 6 32 C-
Projected Starters 23 Kansas City Chiefs 29 16 2 28 28 19 26 6 2 1 6 6 6 26 D+
LT Alex Barron – 15 starts / 5th season 24 Cincinnati Bengals 21 29 30 31 31 30 32 2 8 4 2 4 4 26 D+
LG Jacob Bell – 13 starts / 6th season 25 San Francisco 49ers 27 27 21 25 10 32 32 4 1 2 4 10 4 23 D+
C Jason Brown – new addition / 5th season 26 Chicago Bears 15 24 26 14 29 12 24 2 2 4 4 6 4 20 D
RG Richie Incognito – 15 starts / 5th season 27 St. Louis Rams 22 25 21 30 26 25 30 2 2 6 2 4 4 18 D
28 Oakland Raiders 10 10 10 28 27 27 25 4 1 4 2 6 2 18 D
RT Jason Smith – rookie (first round pick)
29 Detroit Lions 31 30 28 25 23 31 31 2 0 4 6 4 4 17 D
30 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 23 29 11 13 29 23 2 1 2 6 6 2 17 D
Key Backups: G/T Adam Goldberg, G Mark 31 Seattle Seahawks 22 19 14 25 30 21 27 2 1 2 2 6 2 14 D-
Setterstrom 32 Buffalo Bills 13 14 14 11 17 24 19 1 1 4 0 2 1 8 F

Team Notes Key
• New Additions: C Jason Brown (Baltimore - $20 Rush - Number of rushing attempts Run - Run blocking ability
million guaranteed in contract), LT Jason Smith [R] Yards - Number of rushing yards Pass - Pass blocking ability
• Key Losses: LT Orlando Pace (new era as former YPC - Rushing yards per carry Depth - Quality of reserve linemen
franchise LT has moved on to Chicago), C Brett TDs - Number of rushing TDs Coh - Cohesion of offensive line
Romberg (Atlanta), C Nick Leckey (New Orleans)
PA/Sck - Number of passing yards per sack Exp - Experience of linemen
• T Adam Goldberg and G Mark Setterstrom have re-
signed to remain with Rams, likely as depth players. Yds/PA - Passing yards per attempt Pot - Potential of offensive line
AvgRk - Average rank of all categories Score - Based on all categories

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Overall Grade: A / Overall Rank 4th Tennessee Titans Washington Redskins
Overall Grade: A / Overall Rank 2nd Overall Grade: A / Overall Rank 3rd
2009 Grades
Run blocking: A Cohesion: A 2009 Grades 2009 Grades
Pass blocking: B Experience: A Run blocking: A Cohesion: A Run blocking: A Cohesion: A
Depth: B Potential: A Pass blocking: A Experience: A Pass blocking: A Experience: A
Depth: C Potential: A Depth: D Potential: A
Projected Starters
LT Donald Penn – 16 starts / 4th season Projected Starters Projected Starters
LG Arron Sears – 15 starts / 3rd season LT Michael Roos – Pro Bowl – 16 starts / 5th LT Chris Samuels – Pro Bowl (DNP) – 12 starts /
C Jeff Faine – 16 starts / 7th season season 10th season
RG Davin Joseph – Pro Bowl replacement – 12 LG Eugene Amano – 16 starts / 6th season LG Derrick Dockery – new addition – 7th season
starts / 4th season C Kevin Mawae – Pro Bowl – 15 starts / 16 C Casey Rabach – 16 starts / 9th season
RT Jeremy Trueblood – 16th start / 4th season seasons RG Randy Thomas – 16 starts / 11th season
RG Jake Scott – 16 starts / 6th season RT Jon Jansen – 11 starts / 11th season
Key Backups: T Anthony Alabi, G/C Sean Mahan RT David Stewart – 16 starts / 5th season
Key Backups: T Stephon Heyer, OL Chad Rinehart,
Team Notes Key Backups: G/C Leroy Harris, T Mike Otto, T OL Will Montgomery
• New Additions: none Troy Kropog [R]
• Key Losses: none Team Notes
• Yet to Sign: none Team Notes • New Additions: Derrick Dockery (Buffalo), G
• RFA LT Donald Penn signed his one-year RFA • New Additions: T Troy Kropog [R] Jeremy Bridges
tender at $2.8 million. He hopes to secure a long- • Key Losses: T Daniel Loper (Detroit) • Key Losses: none
range contract in the months ahead. • Yet to Sign: none • Yet to sign: T/G Jason Fabini (UFA)

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1. RB Adrian Peterson, MIN 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.2
2. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX 2 3 3 4 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 5 3 2 2.8
3. RB Michael Turner, ATL 3 2 6 5 4 3 2 2 2 4 8 4 6 5 4.1
4. RB LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 5 17 5 3 6 5 8 8 9 11 4 2 2 4 6.5
5. RB Steven Jackson, STL 4 5 2 1 12 4 6 7 4 6 3 3 28 10 7.0
6. RB Matt Forte, CHI 6 4 9 17 5 6 4 5 6 5 6 18 11 7 7.9
7. RB Brian Westbrook, PHI 14 7 13 6 10 7 5 6 7 7 12 12 4 13 8.4
8. RB DeAngelo Williams, CAR 7 8 10 19 2 12 10 4 12 3 14 9 7 6 8.9
9. RB Frank Gore, SF 11 9 7 11 7 9 12 21 8 8 10 6 15 11 10.3
10. RB Chris Johnson, TEN 16 6 4 20 9 8 9 10 5 21 13 16 25 23 13.0
11. WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 10 11 11 8 13 10 13 11 15 9 38 11 8 12 13.1
12. WR Randy Moss, NE 12 12 8 7 19 13 16 13 20 14 11 10 18 14 13.5
13. RB Steve Slaton, HOU 9 13 14 18 8 16 26 22 14 17 17 8 5 3 13.9
14. RB Clinton Portis, WAS 8 19 20 24 33 11 7 9 13 10 7 7 14 8 14.0
15. RB Brandon Jacobs, NYG 19 10 30 10 15 18 17 19 11 16 5 15 13 9 14.5
16. WR Andre Johnson, HOU 22 14 18 21 16 15 15 12 18 12 23 17 20 15 16.6
17. WR Calvin Johnson, DET 13 15 12 13 22 14 14 28 22 19 21 14 12 19 17.3
18. RB Marion Barber, DAL 25 16 19 16 18 17 11 23 10 13 9 13 30 33 17.5
19. QB Drew Brees, NO 18 24 27 15 20 20 18 15 16 26 20 21 17 18 19.8
20. WR Reggie Wayne, IND 15 20 17 28 29 25 19 14 17 15 37 20 9 31 21.6
21. WR Steve Smith, CAR 17 18 22 25 25 26 20 30 19 23 31 22 32 21 24.2
22. WR Greg Jennings, GB 26 28 16 27 17 29 22 27 24 31 33 28 19 30 25.5
23. QB Tom Brady, NE 20 33 21 12 31 24 41 16 30 27 15 25 -- 28 27.2
24. WR Roddy White, ATL 23 23 26 26 27 27 21 26 33 30 -- 30 22 22 28.0
25. RB Ronnie Brown, MIA 21 27 15 37 11 21 -- 18 29 20 34 40 39 25 28.2
26. WR Anquan Boldin, ARI 31 21 25 14 26 33 29 38 23 25 35 34 34 41 29.1
27. RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN 35 40 38 32 14 23 33 20 27 -- 29 19 24 32 29.4
28. QB Peyton Manning, IND 24 25 28 -- 34 31 24 17 26 33 47 23 27 26 30.2
29. WR Marques Colston, NO 29 29 24 22 30 34 31 29 31 28 50 33 33 20 30.3
30. WR Dwayne Bowe, KC 30 22 35 34 24 30 30 37 25 24 45 45 29 24 31.1
31. RB Ryan Grant, GB 41 36 31 36 21 37 27 24 32 35 24 31 38 46 32.2
32. RB Reggie Bush, NO 32 26 39 31 36 28 32 35 21 36 32 39 23 42 32.3
33. RB Kevin Smith, DET 33 43 33 43 35 19 37 36 35 38 16 24 26 39 32.6
34. RB Larry Johnson, KC -- -- -- 9 32 35 39 -- -- 18 25 27 16 34 33.8
35. RB Marshawn Lynch, BUF 45 38 32 41 37 22 -- -- 28 22 18 36 -- -- 36.8
36. TE Jason Witten, DAL 40 34 48 -- 40 -- 36 47 36 34 30 26 36 35 38.8
37. WR Terrell Owens, BUF 34 -- 37 29 48 38 23 41 -- 39 -- 43 42 29 40.2
38. RB Pierre Thomas, NO 27 37 50 -- -- -- 25 25 -- 48 19 -- -- 16 40.5
39. WR Brandon Marshall, DEN 36 31 36 33 39 48 34 40 45 32 39 48 -- -- 40.5
40. RB Thomas Jones, NYJ 48 -- -- 23 -- 36 38 -- 47 46 41 46 35 17 41.0
41. RB Jonathan Stewart, CAR -- 39 29 44 -- 40 28 -- 41 49 22 44 -- 50 41.5
42. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA 44 -- -- -- 28 41 42 31 49 41 -- 37 21 -- 41.9
43. WR Wes Welker, NE -- 30 42 30 38 43 43 -- 37 -- -- -- 45 -- 43.3
44. QB Kurt Warner, ARI -- 35 45 -- -- 49 -- 42 34 29 -- -- 47 38 44.2
45. QB Aaron Rodgers, GB 39 32 -- -- 41 -- -- 45 -- 43 -- -- 10 49 44.4
46. WR Braylon Edwards, CLE 38 49 34 -- 43 42 35 50 42 45 -- -- -- 36 44.6
47. TE Antonio Gates, SD 37 42 47 50 45 -- 45 48 50 42 -- 29 31 -- 44.8
48. WR Antonio Bryant, TB 50 50 44 -- 23 47 40 39 -- 40 -- -- 46 -- 44.9
49. QB Donovan McNabb, PHI 47 45 -- -- -- 45 44 44 38 -- 36 42 43 44 45.0
50. RB Darren McFadden, OAK 28 -- 40 49 50 39 -- -- 48 47 28 32 48 -- 45.0

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1. Drew Brees, NO 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1.4
2. Tom Brady, NE 2 1 4 1 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 3 8 3 2.5
3. Peyton Manning, IND 3 2 2 3 6 3 3 2 3 2 4 5 2 3 2 3.0
4. Kurt Warner, ARI 6 5 6 4 5 6 6 7 4 4 3 7 5 6 4 5.2
5. Aaron Rodgers, GB 4 6 3 6 3 4 7 5 7 8 6 8 6 1 7 5.4
6. Donovan McNabb, PHI 5 4 7 7 8 7 5 4 6 5 7 4 4 5 5 5.5
7. Philip Rivers, SD 7 9 5 10 4 5 4 6 10 6 5 9 7 12 8 7.1
8. Tony Romo, DAL 8 7 8 8 10 8 10 9 5 7 11 3 8 4 11 7.8
9. Jay Cutler, CHI 9 10 10 13 11 11 13 11 12 10 10 10 11 14 6 10.7
10. Carson Palmer, CIN 14 8 9 5 14 9 15 12 9 13 13 15 13 7 9 11.0
11. Matt Ryan, ATL 12 17 13 12 9 12 11 13 8 9 9 13 14 13 10 11.7
12. Matt Schaub, HOU 13 14 11 9 7 13 8 17 14 14 8 6 9 20 15 11.9
13. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 10 13 14 11 20 14 9 8 11 12 12 18 12 15 13 12.8
14. David Garrard, JAX 11 15 12 16 17 17 12 14 17 18 14 14 10 9 16 14.1
15. Eli Manning, NYG 18 12 17 15 16 15 14 10 15 11 17 19 16 18 18 15.4
16. Matt Hasselbeck, SEA 15 11 16 20 15 16 19 23 13 16 15 25 15 10 19 16.5
17. Matt Cassel, KC 16 16 15 17 24 19 17 15 16 15 19 12 23 11 14 16.6
18. Trent Edwards, BUF 17 23 23 23 13 18 18 24 31 21 16 21 22 19 12 20.1
19. Kyle Orton, DEN 24 20 21 14 12 10 16 26 21 19 18 11 27 33 31 20.2
20. Jake Delhomme, CAR 23 18 18 22 18 20 23 21 20 17 25 22 17 23 22 20.6
21. Joe Flacco, BAL 19 24 19 24 19 21 21 18 23 24 23 16 19 24 17 20.7
22. Jason Campbell, WAS 22 25 25 19 23 25 22 19 28 20 22 27 18 16 20 22.1
23. Chad Pennington, MIA 21 21 26 30 25 22 20 20 18 27 21 24 21 17 21 22.3
24. Shaun Hill, SF 20 22 22 18 21 26 27 16 32 23 20 17 28 22 25 22.6
25. JaMarcus Russell, OAK 26 26 20 28 22 28 25 22 22 25 24 34 25 27 23 25.1
26. Marc Bulger, STL 29 19 24 21 29 27 31 27 27 22 26 28 20 25 27 25.5
27. Sage Rosenfels, MIN 30 27 27 25 27 24 26 30 29 31 32 20 30 21 26 27.0
28. Kerry Collins, TEN 28 29 29 27 28 31 30 28 19 28 29 30 26 30 24 27.7
29. Brady Quinn, CLE 31 31 28 26 31 23 29 25 33 29 27 23 24 28 29 27.8
30. Mark Sanchez, NYJ 25 33 32 35 26 30 24 32 24 26 30 26 33 29 28 28.9
31. Byron Leftwich, TB 32 32 35 29 30 29 -- 29 26 -- 31 -- 31 26 33 31.4
32. Daunte Culpepper, DET -- 28 31 33 32 -- 32 31 25 32 -- 31 29 -- 30 31.9
33. Matthew Stafford, DET 27 30 33 31 34 32 34 34 34 -- 28 35 35 32 34 32.6
34. Derek Anderson, CLE 34 34 -- -- 35 -- 33 -- 30 33 -- 32 32 -- -- 34.3
35. Tarvaris Jackson, MIN -- 35 -- -- 33 33 28 33 -- 34 33 -- -- -- -- 34.5

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1. Adrian Peterson, MIN 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.2
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX 2 3 3 3 4 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 5 3 2 2.8
3. Michael Turner, ATL 3 7 2 6 5 4 3 2 2 2 4 8 4 6 5 4.3
4. LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 5 2 13 5 3 6 5 8 8 9 10 4 2 2 4 5.8
5. Steven Jackson, STL 4 4 5 2 1 12 4 6 7 4 6 3 3 17 10 6.0
6. Matt Forte, CHI 6 10 4 8 11 5 6 4 5 6 5 6 14 7 7 7.0
7. Brian Westbrook, PHI 11 5 7 10 6 10 7 5 6 7 7 11 10 4 12 7.6
8. DeAngelo Williams, CAR 7 6 8 9 13 2 10 10 4 12 3 13 9 8 6 8.1
9. Frank Gore, SF 10 9 9 7 9 7 9 12 14 8 8 10 6 11 11 9.3
10. Clinton Portis, WAS 8 8 14 14 16 18 11 7 9 13 9 7 7 10 8 10.8
11. Chris Johnson, TEN 12 13 6 4 14 9 8 9 10 5 16 12 13 15 15 10.6
12. Steve Slaton, HOU 9 11 11 11 12 8 12 15 15 14 13 15 8 5 3 10.9
13. Brandon Jacobs, NYG 13 14 10 16 8 14 14 13 12 11 12 5 12 9 9 11.4
14. Marion Barber, DAL 15 12 12 13 10 15 13 11 16 10 11 9 11 18 19 12.9
15. Ronnie Brown, MIA 14 19 16 12 20 11 17 23 11 18 15 25 23 21 16 17.6
16. Knowshon Moreno, DEN 20 20 21 20 18 13 15 19 13 16 27 23 15 14 18 18.0
17. Ryan Grant, GB 21 18 17 17 19 16 22 16 17 19 18 19 18 20 24 18.6
18. Reggie Bush, NO 18 17 15 21 17 20 19 18 22 15 19 24 22 13 23 18.9
19. Kevin Smith, DET 19 22 23 19 24 19 16 20 23 20 20 14 16 16 22 19.6
20. Larry Johnson, KC 25 15 30 29 7 17 21 22 28 33 14 20 17 12 20 20.4
21. Marshawn Lynch, BUF 22 16 19 18 22 21 18 28 32 17 17 16 21 24 28 21.2
22. Thomas Jones, NYJ 23 21 27 28 15 24 24 21 25 23 21 27 26 19 14 22.5
23. Darren McFadden, OAK 17 25 29 22 26 22 23 33 24 24 22 22 19 23 27 24.4
24. Pierre Thomas, NO 16 30 18 25 38 30 30 14 18 27 23 17 31 31 13 24.6
25. Jonathan Stewart, CAR 31 29 20 15 25 29 26 17 33 21 24 18 25 32 26 24.3
26. Chris Wells, ARI 27 26 22 23 33 27 29 25 19 28 28 30 20 34 25 26.4
27. Willie Parker, PIT 32 24 28 24 23 34 28 26 27 25 25 28 24 22 29 26.2
28. Joseph Addai, IND 29 23 26 26 35 28 20 29 20 22 26 26 29 36 40 27.6
29. Cedric Benson, CIN 26 32 32 30 29 32 36 24 21 39 30 36 28 27 35 30.8
30. Donald Brown, IND 35 34 24 34 27 33 31 31 38 30 32 37 30 26 21 30.6
31. Derrick Ward, TB 24 36 31 36 46 25 27 32 29 26 29 34 44 33 17 31.8
32. Jamal Lewis, CLE 30 27 42 27 21 39 25 35 30 29 31 43 27 30 34 31.4
33. LenDale White, TEN 28 31 40 40 30 35 33 30 36 37 34 47 36 28 30 34.8
34. Felix Jones, DAL -- 37 33 31 43 23 40 34 26 46 41 21 43 42 48 36.3
35. LeRon McClain, BAL 43 35 47 42 32 42 37 27 34 40 -- 35 47 25 31 37.5
36. Willis McGahee, BAL 48 28 37 32 -- 31 41 40 45 32 33 50 35 29 46 37.9
37. Ray Rice, BAL 37 33 25 44 48 26 43 -- 31 34 48 48 40 45 37 39.5
38. Julius Jones, SEA 33 41 48 35 34 36 39 41 -- 38 36 44 49 41 32 40.4
39. Earnest Graham, TB 41 43 34 39 31 47 46 37 40 31 42 31 50 -- 41 40.2
40. Fred Taylor, NE 39 44 39 41 28 40 35 50 37 42 40 -- 33 -- 36 40.5
41. Rashard Mendenhall, PIT 47 40 36 33 36 37 38 44 46 50 38 29 41 47 47 40.1
42. Leon Washington, NYJ 34 45 45 49 -- 38 34 49 44 36 45 41 38 48 33 42.6
43. Jerious Norwood, ATL 44 39 46 46 -- 43 44 -- 39 44 35 42 34 40 42 42.6
44. Darren Sproles, SD 38 46 38 48 45 46 -- 45 35 41 44 39 42 -- 38 43.5
45. Fred Jackson, BUF 42 38 -- 45 39 50 49 36 -- 47 49 33 32 38 -- 43.5
46. Chester Taylor, MIN 36 49 44 38 -- 48 45 42 41 -- 37 -- 45 35 39 44.0
47. Ricky Williams, MIA 40 -- -- -- 50 -- -- 39 -- 45 47 -- 37 37 43 46.8
48. Tim Hightower, ARI -- 47 35 -- 40 45 -- -- 50 35 43 -- -- 44 -- 46.1
49. Justin Fargas, OAK -- 48 -- 47 37 44 -- 48 -- 49 -- -- 39 43 -- 47.2
50. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG 49 -- 43 -- 44 41 48 -- -- -- 46 40 -- -- 45 47.4

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Rudnicki
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Bryant

Bloom

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Wood
WIDE RECEIVERS

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1. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 1 1 1.7
2. Randy Moss, NE 2 1 2 1 1 4 2 4 3 5 3 1 1 4 2 2.4
3. Andre Johnson, HOU 6 3 3 6 5 2 4 3 2 3 2 3 4 6 3 3.7
4. Calvin Johnson, DET 3 4 4 3 3 5 3 2 7 6 5 2 3 3 4 3.8
5. Reggie Wayne, IND 4 5 6 5 10 12 5 5 4 2 4 7 5 2 11 5.8
6. Steve Smith, CAR 5 6 5 7 7 8 6 6 9 4 6 4 6 10 6 6.3
7. Greg Jennings, GB 8 9 9 4 9 3 8 8 6 8 11 5 7 5 10 7.3
8. Roddy White, ATL 7 14 8 11 8 10 7 7 5 11 10 14 8 8 7 9.0
9. Anquan Boldin, ARI 11 7 7 10 4 9 10 10 12 7 8 6 10 12 13 9.1
10. Marques Colston, NO 9 8 11 9 6 13 11 12 8 10 9 12 9 11 5 9.5
11. Dwayne Bowe, KC 10 13 10 13 14 7 9 11 11 9 7 10 13 9 8 10.3
12. Terrell Owens, BUF 12 10 20 15 11 20 12 9 15 18 13 13 12 14 9 13.5
13. Brandon Marshall, DEN 13 11 13 14 13 15 18 13 14 16 12 9 14 33 17 15.0
14. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA 16 12 18 21 24 11 13 16 10 17 15 21 11 7 18 15.3
15. Wes Welker, NE 21 17 12 17 12 14 15 17 21 12 18 15 16 15 22 16.3
16. Braylon Edwards, CLE 14 16 16 12 22 17 14 14 17 14 16 22 23 35 12 17.6
17. Chad Ochocinco, CIN 15 15 19 8 21 19 16 26 16 19 17 19 19 48 15 19.5
18. Antonio Bryant, TB 19 24 17 19 34 6 17 15 13 36 14 30 27 16 19 20.4
19. Eddie Royal, DEN 25 22 15 18 29 31 22 37 25 21 22 11 18 13 33 22.8
20. Santonio Holmes, PIT 22 23 14 16 25 23 21 34 18 13 25 29 20 37 25 23.0
21. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ 20 18 22 27 16 22 19 21 28 27 26 18 25 27 31 23.1
22. Roy Williams, DAL 27 20 26 30 19 16 20 19 20 20 23 35 15 21 37 23.2
23. Santana Moss, WAS 23 28 21 24 26 26 30 24 32 15 29 17 32 31 23 25.4
24. Hines Ward, PIT 26 26 30 25 28 30 29 22 19 24 28 26 22 19 28 25.5
25. Vincent Jackson, SD 24 32 28 23 15 29 23 23 26 39 19 27 17 -- 14 26.0
26. DeSean Jackson, PHI 17 33 32 32 23 27 24 28 24 25 36 24 26 29 16 26.4
27. Laveranues Coles, CIN 28 19 23 20 48 36 28 27 29 31 24 16 29 25 30 27.5
28. Bernard Berrian, MIN 34 31 37 26 17 21 25 33 36 34 21 33 35 24 21 28.5
29. Anthony Gonzalez, IND 33 34 24 22 44 35 27 32 22 22 30 32 24 18 32 28.7
30. Lance Moore, NO 39 25 29 40 18 18 26 36 34 35 27 28 21 17 39 28.8
31. Lee Evans, BUF 31 30 25 34 49 28 32 29 23 23 20 36 31 20 27 29.2
32. Donnie Avery, STL 18 35 27 37 20 24 42 18 39 38 31 23 28 45 24 29.9
33. Donald Driver, GB 30 29 34 29 37 40 33 44 31 26 34 20 33 28 29 31.8
34. Torry Holt, JAX 29 21 36 33 35 37 39 20 27 37 33 46 34 43 20 32.7
35. Michael Crabtree, SF 32 36 31 28 27 45 36 35 41 28 32 31 38 22 35 33.1
36. Derrick Mason, BAL 35 27 35 36 30 43 34 38 42 44 35 25 30 26 26 33.7
37. Devin Hester, CHI 36 40 33 31 33 -- 31 30 37 42 37 40 39 30 -- 37.4
38. Kevin Walter, HOU 41 41 44 39 39 33 35 31 47 30 39 41 49 40 34 38.9
39. Ted Ginn, MIA 37 43 42 41 45 34 40 -- 50 40 38 -- 40 23 36 40.7
40. Steve Breaston, ARI 38 47 38 44 46 25 37 50 43 32 43 38 -- -- -- 42.3
41. Chris Chambers, SD 40 37 40 49 40 -- 38 41 45 33 45 -- 43 -- 40 42.9
42. Mark Clayton, BAL 45 38 41 35 42 48 -- 25 -- -- -- 37 41 -- 45 43.5
43. Kevin Curtis, PHI -- 46 45 45 41 32 46 40 38 43 40 -- -- 44 -- 44.3
44. Deion Branch, SEA -- 39 50 50 36 42 -- 42 33 50 50 -- 36 49 -- 45.4
45. Steve Smith, NYG 44 48 39 38 43 41 -- -- -- 41 49 -- 47 -- 41 45.7
46. Domenik Hixon, NYG 49 44 -- 46 32 -- 47 46 -- 47 41 -- 50 36 -- 46.2
47. Justin Gage, TEN 47 45 -- -- 31 44 48 -- -- -- 42 49 42 -- 42 46.4
48. Muhsin Muhammad, CAR 43 50 43 -- -- -- 49 49 -- 45 47 -- -- 34 38 46.9
49. Hakeem Nicks, NYG 42 -- -- -- -- 38 41 -- -- -- 48 34 46 47 -- 46.9
50. Patrick Crayton, DAL -- 42 -- -- -- -- -- -- 46 -- 44 44 37 39 -- 47.4

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RANKINGS
TIGHT ENDS

Tefertiller
Pasquino

Tremblay
Rudnicki
Haseley
Borbely

Norton

Wimer
Bryant

Bloom

Henry
Baker

Wood
TIGHT ENDS

Hicks
Gray
Avg

1. Jason Witten, DAL 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1.4
2. Antonio Gates, SD 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 2 4 2 1 4 2.1
3. Tony Gonzalez, ATL 3 5 3 5 4 3 3 3 1 4 3 2 3 4 2 3.2
4. Dallas Clark, IND 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 6 4 3 4 3 5 4.1
5. Kellen Winslow, TB 5 4 5 8 10 4 7 5 6 2 7 6 5 5 3 5.5
6. Owen Daniels, HOU 6 8 10 7 6 6 5 7 4 7 8 5 6 8 6 6.6
7. Chris Cooley, WAS 8 6 6 3 15 8 6 6 9 5 6 7 7 9 7 7.2
8. Greg Olsen, CHI 7 9 9 6 5 7 9 8 12 8 5 8 9 10 8 8.0
9. Zach Miller, OAK 9 10 7 9 8 11 11 16 10 10 10 10 8 11 9 9.9
10. John Carlson, SEA 10 7 11 12 9 12 10 13 7 15 9 11 14 7 10 10.5
11. Dustin Keller, NYJ 11 15 8 11 13 13 8 9 8 9 13 9 10 17 11 11.0
12. Jeremy Shockey, NO 12 11 12 10 7 10 13 11 11 12 11 19 13 13 16 12.1
13. Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN 13 14 16 26 11 16 12 12 21 20 16 12 11 6 13 14.6
14. Heath Miller, PIT 15 13 14 16 19 19 15 14 15 14 14 15 12 14 12 14.7
15. Bo Scaife, TEN 14 16 13 17 16 9 16 10 18 13 20 34 16 19 14 16.3
16. Tony Scheffler, DEN 16 12 17 15 14 21 18 23 13 11 12 17 15 20 21 16.3
17. Anthony Fasano, MIA 17 18 22 20 12 15 14 17 14 23 15 18 18 15 15 16.9
18. Kevin Boss, NYG 19 21 32 23 18 17 19 18 16 19 17 14 24 12 20 19.3
19. Vernon Davis, SF 18 19 19 28 23 22 20 15 22 16 18 22 21 22 19 20.3
20. Brent Celek, PHI 24 27 23 13 35 14 23 19 17 18 19 13 20 27 25 21.1
21. Todd Heap, BAL 20 17 18 27 21 18 21 21 23 32 21 32 17 24 17 21.9
22. Randy McMichael, STL 23 26 15 14 20 31 22 25 29 17 22 24 25 25 18 22.4
23. Brandon Pettigrew, DET 25 24 25 18 17 32 17 22 19 26 27 21 19 21 23 22.4
24. Donald Lee, GB 22 25 21 19 25 25 27 27 27 21 23 -- 23 16 24 24.1
25. Marcedes Lewis, JAX 21 20 20 29 22 29 24 20 31 31 24 28 22 18 26 24.3
26. Ben Watson, NE 32 23 27 22 24 20 31 29 25 22 25 -- 27 29 -- 27.2
27. L.J. Smith, BAL 29 22 24 21 34 34 -- 24 30 24 29 31 26 32 27 28.2
28. Desmond Clark, CHI 27 28 -- 33 26 30 30 -- 28 33 26 33 34 30 29 30.6
29. Brad Cottam, KC 33 34 -- 32 -- 23 -- 28 -- -- 28 29 29 33 32 32.1
30. Martellus Bennett, DAL 34 29 -- -- -- 26 34 -- -- -- 30 20 35 -- 22 32.1
31. Billy Miller, NO 35 -- 26 -- -- -- 25 26 33 30 31 27 -- -- 34 32.2
32. Robert Royal, CLE 26 30 -- -- -- 27 28 -- 26 -- -- -- 33 26 35 32.2
33. Daniel Graham, DEN -- 31 -- -- 33 28 29 34 -- -- 33 23 -- 23 -- 32.4
34. Ben Utecht, CIN -- 32 34 30 29 -- -- -- 24 27 -- -- 30 -- -- 32.9
35. Dante Rosario, CAR 31 33 28 25 -- -- -- 35 -- -- 32 -- 31 34 -- 33.4

NFL TRIVIA

????
Question 1: Kurt Warner threw for 4,582 yards last
season at 37 years old. Only two QBs in league his-
tory have thrown for 4,000+ yards at an older age,
can you name them? Answer on page 52

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RANKINGS

KICKERS
Terfertiller
Pasquino

Tremblay
Rudnicki
Haseley

Herman
Borbely

Norton

Wimer
Bryant

Bloom

Henry
Baker

Wood
KICKERS

Hicks
Gray
Avg

1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 9 1 4 8 1 1 2 1 1 2.3
2. Nate Kaeding, SD 2 7 13 3 6 5 1 1 2 1 5 4 5 7 14 3 4.9
3. Rob Bironas, TEN 6 13 2 11 9 3 2 2 3 5 3 2 14 1 4 4 5.3
4. Mason Crosby, GB 3 5 4 4 4 2 5 12 5 9 12 3 6 3 7 8 5.8
5. Jason Elam, ATL 7 14 6 13 2 7 6 3 8 2 7 10 19 4 8 2 7.4
6. Nick Folk, DAL 12 8 19 6 10 4 9 6 4 8 6 5 2 8 18 10 8.4
7. Garrett Hartley, NO 4 3 15 2 5 10 8 5 28 15 1 11 10 9 12 7 9.1
8. David Akers, PHI 5 10 7 8 7 16 11 10 18 7 2 15 4 5 16 5 9.1
9. Kris Brown, HOU 13 6 10 12 3 11 4 4 16 14 10 6 13 14 6 9 9.4
10. Neil Rackers, ARI 8 4 3 9 8 9 12 17 7 6 11 7 15 11 26 11 10.3
11. Ryan Longwell, MIN 10 17 5 14 24 12 7 8 17 16 4 8 11 6 3 6 10.5
12. Adam Vinatieri, IND 9 2 21 5 14 8 15 14 14 3 20 18 3 12 9 17 11.5
13. Robbie Gould, CHI 15 12 8 22 12 17 14 11 9 12 15 14 7 10 17 12 12.9
14. John Kasay, CAR 14 16 17 16 21 14 13 15 19 18 16 9 16 13 5 14 14.8
15. Shayne Graham, CIN 20 15 12 7 23 19 17 18 13 10 19 13 8 17 13 16 15.0
16. Jeff Reed, PIT 16 11 9 15 11 15 18 16 6 17 17 19 18 16 25 13 15.1
17. Lawrence Tynes, NYG 11 9 16 25 17 6 10 7 26 19 26 12 20 29 2 18 15.8
18. Josh Scobee, JAX 19 18 22 10 19 18 20 24 22 11 13 17 23 22 27 20 19.1
19. Josh Brown, STL 24 32 11 18 27 24 21 26 12 28 14 20 9 15 10 15 19.1
20. Joe Nedney, SF 18 29 25 23 16 21 23 22 10 27 9 24 24 23 11 19 20.3
21. Rian Lindell, BUF 17 27 18 24 13 22 19 21 24 20 21 22 12 27 19 22 20.5
22. Dan Carpenter, MIA 27 26 23 29 29 13 22 19 11 13 18 26 21 24 23 21 21.6
23. Jason Hanson, DET 29 21 14 20 22 26 16 13 20 30 23 23 17 19 32 23 21.8
24. Phil Dawson, CLE 23 23 24 19 20 23 24 25 15 25 22 21 25 18 30 24 22.6
25. Matt Prater, DEN 21 25 29 17 28 20 25 28 21 22 27 16 27 28 15 29 23.6
26. Jay Feely, NYJ 26 20 20 27 15 25 26 23 31 23 24 31 32 30 29 25 25.4
27. Olindo Mare, SEA 28 24 28 21 18 29 30 31 30 24 30 28 31 21 -- 28 27.1
28. Mike Nugent, TB 22 19 -- 26 -- 27 32 29 27 21 -- -- 22 25 21 31 27.1
29. Shaun Suisham, WAS 32 30 30 30 30 30 27 30 23 26 29 29 30 20 22 27 27.8
30. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK 31 31 26 28 25 31 29 27 25 29 25 30 29 26 28 26 27.9
31. Steve Hauschka, BAL 25 22 32 31 32 -- 28 20 32 32 31 32 26 32 31 30 29.3
32. Connor Barth, KC -- 28 31 32 31 28 -- -- 29 31 32 27 -- 31 24 -- 30.6
33. Matt Bryant, TB -- -- 27 -- 26 -- -- -- -- -- 28 25 28 -- -- -- 31.1
34. Brandon Coutu, SEA -- -- -- -- -- 32 31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 20 -- 32.0
35. Ryan Succop, KC 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- 32 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 32 32.7

NFL TRIVIA

????
Question 2: In 2008, the Cardinals had three 1,000-yard
receivers: Larry Fitzgerald (1,431 yards), Anquan Boldin
(1,038 yards) and Steve Breaston (1,008 yards). This has
happened only four other times in league history; can
you name the teams and receivers? Answer on page 52

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DEFENSES

RANKINGS

Tefertiller
Pasquino

Tremblay
Rudnicki
Haseley
Borbely

Norton

Wimer
Bryant

Bloom

Henry
Baker

Wood
DEFENSES

Hicks
Gray
Avg

1. Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT 1 1 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 2 1 10 1 1 1 2.0
2. Minnesota Vikings, MIN 2 2 4 2 4 6 2 2 3 3 2 2 3 5 2 2.9
3. Baltimore Ravens, BAL 4 4 2 5 2 3 4 5 2 5 5 7 2 6 3 3.9
4. New York Giants, NYG 3 7 3 4 1 2 3 4 7 1 3 9 9 4 6 4.4
5. Philadelphia Eagles, PHI 5 8 5 10 5 4 6 12 4 4 6 1 11 3 4 5.9
6. San Diego Chargers, SD 8 5 9 3 9 5 5 3 9 10 4 3 4 24 7 7.2
7. Chicago Bears, CHI 6 3 6 9 7 8 9 6 8 9 7 14 8 12 8 8.0
8. New England Patriots, NE 7 6 8 7 13 7 7 15 5 8 9 6 6 8 9 8.1
9. Tennessee Titans, TEN 14 13 10 12 12 9 8 7 6 11 12 20 5 2 14 10.3
10. Dallas Cowboys, DAL 16 12 14 6 8 15 11 10 10 6 14 8 19 19 12 12.0
11. Carolina Panthers, CAR 9 9 7 8 15 13 15 9 16 12 18 18 14 10 10 12.2
12. New York Jets, NYJ 10 16 12 20 3 19 10 26 20 14 11 4 12 21 5 13.5
13. Green Bay Packers, GB 11 15 22 11 11 17 14 16 24 7 10 5 10 23 13 13.9
14. Miami Dolphins, MIA 13 11 18 17 10 14 12 11 13 21 13 25 17 9 15 14.6
15. Jacksonville Jaguars, JAX 12 10 17 13 24 10 23 8 23 15 19 13 7 14 20 15.2
16. Indianapolis Colts, IND 15 19 16 22 18 18 17 18 18 18 16 15 23 7 21 17.4
17. Houston Texans, HOU 19 20 20 16 14 21 21 22 21 13 8 22 27 16 11 18.1
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB 22 17 11 18 20 27 16 19 14 17 25 19 18 18 22 18.9
19. Buffalo Bills, BUF 18 14 25 23 23 16 22 13 22 22 20 12 20 15 19 18.9
20. Arizona Cardinals, ARI 23 29 13 14 17 20 13 14 12 16 17 23 31 25 25 19.5
21. Washington Redskins, WAS 17 18 21 25 16 22 25 17 11 26 15 26 32 11 26 20.5
22. Oakland Raiders, OAK 21 25 19 21 19 23 26 21 26 25 22 17 16 13 17 20.7
23. Atlanta Falcons, ATL 24 24 15 15 21 12 19 23 19 20 23 29 30 26 16 21.1
24. San Francisco 49ers, SF 20 23 27 19 27 24 28 20 27 19 21 16 25 17 27 22.7
25. New Orleans Saints, NO 26 26 26 26 26 11 24 24 25 24 24 30 13 27 18 23.3
26. Seattle Seahawks, SEA 25 21 24 27 28 28 18 28 15 27 28 11 24 22 24 23.3
27. Cleveland Browns, CLE 29 28 30 24 22 29 27 29 29 28 27 24 22 29 31 27.2
28. Cincinnati Bengals, CIN 28 30 23 30 31 31 20 30 17 31 26 32 29 20 32 27.3
29. Denver Broncos, DEN 30 22 29 32 29 30 30 27 30 23 32 21 15 30 30 27.3
30. Kansas City Chiefs, KC 27 27 31 28 25 25 31 25 31 32 30 27 21 28 23 27.4
31. Detroit Lions, DET 32 31 32 31 30 26 29 32 32 30 29 28 28 32 29 30.1
32. St. Louis Rams, STL 31 32 28 29 32 32 32 31 28 29 31 31 26 31 28 30.1

TRIVIA ANSWERS

????
Answer 1: Warren Moon (he did it twice as a 38 and 39 year old)
and Brett Favre (38 years old in 2007)
Answer 2: •1980 San Diego Chargers (John Jefferson, Charlie Joiner,
Kellen Winslow) • 1989 Washington Redskins (Gary Clark, Art Monk, Ricky
Sanders) • 1995 Atlanta Falcons (Eric Metcalf, Bert Emanuel, Terance
Mathis) • 2004 Indianapolis Colts (Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison,
Brandon Stokley)

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Waldman
Pasquino

Pasquino
Rudnicki

Rudnicki
Average

Average
Haseley
Borbely

Borbely
ROOKIE-ONLY ROOKIE-ONLY

Bramel
Norton

Norton
Bloom

Bloom
Wood
(OFFENSE) (DEFENSE)

1. RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1.2 1. ILB Rey Maualuga, CIN 2 2 1 2 3 1 1.8
2. WR Michael Crabtree, SF 3 1 2 6 1 2 3 3 2 2.6 2. OLB Aaron Curry, SEA 1 1 3 3 1 3 2.0
3. RB Chris Wells, ARI 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 4 3 3.0 3. ILB James Laurinaitis, STL 3 3 2 1 4 2 2.5
4. RB Donald Brown, IND 2 4 4 3 5 4 4 2 4 3.6 4. S William Moore, ATL 4 7 4 6 5 8 5.7
5. RB LeSean McCoy, PHI 5 9 7 5 4 5 9 9 5 6.4 5. S Patrick Chung, NE 5 6 7 5 6 7 6.0
6. RB Shonn Greene, NYJ 9 11 6 4 10 6 7 10 6 7.7 6. OLB Brian Cushing, HOU 20 4 5 4 2 4 6.5
7. WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG 6 7 8 9 9 7 5 11 8 7.8 7. S Louis Delmas, DET 6 9 12 8 21 6 10.3
8. WR Jeremy Maclin, PHI 10 5 5 7 6 8 10 17 7 8.3 8. ILB DeAndre Levy, DET 7 8 6 7 27 10 10.8
9. QB Matthew Stafford, DET 8 6 12 12 7 10 6 7 10 8.7 9. OLB Clint Sintim, NYG 14 10 8 14 14 5 10.8
10. WR Percy Harvin, MIN 11 8 11 11 13 11 12 5 13 10.6 10. DE Aaron Maybin, BUF 19 5 18 9 8 11 11.7
11. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK 7 10 14 10 11 9 8 16 12 10.8 11. DE Everette Brown, CAR 10 13 13 10 10 14 11.7
12. QB Mark Sanchez, NYJ 12 15 9 8 8 13 11 8 14 10.9 12. DE Brian Orakpo, WAS 9 11 14 13 12 12 11.8
13. WR Kenny Britt, TEN 15 12 10 13 12 12 15 18 9 12.9 13. DE Michael Johnson, CIN 11 12 10 11 15 19 13.0
14. WR Brian Robiskie, CLE 13 14 21 15 14 17 16 12 11 14.8 14. OLB Clay Matthews, GB 16 16 16 17 7 9 13.5
15. RB Andre Brown, NYG 20 17 13 19 22 14 13 -- 20 19.9 15. S Michael Mitchell, OAK 12 14 9 12 22 16 14.2
16. TE Brandon Pettigrew, DET 30 13 17 14 16 16 20 27 26 19.9 16. OLB Larry English, SD 8 15 23 18 9 13 14.3
17. WR Mike Thomas, JAX 16 20 29 21 19 22 14 24 15 20.0 17. CB Malcolm Jenkins, NO 18 21 11 23 17 15 17.5
18. QB Josh Freeman, TB 25 27 16 16 21 15 28 14 22 20.4 18. DE Connor Barwin, HOU 17 17 28 19 11 18 18.3
19. TE Jared Cook, TEN 28 29 22 25 20 23 25 6 23 22.3 19. ILB Jason Williams, DAL 13 27 19 15 23 17 19.0
20. WR Brandon Tate, NE 29 16 32 23 15 18 17 23 35 23.1 20. ILB Gerald McRath, TEN 15 28 22 16 34 20 22.5
21. RB Gartrell Johnson, SD 17 18 38 22 35 20 18 22 25 23.9 21. DE Robert Ayers, DEN 21 22 21 26 29 21 23.3
22. WR Juaquin Iglesias, CHI 34 19 15 31 17 29 21 36 18 24.4 22. ILB Scott McKillop, SF 22 19 29 29 18 28 24.2
23. WR Jarett Dillard, JAX 14 21 19 35 27 19 33 26 -- 26.1 23. DE Tyson Jackson, KC 37 20 17 32 16 24 24.3
24. TE Shawn Nelson, BUF 31 28 35 32 29 25 19 13 33 27.2 24. DE Lawrence Sidbury ATL 27 26 15 24 32 23 24.5
25. RB Rashad Jennings, JAX 23 23 26 26 24 21 -- 21 -- 27.3 25. CB Vontae Davis, MIA 28 23 20 28 19 32 25.0
26. WR Austin Collie, IND 26 34 31 33 28 27 26 25 31 29.0 26. OLB Marcus Freeman, CHI 24 24 33 30 26 26 27.2
27. RB Cedric Peerman, BAL 21 24 24 34 -- 37 -- 19 27 29.8 27. DE Paul Kruger, BAL 30 31 27 33 28 22 28.5
28. RB James Davis, CLE 22 32 23 18 -- 38 23 -- 39 30.8 28. OLB Tyrone McKenzie, NE -- 18 39 22 25 27 28.7
29. RB Bernard Scott, CIN 18 31 -- 27 -- 31 31 20 -- 31.2 29. OLB Cody Brown, ARI 31 29 -- -- 13 -- 32.7
30. WR Mohamed Massaquoi, CLE -- 36 18 28 18 -- -- 31 30 31.6 30. DT Peria Jerry, ATL 36 32 24 36 39 29 32.7
31. RB Glen Coffee, SF 39 -- 27 17 34 36 36 -- 16 31.9 31. DT Jarron Gilbert, CHI 23 38 26 38 40 31 32.7
32. RB Javon Ringer, TEN 19 22 -- -- 33 39 32 -- 21 32.1 32. CB Alphonso Smith, DEN 32 -- 34 39 20 33 33.2
33. TE Chase Coffman, CIN 32 -- -- 24 39 24 -- 28 28 33.1 33. ILB Jason Phillips, BAL 34 25 35 31 37 37 33.2
34. QB Pat White, MIA 38 -- 34 29 23 30 -- 29 36 33.4 34. S Michael Hamlin, DAL -- -- 25 20 -- 34 33.7
35. WR Johnny Knox, CHI -- -- 20 20 37 34 -- 37 32 33.7 35. DT B.J. Raji, GB -- 40 30 37 24 30 33.7
36. WR Mike Wallace, PIT -- 25 30 37 30 -- 22 -- -- 34.2 36. S Chip Vaughn, NO 26 -- 36 21 -- -- 34.3
37. WR Patrick Turner, MIA -- 26 28 36 -- 35 -- 38 24 34.4 37. CB Darius Butler, NE 35 35 31 -- 31 39 35.3
38. RB Mike Goodson, CAR 24 -- -- -- 36 40 35 -- 17 35.1 38. CB Jairus Byrd, BUF -- -- -- 25 -- 25 35.7
39. WR Deon Butler, SEA 36 37 40 39 -- -- 34 34 19 35.7 39. CB Sean Smith, MIA -- 36 -- -- 30 35 37.3
40. QB Nate Davis, SF -- -- -- 40 32 -- -- 15 37 36.6 40. ILB Kaluka Maiava, CLE -- 33 -- 35 -- 36 37.8
41. TE Travis Beckum, NYG 27 -- -- -- -- 26 39 32 -- 36.6 41. OLB David Veikune, CLE 29 -- -- 34 -- -- 37.8
42. WR Derrick Williams, DET -- -- 37 38 25 -- 40 35 34 36.9 42. ILB Jasper Brinkley, MIN 25 -- -- 40 -- -- 38.2
43. TE Cornelius Ingram, PHI 37 -- 39 -- 31 28 -- 33 -- 36.9 43. CB Sherrod Martin, CAR -- -- -- 27 -- -- 38.7
44. RB Arian Foster, HOU 40 30 -- -- -- -- 24 -- -- 37.8 44. CB Asher Allen, MIN 39 30 -- -- -- -- 38.8
45. WR Sammie Stroughter, TB -- 39 -- -- -- -- 29 30 -- 38.2 45. DE Alex Magee, KC -- -- 32 -- -- -- 39.5
46. WR Ramses Barden, NYG -- -- -- -- 26 33 -- 40 -- 38.3 46. OLB Zack Follett, DET -- 37 -- -- 36 -- 39.5
47. TE James Casey, HOU 33 -- -- -- 38 32 -- -- -- 38.8 47. ILB Frantz Joseph 33 -- -- -- -- -- 39.7
48. WR Demetrius Byrd, SD -- 33 33 -- -- -- -- -- -- 39.2 48. CB Victor Harris, PHI -- -- -- -- 33 -- 39.7
49. RB Quinn Johnson, GB -- -- 25 -- -- -- -- -- -- 39.2 49. S Rashad Johnson, ARI -- 34 -- -- -- -- 39.8
50. WR Brian Hartline, MIA -- -- 36 30 -- -- -- -- -- 39.2 50. ILB Dannell Ellerbe, BAL -- -- -- -- 35 -- 40.0

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IDP OVERALL / DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Pasquino

Pasquino

Rudnicki
Rudnicki

Average

Average
Borbely
Borbely
IDP DEFENSIVE

Bramel

Bramel
Magaw
Norton

Norton
Bloom

Bloom
Baker
OVERALL LINEMEN

1. ILB Patrick Willis, SF 1 1 2 2 2 1 1.5 1. DE Jared Allen, MIN 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1.5
2. ILB Jon Beason, CAR 2 2 3 4 5 2 3.0 2. DE Mario Williams, HOU 3 2 1 2 1 1 4 3 2.1
3. ILB Barrett Ruud, TB 3 3 1 3 7 3 3.3 3. DE Justin Tuck, NYG 1 5 6 6 3 5 8 2 4.5
4. ILB DeMeco Ryans, HOU 5 6 9 7 1 8 6.0 4. DE Terrell Suggs, BAL 5 3 5 4 7 4 6 4 4.8
5. DE Jared Allen, MIN 4 8 4 19 6 4 7.5 5. DE Julius Peppers, CAR 4 4 4 7 6 3 5 5 4.8
6. OLB D.J. Williams, DEN 16 4 8 5 19 5 9.5 6. DE Osi Umenyiora, NYG 9 8 3 5 5 8 2 6 5.8
7. OLB James Harrison, PIT 15 12 16 1 8 10 10.3 7. DE Trent Cole, PHI 7 7 7 3 4 7 7 7 6.1
8. ILB Jonathan Vilma, NO 8 5 13 14 22 12 12.3 8. DE John Abraham, ATL 8 6 9 9 9 6 9 8 8.0
9. DE Mario Williams, HOU 10 7 5 18 28 9 12.8 9. DE Robert Mathis, IND 6 9 8 12 8 12 11 9 9.4
10. DE Terrell Suggs, BAL 11 18 7 21 32 11 16.7 10. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, TEN 12 17 10 10 14 9 10 12 11.8
11. ILB London Fletcher, WAS 33 10 15 8 17 17 16.7 11. DE Adewale Ogunleye, CHI 15 14 19 11 15 13 3 11 12.6
12. ILB Kirk Morrison, OAK 24 20 18 10 11 21 17.3 12. DE Aaron Schobel, BUF 11 24 11 8 17 10 16 10 13.4
13. DE Julius Peppers, CAR 19 14 12 20 30 13 18.0 13. DE Gaines Adams, TB 16 10 12 14 10 21 14 15 14.0
14. ILB Jerod Mayo, NE 9 9 17 41 20 15 18.5 14. DE Chris Long, STL 24 13 14 15 11 19 12 16 15.5
15. ILB Curtis Lofton, ATL 13 17 14 11 23 40 19.7 15. DE Justin Smith, SF 10 11 13 13 13 39 13 14 15.8
16. ILB Brian Urlacher, CHI 12 29 30 13 12 23 19.8 16. DE Darryl Tapp, SEA 13 18 15 16 24 24 17 17 18.0
17. DE Osi Umenyiora, NYG 27 13 10 42 14 16 20.3 17. DE Will Smith, NO 17 27 16 17 12 16 18 22 18.1
18. OLB Karlos Dansby, ARI 6 21 31 6 10 48 20.3 18. DE Mathias Kiwanuka, NYG 23 12 26 27 28 14 15 18 20.4
19. DE Justin Tuck, NYG 20 19 11 22 45 7 20.7 19. DE Patrick Kerney, SEA 14 23 23 31 20 11 32 13 20.9
20. ILB Ray Lewis, BAL 22 15 20 9 16 49 21.8 20. DE Derrick Burgess, OAK 18 28 18 35 22 18 23 23 23.1
21. ILB DQwell Jackson, CLE 7 23 33 -- 13 6 22.2 21. DT Shaun Rogers, CLE 27 16 27 26 23 29 21 20 23.6
22. DE Trent Cole, PHI 26 33 6 24 35 20 24.0 22. DT Albert Haynesworth, WAS 34 15 30 24 18 17 31 21 23.8
23. OLB Lance Briggs, CHI 21 22 35 25 4 37 24.0 23. DT Darnell Dockett, ARI 28 35 21 19 16 27 20 29 24.4
24. OLB Demarcus Ware, DAL 14 27 29 37 3 -- 26.8 24. DE Dewayne White, DET 30 22 24 28 25 20 19 28 24.5
25. S Adrian Wilson, ARI 17 36 37 16 34 22 27.0 25. DE Andre Carter, WAS 20 25 37 20 19 25 36 19 25.1
26. ILB Lofa Tatupu, SEA 23 11 36 26 21 46 27.2 26. DE Charles Grant, NO 22 33 28 23 21 15 35 35 26.5
27. ILB Paul Posluszny, BUF 44 16 43 39 9 29 30.0 27. DE Derrick Harvey, JAX 38 21 25 22 29 26 26 26 26.6
28. DE John Abraham, ATL 25 40 24 23 46 24 30.3 28. DE Dwight Freeney, IND 25 32 22 21 27 36 25 27 26.9
29. S Eric Weddle, SD -- 24 22 33 38 19 31.2 29. DE Alex Brown, CHI 21 30 20 30 30 32 33 30 28.3
30. ILB E.J. Henderson, MIN 35 28 19 12 -- 50 32.5 30. DE Ray Edwards, MIN 36 20 32 34 31 43 29 36 32.6
31. CB Antoine Winfield, MIN 36 30 49 17 42 25 33.2 31. DE Cliff Avril, DET -- 19 17 18 35 30 -- 44 33.1
32. S Oshiomogho Atogwe, STL 18 49 21 35 50 34 34.5 32. DE Antonio Smith, HOU 26 -- 39 39 33 28 28 25 33.6
33. ILB Stephen Cooper, SD 28 46 28 40 -- 14 34.5 33. DE Leonard Little, STL 39 47 29 36 26 35 22 37 33.9
34. ILB Gary Brackett, IND 34 -- 46 15 25 44 35.8 34. DE Shaun Ellis, NYJ 35 29 45 29 37 45 24 31 34.4
35. S Gibril Wilson, MIA 39 26 39 47 -- 18 36.7 35. DT Kevin Williams, MIN 19 26 46 25 38 -- 37 34 34.5
36. CB Charles Tillman, CHI 37 39 27 -- -- 28 38.8 36. DE Richard Seymour, NE 32 46 38 42 32 -- -- 24 39.5
37. S Yeremiah Bell, MIA -- 50 26 30 -- 26 39.0 37. DE Juqua Parker, PHI 33 31 43 44 36 -- -- 38 40.9
38. DE Adewale Ogunleye, CHI -- -- 34 -- 15 35 39.5 38. DT Tommy Kelly, OAK 40 -- 33 46 34 33 -- 42 41.3
39. OLB Justin Durant, JAX -- 32 32 -- 24 -- 40.2 39. DT Haloti Ngata, BAL -- 38 31 37 45 -- -- 33 42.1
40. ILB Nick Barnett, GB 29 43 -- -- 37 31 40.3 40. DE Aaron Smith, PIT 31 48 34 43 -- -- 49 39 43.3
41. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, TEN -- 41 25 43 -- 36 41.2 41. OLB Tamba Hali, KC 29 34 -- -- -- 48 -- 32 43.4
42. ILB James Farrior, PIT 32 -- -- -- 31 33 41.5 42. DE Charles Johnson, CAR 42 50 35 32 39 50 50 -- 43.6
43. DE Aaron Schobel, BUF -- -- 23 44 -- 32 42.0 43. DE Brian Orakpo, WAS -- -- 44 -- 42 23 42 50 44.3
44. CB Richard Marshall, CAR 38 25 38 50 -- -- 42.2 44. DE Darren Howard, PHI 44 40 -- -- -- 38 47 40 45.3
45. OLB Will Witherspoon, STL -- 31 -- -- 18 -- 42.2 45. DT Tommie Harris, CHI 48 -- 40 -- 47 -- 30 45 45.4
46. DE Robert Mathis, IND 46 34 -- 46 -- 27 42.5 46. DE Aaron Maybin, BUF -- -- 42 -- 50 22 -- -- 46.1
47. ILB James Laurinaitis, STL 45 -- 45 27 41 -- 43.3 47. DE Cullen Jenkins, GB 37 -- -- -- -- -- 27 -- 46.3
48. ILB Bradie James, DAL 31 -- -- -- -- 30 44.2 48. DT Jonathan Babineaux, ATL -- 39 -- 38 -- 41 -- 49 46.4
49. ILB David Harris, NYJ -- 42 44 -- 27 -- 44.3 49. DE Ty Warren, NE 45 -- 36 -- 46 -- -- 41 46.5
50. S Troy Polamalu, PIT -- -- 41 -- 33 43 45.0 50. DT Robert Bernard, NYG -- 36 -- -- -- 31 -- -- 46.6

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RANKINGS

LINEBACKERS / DEFENSIVE BACKS
Pasquino

Pasquino
Rudnicki

Rudnicki
Average

Average
Borbely

Borbely
DEFENSIVE

Bramel
Magaw

Bramel
Magaw
Norton

Norton
Bloom

Bloom
LINEBACKERS

Baker

Baker
BACKS

1. ILB Patrick Willis, SF 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1.4 1. S Adrian Wilson, ARI 3 1 6 5 1 1 2 3 2.8
2. ILB Jon Beason, CAR 2 2 2 3 2 4 5 2 2.8 2. S Eric Weddle, SD 2 13 1 2 2 8 3 2 4.1
3. ILB Barrett Ruud, TB 3 3 3 1 3 3 6 3 3.1 3. CB Antoine Winfield, MIN 6 3 4 11 8 2 5 4 5.4
4. ILB DeMeco Ryans, HOU 5 4 6 5 5 7 1 6 4.9 4. S Gibril Wilson, MIA 1 6 3 7 4 12 10 1 5.5
5. OLB D.J. Williams, DEN 6 13 4 4 8 5 16 4 7.5 5. S Oshiomogho Atogwe, STL 7 2 10 1 5 10 6 7 6.0
6. ILB Jonathan Vilma, NO 4 7 5 6 4 14 19 8 8.4 6. CB Charles Tillman, CHI 8 4 7 4 12 16 11 6 8.5
7. OLB James Harrison, PIT 13 12 10 9 9 1 7 7 8.5 7. S Yeremiah Bell, MIA 21 15 11 3 3 5 8 5 8.9
8. ILB London Fletcher, WAS 8 23 8 8 12 8 14 11 11.5 8. S Roman Harper, NO 18 11 9 8 6 9 7 14 10.3
9. ILB Kirk Morrison, OAK 10 17 14 11 11 10 10 12 11.9 9. S Quintin Mikell, PHI 13 12 15 12 7 4 13 10 10.8
10. OLB Karlos Dansby, ARI 16 5 15 17 6 6 9 23 12.1 10. S Troy Polamalu, PIT 9 14 14 9 15 20 1 9 11.4
11. ILB DQwell Jackson, CLE 7 6 17 19 10 25 12 5 12.6 11. CB Richard Marshall, CAR 24 5 2 6 16 15 9 15 11.5
12. ILB Jerod Mayo, NE 20 8 7 10 7 23 17 10 12.8 12. S Bernard Pollard, KC 12 26 16 17 9 11 14 18 15.4
13. ILB Brian Urlacher, CHI 11 9 20 16 17 13 11 13 13.8 13. S Kenny Phillips, NYG 23 18 17 15 14 7 16 23 16.6
14. OLB Lance Briggs, CHI 9 14 16 20 19 16 4 18 14.5 14. S Bob Sanders, IND 10 19 8 14 13 -- 4 16 16.9
15. ILB Ray Lewis, BAL 18 15 11 13 14 9 13 24 14.6 15. CB Cedric Griffin, MIN 37 7 12 18 10 14 25 29 19.0
16. OLB Demarcus Ware, DAL 14 11 18 15 13 19 3 27 15.0 16. S Michael Griffin, TEN 14 9 18 20 19 34 20 19 19.1
17. ILB Curtis Lofton, ATL 25 10 13 7 18 11 20 20 15.5 17. S Michael Lewis, SF 15 16 13 10 18 -- 15 17 19.4
18. ILB Lofa Tatupu, SEA 17 16 9 21 15 17 18 22 16.9 18. S Chris Hope, TEN 11 10 41 23 20 30 12 11 19.8
19. ILB Paul Posluszny, BUF 21 30 12 23 20 21 8 14 18.6 19. S Sean Jones, PHI 4 41 5 22 11 24 -- 8 20.8
20. ILB E.J. Henderson, MIN 12 25 19 12 16 12 37 25 19.8 20. S Chris Horton, WAS 29 34 37 19 17 3 17 20 22.0
21. ILB Stephen Cooper, SD 15 18 29 14 29 22 36 9 21.5 21. S Kevin Payne, CHI 22 33 44 13 24 6 30 13 23.1
22. ILB Gary Brackett, IND 28 24 33 26 21 15 22 21 23.8 22. S Kerry Rhodes, NYJ 5 24 28 25 27 -- 21 12 24.1
23. ILB Nick Barnett, GB 22 19 26 29 24 28 28 16 24.0 23. S Nick Collins, GB 27 23 24 29 26 18 22 32 25.1
24. ILB James Laurinaitis, STL 42 31 31 25 22 18 30 28 28.4 24. S Chris Harris, CAR 20 30 35 27 22 22 23 24 25.4
25. OLB Will Witherspoon, STL 30 45 21 43 23 24 15 30 28.9 25. CB Cortland Finnegan, TEN 32 8 22 24 25 -- 28 21 26.4
26. ILB Stewart Bradley, PHI 41 29 34 31 25 20 38 19 29.6 26. S Chinedum Ndukwe, CIN 41 17 29 21 29 28 26 30 27.6
27. OLB Justin Durant, JAX -- 35 22 18 30 31 21 29 29.6 27. CB Nate Clements, SF 16 28 26 -- 36 21 19 26 27.9
28. ILB David Harris, NYJ 19 46 25 24 28 46 24 26 29.8 28. S William Moore, ATL -- 35 30 16 23 19 24 43 30.1
29. ILB James Farrior, PIT 24 22 40 30 38 -- 26 17 31.0 29. S Brian Dawkins, DEN 17 20 33 33 33 -- 35 22 30.5
30. ILB Bradie James, DAL 23 21 39 28 42 37 45 15 31.3 30. CB Quentin Jammer, SD 25 42 27 48 -- -- 27 28 37.4
31. OLB Chad Greenway, MIN 26 40 28 37 31 30 39 31 32.8 31. S Antrel Rolle, ARI 38 44 39 34 30 37 33 44 37.4
32. OLB Thomas Davis, CAR 38 32 30 36 26 27 41 34 33.0 32. CB Chris Gamble, CAR 31 21 -- 35 21 -- -- 40 37.6
33. ILB Bart Scott, NYJ 34 36 -- -- 22 34 35 23 32 33.4 33. S Brandon Meriweather, NE 30 29 38 -- 43 -- 31 31 38.0
34. ILB Lawrence Timmons, PIT 47 37 32 33 35 33 25 46 36.0 34. S Daniel Bullocks, DET -- -- 20 31 38 -- 29 37 38.5
35. OLB Ernie Sims, DET 27 39 24 45 33 34 47 42 36.4 35. CB Brandon Flowers, KC 35 48 32 -- 28 40 -- 25 38.8
36. OLB Keith Rivers, CIN 37 -- 23 39 40 43 32 35 37.5 36. S Patrick Chung, NE -- -- 21 40 -- 17 32 -- 39.3
37. ILB Channing Crowder, MIA 35 28 42 27 43 49 44 33 37.6 37. S Erik Coleman, ATL 33 38 -- 26 39 39 49 41 39.5
38. ILB Derrick Johnson, KC 36 20 38 34 36 47 -- 43 38.1 38. CB Dunta Robinson, HOU 26 32 -- 42 48 46 -- 27 40.4
39. OLB A.J. Hawk, GB 32 26 44 32 37 41 48 45 38.1 39. CB Terrence McGee, BUF 43 -- 43 44 41 25 -- 34 41.5
40. OLB Aaron Curry, SEA -- 48 27 42 32 29 33 49 38.9 40. CB Kelvin Hayden, IND -- 25 -- -- 31 23 -- -- 41.8
41. OLB Shawne Merriman, SD 39 43 43 -- 41 32 29 39 39.6 41. CB Champ Bailey, DEN 44 27 31 -- -- -- 46 35 42.0
42. OLB Keith Bulluck, TEN 33 33 -- 38 39 36 -- 37 39.8 42. S Ed Reed, BAL 19 -- -- 46 -- -- 18 -- 42.3
43. ILB Antonio Pierce, NYG 31 -- 45 35 44 -- 35 36 41.0 43. CB DeAngelo Hall, WAS 42 45 23 -- -- -- -- 33 43.4
44. OLB Lamarr Woodley, PIT -- 27 48 49 27 -- 49 41 42.9 44. S Louis Delmas, DET -- -- 34 -- 50 27 38 45 43.4
45. ILB Gerald Hayes, ARI 40 42 47 47 49 -- 43 40 44.9 45. CB Marcus Trufant, SEA -- 49 -- 30 45 45 36 42 43.6
46. OLB Julian Peterson, DET -- 34 -- -- 45 -- 27 -- 45.1 46. S Donte Whitner, BUF 39 -- 50 38 40 -- 34 46 43.6
47. ILB Rey Maualuga, CIN 48 -- 35 50 48 38 40 -- 45.1 47. CB Darrelle Revis, NYJ -- -- 25 -- 34 -- 42 47 44.0
48. OLB Thomas Howard, OAK 46 41 37 46 46 50 -- 47 45.5 48. S Madieu Williams, MIN 36 -- 45 41 44 42 43 -- 44.1
49. OLB Aaron Kampman, GB 29 -- -- -- -- -- 31 -- 45.8 49. S Atari Bigby, GB -- 36 19 -- -- 48 -- -- 44.8
50. OLB Calvin Pace, NYJ 50 38 36 -- 47 -- 50 -- 46.8 50. CB Charles Woodson, GB -- 46 48 43 35 -- 40 48 45.3

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CHEATSHEETS
Performance

QUARTERBACKS (BYE) PTS RUNNING BACKS (BYE) PTS WIDE RECEIVERS (BYE) PTS DEFENSES (BYE)
1. Drew Brees, NO (5) 326 1. Adrian Peterson, Min (9) 253 1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (4) 198 1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8)
2. Tom Brady, NE (8) 322 2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (7) 241 2. Andre Johnson, Hou (10) 192 2. Minnesota Vikings (9)
3. Peyton Manning, Ind (6) 307 3. Michael Turner, Atl (4) 234 3. Randy Moss, NE (8) 191 3. Baltimore Ravens (7)
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB (5) 306 4. Ladainian Tomlinson, SD (5) 232 4. Calvin Johnson, Det (7) 191 4. New York Giants (10)
5. Donovan McNabb, Phi (4) 303 5. Steven Jackson, StL (9) 229 5. Reggie Wayne, Ind (6) 186 5. Philadelphia Eagles (4)
6. Philip Rivers, SD (5) 298 6. Matt Forte, Chi (5) 226 6. Steve Smith, Car (4) 185 6. San Diego Chargers (5)
7. Kurt Warner, Ari (4) 291 7. Clinton Portis, Was (8) 226 7. Roddy White, Atl (4) 174 7. Chicago Bears (5)
8. Tony Romo, Dal (6) 275 8. DeAngelo Williams, Car (4) 222 8. Greg Jennings, GB (5) 173 8. New England Patriots (8)
9. Jay Cutler, Chi (5) 273 9. Steve Slaton, Hou (10) 210 9. Marques Colston, NO (5) 172 9. Tennessee Titans (7)
10. David Garrard, Jac (7) 269 10. Frank Gore, SF (6) 206 10. Dwayne Bowe, KC (8) 162 10. Dallas Cowboys (6)
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (8) 267 11. Brian Westbrook, Phi (4) 205 11. Anquan Boldin, Ari (4) 160 11. Carolina Panthers (4)
12. Matt Schaub, Hou (10) 261 12. Chris Johnson, Ten (7) 201 12. Terrell Owens, Buf (9) 157 12. New York Jets (9)
13. Matt Ryan, Atl (4) 255 13. Brandon Jacobs, NYG (10) 198 13. Brandon Marshall, Den (7) 154 13. Green Bay Packers (5)
14. Carson Palmer, Cin (8) 253 14. Ronnie Brown, Mia (6) 187 14. Braylon Edwards, Cle (9) 150 14. Miami Dolphins (6)
15. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea (7) 248 15. Marion Barber, Dal (6) 186 15. Chad Ochocinco, Cin (8) 148 15. Jacksonville Jaguars (7)
16. Matt Cassel, KC (8) 247 16. Darren McFadden, Oak (9) 185 16. DeSean Jackson, Phi (4) 147 16. Indianapolis Colts (6)
17. Trent Edwards, Buf (9) 238 17. Pierre Thomas, NO (5) 185 17. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea (7) 145 17. Houston Texans (10)
18. Eli Manning, NYG (10) 237 18. Reggie Bush, NO (5) 180 18. Wes Welker, NE (8) 144 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8)
19. Joe Flacco, Bal (7) 232 19. Kevin Smith, Det (7) 180 19. Donnie Avery, StL (9) 142 19. Buffalo Bills (9)
20. Shaun Hill, SF (6) 228 20. Ryan Grant, GB (5) 170 20. Antonio Bryant, TB (8) 142 20. Arizona Cardinals (4)
21. Jason Campbell, Was (8) 227 21. Marshawn Lynch, Buf (9) 170 21. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ (9) 139 21. Washington Redskins (8)
22. Chad Pennington, Mia (6) 224 22. Thomas Jones, NYJ (9) 163 22. Santonio Holmes, Pit (8) 137 22. Oakland Raiders (9)
23. Jake Delhomme, Car (4) 215 23. Cedric Benson, Cin (8) 161 23. Santana Moss, Was (8) 137 23. Atlanta Falcons (4)
24. Kyle Orton, Den (7) 215 24. Derrick Ward, TB (8) 158 24. Vincent Jackson, SD (5) 135 24. San Francisco 49ers (6)
25. Mark Sanchez, NYJ (9) 196 25. Larry Johnson, KC (8) 156 25. Eddie Royal, Den (7) 133 25. New Orleans Saints (5)
26. JaMarcus Russell, Oak (9) 195 26. Knowshon Moreno, Den (7) 155 26. Hines Ward, Pit (8) 132 26. Seattle Seahawks (7)
27. Matthew Stafford, Det (7) 189 27. Chris Wells, Ari (4) 138 27. Roy Williams, Dal (6) 130 27. Cleveland Browns (9)
28. Kerry Collins, Ten (7) 182 28. Joseph Addai, Ind (6) 136 28. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind (6) 129 28. Cincinnati Bengals (8)
29. Marc Bulger, StL (9) 181 29. LenDale White, Ten (7) 134 29. Laveranues Coles, Cin (8) 128 29. Denver Broncos (7)
30. Sage Rosenfels, Min (9) 176 30. Jamal Lewis, Cle (9) 131 30. Torry Holt, Jac (7) 127 30. Kansas City Chiefs (8)
31. Brady Quinn, Cle (9) 142 31. Jonathan Stewart, Car (4) 130 31. Donald Driver, GB (5) 124 31. Detroit Lions (7)
32. Byron Leftwich, TB (8) 132 32. Willie Parker, Pit (8) 128 32. Lee Evans, Buf (9) 124 32. St. Louis Rams (9)
33. Luke McCown, TB (8) 84 33. Julius Jones, Sea (7) 128 33. Michael Crabtree, SF (6) 122 KICKERS (BYE)
34. Derek Anderson, Cle (9) 68 34. Leon Washington, NYJ (9) 127 34. Bernard Berrian, Min (9) 121 1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE (8)
35. Chris Simms, Den (7) 65 35. Donald Brown, Ind (6) 123 35. Derrick Mason, Bal (7) 121 2. Nate Kaeding, SD (5)
TIGHT ENDS (BYE) PTS 36. Darren Sproles, SD (5) 118 36. Devin Hester, Chi (5) 120 3. Rob Bironas, Ten (7)
1. Antonio Gates, SD (5) 132 37. Chester Taylor, Min (9) 118 37. Ted Ginn Jr., Mia (6) 115 4. Mason Crosby, GB (5)
2. Jason Witten, Dal (6) 130 38. Ray Rice, Bal (7) 117 38. Steve Breaston, Ari (4) 113 5. Jason Elam, Atl (4)
3. Tony Gonzalez, Atl (4) 123 39. Fred Taylor, NE (8) 110 39. Lance Moore, NO (5) 110 6. Nick Folk, Dal (6)
4. Dallas Clark, Ind (6) 114 40. Ricky Williams, Mia (6) 106 40. Kevin Walter, Hou (10) 109 7. Garrett Hartley, NO (5)
5. Kellen Winslow, TB (8) 109 41. Earnest Graham, TB (8) 103 41. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (10) 105 8. David Akers, Phi (4)
6. Owen Daniels, Hou (10) 100 42. Fred Jackson, Buf (9) 102 42. Chris Chambers, SD (5) 104 9. Kris Brown, Hou (10)
7. Greg Olsen, Chi (5) 97 43. Le'Ron McClain, Bal (7) 101 43. Muhsin Muhammad, Car (4) 104 10. Neil Rackers, Ari (4)
8. Chris Cooley, Was (8) 96 44. Jerious Norwood, Atl (4) 97 44. Steve Smith, NYG (10) 104 11. Ryan Longwell, Min (9)
9. Zach Miller, Oak (9) 88 45. Willis McGahee, Bal (7) 97 45. Mark Clayton, Bal (7) 98 12. Adam Vinatieri, Ind (6)
10. John Carlson, Sea (7) 87 46. Kevin Faulk, NE (8) 96 46. Michael Jenkins, Atl (4) 97 13. Robbie Gould, Chi (5)
11. Dustin Keller, NYJ (9) 86 47. Sammy Morris, NE (8) 95 47. Justin Gage, Ten (7) 94 14. John Kasay, Car (4)
12. Jeremy Shockey, NO (5) 77 48. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit (8) 94 48. Earl Bennett, Chi (5) 92 15. Shayne Graham, Cin (8)
13. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (9) 75 49. Felix Jones, Dal (6) 92 49. Domenik Hixon, NYG (10) 91 16. Jeff Reed, Pit (8)
14. Bo Scaife, Ten (7) 75 50. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (10) 92 50. Plaxico Burress, FA 89 17. Lawrence Tynes, NYG (10)
15. Heath Miller, Pit (8) 72 51. LeSean McCoy, Phi (4) 79 51. Isaac Bruce, SF (6) 86 18. Josh Scobee, Jac (7)
16. Tony Scheffler, Den (7) 70 52. Edgerrin James, FA 74 52. Nate Washington, Ten (7) 85 19. Josh Brown, StL (9)
17. Anthony Fasano, Mia (6) 70 53. Tim Hightower, Ari (4) 74 53. Antwaan Randle El, Was (8) 79 20. Joe Nedney, SF (6)
18. Vernon Davis, SF (6) 65 54. Mewelde Moore, Pit (8) 70 54. Chaz Schilens, Oak (9) 79 21. Rian Lindell, Buf (9)
19. Kevin Boss, NYG (10) 60 55. Brandon Jackson, GB (5) 70 55. Chris Henry, Cin (8) 79 22. Dan Carpenter, Mia (6)
20. Todd Heap, Bal (7) 60 56. Jamaal Charles, KC (8) 68 56. Kevin Curtis, Phi (4) 79 23. Jason Hanson, Det (7)
21. Marcedes Lewis, Jac (7) 58 57. T.J. Duckett, Sea (7) 66 57. Deion Branch, Sea (7) 76 24. Phil Dawson, Cle (9)
22. Donald Lee, GB (5) 58 58. Michael Bush, Oak (9) 66 58. Jeremy Maclin, Phi (4) 75 25. Matt Prater, Den (7)
23. Randy McMichael, StL (9) 57 59. Justin Fargas, Oak (9) 65 59. Miles Austin, Dal (6) 74 26. Jay Feely, NYJ (9)
24. Brent Celek, Phi (4) 56 60. Maurice Morris, Det (7) 63 60. Michael Clayton, TB (8) 73 27. Olindo Mare, Sea (7)
25. Brandon Pettigrew, Det (7) 51 61. Correll Buckhalter, Den (7) 60 61. Devery Henderson, NO (5) 68 28. Mike Nugent, TB (8)
26. Robert Royal, Cle (9) 50 62. Laurence Maroney, NE (8) 57 62. Bryant Johnson, Det (7) 67 29. Shaun Suisham, Was (8)
27. Desmond Clark, Chi (5) 46 63. Jerome Harrison, Cle (9) 55 63. Dennis Northcutt, Jac (7) 65 30. Sebastian Janikowski, Oak (9)
28. David Martin, Mia (6) 45 64. Ladell Betts, Was (8) 53 64. Bobby Engram, KC (8) 63 31. Steve Hauschka, Bal (7)
29. L.J. Smith, Bal (7) 41 65. Justin Forsett, Sea (7) 53 65. Patrick Crayton, Dal (6) 63 32. Ryan Succop, KC (8)
A twelve-team league where each team starts one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one PK, and one Team Defense/ST.
Passing: 1 point per 20 yards, 4 points per TD, -1 point per interception thrown • Rushing/Receiving: 1 point per 10 yards, 6 points per TD

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QUARTERBACKS (BYE) PTS RUNNING BACKS (BYE) PTS RECEIVERS (BYE) PTS DEFENSES (BYE)
1. Drew Brees, NO (5) 326 1. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (7) 296 1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (4) 292 1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8)
2. Tom Brady, NE (8) 322 2. Matt Forte, Chi (5) 286 2. Andre Johnson, Hou (10) 290 2. Minnesota Vikings (9)
3. Peyton Manning, Ind (6) 307 3. Adrian Peterson, Min (9) 278 3. Calvin Johnson, Det (7) 279 3. Baltimore Ravens (7)
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB (5) 306 4. Steven Jackson, StL (9) 277 4. Reggie Wayne, Ind (6) 276 4. New York Giants (10)
5. Donovan McNabb, Phi (4) 303 5. Ladainian Tomlinson, SD (5) 274 5. Steve Smith, Car (4) 272 5. Philadelphia Eagles (4)
6. Philip Rivers, SD (5) 298 6. Brian Westbrook, Phi (4) 262 6. Randy Moss, NE (8) 270 6. San Diego Chargers (5)
7. Kurt Warner, Ari (4) 291 7. Clinton Portis, Was (8) 260 7. Roddy White, Atl (4) 258 7. Chicago Bears (5)
8. Tony Romo, Dal (6) 275 8. Reggie Bush, NO (5) 255 8. Dwayne Bowe, KC (8) 252 8. New England Patriots (8)
9. Jay Cutler, Chi (5) 273 9. Frank Gore, SF (6) 255 9. Marques Colston, NO (5) 252 9. Tennessee Titans (7)
10. David Garrard, Jac (7) 269 10. Steve Slaton, Hou (10) 254 10. Greg Jennings, GB (5) 251 10. Dallas Cowboys (6)
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (8) 267 11. Chris Johnson, Ten (7) 246 11. Anquan Boldin, Ari (4) 246 11. Carolina Panthers (4)
12. Matt Schaub, Hou (10) 261 12. DeAngelo Williams, Car (4) 245 12. Wes Welker, NE (8) 237 12. New York Jets (9)
13. Matt Ryan, Atl (4) 255 13. Michael Turner, Atl (4) 242 13. Brandon Marshall, Den (7) 237 13. Green Bay Packers (5)
14. Carson Palmer, Cin (8) 253 14. Marion Barber, Dal (6) 236 14. Terrell Owens, Buf (9) 229 14. Miami Dolphins (6)
15. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea (7) 248 15. Ronnie Brown, Mia (6) 226 15. Chad Ochocinco, Cin (8) 228 15. Jacksonville Jaguars (7)
16. Matt Cassel, KC (8) 247 16. Darren McFadden, Oak (9) 225 16. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea (7) 227 16. Indianapolis Colts (6)
17. Trent Edwards, Buf (9) 238 17. Pierre Thomas, NO (5) 220 17. DeSean Jackson, Phi (4) 221 17. Houston Texans (10)
18. Eli Manning, NYG (10) 237 18. Kevin Smith, Det (7) 220 18. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ (9) 220 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8)
19. Joe Flacco, Bal (7) 232 19. Brandon Jacobs, NYG (10) 216 19. Braylon Edwards, Cle (9) 220 19. Buffalo Bills (9)
20. Shaun Hill, SF (6) 228 20. Marshawn Lynch, Buf (9) 211 20. Donnie Avery, StL (9) 219 20. Arizona Cardinals (4)
21. Jason Campbell, Was (8) 227 21. Derrick Ward, TB (8) 200 21. Antonio Bryant, TB (8) 214 21. Washington Redskins (8)
22. Chad Pennington, Mia (6) 224 22. Ryan Grant, GB (5) 191 22. Santana Moss, Was (8) 213 22. Oakland Raiders (9)
23. Jake Delhomme, Car (4) 215 23. Thomas Jones, NYJ (9) 191 23. Eddie Royal, Den (7) 210 23. Atlanta Falcons (4)
24. Kyle Orton, Den (7) 215 24. Cedric Benson, Cin (8) 184 24. Hines Ward, Pit (8) 204 24. San Francisco 49ers (6)
25. Mark Sanchez, NYJ (9) 196 25. Knowshon Moreno, Den (7) 180 25. Laveranues Coles, Cin (8) 203 25. New Orleans Saints (5)
26. JaMarcus Russell, Oak (9) 195 26. Leon Washington, NYJ (9) 178 26. Santonio Holmes, Pit (8) 202 26. Seattle Seahawks (7)
27. Matthew Stafford, Det (7) 189 27. Larry Johnson, KC (8) 172 27. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind (6) 200 27. Cleveland Browns (9)
28. Kerry Collins, Ten (7) 182 28. Joseph Addai, Ind (6) 163 28. Torry Holt, Jac (7) 197 28. Cincinnati Bengals (8)
29. Marc Bulger, StL (9) 181 29. Chester Taylor, Min (9) 163 29. Vincent Jackson, SD (5) 195 29. Denver Broncos (7)
30. Sage Rosenfels, Min (9) 176 30. Darren Sproles, SD (5) 155 30. Roy Williams, Dal (6) 194 30. Kansas City Chiefs (8)
31. Brady Quinn, Cle (9) 142 31. Julius Jones, Sea (7) 152 31. Derrick Mason, Bal (7) 194 31. Detroit Lions (7)
32. Byron Leftwich, TB (8) 132 32. Ray Rice, Bal (7) 152 32. Donald Driver, GB (5) 191 32. St. Louis Rams (9)
33. Luke McCown, TB (8) 84 33. Donald Brown, Ind (6) 146 33. Lee Evans, Buf (9) 184 KICKERS (BYE)
34. Derek Anderson, Cle (9) 68 34. Willie Parker, Pit (8) 144 34. Michael Crabtree, SF (6) 182 1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE (8)
35. Chris Simms, Den (7) 65 35. Kevin Faulk, NE (8) 143 35. Steve Breaston, Ari (4) 180 2. Nate Kaeding, SD (5)
TIGHT ENDS (BYE) PTS 36. Jamal Lewis, Cle (9) 143 36. Devin Hester, Chi (5) 177 3. Rob Bironas, Ten (7)
1. Jason Witten, Dal (6) 210 37. Chris Wells, Ari (4) 143 37. Bernard Berrian, Min (9) 176 4. Mason Crosby, GB (5)
2. Antonio Gates, SD (5) 200 38. LenDale White, Ten (7) 142 38. Ted Ginn Jr., Mia (6) 174 5. Jason Elam, Atl (4)
3. Tony Gonzalez, Atl (4) 196 39. Ricky Williams, Mia (6) 140 39. Kevin Walter, Hou (10) 168 6. Nick Folk, Dal (6)
4. Dallas Clark, Ind (6) 186 40. Jonathan Stewart, Car (4) 140 40. Lance Moore, NO (5) 168 7. Garrett Hartley, NO (5)
5. Kellen Winslow, TB (8) 175 41. Fred Jackson, Buf (9) 135 41. Steve Smith, NYG (10) 167 8. David Akers, Phi (4)
6. Owen Daniels, Hou (10) 166 42. Jerious Norwood, Atl (4) 129 42. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (10) 163 9. Kris Brown, Hou (10)
7. Chris Cooley, Was (8) 161 43. Earnest Graham, TB (8) 126 43. Muhsin Muhammad, Car (4) 159 10. Neil Rackers, Ari (4)
8. Greg Olsen, Chi (5) 157 44. Fred Taylor, NE (8) 124 44. Chris Chambers, SD (5) 157 11. Ryan Longwell, Min (9)
9. Zach Miller, Oak (9) 143 45. Willis McGahee, Bal (7) 117 45. Michael Jenkins, Atl (4) 150 12. Adam Vinatieri, Ind (6)
10. Dustin Keller, NYJ (9) 140 46. Le'Ron McClain, Bal (7) 116 46. Mark Clayton, Bal (7) 147 13. Robbie Gould, Chi (5)
11. John Carlson, Sea (7) 139 47. Sammy Morris, NE (8) 110 47. Justin Gage, Ten (7) 144 14. John Kasay, Car (4)
12. Bo Scaife, Ten (7) 125 48. Felix Jones, Dal (6) 110 48. Earl Bennett, Chi (5) 142 15. Shayne Graham, Cin (8)
13. Jeremy Shockey, NO (5) 123 49. Mewelde Moore, Pit (8) 109 49. Domenik Hixon, NYG (10) 141 16. Jeff Reed, Pit (8)
14. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (9) 120 50. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit (8) 106 50. Isaac Bruce, SF (6) 135 17. Lawrence Tynes, NYG (10)
15. Heath Miller, Pit (8) 117 51. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (10) 103 51. Plaxico Burress, FA 134 18. Josh Scobee, Jac (7)
16. Tony Scheffler, Den (7) 108 52. Brandon Jackson, GB (5) 100 52. Antwaan Randle El, Was (8) 131 19. Josh Brown, StL (9)
17. Anthony Fasano, Mia (6) 108 53. LeSean McCoy, Phi (4) 99 53. Nate Washington, Ten (7) 126 20. Joe Nedney, SF (6)
18. Vernon Davis, SF (6) 99 54. Jamaal Charles, KC (8) 98 54. Kevin Curtis, Phi (4) 123 21. Rian Lindell, Buf (9)
19. Todd Heap, Bal (7) 98 55. Tim Hightower, Ari (4) 89 55. Chris Henry, Cin (8) 121 22. Dan Carpenter, Mia (6)
20. Kevin Boss, NYG (10) 96 56. Edgerrin James, FA 82 56. Chaz Schilens, Oak (9) 120 23. Jason Hanson, Det (7)
21. Marcedes Lewis, Jac (7) 93 57. Maurice Morris, Det (7) 82 57. Deion Branch, Sea (7) 118 24. Phil Dawson, Cle (9)
22. Donald Lee, GB (5) 93 58. Michael Bush, Oak (9) 82 58. Michael Clayton, TB (8) 116 25. Matt Prater, Den (7)
23. Randy McMichael, StL (9) 92 59. Justin Fargas, Oak (9) 77 59. Miles Austin, Dal (6) 116 26. Jay Feely, NYJ (9)
24. Brent Celek, Phi (4) 91 60. Jerome Harrison, Cle (9) 75 60. Jeremy Maclin, Phi (4) 114 27. Olindo Mare, Sea (7)
25. Robert Royal, Cle (9) 84 62. T.J. Duckett, Sea (7) 73 61. Bryant Johnson, Det (7) 108 28. Mike Nugent, TB (8)
27. Brandon Pettigrew, Det (7) 81 61. Leonard Weaver, Phi (4) 73 62. Bobby Engram, KC (8) 105 29. Shaun Suisham, Was (8)
26. Desmond Clark, Chi (5) 81 63. Correll Buckhalter, Den (7) 69 63. Dennis Northcutt, Jac (7) 103 30. Sebastian Janikowski, Oak (9)
28. David Martin, Mia (6) 73 64. Ladell Betts, Was (8) 68 64. Greg Camarillo, Mia (6) 103 31. Steve Hauschka, Bal (7)
29. L.J. Smith, Bal (7) 69 65. Justin Forsett, Sea (7) 65 65. Keenan Burton, StL (9) 103 32. Ryan Succop, KC (8)
A twelve-team league where each team starts one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one PK, and one Team Defense/ST.
Passing: 1 point per 20 yards, 4 points per TD, -1 point per interception thrown • Rushing/Receiving: 1 point per 10 yards, 1 point per reception, 6 points per TD

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QUARTERBACKS (BYE) PTS RUNNING BACKS (BYE) PTS RECEIVERS (BYE) PTS DEFENSES (BYE)
1. Tom Brady, NE (8) 113 1. Adrian Peterson, Min (9) 84 1. Randy Moss, NE (8) 78 1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8)
2. Drew Brees, NO (5) 106 2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (7) 84 2. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (4) 72 2. Minnesota Vikings (9)
3. Peyton Manning, Ind (6) 105 3. Ladainian Tomlinson, SD (5) 84 3. Calvin Johnson, Det (7) 60 3. Baltimore Ravens (7)
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB (5) 101 4. Michael Turner, Atl (4) 78 4. Reggie Wayne, Ind (6) 60 4. New York Giants (10)
5. Philip Rivers, SD (5) 101 5. DeAngelo Williams, Car (4) 78 5. Marques Colston, NO (5) 60 5. Philadelphia Eagles (4)
6. Donovan McNabb, Phi (4) 97 6. Steven Jackson, StL (9) 72 6. Andre Johnson, Hou (10) 54 6. San Diego Chargers (5)
7. Kurt Warner, Ari (4) 96 7. Matt Forte, Chi (5) 72 7. Steve Smith, Car (4) 54 7. Chicago Bears (5)
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (8) 87 8. Brandon Jacobs, NYG (10) 72 8. Greg Jennings, GB (5) 54 8. New England Patriots (8)
9. Jay Cutler, Chi (5) 82 9. Clinton Portis, Was (8) 66 9. Anquan Boldin, Ari (4) 54 9. Tennessee Titans (7)
10. Tony Romo, Dal (6) 80 10. Brian Westbrook, Phi (4) 66 10. Terrell Owens, Buf (9) 54 10. Dallas Cowboys (6)
11. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea (7) 80 11. Pierre Thomas, NO (5) 66 11. Roddy White, Atl (4) 48 11. Carolina Panthers (4)
12. Eli Manning, NYG (10) 79 12. Steve Slaton, Hou (10) 60 12. Dwayne Bowe, KC (8) 48 12. New York Jets (9)
13. Matt Ryan, Atl (4) 75 13. Frank Gore, SF (6) 60 13. Brandon Marshall, Den (7) 48 13. Green Bay Packers (5)
14. David Garrard, Jac (7) 74 14. Chris Johnson, Ten (7) 60 14. Braylon Edwards, Cle (9) 48 14. Miami Dolphins (6)
15. Carson Palmer, Cin (8) 73 15. Ronnie Brown, Mia (6) 60 15. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea (7)48 15. Jacksonville Jaguars (7)
16. Matt Cassel, KC (8) 71 16. Reggie Bush, NO (5) 60 16. Chad Ochocinco, Cin (8) 42 16. Indianapolis Colts (6)
17. Trent Edwards, Buf (9) 71 17. LenDale White, Ten (7) 60 17. Wes Welker, NE (8) 42 17. Houston Texans (10)
18. Matt Schaub, Hou (10) 68 18. Marion Barber, Dal (6) 54 18. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ (9) 42 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8)
19. Kyle Orton, Den (7) 67 19. Darren McFadden, Oak (9) 54 19. Santonio Holmes, Pit (8) 42 19. Buffalo Bills (9)
20. Shaun Hill, SF (6) 62 20. Kevin Smith, Det (7) 54 20. Vincent Jackson, SD (5) 42 20. Arizona Cardinals (4)
21. Jake Delhomme, Car (4) 62 21. Cedric Benson, Cin (8) 54 21. Hines Ward, Pit (8) 42 21. Washington Redskins (8)
22. Joe Flacco, Bal (7) 61 22. Larry Johnson, KC (8) 54 22. Roy Williams, Dal (6) 42 22. Oakland Raiders (9)
23. Jason Campbell, Was (8) 61 23. Marshawn Lynch, Buf (9) 48 23. Torry Holt, Jac (7) 42 23. Atlanta Falcons (4)
24. Chad Pennington, Mia (6) 61 24. Thomas Jones, NYJ (9) 48 24. Michael Crabtree, SF (6) 42 24. San Francisco 49ers (6)
25. Mark Sanchez, NYJ (9) 52 25. Knowshon Moreno, Den (7) 48 25. DeSean Jackson, Phi (4) 36 25. New Orleans Saints (5)
26. JaMarcus Russell, Oak (9) 52 26. Chris Wells, Ari (4) 48 26. Donnie Avery, StL (9) 36 26. Seattle Seahawks (7)
27. Matthew Stafford, Det (7) 51 27. Jonathan Stewart, Car (4) 48 27. Antonio Bryant, TB (8) 36 27. Cleveland Browns (9)
28. Kerry Collins, Ten (7) 50 28. Le'Ron McClain, Bal (7) 48 28. Santana Moss, Was (8) 36 28. Cincinnati Bengals (8)
29. Sage Rosenfels, Min (9) 48 29. Ryan Grant, GB (5) 42 29. Eddie Royal, Den (7) 36 29. Denver Broncos (7)
30. Marc Bulger, StL (9) 42 30. Joseph Addai, Ind (6) 42 30. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind (6) 36 30. Kansas City Chiefs (8)
31. Brady Quinn, Cle (9) 41 31. Jamal Lewis, Cle (9) 42 31. Laveranues Coles, Cin (8) 36 31. Detroit Lions (7)
32. Byron Leftwich, TB (8) 28 32. Donald Brown, Ind (6) 42 32. Donald Driver, GB (5) 36 32. St. Louis Rams (9)
33. Luke McCown, TB (8) 20 33. Derrick Ward, TB (8) 36 33. Lee Evans, Buf (9) 36 KICKERS (BYE)
34. Chris Simms, Den (7) 20 34. Chester Taylor, Min (9) 36 34. Bernard Berrian, Min (9) 36 1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE (8)
35. Derek Anderson, Cle (9) 19 35. Fred Taylor, NE (8) 36 35. Devin Hester, Chi (5) 36 2. Nate Kaeding, SD (5)
TIGHT ENDS (BYE) PTS 36. Sammy Morris, NE (8) 36 36. Lance Moore, NO (5) 36 3. Rob Bironas, Ten (7)
1. Antonio Gates, SD (5) 48 37. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit (8) 36 37. Derrick Mason, Bal (7) 30 4. Mason Crosby, GB (5)
2. Tony Gonzalez, Atl (4) 42 38. Willie Parker, Pit (8) 30 38. Ted Ginn Jr., Mia (6) 30 5. Jason Elam, Atl (4)
3. Jason Witten, Dal (6) 36 39. Leon Washington, NYJ (9) 30 39. Steve Breaston, Ari (4) 30 6. Nick Folk, Dal (6)
4. Dallas Clark, Ind (6) 36 40. Darren Sproles, SD (5) 30 40. Kevin Walter, Hou (10) 30 7. Garrett Hartley, NO (5)
5. Kellen Winslow, TB (8) 30 41. Ricky Williams, Mia (6) 30 41. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (10) 30 8. David Akers, Phi (4)
6. Greg Olsen, Chi (5) 30 42. Willis McGahee, Bal (7) 30 42. Chris Chambers, SD (5) 30 9. Kris Brown, Hou (10)
7. Chris Cooley, Was (8) 30 43. Felix Jones, Dal (6) 30 43. Muhsin Muhammad, Car (4) 30 10. Neil Rackers, Ari (4)
8. John Carlson, Sea (7) 30 44. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (10) 30 44. Steve Smith, NYG (10) 30 11. Ryan Longwell, Min (9)
9. Owen Daniels, Hou (10) 24 45. T.J. Duckett, Sea (7) 30 45. Plaxico Burress, FA 30 12. Adam Vinatieri, Ind (6)
10. Zach Miller, Oak (9) 24 46. Julius Jones, Sea (7) 24 46. Mark Clayton, Bal (7) 24 13. Robbie Gould, Chi (5)
11. Dustin Keller, NYJ (9) 24 47. Ray Rice, Bal (7) 24 47. Michael Jenkins, Atl (4) 24 14. John Kasay, Car (4)
12. Jeremy Shockey, NO (5) 24 48. Earnest Graham, TB (8) 24 48. Justin Gage, Ten (7) 24 15. Shayne Graham, Cin (8)
13. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (9) 24 49. Fred Jackson, Buf (9) 24 49. Earl Bennett, Chi (5) 24 16. Jeff Reed, Pit (8)
14. Bo Scaife, Ten (7) 24 50. Jerious Norwood, Atl (4) 24 50. Domenik Hixon, NYG (10) 24 17. Lawrence Tynes, NYG (10)
15. Heath Miller, Pit (8) 24 51. Kevin Faulk, NE (8) 24 51. Isaac Bruce, SF (6) 24 18. Josh Scobee, Jac (7)
16. Tony Scheffler, Den (7) 24 52. LeSean McCoy, Phi (4) 24 52. Nate Washington, Ten (7) 24 19. Josh Brown, StL (9)
17. Anthony Fasano, Mia (6) 24 53. Tim Hightower, Ari (4) 24 53. Chaz Schilens, Oak (9) 24 20. Joe Nedney, SF (6)
18. Vernon Davis, SF (6) 24 54. Edgerrin James, FA 18 54. Chris Henry, Cin (8) 24 21. Rian Lindell, Buf (9)
19. Kevin Boss, NYG (10) 24 55. Mewelde Moore, Pit (8) 18 55. Kevin Curtis, Phi (4) 24 22. Dan Carpenter, Mia (6)
20. Todd Heap, Bal (7) 18 56. Brandon Jackson, GB (5) 18 56. Deion Branch, Sea (7) 24 23. Jason Hanson, Det (7)
21. Marcedes Lewis, Jac (7) 18 57. Michael Bush, Oak (9) 18 57. Jeremy Maclin, Phi (4) 24 24. Phil Dawson, Cle (9)
22. Donald Lee, GB (5) 18 58. Correll Buckhalter, Den (7) 18 58. Antwaan Randle El, Was (8) 18 25. Matt Prater, Den (7)
23. Randy McMichael, StL (9) 18 59. Laurence Maroney, NE (8) 18 59. Miles Austin, Dal (6) 18 26. Jay Feely, NYJ (9)
24. Brent Celek, Phi (4) 18 60. Leonard Weaver, Phi (4) 18 60. Michael Clayton, TB (8) 18 27. Olindo Mare, Sea (7)
25. Brandon Pettigrew, Det (7) 18 61. Kevin Jones, Chi (5) 18 61. Devery Henderson, NO (5) 18 28. Mike Nugent, TB (8)
26. Robert Royal, Cle (9) 12 62. Greg Jones, Jac (7) 18 62. Bryant Johnson, Det (7) 18 29. Shaun Suisham, Was (8)
27. Desmond Clark, Chi (5) 12 63. Jamaal Charles, KC (8) 12 63. Dennis Northcutt, Jac (7) 18 30. Sebastian Janikowski, Oak (9)
28. David Martin, Mia (6) 12 64. Justin Fargas, Oak (9) 12 64. Bobby Engram, KC (8) 18 31. Steve Hauschka, Bal (7)
29. L.J. Smith, Bal (7) 12 65. Maurice Morris, Det (7) 12 65. Greg Camarillo, Mia (6) 18 32. Ryan Succop, KC (8)
A twelve-team league where each team starts one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one PK, and one Team Defense/ST.
Passing: 4 points per TD, -1 point per interception thrown • Rushing/Receiving: 6 points per TD

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QUARTERBACKS (BYE) $$$ RUNNING BACKS (BYE) $$$ WIDERECEIVERS (BYE) $$$ DEFENSES (BYE) $$$
1. Drew Brees, NO (5) 34 1. Adrian Peterson, Min (9) 64 1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (4) 38 1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8) 5
2. Tom Brady, NE (8) 33 2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (7) 62 2. Andre Johnson, Hou (10) 37 2. Minnesota Vikings (9) 4
3. Peyton Manning, Ind (6) 28 3. Michael Turner, Atl (4) 61 3. Randy Moss, NE (8) 36 3. Baltimore Ravens (7) 4
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB (5) 24 4. Ladainian Tomlinson, SD (5) 59 4. Calvin Johnson, Det (7) 35 4. New York Giants (10) 4
5. Donovan McNabb, Phi (4) 20 5. Steven Jackson, StL (9) 57 5. Reggie Wayne, Ind (6) 33 5. Philadelphia Eagles (4) 3
6. Philip Rivers, SD (5) 19 6. Matt Forte, Chi (5) 54 6. Steve Smith, Car (4) 33 6. San Diego Chargers (5) 3
7. Kurt Warner, Ari (4) 16 7. Clinton Portis, Was (8) 49 7. Roddy White, Atl (4) 32 7. Chicago Bears (5) 3
8. Tony Romo, Dal (6) 15 8. DeAngelo Williams, Car (4) 46 8. Greg Jennings, GB (5) 31 8. New England Patriots (8) 3
9. Jay Cutler, Chi (5) 13 9. Steve Slaton, Hou (10) 42 9. Marques Colston, NO (5) 30 9. Tennessee Titans (7) 2
10. David Garrard, Jac (7) 12 10. Frank Gore, SF (6) 41 10. Dwayne Bowe, KC (8) 28 10. Dallas Cowboys (6) 2
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (8) 11 11. Brian Westbrook, Phi (4) 40 11. Anquan Boldin, Ari (4) 27 11. Carolina Panthers (4) 2
12. Matt Schaub, Hou (10) 10 12. Chris Johnson, Ten (7) 39 12. Terrell Owens, Buf (9) 26 12. New York Jets (9) 2
13. Matt Ryan, Atl (4) 9 13. Brandon Jacobs, NYG (10) 38 13. Brandon Marshall, Den (7) 24 13. Green Bay Packers (5) 2
14. Carson Palmer, Cin (8) 8 14. Ronnie Brown, Mia (6) 36 14. Braylon Edwards, Cle (9) 22 14. Miami Dolphins (6) 1
15. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea (7) 7 15. Marion Barber, Dal (6) 35 15. Chad Ochocinco, Cin (8) 20 15. Jacksonville Jaguars (7) 1
16. Matt Cassel, KC (8) 7 16. Darren McFadden, Oak (9) 32 16. DeSean Jackson, Phi (4) 20 16. Indianapolis Colts (6) 1
17. Trent Edwards, Buf (9) 6 17. Pierre Thomas, NO (5) 29 17. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea (7)19 17. Houston Texans (10) 1
18. Eli Manning, NYG (10) 6 18. Reggie Bush, NO (5) 28 18. Wes Welker, NE (8) 18 18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) 1
19. Joe Flacco, Bal (7) 4 19. Kevin Smith, Det (7) 26 19. Donnie Avery, StL (9) 17 19. Buffalo Bills (9) 1
20. Shaun Hill, SF (6) 3 20. Ryan Grant, GB (5) 25 20. Antonio Bryant, TB (8) 16 20. Arizona Cardinals (4) 1
21. Jason Campbell, Was (8) 3 21. Marshawn Lynch, Buf (9) 24 21. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ (9) 15 21. Washington Redskins (8) 1
22. Chad Pennington, Mia (6) 3 22. Thomas Jones, NYJ (9) 21 22. Santonio Holmes, Pit (8) 14 22. Oakland Raiders (9) 1
23. Jake Delhomme, Car (4) 3 23. Cedric Benson, Cin (8) 19 23. Santana Moss, Was (8) 13 23. Atlanta Falcons (4) 1
24. Kyle Orton, Den (7) 2 24. Derrick Ward, TB (8) 17 24. Vincent Jackson, SD (5) 12 24. San Francisco 49ers (6) 1
25. Mark Sanchez, NYJ (9) 2 25. Larry Johnson, KC (8) 17 25. Eddie Royal, Den (7) 11 25. New Orleans Saints (5) 1
26. JaMarcus Russell, Oak (9) 1 26. Knowshon Moreno, Den (7) 16 26. Hines Ward, Pit (8) 10 26. Seattle Seahawks (7) 1
27. Matthew Stafford, Det (7) 1 27. Chris Wells, Ari (4) 16 27. Roy Williams, Dal (6) 10 27. Cleveland Browns (9) 1
28. Kerry Collins, Ten (7) 1 28. Joseph Addai, Ind (6) 15 28. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind (6) 10 28. Cincinnati Bengals (8) 1
29. Marc Bulger, StL (9) 1 29. LenDale White, Ten (7) 14 29. Laveranues Coles, Cin (8) 9 29. Denver Broncos (7) 1
30. Sage Rosenfels, Min (9) 1 30. Jamal Lewis, Cle (9) 14 30. Torry Holt, Jac (7) 9 30. Kansas City Chiefs (8) 1
31. Brady Quinn, Cle (9) 1 31. Jonathan Stewart, Car (4) 13 31. Donald Driver, GB (5) 8 31. Detroit Lions (7) 1
32. Byron Leftwich, TB (8) 1 32. Willie Parker, Pit (8) 12 32. Lee Evans, Buf (9) 8 32. St. Louis Rams (9) 1
33. Luke McCown, TB (8) 1 33. Julius Jones, Sea (7) 11 33. Michael Crabtree, SF (6) 8 KICKERS (BYE) $$$
34. Derek Anderson, Cle (9) 1 34. Leon Washington, NYJ (9) 9 34. Bernard Berrian, Min (9) 7 1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE (8) 3
35. Chris Simms, Den (7) 1 35. Donald Brown, Ind (6) 8 35. Derrick Mason, Bal (7) 7 2. Nate Kaeding, SD (5) 2
TIGHT ENDS (BYE) $$$ 36. Darren Sproles, SD (5) 8 36. Devin Hester, Chi (5) 7 3. Rob Bironas, Ten (7) 2
1. Antonio Gates, SD (5) 17 37. Chester Taylor, Min (9) 7 37. Ted Ginn Jr., Mia (6) 6 4. Mason Crosby, GB (5) 2
2. Jason Witten, Dal (6) 17 38. Ray Rice, Bal (7) 7 38. Steve Breaston, Ari (4) 6 5. Jason Elam, Atl (4) 2
3. Tony Gonzalez, Atl (4) 15 39. Fred Taylor, NE (8) 7 39. Lance Moore, NO (5) 5 6. Nick Folk, Dal (6) 1
4. Dallas Clark, Ind (6) 11 40. Ricky Williams, Mia (6) 6 40. Kevin Walter, Hou (10) 5 7. Garrett Hartley, NO (5) 1
5. Kellen Winslow, TB (8) 7 41. Earnest Graham, TB (8) 5 41. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (10) 4 8. David Akers, Phi (4) 1
6. Owen Daniels, Hou (10) 5 42. Fred Jackson, Buf (9) 5 42. Chris Chambers, SD (5) 4 9. Kris Brown, Hou (10) 1
7. Greg Olsen, Chi (5) 5 43. Le'Ron McClain, Bal (7) 4 43. Muhsin Muhammad, Car (4) 4 10. Neil Rackers, Ari (4) 1
8. Chris Cooley, Was (8) 5 44. Jerious Norwood, Atl (4) 4 44. Steve Smith, NYG (10) 3 11. Ryan Longwell, Min (9) 1
9. Zach Miller, Oak (9) 4 45. Willis McGahee, Bal (7) 4 45. Mark Clayton, Bal (7) 3 12. Adam Vinatieri, Ind (6) 1
10. John Carlson, Sea (7) 3 46. Kevin Faulk, NE (8) 3 46. Michael Jenkins, Atl (4) 3 13. Robbie Gould, Chi (5) 1
11. Dustin Keller, NYJ (9) 3 47. Sammy Morris, NE (8) 3 47. Justin Gage, Ten (7) 3 14. John Kasay, Car (4) 1
12. Jeremy Shockey, NO (5) 2 48. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit (8) 3 48. Earl Bennett, Chi (5) 3 15. Shayne Graham, Cin (8) 1
13. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (9) 2 49. Felix Jones, Dal (6) 3 49. Domenik Hixon, NYG (10) 3 16. Jeff Reed, Pit (8) 1
14. Bo Scaife, Ten (7) 1 50. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (10) 2 50. Plaxico Burress, FA 3 17. Lawrence Tynes, NYG (10) 1
15. Heath Miller, Pit (8) 1 51. LeSean McCoy, Phi (4) 2 51. Isaac Bruce, SF (6) 2 18. Josh Scobee, Jac (7) 1
16. Tony Scheffler, Den (7) 1 52. Edgerrin James, FA 2 52. Nate Washington, Ten (7) 2 19. Josh Brown, StL (9) 1
17. Anthony Fasano, Mia (6) 1 53. Tim Hightower, Ari (4) 2 53. Antwaan Randle El, Was (8) 2 20. Joe Nedney, SF (6) 1
18. Vernon Davis, SF (6) 1 54. Mewelde Moore, Pit (8) 1 54. Chaz Schilens, Oak (9) 2 21. Rian Lindell, Buf (9) 1
19. Kevin Boss, NYG (10) 1 55. Brandon Jackson, GB (5) 1 55. Chris Henry, Cin (8) 2 22. Dan Carpenter, Mia (6) 1
20. Todd Heap, Bal (7) 1 56. Jamaal Charles, KC (8) 1 56. Kevin Curtis, Phi (4) 2 23. Jason Hanson, Det (7) 1
21. Marcedes Lewis, Jac (7) 1 57. T.J. Duckett, Sea (7) 1 57. Deion Branch, Sea (7) 2 24. Phil Dawson, Cle (9) 1
22. Donald Lee, GB (5) 1 58. Michael Bush, Oak (9) 1 58. Jeremy Maclin, Phi (4) 1 25. Matt Prater, Den (7) 1
23. Randy McMichael, StL (9) 1 59. Justin Fargas, Oak (9) 1 59. Miles Austin, Dal (6) 1 26. Jay Feely, NYJ (9) 1
24. Brent Celek, Phi (4) 1 60. Maurice Morris, Det (7) 1 60. Michael Clayton, TB (8) 1 27. Olindo Mare, Sea (7) 1
25. Brandon Pettigrew, Det (7) 1 61. Correll Buckhalter, Den (7) 1 61. Devery Henderson, NO (5) 1 28. Mike Nugent, TB (8) 1
26. Robert Royal, Cle (9) 1 62. Laurence Maroney, NE (8) 1 62. Bryant Johnson, Det (7) 1 29. Shaun Suisham, Was (8) 1
27. Desmond Clark, Chi (5) 1 63. Jerome Harrison, Cle (9) 1 63. Dennis Northcutt, Jac (7) 1 30. Sebastian Janikowski, Oak (9) 1
28. David Martin, Mia (6) 1 64. Ladell Betts, Was (8) 1 64. Bobby Engram, KC (8) 1 31. Steve Hauschka, Bal (7) 1
29. L.J. Smith, Bal (7) 1 65. Justin Forsett, Sea (7) 1 65. Patrick Crayton, Dal (6) 1 32. Ryan Succop, KC (8) 1

A twelve-team league where each team starts one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one PK, and one Team Defense/ST.
Salary cap = $200 per team, minimum bid = $1 • Passing: 1 point per 20 yards, 4 points per TD, -1 point per interception thrown • Rushing/Receiving: 1 point per 10 yards, 6 points per TD

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DEFENSIVE BACKS (BYE) PTS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN (BYE) PTS LINEBACKERS (BYE) PTS
1. SS Adrian Wilson, Ari (4) 193 1. DE Trent Cole, Phi (4) 167 1. MLB Barrett Ruud, TB (8) 234
2. FS Eric Weddle, SD (5) 183 2. DE Jared Allen, Min (9) 166 2. ILB Karlos Dansby, Ari (4) 233
3. CB Charles Tillman, Chi (5) 181 3. DE Mario Williams, Hou (10) 158 3. MLB Jon Beason, Car (4) 226
4. SS Yeremiah Bell, Mia (6) 181 4. DE Justin Tuck, NYG (10) 152 4. ILB Patrick Willis, SF (6) 225
5. CB Antoine Winfield, Min (9) 178 5. DE John Abraham, Atl (4) 144 5. MLB Curtis Lofton, Atl (4) 224
6. FS Gibril Wilson, Mia (6) 175 6. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ten (7) 143 6. ILB D.J. Williams, Den (7) 224
7. SS Chris Horton, Was (8) 175 7. DE Robert Mathis, Ind (6) 139 7. ILB Ray Lewis, Bal (7) 220
8. SS Troy Polamalu, Pit (8) 174 8. DE Justin Smith, SF (6) 139 8. OLB James Harrison, Pit (8) 216
9. SS Kevin Payne, Chi (5) 174 9. DE Aaron Schobel, Buf (9) 136 9. MLB Kirk Morrison, Oak (9) 211
10. SS Quintin Mikell, Phi (4) 173 10. DE Julius Peppers, Car (4) 136 10. ILB Bradie James, Dal (6) 211
11. CB Richard Marshall, Car (4) 172 11. DE Adewale Ogunleye, Chi (5) 128 11. MLB Jonathan Vilma, NO (5) 209
12. SS Bernard Pollard, KC (8) 172 12. OLB Aaron Kampman, GB (5) 127 12. ILB Lawrence Timmons, Pit (8) 209
13. CB Chris Gamble, Car (4) 171 13. DE Osi Umenyiora, NYG (10) 126 13. MLB London Fletcher, Was (8) 208
14. FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, Stl (9) 170 14. DT Albert Haynesworth, Was (8) 125 14. MLB E.J. Henderson, Min (9) 207
15. SS Antoine Bethea, Ind (6) 169 15. DE Darryl Tapp, Sea (7) 124 15. ILB Stephen Cooper, SD (5) 205
16. SS Sabby Piscitelli, TB (8) 169 16. DE Patrick Kerney, Sea (7) 124 16. OLB Demarcus Ware, Dal (6) 203
17. SS Michael Lewis, SF (6) 168 17. NT Shaun Rogers, Cle (9) 123 17. MLB DeMeco Ryans, Hou (10) 202
18. SS Patrick Chung, NE (8) 166 18. DE Chris Long, Stl (9) 123 18. MLB Paul Posluszny, Buf (9) 200
19. FS Kenny Phillips, NYG (10) 164 19. DE Derrick Burgess, Oak (9) 122 19. ILB D'Qwell Jackson, Cle (9) 200
20. CB Cedric Griffin, Min (9) 163 20. DE Antonio Smith, Hou (10) 121 20. ILB Bart Scott, NYJ (9) 199
21. SS William Moore, Atl (4) 159 21. DT Kevin Williams, Min (9) 120 21. MLB Stewart Bradley, Phi (4) 198
22. FS Eugene Wilson, Hou (10) 158 22. DE Gaines Adams, TB (8) 118 22. MLB Gary Brackett, Ind (6) 198
23. CB Corey Graham, Chi (5) 158 23. DT Tommy Kelly, Oak (9) 117 23. MLB Lofa Tatupu, Sea (7) 197
24. CB DeAngelo Hall, Was (8) 158 24. DE Shaun Ellis, NYJ (9) 115 24. MLB James Laurinaitis, Stl (9) 194
25. FS Kerry Rhodes, NYJ (9) 158 25. DE Cliff Avril, Det (7) 113 25. WLB Justin Durant, Jac (7) 193
26. SS Louis Delmas, Det (7) 157 26. DE Charles Grant, NO (5) 113 26. WLB Lance Briggs, Chi (5) 192
27. CB Brandon Flowers, KC (8) 157 27. DE Will Smith, NO (5) 113 27. ILB Jerod Mayo, NE (8) 192
28. CB Ronde Barber, TB (8) 155 28. DE Richard Seymour, NE (8) 111 28. ILB David Harris, NYJ (9) 189
29. CB Ronald Bartell, Stl (9) 155 29. DT Jason Jones, Ten (7) 111 29. ILB Nick Barnett, GB (5) 187
30. CB Terrence McGee, Buf (9) 153 30. DE Darnell Dockett, Ari (4) 110 30. WLB Thomas Davis, Car (4) 187
31. CB Aqib Talib, TB (8) 153 31. DE Trevor Scott, Oak (9) 109 31. MLB Brian Urlacher, Chi (5) 185
32. CB Quentin Jammer, SD (5) 153 32. DE Aaron Smith, Pit (8) 107 32. ILB Derrick Johnson, KC (8) 184
33. SS Roman Harper, NO (5) 151 33. DE Dewayne White, Det (7) 106 33. MLB Rey Maualuga, Cin (8) 184
34. CB Rashean Mathis, Jac (7) 151 34. DE Darren Howard, Phi (4) 105 34. WLB Will Witherspoon, Stl (9) 184
35. FS Bob Sanders, Ind (6) 151 35. DE Alex Brown, Chi (5) 103 35. ILB James Farrior, Pit (8) 183
36. CB Terence Newman, Dal (6) 149 36. DE Andre Carter, Was (8) 103 36. SLB Chad Greenway, Min (9) 181
37. SS Chinedum Ndukwe, Cin (8) 149 37. DE Antwan Odom, Cin (8) 103 37. OLB Shawne Merriman, SD (5) 180
38. FS Nick Collins, GB (5) 148 38. NT Jay Ratliff, Dal (6) 102 38. WLB Keith Rivers, Cin (8) 178
39. FS Antrel Rolle, Ari (4) 148 39. NT Kelly Gregg, Bal (7) 102 39. ILB Channing Crowder, Mia (6) 177
40. CB Leon Hall, Cin (8) 147 40. DT Kyle Williams, Buf (9) 99 40. WLB Keith Bulluck, Ten (7) 177
41. SS Michael Mitchell, Oak (9) 147 41. DE Marques Douglas, NYJ (9) 98 41. WLB Clint Session, Ind (6) 177
42. CB Brandon McDonald, Cle (9) 147 42. DE Ray Edwards, Min (9) 98 42. WLB Ernie Sims, Det (7) 174
43. FS Brandon Meriweather, NE (8) 146 43. DE Derrick Harvey, Jac (7) 97 43. ILB A.J. Hawk, GB (5) 174
44. CB Dunta Robinson, Hou (10) 146 44. DT Tony Brown, Ten (7) 96 44. WLB Thomas Howard, Oak (9) 173
45. CB Brian Williams, Jac (7) 146 45. DT Tommie Harris, Chi (5) 95 45. ILB Gerald Hayes, Ari (4) 173
46. SS Chris Hope, Ten (7) 145 46. DE Mathias Kiwanuka, NYG (10) 95 46. MLB Antonio Pierce, NYG (10) 170
47. CB Darrelle Revis, NYJ (9) 145 47. NT Kris Jenkins, NYJ (9) 94 47. WLB Mike Peterson, Atl (4) 170
48. CB Cortland Finnegan, Ten (7) 144 48. DE Greg White, TB (8) 93 48. MLB Larry Foote, Det (7) 164
49. CB Tracy Porter, NO (5) 144 49. NT Jamal Williams, SD (5) 92 49. ILB Kevin Burnett, SD (5) 163
50. FS Erik Coleman, Atl (4) 144 50. NT B.J. Ragi, GB (5) 91 50. ILB Keith Brooking, Dal (6) 163
51. SS Tyrell Johnson, Min (9) 144 51. NT Vince Wilfork, NE (8) 91 51. ILB Takeo Spikes, SF (6) 162
52. FS Madieu Williams, Min (9) 144 52. OLB Matt Roth, Mia (6) 90 52. OLB Terrell Suggs, Bal (7) 162
53. FS Ken Hamlin, Dal (6) 143 53. DT Damione Lewis, Car (4) 90 53. SLB Brian Cushing, Hou (10) 160
54. CB Marcus Trufant, Sea (7) 143 54. DE Aaron Maybin, Buf (9) 89 54. WLB Akeem Jordan, Phi (4) 160
55. SS Ed Reed, Bal (7) 143 55. DE Dwight Freeney, Ind (6) 89 55. WLB Jermaine Phillips, TB (8) 160
56. FS Michael Griffin, Ten (7) 142 56. DE Leonard Little, Stl (9) 89 56. OLB Calvin Pace, NYJ (9) 160
57. FS Dawan Landry, Bal (7) 142 57. DT Grady Jackson, Det (7) 88 57. SLB Julian Peterson, Det (7) 158
58. SS Sean Jones, Phi (4) 141 58. DT Cory Redding, Sea (7) 88 58. ILB Eric Barton, Cle (9) 157
59. CB Charles Woodson, GB (5) 140 59. DE Michael Johnson , Cin (8) 87 59. WLB Leroy Hill , Sea (7) 156
60. SS Mike Adams, Cle (9) 138 60. DT John Henderson, Jac (7) 87 60. OLB Adalius Thomas, NE (8) 155
61. CB Kelvin Hayden, Ind (6) 138 61. NT Haloti Ngata, Bal (7) 87 61. ILB Tavares Gooden, Bal (7) 150
62. SS Chris Harris, Car (4) 137 62. DT Sedrick Ellis, NO (5) 86 62. WLB Kawika Mitchell, Buf (9) 150
63. SS Renaldo Hill, Den (7) 137 63. DT Jonathan Babineaux, Atl (4) 86 63. WLB Rocky McIntosh, Was (8) 148
64. CB Nick Harper, Ten (7) 135 64. DT Rocky Bernard, NYG (10) 84 64. ILB Andra Davis, Den (7) 147
65. CB Brandon Carr, KC (8) 135 65. DE Glenn Dorsey, KC (8) 83 65. SLB Aaron Curry, Sea (7) 146

1.5 points per solo tackle, .75 points per assisted tackle, 4 points per sack • 4 points per forced fumble, 4 points per fumble recovery
4 points per interception, 1.5 points per pass defensed • 6 points per touchdown, 2 points per safety

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DYNASTY
QUARTERBACKS (BYE) BACKS (BYE) RECEIVERS (BYE) DEFENSES (BYE)
1. Drew Brees, NO (5) 1. Adrian Peterson, Min (9) 1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari (4) 1. Pittsburgh Steelers, Pit (8)
2. Tom Brady, NE (8) 2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac (7) 2. Calvin Johnson, Det (7) 2. New York Giants, NYG (10)
3. Peyton Manning, Ind (6) 3. Steven Jackson, StL (9) 3. Reggie Wayne, Ind (6) 3. Minnesota Vikings, Min (9)
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB (5) 4. Michael Turner, Atl (4) 4. Andre Johnson, Hou (10) 4. Baltimore Ravens, Bal (7)
5. Jay Cutler, Chi (5) 5. Chris Johnson, Ten (7) 5. Steve Smith, Car (4) 5. New England Patriots, NE (8)
6. Tony Romo, Dal (6) 6. Matt Forte, Chi (5) 6. Randy Moss, NE (8) 6. Chicago Bears, Chi (5)
7. Philip Rivers, SD (5) 7. Frank Gore, SF (6) 7. Anquan Boldin, Ari (4) 7. San Diego Chargers, SD (5)
8. Matt Ryan, Atl (4) 8. Marion Barber, Dal (6) 8. Greg Jennings, GB (5) 8. Dallas Cowboys, Dal (6)
9. Donovan McNabb, Phi (4) 9. DeAngelo Williams, Car (4) 9. Dwayne Bowe, KC (8) 9. New York Jets, NYJ (9)
10. Carson Palmer, Cin (8) 10. Brandon Jacobs, NYG (10) 10. Roddy White, Atl (4) 10. Philadelphia Eagles, Phi (4)
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit (8) 11. Reggie Bush, NO (5) 11. Brandon Marshall, Den (7) 11. Tennessee Titans, Ten (7)
12. Matt Schaub, Hou (10) 12. Knowshon Moreno, Den (7) 12. Marques Colston, NO (5) 12. Carolina Panthers, Car (4)
13. Eli Manning, NYG (10) 13. Jonathan Stewart, Car (4) 13. Michael Crabtree, SF (6) 13. Green Bay Packers, GB (5)
14. Kurt Warner, Ari (4) 14. Marshawn Lynch, Buf (9) 14. Wes Welker, NE (8) 14. Jacksonville Jaguars, Jac (7)
15. David Garrard, Jac (7) 15. Steve Slaton, Hou (10) 15. Braylon Edwards, Cle (9) 15. Arizona Cardinals, Ari (4)
16. Matt Cassel, KC (8) 16. Clinton Portis, Was (8) 16. Santonio Holmes, Pit (8) 16. Houston Texans, Hou (10)
17. Mark Sanchez, NYJ (9) 17. Brian Westbrook, Phi (4) 17. Eddie Royal, Den (7) 17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB (8)
18. Matthew Stafford, Det (7) 18. LaDainian Tomlinson, SD (5) 18. Chad Ochocinco, Cin (8) 18. Indianapolis Colts, Ind (6)
19. Joe Flacco, Bal (7) 19. Ronnie Brown, Mia (6) 19. Santana Moss, Was (8) 19. Oakland Raiders, Oak (9)
20. Brady Quinn, Cle (9) 20. Darren McFadden, Oak (9) 20. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea (7) 20. Atlanta Falcons, Atl (4)
21. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea (7) 21. Kevin Smith, Det (7) 21. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ (9) 21. Buffalo Bills, Buf (9)
22. Kyle Orton, Den (7) 22. Pierre Thomas, NO (5) 22. Lee Evans, Buf (9) 22. Miami Dolphins, Mia (6)
23. Jason Campbell, Was (8) 23. Joseph Addai, Ind (6) 23. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind (6) 23. Seattle Seahawks, Sea (7)
24. JaMarcus Russell, Oak (9) 24. Chris Wells, Ari (4) 24. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (10) 24. Washington Redskins, Was (8)
25. Jake Delhomme, Car (4) 25. Donald Brown, Ind (6) 25. Roy Williams, Dal (6) 25. San Francisco 49ers, SF (6)
26. Shaun Hill, SF (6) 26. Ryan Grant, GB (5) 26. DeSean Jackson, Phi (4) 26. New Orleans Saints, NO (5)
27. Trent Edwards, Buf (9) 27. Felix Jones, Dal (6) 27. Donnie Avery, StL (9) 27. Cleveland Browns, Cle (9)
28. Marc Bulger, StL (9) 28. Ray Rice, Bal (7) 28. Jeremy Maclin, Phi (4) 28. Denver Broncos, Den (7)
29. Josh Freeman, TB (8) 29. Shonn Greene, NYJ (9) 29. Vincent Jackson, SD (5) 29. Cincinnati Bengals, Cin (8)
30. Chad Pennington, Mia (6) 30. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit (8) 30. Lance Moore, NO (5) 30. St. Louis Rams, StL (9)
31. Chad Henne, Mia (6) 31. LeSean McCoy, Phi (4) 31. Steve Breaston, Ari (4) 31. Kansas City Chiefs, KC (8)
32. Derek Anderson, Cle (9) 32. Thomas Jones, NYJ (9) 32. Laveranues Coles, Cin (8) 32. Detroit Lions, Det (7)
33. Matt Leinart, Ari (4) 33. Willie Parker, Pit (8) 33. Antonio Bryant, TB (8) KICKERS (BYE)
34. Sage Rosenfels, Min (9) 34. Larry Johnson, KC (8) 34. Bernard Berrian, Min (9) 1. Nate Kaeding, SD (5)
35. Kevin Kolb, Phi (4) 35. Derrick Ward, TB (8) 35. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oak (9) 2. Rob Bironas, Ten (7)
TIGHT ENDS (BYE) 36. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG (10) 36. Terrell Owens, Buf (9) 3. Nick Folk, Dal (6)
1. Jason Witten, Dal (6) 37. Darren Sproles, SD (5) 37. Percy Harvin, Min (9) 4. Stephen Gostkowski, NE (8)
2. Antonio Gates, SD (5) 38. Leon Washington, NYJ (9) 38. Hines Ward, Pit (8) 5. Garrett Hartley, NO (5)
3. Kellen Winslow, TB (8) 39. Jerious Norwood, Atl (4) 39. Donald Driver, GB (5) 6. Kris Brown, Hou (10)
4. Dallas Clark, Ind (6) 40. Earnest Graham, TB (8) 40. Josh Morgan, SF (6) 7. Mason Crosby, GB (5)
5. Tony Gonzalez, Atl (4) 41. Willis McGahee, Bal (7) 41. Kevin Walter, Hou (10) 8. Neil Rackers, Ari (4)
6. Chris Cooley, Was (8) 42. Cedric Benson, Cin (8) 42. Brian Robiskie, Cle (9) 9. Robbie Gould, Chi (5)
7. Owen Daniels, Hou (10) 43. LenDale White, Ten (7) 43. Kenny Britt, Ten (7) 10. Shayne Graham, Cin (8)
8. Zach Miller, Oak (9) 44. Tashard Choice, Dal (6) 44. Steve Smith, NYG (10) 11. Jeff Reed, Pit (8)
9. Greg Olsen, Chi (5) 45. Jamal Lewis, Cle (9) 45. Chris Chambers, SD (5) 12. Josh Scobee, Jac (7)
10. Dustin Keller, NYJ (9) 46. Tim Hightower, Ari (4) 46. Mike Thomas, Jac (7) 13. Jason Elam, Atl (4)
11. John Carlson, Sea (7) 47. Chester Taylor, Min (9) 47. Sidney Rice, Min (9) 14. Adam Vinatieri, Ind (6)
12. Tony Scheffler, Den (7) 48. Fred Jackson, Buf (9) 48. Miles Austin, Dal (6) 15. Lawrence Tynes, NYG (10)
13. Brandon Pettigrew, Det (7) 49. LeRon McClain, Bal (7) 49. Brandon Tate, NE (8) 16. David Akers, Phi (4)
14. Heath Miller, Pit (8) 50. Michael Bush, Oak (9) 50. Ted Ginn, Mia (6) 17. Ryan Longwell, Min (9)
15. Jeremy Shockey, NO (5) 51. Andre Brown, NYG (10) 51. Devin Hester, Chi (5) 18. Dan Carpenter, Mia (6)
16. Shawn Nelson, Buf (9) 52. Justin Fargas, Oak (9) 52. Jordy Nelson, GB (5) 19. John Kasay, Car (4)
17. Vernon Davis, SF (6) 53. Gartrell Johnson, SD (5) 53. Torry Holt, Jac (7) 20. Joe Nedney, SF (6)
18. Jared Cook, Ten (7) 54. Jamaal Charles, KC (8) 54. Derrick Mason, Bal (7) 21. Josh Brown, StL (9)
19. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min (9) 55. Julius Jones, Sea (7) 55. Juaquin Iglesias, Chi (5) 22. Rian Lindell, Buf (9)
20. Bo Scaife, Ten (7) 56. Laurence Maroney, NE (8) 56. Domenik Hixon, NYG (10) 23. Sebastian Janikowski, Oak (9)
21. Travis Beckum, NYG (10) 57. Javon Ringer, Ten (7) 57. Deion Branch, Sea (7) 24. Phil Dawson, Cle (9)
22. Kevin Boss, NYG (10) 58. Rashad Jennings, Jac (7) 58. Mark Clayton, Bal (7) 25. Jay Feely, NYJ (9)
23. Brent Celek, Phi (4) 59. Bernard Scott, Cin (8) 59. Kevin Curtis, Phi (4) 26. Mike Nugent, TB (8)
24. Todd Heap, Bal (7) 60. Glen Coffee, SF (6) 60. James Jones, GB (5) 27. Jason Hanson, Det (7)
25. Anthony Fasano, Mia (6) 61. Mike Goodson, Car (4) 61. Plaxico Burress, NYG (10) 28. John Carney, FA
26. Chase Coffman, Cin (8) 62. Brandon Jackson, GB (5) 62. Devin Thomas, Was (8) 29. Olindo Mare, Sea (7)
27. James Casey, Hou (10) 63. Cedric Peerman, Bal (7) 63. Matt Jones, Jac (7) 30. Matt Prater, Den (7)
28. Cornelius Ingram, Phi (4) 64. Mewelde Moore, Pit (8) 64. Nate Burleson, Sea (7) 31. Steve Hauschka, Bal (7)
29. Donald Lee, GB (5)RUNNING 65. Ricky Williams, Mia (6)WIDE 65. Mike Wallace, Pit (8) 32. Shaun Suisham, Was (8)

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Passing: 1 point per 20 yards, 4 points per TD, -1 point per interception thrown • Rushing/Receiving: 1 point per 10 yards, 6 points per TD

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Expert Rankings Comments by David Dodds

B
ased on the Expert Rankings (pages (Diff) refers to the difference between our rank
49-62), we have constructed an Expert and the ADP list. A positive Diff value indicates
Top 220 List. This list is ordered by our staff expectations to exceed drafted position
consensus rank. Average Draft Position (ADP) (value). A negative Diff value indicates staff
has been added as a reference to indicate when expectations to fall short of drafted position
these players will likely be drafted. Difference (over-valued/reach).

Rank ADP Diff Pos Player Comments
1 1 0 RB1 Adrian Peterson, MIN/9 Had 10 games in 2008 where he rushed for 100 yards or more.
2 3 1 RB2 Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC/7 Averaged 4.7 YPC on the road.
3 2 -1 RB3 Michael Turner, ATL/4 Had career highs in rushes, yards and TDs in 2008.
4 15 11 RB4 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD/5 Has never finished worse than the 7th ranked RB.
5 5 0 RB5 Steven Jackson, STL/9 Amassed 1,442 combined yards in just 12 games in 2008.
6 4 -2 RB6 Matt Forte, CHI/5 Was the first rookie RB to eclipse 300 carries since LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 2001
7 8 1 RB7 Brian Westbrook, PHI/4 Scored 14 TDs in 14 games. Has racked up 355 receptions the last 5 seasons.
8 6 -2 RB8 DeAngelo Williams, CAR/4 No RB in the league has more plays of 10+ yards rushing over the last two years .
9 10 1 RB9 Frank Gore, SF/6 Has career averages of 4.7 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per catch.
10 9 -1 WR1 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI/4 Had seven 100-yard games in 2008 despite reaching double digit receptions in a game only once.
11 18 7 WR2 Randy Moss, NE/8 Has reached double-digit TDs in 8 of his 11 seasons.
12 7 -5 RB10 Chris Johnson, TEN/7 Eight of his 11 total TDs occurred at home last year
13 17 4 RB11 Clinton Portis, WAS/8 Excluding his injured 2006 season, He has never finished a season with less than 1262 yards rushing
14 12 -2 WR3 Andre Johnson, HOU/10 Had 76 of his 115 catches at home
15 13 -2 RB12 Steve Slaton, HOU/10 From week 11 on, he amassed 737 yards rushing - 4th most in the league.
16 14 -2 WR4 Calvin Johnson, DET/7 Scored at least one TD in 10 of 16 games last year.
17 19 2 RB13 Brandon Jacobs, NYG/10 Had multiple TDs in 5 games.
18 20 2 WR5 Reggie Wayne, IND/6 Has averaged over 85 receptions the last 5 years.
19 16 -3 RB14 Marion Barber, DAL/6 Had career high receptions, receiving yards and yards per catch in 2008.
20 11 -9 QB1 Drew Brees, NO/5 Had 23 of his 34 TD passes at home last year.
21 23 2 WR6 Steve Smith, CAR/4 Had 18.2 yards per catch - a full 6.7 yards more than the year prior.
22 21 -1 QB2 Tom Brady, NE/8 Looks to rebound from injury.
23 25 2 WR7 Greg Jennings, GB/5 Has had an increase in receptions, yards and fantasy points in each of his first three years in the league.
24 34 10 RB15 Ronnie Brown, MIA/6 Had 10 rushing TDs last year, but four of them came against the Patriots in week three.
25 24 -1 WR8 Roddy White, ATL/4 Had career highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards in 2008.
26 26 0 WR9 Anquan Boldin, ARI/4 Finished as the 7th ranked WR, despite missing four games due to injury
27 27 0 WR10 Marques Colston, NO/5 Averaged 12.2 FP/gm in games 9-16 last year.
28 62 34 RB16 Knowshon Moreno, DEN/7 Expected to be the starter out of the gate for the Broncos.
29 22 -7 QB3 Peyton Manning, IND/6 Has reached 4,000 yards passing in 9 of his 11 seasons
30 30 0 RB17 Ryan Grant, GB/5 Had impressive 4.9 ypc and 728 yards in his 8 home games.
31 28 -3 WR11 Dwayne Bowe, KC/8 Had nine games with 10+ targets last year.
32 33 1 WR12 Terrell Owens, BUF/9 Has finished in the top 10 seven times in the last nine years, with six of those in the top five.
33 37 4 RB18 Reggie Bush, NO/5 Has amassed a whopping 213 receptions in just 38 professional games.
34 31 -3 RB19 Kevin Smith, DET/7 Had six games with 20+ carries in 2008. All six came in his last eight games.
35 29 -6 WR13 Brandon Marshall, DEN/7 Had 63 receptions and 775 yards in his 8 home games.
36 35 -1 WR14 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA/7 Has at least 90 receptions or more in each of his last three years
37 51 14 RB20 Larry Johnson, KC/8 Had an impressive 4.5 yards per carry in the 12 games he played.
38 32 -6 WR15 Wes Welker, NE/8 Had 14 games of six receptions or more in 2008 all (and without Tom Brady)
39 39 0 RB21 Marshawn Lynch, BUF/9 Was 10th in the NFL in touches last year with 297.
40 38 -2 QB4 Kurt Warner, ARI/4 Had 30 TD passes in 2008. All but one of them were caught by WRs.

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Rank ADP Diff Pos Player Comments
41 42 1 RB22 Thomas Jones, NYJ/9 Finished as the 5th best RB in 2008, but age is an issue.
42 43 1 TE1 Jason Witten, DAL/6 Has averaged 131 targets over the last two seasons.
43 52 9 WR16 Braylon Edwards, CLE/9 Off year produced just 55 catches and 3 TDs. Looking to rebound.
44 54 10 TE2 Antonio Gates, SD/5 Down year and he still was the 4th best TE in 2008.
45 47 2 RB23 Darren McFadden, OAK/9 Managed 164 rushing yards against KC, but spent most of the year hobbled.
46 36 -10 QB5 Aaron Rodgers, GB/5 Had the fans saying Brett who? Finished as the #2 fantasy QB
47 53 6 WR17 Antonio Bryant, TB/8 Set career highs in targets, catches, yards and TDs in 2008.
48 45 -3 RB24 Pierre Thomas, NO/5 Finished strong with 737 combined yards and 9 TDs in his last 7 games.
49 58 9 QB6 Donovan McNabb, PHI/4 Set a career high in passing yards with 3,916 to finish as the 7th best QB in 2008.
50 55 5 TE3 Tony Gonzalez, ATL/4 Has finished as a top-3 TE nine times.
51 65 14 WR18 Chad Ochocinco, CIN/8 Has averaged 14.6 yards per catch through his career.
52 57 5 WR19 Eddie Royal, DEN/7 Managed 727 yards receiving in his 8 road games as a rookie.
53 49 -4 RB25 Jonathan Stewart, CAR/4 Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and scored 9 TDs in his 9 home games
54 48 -6 WR20 Santonio Holmes, PIT/8 Was named Super Bowl MVP with his 9 catches, 131 yards and a score.
55 76 21 WR21 Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ/9 Becomes WR1 with Coles moving to the Bengals.
56 56 0 TE4 Dallas Clark, IND/6 Set career highs in targets, catches and yards in 2008.
57 67 10 RB26 Chris Wells, ARI/4 Rookie looking to make impact with the Cardinals.
58 44 -14 WR22 Roy Williams, DAL/6 Has just 26 receptions the last 2 sesons, but is expected to be WR1 for the Cowboys.
59 41 -18 QB7 Philip Rivers, SD/5 Set career highs in attempts, completions, yards, TDs and fantasy points.
60 59 -1 RB27 Willie Parker, PIT/8 Has racked up 5,622 combined yards in 65 games.
61 71 10 WR23 Santana Moss, WAS/8 Started red-hot with 658 yards and 5 TDs in first 8 games before fading
62 69 7 WR24 Hines Ward, PIT/8 Amassed 81 receptions, 1043 yards and 7 TDs at age 32.
63 40 -23 RB28 Joseph Addai, IND/6 Unclear how many carries he will lose to rookie Donald Brown
64 50 -14 WR25 Vincent Jackson, SD/5 Had career bests in targets, receptions, yards and TDs in 2008.
65 46 -19 QB8 Tony Romo, DAL/6 Has thirteen 300-yard passing games in 29 starts the lasttwo years.
66 61 -5 WR26 DeSean Jackson, PHI/4 Debuted with back-to-back 100-yard games as a rookie.
67 77 10 RB29 Cedric Benson, CIN/8 Found his groove with 725 combined yards in his last 8 games
68 64 -4 QB9 Jay Cutler, CHI/5 Switches teams, but inherits Devin Hester for deep routes.
69 79 10 WR27 Laveranues Coles, CIN/8 Will be active in the Bengals passing attack in 2009.
70 84 14 RB30 Donald Brown, IND/6 Challenging Addai for carries with the Colts.
71 78 7 TE5 Kellen Winslow, TB/8 Gets a new situation with the Bucs
72 72 0 WR28 Bernard Berrian, MIN/9 Had career high yards, yards per catch (20.1) and TDs in 2008
73 83 10 QB10 Carson Palmer, CIN/8 Looking to rebound to the 4,000 yard passing levels of 2006 and 2007.
74 74 0 WR29 Anthony Gonzalez, IND/6 Looking for bigger role with departure of Marvin Harrison.
75 63 -12 RB31 Derrick Ward, TB/8 Catapulted 15 carry / 215 yard performance in week 16 to starter with Bucs.
76 70 -6 WR30 Lance Moore, NO/5 Scored 8 TDs in his last 9 games
77 66 -11 WR31 Lee Evans, BUF/9 Averaging 16 yards per catch in his career.
78 80 2 RB32 Jamal Lewis, CLE/9 Has 10,107 rushing yards in just 8 seasons
79 60 -19 QB11 Matt Ryan, ATL/4 Amassed 3,440 passing yards as a rookie
80 75 -5 RB33 LenDale White, TEN/7 Had 15 rushing TDs in spot role for the Titans.
81 90 9 TE6 Owen Daniels, HOU/10 Had career highs in targets, receptions and yards in his 3rd season.
82 82 0 WR32 Donnie Avery, STL/9 Had 163 yard effort against New England in week 8.
83 89 6 WR33 Donald Driver, GB/5 Has had five straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons
84 68 -16 QB12 Matt Schaub, HOU/10 Threw for over 3,000 yards in just 11 games.
85 88 3 TE7 Chris Cooley, WAS/8 Had career highs in targets, receptions and yards, but managed just 1 score.
86 95 9 WR34 Torry Holt, JAC/7 Gets fresh start with Jaguars after huge career in St. Louis
87 87 0 WR35 Michael Crabtree, SF/6 Impressive rookie is expected to start immediately.
88 85 -3 QB13 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT/8 Has impressive 7.9 yards per passing attempt for his career.
89 91 2 RB34 Felix Jones, DAL/6 Looking to rebound from injured season.
90 99 9 TE8 Greg Olsen, CHI/5 Gets giant upgrade with Cutler as the new QB.
91 96 5 WR36 Derrick Mason, BAL/7 Has quietly put up seven 1,000 yard receiving seasons in his last 8 years
92 98 6 WR37 Devin Hester, CHI/5 Continues to improve as a WR. Gets Cutler to play catch with.
93 93 0 WR38 Kevin Walter, HOU/10 Had career highs in yards, TDs and fantasy points in 2008.
94 97 3 WR39 Ted Ginn, MIA/6 Had career highs in targets, receptions, yards and fantasy points.
95 86 -9 WR40 Steve Breaston, ARI/4 Managed 1,000 yards receiving on a team with Fitzgerald and Boldin.
96 121 25 QB14 David Garrard, JAC/7 Set career highs in attempts, completions, yards, and fantasy points.
97 73 -24 RB35 LeRon McClain, BAL/7 Managed 7 TDs in his 8 home games in 2008.
98 109 11 WR41 Chris Chambers, SD/5 Looking to rebound to 2007 level.
99 103 4 QB15 Eli Manning, NYG/10 Has now thrown for 3,000+ yards the last four seasons.
100 94 -6 RB36 Willis McGahee, BAL/7 Involved in RBBC for touches.

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TOP 220 Expert Rankings
Rank ADP Diff Pos Player Rank ADP Diff Pos Player
101 128 27 TE9 Zach Miller, OAK/9 161 192 31 QB26 Marc Bulger, STL/9
102 164 62 WR42 Mark Clayton, BAL/7 162 140 -22 RB49 Justin Fargas, OAK/9
103 105 2 QB16 Matt Hasselbeck, SEA/7 163 181 18 TE17 Anthony Fasano, MIA/6
104 127 23 WR43 Kevin Curtis, PHI/4 164 245 81 WR61 Michael Clayton, TB/8
105 108 3 WR44 Deion Branch, SEA/7 165 178 13 WR62 Devery Henderson, NO/5
106 81 -25 QB17 Matt Cassel, KC/8 166 >250 85 Def11 Carolina Panthers, CAR/4
107 106 -1 RB37 Ray Rice, BAL/7 167 199 32 K2 Nate Kaeding, SD/5
108 104 -4 TE10 John Carlson, SEA/7 168 193 25 QB27 Sage Rosenfels, MIN/9
109 102 -7 RB38 Julius Jones, SEA/7 169 111 -58 RB50 Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG/10
110 135 25 WR45 Steve Smith, NYG/10 170 191 21 WR63 Bryant Johnson, DET/7
111 116 5 QB18 Trent Edwards, BUF/9 171 158 -13 Def12 New York Jets, NYJ/9
112 113 1 TE11 Dustin Keller, NYJ/9 172 >250 79 WR64 Dennis Northcutt, JAC/7
113 133 20 WR46 Domenik Hixon, NYG/10 173 210 37 Def13 Green Bay Packers, GB/5
114 123 9 WR47 Justin Gage, TEN/7 174 166 -8 K3 Rob Bironas, TEN/7
115 100 -15 RB39 Earnest Graham, TB/8 175 242 67 RB51 Kevin Faulk, NE/8
116 153 37 WR48 Muhsin Muhammad, CAR/4 176 159 -17 WR65 Bobby Engram, KC/8
117 119 2 QB19 Kyle Orton, DEN/7 177 190 13 K4 Mason Crosby, GB/5
118 124 6 RB40 Fred Taylor, NE/8 178 227 49 Def14 Miami Dolphins, MIA/6
119 144 25 WR49 Hakeem Nicks, NYG/10 179 213 34 QB28 Kerry Collins, TEN/7
120 134 14 WR50 Patrick Crayton, DAL/6 180 146 -34 RB52 Sammy Morris, NE/8
121 110 -11 Def1 Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT/8 181 162 -19 TE18 Kevin Boss, NYG/10
122 112 -10 RB41 Rashard Mendenhall, PIT/8 182 185 3 WR66 Greg Camarillo, MIA/6
123 138 15 TE12 Jeremy Shockey, NO/5 183 197 14 K5 Jason Elam, ATL/4
124 163 39 WR51 Michael Jenkins, ATL/4 184 232 48 Def15 Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC/7
125 195 70 WR52 Earl Bennett, CHI/5 185 194 9 K6 Nick Folk, DAL/6
126 132 6 Def2 Minnesota Vikings, MIN/9 186 172 -14 QB29 Brady Quinn, CLE/9
127 167 40 QB20 Jake Delhomme, CAR/4 187 189 2 TE19 Vernon Davis, SF/6
128 107 -21 RB42 Leon Washington, NYJ/9 188 237 49 WR67 Keenan Burton, STL/9
129 130 1 TE13 Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN/9 189 160 -29 WR68 Nate Burleson, SEA/7
130 168 38 WR53 Plaxico Burress, FA 190 233 43 K7 Garrett Hartley, NO/5
131 126 -5 Def3 Baltimore Ravens, BAL/7 191 125 -66 RB53 LeSean McCoy, PHI/4
132 114 -18 QB21 Joe Flacco, BAL/7 192 198 6 WR69 Mike Walker, JAC/7
133 118 -15 RB43 Jerious Norwood, ATL/4 193 204 11 K8 David Akers, PHI/4
134 137 3 TE14 Heath Miller, PIT/8 194 >250 57 WR70 Chansi Stuckey, NYJ/9
135 169 34 WR54 Isaac Bruce, SF/6 195 241 46 Def16 Indianapolis Colts, IND/6
136 92 -44 RB44 Darren Sproles, SD/5 196 238 42 K9 Kris Brown, HOU/10
137 147 10 WR55 Nate Washington, TEN/7 197 206 9 QB30 Mark Sanchez, NYJ/9
138 117 -21 RB45 Fred Jackson, BUF/9 198 183 -15 WR71 Joey Galloway, NE/8
139 129 -10 Def4 New York Giants, NYG/10 199 235 36 K10 Neil Rackers, ARI/4
140 156 16 QB22 Jason Campbell, WAS/8 200 203 3 RB54 Edgerrin James, FA
141 184 43 TE15 Bo Scaife, TEN/7 201 176 -25 TE20 Brent Celek, PHI/4
142 202 60 WR56 Antwaan Randle El, WAS/8 202 211 9 K11 Ryan Longwell, MIN/9
143 139 -4 Def5 Philadelphia Eagles, PHI/4 203 >250 48 Def17 Houston Texans, HOU/10
144 115 -29 RB46 Chester Taylor, MIN/9 204 223 19 K12 Adam Vinatieri, IND/6
145 122 -23 TE16 Tony Scheffler, DEN/7 205 234 29 TE21 Todd Heap, BAL/7
146 170 24 Def6 San Diego Chargers, SD/5 206 120 -86 WR72 Percy Harvin, MIN/9
147 149 2 K1 Stephen Gostkowski, NE/8 207 215 8 RB55 Mewelde Moore, PIT/8
148 165 17 QB23 Chad Pennington, MIA/6 208 243 35 QB31 Byron Leftwich, TB/8
149 >250 102 WR57 Chaz Schilens, OAK/9 209 196 -13 RB56 Brandon Jackson, GB/5
150 186 36 WR58 Chris Henry, CIN/8 210 >250 41 TE22 Randy McMichael, STL/9
151 161 10 Def7 Chicago Bears, CHI/5 211 201 -10 WR73 Jordy Nelson, GB/5
152 180 28 QB24 Shaun Hill, SF/6 212 214 2 Def18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB/8
153 154 1 RB47 Ricky Williams, MIA/6 213 224 11 K13 Robbie Gould, CHI/5
154 131 -23 WR59 Jeremy Maclin, PHI/4 214 >250 37 QB32 Daunte Culpepper, DET/7
155 179 24 Def8 New England Patriots, NE/8 215 142 -73 RB57 Jamaal Charles, KC/8
156 148 -8 Def9 Tennessee Titans, TEN/7 216 143 -73 WR74 Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK/9
157 174 17 QB25 JaMarcus Russell, OAK/9 217 244 27 K14 John Kasay, CAR/4
158 101 -57 RB48 Tim Hightower, ARI/4 218 200 -18 QB33 Matthew Stafford, DET/7
159 157 -2 WR60 Miles Austin, DAL/6 219 225 6 TE23 Brandon Pettigrew, DET/7
160 182 22 Def10 Dallas Cowboys, DAL/6 220 >250 31 Def19 Buffalo Bills, BUF/9

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2009 Player

PROJECTIONS
Offense by David Dodds
IDP by John Norton

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ll fantasy football magazines
rank players. We are no excep-
tion. In fact, we have provided
Expert Rankings starting on
page 42. But we also project player stats. We
do this because projections are the lifeblood of
everything we do at Footballguys.com. These
numbers drive our Value Based Drafting
applications like the Draft Dominator.
By the time you are picking up this maga-
zine, we will have likely changed these pro-
jections 40 times.
Look carefully at the detail of the data. We
are projecting completion percentages, yards
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within each team and project accordingly.
We spent over 40 hours doing this set of
offensive projections alone. Why does it take us
that long? Because we make sure our numbers
add up to historical norms for the league. We
also factor in Strength of Schedule differences,
three-year weighted team stat averages, player’s
age, situation, and a host of other variables.

We used the following values
to create fantasy points:
Offense:
Passing TD = 4 points
Rushing TD = 6 points
Receiving TD = 6 points
Passing Yardage = 1 pt. / 20 yards
Rushing Yardage = 1 pt. / 10 yards
Receiving Yardage = 1 pt. / 10 yards
Interceptions = -1 point
IDP Scoring:
Tackles = 1.5 points
Assists = 0.75 points
Sacks = 4 points
Interceptions = 4 points
Passes Defensed = 1.5 points
Fumble Recoveries = 3 points
Forced Fumbles = 3 points
Defensive TDs = 6 points

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PROJECTIONS PASSING STATS RUSHING STATS FANTASY
Quarterbacks CMP ATT YDS TDS INT ATT YDS TDS PTS

1. Drew Brees, NO 380 595 4,373 31 18 22 11 0 325.8
2. Tom Brady, NE 369 565 4,040 30 13 35 70 1 322.0
3. Peyton Manning, Ind 340 541 3,976 28 13 23 28 1 306.6
4. Aaron Rodgers, GB 321 530 3,790 26 15 45 153 2 305.8
5. Donovan McNabb, Phi 338 555 3,774 25 15 42 176 2 303.3
6. Philip Rivers, SD 323 490 3,793 27 13 30 75 1 298.1
7. Kurt Warner, Ari 344 540 3,888 28 16 20 4 0 290.8
8. Tony Romo, Dal 333 525 3,712 23 18 32 96 1 275.2
9. Jay Cutler, Chi 321 530 3,498 23 16 47 162 1 273.1
10. David Garrard, Jac 312 500 3,375 19 14 60 264 2 269.2
11. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit 301 490 3,391 23 17 35 105 2 267.0
12. Matt Schaub, Hou 311 485 3,676 20 18 40 92 1 261.0
13. Matt Ryan, Atl 278 446 3,385 21 15 50 105 1 254.8
14. Carson Palmer, Cin 313 505 3,560 22 15 15 20 0 253.0
15. Matt Hasselbeck, Sea 298 510 3,188 22 14 25 88 1 248.1
16. Matt Cassel, KC 287 515 3,116 20 15 60 198 1 246.6
17. Trent Edwards, Buf 280 450 3,128 20 15 32 106 1 237.9
18. Eli Manning, NYG 279 500 3,125 22 15 20 14 1 236.7
19. Joe Flacco, Bal 280 452 3,074 17 13 55 176 1 232.3
20. Shaun Hill, SF 264 445 3,026 18 16 35 144 1 227.7
21. Jason Campbell, Was 274 465 2,930 16 9 40 200 1 227.5
22. Chad Pennington, Mia 299 470 3,173 18 11 28 48 0 224.4
23. Jake Delhomme, Car 250 436 3,008 19 14 20 28 0 215.2
24. Kyle Orton, Den 262 420 2,881 20 13 25 40 0 215.1
25. Mark Sanchez, NYJ 267 438 2,738 15 14 27 68 1 195.6
26. JaMarcus Russell, Oak 241 420 2,667 14 10 23 94 1 194.8
27. Matthew Stafford, Det 240 435 2,667 16 19 25 50 1 189.3
28. Kerry Collins, Ten 234 410 2,558 15 10 23 37 0 181.6
29. Marc Bulger, StL 246 445 2,715 14 14 20 34 0 181.1
30. Sage Rosenfels, Min 219 365 2,427 15 12 22 70 0 176.4

RECEIVING STATS
Tight Ends REC YDS TDS
FANTASY
PTS
1. Antonio Gates, SD 68 836 8 131.6
2. Jason Witten, Dal 80 936 6 129.6
3. Tony Gonzalez, Atl 73 810 7 123.0
4. Dallas Clark, Ind 72 785 6 114.5
5. Kellen Winslow, TB 66 792 5 109.2
6. Owen Daniels, Hou 66 759 4 99.9
7. Greg Olsen, Chi 60 666 5 96.6
8. Chris Cooley, Was 65 663 5 96.3
9. Zach Miller, Oak 55 644 4 88.4
10. John Carlson, Sea 52 572 5 87.2
11. Dustin Keller, NYJ 54 621 4 86.1
12. Jeremy Shockey, NO 46 529 4 76.9
13. Visanthe Shiancoe, Min 45 513 4 75.3
14. Bo Scaife, Ten 50 505 4 74.5
15. Heath Miller, Pit 45 482 4 72.2
16. Tony Scheffler, Den 38 464 4 70.4
17. Anthony Fasano, Mia 38 460 4 70.0
18. Vernon Davis, SF 34 408 4 65.4
19. Kevin Boss, NYG 36 364 4 60.4
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PROJECTIONS
Running Backs
RUSHING STATS RECEIVING STATS FANTASY
ATT YDS TDS REC YDS TDS PTS
1. Adrian Peterson, Min 325 1,528 13 25 165 1 253.3
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac 240 1,104 12 55 462 2 240.6
3. Michael Turner, Atl 335 1,508 13 8 51 0 233.9
4. Ladainian Tomlinson, SD 275 1,155 12 42 315 2 231.7
5. Steven Jackson, StL 280 1,162 9 48 413 3 229.5
6. Matt Forte, Chi 280 1,106 9 60 432 3 225.8
7. Clinton Portis, Was 315 1,339 10 34 258 1 225.7
8. DeAngelo Williams, Car 260 1,300 12 23 138 1 221.8
9. Steve Slaton, Hou 265 1,179 9 44 321 1 210.0
10. Frank Gore, SF 245 1,054 8 49 407 2 206.0
11. Brian Westbrook, Phi 215 935 7 57 450 4 204.6
12. Chris Johnson, Ten 230 1,081 8 45 324 2 200.5

ICON/SMI
13. Brandon Jacobs, NYG 245 1,139 11 18 117 1 197.6
Adrian Peterson
14. Ronnie Brown, Mia 225 956 9 39 296 1 186.6
15. Marion Barber, Dal 230 966 7 50 350 2 185.6
16. Darren McFadden, Oak 225 990 7 40 320 2 185.0
17. Pierre Thomas, NO 200 910 10 35 277 1 184.7
18. Reggie Bush, NO 145 595 5 75 608 5 180.2
19. Kevin Smith, Det 235 975 8 40 280 1 179.5
20. Ryan Grant, GB 280 1,148 7 21 137 0 170.5
21. Marshawn Lynch, Buf 220 924 7 41 291 1 169.5
22. Thomas Jones, NYJ 220 968 8 28 179 0 162.7
23. Cedric Benson, Cin 240 900 8 23 173 1 161.3
24. Derrick Ward, TB 200 890 5 42 328 1 157.8
25. Larry Johnson, KC 215 914 9 16 110 0 156.4
26. Knowshon Moreno, Den 200 900 7 25 168 1 154.8
27. Chris Wells, Ari 220 869 8 5 33 0 138.2
28. Joseph Addai, Ind 190 732 6 27 211 1 136.2
29. LenDale White, Ten 165 693 10 8 50 0 134.3
30. Jamal Lewis, Cle 220 814 7 12 78 0 131.2

ICON SMI
31. Jonathan Stewart, Car 165 759 8 10 60 0 129.9
32. Willie Parker, Pit 215 871 5 16 112 0 128.3 Michael Turner
33. Julius Jones, Sea 205 882 4 24 161 0 128.2
34. Leon Washington, NYJ 120 588 3 51 383 2 127.1
35. Donald Brown, Ind 160 640 6 23 168 1 122.8
36. Darren Sproles, SD 115 552 3 37 329 2 118.1
37. Chester Taylor, Min 110 462 4 45 356 2 117.8
38. Ray Rice, Bal 160 656 3 35 273 1 116.9
39. Fred Taylor, NE 150 645 6 14 98 0 110.3
40. Ricky Williams, Mia 130 527 4 34 238 1 106.5
41. Earnest Graham, TB 150 623 4 23 170 0 103.3
42. Fred Jackson, Buf 125 525 3 33 251 1 101.6
43. Le'Ron McClain, Bal 115 437 8 15 98 0 101.5
44. Jerious Norwood, Atl 90 473 3 32 262 1 97.5
45. Willis McGahee, Bal 135 527 4 20 140 1 96.7
46. Kevin Faulk, NE 75 368 2 47 357 2 96.5
47. Sammy Morris, NE 110 484 6 15 110 0 95.4
48. Rashard Mendenhall, Pit 125 494 6 12 83 0 93.7
49. Felix Jones, Dal 100 490 4 18 133 1 92.3
ICON SMI

50. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG 115 546 4 11 76 1 92.2 LaDainian Tomlinson

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Wide Receivers
RUSHING STATS RECEIVING STATS FANTASY
ATT YDS TDS REC YDS TDS PTS
1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari 1 5 0 94 1,250 12 197.5
2. Andre Johnson, Hou 2 10 0 98 1,372 9 192.2
3. Randy Moss, NE 2 10 0 79 1,122 13 191.2
4. Calvin Johnson, Det 3 17 0 88 1,294 10 191.0
5. Reggie Wayne, Ind 0 0 0 90 1,260 10 186.0
6. Steve Smith, Car 5 35 0 87 1,279 9 185.4
7. Roddy White, Atl 2 10 0 84 1,252 8 174.2
8. Greg Jennings, GB 0 0 0 78 1,186 9 172.6
9. Marques Colston, NO 0 0 0 80 1,120 10 172.0
10. Dwayne Bowe, KC 0 0 0 90 1,143 8 162.3
11. Anquan Boldin, Ari 8 48 0 86 1,015 9 160.3
12. Terrell Owens, Buf 2 10 0 72 1,015 9 156.5
ICON/SMI

13. Brandon Marshall, Den 2 10 0 83 1,046 8 153.6
Andre Johnson
14. Braylon Edwards, Cle 0 0 0 70 1,022 8 150.2
15. Chad Ochocinco, Cin 0 0 0 80 1,064 7 148.4
16. DeSean Jackson, Phi 10 60 0 74 1,051 6 147.1
17. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea 1 9 0 82 959 8 144.8
18. Wes Welker, NE 2 10 0 93 1,014 7 144.4
19. Donnie Avery, StL 7 56 0 77 1,009 6 142.5
20. Antonio Bryant, TB 3 27 0 72 1,037 6 142.4
21. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ 2 10 0 81 964 7 139.4
22. Santonio Holmes, Pit 2 10 0 65 943 7 137.3
23. Santana Moss, Was 2 10 0 76 996 6 136.6
24. Vincent Jackson, SD 4 28 0 60 900 7 134.8
25. Eddie Royal, Den 7 56 0 77 916 6 133.2
26. Hines Ward, Pit 0 0 0 72 900 7 132.0
27. Roy Williams, Dal 1 6 0 64 870 7 129.6
28. Anthony Gonzalez, Ind 0 0 0 71 930 6 129.0
29. Laveranues Coles, Cin 2 10 0 75 908 6 127.8
30. Torry Holt, Jac 0 0 0 70 847 7 126.7
ICON/SMI

31. Donald Driver, GB 2 6 0 67 878 6 124.4
Randy Moss 32. Lee Evans, Buf 2 12 0 60 870 6 124.2
33. Michael Crabtree, SF 2 12 0 60 786 7 121.8
34. Bernard Berrian, Min 4 26 0 55 825 6 121.1
35. Derrick Mason, Bal 0 0 0 73 905 5 120.5
36. Devin Hester, Chi 5 40 0 57 804 6 120.4
37. Ted Ginn Jr., Mia 5 40 0 59 814 5 115.4
38. Steve Breaston, Ari 2 10 0 67 824 5 113.4
39. Lance Moore, NO 0 0 0 58 737 6 109.7
40. Kevin Walter, Hou 3 15 0 59 779 5 109.4
41. Hakeem Nicks, NYG 1 5 0 58 742 5 104.7
42. Chris Chambers, SD 1 6 0 53 737 5 104.3
43. Muhsin Muhammad, Car 0 0 0 55 743 5 104.3
44. Steve Smith, NYG 0 0 0 63 737 5 103.7
45. Mark Clayton, Bal 6 39 0 49 706 4 98.5
46. Michael Jenkins, Atl 0 0 0 53 726 4 96.6
47. Justin Gage, Ten 0 0 0 50 695 4 93.5
48. Earl Bennett, Chi 0 0 0 50 680 4 92.0
49. Domenik Hixon, NYG 2 12 0 50 660 4 91.2
ICON/SMI

Greg Jennings 50. Plaxico Burress, FA 0 0 0 45 585 5 88.5

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PROJECTIONS
Defensive Backs FANTASY
TCK AST SACK INT FF FR PD TD PTS
1. SS Adrian Wilson, Ari 75 21 3 3 2 2 15 1 192.8
2. FS Eric Weddle, SD 88 21 2 2 2 1 6 1 182.8
3. CB Charles Tillman, Chi 77 12 0 4 1 1 19 1 181.0
4. SS Yeremiah Bell, Mia 89 20 0 1 2 2 10 0 180.7
5. CB Antoine Winfield, Min 80 13 2 3 2 1 13 0 178.3
6. FS Gibril Wilson, Mia 78 18 0 4 2 1 11 1 175.0
7. SS Chris Horton, Was 76 24 1 4 2 1 7 1 174.5
8. SS Troy Polamalu, Pit 61 21 1 6 2 2 14 1 174.3
9. SS Kevin Payne, Chi 77 17 1 3 2 1 10 1 174.3
10. SS Quintin Mikell, Phi 71 25 2 2 2 2 9 1 172.8
11. CB Richard Marshall, Car 76 10 1 3 1 0 19 1 172.0
12. SS Bernard Pollard, KC 82 26 1 1 2 1 6 1 171.5
13. CB Chris Gamble, Car 74 9 0 4 0 0 21 1 171.3

ICON SMI
14. FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, Stl 76 9 0 6 2 1 9 1 170.3
Adrian Wilson
15. SS Antoine Bethea, Ind 70 29 2 3 2 1 7 1 169.3
16. SS Sabby Piscitelli, TB 73 22 1 3 1 1 12 1 169.0
17. SS Michael Lewis, SF 78 23 2 1 2 1 7 0 167.6
18. SS Patrick Chung, NE 78 28 1 1 2 1 5 1 165.5
19. FS Kenny Phillips, NYG 71 17 0 4 2 1 9 1 163.8
20. CB Cedric Griffin, Min 78 10 0 2 2 1 14 0 162.5
21. SS William Moore, Atl 78 21 0 1 2 1 7 0 158.7
22. FS Eugene Wilson, Hou 73 21 0 3 1 1 8 1 158.3
23. CB Corey Graham, Chi 74 13 0 3 0 0 13 1 158.3
24. CB DeAngelo Hall, Was 61 12 1 4 2 0 19 1 158.0
25. FS Kerry Rhodes, NYJ 64 25 1 3 2 2 8 1 157.8
26. SS Louis Delmas, Det 75 33 0 1 2 1 4 0 157.5
27. CB Brandon Flowers, KC 74 11 0 2 2 1 13 1 157.3
28. CB Ronde Barber, TB 64 8 2 3 2 1 14 1 155.0
29. CB Ronald Bartell, Stl 65 4 1 4 1 1 15 1 155.0
30. CB Terrence McGee, Buf 63 7 0 4 1 0 19 1 153.3
31. CB Aqib Talib, TB 58 10 0 6 1 0 17 1 153.0

ICON/SMI
32. CB Quentin Jammer, SD 69 11 0 2 1 1 18 0 152.8
Eric Weddle
33. SS Roman Harper, NO 79 8 0 1 2 1 9 0 151.0
34. CB Rashean Mathis, Jac 59 5 1 5 1 0 17 1 150.8
35. FS Bob Sanders, Ind 65 28 0 2 2 2 6 1 150.5
36. CB Terence Newman, Dal 55 9 0 6 1 1 16 1 149.3
37. SS Chinedum Ndukwe, Cin 62 28 0 3 1 1 9 1 148.5
38. FS Nick Collins, GB 62 14 0 4 2 0 13 1 148.0
39. FS Antrel Rolle, Ari 66 15 0 3 1 1 13 0 147.8
40. CB Leon Hall, Cin 54 13 0 4 1 0 21 1 147.3
41. SS Michael Mitchell, Oak 76 24 0 1 1 0 5 0 146.5
42. CB Brandon McDonald, Cle 59 10 0 4 0 1 17 1 146.5
43. FS Brandon Meriweather, NE 60 18 1 4 1 1 9 1 146.0
44. CB Dunta Robinson, Hou 56 10 0 5 1 1 15 1 146.0
45. CB Brian Williams, Jac 67 6 0 3 2 1 11 1 145.5
46. SS Chris Hope, Ten 67 17 0 3 1 1 9 0 144.8
47. CB Darrelle Revis, NYJ 50 13 1 5 1 1 17 1 144.8
48. CB Cortland Finnegan, Ten 60 13 1 3 1 1 15 0 144.3
49. CB Tracy Porter, NO 65 6 0 3 1 1 16 0 144.0
ICON/SMI

50. FS Erik Coleman, Atl 70 14 0 2 1 1 8 0 143.9
Charles Tillman
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Defensive Linemen FANTASY
TCK AST SACK INT FF FR PD TD PTS
1. DE Trent Cole, Phi 54 19 11 1 4 2 2 1 167.3
2. DE Jared Allen, Min 43 13 17 0 4 2 4 0 166.3
3. DE Mario Williams, Hou 46 12 14 0 4 2 3 1 157.5
4. DE Justin Tuck, NYG 50 13 12 0 2 2 3 1 152.3
5. DE John Abraham, Atl 39 4 15 0 4 1 4 0 144.3
6. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ten 47 19 12 0 2 1 2 0 142.8
7. DE Robert Mathis, Ind 41 13 12 0 4 1 3 0 138.8
8. DE Justin Smith, SF 52 23 8 0 2 1 3 0 138.8
9. DE Aaron Schobel, Buf 44 18 9 0 3 1 5 0 136.2
10. DE Julius Peppers, Car 39 10 12 0 3 1 5 0 135.9
11. DE Adewale Ogunleye, Chi 43 13 9 0 3 1 4 0 128.3
12. OLB Aaron Kampman, GB 49 14 7 0 2 1 4 0 126.8
13. DE Osi Umenyiora, NYG 39 14 9 0 3 2 2 1 126.0
ICON/SMI

Jared Allen 14. DT Albert Haynesworth, Was 42 21 7 0 3 2 2 0 124.8
15. DE Darryl Tapp, Sea 48 11 7 0 3 1 2 0 124.5
16. DE Patrick Kerney, Sea 41 9 10 0 2 2 1 0 123.6
17. NT Shaun Rogers, Cle 52 14 4 0 3 1 4 0 122.5
18. DE Chris Long, Stl 44 10 9 0 3 1 2 0 122.5
19. DE Derrick Burgess, Oak 41 19 9 0 3 0 2 0 121.8
20. DE Antonio Smith, Hou 41 10 9 0 3 2 1 0 121.3
21. DT Kevin Williams, Min 44 14 8 0 2 2 1 0 120.0
22. DE Gaines Adams, TB 38 13 9 0 3 1 2 0 117.8
23. DT Tommy Kelly, Oak 43 24 6 0 2 1 1 0 117.0
24. DE Shaun Ellis, NYJ 42 19 6 0 2 2 1 0 114.8
25. DE Cliff Avril, Det 36 11 9 0 3 1 2 0 113.3
26. DE Charles Grant, NO 44 15 6 0 1 2 2 0 113.3
27. DE Will Smith, NO 42 17 7 0 2 0 2 0 112.8
28. DE Richard Seymour, NE 37 20 7 0 2 1 2 0 110.5
29. DT Jason Jones, Ten 42 10 7 0 2 1 2 0 110.5
30. DE Darnell Dockett, Ari 42 10 6 0 3 1 2 0 109.5
31. DE Trevor Scott, Oak 37 14 8 0 2 1 1 0 108.5
ICON/SMI

Mario Williams 32. DE Aaron Smith, Pit 42 17 6 0 1 1 1 0 107.3
33. DE Dewayne White, Det 35 12 8 0 2 1 2 0 105.5
34. DE Darren Howard, Phi 31 9 9 0 3 1 1 0 104.6
35. DE Alex Brown, Chi 41 9 7 0 1 1 2 0 103.3
36. DE Andre Carter, Was 36 13 8 0 1 1 1 0 103.3
37. DE Antwan Odom, Cin 36 16 7 0 2 1 0 0 103.0
38. NT Jay Ratliff, Dal 34 20 6 0 2 1 2 0 102.0
39. NT Kelly Gregg, Bal 43 14 4 0 1 1 3 0 101.5
40. DT Kyle Williams, Buf 41 18 4 0 1 1 1 0 98.5
41. DE Marques Douglas, NYJ 38 17 4 0 2 1 2 0 97.8
42. DE Ray Edwards, Min 38 12 6 0 1 1 1 0 97.5
43. DE Derrick Harvey, Jac 31 6 9 0 2 1 2 0 97.0
44. DT Tony Brown, Ten 39 13 5 0 1 1 1 0 95.8
45. DT Tommie Harris, Chi 35 6 7 0 2 1 2 0 95.0
46. DE Mathias Kiwanuka, NYG 30 13 7 0 2 1 2 0 94.8
47. NT Kris Jenkins, NYJ 39 16 4 0 2 0 1 0 94.0
48. DE Greg White, TB 33 10 7 0 2 0 1 0 92.5
49. NT Jamal Williams, SD 42 14 3 0 0 2 0 0 91.5
ICON/SMI

50. NT B.J. Raji, GB 39 17 4 0 1 0 2 0 91.3
Justin Tuck
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PROJECTIONS
Linebackers FANTASY
TCK AST SACK INT FF FR PD TD PTS
1. MLB Barrett Ruud, TB 105 39 3 2 2 1 8 1 233.8
2. ILB Karlos Dansby, Ari 93 33 5 2 3 3 11 1 232.8
3. MLB Jon Beason, Car 106 30 0 4 3 1 9 1 226.0
4. ILB Patrick Willis, SF 105 31 2 2 3 1 10 1 224.8
5. MLB Curtis Lofton, Atl 102 39 3 1 2 2 7 1 223.8
6. ILB D.J. Williams, Den 105 48 2 1 2 1 6 0 223.5
7. ILB Ray Lewis, Bal 88 35 4 3 3 2 10 1 220.3
8. OLB James Harrison, Pit 63 32 15 1 5 2 4 1 215.5
9. MLB Kirk Morrison, Oak 101 37 1 2 1 1 7 1 210.8
10. ILB Bradie James, Dal 85 40 7 1 2 2 6 0 210.5
11. MLB Jonathan Vilma, NO 100 36 1 2 2 1 7 0 208.5
12. ILB Lawrence Timmons, Pit 86 46 5 1 1 1 6 1 208.5
13. MLB London Fletcher, Was 94 41 1 2 2 1 8 1 207.8

ICON/SMI
14. MLB E.J. Henderson, Min 93 37 5 1 3 1 4 0 207.3
Barrett Ruud
15. ILB Stephen Cooper, SD 93 32 1 3 2 1 7 1 205.0
16. OLB Demarcus Ware, Dal 63 15 16 0 5 2 4 1 202.8
17. MLB DeMeco Ryans, Hou 92 31 1 2 3 2 7 1 201.8
18. MLB Paul Posluszny, Buf 92 30 1 2 3 1 8 1 200.1
19. ILB D'Qwell Jackson, Cle 88 43 2 2 1 1 7 1 199.8
20. ILB Bart Scott, NYJ 91 37 4 1 2 1 5 0 198.8
21. MLB Stewart Bradley, Phi 93 27 2 1 3 1 7 1 197.9
22. MLB Gary Brackett, Ind 95 38 0 1 2 1 7 1 197.5
23. MLB Lofa Tatupu, Sea 90 28 1 2 2 2 9 1 196.5
24. MLB James Laurinaitis, Stl 97 27 2 1 2 1 5 0 194.3
25. WLB Justin Durant, Jac 93 19 1 2 2 2 8 1 192.8
26. WLB Lance Briggs, Chi 90 18 1 2 2 2 11 1 192.0
27. ILB Jerod Mayo, NE 95 31 1 1 2 2 4 0 191.8
28. ILB David Harris, NYJ 88 36 2 1 2 2 4 0 189.0
29. ILB Nick Barnett, GB 92 32 2 0 1 1 6 0 186.8
30. WLB Thomas Davis, Car 90 23 3 1 1 1 7 0 186.6
31. MLB Brian Urlacher, Chi 85 20 1 2 1 2 12 1 184.5

ICON/SMI
32. ILB Derrick Johnson, KC 87 28 2 1 2 1 7 1 184.0
Patrick Willis
33. MLB Rey Maualuga, Cin 82 48 1 1 2 1 3 1 183.5
34. OLB Will Witherspoon, Stl 84 20 4 1 2 1 7 1 183.5
35. ILB James Farrior, Pit 80 42 3 1 1 1 6 0 182.5
36. SLB Chad Greenway, Min 80 24 6 1 2 1 5 0 180.5
37. OLB Shawne Merriman, SD 55 18 14 1 3 1 5 1 179.5
38. WLB Keith Rivers, Cin 80 40 1 1 2 1 5 1 177.5
39. ILB Channing Crowder, Mia 90 25 1 1 1 1 6 0 177.4
40. WLB Keith Bulluck, Ten 82 26 1 2 2 2 7 0 177.0
41. WLB Clint Session, Ind 92 32 0 0 2 1 4 0 177.0
42. WLB Ernie Sims, Det 85 43 1 0 1 1 3 0 174.3
43. ILB A.J. Hawk, GB 85 34 3 0 1 0 4 0 173.8
44. WLB Thomas Howard, Oak 81 19 1 3 1 1 8 1 172.8
45. ILB Gerald Hayes, Ari 78 28 3 0 2 2 7 0 172.5
46. MLB Antonio Pierce, NYG 81 28 1 1 1 1 7 1 170.0
47. WLB Mike Peterson, Atl 82 29 1 1 1 1 6 0 169.6
48. MLB Larry Foote, Det 82 38 0 0 1 1 4 0 163.5
49. ILB Kevin Burnett, SD 80 29 1 1 1 0 6 0 163.0
ICON/SMI

50. ILB Keith Brooking, Dal 77 36 2 0 1 1 4 0 162.5
Ray Lewis
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Principles of

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VBD By Joe Bryant and David Dodds

ant to dominate your league? Then dominate your
draft. This article will show you how to do this with
the draft system that serious fantasy owners across
the country use.
or a WR posting seven TDs / 1,100 yards. Now you’ll know.

The Principle: The value of a player is determined not by the
number of points he scores, but by how much he outscores his
It’s called Value Based Drafting or VBD. Why listen to us peers at his particular position.
about it? Because we are the guys that started it. We introduced
Value Based Drafting to the fantasy football world back in 1996 Think about it like this. We are NOT trying to assemble a
when players like Keyshawn Johnson, Eddie George and Marvin group of the highest scoring players with no regard to position.
Harrison had yet to play an NFL down. And for the last thirteen If that were the case, the best team would be full of quarterbacks
years, we’ve never stopped improving it. and kickers. We are bound by our starting lineups as to the posi-
Today, it’s the hot ticket among hardcore owners for one tions we must fill. Our team, consisting of a specified number
simple reason: It works. of players from the specified positions will compete against the
The system revolves around making detailed statistical projec- other teams consisting of the same number of players from the
tions for every draftable player. It also involves a fair amount of same positions. Think of it in terms of individual matchups pit-
data manipulation. That’s if you want to do all the forecasting ting your team against another team, position by position.
and number crunching yourself. The good news is that you can Here’s an example. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say your
click over to our website and we’ll do all the work for you. starting roster is 1 quarterback, 1 running back, 1 wide receiver
More on that later. and 1 place kicker. In a one game matchup against your buddy,
The Problem: Here’s the trouble with valuing players. It’s your quarterback outscores his quarterback 35 to 33 (+2 points).
relatively easy to make a list of the quarterbacks and rank them You’re up 2. Your running back is outscored by his running back
from 1-40. Same thing with running backs and wide receivers. 7 to 12 (-5 points). Now you’re down by 3. Your wide receiver
Carson Palmer ranks ahead of David Garrard. Matt Forte is outscores his wide receiver 20 to 5 (+15 points). Now you’re
higher than Marion Barber. And Marques Colston squeaks past back up by 12. Your kicker outscores his kicker 22 to 21 (+1
Dwayne Bowe. These aren’t that hard. point) This puts you up 13. You win the matchup 84 to 71.
When it’s your pick in the draft, it’s not tough to say Matt
Forte has a higher value than Marion Barber. But that’s not the Your Team His Team Points Advantage Cumulative Total
only valuation you’re forced to make. The real world scenario is Your QB 35 pts His QB 33 pts +2 for you +2
that at some point in your draft, you’re forced to draft one player Your RB 7 pts His RB 12 pts -5 for you -3
among the following: Your WR 20 pts His WR 5 pts +15 for you +12
• Solid quarterbacks in the Aaron Rodgers / Donovan Your PK 22 pts His PK 21 pts +1 for you +13
McNabb range. Total Pts = 84 (Your Team); Total Pts = 71 (His Team)
• Decent running backs in the Thomas Jones / Darren McFad-
den / Pierre Thomas class. Listen up now. The point differences at each position, when
• Quality wide receivers in the Braylon Edwards / Antonio totaled, will determine the winner. In this case it was a total
Bryant / Chad Johnson neighborhood. team difference of 13 points. Simple, right?
• Elite tight ends in the Jason Witten / Antonio Gates zone. Now here’s the important question. Let’s say you and the
That’s a little tougher situation than deciding if Aaron Rodg- owner above are going to throw all 8 players back into the pool,
ers is better than Donovan McNabb. have a draft, fill your 4 man roster and play a 1 game season.
But if you want to dominate your league, it’s a situation you’d For the sake of argument, these are the only 8 players available
better be ready for. to draft ( 2 quarterbacks, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers and
With our VBD System you’ll be able to finally place a tan- 2 place kickers ) and you already know they’re going to post the
gible value on these players that makes sense to you. Always points I’ve stated. You must draft 1 quarterback, 1 running back,
before, you didn’t really know if a QB throwing 22 TDs / 3,000 1 wide receiver, and 1 place kicker. Who would you draft first?
yards is more valuable than a RB scoring nine TDs / 1,000 yards It’s an absolute no brainer. The wide receiver who scores

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20 points MUST be the No. 1 draft pick. The 20-point wide score more TDs than Willie Parker. Most folks think Carson
receiver is by far the most valuable player even though he scored Palmer will throw more touchdowns than Matt Ryan (although
less points than both quarterbacks and both kickers. Why? Be- it might be closer than you think). Everyone expects Jason Elam
cause he gives you a 15-point advantage at wide receiver while to boot some 50+ yard field goals. Those things we know. What
the better quarterback only gives a 2-point advantage, the better you must do with your projections is get a handle on exactly
kicker gives a 1-point advantage and the better running back how many more touchdowns you expect an Adrian Peterson to
gives a 5-point advantage. The wide receiver’s 20 points were post than will a Ronnie Brown. It’s not enough to say “he’s bet-
much more valuable than the quarterback’s 35 points and the ter”. You must decide how much better.
kicker’s 22 points because of how the player relates to his peers. This becomes critical later because in a real draft, you’re not
It’s like tic-tac-toe. The season is over once the wide receiver is comparing Ray Rice to Julius Jones only. You’re comparing Rice
taken. If it doesn’t make sense, actually do the draft and see it to Domenik Hixon, Kevin Curtis and Dustin Keller perhaps. But
yourself. Do not keep reading unless this is crystal clear to you. to see how Rice compares to them, you must understand exactly
When you think about it, this is something you’re probably how he compares to Jones and the other running backs first.
already doing at some level already. For example, it’s generally You’ll see why in a moment.
accepted that owners wait until the later rounds to draft a kicker. Again, we’ve done all this for you in our VBD and Draft
Why? It’s certainly not because they don’t score enough points. Dominator applications if you’d like to skip over this time con-
They often lead the league in scoring. The reason that most suming step. Both of these applications allow the user to change
kickers are drafted late is that they have low value. any or all of the stat projections it comes loaded with.
Kickers earn a low value because there are just so many good
ones available. They’re a “dime a dozen” as they say. On the 2. PROJECTING FANTASY POINTS
other hand, someone like Adrian Peterson has few peers. Run- OK, stats are projected, now what? Easy. Now you must run
ning backs who can post his type of numbers are considerably these raw stats through your scoring system and come up with
more “rare”. Therefore, his value goes up. a projected number of fantasy points you expect each player to
With us this far? I’ll assume we’re on the same page as to how produce.
value is determined. Now we’re faced with the task of building a In other words, let’s say you play in a league where quar-
draft list based upon those principles. terbacks earn 4 points for passing touchdowns and 1 point for
every 30 yards passing. If you have Tom Brady projected for
The Solution: In seven easy steps, is the following: 40 TDs and 4,000 yards, Brady would project out to score 293
1. Project stats for each player you think will be drafted in your league. fantasy points (40 TDs x 4 = 160) + (4,000 yards / 30 = 133)
2. Determine projected fantasy points based on your scoring system. = 293 Projected Fantasy points. Do this for every player. Rank
3. Determine your baseline and X numbers. each player BY POSITION from highest to lowest number of
4. Sort your list by X numbers overall and by position. projected fantasy points. For right now, keep them separated by
5. Determine the average draft position of each player. position.
6. During the draft, multiply X numbers by need factor. One thing you’ll notice is that hype often doesn’t equate to
7. During the draft, know when to deviate from VBD philosophy. fantasy points. And fantasy points are what wins championships.
Each one of these steps could easily merit its own article but You’ll often see low profile guys like WR Antonio Bryant who
for now, here’s the summary version for each step. with his 83 receptions, 1,248 receiving yards and seven touch-
downs last season, really bring some value. On the flip side, you
may be surprised to see big names like Terrell Owens and Randy
1. PROJECTING STATS Moss produce similar numbers, but with a lot more attention
The hardest part is the first part. In order for the Value System and hype.
to work, it requires a firm set of projected stats for every player
in your draft pool. Don’t give us grumbling about how unpre- 3. DETERMINING YOUR BASELINE
dictable football players are or the whining that usually follows AND X NUMBERS
player projection discussion. If you’re going to dominate this The next step is determining your “Baseline”. What you’re
draft (that IS your goal, isn’t it?), it’s absolutely essential that looking for in the baseline is a player (or number) that you’ll
you have all the pertinent stats for your league projected for ev- compare all the players at that position against. Think back to
ery player for the entire season. Project these numbers for every the example in the beginning using the eight players in a draft.
player that you expect to be drafted, not just starters. This is where the “peer pressure” comes into play. Remember
We always smile when we hear the number one complaint the goal is to distance yourself ahead of the competition. And
against the VBD system --”It’s too haaaaard to make projec- you do that by selecting players who outscore their peers, not
tions”. First off, if that’s their biggest complaint, we are in pretty necessarily the players who score a ton of points as you fill a
good shape. Secondly, we always counter with, “That’s fine roster with a specified number of players at specified positions.
then. What EXACTLY do you use then to rank your players?” So what we need is a way to measure each player against his
“Uniform style? Alma Mater? Footwear choice?” Seriously, if peers. We do that by setting a “baseline” player to serve as a
you’re not going to rank a player by how you expect them to measuring point. Each position player will be either better or
produce fantasy points, you probably are going to be in for a worse than this position’s baseline player.
long season. There are many ways to establish a baseline and the following
It’s not really that much work though. You’re probably doing are the most popular methods:
these projections already, just not this specifically and prob- • Average starter
ably not formally. Everyone thinks that DeAngelo Williams will • Worst starter

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DONOVAN MCNABB vs. BRAYLON EDWARDS

But like most popular things, neither of these choices is the 15 quarterbacks, 36 running backs, 38 wide receivers, 8 tight
ideal baseline. After years of experimenting, we have found that ends, 2 defenses and 1 place kicker.
the best baseline is based on the number of players that will be These represent our baseline players for each position.
taken at a given point in a draft. We personally use 100 players Here’s how to get the X number. Simply compare the fantasy
as this basis, but you can play around with other points if you points each player will score to the corresponding baseline
like. After nine years, we’ve settled on using 100 players for player. In our example, let’s assume that our 15th quarterback
most leagues. A rather complex formula has been developed will score 138 fantasy points. His X number by definition is 0.
to estimate how many players by position will be taken at the All players above him will have a positive X number based on
100th pick of the draft, but suffice it to say it is based on scoring the difference in fantasy points of that player and the baseline
criteria, number of teams, number of required starters, number player. Assume Aaron Rodgers projects to 200 fantasy points.
of rounds of the draft and number of flex positions. His X number will be 62 (200-138).
There are three easy ways to calculate the number by position In essence, that X number tells you how that player stacks up
that will be selected based on all of these factors. against the other players at his position. It tells you how about
1. Look at last year’s draft and count the positions. the “peer pressure” that player sees. This is the number that
2. Compare to a mock draft / average draft list with similar determines value.
league structure
3. Let the VBD App calculate this for you.
Using our baseline, we need to value each player. As stated, 4. SORTING YOUR X NUMBERS
we do that by measuring how much better or worse we expect Up to this point, we have just lists of players at each position.
that player to perform when measured against the baseline Pretty much the standard fare “cheatsheets” you see every-
player at his position. Keep in mind, at this point we’re still talk- where. But as we said earlier, there’s a problem with position
ing about keeping all the positions in their own lists. We only lists: If your league is like our leagues, we don’t conduct our
care right now about how one quarterback compares to another draft by saying, “OK Guys, now we’re going to draft all the
quarterback. quarterbacks. And when we’re done with that, we’ll draft all the
In our sample league consisting of 18 rounds, 12 teams with running backs…” Doesn’t work that way does it? You need to
the following starters (1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide know how all the different players are valued not just among
receivers, 1 tight end, 1 place kicker and 1 defense), our pro- their position peers but among each other. We do that by sorting
gram tells us approximately the following positions (on average) the X numbers.
will be taken in the first 100 picks: It’s a very simple matter of throwing all the players (and their
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X numbers) in one heap and ranking by the X number. What Have Start 1 Start 2 Start 3 Start 4 Start 5+
you’ll see will likely surprise you. Depending on your league, 0 of a position 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
don’t be shocked to see some players sort out much higher than 1 of a position 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
“conventional wisdom” says. 2 of a position 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.0
You’ll most likely find that your kickers all have fairly low X 3 of a position 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.0
numbers and are usually bunched tightly. This reinforces what 4 of a position 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0
you already know. Even though they may score a lot of points,
they’re all just about the same and you can afford to wait and So as an example, if you have a quarterback already and you
snag a good one later. start only 1, then the need factor is 0.8 for your next QB. Multi-
And there you have it. All the players are ranked by their X plying this need factor by the X number will yield the relative X
number which means they’re ranked by their value. A key point value for that player for your fantasy team.
is to understand what the list is telling you. It’s ranking the This is a major distinction from previous written works
players by their value, or where they deserve to be drafted. This regarding Value Based Drafting. It attempts to translate math-
is not necessarily the order in which you should draft them (see ematically what we have all done in drafts. You aren’t going to
items 6-8 below). keep drafting quarterbacks if you can only play 1 each week.
Additional quarterbacks represent value still (for trades, etc), but
5. DETERMINE THE AVERAGE DRAFT for your particular team it is reduced (based on the table above).
POSITION OF ALL THE PLAYERS Most serious VBD owners have always done this intuitively but
Up to now, everything is based on your value. And this is now we’re putting the math behind it.
good, because you want to draft a team that you solidly believe
will perform. But to ignore all the opinions of the rest of the 15 7. KNOW WHEN TO DEVIATE
million people that play fantasy football could have you over- FROM VBD PRINCIPLES
paying for a few players if you are not careful. One of the biggest misconceptions with Value-Based princi-
Remember the goal is to maximize value with every single ples is that you should use them for the entire draft. This simply
pick. isn’t true. Sure you would like to get value throughout your
An excellent source for average draft value is draft, but after approximately half of your roster is filled, you
fantasyfootballcalculator.com. will generally end up with your best team by using your position
They compile many mock drafts by date and allow you to lists to address your unique needs. Always look at the best avail-
customize a list based on a few variables. Myfantasyleague.com able player by position, but also make sure that person fills bye
also produces lists based on actual league drafts using their soft- week needs, etc for your roster.
ware. If this sounds like too much work, do not fret - our VBD This includes (but is not limited to) the following not based
App contains all of this data based on the number of teams and on X Value:
how you score the tight end position. • Covering bye weeks
The reason this data is important is it can provide the right • Handcuffing the backup to a key player on your roster
clues when a player might get selected. If Jerricho Cotchery • Looking for favorable match ups for certain tough weeks
projects to number 60 on your overall list (as sorted by absolute For these reasons, we believe the perfect draft will often
X numbers), but is being drafted at pick 75 on average, you abandon strict VBD drafting after all baselines have been passed
would be smart to wait on him with your sixth pick. If the aver- (this is generally around pick 120 or so). What exactly does this
age draft info also tells you Anthony Gonzalez and Laveranues mean? It just means that later in the draft, you’ll likely draft
Coles (who you rate as very similar to Jerricho Cotchery) are from your positional lists and not from your overall list.
also expected to go around pick 75, you may be able to use this In Summary, if you only remember three things, make it these three:
to your advantage and squeeze out additional value by watching 1. The object of the game is not to score a ton of points, but to
when they get drafted. outscore your opponent. You must fill a roster with a specified
Remember your absolute X numbers represent worth to you. number of players at specified positions. The surest way to out-
But if you draft everyone at worth, your draft will be average. score your opponent is to build a team of players that outscore
The goal is to squeeze value with every single pick. And that is their peers. The players who most distance themselves from the
done by keeping a pulse on what an average draft is likely to do. other players at their respective positions are therefore the most
valuable. Remember the eight-player draft example where you
6. MULTIPLY X VALUES BY NEED FACTOR can’t lose after drafting the 20-point wide receiver.
TO DETERMINE RELATIVE VALUE 2. Factors such as the specific number of teams, starting
With your first round pick, absolute need and relative need lineup requirements, frozen players, and scoring system for your
are the same. You need all positions equally. But as the draft league dramatically affect the values of each player. These fac-
continues, this is not the case. If you start two running backs tors can cause the same player in two different leagues to have
and you have taken a running back with your first three picks, dramatically different values.
it stands to reason that your immediate need is likely not at run- 3. If this seems like a lot of work (and it is) we will do all of
ning back. You’ll likely want to veer from your VBD list if it’s the math for you at Footballguys.com
showing your next pick should be a running back. Think about these principles. Play around with them and see
Again for simplicity, we are going to give a formula that how they work for you. Once you understand the concepts be-
should work for most leagues. To determine the need factor of a hind the Value Based Draft System, you’ll be well on your way
position at any time in the draft, use the following table: to dominating your league.
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Player Receiving 12 Votes Moreno is supremely talented and has
landed in about the best situation possible.
QB David Garrard, Jac Despite all their troubles at the RB position
last year (they finished the season with seven
ADP - 11.01 / QB20 / #121 Overall RBs on injured reserve), the Broncos aver-
Selected by Bloom, Brown, Dodds, Gray, Henry, aged 4.8 yards per rush in 2008 – third best
Hicks, Levin, Magaw, Rudnicki, Tefertiller, Tremblay, in the league. Knowshon Moreno will take
and Waldman over as the featured RB in Denver and will
Dodds - Last year, while running for his be a fantasy gem right off the bat.
life behind an injury-riddled offensive line,
Garrard still managed numbers which equat- Players Receiving 6 Votes
ed to the 11th best QB. At QB20, Garrard
represents all upside. The Jaguars reloaded RB Larry Johnson, KC
on the offensive line taking offensive tackles
Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton with their ADP - 5.03 / RB25 / #51 Overall
first two selections. The team also reloaded Selected by Baker, Brown, Grant, Gray, Waldman,
at wide receiver bringing in veteran seven- and Wimer
time Pro Bowler Torry Holt and drafting Grant - Johnson has been banged up the
speedy/smaller options in Mike Thomas and last two seasons, and it has caused fantasy
Jarrett Dillard. With RB Fred Taylor mov- owners to lose faith in him. People overlook
ing on, we also should see a shift from the the fact that his PPG has been a lot better
run-first strategy deployed the last few years. than you’d expect from a fifth-round pick.
Also working in Garrard’s favor in 2009 is a Will he make it 16 games this season? It’s
soft schedule that includes these below aver- hard to say. Even if he misses 25 percent
age defenses (Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, of the season, Johnson’s PPG will justify a
San Francisco, Miami and Cleveland). higher draft position than 51st overall. Grab
Johnson and make sure that he’s covered by
Player Receiving 8 Votes other RBs and enjoy the starter quality PPG
ICON SMI

Lary Johnson while he’s healthy.
QB Carson Palmer, Cin
QB Donovan McNabb, Phi

A
fantasy draft is all about
obtaining the most value with ADP - 7.11 / QB13 / #83 Overall
Selected by Baker, Bloom, Borbely, Dowling, Grant, ADP - 5.1 / QB8 / #58 Overall
each selection. There is value Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Henry, Hicks, Wimer,
available throughout a draft, and grabbing Haseley, Magaw, and Waldman
Waldman - Tom Brady is the most popu- and Wood
it is one of the most important keys to a Wimer - Donovan McNabb enjoyed a
lar rebound QB this year, but the best bar-
successful fantasy team. In an attempt to renaissance season last year, and he enters
gain will be Palmer, who told the media in
point out this value, we asked our staff 2009 happy, healthy, and with a reloaded
March that his elbow is 100 percent and took
to look through the Top 150 players and roster of pass receivers. The Eagles’ offense
steps to prove it on the practice field. From
identify players that should outperform 2005-2007 he was ranked No. 1, No. 6, and is pass-happy as Andy Reid has plenty of tar-
their draft position. For each player No. 9 among his fantasy brethren. The team gets for McNabb to utilize. Plus, Philadelphia
chosen by at least two writers, we list their will be cautious with Palmer’s elbow during boasts the premier dual-threat RB in the
Average Draft Position (ADP) in a 12- the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco’s return league in Brian Westbrook. McNabb figures
team league, their rank at their position to health, the addition of versatile running to be among the Top 5 at his position by sea-
and their overall rank. For each player mates Laveranues Coles, TE Chase Coffman, sons’ end – he’s a bargain at QB #8.
listed, we asked a writer to offer reasoning and FB Brian Leonard should help the
as to why value was present. Bengals return to a higher level of productiv- WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin
ity in 2009.
The following writers contributed to ADP - 6.05 / WR23 / #65 Overall
this feature: Dave Baker, Sigmund Player Receiving 7 Votes Selected by Borbely, Dodds, Dowling, Grant, Levin,
Bloom, Anthony Borbely, Michael and Waldman
Brown, David Dodds, Colin Dowling, RB Knowshon Moreno, Den Levin - Regardless of whether the Bengals
Will Grant, Clayton Gray, Jeff Haseley, improve or decline as a team, one thing is
Bob Henry, Andy Hicks, Marc Levin, ADP - 6.02 / RB27 / #62 Overall clear – Carson Palmer will be throwing a
Bob Magaw, Jeff Pasquino, Aaron Selected by Haseley, Henry, Hicks, Pasquino, significantly greater number of passes to
Rudnicki, Jeff Tefertiller, Maurile Tefertiller, Tremblay, and Wimer Chad Ochocinco in 2009 than last year. The
Tremblay, Matt Waldman, Mark Wimer, Tremblay - Talented rookie RBs can loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, replaced by
Jason Wood, and David Yudkin. often be productive in the NFL right away. Laveranues Coles, means Ochocinco is vir-

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tually assured of a return to the 150+ targets TE Jeremy Shockey, NO fantasy numbers of his entire career. But
he received from 2003-2007. Ochocinco fin- I think everything boiled down to a Rams
ished no lower than WR9 and had three Top ADP - 12.06 / TE15 / #138 Overall squad that was just pitiful. Now he moves to
5 finishes over that time period. That’s nice Selected by Borbely, Gray, Henry, Pasquino, a better offense in Jacksonville, a fresh start,
upside potential for the WR24. Rudnicki, and Wimer and a receiving target that the Jaguars have
Borbely - Shockey was traded to the been seeking for a long time. I believe Holt
WR Donnie Avery, StL Saints just before training camp last year quenches their thirst for an elite wideout and
and never seemed to have any chemistry with this will mean a resurgence to excellence for
ADP - 7.1 / WR32 / #82 Overall Drew Brees. It also did not help that Shockey Holt in 2009.
Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Gray, Hicks, Wood, and battled injuries for most of the season. When
Yudkin healthy, Shockey is an elite TE and a full TE Dustin Keller, NYJ
Wood - Many were surprised when the offseason and training camp with the Saints
Rams made Avery the first rookie off the should help Brees and Shockey get more ADP - 10.05 / TE10 / #113 Overall
draft board last April, yet they were justly acclimated to each other. Shockey is capable Selected by Bloom, Brown, Hicks, Pasquino, and
rewarded as he stepped into a starting role. of mid TE1 numbers and with him being Wood
The Rams were so impressed with his pro- drafted as TE15; it represents great value Hicks - With only the running backs and
gression, they released long-time star Torry with minimal risk. Jerricho Cotchery around to provide any
Holt. Avery is the clear cut WR1 and should pass catching experience, second-year man
push for 70 catches and 1,000 yards this Players Receiving 5 Votes Dustin Keller will be called upon to plug
year provided the rebuilt Rams line can keep any gaps in the passing game and provide
Mark Bulger healthy. WR Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ the security blanket that rookie QB Mark
Sanchez requires. Keller caught 48 balls
TE Greg Olsen, Chi ADP - 7.04 / WR30 / #76 Overall in his debut season and generally won
Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Grant, Henry, and Hicks rave reviews for his play. Expectations will
ADP - 9.03 / TE8 / #99 Overall Dodds - Laveranues Coles is now with be high in 2009, but Keller is more than
Selected by Dodds, Gray, Magaw, Rudnicki, the Bengals leaving Jerricho Cotchery as the capable of moving into the upper echelons of
Tefertiller, and Waldman best WR on the Jets by a wide margin. Even fantasy tight ends.
Gray - While it can be a bit worrisome with Coles on the team, Cotchery managed
to draft a tight end that is breaking in a new to finish as the 23rd, 25th and 30th best Players Receiving 4 Votes
quarterback, there are few concerns sur- WR the last three years. So at an ADP of
rounding the Jay Cutler / Greg Olsen combo. WR30, it appears the fantasy community is RB LaDainian Tomlinson, SD
Olsen is used to catching passes and appears discounting the departure of Coles in a big
to be growing into his role as a starting way. Coles accounted for 356 targets, 216 ADP - 2.03 / RB11 / #15 Overall
tight end. He finished 22nd and ninth in his receptions, 2,594 yards and 19 TDs these Selected by Baker, Brown, Dodds, and Tremblay
two seasons as a pro despite having to play last three years. If Cotchery even sees a 20 Tremblay - A lot went wrong for
catch with the likes of Brian Griese, Rex percent increase in fantasy production, he Tomlinson last season, but he still finished
Grossman, and Kyle Orton. Now, he gets would vault to the 18th-19th best WR. This is as the #7 fantasy RB (FBG scoring). He
a huge upgrade in Cutler (who is used to the one no-risk pick you should be making in suffered through a painful toe injury that pre-
throwing to Top 10 TEs), and the consensus your fantasy leagues this year. vented him from cutting off his left foot dur-
bumps Olsen up only one spot from his 2008 ing the first half of the season. That limited
finish. You’re looking at Top 3 potential here, WR Donald Driver, GB his workload – for the first time in his career
and that is great value. he had fewer than 300 carries. Improved
ADP - 8.05 / WR35 / #89 Overall health in 2009 should put him back in the
QB Matt Hasselbeck, Sea Selected by Grant, Pasquino, Tefertiller, Wimer, and top five at his position.
Yudkin
ADP - 9.09 / QB16 / #105 Overall Yudkin - Driver seems to get drafted RB Clinton Portis, Was
Selected by Baker, Dodds, Levin, Magaw, Pasquino, later and later each year, with many people
and Yudkin predicting a big drop-off from the season ADP - 2.05 / RB13 / #17 Overall
Magaw - Sometimes the fantasy football before. He’s had five consecutive 1,000-yard Selected by Dodds, Hicks, Levin, and Yudkin
collective memory doesn’t extend back much seasons and still sees a ton of targets. The Levin - Portis is an elite fantasy back, he
further than the previous season. In his last trend has been for people to forgo the tried is the centerpiece of the Redskins’ offense, he
three complete 16 game seasons, Hasselbeck and true for the up and comer at receiver on has the credentials of multiple Top 10 finish-
ranked sixth in 2007 and fourth in 2005 and draft day, but you know what you get with a es, and he is still in his prime as an athlete.
2003. T.J. Houshmandzadeh was added to a savvy veteran. Steal this RB1/potential Top 5 RB from the
WR corps decimated by injury last season, RB13 spot and do not look back.
and Nate Burleson and Deion Branch are WR Torry Holt, Jac
healthy again. Second year TE John Carlson RB Pierre Thomas, NO
is an emerging player at his position. While ADP - 8.11 / WR37 / #95 Overall
not exactly young (turns 34 in September), Selected by Baker, Hicks, Magaw, Rudnicki, and ADP - 4.09 / RB22 / #45 Overall
Hasselbeck is hardly a geezer in QB years. Wood Selected by Hicks, Magaw, Pasquino, and Wood
Playing six games in the typically defense- Baker - Sure, Torry Holt will be 33 years Magaw - While Thomas may not be as
challenged NFC West is a bonus. old when the 2009 season begins, and his versatile a weapon as his far more high
numbers last year (64/796/3) were the worst profile teammate Reggie Bush, he is indis-

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putably the most gifted pure RUSHER on the QB Trent Edwards, Buf than his 2008 tally of 14 carries per game.
roster. In the last six regular season games, Miami is a run-heavy offense, Brown is in
he rattled off 475 yards and six TDs rush- ADP - 10.08 / QB18 / #116 Overall the final year of his contract, and in the six
ing (chipping in 200+ yards and three TDs Selected by Gray, Pasquino, Waldman, and Wood games before his ACL tear in 2007, he was
receiving). Prorated over 16 games = com- Gray - Trent Edwards must have stolen the leading fantasy RB. Of backs that have at
bined 1,800 yards and 24 TDs. While highly lunch money from some of my colleagues least one 370-carry season, their first one is
unlikely to approach those lofty proration- because this is borderline ridiculous. The (on average) in their fifth season. This is Year
fuelled numbers, he is the top rushing option guy played in only 14 games last season, 5 for Brown. Coincidence? Probably, but I’ll
on the most potent, explosive offense in the yet he finished as the #23 fantasy QB. In the bite because of his skill, the track record for a
league, and the Saints didn’t bring in a chal- offseason, he loses no significant receiver Parcells-style team, and his full recovery.
lenger to usurp his de facto feature role. and adds the fairly productive Terrell Owens,
but the fantasy community only consid- WR Anthony Gonzalez, Ind
RB Chris Wells, Ari ers Edwards to be an average backup?
Considering that, over the last decade, the ADP - 7.02 / WR29 / #74 Overall
ADP - 6.07 / RB29 / #67 Overall average starting passer throwing to Owens Selected by Brown, Dowling, and Pasquino
Selected by Bloom, Henry, Magaw, and Tremblay finished as the #7.3 fantasy QB (and no Dowling - Gonzalez at WR29, after play-
Henry - Wells is a physically gifted run- starting QB ranked lower than #20), and this ers like Bernard Berrian and Santana Moss,
ner joining a team of physically gifted skill draft position for Edwards has to be consid- borders on insanity. With Marvin Harrison
players. He should excel as long as he stays ered the low end of his 2009 range. no longer in the picture, Anthony Gonzalez
healthy and outperforms Tim Hightower in is going to have plenty of chances to put up
training camp. Hightower won’t go away QB Kyle Orton, Den great numbers. And while Gonzalez has a
and he’ll get plenty of touches, but Wells long way to go before we compare him to the
has much more big play potential on a ADP - 10.11 / QB19 / #119 Overall man he’s replacing, it’s an undeniable reality
team loaded with playmakers. With an ADP Selected by Haseley, Rudnicki, Tefertiller, and that whoever is catching passes in one of the
around RB29, Wells has starter potential but Yudkin NFL’s most prolific offenses is going to put
you can draft him as your third RB. Rudnicki - After spending several years up some great numbers.
developing on the bench, Orton emerged
QB Matt Schaub, Hou as an effective starting QB in 2008. He did RB Cedric Benson, Cin
this despite playing in a rather conservative
ADP - 6.08 / QB11 / #68 Overall offense with some of the worst WRs in the ADP - 7.05 / RB32 / #77 Overall
Selected by Dowling, Gray, Henry, and Tremblay league to throw to. After the trade to Denver, Selected by Dowling, Tefertiller, and Yudkin
Tremblay - Schaub leads what I think will he’s likely to take over an offense that has a Yudkin - Benson was part of the Bengals
be one of the more dynamic offenses in the much better collection of offensive weapons late season surge, amassing 462 yards
league this season. Andre Johnson has grown and an aggressive coach who got the most from scrimmage in Cincinnati’s three-game
into a Top notch receiver, and Schaub was out of Matt Cassel. At this point in the draft, winning streak to end the season. With the
on pace to finish as the No. 4 fantasy QB Orton is a relatively low-risk selection with a offense having some key figures healthy
last season if he hadn’t gotten injured. Some potential high reward. again, Benson should be the beneficiary of
are discounting Schaub based on durability starting on an above average offense. Rudi
concerns, but I think he’s just suffered some TE Zach Miller, Oak Johnson ranked in the Top 10 three times
bad luck in each of the past two seasons and in recent years, which illustrates that the
is no more of an injury risk this season than ADP - 11.08 / TE12 / #128 Overall Bengals can support a decent ground game.
the next QB. Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Tefertiller, and Yudkin
Bloom - Miller still had a respectable Players Receiving 2 Votes
WR Bernard Berrian, Min low-end fantasy starter type season last
year, and that was with him often marooned RB Steve Slaton, Hou
ADP - 6.12 / WR28 / #72 Overall at the line of scrimmage to give help to a
Selected by Haseley, Magaw, Waldman, and Wood feeble pass blocking offensive line. This year, ADP - 2.01 / RB10 / #13 Overall
Waldman - Receivers with high yards- JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders pass- Selected by Wimer and Wood
per-catch averages on low reception-counts ing offense is sure to continue the trend of Wood - Fantasy success is about ability
understandably make fantasy owners ner- improvement started in December of last and opportunity. Slaton proved last year
vous, but Berrian doesn’t fit the mold of season, and Miller should be the main ben- he has plenty of ability (1,659 yards from
one-season wonders. He has increased his eficiary. It’s a no brainer to wait on TE if you scrimmage and 10 TDs) and this offseason
productivity for three consecutive seasons can get Miller in the 11th round. provided him a world of opportunity. The
and last year he lacked the continuity of only other backs on the roster are Chris
one starting QB. Expect Sage Rosenfels to Players Receiving 3 Votes Brown, Ryan Moats and a pair of street free
bring more stability and productivity to the agents. In other words, Slaton is going to get
Vikings offense and the addition of rookie RB Ronnie Brown, Mia a boatload of touches week in, week out and
Percy Harvin will make it more difficult for that means he’s a great bet for elite fantasy
opposing defenses to limit Berrian’s produc- ADP - 3.1 / RB17 / #34 Overall numbers.
tivity. Berrian ended last year as WR 18, and Selected by Brown, Haseley, and Waldman
I think he should have at least as good of a Waldman - All signs point to a breakout RB Brandon Jacobs, NYG
year in 2009. year for Brown. He will be two years removed
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Selected by Pasquino and Wood hard not to get a little excited about his production, only to disappear for even longer
Pasquino - Jacobs is in line to have the chances. He came into the league highly stretches. The arrival of Terrell Owens sig-
lion’s share of the workload for the Giants. regarded as the fourth overall pick in 2007, nals a possible return to the fantasy elite for
New York had two 1,000-yard rushers last but injuries derailed his game from the start. Evans because defenses can no longer gear
season (Derrick Ward and Jacobs), and they He did manage 164 yards against the Chiefs their coverage to Evans with impunity. His
love to control the game on the ground. The in Week 2 though to show he belongs in this Top 10 potential is more than worth it in the
passing game for the Giants will suffer with league. At RB23, he represents a goldmine if sixth round.
inexperienced options at wide receiver after he can stay healthy all year.
the Plaxico Burress adventures of 2008, so WR Laveranues Coles, NYJ
expect New York to try to win games running WR Braylon Edwards, Cle
the ball and playing solid defense. As long as ADP - 7.07 / WR31 / #79 Overall
Jacobs remains healthy, he is a strong RB1 ADP - 5.04 / WR19 / #52 Overall Selected by Pasquino and Tefertiller
candidate that can be had on the cheap. Selected by Brown and Dodds Pasquino - The Bengals need receivers,
Brown - Yes, he had some problems with so welcome Laveranues Coles into the mix.
WR Dwayne Bowe, KC the drops a year ago. But the fact is, he was With T.J. Houshmandzadeh gone to Seattle in
able to drop all those long passes because free agency and few options to catch the ball
ADP - 3.04 / WR11 / #28 Overall he was very open. What that tells me is that outside of Chad Ochocinco and head case
Selected by Brown and Haseley his route-running and burst off the line are Chris Henry, Coles is instantly a top option
Haseley - I have a definite interest fine, and if he can reduce the drops even by for the Bengals passing game. Cincinnati
in Dwayne Bowe this year. He and Tony a small amount, then a Top 10 WR ranking will welcome back Carson Palmer at quar-
Gonzalez shared the offensive load in the is all but a given. Kellen Winslow is also terback, and he will be asked to throw early
passing game for the Chiefs last season gone, meaning Edwards’ targets will likely and often with a below average defense.
(150+ targets each). The trade that sent increase. Coles finds himself in a great spot to post
Gonzalez to the Falcons leaves a gaping hole big fantasy numbers.
in the Chiefs receiving corps. As of now there WR Eddie Royal, Den
is nobody else who will pick up that slack QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pit
except Bowe. Bowe should easily see the ADP - 5.09 / WR21 / #57 Overall
same, if not more production than last year. Selected by Tremblay and Wimer ADP - 8.01 / QB14 / #85 Overall
If Matt Cassel shows he’s for real, Bowe Tremblay - Rookie WRs often struggle ini- Selected by Hicks and Pasquino
could be a very nice Top 5 fantasy surprise. tially, but Royal showed excellent quickness, Hicks - Ben Roethlisberger was progress-
If Cassel struggles, the Chiefs still have Tyler route-running, and hands from the first time ing nicely as a fantasy quarterback, moving
Thigpen who would play with a chip on his he took an NFL field. He is also an excellent from 20th, to 18th, 12th & fifth in his first
shoulder. I can’t find a reason to think that runner after the catch and should be a great four seasons. Last year he dropped to 17th
Bowe won’t be a huge fantasy producer in fit for Josh McDaniels’ offense. Kyle Orton as the Steelers imposed their authority on
2009. may not have Jay Cutler’s arm, but Royal games. If they repeat last year’s success, then
excels at getting open underneath the cover- Roethlisberger will still be a fantasy option,
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea age (similar to Wes Welker) and turning short but history rarely repeats in the NFL. If the
passes into worthwhile gains. Steelers show any signs of regressing in the
ADP - 3.11 / WR15 / #35 Overall areas in which they excelled in 2008 or other
Selected by Baker and Wimer RB Derrick Ward, TB NFL teams are better equipped to match
Baker – T.J. Houshmandzadeh may be them, then it will be Big Ben to the rescue.
on the wrong side of 30, but the guy can ADP - 6.03 / RB28 / #63 Overall Expect results closer to 2007 than 2008.
still play, as evidenced by his 92 receptions Selected by Haseley and Tefertiller
in that thing they called an offense last Tefertiller - Derrick Ward played very WR Michael Crabtree, SF
year in Cincinnati. This season, though, well for the New York Giants the last couple
Houshmandzadeh gets a real passer again of seasons. The Buccaneers invested a good ADP - 8.03 / WR34 / #87 Overall
in Matt Hasselbeck, and a change of scenery amount of money in the former unknown Selected by Magaw and Wood
could be just what the doctor ordered for from Ottawa University in Kansas. Tampa Wood - Michael Crabtree is arguably the
another 1,000+ receiving yards and double- Bay has few options in the backfield and most polished receiver to enter the league
digit touchdowns. That should easily make should rely on Ward to carry the load. His in years. Few prospects can match his col-
him better than a Top 15 WR. ability in the passing game will also be a legiate production, and he actually landed in
big asset to the Buccaneers offense. Derrick an attractive situation where he should start
RB Darren McFadden, Oak Ward is a bargain at this ADP, running immediately. While the QB situation is in
behind the young, talented Buccaneers flux, Crabtree isn’t the typical rookie receiver
ADP - 4.11 / RB23 / #47 Overall offensive line. and shouldn’t be drafted as such. As long as
Selected by Dodds and Gray he is signed and in camp on time, Crabtree
Dodds - The Oakland RBs accounted WR Lee Evans, Buf should have little trouble finishing as a Top
for 2,389 rushing/receiving yards in 2008. 25 receiver.
In 2007 they amassed 2,394 rushing and ADP - 6.06 / WR24 / #66 Overall
receiving yards. Oakland’s offensive line Selected by Bloom and Magaw WR Devin Hester, Chi
is an above average unit and excels at run Bloom - It’s understandable to be frus-
blocking. So when I hear about McFadden trated with Lee Evans. After a breakout ADP - 9.02 / WR40 / #98 Overall
turning heads in camp this offseason, it’s 2006, he’s had sporadic stretches of good Selected by Henry and Tefertiller

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Henry - As the 40th WR off the board Top 5 fantasy season on tap – he’s a steal at
around the eighth or ninth round, Hester his current ADP of TE #13. WR Lance Moore, NO
is just the type of player you can swing for ADP - 6.1 / WR26 / #70 Overall
the fences if he’s your fourth WR. With Jay Players Receiving 1 Vote Selected by Tremblay
Cutler throwing to him, he could easily
finish among the Top 30 or so WRs. Just RB Steven Jackson, StL RB LenDale White, Ten
don’t reach for him as anything more than a ADP - 1.05 / RB5 / #5 Overall ADP - 7.03 / RB31 / #75 Overall
high potential player with designs on being Selected by Gray Selected by Dowling
your super sub – he could end up being a
consistent player in lineups this year. RB DeAngelo Williams, Car RB Jamal Lewis, Cle
ADP - 1.06 / RB6 / #6 Overall ADP - 7.08 / RB33 / #80 Overall
RB Ray Rice, Bal Selected by Magaw Selected by Henry

ADP - 9.1 / RB41 / #106 Overall WR Anquan Boldin, Ari RB Donald Brown, Ind
Selected by Bloom and Haseley ADP - 3.02 / WR9 / #26 Overall ADP - 7.12 / RB34 / #84 Overall
Haseley - At first glance the Ravens back- Selected by Gray Selected by Bloom
field is a crowded mess that includes Willis
McGahee, Le’Ron McClain, Ray Rice and WR Wes Welker, NE WR Kevin Walter, Hou
rookie RB Cedric Peerman, who I really like. ADP - 3.08 / WR13 / #32 Overall ADP - 8.09 / WR36 / #93 Overall
However, a second, more detailed look sug- Selected by Gray Selected by Tefertiller
gests that McClain will see plenty of duties
as the team’s fullback and Willis McGahee WR Terrell Owens, Buf RB Willis McGahee, Bal
may be one or two injuries past being as ADP - 3.09 / WR14 / #33 Overall ADP - 8.1 / RB37 / #94 Overall
effective as he once was. That leaves Rice Selected by Hicks Selected by Levin
and Peerman. I like Peerman, but he doesn’t
have the total package that Rice has, not to QB Aaron Rodgers, GB RB Tim Hightower, Ari
mention Rice has a year of experience under ADP - 3.12 / QB4 / #36 Overall ADP - 9.05 / RB39 / #101 Overall
his belt. He knows the offense and knows Selected by Wimer Selected by Levin
how to protect his QB. This could be the year
Rice is given the opportunity to carry the RB Marshawn Lynch, Buf RB Julius Jones, Sea
team. If given that chance, I have no doubts ADP - 4.03 / RB19 / #39 Overall ADP - 9.06 / RB40 / #102 Overall
that he’ll have success. The best part – Rice Selected by Baker Selected by Rudnicki
could be doing this as your RB4.
QB Philip Rivers, SD TE John Carlson, Sea
QB Joe Flacco, Bal ADP - 4.05 / QB6 / #41 Overall ADP - 9.08 / TE9 / #104 Overall
Selected by Brown Selected by Yudkin
ADP - 10.06 / QB17 / #114 Overall
Selected by Grant and Tefertiller QB Tony Romo, Dal WR Chris Chambers, SD
Tefertiller - Flacco finished as QB20 last ADP - 4.1 / QB7 / #46 Overall ADP - 10.01 / WR42 / #109 Overall
season. His development should take a giant Selected by Wimer Selected by Grant
step forward with another offseason to work
with Coach Harbaugh and company. Many RB Jonathan Stewart, Car RB Jerious Norwood, Atl
young passers improve dramatically in year ADP - 5.01 / RB24 / #49 Overall ADP - 10.1 / RB47 / #118 Overall
two. The Ravens will rely heavily on their Selected by Borbely Selected by Rudnicki
big quarterback in 2009. Derrick Mason and
Mark Clayton are adequate options. Plus, WR Vincent Jackson, SD WR Justin Gage, Ten
Flacco has the mobility to pull the ball down ADP - 5.02 / WR18 / #50 Overall ADP - 11.03 / WR44 / #123 Overall
and make a play on the ground. He is agile Selected by Gray Selected by Rudnicki
for a big guy.
WR Antonio Bryant, TB RB Fred Taylor, NE
TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Min ADP - 5.05 / WR20 / #53 Overall ADP - 11.04 / RB48 / #124 Overall
Selected by Haseley Selected by Rudnicki
ADP - 11.1 / TE13 / #130 Overall
Selected by Magaw and Wimer QB Matt Ryan, Atl WR Jeremy Maclin, Phi
Wimer - Visanthe Shiancoe hauled in ADP - 5.12 / QB9 / #60 Overall ADP - 11.11 / WR46 / #131 Overall
42/596/7 last season, ending up as the #5 Selected by Brown Selected by Pasquino
fantasy TE in the land - while catching balls
from the likes of Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris QB Jay Cutler, Chi WR Josh Morgan, SF
Jackson. This year, the team brought in ADP - 6.04 / QB10 / #64 Overall ADP - 12.09 / WR50 / #141 Overall
Sage Rosenfels to compete for the top job in Selected by Wood Selected by Bloom
Minnesota, and I think Rosenfels will win the
job and substantially upgrade the Minnesota WR Hines Ward, Pit RB Sammy Morris, NE
passing attack. Shiancoe stands to benefit ADP - 6.09 / WR25 / #69 Overall ADP - 13.02 / RB53 / #146 Overall
from better QB play, and may have another Selected by Wimer Selected by Yudkin
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Selected by Brown, Dowling, Haseley,
Rudnicki, Tremblay, Waldman, and Wood
Rudnicki - Cassel certainly had an
impressive breakout season in 2008 but he
was throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker
in an offense that allowed Tom Brady to
throw for 50 TDs the year before. Now he
moves on to Kansas City where he has little
else after Dwayne Bowe since the trade of
Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta. The Chiefs will
also be breaking in a new head coach and
start out with a pretty difficult looking sched-
ule over the first few months. Finishing as
QB12 is probably the best case scenario for
Cassel this year but he’s just as likely to fin-
ish outside the Top 20.

Players Receiving 6 Votes
RB Chris Johnson, Ten

ADP - 1.07 / RB7 / #7 Overall
Selected by Dodds, Haseley, Rudnicki, Tefertiller,
Waldman, and Wimer
Waldman - Everything came together for
Johnson as a rookie with the Titans. He got
the right balance of carries per game for his
skills. Johnson’s talent is undeniable, but his
opportunities had a lot to do with a strong
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Brandon Marshall defense led by Albert Haynesworth who is
now a Redskin. Tennessee’s defense won’t do
a complete 180, but they won’t consistently

T
he flip side of succeeding with value Player Receiving 8 Votes keep games low scoring. I can’t believe I’m
players is failing with overvalued
saying this, but LenDale White appears moti-
players. These are players that will QB Tony Romo, Dal vated to make amends for his sloppy work
not put up stats commensurate to their draft
habits and fumbling away the Titans playoff
spot, and avoiding them is another of the ADP - 4.1 / QB7 / #46 Overall victory. Johnson will remain a fantasy starter
important keys to a successful fantasy team. Selected by Brown, Dodds, Henry, Pasquino, but not a No. 1 RB.
In an attempt to point out these players, we Rudnicki, Tremblay, Wood, and Yudkin
asked our staff to look through the Top 150
players and identify players that should under
Brown - Romo already had a couple of WR Brandon Marshall, Den
strikes against him going into this season,
perform their draft position. For each player and that was before the release of Terrell ADP - 3.05 / WR12 / #29 Overall
chosen by at least two writers, we list their Owens and his subsequent signing in Selected by Brown, Dowling, Henry, Levin,
Average Draft Position (ADP) in a 12-team Buffalo. Romo, for all of his stardom, hasn’t Waldman, and Wimer
league, their rank at their position and their played terribly well in some of the more cru- Henry - While I love Marshall’s game and
overall rank. For each player listed, we asked cial moments of his career to this point. The abilities, he’s recovering from offseason hip
a writer to offer reasoning as to why this Cowboys have gone from Super Bowl favor- surgery and on a short leash due to his legal
player was overvalued. ites to also-rans in their own division under woes. Take Jay Cutler away and replace
his watch, and he has presided over one of him with Kyle Orton or Chris Simms, and
The following writers contributed to the biggest turnarounds in recent memory as Marshall’s just not worth the risk with an
this feature: Dave Baker, Sigmund America weeps that Jessica Simpson fills out ADP of WR12 – in the third round range.
Bloom, Anthony Borbely, Michael her Daisy Dukes a bit too well these days. You’re better off taking your chances with
Brown, David Dodds, Colin Dowling,
Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe or even Braylon
Will Grant, Clayton Gray, Jeff Haseley, Player Receiving 7 Votes Edwards. Edwards’ hands maybe suspect,
Bob Henry, Andy Hicks, Marc Levin,
but at least he’s healthy and not a suspension
Jeff Pasquino, Aaron Rudnicki, Jeff QB Matt Cassel, KC risk.
Tefertiller, Maurile Tremblay, Matt
Waldman, Mark Wimer, Jason Wood, ADP - 7.09 / QB12 / #81 Overall
and David Yudkin.
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Players Receiving 5 Votes season. Even if he takes that next step this QB Kurt Warner, Ari
season, his ADP of QB9 going around the
RB Matt Forte, Chi 5/6 turn assumes that he will, so there’s noth- ADP - 4.02 / QB5 / #38 Overall
ing to gain by taking him there. Selected by Dodds, Grant, Hicks, and Tefertiller
ADP - 1.04 / RB4 / #4 Overall Grant - I love Kurt Warner as much as
Selected by Gray, Haseley, Henry, Pasquino, and RB Le’Ron McClain, Bal the next guy. I like seeing him succeed when
Tremblay everyone is expecting him to fail. I even
Henry - While I love Forte’s game, I don’t ADP - 7.01 / RB30 / #73 Overall thought that Leinart would be the guy in
think he’ll get the ball as often as he did last Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Dowling, Pasquino, and Arizona last year. That being said, Warner
year. The Bears offensive line lost some pop Rudnicki is 38 this season. Expecting him to have
when John Tait retired, and Kevin Jones has Rudnicki - McClain was a surprise another 4500 yard passing season is asking
looked great in minicamps now that he’s a breakout player last year, leading the Ravens a lot. Maybe he has one more year in the
year removed from a torn ACL. The Bears in rushing and finishing as a Top 20 fantasy tank. Maybe he can do it again. But at the
won’t go away from Forte, but it’s unlikely RB. This year, however, the team has moved top of the fourth round, there are plenty of
that he will get 316 carries and 63 catches him to fullback to replace Lorenzo Neal, and other options that will have great production
again. Still a solid RB1 in fantasy terms, I’d the team has two perfectly capable feature and value for your team and will not be as
prefer taking Forte late in Round 1. backs in Willis McGahee and Ray Rice. risky as taking Warner.
McClain may wind up as a short yardage
RB Joseph Addai, Ind back and steal some TDs, but people drafting WR Vincent Jackson, SD
him this high and expecting a repeat of last
ADP - 4.04 / RB20 / #40 Overall year’s performance are probably going to be ADP - 5.02 / WR18 / #50 Overall
Selected by Haseley, Hicks, Pasquino, Tefertiller, disappointed. Selected by Baker, Bloom, Pasquino, and Wimer
and Wood Bloom - Jackson benefitted from a lot of
Pasquino - The Colts’ actions speak TE Tony Scheffler, Den factors coming together last year – a career
louder than their words, and no action is year from Philip Rivers, the banged up trio
bigger than their drafting of another tailback ADP - 11.02 / TE11 / #122 Overall of Chris Chambers, LaDainian Tomlinson,
in the first round in April. Donald Brown Selected by Brown, Dodds, Tefertiller, Tremblay, and Antonio Gates, and an offense tilted
from UCONN joins Indianapolis and will at and Wimer towards the pass. Surely there will be more
a bare minimum take the role of former Colt Tremblay - Scheffler is one of the more competition for targets this season, and
Dominic Rhodes. Addai was a disappoint- athletic pass-receiving tight ends in the Jackson still could face a suspension after
ment last year, and with both the offensive league. But even athletic tight ends are no his second DUI arrest in January. Count
line coach and the offensive coordinator sure bet to produce strong fantasy num- on someone else to be your WR2 in the fifth
leaving the Colts may underperform across bers in a Josh McDaniels offense. Ask round.
the board this year. Look for Addai to share Ben Watson. Moreover, it appears that the
the workload and drop out of the Top 25 fan- Broncos will try to run the ball more this QB Jay Cutler, Chi
tasy rushers for 2009. season; and with Scheffler relatively ineffec-
tive as a blocker, he may lose playing time to ADP - 6.04 / QB10 / #64 Overall
WR Roy Williams, Dal the Broncos’ blocking TEs, Daniel Graham Selected by Levin, Pasquino, Waldman, and Yudkin
and Richard Quinn. Levin - Sure, Cutler finished as the #11
ADP - 4.08 / WR16 / #44 Overall QB in 2007 and the #5 QB in 2008, but that
Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Tefertiller, Wood, and Players Receiving 4 Votes was with WR Brandon Marshall grabbing
Yudkin 100+ catches, 1,200+ yards and a handful of
Yudkin - Williams just did not click at all QB Drew Brees, NO TDs. Devin Hester, as Chicago’s #1 receiver,
with Tony Romo last season, and Williams’ will be a poor substitute. Expecting QB10
production numbers were terrible. He should ADP - 1.11 / QB1 / #11 Overall numbers from a QB in this offense is grossly
have been aided by defenders cheating to Selected by Bloom, Dodds, Grant, and Gray overestimating Cutler’s ability to make those
cover Terrell Owens, but this year Williams Dodds - It’s hard not to like Brees. He around him better.
will be the one seeing double coverage. gets the most out of his body and has always
Unless things change dramatically, Williams over-achieved. And when you could get him WR Lee Evans, Buf
won’t approach the Top 15 receivers. as the fifth best QB, he was a safe selection
that still had some potential to outperform ADP - 6.06 / WR24 / #66 Overall
QB Matt Ryan, Atl his ADP. At QB1 (and an ADP of 11 over- Selected by Dodds, Gray, Pasquino, and Tefertiller
all), all Brees can do is underperform. This Dodds - In four of his five seasons as a
ADP - 5.12 / QB9 / #60 Overall year the quarterbacks are deeper than ever starter in Buffalo, he has finished 24th or
Selected by Baker, Bloom, Hicks, Tefertiller, and (Garrard has an ADP of QB20), so even if worse as a wide receiver. This is despite him
Wimer Brees was guaranteed to throw for 4,000 not missing a single game during these five
Bloom - Matt Ryan was a fantastic story yards and 40 TDs, he likely could not justify years. In the offseason, the Bills brought in
last year, but the league seemed to catch up an 11th overall selection. Let others reach in Terrell Owens making Lee Evans the clear
to him in December. Not only did he finish the early rounds for QBs that overachieved WR2 on the team now. Owens is a target,
the season with some of his worst football of in 2008. Use those early rounds to stockpile reception and TD hound which will likely cut
the year, Ryan is also subject to sophomore RBs and WRs (the positions that will win considerably into Lee Evans opportunities in
slump that seems to bring down so many your fantasy league). 2009. There simply aren’t enough passes to
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higher than his ADP of WR24 without Owens
getting injured. Even with no competition
for touches, Evans managed just thirteen
100+ receiving yard efforts in his first 80
NFL games. I expect more of the same,
except with fewer opportunities.

WR Steve Breaston, Ari

ADP - 8.02 / WR33 / #86 Overall
Selected by Grant, Hicks, Waldman, and Yudkin
Grant - Anquan Boldin isn’t going any-
where this season, and Larry Fitzgerald is as
rock solid as ever. That means for Breaston
to put up WR3 numbers, someone is going
to have to fall to injury, or the Cardinals
are going to have to pass a ton again this
season. Arizona has made solid upgrades to
their running game, especially by drafting
Chris Wells. If anything, they’ll be throwing
the ball less. Drafting Breaston as WR33,
you’re passing on guys with bigger upside
like Michael Crabtree, Donald Driver and
Kevin Walter. Whereas Breaston doesn’t have
much upside beyond WR33 unless something
drastic happens.

Players Receiving 3 Votes
RB Steven Jackson, StL

ADP - 1.05 / RB5 / #5 Overall
Selected by Brown, Haseley, and Wimer
Brown - Every year, some owner drafts
Jackson Top 5. And every year, Jackson fails
to live up to expectations. He has finished

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in the Top 5 exactly once, and that was three
Steve Breaston
seasons ago. His yards per carry average
has now dropped in each of the last three
year, and it’s not as if the Rams made whole- sixth overall pick. Let someone else be disap- for the struggling Seattle Seahawks. He goes
sale changes across the board that suggest pointed. from playing across from Chad Ochocinco
a turnaround is imminent. Jackson’s final with Carson Palmer tossing the ball to being
season ranking in the last four years is 11th, WR Reggie Wayne, Ind the only legitimate receiver with the oft-
third, 14th, 13th. The trend is for him to fin- injured Matt Hasselbeck under center. The
ish outside the Top 10; don’t pay for him as ADP - 2.08 / WR5 / #20 Overall Seahawk offense struggles without much of
if it’s common. Selected by Gray, Haseley, and Wood a run game and few options in the passing
Haseley - Reggie Wayne had only six TDs game. There are several pass receivers that
RB DeAngelo Williams, Car last year with just two after Week 6. He has offer more upside and value as a high-end
only had two multiple TD games since 2004 fantasy WR2 at this ADP.
ADP - 1.06 / RB6 / #6 Overall and only one since Week 1 of 2007. The
Selected by Brown, Grant, and Gray Colts have a new coach this year, and while
Grant - After two seasons of obscurity I’m not predicting this, Manning eventually WR Santonio Holmes, Pit
an ineffectiveness, it seemed as if Williams is going to slow down. Reggie Wayne is a
was about to be replaced by rookie Jonathan good WR, but is he still an elite one? Since ADP - 4.12 / WR17 / #48 Overall
Stewart. Instead, Stewart took the backseat Week 11 last year, he had as many fantasy Selected by Hicks, Tefertiller, and Wood
and Williams exploded for almost 1,700 points as the slumping Torry Holt. Tefertiller - Holmes played great down
yards and 20 TDs. This season, will it be the stretch last season and gave the Steelers
more of the same? Stewart was a 13th over- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea a huge boost in the Super Bowl. But, we
all pick. To expect him to sit on the sidelines need to remember that Hines Ward was the
again is pretty silly. Stewart is going to push ADP - 3.11 / WR15 / #35 Overall team’s WR1 during the season. The former
hard for more carries. Williams and Stewart Selected by Brown, Gray, and Tefertiller Buckeye only accumulated 821 receiving
will be the best 1-2 punch in the league. But Tefertiller - Houshmandzadeh left the yards and five scores on the season. This was
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great Super Bowl, we are drafting Santonio Selected by Gray and Haseley people still want to take Lynch as their start-
Holmes higher than he has ever finished? Haseley - It’s hard to even consider er? If you want to use a second-round pick
This is curious with Ward being drafted eight overvaluing the future Hall of Famer, but on a guy who misses the first three weeks
spots later as WR25. eventually he’ll have to slow down. Last of the season, then you are already starting
season, Peyton Manning finished as the sixth behind the 8-ball.
Players Receiving 2 Votes ranked QB, which is his lowest finish since a
ninth place campaign during his rookie year. QB Philip Rivers, SD
RB Michael Turner, Atl Reggie Wayne had a down year, Marvin
Harrison is gone, there are some question ADP - 4.05 / QB6 / #41 Overall
ADP - 1.02 / RB2 / #2 Overall marks at the RB position, and oh by the way, Selected by Pasquino and Wimer
Selected by Baker and Waldman the Colts have a new head coach and offen- Wimer - Philip Rivers was a Top 5 fan-
Baker - While it may be hard to discount sive coordinator. I am not saying the Colts tasy QB last season, largely due to throwing
Michael Turner’s numbers last year, I’m not are going to struggle, but they could. Last 34 TDs and also crossing the 4000 yards-
nearly as hyped on him this year as many. Yes year there were times well past Manning’s passing barrier. However, the Chargers
– 17 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 rushing recovery from knee surgery, where he just are planning on emphasizing the running
yards are eye-opening, but I personally doubt didn’t look like his old self. He’ll probably game this year with a healthy LaDainian
he carries the ball 377 times again in 2009. still be the third QB taken in drafts this year, Tomlinson, and Rivers’ #1 receiver last year,
And while adding Tony Gonzalez may help but something tells me he won’t finish in that Vincent Jackson, is in legal trouble (DUI
the offense, it also could mean less carries for spot. arrest while serving probation on a DUI
Turner. As great as last season was for Turner, conviction). Antonio Gates is struggling with
it smells like a peak year to me, and I think he WR Wes Welker, NE his chronically injured toe. I don’t see Rivers
has nowhere to go but down. Do I still like the repeating a Top 10 finish this season.
guy? Sure. But I can’t see myself drafting him ADP - 3.08 / WR13 / #32 Overall
with the second overall pick. Selected by Brown and Wood RB Larry Johnson, KC
Brown - Two seasons ago, Welker caught
RB Marion Barber, Dal 112 passes and was the 11th-ranked wide- ADP - 5.03 / RB25 / #51 Overall
out. A year ago, with Tom Brady out, Welker Selected by Bloom and Dowling
ADP - 2.04 / RB12 / #16 Overall still managed to snag 111 passes but was Dowling - As a Larry Johnson fan it pains
Selected by Wimer and Wood only WR21 on fantasy lists. The problem was me to admit it, but the bloom is off the rose.
Wood - I like Marion Barber, but I worry that his scores dropped from eight to three. He turns 30 during the upcoming season
about his ability to perform as a fantasy RB1 Now he’s being taken as the 13th receiver off and has been a shell of himself for the last
this year, which is what his current ADP the board. Unless you think Brady is going to two years. As much as we try not to convince
assumes. The league is embracing a commit- step back in and toss another 45-50 scores, ourselves otherwise, 400-rush seasons (like
tee system, and the Cowboys have not one, Welker will be hard-pressed to crack the top Johnson had in 2006) are great predictors of
but two compelling alternatives. Felix Jones 13 with his dreadful YPC and lack of scor- things going downhill, in a hurry, in future
was a big-play threat every time he touched ing. seasons. Toss in that Johnson is playing for a
the ball last year and is healthy. Tashard new coach who has rarely shown a fondness
Choice proved equally capable of handling RB Reggie Bush, NO for rushing the ball in the past, and Johnson
a large role. Expect all three to help Dallas, simply isn’t worth the gamble this year.
but in turn be less-than-ideal fantasy options. ADP - 4.01 / RB18 / #37 Overall
Selected by Tefertiller and Yudkin TE Antonio Gates, SD
QB Tom Brady, NE Yudkin - Bush has battled the injury bug
so far in his career, and he ended last year ADP - 5.06 / TE2 / #54 Overall
ADP - 2.09 / QB2 / #21 Overall with a knee injury that may have some lin- Selected by Brown and Wood
Selected by Brown and Wimer gering effects. His games played, touches, Wood - Antonio Gates is going to be the
Wimer - Tom Brady had a career year and fantasy scoring have dropped each sea- first TE off the board in many drafts, and
two seasons ago (398/578 for 4,806 yards, son. Bush will need a bigger workload, more almost certainly will be drafted shortly after
50 TDs and eight interceptions), but he TDs, and to play in a lot more games to rank someone takes Jason Witten in most others.
missed almost an entire year of football in the Top 20 in a standard scoring fantasy While Gates is a viable fantasy starter, it’s
due to his torn ACL – and he is reportedly league. risky to draft him at projected ADP. Gates
expected to wear the knee brace for the rest admitted to lingering soreness in his ankle
of his career. Throwing a ball takes a whole RB Marshawn Lynch, Buf during May mini-camp; and that has to
body motion - we have yet to see what effect worry anyone who plans on using an early
the devastating knee injury has had on ADP - 4.03 / RB19 / #39 Overall round pick on him.
Brady’s passes. I think QB2 is wildly optimis- Selected by Hicks and Wood
tic for a player coming off a serious injury Hicks - In case you have missed the news, WR Eddie Royal, Den
and who’ll also do without the offensive Marshawn Lynch will be suspended for the ADP - 5.09 / WR21 / #57 Overall
coordinator, Josh McDaniels, who helped first three games of the 2009 season, yet Selected by Hicks and Pasquino
craft the phenomenal 2007 season. he is still rated as a fantasy starter? The Hicks - According to his ADP, Eddie
rap sheet for Lynch is getting longer every Royal is expected to duplicate his phenom-
QB Peyton Manning, Ind season and people will still take him as their enal rookie season. This is despite losing his
starter? The Bills signed Dominic Rhodes head coach & quarterback. The Broncos will
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game following the drafting of first-round Players Receiving 1 Vote WR Laveranues Coles, Cin
pick Knowshon Moreno and the addition of ADP - 7.07 / WR31 / #79 Overall
a slew of capable assistants in free agency. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac Selected by Gray
With the QB battle between Kyle Orton and ADP - 1.03 / RB3 / #3 Overall
Chris Simms likely to be a huge fantasy Selected by Grant QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pit
regression from Jay Cutler, expect one of the ADP - 8.01 / QB14 / #85 Overall
prime fantasy casualties to be Eddie Royal. RB Steve Slaton, Hou Selected by Gray
ADP - 2.01 / RB10 / #13 Overall
WR Lance Moore, NO Selected by Hicks WR Michael Crabtree, SF
ADP - 8.03 / WR34 / #87 Overall
ADP - 6.1 / WR26 / #70 Overall WR Calvin Johnson, Det Selected by Tremblay
Selected by Borbely and Hicks ADP - 2.02 / WR3 / #14 Overall
Borbely - Moore came out of nowhere last Selected by Rudnicki TE Chris Cooley, Was
year and became a favorite target of Drew ADP - 8.04 / TE6 / #88 Overall
Brees, finishing with over 900 yards and WR Roddy White, Atl Selected by Gray
10 TDs. But last year, Reggie Bush missed ADP - 2.12 / WR7 / #24 Overall
six games, Marques Colston missed five, Selected by Haseley TE Owen Daniels, Hou
and Jeremy Shockey missed four. That adds ADP - 8.06 / TE7 / #90 Overall
up to a load of targets that Moore got last WR Dwayne Bowe, KC Selected by Bloom
year. I expect his numbers to decline sharply ADP - 3.04 / WR11 / #28 Overall
because he will likely be the fourth target in Selected by Tremblay RB Willis McGahee, Bal
the passing game. That is just too risky when ADP - 8.1 / RB37 / #94 Overall
compared to his ADP of WR26. I would RB Kevin Smith, Det Selected by Dodds
rather let another owner draft him. ADP - 3.07 / RB16 / #31 Overall
Selected by Levin RB Tim Hightower, Ari
TE John Carlson, Sea ADP - 9.05 / RB39 / #101 Overall
WR Terrell Owens, Buf Selected by Yudkin
ADP - 9.08 / TE9 / #104 Overall ADP - 3.09 / WR14 / #33 Overall
Selected by Haseley and Pasquino Selected by Bloom QB Matt Hasselbeck, Sea
Pasquino - Carlson was one of very few ADP - 9.09 / QB16 / #105 Overall
glimmers of hope for Seattle last year. The RB Ronnie Brown, Mia Selected by Hicks
team was decimated with wide receiver ADP - 3.1 / RB17 / #34 Overall
injuries along with Matt Hasselbeck missing Selected by Gray WR Deion Branch, Sea
time, so Carlson had to step up and con- ADP - 9.12 / WR41 / #108 Overall
tribute much more than expected in his first RB Thomas Jones, NYJ Selected by Rudnicki
year. Carlson was a Top 10 fantasy tight end ADP - 4.06 / RB21 / #42 Overall
with 55 catches and seven scores, but the Selected by Borbely RB Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
Seahawks now have TJ Houshmandzadeh, ADP - 10.03 / RB43 / #111 Overall
Nate Burleson and Deion Branch ready to RB Jonathan Stewart, Car Selected by Henry
take more targets. Carlson will have a tough ADP - 5.01 / RB24 / #49 Overall
time getting that many catches and scores Selected by Brown QB Kyle Orton, Den
in his second year with so many other pass ADP - 10.11 / QB19 / #119 Overall
catchers available. WR Braylon Edwards, Cle Selected by Wood
ADP - 5.04 / WR19 / #52 Overall
TE Dustin Keller, NYJ Selected by Wimer WR Percy Harvin, Min
ADP - 10.12 / WR43 / #120 Overall
ADP - 10.05 / TE10 / #113 Overall WR Antonio Bryant, TB Selected by Dodds
Selected by Rudnicki and Wimer ADP - 5.05 / WR20 / #53 Overall
Rudnicki - Keller had an impressive Selected by Pasquino WR Jeremy Maclin, Phi
rookie season and finished as a pretty decent ADP - 11.11 / WR46 / #131 Overall
starter in most leagues. While it would be TE Tony Gonzalez, Atl Selected by Yudkin
reasonable to expect improvement from him ADP - 5.07 / TE3 / #55 Overall
in his second year, the Jets passing game Selected by Grant WR Patrick Crayton, Dal
is a potential disaster. Brett Favre is gone ADP - 12.02 / WR48 / #134 Overall
so the team will be forced to rely on Kellen TE Dallas Clark, Ind Selected by Dodds
Clemens or the rookie Mark Sanchez at QB. ADP - 5.08 / TE4 / #56 Overall
Laveranues Coles has also moved on to the Selected by Pasquino TE Heath Miller, Pit
Bengals, which means Keller should see a lot ADP - 12.05 / TE14 / #137 Overall
more defensive attention. The Jets are going WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin Selected by Gray
to rely heavily on their running game and ADP - 6.05 / WR23 / #65 Overall
defense this year, resulting in fewer quality Selected by Wimer TE Jeremy Shockey, NO
targets for Keller. ADP - 12.06 / TE15 / #138 Overall
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Rookie Review throwing on the move and always a threat to hurt a defense with
QUARTERBACKS his legs.
by Sigmund Bloom 2009 Outlook: Competing with Chad Henne to backup Chad
Pennington
1. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions - 6’2, 225 Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-25 QB but may not stay at the
Scouting Report: Stafford has the right skill set to weather position
the storm around a rebuilding team and take advantage of the NFL Comparison: Seneca Wallace with an arm
immense talent of Calvin Johnson. He uses his athleticism to
keep the play alive and he’ll take the big hit to make the play.
His arm strength is remarkable, giving him the ability to make DRAFTED QUARTERBACKS
50-yard throws off his back foot. He’ll have to minimize the Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team
stretches of inconsistent mechanics and decision making that QB 1.01 Stafford, Matthew 6’2 225 Georgia Lions
QB 1.05 Sanchez, Mark 6’2 227 Southern Cal Jets
plagued him at Georgia.
QB 1.17 Freeman, Josh 6’6 248 Kansas State Buccaneers
2009 Outlook: Lions want to ease him in; probably won’t QB 2.12 White, Pat 6’0 197 West Virginia Dolphins
start until late in the season QB 4.01 McGee, Stephen 6’3 225 Texas A&M Cowboys
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-10 QB QB 5.15 Bomar, Rhett 6’2 225 Sam Houston St. Giants
NFL Comparison: Jay Cutler & Brett Favre, frustrating QB 5.35 Davis, Nate 6’1 226 Ball State 49ers
moments included QB 6.01 Brandstater, Tom 6’5 220 Fresno State Broncos
QB 6.05 Teel, Mike 6’3 225 Rutgers Seahawks
QB 6.23 Null, Keith 6’3 222 West Texas AM Rams
2. Mark Sanchez - New York Jets - 6’2, 227 QB 6.28 Painter, Curtis 6’3 225 Purdue Colts
Scouting Report: The Jets traded up to snag Sanchez QB 7.23 Edelman, Julian 5’11 195 Kent State Patriots
because of his arm, smooth mechanics, and tremendous intan-
gibles. He’s considered a natural leader on and off the field, and
he can throw well on the run rolling to either side of the field. RUNNING BACKS
Sanchez will need to develop pocket presence and overcome by Cecil Lammey
questions about lack of experience (only 16 starts at USC).
2009 Outlook: Likely starting from day one 1. Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – 5’11, 208 lbs.
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-15 QB Scouting Report: The Broncos had Knowshon Moreno
NFL Comparison: Tom Brady when he’s good; Rex ranked very high on their draft board, and they are expecting
Grossman when he’s not him to be the feature back for their offense. Denver has added
several RBs this offseason, but none are as versatile or athletic
3. Josh Freeman - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 6’6, 248 as Moreno. The comparison that is tossed around most when
Scouting Report: NFL teams can’t resist an athletic, statu- talking about Moreno is Clinton Portis, and it is an accurate
esque QB with a big arm, and Freeman fits the bill. He’s a one. Like Portis, Knowshon has outstanding vision and the
competitive gamer who is hard to bring down, but he also failed quickness to get to and through the hole in a hurry. He doesn’t
to top 60 percent accuracy or lead his team to a winning record have ideal bulk or speed for an every down RB, but Moreno is
last year in a conference not exactly known for its defense. a game breaker and doesn’t require a ton of carries to make big
2009 Outlook: Will compete with Luke McCown and Byron plays.
Leftwich to start 2009 Outlook: The Broncos will use him on all three downs
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-25 QB with bust risk with 20+ touches per game.
NFL Comparison: JaMarcus Russell without the college Dynasty Outlook: He is a special back that could be Top 5
heroics in a few years.
NFL Comparison: Clinton Portis with a little less speed.

4. Pat White - Miami Dolphins - 6’0, 197
Scouting Report: After his terrific Senior Bowl and com- 2. Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – 5’10, 210 lbs.
bine, you knew some team was going to take the athletic four- Scouting Report: The Colts have realized that Joseph Addai
year starter a round or two earlier than expected, and it makes works best when he’s not the feature back and thus selected
sense that it would be wildcat reviving Dolphins. White is short Donald Brown with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2009
and slight for an NFL QB, but he has an NFL arm. He’s great at NFL Draft. Brown is a compact runner, with a high-energy

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playing style. When his shoulders are square to the line of Dynasty Outlook: He could be the nice power option in a
scrimmage, he can break through to the second level, and he RBBC with Leon Washington.
has deceptive speed in the open field. It might not be long NFL Comparison: Rudi Johnson with better instincts.
before Donald Brown is the Colts’ #1 RB and Joseph Addai is
relegated to a change-of-pace role. 6. Gartrell Johnson – San Diego Chargers – 5’11, 222 lbs.
2009 Outlook: Will compete with Joseph Addai for carries. Scouting Report: With the loss of Michael Turner in
Dynasty Outlook: In this offense, Top 5-10 for many years. 2008, the Chargers were left without a power runner behind
NFL Comparison: Slightly less elusive Thurman Thomas LaDainian Tomlinson. Gartrell Johnson is an aggressive runner
that loves to pound defenders play after play. He is very patient
3. Chris Wells – Arizona Cardinals – 6’1, 237 lbs. and does a good job of allowing his blocks to develop in front
Scouting Report: Chris Wells may have the highest ceiling of him. Using a good pad level, leg drive, and low center of
of any back in this draft, but questions abound about his desire gravity Johnson knows how to find his way to the endzone. He
and work ethic. The Cardinals needed to get a premier back in does not have elite speed, however, and can let plays swallow
this draft as Tim Hightower is not the fulltime answer. Wells him up when the lane is not there.
has outstanding vision, the power to run between the tackles, 2009 Outlook: Will be the backup to Tomlinson and give
and can hurdle defenders in the open field. He is a patient, him a breather when necessary.
downhill runner that can spot cutback lanes before they open, Dynasty Outlook: Could be the starter for San Diego after
and he has the elite athleticism to change direction without los- Tomlinson retires and be the lead back in a committee.
ing much momentum. There are durability concerns as Wells NFL Comparison: Marion Barber without the receiving
seemed to be constantly dinged up at Ohio State. ability.
2009 Outlook: Will be the Cardinals starting RB, but may
lose scoring opportunities to Tim Hightower.
Dynasty Outlook: If healthy and motivated, he will take
7. Andre Brown – New York Giants – 6’0, 224 lbs.
Scouting Report: The Giants lost Derrick Ward in free
advantage of defenses keyed on the passing game and could be
agency and wanted to add another piece to the backfield in the
a Top 10 RB for a few years.
2009 NFL Draft. Andre Brown is an aggressive runner, and he
NFL Comparison: Jamal Lewis with less power and more
doesn’t like to go down without a fight. He is also a consistent
elusiveness.
receiver out of the backfield, so he’s more than just a 2-down
back. In addition to his natural hands, he is also very good in
4. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – 5’11, 210 lbs. pass protection which is extremely important for young backs
Scouting Report: The Eagles need to keep Brian Westbrook looking for playing time. Injuries are a concern, as he’s had
fresh for the playoffs and want to groom an eventual replace- two surgeries on his left foot, and Brown does take some time
ment for him. LeSean McCoy is a perfect fit for their needs. to get to full speed.
He gets to top speed in a hurry and can blow by - or through 2009 Outlook: Will compete for the #3 RB spot behind
- unsuspecting defenders. A natural hands-catcher, McCoy Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
makes for a great checkdown receiver and uses his pad level Dynasty Outlook: Has the power and receiving ability to be
plus his forward lean to maximize the yardage gained after con- the lead back in a 2- or 3-headed committee.
tact. When he hits the open field he has so many moves that NFL Comparison: Kevin Smith with a better stiff arm and
he can sometime run out of control, which leads to him getting injury concerns.
tackled instead of making an even bigger play.
2009 Outlook: A nice change of pace for Brian Westbrook.
8. Cedric Peerman – Baltimore Ravens – 5’10, 210 lbs.
Dynasty Outlook: Will be groomed to replace Westbrook
Scouting Report: The Baltimore Ravens have a punish-
and could have five or more Top 10 seasons.
ing ground game and like to keep their RB corps stacked with
NFL Comparison: Felix Jones with less pop at the point of
effective runners and receivers. Cedric was known as “Mr.
attack.
Versatility” during his time with the Cavaliers. A natural lead-
er, Peerman’s work ethic is contagious to his teammates. He
5. Shonn Greene – New York Jets – 5’11, 235 lbs. is quick to the hole and has been known to bust long runs off
Scouting Report: A RB’s greatest attribute is his feet, and from time to time. Durability is a concern, and scouts question
Greene has outstanding footwork when running through trash whether ball security will be an issue as well because Peerman
at the line of scrimmage. He is a punishing runner that gets has very small hands.
stronger as the game goes on, and he constantly wears down the 2009 Outlook: Will be the backup to Willis McGahee,
defense. On many of his carries it takes more than one defend- Le’Ron McClain, and Ray Rice.
er to bring him down as he loves to fight for extra yardage. Dynasty Outlook: Could become a starter and possibly post
Greene is not as powerful as he should be and tends to lean into a few Top 10 seasons because of his versatility.
defenders rather than strike them. Weight might become an NFL Comparison: Chester Taylor with more speed but less
issue for Greene if he’s not monitored closely. moves.
2009 Outlook: Could start if Thomas Jones leaves New
York, but more than likely will have to serve as a backup this
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DRAFTED RUNNING BACKS Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-25 WR with bust risk
Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team NFL Comparison: Bigger and faster Chris Chambers
RB 1.12 Moreno, Knowshon 5’11 217 Georgia Broncos
RB 1.27 Brown, Donald 5’10 210 Connecticut Colts 4. Jeremy Maclin - Philadelphia Eagles - 6’0, 198
RB 1.31 Wells, Chris 6’1 235 Ohio State Cardinals Scouting Report: Maclin will bring world-class speed and
RB 2.21 McCoy, LeSean 5’10 198 Pittsburgh Eagles decent size to an offense already stocked with burners at wide
RB 3.01 Greene, Shonn 5’11 227 Iowa Jets
receiver. He’ll be one of the most dangerous return threats in
RB 3.10 Coffee, Glen 6’0 209 Alabama 49ers
RB 4.11 Goodson, Mike 6’0 208 Texas A&M Panthers the league. He’ll need to learn the route tree because he played
FB 4.28 Fiammetta, Tony 6’0 245 Syracuse Panthers in a spread offense at Mizzou.
RB 4.29 Brown, Andre 6’0 224 N. C. St. Giants 2009 Outlook: In on passing downs and returns; pushing
RB 4.34 Johnson, Gartrell 5’10 219 Colorado State Chargers Kevin Curtis soon
FB 5.09 Johnson, Quinn 6’1 246 LSU Packers Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-40 WR
RB 5.33 Summers, Frank 5’9 241 UNLV Steelers
NFL Comparison: Bigger Ted Ginn
RB 5.37 Ringer, Javon 5’9 205 Michigan State Titans
RB 6.12 Peerman, Cedric 5’10 216 Virginia Ravens
RB 6.19 Brown, Aaron 6’1 196 TCU Lions 5. Percy Harvin - Minnesota Vikings - 5’11, 192
RB 6.22 Davis, James 5’11 218 Clemson Browns
Scouting Report: Few college players were more dangerous
RB 6.36 Scott, Bernard 5’10 200 Abilene Christian Bengals
RB 7.02 Ogbonnaya, Chris 6’0 220 Texas Rams
with the ball in their hands than Harvin, but even fewer had his
RB 7.03 Williams, Javarris 5’10 223 Tennessee St. Chiefs terrible off the field reputation. Harvin is a work in progress
RB 7.06 Vakapuna, Fui 5’11 244 BYU Bengals as a wide receiver, but he runs like Chris Johnson in the open
RB 7.31 Stephens-Howling, LaRod 5’7 180 Pittsburgh Cardinals field.
RB 7.41 Jennings, Rashad 6’1 231 Liberty Jaguars 2009 Outlook: Wildcat QB and novelty player with some
work in 3- and 4-WR sets
Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-40 WR with bust risk
WIDE RECEIVERS NFL Comparison: Laveranues Coles
by Sigmund Bloom

1. Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers - 6’2, 215 6. Brian Robiskie - Cleveland Browns - 6’3, 209
Scouting Report: Unlike most WRs that go in the Top 10 of Scouting Report: Robiskie plays exactly the way you’d
the draft, Crabtree isn’t a burner nor does he tower over most expect a WR coach’s son would. He runs crisp routes, catches
NFL corners. What he does do is attack the ball in the air like a everything thrown his way, and uses his big frame naturally to
DB and run angry after the catch like an RB. His ball skills and block out. He won’t win footraces or break ankles in the open
hands are so good that it seems like he was born to play WR. field, but Robiskie should be a terrific #2 possession receiver.
He’ll have to get over a broken foot and character concerns to 2009 Outlook: Competing with a host of players to start
fulfill his potential. opposite Braylon Edwards
2009 Outlook: Competing with Josh Morgan and Brandon Dynasty Outlook: Top 20-50 WR
Jones to start NFL Comparison: Muhsin Muhammad with less strength
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-15 WR
NFL Comparison: Shorter Brandon Marshall
7. Kenny Britt - Tennessee Titans - 6’3, 218
Scouting Report: Britt is big, fast, strong, and a whale of a
2. Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants - 6’1, 212 blocker for a wide receiver. He doesn’t routinely hands-catch
Scouting Report: The Giants have found their future #1 WR and lets the ball get to his body too often, but he still is the best
in Hakeem Nicks. He has extraordinarily soft hands that allow talent the Titans have had at wide receiver since Derrick Mason
him to make circus catches, and he’s surprisingly elusive and left town.
strong running after the catch. Nicks plays with a “my ball” 2009 Outlook: Competing to start and push Nate Washington
mentality that should help him overcome a lack of great speed to the slot
or size. Dynasty Outlook: Top 25-50 WR
2009 Outlook: Competing with Domenik Hixon to start NFL Comparison: Bigger and stronger Derek Hagan before
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-25 WR his hands turned into skillets
NFL Comparison: Thinner Dwayne Bowe
8. Jarett Dillard - Jacksonville Jaguars - 5’10, 191
3. Darrius Heyward-Bey - Oakland Raiders - 6’2, 210 Scouting Report: Dillard fell to the fifth round because he
Scouting Report: Everyone laughed at Al Davis when he doesn’t run in the 4.4s, and he’s less than six feet tall. He’ll be
selected Heyward-Bey #7, but the Raiders could have the last one of the steals of the draft because his precise routes will cre-
laugh. His 4.3 speed is legit, and his ability to track and adjust ate separation and his pillow soft hands and 40+ inch vertical
to the deep ball will make him lethal when JaMarcus Russell will allow him to make plays that most WRs can’t.
lets one fly. He has inconsistent hands and his game needs some 2009 Outlook: Competing for WR2 with Mike Walker and
polish, but Heyward-Bey will be one of the best deep threats in Mike Thomas
the league. Dynasty Outlook: Top 25-75 WR
2009 Outlook: In on passing downs; pushing Javon Walker/ NFL Comparison: Slower Greg Jennings
Johnnie Lee Higgins soon
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DRAFTED WIDE RECEIVERS as a receiver. He’s not a supreme athlete, but he was still under-
Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team used in the passing game at Oklahoma State.
WR 1.07 Heyward-Bey, Darrius 6’2 210 Maryland Raiders 2009 Outlook: Should start from day one
WR 1.10 Crabtree, Michael 6’2 215 Texas Tech 49ers Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-20 TE
WR 1.19 Maclin, Jeremy 6’0 198 Missouri Eagles NFL Comparison: Daniel Graham with more reliable mitts
WR 1.22 Harvin, Percy 5’11 192 Florida Vikings
WR 1.29 Nicks, Hakeem 6’1 212 North Carolina Giants
WR 1.30 Britt, Kenny 6’3 218 Rutgers Titans 4. Shawn Nelson - Buffalo Bills - 6’5, 240
WR 2.04 Robiskie, Brian 6’3 209 Ohio State Browns Scouting Report: Nelson spent a lot of time split out wide at
WR 2.18 Massaquoi, Mohamed 6’2 210 Georgia Browns Southern Miss, so his prowess as a blocker was a pleasant sur-
WR 3.18 Williams, Derrick 6’0 194 Penn State Lions prise at the Senior Bowl. He’s a fluid athlete with a long frame,
WR 3.19 Tate, Brandon 6’0 183 North Carolina Patriots
and he’s terrific at catching the ball outside of his frame.
WR 3.20 Wallace, Mike 6’0 199 Mississippi Steelers
WR 3.21 Barden, Ramses 6’6 229 Cal Poly Giants
2009 Outlook: Will compete to start on opening weekend
WR 3.23 Turner, Patrick 6’5 223 Southern Cal Dolphins Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-20 TE
WR 3.27 Butler, Deon 5’10 182 Penn State Seahawks NFL Comparison: Shorter Marcedes Lewis
WR 3.35 Iglesias, Juaquin 6’1 210 Oklahoma Bears
WR 4.07 Thomas, Mike 5’8 195 Arizona Jaguars
WR 4.08 Hartline, Brian 6’2 195 Ohio State Dolphins 5. Chase Coffman - Cincinnati Bengals - 6’6, 250
WR 4.24 Murphy, Louis 6’2 203 Florida Raiders Scouting Report: He won’t be useful as an inline TE, or
WR 4.27 Collie, Austin 6’1 200 BYU Colts even an H-back, but Coffman’s hands, ball skills, and toughness
WR 5.04 Knox, Johnny 6’0 185 Abilene Christian Bears catching balls over the middle are tops in this unique class. He
WR 5.05 McKinley, Kenny 6’0 189 South Carolina Broncos is coming off a broken foot and will need to overcome a lack of
WR 5.08 Dillard, Jarett 5’10 191 Rice Jaguars
burst off the line and speed in his routes.
WR 5.24 Foster, Brooks 6’1 211 North Carolina Rams
WR 6.02 Lawrence, Quinten 6’0 184 McNeese State Chiefs
2009 Outlook: Pushing Ben Utecht for snaps on passing
WR 6.21 Gibson, Brandon 6’1 206 Washington St. Eagles downs
WR 6.33 Edison, Dominique 6’2 204 Stephen F Austin Titans Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-20 TE with bust risk
WR 7.15 Byrd, Demetrius 6’0 199 LSU Chargers NFL Comparison: Less athletic Todd Heap
WR 7.20 Johnson, Manuel 5’11 189 Oklahoma Cowboys
WR 7.24 Stroughter, Sammie 5’9 189 Oregon State Buccaneers
WR 7.28 O’Connell, Jake 6’3 250 Miami (OHIO) Chiefs 6. Cornelius Ingram - Philadelphia Eagles - 6’4, 245
WR 7.34 Mitchell, Marko 6’4 218 Nevada Redskins Scouting Report: Like most Florida players, Ingram is a ter-
WR 7.42 Kinder, Derek 6’0 202 Pittsburgh Bears rific athlete and playmaker, but what he did in Gainesville is
WR 7.43 Brown, Freddie 6’3 215 Utah Bengals nothing like what he’ll be asked to do in the NFL. He’s coming
WR 7.44 Underwood, Tiquan 6’1 184 Rutgers Jaguars
off an ACL tear, but he should be a good fit in the Philly pass-
ing offense once he’s healthy.
2009 Outlook: Pushing Brent Celek for snaps on passing
TIGHT ENDS downs
by Sigmund Bloom Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-20 TE with bust risk
NFL Comparison: Randy McMichael
1. Travis Beckum - New York Giants - 6’3, 239
Scouting Report: The Giants got themselves a supersized
slot receiver at the end of the third round. Beckum has eerie
accurate ball tracking and runs strong after the catch. He’s com-
ing off a broken leg, and he’ll need to be more consistent in his
routes and off the field work ethic to hit it big in the Big Apple. DRAFTED TIGHT ENDS
2009 Outlook: Worked into passing sets as the year goes on Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-15 TE TE 1.20 Pettigrew, Brandon 6’5 263 Oklahoma State Lions
NFL Comparison: Dustin Keller TE 2.32 Quinn, Richard 6’4 264 North Carolina Broncos
TE 3.25 Cook, Jared 6’5 246 South Carolina Titans
TE 3.34 Coffman, Chase 6’6 244 Missouri Bengals
2. Jared Cook - Tennessee Titans - 6’5, 246 TE 3.36 Beckum, Travis 6’3 243 Wisconsin Giants
Scouting Report: The most athletically gifted of this strong TE 4.21 Nelson, Shawn 6’5 240 Southern Miss Bills
class of receiving TEs, Cook runs, leaps, and adjusts to the ball TE 4.22 Hill, Anthony 6’5 262 N. C. St. Texans
TE 5.13 Drew, Davon 6’4 256 East Carolina Ravens
in the air like a wide receiver. Questions about his coachabil-
TE 5.16 Casey, James 6’3 246 Rice Texans
ity and one-dimensional game caused him to fall to the third TE 5.17 Ingram, Cornelius 6’4 245 Florida Eagles
rounds. TE 5.25 Nalbone, John 6’4 251 Monmouth (NJ) Dolphins
2009 Outlook: Mixed in on passing downs TE 6.07 Miller, Zach 6’4 233 Nebraska-Omaha Jaguars
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-15 TE with bust risk TE 6.11 Pascoe, Bear 6’5 251 Fresno State 49ers
NFL Comparison: Slightly less freakish Vernon Davis TE 6.29 Myers, Brandon 6’4 250 Iowa Raiders
TE 6.35 Phillips, John 6’5 251 Virginia Cowboys
TE 7.12 Williams, Eddie 6’1 239 Idaho Redskins
3. Brandon Pettigrew - Detroit Lions - 6’6, 263 TE 7.32 Johnson, David 6’2 260 Arkansas State Steelers
Scouting Report: Pettigrew is like a third offensive tackle as TE 7.39 Morrah, Cameron 6’3 244 California Seahawks
a run and pass blocker, and he has a big frame and great hands TE 7.46 Gronkowski, Dan 6’6 255 Maryland Lions

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DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Drafted In First Four Rounds
Pick Player Ht Wt College Team
by Sigmund Bloom DE 1.03 Jackson, Tyson 6’4 295 LSU Chiefs
DT 1.09 Raji, B.J. 6’2 337 Boston College Packers
DE 1.11 Maybin, Aaron 6’4 249 Penn State Bills
1. Brian Orakpo - Washington Redskins - 6’3, 263
DE 1.13 Orakpo, Brian 6’3 263 Texas Redskins
Scouting Report: Orakpo is a weight room beast, maintain- DE 1.16 English, Larry 6’2 274 Northern Illinois Chargers
ing a bodybuilder frame and strength, but with great first quick- DT 1.24 Jerry, Peria 6’2 299 Mississippi Falcons
ness and killer instinct. He’ll need to develop a repertoire of DT 1.32 Hood, Evander 6’3 300 Missouri Steelers
pass moves and learn to play LB on run downs, but he can be DT 2.08 Brace, Ron 6’3 330 Boston College Patriots
an instant game changer on third down. DE 2.11 Brown, Everette 6’2 256 Florida State Panthers
2009 Outlook: SLB on 1st/2nd down, DE on 3rd down DE 2.14 Barwin, Connor 6’4 256 Cincinnati Texans
DE 2.20 Veikune, David 6’2 257 Hawaii Browns
Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-40 LB, Top 7-15 DE
DT 2.24 Moala, Fili 6’4 305 Southern Cal Colts
NFL Comparison: Shawne Merriman without steroid questions DE 2.25 Kruger, Paul 6’4 263 Utah Ravens
DT 2.30 Marks, Sen’Derrick 6’2 306 Auburn Titans
DE 2.31 Brown, Cody 6’2 244 Connecticut Cardinals
2. Everette Brown - Carolina Panthers - 6’2, 256
DT 3.03 Magee, Alex 6’3 298 Purdue Chiefs
Scouting Report: Sometimes a player can’t outrun the DE 3.04 Gilbert, Jarron 6’5 288 San Jose State Bears
‘tweener label on draft day. Brown fell to the second round DE 3.06 Johnson, Michael 6’7 266 Georgia Tech Bengals
despite Top 10 pick type production. He was considered too DE 3.07 Shaughnessy, Matt 6’5 266 Wisconsin Raiders
small to play 4-3 DE and not agile enough to play 3-4 OLB. It DT 3.08 Knighton, Terrance 6’3 321 Temple Jaguars
won’t stop him from making plays with regularity in the NFL. DT 3.17 Miller, Roy 6’1 310 Texas Buccaneers
2009 Outlook: Situational pass rusher DL 3.29 Irvin, Corvey 6’3 301 Georgia Panthers
DT 4.03 Scott, Dorell 6’3 312 Clemson Rams
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-25 DE
DE 4.05 Melton, Henry 6’3 260 Texas Bears
NFL Comparison: James Harrison DE 4.10 Butler, Victor 6’2 248 Oregon State Cowboys
DT 4.13 Martin, Vaughn 6’3 331 W. Ontario (CAN) Chargers
DT 4.15 Hill, Sammie Lee 6’4 329 Stillman Lions
3. Michael Johnson - Cincinnati Bengals - 6’7, 266
DE 4.17 Moore, Kyle 6’5 272 Southern Cal Buccaneers
Scouting Report: The Bengals landed the next Julius DE 4.20 Williams, Brandon 6’5 252 Texas Tech Cowboys
Peppers/Mario Williams - well, at least on one out of every four DE 4.25 Sidbury Jr., Lawrence 6’2 266 Richmond Falcons
or five plays. Johnson has elite athleticism, a lightning quick DE 4.26 Norris, Slade 6’2 232 Oregon State Raiders
first step, and a basketball player’s vertical and wingspan. If his DT 4.36 Taylor, Terrance 6’0 306 Michigan Colts
motor and effort become more consistent, he’ll be one of the
steals of the draft.
2009 Outlook: Situational pass rusher and maybe some OLB LINEBACKERS
duty by Sigmund Bloom
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-25 DE with bust risk
NFL Comparison: Mario Williams, when he was back at
1. Aaron Curry - Seattle Seahawks - 6’2, 254
NC State
Scouting Report: The closest thing to a can’t-miss pick in
this draft, Curry is big, athletic, strong, and versatile. He can
4. Connor Barwin - Houston Texans - 6’2, 249 rush the passer, drop into coverage (and have the hands to get
Scouting Report: Barwin led the Big East in sacks during the INT), and flash sideline to sideline range.
his first season as a DE after playing TE, the position he was 2009 Outlook: Starting OLB
asked to play for most of the week at the Senior Bowl. He has Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-20 LB
the athleticism to play some LB and catch some short yardage NFL Comparison: Post-achilles blowout Julian Peterson
TDs a la Mike Vrabel.
2009 Outlook: Situational pass rusher and short yardage TE 2. Rey Maualuga - Cincinnati Bengals - 6’2, 249
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-30 DE Scouting Report: Rey took a tumble because of character
NFL Comparison: More athletic Mike Vrabel and two-down LB concerns, but he plays with a passion and
fire that fuels a defense, and he’s a big hitter. Maualuga has also
5. Aaron Maybin - Buffalo Bills - 6’4, 256 displayed natural playmaking ability as a pass rusher and in
Scouting Report: Being a one-trick pony can get you drafted coverage during his time at USC.
at #11, provided that one trick is having the best first step of 2009 Outlook: Competing to start at MLB/SLB
any pass rusher in the draft. Maybin bulked up for the pre-draft Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-25 LB with bust risk
workouts, but he was subbed out on run downs at times at Penn NFL Comparison: Junior Seau
State and he’ll need to mature physically before he can be a
three down end. 3. James Laurinaitis - St. Louis Rams - 6’2, 244
2009 Outlook: Situational pass rusher Scouting Report: He was likely a top 10-15 pick if he came
Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-30 DE out last year, but Laurinaitis wasn’t as explosive in his senior
NFL Comparison: Robert Mathis season. He’s an LB with great coverage ability, intangibles, and
football smarts, he’s just not especially powerful, speedy, or
quick.
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2009 Outlook: Starting MLB Dynasty Outlook: Top 12-30 DB
Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-30 LB NFL Comparison: Shorter Rodney Harrison
NFL Comparison: Paul Posluszny
3. Louis Delmas - Detroit Lions - 6’0, 202
4. Jason Williams - Dallas Cowboys - 6’1, 241 Scouting Report: The Lions landed the best two way safety
Scouting Report: The Cowboys first pick wasn’t until the in the draft. Delmas loves to throw his body around to make
third round, but they used on the eventual heir to the fantasy big hits, but he’s also athletic enough to cover the deep middle.
jackpot WILB position in Wade Phillips defense. Williams There is some question about his level of competition in the
played at a small school, but his workout numbers and ability to MAC and whether his somewhat slight frame will hold up
fly to the ball were among the best in this class. under the punishment of his physical playing style.
2009 Outlook: Backup ILB/special teamer 2009 Outlook: Competing with Gerald Alexander and Daniel
Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-30 with bust risk Bullocks to start
NFL Comparison: untested Lawrence Timmons Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-40 DB
NFL Comparison: Michael Griffin
5. Larry English - San Diego Chargers - 6’2, 255
Scouting Report: Few players in the draft can claim 4. Michael Mitchell - Oakland Raiders - 6’1, 216
English’s toughness, playing most of last year with a broken Scouting Report: The Raiders second pick inspired even
thumb and winning back to back MAC top player awards even more laughter than their first. Mitchell is a destructive force
though he tore an ACL at the end of 2007 and a pec in the who put up fantastic numbers at his pro day, but he’s largely
spring of 2008. He’s physical edge rusher who plays with a unproven and most expected him to go in the late rounds, not
mean streak. the second.
2009 Outlook: Backup OLB 2009 Outlook: Competing with Tyvon Branch to start
Dynasty Outlook: Top 20-40 LB Dynasty Outlook: Top 10-40 DB with bust risk
NFL Comparison: LaMarr Woodley NFL Comparison: Bernard Pollard

LINEBACKERS Drafted In First Four Rounds 5. Malcolm Jenkins - New Orleans Saints - 6’0, 204
Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team Scouting Report: Jenkins has the size, physicality, and men-
OLB 1.04 Curry, Aaron 6’2 254 Wake Forest Seahawks
tality to be a shutdown corner, the only thing missing is elite
OLB 1.15 Cushing, Brian 6’3 243 Southern Cal Texans
OLB 1.18 Ayers, Robert 6’3 272 Tennessee Broncos
speed. He played some free safety at Ohio State, so there is a
OLB 1.26 Matthews, Clay 6’3 240 Southern Cal Packers plan B, but the Saints plan on keeping him at corner.
ILB 2.03 Laurinaitis, James 6’2 244 Ohio State Rams 2009 Outlook: Competing with Randall Gay and Tracy Porter to start
ILB 2.06 Maualuga, Rey 6’2 249 Southern Cal Bengals Dynasty Outlook: Top 15-50 DB
OLB 2.13 Sintim, Clint 6’3 256 Virginia Giants NFL Comparison: Antrel Rolle
OLB 3.05 Williams, Jason 6’1 241 Western Illinois Cowboys
OLB 3.12 Levy, DeAndre 6’2 236 Wisconsin Lions DEFENSIVE BACKS Drafted In First Four Rounds
OLB 3.33 McKenzie, Tyrone 6’2 243 South Florida Patriots Pos Pick Player Ht Wt College Team
ILB 4.04 Maiava, Kaluka 5’11 229 Southern Cal Browns CB 1.14 Jenkins, Malcolm 6’0 204 Ohio State Saints
ILB 4.18 Arnoux, Stanley 6’0 232 Wake Forest Saints CB 1.25 Davis, Vontae 5’11 203 Illinois Dolphins
LB 4.30 McRath, Gerald 6’2 231 Southern Miss Titans CB 2.01 Delmas, Louis 6’0 202 W. Michigan Lions
SS 2.02 Chung, Patrick 5’11 212 Oregon Patriots
DEFENSIVE BACKS CB
CB
2.05
2.09
Smith, Alphonso
Butler, Darius
5’9
5’11
193
183
Wake Forest
Connecticut
Broncos
Patriots
by Sigmund Bloom
CB 2.10 Byrd, Jairus 5’10 207 Oregon Bills
SS 2.15 Mitchell, Mike 6’0 220 Ohio Raiders
1. William Moore - Atlanta Falcons - 6’0, 221 CB 2.16 McBath, Darcel 6’0 198 Texas Tech Broncos
S 2.23 Moore, William 6’0 221 Missouri Falcons
Scouting Report: Moore played like a franchise safety in
S 2.27 Martin, Sherrod 6’1 198 Troy Panthers
2007, and then he got posterized by deep throws way too often CB 2.29 Smith, Sean 6’4 214 Utah Dolphins
in 2008. He’s an instinctive player who blows up receivers who CB 3.02 Fletcher, Bradley 6’0 196 Iowa Rams
come into his zone with a ballhawk mentality, but sometimes he CB 3.09 Cox, Derek 6’1 189 William & Mary Jaguars
looks like a linebacker miscast in the secondary. CB 3.16 Barnes, Kevin 6’0 187 Maryland Redskins
2009 Outlook: Starting SS CB 3.22 Allen, Asher 5’10 194 Georgia Vikings
Dynasty Outlook: Top 5-20 DB with bust risk CB 3.24 Webb, Lardarius 5’10 179 Nicholls State Ravens
CB 3.26 Owens, Christopher 5’10 181 San Jose State Falcons
NFL Comparison: Roy Williams, both the good and the bad
CB 3.28 Powers, Jerraud 5’9 188 Auburn Colts
CB 3.30 Mouton, Ryan 5’9 187 Hawaii Titans
2. Patrick Chung - New England Patriots - 5’11, 212 S 3.31 Johnson, Rashad 5’11 203 Alabama Cardinals
CB 3.32 Lewis, Keenan 6’0 208 Oregon State Steelers
Scouting Report: Chung is a classic intimidator who punishes
CB 4.02 Washington, Donald 6’0 197 Ohio State Chiefs
wide receivers and running backs alike. He’s at his best playing CB 4.12 Quin, Glover 5’11 204 New Mexico Texans
downhill versus the pass and lining up in the box against the run. FS 4.14 Bruton, David 6’2 219 Notre Dame Broncos
He can be exposed if he’s left on an island in deep coverage. S 4.16 Vaughn, Chip 6’1 221 Wake Forest Saints
2009 Outlook: Competing with James Sanders and Brandon CB 4.19 Moore, D.J. 5’9 192 Vanderbilt Bears
McGowan to start CB 4.31 Toler, Greg 5’11 191 St Pauls Cardinals

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QUARTERBACKS Intro by Jason Wood Top 7 but have more question marks entering the season.
Carson Palmer needs to stay healthy and overcome the loss

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ast year, Drew Brees became only the second QB in of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Tony Romo has to prove he can
NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards en deliver without Terrell Owens. Jay Cutler has to prove that he
route to the top fantasy ranking. Few were surprised can excel in a new city with a more conservative offensive
to hear that Brees was one of three QBs to throw for at least approach.
4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, but they may be The next group of QBs is really a case of the eye of the
surprised to know the other two were Philip Rivers and Kurt beholder. Some will target Matt Ryan because of his youth and
Warner. This year, Brees, Rivers and Warner are part of a breakout potential. Others may view the steady veteran hand
seven-QB tier atop the QB rankings. Peyton Manning is in of Eli Manning or Big Ben Roethlisberger as the smart play.
his usual spot as a Top 3 option, and Tom Brady will join him You don’t want to reach for the QBs beyond the Top 7, focus
as long as his knee is 100 percent. Aaron Rodgers, last year’s on building your WR and RB depth and then target one or two
breakout star, and veteran Donovan McNabb, who has his mid-level QBs in the seventh to 10th rounds.
deepest arsenal ever, round out the top slots. Cutler isn’t the only projected starter to change teams this
The next tier of QBs could put up numbers rivaling the offseason. The Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel from the Patriots,
the Broncos will start either Kyle Orton or Chris Simms,
Byron Leftwich will compete for PT in Tampa Bay, and Brett
QUARTERBACKS

Favre could quite possibly un-retire to play in Minnesota. If
Favre doesn’t sign with Minnesota, Sage Rosenfels may start
over Tarvaris Jackson. QB battles rage in San Francisco and
Cleveland, to the victor goes the spoils. And two rookies, Mark
Sanchez (NYJ) and Matt Stafford (DET) will play sooner than
later.
The QB position is different than WR or RB in that you can
land a Top 5 performer in the middle of your draft if you’re
smart and lucky. For that reason, many owners ignore the
elite at the position and hope to strike gold after building out
their rosters. That strategy can work, but don’t underestimate
the value of a Top 7 passer this year, either. Visit our website
– Footballguys.com – where you can view customized rank-
ings that are tailor-made for your league’s scoring system.

1. Drew Brees - NO
6-1, 220, age: 30
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
2009 PROJ 595 380 4373 31 18 11 0 326 1
2008 NO 635 413 5069 34 17 -1 0 372 1
2007 NO 655 443 4428 28 18 52 1 328 4
2006 NO 554 356 4418 26 11 32 0 317 2
The Good - Drew Brees is coming off one of the finest
fantasy seasons ever for a quarterback. More than 5,000 yards
and 30 TDs put Brees in statistical territory only occupied
previously by Dan Marino. He achieved these figures despite
missing his top WR, top RB, and top TE for significant peri-
ods of time throughout the season. With the supporting cast in
New Orleans largely intact and all key players at 100 percent,
there is no logical reason why Brees cannot continue his fanta-
sy success again this season. Having just turned 30, he should
be at the top of his game, and the attack minded Saints offense
is unlikely to change a successful formula.
The Bad - It is often difficult to replicate or even get close
to a year of fantasy excellence. Some of the more recent great
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worse. Tom Brady, Daunte Culpepper, Steve Young and Kurt
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Warner were all hit by the injury bug in the following season, 3. Peyton Manning - IND
while Peyton Manning saw his TDs decline from 48 to 28 6-5, 230, age: 33
and his passing yardage drop by 700 yards. Maybe Brees can year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
buck the trend, but it’s hard to repeat dominant stats in back 2009 PROJ 541 340 3976 28 13 28 1 307 3
to back years. Additionally with ANY improvement by the 2008 IND 555 371 4002 27 12 21 1 304 6
Saints defense, maybe Brees won’t have to throw the ball over 2007 IND 515 337 4040 31 14 -5 3 330 3
600 times a year to keep the Saints in touch with opposing 2006 IND 557 362 4397 31 9 36 4 362 1
offenses. The Good - Peyton Manning has been a Top 3 fantasy QB
The Bottom Line - In his three years with the Saints, Brees seven of the last 11 seasons, so the upside is obvious. He
has clearly established himself as one of the finest fantasy stands a good chance of finishing as the No. 1 QB if the sea-
quarterbacks available. He makes good decisions considering son goes well. An average year for Manning would be 4,150
the Saints’ aggressive approach, although last year’s 17 inter- yards with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. A good year
ceptions is not a career anomaly. While it would be difficult (the average from his five best seasons) would be 4,335 yards,
to match last year, he has been a Top 5 fantasy QB for three 35 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. That would have made
straight seasons. Brees is easily one of the safest options t the him the No. 2 QB last season behind Drew Brees. Manning
position, but it will cost you a high draft pick. will need some help from his receivers, however, to achieve
that potential. Last year was a down year for Reggie Wayne,
2. Tom Brady - NE and 2007 first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez has yet to fulfill
6-4, 210, age: 32 expectations.
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank The Bad - Manning is as dependable as they come. He has
2009 PROJ 565 369 4040 30 13 70 1 322 2 missed only one snap due to injury in his entire 176-game
2008 NE 11 7 76 0 0 0 0 4 60 career. He started 16 games for the 11th consecutive season
2007 NE 578 398 4806 50 8 98 2 454 1 last year, and made his ninth trip to the Pro Bowl. He is the
2006 NE 516 319 3529 24 12 102 0 271 7
only QB in NFL history to throw for over 3,000 years in each

QUARTERBACKS
The Good - “It was the best of times” - in 2007. We’ve of his first 11 seasons - and he’s hit the 4,000 yard mark in
already seen Tom Brady set the single-season TD passing nine of those seasons. He’s finished as a Top 10 fantasy QB in
record with 50 TDs to go along with 4,800 passing yards. all 11 seasons, and has finished outside the Top 5 only twice:
That translated into an NFL-record 589 points scored for New his rookie year, and last year when a knee injury slowed him
England and an undefeated regular season. The key cogs in the initially. In other words, Manning’s realistic “worst case” sce-
offense are still in place, and New England has added some nario is better than most QBs’ realistic “best case” scenario.
proven veterans to the mix. If collectively the offense stays Expect a Top 5 season out of Manning even if it’s a down year
healthy, opposing defensive coordinators will again be losing for him.
sleep and loading up on Maalox. Pick your poison on who to The Bottom Line - Manning got off to a slow start last
cover - Moss, Welker, Galloway, one of the TEs, or stick guys season after undergoing knee surgery in July. He skipped the
in the box to thwart the run – there are just too many options preseason and wasn’t quite himself during the first few games.
to worry about. After averaging just 15.8 fantasy points per game during the
The Bad - “It was the worst of times” - in 2008. On the sec- first three games, he averaged a much more Manning-like
ond drive of the year, Brady went down for the season with a 20.9 fantasy points per game over the remaining 13 games.
knee injury. It doesn’t get any worse than that. Brady may for- Manning will be drafted as a Top 3 fantasy QB in most
ever hold a dubious record that may not ever be broken: big- leagues and is a decent bet to live up to his draft position.
gest drop-off in TD passes from one season to the next. Given
that Brady is coming back from a serious injury and hasn’t 4. Kurt Warner - ARI
played much since the Pats loss to the Giants in the Super 6-2, 220, age: 38
Bowl (he barely participated in camp last year), he could be year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
rusty and not completely healed. He may have to permanently 2009 PROJ 540 344 3888 28 16 4 0 291 7
wear a knee brace which could hamper his mobility, limit his 2008 ARI 599 402 4582 30 14 -2 0 335 4
scrambling, and reduce his rushing attempts. 2007 ARI 452 282 3409 27 17 15 1 269 10
The Bottom Line - It’s unlikely the Patriots offense will 2006 ARI 168 108 1377 6 5 3 0 88 37
take a nosedive with Brady coming back. Given the arsenal The Good - If Kurt Warner fully recovers from his hip inju-
Brady has to work with, he should be in for another Top 5 ry, receives adequate protection from his offensive line, and
fantasy season if healthy. He has already displayed what could receives sufficient run support to force eight men in the box
happen if all the planets align properly and could lap many on occasion, he is destined for another Top 5 fantasy season.
other QBs in fantasy scoring. However, the Pats have bulked The Bad - Though we rarely predict injury when making
up their running attack and may try to implement more of a projections, acknowledging an existing injury is reasonable.
ball-control offense in order to keep their defense off the field In a worst-case scenario, Warner would struggle in his recov-
more than in recent seasons. That could also lead to a lot of ery, and the Cardinals offensive line and running game would
dink and dunk passes - something Matt Cassel made a living struggle as they did for much of 2008. It is difficult to imagine
on last year and a scheme the Patriots have used at times with Warner, who is nearing the end of his career, overcoming those
Brady. obstacles to repeat as an elite fantasy QB. That said, even if all
goes wrong, he is unlikely to lose his starting spot. The team
invested too much money in him to bench him. He would still

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be a viable fantasy QB2. of a proven veteran backup at RB.
The Bottom Line - In all likelihood, since it appears almost The Bottom Line - It’s interesting that McNabb enjoyed his
certain that Anquan Boldin will remain in town for another best season in five years last year, considering he was benched
year, Warner will be a solid starting fantasy QB. He plays in a midway through the Ravens game and could conceivably have
spread offense against mostly inferior pass defenses this year. been done as the Eagles starter had Kevin Kolb played better.
He will provide six to nine games of elite fantasy numbers, But that’s ancient history now and McNabb is healthy, happy,
and he should be a solid performer most of the other weeks. and has the deepest collection of offensive weapons in his
career. As long as the rebuilt offensive line gels quickly, there
5. Aaron Rodgers - GB is no reason to expect anything less than a Top 10 fantasy sea-
6-2, 220, age: 26 son with the potential for more.
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
2009 PROJ 530 321 3790 26 15 153 2 306 4 7. Philip Rivers - SD
2008 GB 536 341 4038 28 13 207 4 346 2 6-5, 228, age: 28
2007 GB 28 20 218 1 0 29 0 18 61 year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
2006 GB 15 6 46 0 0 11 0 3 62 2009 PROJ 490 323 3793 27 13 75 1 298 6
The Good - Aaron Rodgers has helped the Packers organi- 2008 SD 478 312 4009 34 11 84 0 334 5
zation and fans move on from the legend of Brett Favre. He 2007 SD 460 277 3152 21 15 33 1 236 15
had a remarkable season in 2008, throwing for 4,038 yards and 2006 SD 460 284 3388 22 9 49 0 253 9
28 touchdowns. He found success passing the football despite The Good - Philip Rivers exceeded everyone’s expectations
a rushing attack that struggled compared to the 2007 season. last year when he led the league in passer rating and touch-
He has legitimized himself as the starting quarterback of the down passes and was the No. 3 fantasy QB. Rivers broke the
present and future in Green Bay. It’s hard to envision a bet- 4,000-yard barrier for the first time last season, and threw 34
ter season for Rodgers, so the best-case scenario would be a touchdowns compared to just 11 interceptions. Most impres-
repeat of 2008. sively, he had an elite season while finishing just No. 11 in
The Bad - There is really not a worst-case scenario for pass attempts (without any significant rushing statistics). If
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Rodgers barring injuries. The only possible risk is if the the Chargers continue the transition from running team to
offensive line regresses and doesn’t allow him as much time passing team and Rivers gets over 500 attempts in 2009, he
to throw. If the rushing attack does better this season, he may could improve on his 2008 fantasy stats. Vincent Jackson has
throw 50 fewer passes for 400 fewer passing yards. That would established himself as a solid NFL WR1, and Antonio Gates
put him around 3,600 yards and 24 touchdowns as his worst- should be healthy (after struggling through toe and hip injuries
case scenario. in 2008.
The Bottom Line - Rodgers had a wonderful season last The Bad - Rivers had his best year as a pro in 2008, but it
year, and he has a great group of receivers. His numbers could have been an aberration rather than a sign of things to
may take a slight downtick if the rushing attack improves, as come. He lacks the arm strength of many of the other upper-
expected, this season, but he is still likely to throw for 3,800 tier QBs. While Vincent Jackson appears to be coming into
yards and 26+ touchdowns this season. He was the third-best his own, Chris Chambers disappeared over the second half of
fantasy quarterback in 2008 and should finish Top 5 once 2008 and the other WRs (Malcom Floyd and Buster Davis) are
again in 2009. unproven. Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson have been
nagged by injuries and may never be the players they were ear-
6. Donovan McNabb - PHI lier in their careers. If the offense around him regresses, Rivers
6-2, 226, age: 33 could regress to his 2007 season level.
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank The Bottom Line - Rivers is an underdog to repeat his Top
2009 PROJ 555 338 3774 25 15 176 2 303 5 5 performance of a year ago, but is a favorite to finish in the
2008 PHI 571 345 3916 23 11 147 2 304 7 Top 10. The Chargers still have a high-powered offense that
2007 PHI 473 291 3324 19 7 236 0 259 13 should score a lot of points, and QBs on high-scoring offenses
2006 PHI 316 180 2647 18 6 212 3 238 13 are nearly always good fantasy bets. In particular, the Chargers
The Good -McNabb is one of a handful of veteran QBs should continue to enjoy success in the red zone with their
capable of finishing atop the fantasy rankings under ideal bevy of large receivers (Gates, Jackson, and Floyd are like a
circumstances. He’s coming off his best fantasy season since basketball team’s front court), so Rivers should comfortably
2004, throwing for almost 4,000 yards to go along with 23 toss 25+ TDs again. Expect a fantasy finish somewhere in the
TDs and just 11 interceptions. With a strong arm, a rebuilt 4-9 range.
offensive line and complete mastery of the playbook, McNabb
is positioned for a big year. DeSean Jackson should emerge 8. Tony Romo - DAL
as a 1,000-yard threat in his second season. If rookie Jeremy 6-2, 219, age: 29
Maclin can provide an explosive after-the-catch option, year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
McNabb could deliver Top 5 numbers including 4,000 yards 2009 PROJ 525 333 3712 23 18 96 1 275 8
passing and 25+ touchdowns. 2008 DAL 450 276 3448 26 14 41 0 266 10
The Bad - If either Stacy Andrews or Jason Peters struggle 2007 DAL 520 335 4211 36 19 129 2 360 2
as the Eagles’ new tackles, McNabb could suffer undue pres- 2006 DAL 337 220 2903 19 13 102 0 218 19
sure - something that affected his play in 2007. If Brian The Good -To hear some people tell it, Tony Romo flopped
Westbrook suffers further decline, the entire cohesion of the in 2008. Yet, in 13 games he threw for 3,448 yards and 26
Eagles offense could grind to a halt, particularly given the lack touchdowns. He was a Top 10 fantasy passer in spite of miss-
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Player Spotlight:

QB Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears

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by Jason Wood – Senior Writer, Footballguys.com

J
ay Cutler grew up a Chicago Bears best Chicago QB in genera-
fan, but he never had reason to tions doesn’t mean he’s a great
think his NFL fortunes would ever bet to lead your fantasy team
coincide with his childhood fandom. to a championship. In fact,
After all, teams simply don’t let fran- there are a lot of reasons to
chise passers go. It’s so rare to find a think that Jay Cutler will be
true franchise cornerstone that no organi- more valuable to the Bears
zation would be foolish enough to let one than he will be to fantasy
go in his prime. Cutler will be a Denver owners.
Bronco for life. Right? The Offensive Line – The
Yikes, if you’re a Broncos fan read- Bears offensive line only
ing this let me apologize for the flippant allowed 29 sacks last year
recap but let’s be honest, this offseason (13th best) and signed Orlando
was shocking. Regardless of where you Pace to improve the left tackle
place the blame, the simple truth is Josh position this offseason, but
McDaniels and Jay Cutler couldn’t co- that can’t compare to the
exist. The Bears traded two 1sts, a 3rd, a Broncos OL, which allowed a
5th and Kyle Orton for the 26-year old league-low 12 sacks. accomplished. Turner is infamous for
star. In Chicago expectations are sky Receiving Corps – It’s fair to say being an ultra-conservative play-caller
high. For years, Bears fans have thought the Bears receivers will look better which doesn’t play into Jay Cutler’s
they were only a QB away from Super with Jay Cutler throwing to them, and strengths.
Bowl contention. Earl Bennett and the pair of rookies are
Jay Cutler is the best quarterback particularly attractive sleepers. But it’s Final Thoughts
in modern Bears history. Sid Luckman equally fair to say that Brandon Marshall Jay Cutler is one of the best young
is a Hall of Famer, and I’m not going to is demonstrably better than any Bears quarterbacks in the league. The fact the
try to compare his achievements in the receiver and Eddie Royal may be, too. Bears were able to acquire him, in his
1940s to offensive numbers of today’s Run/Pass Balance – The Broncos prime, was a coup and sets the Bears up
game. But Luckman’s career ended in threw 620 passes last year while the as a title contender for years to come. But
1950, which means Jay Cutler is the best Bears have averaged 500 pass attempts is what’s good for Bears fans necessarily
QB the Windy City has seen in almost during Lovie Smith’s tenure. It’s easier what’s good for fantasy owners? Even
60 years. Don’t believe me? Take a look to think the Bears will throw more with though Cutler should win more games in
at the Bears Top 5 passers of the modern Cutler under center, but realistically he’ll Chicago than he did in Denver, it’s not
era: still throw fewer than 550 passes. clear he’s going to be a better fantasy
Offensive Coaching – Mike Shanahan player. The Bears run a more conserva-
1. Jim Harbaugh (’87-’93) – 89 games, 58.2% is a two-time Super Bowl champion and
completion, 11,567 yards, 50 TDs, 56 INTs
tive offense, maintain a more balanced
offensive guru, while Bears OC Ron run/pass ratio, have a less imposing
2. Jim McMahon (’82-’88) – 66 games, 57.8%
Turner is, shall we say, decidedly less offensive line, and don’t have proven
completion, 11,203 yards, 67 TDs, 56 INTs
3. Erik Kramer (’94-’98) – 49 games, 58.6% WRs on the roster. Cutler should ele-
completion, 10,582 yards, 63 TDs, 45 INTs Positives vate the Bears offense to new levels,
4. Billy Wade (’61-’66) – 59 games, 54.5% • Jay Cutler is a strong-armed, accurate passer but the aforementioned factors should
completion, 9,958 yards, 68 TDs, 66 INTs in his prime
crimp his upside. Cutler could be a
5. Ed Brown (’54-’61) – 98 games, 48.7% • The Bears have above average receiving options
completion, 9,698 yards, 63 TDs, 88 INTs at TE and RB
Top 5 fantasy passer on talent alone,
• The Bears offensive line is above average, with depth but more likely slots as a rock solid
Compare that to Jay Cutler’s career QB2 who should finish in the 10-12
numbers: Negatives range this year.
• Ron Turner is a conservative play-caller
• Jay Cutler (’06-’08) – 37 games, 62.5% • The Bears wide receivers aren’t as good as the If you’d like access to more than
Broncos
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ing almost a month with a finger injury. The best case for fringe Top 20 QB, and is a total let down given the price you’ll
Romo is a return to the Top 5, where he finished in 2007. But pay for him.
that will only happen if the Cowboys receiving corps takes The Bottom Line - Palmer has all the potential to be the
shape quickly, which means Roy Williams must approximate comeback kid this year. Ochocinco seems to be minding his
the 1,000-yard receiver he was in Detroit and not the marginal Ps and Qs, and a crafty veteran like Coles can only add to the
contributor he was as a Cowboy last year. Romo is an accu- mix. The big rookie OT helps protect Palmer, and he shakes
rate passer (63.6 percent career completion rate) who loves off the rust early and hits his stride by Game 1. Look for
to throw downfield (8.1 career yards per attempt), and it’s Palmer to return to his Top 10 form and prove to be a solid
entirely possible that he’ll benefit from addition by subtraction addition to any fantasy roster.
(i.e., Terrell Owens).
The Bad - The worst case would be if fantasy owners had 11. Matt Ryan - ATL
to count on Romo in the NFL playoffs, but lucky for us our 6-4, 228, age: 24
fantasy playoffs take place during the NFL’s regular season. year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
In all seriousness, the questions for Romo are more about his 2009 PROJ 446 278 3385 21 15 105 1 255 13
supporting cast than his own ability. Williams has enormous 2008 ATL 434 265 3440 16 11 104 1 241 15
shoes to fill and the rest of the WR corps is far from a sure The Good – Matt Ryan has the potential to be an elite
bet. If they all struggle in their roles, even someone as talented passer, and the addition of TE Tony Gonzalez might put the
as Romo could struggle to be a consistent fantasy star. Falcons’ offense on a par with the best units in the NFL. With
The Bottom Line - Last year Romo missed three games and a year of experience under his belt, Ryan’s confidence and
still finished as the 10th-best fantasy QB. With Owens gone, comfort level will be high from Day 1.
it’s reasonable to expect the team’s passing numbers to take a The Bad - As we saw with Jeremy Shockey in New Orleans
hit, but Romo is far too talented to completely fall off the map. last season, team chemistry is a funny thing that can backfire
Over a full 16-game season, as long as TE Jason Witten and even when a Pro Bowl level talent like Gonzalez is involved.
the talented trio of RBs are healthy, Romo is still a solid bet Ryan could fail to improve if Gonzalez flounders or even
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for Top 10 production. Don’t pay Top 5 prices for Romo, but if throw less (the Falcons’ rushing attack is pretty awesome). If
he falls into the QB10-12 range, he’s not only worth rostering, Roddy White were to miss some time due to injury, there isn’t
he offers tremendous upside. another top-tier receiver on the squad that could fill in.
The Bottom Line - Ryan exploded onto the scene last year,
9. Jay Cutler - CHI leading the Falcons to the playoffs. He had one of the most
6-4, 225, age: 26 impressive rookie seasons in history, completing 61 percent
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank of his passes for 3,440 yards and 16 TDs. The team has added
2009 PROJ 530 321 3498 23 16 162 1 273 9 Gonzalez at the TE position, boasts Roddy White and Michael
2008 DEN 616 384 4526 25 18 200 2 340 3 Jenkins at WR, and has a good pass-catching back in Jerious
2007 DEN 467 297 3497 20 14 205 1 267 11 Norwood. Ryan has a wide array of targets that should allow
2006 DEN 137 81 1001 9 5 18 0 83 40 him to far exceed last year’s 16th-place fantasy ranking.
See Cutler’s full-page Spotlight on Page 99.
12. Matt Schaub - HOU
10. Carson Palmer - CIN 6-5, 237, age: 28
6-5, 230, age: 30 year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank 2009 PROJ 485 311 3676 20 18 92 1 261 12
2009 PROJ 505 313 3560 22 15 20 0 253 14 2008 HOU 380 251 3043 15 10 68 2 221 21
2008 CIN 129 75 731 3 4 38 0 48 41 2007 HOU 289 192 2241 9 9 52 0 144 22
2007 CIN 575 373 4131 26 20 10 0 292 9 2006 ATL 27 18 208 1 2 21 0 14 55
2006 CIN 520 324 4035 28 13 37 0 304 5 The Good - When healthy, Matt Schaub, RB Steve Slaton,
The Good - Palmer returns with a vengeance this season. and WR Andre Johnson form one of the most dangerous trios
All reports from the summer are true and he’s healthier than in the league. Schaub threw for over 3,000 yards last season
ever. Although T.J. Houshmandzadeh is no longer with the in just 10.5 games. He was the No. 5 fantasy QB in terms
team, the Bengals added veteran Laveranues Coles during the of points per game. With another year of starting experience
offseason to make up for the receiving gap. Coles is a solid under his belt, Schaub could reasonably be a Top 5 fantasy QB
veteran who knows how to break apart opposing defenses. this season if he plays 16 games.
This frees up Chad Ochocinco to do what he does best: make The Bad - Schaub is not the safest pick. He missed five
big plays. With the addition of a big OT in No. 6 overall games with a shoulder injury and concussion in 2007 and
rookie pick Andre Smith, Palmer gets some much needed pro- another five with an intestinal illness and a knee injury in
tection. 2008. Moreover, his production depends not only on his own
The Bad - If Palmer is healthy, he’ll be on the field. If he’s health but also on that of Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton. The
on the field, he’ll be throwing. Yet setting the league on fire Texans lack depth at the offensive skill positions, so an injury
with attempts and incompletions isn’t going to win you any to any of its primary weapons will set the whole offense back
fantasy games. In a ‘how bad could it get?’ scenario, Palmer quite a bit.
could try his best, but fail to make a bad team good by him- The Bottom Line - If Schaub stays healthy, he’ll be a
self. The Bengals running game flames out and defenses stack fantasy starter. Andre Johnson has developed into a topnotch
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of him. Of the 10 games he played from start to finish last sea- offensive line was in shambles last season, and Garrard lacked
son, he threw for over 250 yards in eight of them and multiple a go-to receiver. Yet, he still finished as the No. 11 fantasy QB.
touchdowns in five of them. Schaub would likely finish in the Can his downside be any worse than that? Actually, yes. While
Top 7 or so range this year if he stays healthy, but concern the Jaguars’ season was a huge disappointment, the Jaguars’
about his durability will probably drop him just outside the did face more prevent defenses, trailing in the fourth quar-
Top 10 QBs in most fantasy drafts. ter, than they are likely to see this year. If Holt is washed up
and Mike Walker isn’t yet ready for prime time, the Jaguars’
13. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT receiving corps could be worse than it was last year.
6-5, 241, age: 27 The Bottom Line - Garrard should have a fantasy season
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank comparable to last year’s. Holt will provide some help, but he
2009 PROJ 490 301 3391 23 17 105 2 267 11 isn’t the superstar he used to be. The offensive line should be
2008 PIT 468 280 3308 17 15 101 2 240 16 better, but that will probably make a bigger difference in the
2007 PIT 404 264 3154 32 11 204 2 307 6 running game than in the passing game. The Jaguars probably
2006 PIT 469 280 3513 18 23 98 2 246 10 won’t play from behind as often, but if they can better sustain
The Good - Another year and another championship for drives, they’ll have more total offensive plays. All in all, we
Ben Roethlisberger in 2008. However, fantasy owners that can probably expect comparable yardage numbers and 15 to
expected a repeat of his 2007 numbers were sorely disap- 20 TDs.
pointed. Two years ago Big Ben was a Top 6 fantasy QB, but
a new offensive philosophy coupled with a tougher schedule 15. Eli Manning - NYG
made for a barely Top 20 performance in. The Steelers plan to 6-4, 218, age: 28
protect Roethlisberger better this year and give him more time year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
to make plays through the air. Even though Nate Washington 2009 PROJ 500 279 3125 22 15 14 1 237 18
left for Tennessee, the Steelers are expecting Limas Sweed to 2008 NYG 479 289 3238 21 10 10 1 243 14
step in as a deep threat and red zone target. 2007 NYG 529 297 3336 23 20 69 1 252 14

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The Bad - Pittsburgh is not known for an awesome air 2006 NYG 522 301 3244 24 18 21 0 242 11
attack. With their stifling defense they only need their offense The Good - Eli Manning had almost no chance of matching
to move the ball and eat up the clock. Big Ben has only had his 2007 achievements last year. After all, how do you follow
more than 18 TD passes once (32 in 2007) and usually throws up a Super Bowl win and marrying your long-time sweet-
17 TDs on the season. The Steelers will once again be mak- heart? But last year was hardly a disappointment. Manning
ing a championship run, and with that tremendous defense it led his team to a personal-best 12 wins, completed 60 percent
should be more of the same for the passing attack in 2009. of his passes for the first time, and threw at least 21 TDs
The Bottom Line - The Steelers want to win games with for the fourth consecutive season. Perhaps most impressive,
a tough defense and a clock-chewing ground game which Manning cut his interception total in half, throwing just 10
leaves little room for Roethlisberger to put up big numbers picks. Manning’s best case is a Top 5 fantasy finish, some-
unless the team gets in a shootout. Big Ben needs a better thing he accomplished in 2005. In order for that to happen,
offensive line because he took a beating week in and week the group of young receivers led by Domenik Hixon, Steve
out in 2008. Sure, he can make big plays when the called play Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden will need to replace
breaks down, but too often he was running for his life behind Plaxico Burress’ incomparable productivity.
a porous line. Throwing for 20 TDs would be an improvement The Bad - Another season, another December swoon.
for Roethlisberger, and on this Steelers team that could be his Manning may have had legitimate reasons to struggle in
ceiling. December, but that’s little solace for fantasy owners who had
to start him in their league’s playoffs. Without Plaxico Burress
14. David Garrard - JAX to win jump balls, it’s hard to believe Manning won’t regress a
6-1, 237, age: 31 bit in 2009 and that means sub-60 percent passing and 15-20
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank interceptions. That also means Manning is, once again, a qual-
2009 PROJ 500 312 3375 19 14 264 2 269 10 ity fantasy backup but not a worthwhile fantasy starter.
2008 JAX 535 335 3620 15 13 322 2 272 9 The Bottom Line - Manning has the experience and track
2007 JAX 325 208 2509 18 3 182 1 219 16 record to comfortably expect Top 12 to 15 numbers at the
2006 JAX 241 145 1735 10 9 250 0 143 28 worst. The question fantasy owners must ask themselves is
The Good - Since David Garrard took the reins in whether the youth movement at WR can overcome the loss
Jacksonville midway through the 2006 season, his top receiv- of Burress and whether any of that matters in December.
ers have been Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Manning should be viewed as an excellent QB2 because he
and Ernest Wilford - not exactly an all-star cast. This season could put up QB1 numbers in any given week, but don’t reach
he’ll have seven-time Pro Bowler Torry Holt in the mix. Holt for him expecting QB1 production.
had a down year in 2008, but he still outperformed each of
Jacksonville’s WRs. If Holt can bounce back and give Garrard 16. Matt Hasselbeck - SEA
a legitimate playmaker to throw to on the outside (and if the 6-4, 220, age: 34
Jaguars’ offensive line can offer him some protection), Garrard year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
possibly could challenge for a spot among the Top 5 fantasy 2009 PROJ 510 298 3188 22 14 88 1 248 15
QBs. 2008 SEA 209 109 1216 5 10 69 0 78 36
The Bad - One might think that, barring injury, 2009 could 2007 SEA 562 352 3966 28 12 79 0 306 7
not be any worse for Garrard than was 2008. The Jaguars’ 2006 SEA 371 210 2442 18 15 110 0 190 22
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The Good - The Seahawks had a chance to select Mark coaches, so we’ll have to see what type of chemistry he and
Sanchez in this year’s draft but passed on the opportunity, Edwards can develop. If they don’t click early and the season
leaving Matt Hasselbeck with a hold on the starting QB posi- gets off to a bad start, things could spiral downward very
tion in Seattle. He has been a Top 10 fantasy QB when he has quickly. The biggest concern is probably the Bills offensive
stayed healthy. Over the last seven years, Hasselbeck has been line, which will have three new starters this year after trading
nagged by injuries during the even years but has been able to away Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters.
stay healthy during the odd years. If you’re superstitious – this The Bottom Line - In 24 career games, Edwards has only
is an odd year. T.J. Houshmandzadeh gives him a true WR1 for accounted for 21 total TDs, so he hasn’t been a very produc-
the first time since Darrell Jackson left, and the combination tive fantasy option up to this point. In his favor, however, most
of Houshmandzadeh and TE John Carlson will provide a pair young QBs take time to develop, and the Bills have not had
of solid red zone targets. A Top 10 season is well within rea- much talent for him to throw to. Neither of those challenges
son if Hasselbeck can stay healthy. should hold him back anymore as he is at the point in his
The Bad - Hasselbeck is six months older than Peyton career where he should be able to lead an offense and the addi-
Manning – no spring chicken, but the Seahawks are convinced tion of Owens has dramatically upgraded the Bills talent level.
he has at least a few good years left in him. Nonetheless, If the line can play well and Edwards stays healthy all year, he
unlike Manning, Hasselbeck has struggled with injuries in has a chance to be a reliable QB2 this year.
about half of his seasons as a Seahawk. Concern about his
durability will likely drop him down to the QB15-QB20 range 19. Kyle Orton - DEN
in most fantasy drafts this season, and if last year’s back injury 6-4, 220, age: 27
(which plagued him from Week 5 on) continues to give him year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
trouble, he could easily fail to live up to even that discounted 2009 PROJ 420 262 2881 20 13 40 0 215 24
draft position. 2008 CHI 465 272 2972 18 12 49 3 232 18
The Bottom Line - Hasselbeck has a high upside and a low 2007 CHI 79 42 475 3 2 -1 0 34 55
downside. If he stays healthy, he should be good for at least The Good - Kyle Orton comes to Denver from Chicago
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3,300 yards and 22 touchdowns, and perhaps substantially bet- and suddenly finds himself surrounded by superior talent. The
ter than that. But his frequent assortment of injuries over the Broncos have a better offensive line, better wide receivers,
past eight season make him difficult to count on as a starter. and arguably a better ground game than the Bears which could
mean that Orton is primed for a banner year. Add in the fact
17. Matt Cassel - KC that he will now be coached by QB guru Josh McDaniels and
6-5, 230, age: 27 it only enhances his potential production. In 2008 Jay Cutler
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank had a phenomenal season in Denver, but Orton is no Cutler.
2009 PROJ 515 287 3116 20 15 198 1 247 16 While he may not throw for as many yards (Denver could fea-
2008 NE 516 327 3693 21 11 271 2 297 8 ture Knowshon Moreno more than expected) Orton could be a
2007 NE 7 4 38 0 1 12 1 8 70 more efficient QB - especially in the red zone.
2006 NE 8 5 32 0 0 4 0 2 64 The Bad - The Broncos brought in Chris Simms to compete
See Cassel’s full-page Face-off on Page 103. for the QB position and it could be a battle that goes back
and forth throughout the season. Simms has reportedly looked
18. Trent Edwards - BUF very good in mini camp and he has a much stronger arm than
6-4, 220, age: 26 Orton. Head Coach Josh McDaniels may vacillate back and
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank forth between the two until one emerges. Orton looked good
2009 PROJ 450 280 3128 20 15 106 1 238 17 in the first half of the 2008 season, but after an ankle injury
2008 BUF 374 245 2699 11 10 117 3 199 22 (that he, perhaps mistakenly, played through) he looked like
2007 BUF 269 151 1630 7 8 49 0 106 30 a below average QB. Orton should be better protected behind
The Good - Entering his third year in the NFL, Trent the Denver offensive line, but if the pressure gets to him he
Edwards has already started 23 games, but he is still a young usually falters.
QB who should continue to improve as he gains more experi- The Bottom Line - We expect Orton to win the starting job
ence. The Bills have not given him a lot to work with in the in Denver, although it could take him until the end of training
past as they had Lee Evans at WR and not a whole lot else. camp to do so. We’ve seen what Orton can do with average
This year, however, the Bills made one of the offseason’s big- weapons and average protection, so it’s not out of the question
gest headlines when they signed Terrell Owens to a one-year to expect his numbers to match - or perhaps improve upon -
contract. Adding one of the league’s elite receivers should have his 2008 performance.
a dramatic impact on the Bills offense. With two of the best
WRs in the league at his disposal along with a deep group 20. Jake Delhomme - CAR
of RBs to keep the chains moving, Edwards could be on the 6-2, 205, age: 34
verge of a breakout season. year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
The Bad - Although Edwards has shown some promise as a 2009 PROJ 436 250 3008 19 14 28 0 215 23
game manager and has a high completion percentage, he does 2008 CAR 414 246 3288 15 12 21 2 226 20
not take a lot of chances and frequently looks for a checkdown 2007 CAR 86 55 626 8 1 26 0 65 43
when a bigger play might be available. He’s also limited by 2006 CAR 431 263 2805 17 11 12 0 198 21
the conservative nature of the Bills coaching staff. Owens The Good - Jake Delhomme is certainly capable of a big
doesn’t have a great history of getting along with his QBs and season – he threw for 3,800+ yards and 29 TDs in 2004. In his

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QB - Kansas City

Matt Cassel Face-off
In a Footballguys.com Face-off, two writers provide an in-depth look at a player by examining either his high side or his low side.
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The High Side
by Andy Hicks
The Low Side
by Cecil Lammey

M M
att Cassel will be one of the more polarizing players in att Cassel has backed up some of the best QBs in
fantasy drafts this year. There will be many people in every the game today – Carson Palmer while at USC and
draft who do not want to touch him. This is to your advan- Tom Brady during his time in New England. Many
tage. The case against Cassel is relatively easy to make: wondered how he would perform if he was forced into the start-
1) Cassel is a system QB. ing lineup, and in 2008 we got to see that after Tom Brady went
2) He had Randy Moss & Wes Welker among others to account for down in Week 1. This offseason Cassel was given the franchise
his “successful” season. tag by the Patriots, traded to Kansas City for a second round
3) He moves from an 11-5 team to a 2-14 team. pick, and is now the main man for the Chiefs as they begin the
4) His new team lost their best receiver. rebuilding process.
5) Tyler Thigpen is ready to start at a moment’s notice. Last season Cassel finished as the No. 8 fantasy QB,
I’m sure that there are more issues that could be dredged and many people are expecting him to do the same
up, particularly from a statistical point of view, but his – or even more – this year. As Joe Bryant likes
passer rating was Top 10 in the league and all of this to say, things change fast around here so
was achieved by a player who hadn’t started since you have to stay on top of the happenings
high school. Despite a slow start last year, Cassel in the NFL. First off, Cassel likely had a
found his groove and ended the season as the career year in 2008, and as history tells
eighth ranked fantasy QB. He threw back-to- us repeatedly, very few players repeat
back 400-yard games and passed for at least or improve on their numbers after such
three touchdowns in five games. His touch- a performance. So why wouldn’t Matt
down to interception ratio was impressive and Cassel at least come close to those num-
his ability to run the ball added an additional bers again? Let’s look into this a little
two touchdowns and almost 300 yards. In short further.
Cassel did more than was expected of him. Last season Cassel struggled in the pre-
Let’s look at the move to Kansas City and season and some thought that he might lose
remove the fear factor. his roster spot to the Patriots 2008 third-round
Last year despite a conservative offense, and let’s verify pick Kevin O’Connell. The Patriots didn’t feel they
that by quoting former coach Herm Edwards “If we score 21 points, I’ll could trust a rookie behind Tom Brady and kept Cassel on the
say, ‘Whoa, we scored a lot of points.’ Twenty-one points – that’s a lot of roster which proved to be their saving grace when Bernard
points.” Kansas City still ranked in the Top 10 in pass attempts and pass- Pollard rolled up on Brady’s knee. He looked rough the first
ing TDs, higher than New England. The introduction of new head coach, several weeks of the season, but Josh McDaniels started to
former Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley, should give a boost to open things up and by the middle of the year he was running
the offense, particularly the passing game. The Cardinals ranked third in the offense effectively. However, even with elite talent sur-
points scored, with 136 more than Kansas City. rounding him, too often Cassel looked painfully average.
The departure of Tony Gonzalez to the Falcons will hurt, but they He likes to lock on to his receivers and tends to hold on to
have plenty of other options for Cassel. Dwayne Bowe is quickly mak- the ball too long which was evident because he was sacked
ing a name for himself as one of the best young receivers in the game, 47 times in 2008. Now he goes to a team in Kansas City that
and Mark Bradley came from the scrap heap to become an excellent doesn’t have the same type of weapons as New England, let
complement to Bowe. The Chiefs have good pass-catching backs in Larry alone the same type of offensive line. He goes from throwing
Johnson & Jamaal Charles, and they also have high hopes for the probable to Randy Moss and Wes Welker to throwing to Dwayne Bowe
replacement of Tony Gonzalez, last year’s third-round pick Brad Cottam. and Mark Bradley. That is a huge difference that will show up
A lot of people when rating Cassel don’t seem to account for possible in his final numbers. Todd Haley is his new head coach and he
improvement in a guy who hadn’t played competitively for seven years. did great things with the Arizona offense – but Cassel is not
Cassel’s first season as a starter is as good if not better than almost any Kurt Warner. What is the biggest difference between Cassel
other quarterback ever to play the game. His pass completion percentage and Warner (or Tom Brady)? It’s quickness when going through
was Top 10 all-time for a first season starting quarterback, with mainly reads and decisiveness when throwing the football. Being with
established greats such as Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Tom Brady a new team, with less dangerous weapons, and more pressure
ahead of him. Drafting Matt Cassel to be your starting QB would be on his shoulders = Matt Cassel struggling to match his numbers
ICON/SMI

risky, but as your backup or part of a committee he’ll be very useful. from 2008.
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second year back from Tommy John surgery, we could expect 22. Jason Campbell - WAS
improvement after an uneven 2008 season. Steve Smith should 6-5, 228, age: 28
be available for all 16 games this year, which should help year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
Delhomme get off to a better start. If he can put together a few 2009 PROJ 465 274 2930 16 9 200 1 228 21
more outstanding games this season, Delhomme could outper- 2008 WAS 506 315 3245 13 6 258 1 240 17
form his draft spot significantly. 2007 WAS 417 250 2700 12 11 185 1 196 18
The Bad - Delhomme’s numbers could come in below last 2006 WAS 207 110 1297 10 6 107 0 110 33
year’s mark as he plays in a very run-oriented offense these The Good - After seven offensive playbooks in nine sea-
days. It’s hard to see him getting back to his mid-decade form, sons, Jason Campbell has to be happy to enter the 2009 season
despite the big contract. Muhsin Muhammad is aging and the with the same coaches, supporting cast and playbook as last
Panthers didn’t upgrade the WR position during the draft leav- year. After completing a career-best 62.3 percent of his passes
ing a rather thin selection of targets for Delhomme to choose and throwing the fewest interceptions per pass in the league,
from (neither Dante Rosario nor Jeff King impressed from the Campbell has something to build upon. If he can shake off the
TE position last year, either). team’s overtures to replace him and show a willingness to take
The Bottom Line - Delhomme signed a $42.5 million deal more chances downfield, this year, Campbell could surprise
with Carolina ($20 million guaranteed) during the offseason, and be a fringe Top 12 passer. His athleticism and mobility
so he is entrenched as the starter. His numbers last season (258 yards rushing in 2008) add upside beyond what should be
were solid considering he was coming off major elbow sur- solid but not spectacular passing stats.
gery, as he finished at No. 19 among all fantasy QBs (in the The Bad - Campbell must have felt like persona non grata
middle of fantasy QB2 range). That’s a good spot for him as at times this offseason, as the Redskins were linked to Jay
the Panthers love to grind out the game with their running Cutler rumors and then were allegedly interested in draft-
backs, limiting Delhomme’s ceiling as a passer (he’s had fewer ing Mark Sanchez. It’s hard to believe the Redskins view
than 450 passing attempts in each of his last four seasons). Campbell as the long-term answer anymore. If Campbell lets
that fact affect his confidence all bets are off. If the team’s
21. Joe Flacco - BAL
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young receivers fail to improve in their second year, or
6-6, 236, age: 24 Campbell continues to play ultra-conservatively, he could be
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank among the least compelling fantasy options.
2009 PROJ 452 280 3074 17 13 176 1 232 19 The Bottom Line - Campbell is a difficult player to proj-
2008 BAL 428 257 2971 14 12 180 2 227 19 ect this year. Realistically, neither Todd Collins nor Colt
The Good - The theory goes, the biggest leap forward a Brennan should threaten his playing time. But then again,
quarterback will make is between his first and second seasons coaches can make surprising decisions particularly if man-
as a starter. Considering Joe Flacco took his team to within a agement doesn’t feel Campbell has a long-term future in
game of the Super Bowl, a significant increase in productivity Washington. The real key for Campbell will be whether his
would be music to Baltimore’s ears. Flacco will go into the sea- supporting cast develops.
son with three legitimate runners to help the ground game, all
of his receivers back in town, and an additional tight end in L.J. 23. Chad Pennington - MIA
Smith. What’s more, in an interesting twist, the defensive losses 6-3, 225, age: 33
for Baltimore could be Flacco’s gain. If the Ravens play fewer year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
close, smash-mouth style games, the potential could be there 2009 PROJ 470 299 3173 18 11 48 0 224 22
for the team to air it out a bit more. He has already proven that 2008 MIA 476 321 3653 19 7 62 1 264 11
he throws a very good deep ball - why not use it a bit more? 2007 NYJ 260 179 1765 10 9 32 1 128 27
The Bad - Flacco’s numbers were solid, but not eye-pop- 2006 NYJ 485 313 3352 17 16 109 0 231 16
ping, a year ago. Obviously it’s difficult to say anything nega- The Good - The best-case scenario for Chad Pennington in
tive about his performance, but a case can be made that the 2009 is the same production as he enjoyed in 2008. He had an
defense and running game carried the team to the AFC title unbelievable season, but with a killer schedule in front of the
game. It could be argued that the best thing Flacco did was to Dolphins this year, it will be difficult to expect more than what
not mess it all up. While he did make plays and didn’t make he accomplished in 2008.
a ton of mistakes, he’ll also enter his second season with The Bad - Pennington struggles to live up to the spectacu-
expectations now. Had he turned in a typical rookie season, lar 2008 campaign and slides back down to earth. He doesn’t
fans would be looking for improvement. The fact that he had complete 67 percent of his passes and throws for fewer yards.
an unprecedented rookie season means that anything short of In addition the Dolphins fall out of playoff contention thanks
significant improvement might be seen as regression. to a murderous schedule and second-year pivot Chad Henne as
The Bottom Line - The training wheels should come off well as rookie Pat White earn some second half playing time
in 2009 as the Ravens look to find out if Flacco can join the as the Dolphins prepare for the future.
ranks of the elite in Year 2. He’ll likely be given a bit more The Bottom Line - Pennington may struggle to match
freedom within the offense, as he showed signs of that a 3,600+ passing yards this season, but he’ll still have a high
year ago. His counting numbers (yards, touchdowns) should completion percentage and may get a few more touchdown
increase as the team takes to the air a bit more. It wouldn’t be passes. All things considered, he’ll have marginal value as a
surprising in the least to see him enjoy a Ben Roethlisberger- fantasy starter but possibly good value as a backup.
type arc to his career.

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24. Shaun Hill - SF 27. Sage Rosenfels - MIN
6-3, 226, age: 29 6-4, 216, age: 31
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
2009 PROJ 445 264 3026 18 16 144 1 228 20 2009 PROJ 365 219 2427 15 12 70 0 176 30
2008 SF 288 181 2046 13 8 115 2 170 27 2008 HOU 174 116 1431 6 10 37 0 89 35
2007 SF 79 54 501 5 1 14 1 51 48 2007 HOU 240 154 1684 15 12 51 1 143 24
The Good - To illustrate Hill’s fantasy potential, if his 2008 2006 HOU 39 27 265 3 1 5 0 25 53
stats were pro-rated over 16 games, he would have been a Top The Bottom Line - Without question, the Vikings were in
6 fantasy QB. Adding hot shot rookie WR Michael Crabtree desperate need of an upgrade at QB. That said, only time will
and FA Brandon Jones to an otherwise intact passing game, tell if Sage Rosenfels is the answer. He does have a swagger
and Hill could be real value in fantasy drafts. about him and has had some success in the past (15 touch-
The Bad - Shaun Hill will need to adapt to another new down passes in 2007). However, he throws too many intercep-
offense in 2009 as he’ll have his sixth different offensive coor- tions and makes some questionable decisions on the field.
dinator in the last six years. Another concern is that Hill has Obviously, he’ll also need Brett Favre to stay retired.
finished the last two years as a starter on 49ers teams that were
out of contention. How will he play in early season games that 28. Kerry Collins - TEN
really matter? With the departure of Mike Martz,the passing 6-5, 240, age: 37
game is also likely to be scaled down under the more conser- year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
vative Jimmy Raye. 2009 PROJ 410 234 2558 15 10 37 0 182 29
The Bottom Line - At the conclusion of 2007, Shaun Hill 2008 TEN 415 242 2676 12 7 49 0 180 25
demonstrated the ability to post solid fantasy stats. He was 2007 TEN 82 50 531 0 0 -3 0 26 57
rewarded with an extended contract and the chance to win the 2006 TEN 90 42 549 1 6 0 0 25 52
starting job outright in 2008. He struggled however to adapt The Bottom Line - Kerry Collins enters this season as the

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to the Martz playbook and it wasn’t until Mike Singletary unquestioned starter in Tennessee. He proved last year that he
took over the head coaching role that Hill was given an could run this offense effectively and may be asked to do more
extended run to close out 2008. As for Hill’s fantasy pros- in 2009. However, the Titans are a run-first team so Collins’
pects this year, with the arrival of Jimmy Raye expect the pri- production will be very limited by the system.
mary focus to be the running game. The drafting of Michael
Crabtree gives him a big play weapon, but is Crabtree going 29. Brady Quinn - CLE
6-4, 225, age: 25
to be a big contributor in his rookie season? There are a lot
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
of questions marks surrounding Hill, but the promise of his
2009 PROJ 295 157 1859 11 9 80 1 142 31
upside is tantalizing.
2008 CLE 89 45 518 2 2 21 0 34 42
2007 CLE 8 3 45 0 0 0 0 2 74
25. JaMarcus Russell - OAK The Bottom Line - Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson will
6-6, 255, age: 24
battle in training camp for the starting job. Even if Quinn
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
wins the job, he’ll spend part of the season looking over his
2009 PROJ 420 241 2667 14 10 94 1 195 26
2008 OAK 368 198 2423 13 8 127 1 184 24
shoulder. This offense may be one of the NFL’s worst and lacks
2007 OAK 66 36 373 2 4 4 0 23 60
playmakers.
The Bottom Line - This is the year that JaMarcus Russell
starts to earn that No. 1 overall draft pick. He started to “get 30. Mark Sanchez - NYJ
6-2, 227, age: 23
it” at the end of the 2008 season, and now with better WRs
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
he should have the best season of his career. Over 3,000 yards
2009 PROJ 438 267 2738 15 14 68 1 196 25
passing with around 15 passing TDs certainly isn’t out of the
The Bottom Line - Mark Sanchez will more than likely
question for the big signal caller.
win the job in training camp. And just as likely, he will proba-
bly fail to wow many people in Year 1. There are precious few
26. Marc Bulger - STL rookie quarterbacks who stepped into starting roles and pro-
6-3, 210, age: 32
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
duced. Barring injury, Sanchez will likely start the majority of
2009 PROJ 445 246 2715 14 14 34 0 181 29 the season and if all goes according to plan he will start show-
2008 STL 440 251 2720 11 13 41 0 173 26 ing signs of progress towards the latter stages of December.
2007 STL 378 221 2392 11 15 13 0 150 21
2006 STL 588 370 4301 24 8 44 0 307 3 31. Byron Leftwich - TB
The Bottom Line - Based on Marc Bulger’s previous 6-5, 240, age: 29

accomplishments, he is worth considering as a low-end QB2 year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
in 12-team fantasy leagues. But with so many unproven play- 2009 PROJ 305 173 1983 9 8 51 0 132 32
2008 PIT 36 21 303 2 0 7 1 30 44
ers he’ll have to rely on, playing in a new system that may take
2007 ATL 58 32 279 1 2 7 0 17 64
a while to jell; he is no better than a late-round flyer.
2006 JAX 183 108 1159 7 5 41 2 97 34
The Bottom Line - Despite a very impressive performance
by rookie Josh Freeman in the preseason, the Bucs should

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decide to hold off on the future and name Byron Leftwich the
starting QB. The team’s best chance to compete in a very com- Other QBs
petitive NFC South is to go with a QB who has experience and
the ability to captain the team - and that’s Leftwich. However, Charlie Batch, PIT
don’t be surprised to see Freeman get time during the year, Charlie Batch was lost for the season in 2008 but regains his
especially if Tampa Bay struggles to win games. job as the No. 2 QB in Pittsburgh because Byron Leftwich is
now in Tampa Bay. Whenever he’s gotten into a game Batch
32. Daunte Culpepper - DET has been an effective game manager but will likely never be a
6-4, 240, age: 32 QB to put up more than average fantasy stats in the Pittsburgh
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank system. If the Steelers don’t protect Ben Roethlisberger better
2009 PROJ 95 49 580 4 4 20 1 49 35 in 2009, we could see Batch fill in for a game or two while the
2008 DET 115 60 786 4 6 25 1 58 38 starter is ailing.
2007 OAK 186 108 1331 5 5 50 3 105 31
2006 MIA 134 81 929 2 3 20 1 59 42 Kyle Boller, STL
The Bottom Line - The Lions were a dreadful team last After five years of jumping between starting and riding the
year and while you cannot pin the blame on Daunte Culpepper, pine in Baltimore, Kyle Boller has found a pretty good spot in
he didn’t really provide a spark when called upon. In 2004, St. Louis. He is behind Marc Bulger, who has played only one
Culpepper threw for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns and was 16-game season in his seven-year career. If Boller does get on
considered one of the greatest fantasy players in his era. The the field, he will have a couple of nice targets in Donny Avery
past four years have been embarrassingly bad, but he is just and Randy McMichael.
32. There is a chance the light bulb flickers on and he regains
his past moxie that made him so special. It isn’t likely in Kellen Clemens, NYJ
Detroit however as the Lions have nothing to lose by giving Kellen Clemens had very little success as a starter two
their rookie quarterback all the snaps in 2009. seasons ago, but if the Jets had been unable to move up and
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acquire Sanchez, they were at least willing to go into the
33. Matthew Stafford - DET season with Clemens as their guy. That’s not exactly the most
6-2, 225, age: 21 ringing endorsement of all time, but it at least suggests they
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank were comfortable enough with him to give it a shot. Should
2009 PROJ 435 240 2667 16 19 50 1 189 30 Sanchez hold out for an extended period or falter in the early
The Bottom Line – With the immediate success enjoyed by portion of the season, recent history suggests the Jets would
last year’s rookies Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, Detroit will like- at least give Clemens a legitimate shot to play. He could also
ly be eager to see Matthew Stafford on the field. He doesn’t win the job out of training camp as the Jets attempt to ease
have the benefit of a quality offensive line (like Ryan and Sanchez in.
Flacco did last season), so the instant gratification will prob-
ably not be there. He will likely get hit early and often until he Brett Favre, FA
adjusts to the speed of the game. At press time, Brett Favre’s agent says the QB has no interest
in playing this season. Of course, Favre has met with Vikings
34. Derek Anderson - CLE officials and world-renowned surgeons regarding his injured
6-6, 240, age: 26
shoulder. There are conflicting reports on whether Favre is
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
willing to undergo surgery, but most agree that he is trying to
2009 PROJ 155 79 946 6 5 22 0 68 33
get healthy so he can sign with the Vikings in an effort to gain
2008 CLE 283 142 1615 9 8 55 0 114 32
revenge on the Packers for releasing him last year.
2007 CLE 527 298 3787 29 19 70 3 311 5
2006 CLE 117 66 793 5 8 47 0 56 43
The Bottom Line - Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn will
Josh Freeman, TB
Rookie HC Raheem Morris has shown in press conferences
go into training camp battling each other for the starting job.
and interviews to be very forthcoming when it comes to media
Whoever wins will spend time looking over their shoulder, and
relations and team information. He mentioned that he’ll make
each could see the field for several games this season.
his decision on who will start at QB after the third preseason
game, so obviously, the preseason action will be the determin-
35. Tarvaris Jackson - MIN ing factor on when Josh Freeman’s playing time will begin.
6-2, 225, age: 26
year team patt pcmp pyds ptds int ryds rtds FP FP Rank
Will he be the rookie everyone is talking about in Week 5 or
2009 PROJ 100 57 625 3 2 78 1 55 34 will he succumb to the overwhelming understanding that the
2008 MIN 149 88 1056 9 2 139 0 101 34 QB position in the NFL is miles apart from the previous level?
2007 MIN 294 171 1911 9 12 260 3 164 20
2006 MIN 81 47 475 2 4 77 1 41 47 Jeff Garcia, OAK
The Bottom Line - The 2009 season doesn’t look promising JaMarcus Russell finished the 2008 season on a hot streak,
for Tarvaris Jackson. The club signed Sage Rosenfels and is and the Raiders expect him to continue his progress this sea-
flirting with Brett Favre. Either player would likely start over son. Because of his draft status Russell may have a longer
Jackson. However, if Favre stays retired and Rosenfels turns in leash than other starting QBs, but if he were to go out with
a couple of stinkers, the Vikings would not hesitate to turn to injury Jeff Garcia would step in and run the team effectively as
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Jon Kitna, DAL Troy Smith, BAL
Jon Kitna is one of the better NFL backups and someone all Troy Smith will be a solid backup to Joe Flacco, although
fantasy owners should keep an eye on. If Tony Romo got hurt, his size and playing style couldn’t really be more different. He
Kitna would be able to step in and put up decent numbers. was very serviceable when pressed into action late in the 2007
Would he be a Top 10 fantasy QB? Not likely. But would he season, but that was nearly two years and one coaching staff
be someone worth starting particularly against bad defenses? ago. His value for this season is tied directly to Flacco’s effec-
Absolutely. tiveness and health – nothing more.

Kevin Kolb - PHI Tyler Thigpen, KC
Kevin Kolb had his chance last year, as Andy Reid shocked While the official team line says there is open competi-
the world by handing the ball over to him in the second half of tion for the starting QB spot, this is Matt Cassel’s job. Tyler
the Ravens game. But he floundered and was promptly sent to Thigpen will be the backup to Cassel in 2009 and should only
the bench, reopening the door for McNabb, who put up heroic see the field if there is an injury to the Chiefs’ new franchise
numbers and cemented his place as the unquestioned starter in QB.
2009. Kolb remains in the team’s good graces, but he has a lot
to prove to fans and analysts. Kolb isn’t a backup worthy of a Michael Vick, ATL
roster spot in 12-team redraft leagues but rather someone to About two years ago, Michael Vick’s home was raided by
remember as an injury replacement if the time comes. federal agents and his life changed. He will soon be released
to serve 60 days of home confinement and eventually wants to
Matt Leinart, ARI resume his football career. First he’ll have to be reinstated by
Heading into his fifth year in the league, this is a make or the NFL. At that time, he will almost certainly be released by
break season for Matt Leinart. He needs to show enough in the Falcons as they have no desire to take a $9 million cap hit
practice to warrant the team keeping him after Warner retires. and have found zero trading partners for his services. Once a
This year, however, he is not likely to provide much fantasy free agent, Vick will be able to sign with any team.

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value except in dynasty leagues or as Warner’s handcuff in
leagues with exceptionally large rosters. Seneca Wallace, SEA
Seneca Wallace is certainly not your prototypical NFL
Josh McCown, CAR quarterback. He’s only 5’11 and weighs in around 200 pounds.
It is most likely that Josh McCown will not see the field for However, he has shown excellent ability to be a solid backup.
any significant action in 2009. Of course, there is always the He is perfectly capable of filling in for a few starts if needed,
standard chance of injury, but Jake Delhomme generally stays and he will continue in that role this season. In the last few
on the field (three 16-game seasons in the last five years). years, Matt Hasselbeck’s body has allowed Wallace to see the
However, if Delhomme starts throwing five INTs with regular- field for 28 games (including 12 starts), so it’s reasonable to
ity, the Panthers will certainly be forced to turn to McCown. If expect him to see action again in 2009.
McCown were to move under center, look for Carolina to lean
even more heavily on their potent ground attack. Pat White, MIA
The Wildcat formation is here to stay in Miami and may be
Luke McCown, TB even better than ever this season with the addition of Pat White
Luke McCown is in a four-way battle for the starting job in who has the perfect skill-set to master the formation. There is
Tampa Bay. At the moment, it looks like he is on the second more to White than a ‘slash’ role as he has a live enough arm
rung behind Byron Leftwich. However, McCown’s window of to make plays even within a conventional offense, but in 2009
opportunity could be slammed shut soon. If he can not win the his role will be to step into the ‘Wildcat’ role but under center
starting job this season, McCown will have little role with the and perhaps from the backfield to provide additional options
Buccaneers with first round rookie Josh Freeman in town. to guard against.

Kevin O’Connell - NE Vince Young, TEN
Yeah...well...a year ago, there wasn’t any real reason to write Vince Young was injured in Week 1 of last year and never
about Matt Cassel either. Also, a year ago, there was a little got his starting job back after Kerry Collins took over. In addi-
bit of talk that some thought Kevin O’Connell was better than tion to dealing with his injury, Young also had to deal with
Cassel. Of course, the Patriots stuck with Cassel, and now he’s some depression and emotional issues. He is currently say-
a rich man while O’Connell is the guy all Tom Brady owners ing all the right things as he hopes to show the team that he’s
will consider with their last pick. finally matured off the field. He first has to beat out Patrick
Ramsey for the backup job in Tennessee and then will have
Chris Simms, DEN to wait for his opportunity behind Collins. He wants to regain
The starting QB battle in Denver may last all the way his starting job, but that will be hard to do unless Collins gets
through training camp, and as of right now Kyle Orton appears injured during the season.
to have the edge. Chris Simms looked good in practice for the
Titans in 2008, and so far the reports have been very positive
out of Broncos mini camp. If he can win the job, Simms could
be a nice fantasy surprise.

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RUNNING BACKS Intro by Jason Wood RBs are still en vogue, and as a fantasy owner you need to ros-
ter as many as possible.

T
he running back position is unforgiving and fantasy Maurice Jones-Drew is the consensus #2 fantasy RB this
owners have to accept the inevitable changing of the year, as he will no longer have to share touches with Fred
guard. The owner of the first pick this year can’t sim- Taylor. Michael Turner, last year’s breakout star, joins veterans
ply call out LaDainian Tomlinson’s name and sit back waiting Tomlinson and Steven Jackson in the Top 5. A trio of second-
patiently for his next pick. Tomlinson, while finishing as a year stars, Matt Forte, Steve Slaton and Chris Johnson, are
Top 10 RB again, suffered through injuries and had to redo his expected to deliver RB1 returns again. Curiously, DeAngelo
contract to stay in San Diego. The new top dog is Minnesota’s Williams is being drafted more on the threat Jon Stewart poses
Adrian Peterson who led the league with 1,760 yards rushing to his carries than for his unbelievable productivity last season
and has a shot at 2,000 yards this season. (20 TDs).
There’s been a lot of discussion that the league is moving This year’s rookie class is sure to have a number of impact
toward a running back-by-committee approach, but the num- players. Knowshon Moreno (DEN), Beanie Wells (ARI) and
bers don’t really bear that out. Last season 16 RBs had at least Donald Brown (IND) should all have important roles right
1,000 yards rushing - in line with the league average over the from the start. Free agency doesn’t seem to have another
last decade. Also, 12 RBs rushed for 10 or more TDs, slightly Michael Turner for us this year, as Derrick Ward is the highest
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higher than average. The Bottom Line is that stud, workhorse rated RB to change teams and he slots right outside the Top
30.
The thing to remember this year is that RB depth gives you
flexibility on draft day. You need not overweight RB at the
expense of other positions. Realistically full-time NFL start-
ers are going to fall into the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds.
Do your homework, and consider handcuffing your projected
starters to insulate yourself from inevitable injury. Visit our
website: Footballguys.com where you can view customized
rankings that are tailor-made for your league’s scoring system.

1. Adrian Peterson - MIN
6-0, 220, age: 24
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
2009 PROJ 325 1528 13 25 165 1 253 1
2008 MIN 363 1760 10 39 21 125 0 248 3
2007 MIN 238 1341 12 28 19 268 1 239 3
The Good - Now in his third season, Adrian Peterson is
ready to erupt into fantasy stardom. In 2009, the offensive line
returns to dominance after an average performance in 2008,
new starting QB Sage Rosenfels plays well, forcing defenses
to honor the pass and Peterson find huge holes to exploit. He
stays healthy throughout the season, once again carrying the
ball 350+ times but averages more than 5.5 yards per carry
and doubles his touchdown output. He finishes with close
to 2000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns and is the fantasy
MVP of 2009.
The Bad - Barring injuries, the worst-case scenario for
Peterson is a similar performance to the 2008 season with
perhaps 30 fewer carries that go to rookie Percy Harvin and
veteran Chester Taylor.
The Bottom Line - Entering into his third season, Peterson
is poised to become the elite running back that fantasy own-
ers have been waiting for over the past two seasons. He has
been on the verge over his first two seasons, finishing as the
ICON SMI

Maurice Jones-Drew third-best fantasy back in each of those two seasons. However,
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Peterson has a real opportunity for a magical season. offense has improved during the offseason with the addition
of Tony Gonzalez, which will help Turner find more room to
2. Maurice Jones-Drew - JAX roam during 2009.
5-8, 205, age: 24
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank 4. LaDainian Tomlinson - SD
2009 PROJ 240 1104 12 55 462 2 241 2 5-10, 220, age: 30
2008 JAX 197 824 12 75 62 565 2 223 9 year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
2007 JAX 167 768 9 55 40 407 0 172 13 2009 PROJ 275 1155 12 42 315 2 232 4
2006 JAX 166 941 13 61 46 436 2 228 8 2008 SD 292 1110 11 77 52 426 1 226 7
The Good - Maurice Jones-Drew has always made the most 2007 SD 315 1474 15 86 60 475 3 308 1
of his touches. His career 4.8 yards per carry is fifth best 2006 SD 348 1815 28 80 56 508 3 427 1
among active RBs. His career 34 rushing touchdowns already The Good - LaDainian Tomlinson is no stranger to the top
put him on the Top 20 list among active players - in just three of the fantasy RB standings. In his eight years in the league,
years in the league. Jones-Drew has been a solid fantasy he has scored double-digit rushing touchdowns in every single
starter each of his three NFL seasons while having to share the season. While Tomlinson has a lot of mileage on him, he has
backfield with Fred Taylor so far - until now. Taylor is in New generally avoided taking big hits throughout his career, and
England, so Jones-Drew could be in line for 250+ carries for has maintained rigorous offseason and in-season condition-
the first time in his career, which could easily vault him into ing programs with an eye toward increasing his longevity.
the top three among fantasy RBs. If Tomlinson plays the 2009 season in full health, he has a
The Bad - Jones-Drew’s lowest fantasy finish was at #13 chance to return to the top of his game.
among RBs two years ago. He’s been a Top 10 RB in each of The Bad - The trend-line describing Tomlinson’s recent
his other two years while sharing the backfield with Taylor. drop in fantasy points isn’t pretty. Tomlinson has struggled
Just because Taylor is gone, however, does not mean that through nagging injuries over the past couple of years. He’s
Jones-Drew will have the backfield to himself. Rookie Rashad also seen his yards per carry drop steadily over the past two

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Jennings has the talent to help the Jaguars immediately, and seasons and now has Darren Sproles waiting behind him for
fullback Greg Jones could get additional carries as well. work. Tomlinson will turn 30 before the season starts, an age
The Bottom Line - The Jaguars’ running game hit a road at which few running backs have bounced back to reverse pre-
bump last season with all the injuries they suffered along the vious declines in their production.
offensive line. While Jones-Drew still averaged a respect- The Bottom Line - Norv Turner said during the offseason
able 4.2 yards per carry that was nearly a full yard below his that he intends to get Tomlinson more touches than he had last
previous pace. With a rejuvenated offensive line, expect the season. If that comes to fruition, another #7 finish is about
Jaguars’ running game to bounce back; and with Taylor gone, the worst one can reasonably expect out of Tomlinson, which
expect Jones-Drew to play a bigger role and projects for a top makes him a solid pick in the first half of round one - that is,
5 finish. if you don’t have concerns about his ability to stay healthy,
in which case you may want to pass on him in the first round
3. Michael Turner - ATL entirely.
5-10, 237, age: 27
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank 5. Steven Jackson - STL
2009 PROJ 335 1508 13 8 51 0 234 3 6-2, 233, age: 26
2008 ATL 377 1699 17 9 6 41 0 276 2 year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
2007 SD 71 316 1 7 4 16 0 39 73 2009 PROJ 280 1162 9 48 413 3 230 5
2006 SD 80 502 2 3 3 47 0 67 51 2008 STL 254 1043 7 62 40 379 1 190 13
The Good - Michael Turner could repeat his stellar 2008 2007 STL 237 1002 5 52 38 271 1 167 14
campaign this year and be among the most valuable pure run- 2006 STL 346 1528 13 111 90 806 3 329 3
ners in the league. He’s 27 but has relatively low mileage. The Good - Steven Jackson is the focal point of the Rams’
With the arrival of Tony Gonzalez and Matt Ryan’s continuing offense. They will get him the ball often, both as a runner and
maturation as a passer, teams won’t be able to concentrate 7-8 as a receiver out of the backfield, and he has the individual tal-
men in the box very often. Turner should have a lot of seams ent to put up big numbers. For the Rams to be successful, they
to work with during 2009. will have to rely heavily on their running game, and they play
The Bad – Those 377 carries were a lot of work, folks. If in a conference with a number of weak defenses. If the young
Turner hasn’t been able to rest and recuperate sufficiently dur- talent around him develops some cohesion, Jackson has the
ing the offseason, he could turn in a less-than-magnificent potential to finish atop the fantasy RB standings.
season. One has to regard last year’s stellar performance as The Bad - Jackson has been a Top 10 fantasy RB only once
a ceiling – it’s hard to see him doing much more than he did in his five-year career. When he is healthy, he gets a huge
during 2008. workload - but that has limited his ability to stay healthy. The
The Bottom Line - Michael Turner tore up the NFC in his Rams’ offense is in a state of transition, and while the running
first season as a starter, finishing #2 among all fantasy RBs game should be the strongest part of that offense, the Rams
last year. He posted an outstanding 4.5 yards per carry, rushed may find themselves behind early in games which may limit
for over 200 yards twice and went over 100 yards rushing in their ability to feed Jackson the ball on the ground and also
eight out of 17 games. Turner is the type of fantasy back who limit his scoring chances. Jackson is still practically a lock to
can carry a team to victory on any given week. The Atlanta finish in the Top 20 at his position unless he suffers a major

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injury that causes him to miss a substantial number of games. 9. Frank Gore - SF
The Bottom Line - Jackson carries a lot of uncertainty 5-10, 220, age: 26
for a first round fantasy pick. If the Rams’ offense jells year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
quickly, Jackson could be the best fantasy RB in the league. 2009 PROJ 245 1054 8 49 407 2 206 10
If the passing game and offensive line struggle, Jackson will 2008 SF 240 1036 6 66 43 373 2 189 14
be unable to propel himself into the Top 10 all by himself. 2007 SF 260 1102 5 69 53 436 1 190 9
Jackson needs help from his teammates to enjoy fantasy suc- 2006 SF 312 1695 8 86 61 485 1 272 4
cess, so your view of his fantasy prospects will depend some- The Good - Frank Gore should be at the peak of his career.
what on your view of how the Rams’ offense will fare as a He is an excellent receiver and goal line back and is an exqui-
unit. site runner in general play. With the departure of Mike Martz,
San Francisco is expected to be more balanced on offense.
6. Matt Forte - CHI Gore presents himself as one of the more solid options towards
6-1, 217, age: 24 the end of the first round in fantasy drafts, and its unlikely San
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank Francisco will use a committee approach.
2009 PROJ 280 1106 9 60 432 3 226 6 The Bad - Gore got hit by the injury bug at a rotten time
2008 CHI 316 1238 8 77 63 477 4 244 4 for fantasy owners in 2008, missing the Week 15 and Week 16
See Forte’s full-page face-off on Page 111. games. Any back can get a sprained ankle, but with his lengthy
injury history prior to joining the NFL one has to wonder if
7. Brian Westbrook - PHI this is the start of a pattern for Gore. Gore also has not had a
5-8, 200, age: 30
10-TD season despite getting almost 340 touches a year over
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
the last three seasons.
2009 PROJ 215 935 7 57 450 4 204 11
The Bottom Line - Frank Gore is one of the better options if
2008 PHI 233 936 9 73 54 402 5 218 10
you need a solid RB at the end of the first round of your draft.
2007 PHI 278 1333 7 120 90 771 5 282 2
He’ll get receptions; he’ll get carries; and he’ll get touchdowns.
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2006 PHI 240 1217 7 109 77 699 4 258 6
The Good - Brian Westbrook has the ability be a 1,000-yard Rookie Glen Coffee may steal some touches but not too many.
rusher and 1,000-yard receiver and certainly any discussion Gore is unlikely to carry you to a title, but he should be a key
of his upside would start there. But at 29 years old, coming contributor if you need consistency each week.
off a season that fell a bit short of expectations, a more real-
istic upside would be a return to Top 5 fantasy status. For that
10. Clinton Portis - WAS
5-11, 205, age: 28
to happen, Westbrook must stay on the field for at least 14
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
games, the Eagles rebuilt offensive line must be effective from
2009 PROJ 315 1339 10 34 258 1 226 7
the start, and Westbrook has to recapture some of the explo- 2008 WAS 342 1487 9 36 28 218 0 224 8
siveness his balky knee robbed from him in 2008. 2007 WAS 325 1262 11 60 47 389 0 236 4
The Bad - The biggest worry for Westbrook is the chronic 2006 WAS 127 523 7 26 17 170 0 111 36
swelling in his knee that kept him from practicing for most The Good - Clinton Portis finished the 2008 season with
of the 2008 season and also limited his effectiveness. If the 1,487 yards rushing and a whopping 342 carries. His 4.3
knee condition persists, or worsens, his days as an elite fan- yards-per-carry average was his best in three seasons, and
tasy player could be over. Westbrook saw marked declines in he had 11 games with either 100 yards from scrimmage or a
his yards-per-rush and yards-per-catch last year. The Eagles touchdown. It’s hard to imagine critics once questioned wheth-
drafted a complementary RB in LeSean McCoy, who will be er Portis could shoulder a full workload. If the Redskins pass-
chomping at the bit to step into a large role if Westbrook can’t ing attack can take a step forward this year, Portis could have
stay on the field. easier lanes and that could mean a Top 5 fantasy finish.
The Bottom Line - Westbrook is one of the more inter- The Bad - Portis hasn’t missed a game since 2006 but has
esting fantasy RBs this year. Many owners will project logged more than 2,000 carries in his career. It’s hard to imag-
Westbrook to return to his 2007 form after having an offsea- ine that someone Portis’ size can continually handle 300+ car-
son to rest his balky knee and get healthy. Others will avoid ries without breaking down, and that’s always a risk because
him at his likely ADP for fear that 2008 was a harbinger of he’s not the kind of back who avoids contact. More impor-
further declines. The truth lies somewhere in between. In PPR tantly, the Redskins passing game made it hard for him to find
leagues, Westbrook remains a safe first round option. In tradi- running room late in the 2008 season, and it’s unclear whether
tional redraft leagues, you have to be more careful because we the team improved in that area this offseason.
may have seen the last of his 1,000-yard rushing days. The Bottom Line - Portis has been a Top 10 fantasy run-
ning back in five of seven seasons, including three as a
8. DeAngelo Williams - CAR Redskin. As long as he remains healthy, you can be sure he’ll
5-10, 217, age: 26
be the centerpiece of the offense. With a willingness to pound
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
the ball inside but the vision to make tacklers miss in the open
2009 PROJ 260 1300 12 23 138 1 222 8
field, few backs are as sure to perform against any level of
2008 CAR 274 1518 18 30 22 121 2 284 1
competition as Portis. As usual, Portis is an elite fantasy back
2007 CAR 144 717 4 38 23 177 1 119 31
2006 CAR 121 501 1 37 33 313 1 93 41
that you can probably draft a few picks later than his value.
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RB - Chicago

Matt Forte Face-off
In a Footballguys.com Face-off, two writers provide an in-depth look at a player by examining either his high side or his low side.
Whose argument is stronger? That is left up to you. For dozens more Face-offs, visit Footballguys.com.

The High Side
by Jeff Haseley
The Low Side
by Jeff Pasquino

L T
ast year, Matt Forte took the league by storm gaining 1715 here is an old saying in fantasy football that you
total yards with 12 total TDs. He was the first rookie RB can’t win a fantasy draft in the first round, but you
to eclipse 300 carries since LaDainian Tomlinson turned certainly can lose it. Is that a myth? Looking back at
the trick in 2001. Forte finished seventh in rushing yards, despite the past five years, less than 40 percent of all Top 12 running
the Bears as a team finishing 24th in the same category. That sta- backs from the prior season repeat. Think about that – the
tistic emphasizes the fact that Forte was the featured back and it odds are not just against Matt Forte, but every RB that was a
wasn’t even close. In fact, he had 282 more carries than the next Top 12 guy last year. So what in particular would make you
closest Bears RB (Kevin Jones). Wrap your brain around that. shy away from taking him with your first pick?
There is no doubt who the feature back is in Chicago and from a Forte was a workhorse for the Bears, logging 316 carries
fantasy standpoint, having a RB with that distinction is hard to find (fourth most of any RB) along with 63 catches (first amongst
in the multi-back era. RBs). He was such a big part of the Bears’ offense last year
Will Matt Forte exceed expectations in 2009? Considering he that no other RB had over 109 yards rushing and Forte led
exceeded nearly all expectations last year, he’s not sneaking up on all Bears in receptions. To put it in perspective, Forte was on
anyone this time around. Forte will be drafted as a RB1 this year – that the field for 850 out of a possible 1,012 offensive plays
much we know. In order for him to be a success at that draft – or 84 percent of the time. No other Bear run-
spot, he’ll have to at least match what he did last year. ning back was over 7 percent. Talk about
There are two factors to consider when look- being a key part of a team’s offense
ing ahead to the Bears 2009 season and how – Forte WAS the Bears offense. The
it affects Matt Forte’s chances of success. Bears’ coaches recognize this issue,
Both involve the trade acquisition of QB Jay and they are already saying that a
Cutler from Denver. second back will emerge and give
1. Will the running game improve with Forte some much needed relief.
Jay Cutler under center? Kevin Jones is looking healthy
Yards per carry average for all seven Denver RBs and he has been a starter in the
last year = 5.17 NFL, so he is the best candidate
Yards per carry for Matt Forte last year = 3.9 to give Forte some plays off.
Was Cutler’s presence the reason for There’s another big reason to
Denver’s rushing success last year? He is think that Forte won’t be quite the
a downfield passer and that means opposing offensive force that he was last year
defenses will have to honor and respect the deep – and his name is Jay Cutler. The Bears
ball, thus leaving less defenders in the box to stop the invested heavily to improve their anemic
run. Advantage - running game. passing attack with the trade to get Cutler,
2. Will Forte continue to see passes come his way with Jay and then the front office went and drafted three
Cutler at QB? wideouts in April. Chicago seems ready to commit harder
Forte led the team with 63 receptions last year. Will Forte’s toward a balanced offense, which should reduce Forte’s car-
receiving numbers take a dip with Jay Cutler at QB? Probably so. ries. Forte racked up over 1,200 yards last year, but he failed
The highest number of receptions by a Denver RB in the last two to reach the league average of 4.0 yards per carry and needed
years combined is 38 by Selvin Young. over 300 carries to get there. While an improved passing
How effective can Matt Forte be this year? It’s hard to imagine game is likely to open up more space for Forte to run, his
the offense won’t improve with Jay Cutler at QB. This means more number should be called fewer times in 2009 due to a bigger
sustained drives, more plays in the red zone, which leads to an commitment to the passing game.
increase in scoring opportunities. It is fairly safe to say that Forte Choosing your first fantasy RB is an important decision
will probably not come close to 63 receptions again, but his yards as it will heavily influence the strength of the entire team.
per carry average should increase from 3.9 YPC. I haven’t even Selecting someone with limited upside and good reasons to
mentioned the signing of Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace. His expect some downside is a risk I would advise against, so
presence will help an offensive line that is evolving. The increase in that is why I would let someone else in your league take Matt
expected scoring opportunities, combined with being in a one-back Forte.
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11. Chris Johnson - TEN The Good - Brandon Jacobs proved last year that he’s an
5-11, 197, age: 24 all-around powerhouse. He averaged an impressive 5.0 yards
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank per carry for a second consecutive season and added 15 rush-
2009 PROJ 230 1081 8 45 324 2 200 12 ing TDs, turning him from a marginal fantasy back to an elite
2008 TEN 251 1228 9 62 43 260 1 209 11 one. He still has upside considering he could be more involved
The Good - Chris Johnson is super fast, and it didn’t take in the receiving game.
him long to get up to speed in the NFL. He took over the The Bad - What makes Jacobs valuable is also what makes
starting job from LenDale White and was much more produc- him risky. He’s built like a defensive end and runs with reck-
tive with his carries. He has the speed and moves to score less abandon. Without Derrick Ward to spell him, the Giants
from anywhere on the field, and has set the bar very high for may turn to Jacobs even more this year, which would increase
himself in 2009. Johnson is also a solid receiver out of the the beating his body would take. Jacobs missed three games
backfield, and he scored nine rushing TDs despite losing most last year and five games in 2007, so a heavier workload is not
goalline opportunities to LenDale White. This season Johnson necessarily a good thing.
should improve on his rushing numbers because the Titans The Bottom Line - As long as you’re comfortable using
want to get him the ball more. a high draft pick on someone who probably will miss a few
The Bad - The Titans aren’t sure that Johnson can be a games, Jacobs is an attractive option as your RB1 and would
full-time back. They use him in a RBBC with White, but they be a dream option as an RB2 should he fall into the early sec-
drafted Javon Ringer to perhaps spell Johnson when he needs ond round. It’s always tough to count on a runner replicating
a breather. If the rookie flashes some ability the Titans may double-digit TDs, but Jacobs is a great short-yardage back and
decide that they need to get him more carries and thus take he should get more touches this year with Ward in Tampa Bay.
away more from Johnson.
The Bottom Line - Johnson has lofty goals for 2009 - and 14. Marion Barber - DAL
they are goals that are well within his reach. He can be used 5-11, 215, age: 26

on every down and may even be split out wide as a receiver. year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
RUNNING BACKS

His speed makes him a threat to score every time he touches 2009 PROJ 230 966 7 50 350 2 186 15
2008 DAL 238 885 7 61 52 417 2 184 16
the ball so he should have good TD totals even though he loses
2007 DAL 204 975 10 54 44 282 2 198 7
goalline touches.
2006 DAL 135 654 14 32 23 196 2 181 14
The Good – Marion Barber has the talent to put up Top 5
12. Steve Slaton - HOU fantasy numbers, but in order for Barber to realize his poten-
5-9, 197, age: 23
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank tial, a lot of things need to fall into place. One, he has to stay
2009 PROJ 265 1179 9 44 321 1 210 9 healthy and handle more than 200 carries per season. Two, the
2008 HOU 268 1282 9 59 50 377 1 226 6 Cowboys have to be willing to put Tashard Choice back on
The Good - Steve Slaton led all rookies with 1,282 rushing the bench and keep Felix Jones as a true backup. Three, the
yards last season (good for sixth in the NFL). He finished as Cowboys passing attack has to remain potent in the absence of
the No. 6 fantasy RB on the year and improved as the season Terrell Owens.
went along. He enters 2009 as the clear-cut starter, as the The Bad - Fantasy owners hope that 2008 was the worst
Texans did not draft a running back to cut into his workload. case scenario. Despite a career-high 238 carries, Barber had
Slaton should get plenty of touches again this season, and his worst fantasy season since becoming a full-time contribu-
could find his way into the Top 5 if all goes well. tor. He only averaged 3.7 yards per carry, missed time and
The Bad - Slaton is a smaller back, and many worry about only started 13 games. With both Choice and Jones looking
his ability to carry a full workload over the course of a full good in limited playing time last year, the Cowboys could
season. Although Slaton significantly outperformed expecta- decide to use a three-headed committee which would really
tions last year, He has a track record of only one year and it hurt Barber’s fantasy prospects.
could prove to be an aberration. The Bottom Line - Barber may be a buy-low candidate this
The Bottom Line - With his small stature and sparse track year because of his 17th place finish last season. While owners
record in the NFL, most fantasy owners will hesitate to spend have to be mindful of the dual threat Jones and Tashard pres-
a first-round pick on Slaton this year, but he should go near ent, Barber has been too good and is being paid too much not
the top of round two in most 12-team drafts. He has Top 5 to have the largest role in the backfield.
upside and very little downside as long as he stays healthy, as
he will be a huge focal point of the Texans’ offense. Consider 15. Ronnie Brown - MIA
6-1, 223, age: 28
him even money to finish the season as a fantasy RB1 in 12-
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
team leagues.
2009 PROJ 225 956 9 39 296 1 186 14
2008 MIA 214 916 10 43 33 254 0 183 17
13. Brandon Jacobs - NYG 2007 MIA 119 602 4 46 39 389 1 129 27
6-4, 260, age: 27
2006 MIA 241 1008 5 38 33 276 0 158 25
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
2009 PROJ 245 1139 11 18 117 1 198 13
The Good - Ronnie Brown, now more than a full year away
2008 NYG 219 1089 15 12 6 36 0 202 12 from his knee injury, should run with more explosiveness
2007 NYG 201 1011 4 38 23 174 2 154 21 and elusiveness than he showcased last year. If his body can
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Dolphins wanted him to be coming out of college. offense should afford him numerous scoring chances.
The Bad - Ronnie Brown’s durability continues to be a con-
cern for Miami. If the team thinks he can’t handle a full load, 18. Reggie Bush - NO
he won’t get enough touches to be an elite back. Also, the 6-0, 200, age: 24
Dolphins have a first-place schedule this season. If they fall year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
behind in games, they might be forced to the air more often. 2009 PROJ 145 595 5 75 608 5 180 18
The Bottom Line - Brown should have a strong season in 2008 NO 106 404 2 73 52 440 4 120 35
2009. He surprised by returning from injury effectively last 2007 NO 157 581 4 98 73 417 2 136 24
season and this year should have more explosiveness and 2006 NO 155 565 6 121 88 742 2 178 17
confidence on the field. The club really limited his carries The Good - After seven weeks in 2008, Reggie Bush was a
last season, but he is capable of 20+ carries per game when Top 8 fantasy RB. Unfortunately due to injury, it did not last.
healthy and on his game. This year, providing Bush comes back healthy, he could be
undervalued for perhaps the first time ever as a fantasy option.
16. Knowshon Moreno - DEN Before his injury he was on target for over 100 receptions, so
5-11, 217, age: 22 his value in PPR leagues is extremely high. With the Saints
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank passing on a RB in the draft or not signing one in free agency,
2009 PROJ 200 900 7 25 168 1 155 26 the Saints obviously believe that Bush and Pierre Thomas can
The Good - Knowshon Moreno is hyper-competitive and share the workload this season.
wants the ball in his hands during crunch time. He doesn’t The Bad - Microfracture surgery on a knee usually is a ter-
have ideal bulk for an every-down RB, but Moreno is a game- rible thing to hear for a running back. After four injuries to his
breaker and doesn’t require a ton of carries to make big plays. knee, resulting in him missing half of the Saints last 20 games,
HC Josh McDaniels stated that he especially loved Moreno’s one has to wonder whether Bush will ever be able to handle
pass protection. Even though the Broncos have brought in four even a reasonable workload in the NFL. It is also clear that he
RBs through free agency, this is Moreno’s job to lose, and the is never going to be a force between the tackles.

RUNNING BACKS
team is expecting him to carry the full-time load in 2009. The Bottom Line - Bush finds himself at a bit of a career
The Bad - The Broncos signed Correll Buckhalter, J.J. crossroads this year. Of vital importance will be injury news
Arrington, LaMont Jordan, and Darius Walker to free agent and his rehab. A full recovery and Bush could finally put
deals, so they expect to use multiple backs. Moreno would be together that season he’s teased us with - meaning obvious
the lead back in the committee but could be replaced on short fantasy stardom. If he cannot handle a full workload and only
yardage and goalline situations by LaMont Jordan. He could plays sparingly then his value will once again be limited, and
also be taken out of the game on certain passing downs for he could be relegated to a complementary role.
Arrington.
The Bottom Line - Many expect the Broncos to run a 19. Kevin Smith - DET
New England-style offense and that certainly is a possibility. 6-1, 217, age: 23

However, they didn’t draft Moreno that high for him to simply year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
be a committee back. They anticipate that he will be involved 2009 PROJ 235 975 8 40 280 1 180 19
2008 DET 238 976 8 54 39 286 0 174 18
on every down as a runner and receiver. Moreno is a special
back - the likes that Denver hasn’t seen since the days of The Good - Smith had a very strong second half of the sea-
Clinton Portis. son last year with the Lions - especially considering just how
terrible they were. He rushed for 708 yards in the months of
17. Ryan Grant - GB November and December and averaged almost 22 carries per
6-1, 218, age: 27
game. The best-case scenario for Smith in 2009 is similar pro-
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank duction to his final eight games of a year ago.
2009 PROJ 280 1148 7 21 137 0 170 20 The Bad - The Lions offense could improve this season
2008 GB 312 1203 4 22 18 116 1 162 22 but still struggle for consistency behind rookie QB Matthew
2007 GB 188 956 8 37 30 147 0 158 17 Stafford. The offensive line is a weak point and will likely fail
The Good - In a perfect world, Ryan Grant puts behind his to consistently open holes to run through. New Lion, veteran
somewhat disappointing 2008 campaign and returns to the Maurice Morris from Seattle, could take some of the carries
2007 form that made him one of the more exciting running away from Smith.
backs in the NFL. Last year he had 312 carries but only man- The Bottom Line - With a rookie signal-caller under center,
aged four rushing touchdowns. His lengthy offseason holdout expect the Lions to steal a page from the Falcons book from
probably had a negative impact on his season, so he should last season and establish a strong rushing attack to take pres-
have a more focused 2009. sure away from Stafford. Smith showcased last season that he
The Bad - There is always a chance that the Grant we saw is capable of 20+ carries per game, and he will likely receive a
in 2007 was the anomaly. Without a Hall of Fame quarterback heavy workload even if he does lose some touches to Morris.
in the backfield, defenses were able to concentrate more on
Grant and lessened his impact. 20. Larry Johnson - KC
The Bottom Line - The Packers offensive line is solid, the 6-1, 228, age: 30
passing game is terrific and the rushing attack should be bet- year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
ter than last year. There is no reason for Grant not to increase 2009 PROJ 215 914 9 16 110 0 156 25
last season’s poor yard-per-carry average this season, and his 2008 KC 193 874 5 17 12 74 0 129 29
2007 KC 158 559 3 42 30 186 1 98 40
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2006 KC 416 1789 17 66 41 410 2 334 2
The Good - Larry Johnson finished the 2008 season as the
22. Thomas Jones - NYJ
5-10, 216, age: 31
29th best fantasy football RB. His season was one to forget year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
outside of a couple of games (specifically his 198-yard per- 2009 PROJ 220 968 8 28 179 0 163 22
formance against Denver). Despite rumors, the Chiefs did not 2008 NYJ 290 1312 13 42 36 207 2 242 5
send him away in a trade and now are set to make him the 2007 NYJ 310 1119 1 34 28 217 1 146 22
feature back once again. We may never see 1,700 yard seasons 2006 CHI 296 1210 6 47 36 154 0 172 21
from LJ again, but a 275 carry - 1,200 yard rushing season is The Good - Thomas Jones has an excellent 2007 campaign
not out of the question. as he shattered his personal TD record with 15 scores. The
The Bad - Johnson wasn’t used much as a receiver in 2008, best 2009 scenario would be for the Jets to continue using him
and that trend should continue this year. He may also lose out as the lead hammer in their RBBC. If rookie Shonn Greene
on some goalline opportunities as the Chiefs try to take advan- eats into Leon Washington’s touches, Jones could once again
tage of Jamaal Charles’ quickness and agility in space. Once produce like a RB1.
again in 2009, the Chiefs could be playing from behind a lot, The Bad – Washington looked like one of the most dynamic
thus relegating LJ to the bench as the team must enter pass- players in the league a year ago. The Jets could be looking for
happy mode. more of a breakaway threat more often this year from their
The Bottom Line - Johnson should get plenty of carries running game since the passing game lost both Brett Favre and
this year for the Chiefs, and he likely will be the primary Laveranues Coles. The big plays will likely have to come on
option when they get inside the 5-yard line. They probably the ground, and there’s no one better equipped to do that than
won’t throw to him more than a couple of times per game, so Washington.
don’t expect a lot of receiving yards from the big back. That The Bottom Line - Jones will still score, but his touchdown
lack of receiving (and operating in a poor offense) puts a lid total will probably fall in between the two he had in 2007 and
on Johnson’s potential. the 15 of a season ago. Greene is expected to fill the goal line
role, which takes away a large portion of Jones’ scores since
RUNNING BACKS

21. Marshawn Lynch - BUF he’s not really a breakaway threat. He also faltered a bit late in
5-10, 223, age: 23 the season last year, so the Jets could look to limit his touches
year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank while at the same time getting their other dynamic runners on
2009 PROJ 220 924 7 41 291 1 170 21 the field.
2008 BUF 250 1036 8 67 47 300 1 188 15
2007 BUF 280 1115 7 26 18 184 0 176 12
23. Darren McFadden - OAK
The Good - Although Marshawn Lynch has been suspended 6-1, 211, age: 22
for three games to start the season, there still remains a chance year team ratt ryds rtds targets rec cyds ctds FP FP Rank
it could be reduced. Also in his favor, the addition of Terrell 2009 PROJ 225 990 7 40 320 2 185 16
Owens at WR should take a lot of defensive attention away 2008 OAK 113 499 4 39 29 285 0 102 44
from him and give him more room to run. If the Bills rebuilt The Good – Darren McFadden flashed his playmaking abil-
offensive line can run block better than they did a year ago and ity several times throughout his rookie season. This year the
Lynch stays healthy, he should be a borderline Top 10 RB. Raiders are expecting even more out of him, and he’s expect-
The Bad - The commissioner has suspended Lynch for the ing more from himself. He is very dangerous when he gets the
first three games of the season so he’ll get a late start com- ball in his hands, and the Raiders will use him as their primary
pared to everyone else. Despite playing in two extra games in receiver out of the backfield as well.
2008 (compared to 2007), Lynch saw his total number of car- The Bad - Darren McFadden is not an effective inside run-
ries drop by 30 last year. With the added depth at RB thanks ner, so the Raiders will have to use him on plays where they
to the signing of Dominic Rhodes and return of Fred Jackson, can get him the ball in space. Defenses will be keyed to stop
there’s a good chance the Bills will again use more of a com- the ground game, and they’ll be daring JaMarcus Russell to
mittee approach this year and limit Lynch’s touches. beat them. McFadden will not only have to produce against
The Bottom Line - The suspension will certainly hurt teams geared to stop him, he will also have to prove that he
Lynch’s overall production, but he has a chance to put up can stay injury free.
better numbers in fewer games than he did a year ago if the The Bottom Line - McFadden could see his carries double
Owens signing has a positive impact on the Bills offense. The from his rookie season as long as he can stay healthy. The
trade of LT Jason Peters figures to hurt the offensive line, but Raiders added weapons to their passing game so opposing
he was an average run blocker anyway. The RBBC approach defenses should not be able to just stack the line of scrimmage
the Bills used last year should be in place again but Lynch is to shut down the run. McFadden can rack up yardage in sev-
too talented to not be the lead back whenever he’s available. eral different ways and doesn’t need a ton of touches to have
After his suspension, he should make a relatively safe option fantasy-worthy production. Like Reggie Bush, McFadden is
as RB2 who could certainly perform like a RB1 down the not a traditional back, but a team that is willing to use him in
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Player Spotlight:

RB DeAngelo Williams
Carolina Panthers

ICON SMI
by Jason Wood – Senior Writer, Footballguys.com

W
hen DeAngelo Williams was at the other RBs that have averaged 5.5+
drafted in the first round of yards per rush on 200+ carries in a season: their top runner 60 percent or more of the
the 2006 draft, fantasy owners carries – When you’re coming off a 12-4
were excited at the prospects. The Panthers • James Brooks • Clinton Portis season and you’ve had the success John
wanted to get back to running the ball with • Jim Brown (2x) • Barry Sanders (2x) Fox has over seven seasons as head coach,
• Eric Dickerson • O.J. Simpson (2x) you don’t fix something that’s not broken.
authority and Williams needed only to
• Adrian Peterson
outplay DeShaun Foster in training camp.
Yet, things didn’t go according to plan Why We’ve Probably Seen the Peak
We’re looking at four Hall of Famers,
as Foster had almost 2x the carries while Williams stands an excellent chance of
the best young RB in the game today and
Williams was relegated to backup duties. enjoying many more Top 10 fantasy sea-
two other multiple Pro Bowl runners.
In 2007, it was more of the same as Foster sons, but he’s not a strong bet to repeat his
The important point to remember is that
had 247 carries to Williams’ 144. #1 ranking for a number of reasons.
EVERY ONE of these backs was a fan-
Fast forward to the 2008 NFL draft and 1) His YPR is likely to regress – Only
tasy star for much of their career. So yes,
the Panthers selection of Jonathan Stewart Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and O.J.
while DeAngelo Williams may never again
with the 13th overall pick. Between the Simpson has more than one season with
match last year’s feats, history suggests
coach’s insistence on giving DeShaun 5.5+ YPC and 200+ carries
he’s got quite a few Top 10 fantasy seasons
Foster more work for two years and then 2) His TDs are likely to regress – Only
left in him.
using a high first round pick on another five RBs have had more than one 20+ TD
RB last year, it’s understandable that fan- season
The Jonathan Stewart Factor
tasy owners doubted whether Williams was 3) Carolina has an extremely difficult
Jonathan Stewart is an imposing figure.
ever going to emerge. schedule – Many know that Carolina plays
At 5’11, 235 pounds with plenty of speed,
Well, what a difference a year makes. a first-place schedule this year, but in fact
Stewart has all the tools necessary to be a
Williams not only proved his doubters the Panthers have the second hardest sched-
300-carry franchise back. And his rookie
wrong, but smashed through all reasonable ule based on last year’s win percentages
numbers hint at great things in the future.
expectations. He ran for 1,515 yards on
He averaged 4.5 yards per rush and scored
just 273 carries, averaging an impressive Final Thoughts
10 rushing touchdowns, managing to fin-
5.5 yards per rush. He led the league with DeAngelo Williams was the top fantasy
ish as the 24th best fantasy RB. So why
18 rushing touchdowns and added another RB last year, yet somehow people seem
shouldn’t you worry about Stewart eating
two receiving scores. When the dust ill at ease with drafting him as their RB1
into Williams’ touches?
settled, DeAngelo Williams was THE best this year. Don’t make the same mistake.
1. Williams’ role steadily increased
fantasy RB in 2008. Sure, history tells us that the kind of sea-
as the season wore on – In the first four
You would think a first-place finish son Williams had is nearly unrepeatable.
weeks of the season, both Williams and
last year would have fantasy owners lin- But that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t
Stewart averaged 50 rushing yards per
ing up to draft Williams this year; and be a fantasy star. The least accomplished
game, but Stewart scored three TDs to
yet his ADP indicates quite a few people runner to do what Williams did last year
Williams’ zero. In the final month of the
are skeptical. The critics seem to worry was James Brooks, and he had FIVE Top
season, Williams was averaging 140 yards
about two things: 1) Williams’ numbers 10 fantasy seasons. Four others are in the
and 1.8 TDs while Stewart averaged 63
are impossible to repeat, and 2) Jonathan Hall of Fame. The simple fact is seasons
yards and 1.0 TD.
Stewart will force a true time share. like Williams aren’t flukes, and he is an
2. The Panthers have consistently given
Williams doesn’t have to duplicate elite talent. The coaches aren’t going
last year’s stats to be a fantasy stud. His to reduce his touches simply because
2008 totals were elite, even by historical Positives there’s a talented backup on the roster.
• A formidable OL returns intact
standards. Jon Stewart is going to get touches, but
• Williams became more dominant as the season
progressed not at the expense of Williams, who is
• Only 11 RBs have rushed for 1,500 yards • Every RB to do what he did has had an elite career the closest thing to a lock for Top 10
and scored 20+ TDs in a season numbers as any RB.
• Only eight RBs have averaged 5.5 yards
per rush on 200+ carries in a season
Negatives
• Jonathan Stewart is too good to keep off the field If you’d like access to more than 120
• Only three RBs have averaged 5.5 YPR on • The Panthers have a very difficult schedule other detailed Player Spotlights, be sure
200+ carries and scored 15+ TDs • Stewart’s 2008 numbers will be next to impossible
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