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TOP 200 RANKINGS........................................................................................................... 3 RANKINGS BY POSITION...................................................................................................... 4 QUARTERBACK SEASON PROFILES.......................................................................................... 5 RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES......................................................................................... 8 WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES........................................................................................ 11 TIGHT END SEASON PROFILES............................................................................................... 16 KICKER SEASON PROFILES................................................................................................... 18 TEAM DEFENSE SEASON PROFILES......................................................................................... 21 INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER SEASON PROFILES..................................................................... 24 SLEEPERS & UNDERVALUED PLAYERS..................................................................................... 32 BUSTS & OVERVALUED PLAYERS........................................................................................... 34 IMPACT ROOKIES.............................................................................................................. 35 POSITION JOB BATTLES...................................................................................................... 39 TEAM DEPTH CHARTS........................................................................................................ 41 TEAM TENDENCIES............................................................................................................ 45 PLAYER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES....................................................................................... 46 PLAYER GRAPEVINE.......................................................................................................... 66
TOP 200 RANKINGS
1. Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 2. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN 3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC 4. Ray Rice, RB, BAL 5. Michael Turner, RB, ATL 6. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 7. Drew Brees, QB, NO 8. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 9. Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 10. Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 11. Frank Gore, RB, SF 12. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 13. Randy Moss, WR, NE 14. Peyton Manning, QB, IND 15. Tom Brady, QB, NE 16. Tony Romo, QB, DAL 17. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARZ 18. Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL 19. Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA 20. Ryan Grant, RB, GB 21. Steven Jackson, RB, STL 22. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 23. Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN 24. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 25. Miles Austin, WR, DAL 26. Greg Jennings, WR, GB 27. Roddy White, WR, ATL 28. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 29. Philip Rivers, QB, SD 30. Chris Wells, RB, ARZ 31. Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ 32. Antonio Gates, TE, SD 33. Vernon, Davis, TE, SF 34. Steve Smith, WR, CAR 35. Marques Colston, WR, NO 36. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 37. Sidney Rice, WR, MIN 38. Michael Crabtree, WR, SF 39. Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG 40. Robert Meachem WR, NO 41. Steven Smith, WR, NYG 42. Dallas Clark, TE, IND 43. Jahvid Best, RB, DET 44. DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 45. LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 46. Cedric Benson, RB, CIN 47. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU 48. Eli Manning, QB, NYG 49. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 50. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG 51. Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA 52. Joseph Addai, RB, IND 53. Felix Jones, RB, DAL 54. Hines Ward, WR, PIT 55. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC 56. Malcom Floyd, WR, SD 57. Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE 58. Cadillac Williams, RB, TB 59. Ben Tate, RB, HOU 60. Jermichael Finley, TE, GB 61. Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL 62. Brent Celek, TE, PHI 63. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 64. Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN 65. Pierre Garcon, WR, IND 66. Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 67. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 68. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 69. Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI 70. Marion Barber, RB, DAL 71. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 72. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS 73. Steve Slaton, RB, HOU 74. Owen Daniels, TE, HOU 75. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, MIN 76. Antonio Bryant, WR, CIN 77. Lee Evans, WR, BUF 78. Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ 79. Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 80. Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 81. Matt Forte, RB, CHI 82. Justin Forsett, RB, SEA 83. Kenny Britt, WR, TEN 84. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 85. Santana Moss, WR, WAS 86. Donald Driver, WR, GB 87. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA 88. Chris Chambers, WR, KC 89. Kellen Winslow, TE, TB 90. Jason Witten, TE, DAL 91. Laurence Maroney, RB, NE 92. Thomas Jones, RB, KC 93. Ricky Williams, RB, MIA 94. Mike Wallace, WR, PIT 95. Devin Thomas, WR, WAS 96. Devin Hester, WR, CHI 97. Johnny Knox, WR, CHI 98. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, CLE 99. Alex Smith, QB, SF 100. Donovan McNabb, QB, WAS 101. Reggie Bush, RB, NO 102. Brian Westbrook, RB, FA 103. Julian Edelman, WR, NE 104. Terrell Owens, WR, FA 105. Derrick Mason, WR, BAL 106. Wes Welker, WR, NE 107. Vincent Jackson, WR, SD 108. New York Jets, DEF 109. San Francisco 49ers, DEF 110. Minnesota Vikings, DEF 111. Baltimore Ravens, DEF 112. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN 113. Tim Hightower, RB, ARZ 114. Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF 115. Derrick Ward, RB, TB 116. Chad Henne, QB, MIA 117. Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 118. Austin Collie, WR, IND 119. Steve Breaston, WR, ARZ 120. Torry Holt, WR, NE 121. Zach Miller, TE, OAK 122. John Carlson, TE, SEA 123. David Garrard, QB, JAC 124. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 125. Brett Favre, QB, MIN 126. Nate Kaeding, K, SD 127. Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ 128. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ 129. Kevin Walter, WR, HOU 130. Jabar Gaffney, WR, DEN 131. Greg Olsen, TE, CHI 132. Heath Miller, TE, PIT 133. Kevin Boss, TE, NYG 134. Michael Bush, RB, OAK 135. C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 136. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG 137. Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI 138. Roy Williams, WR, DAL 139. Garrett Hartley, K, NO 140. Matt Moore, QB, CAR 141. Vince Young, QB, TEN 142. Kyle Orton, QB, DEN 143. Chester Taylor, RB, CHI 144. Willis McGahee, RB, BAL 145. Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE 146. Donnie Avery, WR, STL 147. Arrelious Benn, WR, TB 148. Mario Manningham, WR, NYG 149. Garrett Hartley, K, NO 150. Carolina Panthers, DEF 151. Green Bay Packers, DEF 152. Dallas Cowboys, DEF 153. Denver Broncos, DEF 154. Mason Crosby, K, GB 155. Stephen Gostkowski, K,NE 156. Eddie Royal, WR, DEN 157. Chaz Schilens, WR, OAK 158. Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN 159. Nate Burleson, WR, DET 160. Chris Cooley, TE, WAS 161. Fred Davis, TE, WAS 162. Jeremy Shockey, TE, NO 163. Ben Watson, TE, CLE 164. David Akers, PHI, K 165. Matt Cassel, QB, KC 166. Jason Campbell, QB, OAK 167. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ 168. Larry Johnson, RB, WAS 169. Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 170. Justin Gage, WR, TEN 171. Devery Henderson, WR, NO 172. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, IND 173. New England Patriots, DEF 174. Ryan Longwell, K, MIN 175. Dan Carpenter, K, MIA 176. Lawrence Tynes, K, NYG 177. Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU 178. Golden Tate, WR, SEA 179. Deion Branch, WR, SEA 180. Pittsburgh Steelers, DEF 181. Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ 182. Matt Leinart, QB, ARZ 183. Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA 184. Laurent Robinson, WR, STL 185. Josh Morgan, WR, SF 186. Washington Redskins, DEF 187. San Diego Chargers, DEF 188. Chicago Bears, DEF 189. Robbie Gould, K, CHI 190. Josh Freeman, QB, TB 191. Sam Bradford, QB, STL 192. Trent Edwards, QB, BUF 193. Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ 194. Todd Heap, TE, BAL 195. Tony Scheffler, TE, DEN 196. Jake Delhomme, QB, CLE 197. Tarvaris Jackson, QB, MIN 198. Matt Prater, K, DEN 199. Rob Bironas, K, TEN 200. Matt Bryant, K, ATL
SD Dwayne Bowe. CAR 12. DAL Darren McFadden. 43. Bo Scaife. 46. 53. NYJ 16. 21. HOU Golden Tate. 66. CHI Justin Forsett. 42. 28. STL Josh Morgan. PIT 20. CIN 16. Adam Vinatieri. SD Austin Collie. DAL 6. Tony Scheffler. 58. 29. MIN 15. BAL 10. CIN Lee Evans. NE Santonio Holmes. IND 20. KC Ricky Williams. 43. Eli Manning. NO 9. Marques Colston. 70. 64. Olindo Mare. 51. NYJ 27. 52. NE Vincent Jackson. 24. 40. Dustin Keller. BUF Braylon Edwards. ATL 11. OAK C. NO 19. 54. DeAngelo Williams. IND 16. SEA 29. SF 19. OAK 26. 25. NE Thomas Jones. Sam Bradford. GB 9. 31. ARZ 4. DET 25. 50. Ryan Grant. DAL Montario Hardesty. 21. 33. BUF Derrick Ward. Jason Witten. MIN 7. Shonn Greene. MIN 3. MIA Joseph Addai. JAC 19. Brandon Marshall. MIA 17. Dallas Clark. 35. CHI 12. Brent Celek. 44. BAL Wes Welker. PHI 14. SF Brian Hartline. BUF Ahmad Bradshaw.RANKINGS BY POSITION QUARTERBACK 1. 39. NE 5. Byron Leftwich. CIN Pierre Garcon. WAS Donald Brown. WAS Donald Driver. Spiller. Knowshon Moreno. 32. 35. TB 30. Tom Brady. Hines Ward. Graham Gano. DET 4 . Dan Carpenter. DEN 24. 71. ARZ Torry Holt. JAC Malcom Floyd. Matt Prater. WAS 18. ARZ 17. 60. MIA Greg Camarillo. Jahvid Best. ARZ 15. Kyle Orton. 37. 41. Jason Campbell. JAC 24. HOU 8. TEN 12. 25. Mark Sanchez. John Carlson. 26. 48. WAS 23. OAK 26. 75. PHI 7. IND Steve Breaston. NYG Ronnie Brown. Antonio Gates. BAL 18. 49. DAL 8. Chris Wells. TB Michael Bush. 22. Ryan Succop. KC 14. Nick Folk. 62. 72. Mike Sims-Walker. Matt Hasselbeck. SD 7. NYG 16. Greg Olsen. Jason Hanson. MIN 21. Pierre Thomas. DEN 23. CLE LaDainian Tomlinson. MIN 34. Stephen Gostkowski. Vernon Davis. Frank Gore. WAS Steve Slaton. 33. Andre Johnson. ARZ 28. ATL 6. MIA Reggie Bush. Peyton Manning. Jay Feely. NYG 9. Matt Schaub. Vince Young. CLE WIDE RECEIVER 1. Matt Cassel. 23. HOU Marion Barber. STL 31. Brett Favre. 65. 48. 41. 40. Larry Fitzgerald. Phil Dawson. ARZ Marshawn Lynch. 32.J. Jake Delhomme. NYJ 21. DEN Chaz Schilens. 39. PIT Devin Thomas. NO 13. Kevin Kolb. Chris Johnson. Mason Crosby. CLE 33. NE 5. ATL 13. Todd Heap. KC Chad Ochocinco. 47. CAR Brandon Jacobs. TEN Devery Henderson. TEN Dez Bryant. 69. NYG 17. MIN Jeremy Maclin. MIA Darrius Heyward-Bey. NYJ Larry Johnson. Owen Daniels. Reggie Wayne. Michael Crabtree. DAL 15. 28. Jamaal Charles. Steven Smith. NO Anthony Gonzalez. Rob Bironas. NYG Eddie Royal. PHI 13. 74. Heath Miller. DET 7. Matt Bryant. NYJ Jerricho Cotchery. Adrian Peterson. Visanthe Shiancoe. SF 10. 44. 37. Robert Meachem. Calvin Johnson. Greg Jennings. 68. Jermichael Finley. Lawrence Tynes. CLE TIGHT END 1. NYJ 22. DET 18. Chad Henne. CHI 10. Joe Nedney. ATL 10. 46. Jeremy Shockey. SEA Chris Chambers. Matt Moore. Ryan Longwell. CLE 20. Philip Rivers. Billy Cundiff. CHI 14. KC Mike Wallace. Fred Davis. OAK 12. PIT RUNNING BACK 1. CAR 22. MIA 8. NO Brian Westbrook. SD 2. 59. NE Terrell Owens. OAK Clinton Portis. Josh Freeman. IND 11. NE 3. TEN 23. Ryan Mathews. NYG Chester Taylor. Anquan Boldin. SEA Deion Branch. 20. BUF 32. DET 25. WAS Devin Hester. Matt Leinart. DEN 17. 38. Nate Kaeding. DEN 14. Brandon Pettigrew. OAK Louis Murphy. David Akers. DAL 11. WAS 15. 49. GB 5. 73. TEN KICKER 1. JAC 4. BAL Jerome Harrison. GB 4. 18. Garrett Hartley. HOU 8. CAR LeSean McCoy. BAL 21. Jeff Reed. 47. GB T. 57. Houshmandzadeh. CLE 35. NYG 9. NYJ Kevin Walter. 23. David Buehler. CIN Jonathan Stewart. STL 12. Carson Palmer. Alex Smith. Matt Ryan. DEN Devin Aromashodu. Marcedes Lewis. Trent Edwards. PHI 6. MIN Nate Burleson. STL Arrelious Benn. 63. David Garrard. TB 10. DEN 11. DAL Donnie Avery. PHI Cedric Benson. SD 8. DAL Santana Moss. Hakeem Nicks. OAK Josh Cribbs. PHI Kenny Britt. GB 11. John Kasay. 29. Drew Brees. PIT 7. Tony Gonzalez. 55. PIT 15. SF 16. HOU Jabar Gaffney. NO 3. 26. Jay Cutler. 56. Roddy White. SEA 24. Sidney Rice. Tony Romo. 67. Rashard Mendenhall. Kevin Boss. BAL 5. IND 4. DeSean Jackson. 45. 38. TB Ben Tate. Kellen Winslow. NYG 19. GB 2. Robbie Gould. CHI Willis McGahee. Sebastian Janikowski. 30. Joe Flacco. TEN 2. 50. CHI Roy Williams. 30. SEA Laurence Maroney. 36. Ray Rice. DEN Justin Gage. OAK Bernard Berrian. 27. 36. SF 3. NYJ Percy Harvin. BAL 5. NO 18. Michael Turner. 24. Steve Smith. Chris Cooley. Brady Quinn. Donovan McNabb. TB Mario Manningham. IND Jacoby Jones. WAS 17. Ben Roethlisberger. CHI Mohamed Massaquoi. IND Antonio Bryant. MIA 6. Aaron Rodgers. Ben Watson. FA Derrick Mason. 42. FA Tim Hightower. Randy Moss. Miles Austin. IND 4. NO 3. SD 2. CHI Johnny Knox. Tarvaris Jackson. Matthew Stafford. 31. Steven Jackson. 34. 19.J. MIN 9. 27. HOU Matt Forte. CLE Julian Edelman. ATL 6. SEA 13. 22. PIT 20. 34. KC 13. Zach Miller. Maurice Jones-Drew. DET Demaryius Thomas. HOU 2. KC 25. CLE Cadillac Williams. CAR 22. SF 14. 45. 61. IND Felix Jones. SEA Laurent Robinson.
LB 22. Brian Dawkins. LB 24. Roy Williams. LB 2. Barrett Ruud. IND. LB 17. BUF Josh Brown. S 47. S 50. CIN LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN 1. Kevin Burnett. Bradie James. Cincinnati Bengals 17. IND. LB 38. JAC. BAL. CB 11. ATL. David Harris. PIT. Danieal Manning. Kirk Morrison. LB 30. Green Bay Packers 7. LB 13. CHI. Bernard Pollard. Antrel Rolle. Jonathan Joseph. S 38. MIN. San Diego Chargers 13. Tyvon Branch. LaMarr Woodley. S 37. JAC Connor Barth. New Orleans Saints 23. Ronde Barber. TEN. Stephen Cooper. S 31. Michael Lewis. Ryan Clark. S 42. S 5. DAL. BUF. ARZ. TB. Pittsburgh Steelers 11. CIN. DeMeco Ryans. DEN. LB 50. Demorrio Williams. S 7. HOU Mike Nugent. LB 15. S 34. Dhani Jones. D. Larry Foote. Kansas City Chiefs 32. Indianapolis Colts 20. CHI. NYG. TB Neil Rackers. NYG. MIA. Chris Hope. LB 8. LB 41. Jon Beason. LB 34. Cleveland Browns 24. BUF. LB 49. Erik Coleman. Clint Session. Andra Davis. S 13. LB 31. PHI. CLE. SEA. Seattle Seahawks 29.. TB. Adrian Wilson. New England Patriots 10. LB 27. Reed Doughty. DE 47. London Feltcher. CB 24. Brandon Meriweather. Donte Whitner. GB. Brian Cushing. TEX. FA. SEA.RANKINGS BY POSITION (cont. James Farrior. DAL. BAL. Jacksonville Jaguars 30. Keith Brooking. D'Qwell Jackson.J. S 3. ATL. Geno Hayes. Richard Marshall. KC. Kenny Phillips. Chicago Bears 14. CHI. Bryan Scott. Nick Harper. Jerod Mayo. S 6. CLE. Eric Weddle. Curtis Lofton. New York Giants 25. HOU. SD. Melvin Bullitt. LB 11. James Laurinaitis. LB 44. LB 4. PIT. TB. Kelvin Hayden.J. NYG.) 27. LB 7. Lofa Tatupu. LB 16. NYJ. Minnesota Vikings 4. WAS. DE 40. Keith Bulluck. S 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27. CB 30. MIN. TEN. BUF. PHI. Nick Barnett. SF. NE. CAR. LB 18. 30. NYG. S 18. CIN. Jonathan Vilma. PIT. S DEFENSE 1. New York Jets 2. S 19. Jordan Babineaux. NO. SF. MIA. Charles Tillman. DET. S 17. George Wilson.J. S 26. Mike Peterson. DE 42. OAK. S 21. CB 44. SEA. S 25.. LB 3. MIN. Abram Elam. KC.J. S 20. Yeremiah Bell. PIT. James Butler. NYJ. STL. LB 26. Darren Sharper. LB 28. IND. LB 43. LB 37. LB 35. S 27. Rian Lindell. LB 14. S 48. Paul Posluszny. Dawan Landry. Louis Delmas. CB 16. SF. DE DEFENSIVE BACKS 1. Karlos Dansby. Gibril Wilson. BUF. NO. CB 35. ATL. LB 10. LB 32. NYG. S 45. Buffalo Bills 22. Lawrence Timmons. Henderson. SEA. Antoine Winfield. FA. LB 39. S 46. Eric Berry. Atlanta Falcons 18. Mike Brown. NO. Philadelphia Eagles 15. STL. Dallas Cowboys 8. Patrick Willis. S 8. S 2. Keith Ellison. Tanard Jackson. LB 29. S 32. Nick Collins. S 40. Tennessee Titans 28. ARZ. SD. Justin Tuck. S 9. MIN. Jared Allen. Ray Lewis. S 43. CIN. NE. Chad Greenway. CB 28. TB. Baltimore Ravens 5. James Harrison. Charles Woodson. David Hawthorne. CB 39. 29. CAR. LB 36. SD. Atogwe. CIN. 28. PIT. Williams. LaRon Landry. Louis Rams 31. Michael Boley. O. S 12. OAK. S 29. Miami Dolphins 19. HOU. Calvin Pace. Gary Brackett. Earl Thomas. Denver Broncos 9. WAS. Quintin Mikell. LB 48. T. GB. LB 21. LB 19. Houston Texans 26. LB 9. LB 12. Washington Redskins 12. Antoine Bethea. Rolando McClain. LB 6. 32. STL. GB. LB 5. CIN. 31. S 36. STL Josh Scobee. Arizona Cardinals 16. Stephen Tulloch. CIN. S 10. Mario Williams. Carolina Panthers 6. Dashon Goldson. Chinedum Ndukwe. Oakland Raiders 21. S 49. WAS. St. S 23. S 15. DeMarcus Ware. S 14. CB 41. S 34. San Francisco 49ers 3. E. LB 45. BUF. Roman Harper. IND. Lance Briggs. Kerry Rhodes. LB 23. DEN. LB 20. Terrell Thomas. Detroit Lions 5 . PIT. HOU. DAL. LB 33. BUF. Trent Cole. LB 46. S 22. LB 25. Ward. IND. FA.
1. 11. but that number is likely to regress. Kolb is likely rosterable even in shallow leagues. nor is the New Orleans’ offense any weaker this year. Still. Smith’s 372 pass attempts through 11 games in 2009 would come out to about 541. McNabb has generally been lucky to top the 20-TD threshold. increasing his touchdown production (28 to 30) while cutting his interceptions in half (13 in 2008. With Hakeem Niks going long and Steven Smith running underneath. Kevin Kolb. 3. That’s what helps separate him from the rest of the pack. Eli Manning. 14. 13. the chances of Rivers surpassing 500 are even lower. and the presence of the very talented Calvin Johnson. there’ll be plenty of opportunities for Manning to find targets. 2. Peyton Manning. SD Rivers has the skills to be ranked higher than this. DET Stafford presents an instance where we might have to continue valuing pedigree over performance. signs point to Stafford being a pretty interesting No. Chad Henne. Drew Brees. and also the one completely lost to injury. despite playing three more games. Matthew Stafford. Yeah. Henne qualifies as a No. Palmer’s TD numbers have been trending the wrong way. optimism in the Lions camp. talented receivers. either. nor does that trend seem likely to stop in 2010. Joe Flacco. Tom Brady. 7. With coach Andy Reid’s pass-oriented offense and a decent showing during Donovan McNabb’s early-season rib injury. the young QB finished the season averaging 35 attempts over his last three games. which saw him post a crazy 18:3 TD:INT ratio. That might mean be cause for a slight improvement over last year’s already-fine numbers. Schaub’s fantasy value is perhaps overstated by the sheer number of attempts he’s bound to make. 21. DAL Romo preserved his touchdown total from 2008 (26) while cutting his interceptions by five — this. Now with a legitimate deep threat in the mix. Matt Schaub. but consider: a full 17 quarterbacks threw more passes than Rivers in 2009. One advantage entering 2010: Brady hasn’t spent the offseason rehabbing. NO He’s not the first QB on this list. Carson Palmer. most fantasy leagues subtract only a single point for interceptions while awarding either four or six for a touchdown. but Palmer is still a Bengal. which saw him battle turf toe en route to a decreased yard-per-attempt rate (7. Alex Smith. In fact. David Garrard. 10. In 2009. with the fresh-faced Ryan Mathews replacing a hobbled LaDainian Tomlinson. SF Prorated over the course of a full year. Even with a new team and coach (Redskins. Still. Now. 12. It’s good for Schaub that 170 of those were in Andre Johnson’s direction. No. 2 QB with upside. NYG Manning enters 2010 with something he didn’t have at the same point last year: two dependable. Philip Rivers.5). but he isn’t far off.9% of all 6 . Aaron Rodgers. with six TDs against only two INTs. Relative youth and remaining projectability give him top rank among field generals. 26. PHI McNabb’s departure leaves Kolb as the No. 6. 8. Donovan McNabb. The Dolphins already offer a pretty excellent offensive line and varied running attack. proceeding this way since 2005: 32. instead playing a more controlled game.QUARTERBACK SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. Rivers has never topped the 500-pass threshold in a season. so great improvement can’t be expected. WAS Apart from his 31-TD performance in 2004.9 down to 6. Stafford’s 13:20 TD:INT from last season isn’t particularly appetizing. there’s reason to think Flacco’s fantasy stock is on the rise. 4. ATL Ryan’s success as a rookie was undermined slightly by his sophomore season. 9. Jay Cutler. That makes Cutler’s gambling worthwhile. Rodgers built upon the success of his first year. 28. CHI Cutler’s poor rate of touchdowns to interceptions (27 to 26 in 2009) doesn’t necessarily speak well of his performance. NE If you throw out the one giant year. Tony Romo. IND Manning has thrown the ball at least 550 times in three of the previous four seasons. 16. Brees has thrown for 34 touchdowns each of the last two years. 18. only 7 in 2009). That total would’ve placed him tied for sixth in the entire NFL with Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Orton. 1 quarterback on Philly’s depth chart. is a significant outlier. GB In his second year as starter. HOU Just as Rivers suffers from too-few pass attempts. CIN Even discounting his injury-plagued 2008. 5. Mike Shanahan) that’s unlikely to change. Still. 15. a quarterback only has so much control over that. JAC It’s appearing more and more likely that Garrard’s 2007. 2 fantasy QB this year. Matt Ryan. but between his college performance. Fantasy owners might be worried about Manning’s slightly inflated interception totals from last year (16). MIA The addition of Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins’ receiving corps — and another year of maturation — makes Henne an interesting play coming to 2010. Schaub led the NFL with 583 attempts. when he played only eight games. But with Flacco’s 2009 breakout and the additions of both Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth. 17. He still had one of the league’s better interception rates in 2009 (1. BAL The Ravens have traditionally been a run-first team — that much is obvious. Brady’s been pretty much the same guy since 2003. it’s good to be a little suspicious of any player who sets career highs as a 29-year-old.
No. In his first season with the frequently dismal Chief.) passes. there’s no additional reason for optimism. but he was reasonable efficient as a Redskin. Matt Cassel. Kyle Orton. Brady Quinn. DEN Orton has actually improved both his yards-per-attempt and interception rates each of the three years (2005. STL Though he went first overall in the real NFL draft. those numbers went to 16:16 and 5. In one full season with the perennially successful Patriots. That’s not too great. No. throwing only 6 interceptions in the team’s final 10 games. Unfortunately. That’s as much as you can reasonably ask of a guy. Cassel had a 21:11 TD:INT and averaged 7. CAR Moore took over for the struggling Jake Delhomme towards the end of the season. his lack either of experience or a dependable offensive line make his fantasy prospects dismal for 2010. and Brian Brohm. nevermind. MIN Favre has become the runaway bride of the NFL. but merely average yards-per-attempt numbers suggest that Garrard isn’t exactly fantasy gold. Josh Freeman.5% of all passes thrown) and averaged only 24 pass attempts per game. DEN Brady Quinn is on this list because 35 is a better number of quarterbacks to rank than 34. Mark Sanchez. 32. serving as more of a pocket passer while Wallace uses his legs as a more significan threat. four — games due to suspension. Now. Given a full season of play. at the very least. If he does 29. Byron Leftwich. the year 2010 might not be the one for the USC product. Young distinguished himself by demonstrating an ability to take care of the ball. Jason Campbell. 31. Matt Hasselbeck. Plan accordingly. Of 32 qualified quarterbacks. 7 . his blossoming relationship with QB coach Alex Van Pelt. which is why incoming coach Chan Gailey has opted to open up the spot to a three-way competition with Edwards. SEA If Hasselbeck’s 2009 was enough to deter you from picking him. 28. as the root of Jackson’s angst is likely the same as Rodgers has been: Brett Favre. it’s unclear whether Favre intends to play in 2010.2 yards per pass. CLE Leftwich presents an interesting case. 33. Bradford might be in for a rough year. he doesn’t appear to be someone to roster right out of the draft.9. TEN Taking over for Kerry Collins in 2009 after the Titans’ poor 0-6 start. ‘08-’09) he’s received significant playing time. combined with his running ability. that “honor” belonged to Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2009. For what it’s worth. 22. Jake Delhomme. the results haven’t been fantastic. Leftwich would probably be about 23 or 24 on this list. Matt Leinart. Trent Edwards. Fitzpatrick. 24. Thing is. Unlike the 33 QBs ahead of him in these rankings. Sanchez finished with the third-worst interception rate in 2009 (5. OAK Campbell’s move to Oakland might be a case of bad things happening to good quarterbacks. 26. 23. which saw Moore average 7. his team did. who retired this offseason. widely considered the best at his position for a decade. That doesn’t make him a superstar. Reports out of Denver have Quinn almost definitely starting the season as Denver’s No. who hasn’t received anything close to regular playing time the 35. 30. Expect something more like the latter in 2010. Actually. Vince Young. ARZ Leinart steps into a starting role vacated by Kurt Warner. Louis. Jackson hasn’t been excellent in his limited time as an NFL starter. MIN You think Jackson goes to the same therapist as Aaron Rodgers? It’d make sense. behind Kyle Orton. Certainly Freeman has the physical tools to be a fine quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson. Orton should be the starting QB. Sam Bradford. 27. compared to a league average of about 3%). Ben Roethlisberger. CLE It’s not entirely clear how Cleveland coach Eric Mangini plans to use Delhomme. In any case. he has no shot of topping the depth chart for his team. but between the Rams’ incompetence and the steep learning curve associated with being an NFL QB. 21. In any case. respectively. PIT Roethlisberger enters 2010 set to miss six — or. Campbell’s not a world-beater. he’s been going in the early-100s in mock drafts. as well: left tackle Walter Jones. As of press time. It’s hard to know exactly what to make of the lefty. but not someone upon whom to stake your fantasy success.QUARTERBACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. starting the team’s last five games. 19. The only real problem with him is that he isn’t Jay Cutler. makes him a fine bye-week quarterback. Bradford probably shouldn’t be picked at all in this year’s fantasy drafts. TB There was a great deal of optimism surrounding Freeman during the the team’s spring workouts — in particular. announced his retirement this past offseason. NYJ Even though there might be some reasons to be optimistic about Sanchez’ future. BUF Though Edwards took the majority of Buffalo’s snaps in 2007 and ‘08. 25. the player at the top of said depth chart — Ben Roethlisberger — will be out of commission for the first four or six games. but. KC Let’s be clear about this. 34. last two seasons. Brett Favre. so long as Brady Quinn doesn’t somehow steal it from him. but he’s appeared to improve every year in the league. making him an intriguing laterround pick. Matt Moore. He does have the benefit of a starting role with St. Now he’ll work behind a Raider offensive line that was second-worst in adjusted sack rate last season. Neither guy really wowed onlookers.. When he’s played.9 yards per attempt and toss 8 TDs compared to just 1 INT. Early reports suggests that Delhomme might share snaps with other new signing Seneca Wallace. with the departure of Anquan Boldin.. 2. consider this. The Panthers went 4-1 over that stretch. and this year is no exception. 20. Cassel didn’t change.
he did in 2008 (312). combined with Moreno’s pedigree. he appears to be a good play. Wells’ success will be tied to playing time. Pittsburgh has talked about an even greater commitment to the ground game. but for 2010. Pierre Thomas. consider Turner the final member of the top RB tier. TEN After only topping 20 carries once through the first six weeks. Jackson’s talent is undeniable. 17. GB Grant is part of a slowly dwindling fraternity: the NFL’s 300-carry club. SD Here’s what’s notable: Mathews will likely fill a very similar role to the one that a hobbled LaDainian Tomlinson occupied last year. 2. Jackson underwent back surgery in early April to repair a herniated disc — an injury that he actually played through over the season’s last several games. There’s probably about as much distance between him and Chris Johnson as there is between him and Rashard Mendenhall. PIT In his first shot at the job. Left to his own devices. Rice’s versatility is the key to his fantasy value. as he had fewer than 20 carries in seven of his 13 starts in 2009. JAC Jones-Drew won’t get the raw yardage totals of other elite backs. signs point to Thomas taking on a feature role in the backfield. Between that and the departure of Mike Bell to Philly. Peterson only topped the 100-yard mark thrice. Bell might be in for goal-line situations. LeSean McCoy. 15. LT still netted 12 TDs in 2009. Still. but it makes him a valuable fantasy commodity in 2010. Moreno didn’t meet the lofty expectations that his final season with Georgia — when he rushed for about 1. 10. ARZ Though officially behind Tim Hightower on the Arizona depth chart. Chris Johnson. Steven Jackson. 9. Frank Gore. consider: his carries have decreased every year since a high of 300-plus in 2006. With Tomlinson around? Not likely. He’ s been going 16th among RBs in early mock drafts. make him a compelling pick. with the offseason departure of Santonio Holmes. 11. The departure of Warner and Boldin might very well make Arizona a run-centric offense. 13. Knowshon Moreno. Despite averaging only 3. Still. While McCoy is talented and will almost definitely get somewhere near 200 carries. DEN Playing as a rookie last year. Only thing: Willis McGahee will still likely be taking some goal-line carries. Still. current backs Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith aren’t ultimately likely to pose much of a threat. and there’s reason to believe he’ll approach the mark again this year. Greene could be a top-5 back. Those facts. when the Eagles signed former Saint Mike Bell as his backfield partner. Jahvid Best. Ryan Grant. KC Charles averaged a freakish 5. NYJ The good news? Thomas Jones’ departure made Greene the principal ball carrier for the Jets. Johnson was very obviously the cream of the fantasy crop by the end of last season. BAL Rice is essentially a younger Jones-Drew. and he’s a steal that late. The main concern with Mendenhall is his durability. Maurice Jones-Drew. It’s hard to say that’s good for his future in the league. 14.3 yards per carry. CAR As part of basically a 50/50 timeshare with Jonathan Stewart.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. Offseason contract issues shouldn’t affect his performance this season. The arrival of Thomas Jones presents a challenge to Charles’ carry totals and goal-line opportunities. Rashard Mendenhall. 6. Adrian Peterson. the fact remains: Moreno carried the ball about 250 times in his rookie campaign and enters 2010 as Denver’s unidisputed numberone rusher.000 yards and eight TDs wouldn’t be surprising totals from the Panther. Still. NO Reports this offseason suggest that Thomas and the Saints are attempting to reach a long-term deal. In addition to something like 1400 rushing yards.800 yards and 18 touchdowns — suggested he might reach. 12. though: despite playing a full slate of games. 1. Ray Rice. 3. 16. he’s also a good bet for close to 80 receptions. Long-term. going some way toward addressing concerns about his health. injuries might be a consideration for Best. Ryan Mathews. 5. Like the former. 7. 18. MIN Peterson has played 16 games each of the last two seasons. Jamaal Charles. One concern remains about his 2009 performance. finishing with 11 conscutive 100-yard rushing performances.120 yards and seven touchdowns. PHI McCoy’s fantasy prospects were promising until late March. and he’s unlikely to match last year’s career-high TD total.9 yards per carry and finished 2009 with 1. Michael Turner. That bodes well for Mathews in his freshman campaign. Now. even if he’s unlikely to match 2008’s 377 carries.416 yards in 2009. Though he didn’t quite hit the mark in 2009 (282). 1. The bad? The signing of LaDainian Tomlinson calls that status into question. 8 . 8. despite not seeing significant playing time until Week 9. STL After recording an NFC-high 1. and had his best fantasy season since 2006 last year. 4. Williams is less valuable than if he were a 300-carry back. ATL Turner’s a likely candidate to bounce back. DET Though early reports suggest that the rookie Best might be eased into a featured role. SF Gore still remains a vital component of the Niner offense. but his health and lack of goal-line opportunities (only 4 TDs last season) must be considered. Mendenhall established himself as the primary ball-carrier for the Steelers last season. Wells is very likely the bigger talent — and better fantasy back. DeAngelo Williams. but his versatility (50-plus receptions the last two years) and central role in Jacksonville’s goal-line set give him excellent fantasy value. Chris Wells. If you conceive of fantasy players in terms of tiers. Shonn Greene.
provided he can handle the rigors of it. The good news is that close to half of those (49) came in the final four weeks of the season. including 2009’s career-high 1. He’s likely to top last year’s 114 carries. Barber played most of the 2009 season with a torn left quad muscle.7 per carry in 2009. but the Browns are projected to be runheavy. Felix Jones. Maroney’s nine TDs last season were great but are unlikely to be matched in 2010.8 yards per carry.8) or TDs (6 last season. problems with the fumble saw his fantasy value drop precipitously. DeAngelo Williams: talented runner and fantasy producer who’d be ranked more highly if her were netting something closer to 250 or 275 carries. MIA Williams’ low-ish ranking is less an indictment of his skills. MIA Part of Brown’s fantasy value depends upon how well he heals from a right-foot fracture that ended his season. Still. it’s hard to say how many carries Slaton will see. 21.) 19. 28. 20. “he’s got that going for him. he’ll be an excellent pick at this point in the draft. 30. more recently. Brandon Jacobs. Were he to have a clear path to the starting role. 29. 32. Ben Tate. owing to the increased relevance of Felix Jones to the Dallas running attack. Steve Slaton and Arian Foster also look set to take a fair number of carries this season. HOU Tate enters 2010 with a rookie sheen. That’s bad news for Forte. He enters 2010 completely healthy — something he hasn’t been able to say the previous two offseasons. it’s the other running backs — besides Maroney — who received 50-plus carries for the Pats last season. and more a recognition of two facts. Jones — now 32 — has rushed for 1000-plus yards in each of the last five seasons. Thomas Jones. Still. Laurence Maroney.9 yards per carry — a number that backfield partner Marion Barber is unlikely to approach. returns healthy this season. unfortuntely. For one. He was the fourth pick in the draft just two years ago. Benson provides little in the way of yards per carry (lifetime 3. per se. so he figures to get the first crack at the starting job ahead of Michael Bush. however. It’s hard to say what that mean exactly. 27. IND With the exception of his rookie season. but it’s unlikely — barring injury to Jones — that Forsett will see 200 rushes. Cedric Benson. 35. Ronnie Brown. Montario Hardesty. 22.100 yards and 11 TDs. Fred Taylor. Cadillac Williams. Clinton Portis. The down sider for Jones is that. Barber’s a good candidate for goal-line opps. who topped 1000 yards and 10 TDs in Brown’s absence. 33. That’s better for the Chiefs than it is fantasy owners. in the words of Caddyshack’s Carl Spackler. Joseph Addai. How that translates to regular-season responsibilities remains to be seen. Darren McFadden. HOU Slaton was a force in his rookie season. Willie Parker should raise some concerns among fantasy owners about role with the Redskins. Ronnie Brown. he’d certainly be ranked higher than this. Ricky Williams. Even a healthy Barber will be a somewhat risky fantasy play. Steve Slaton. Last year. but he’s topped 300 carries for every year he’s been in Washington that hasn’t been injury-shortened. Jonathan Stewart. Jacobs had surgery on his knee. 31. Williams is a little bit nutso. That sounds painful. TB Williams is a compelling No. 2 RB option. DAL According to reports.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. For now. DAL Jones amassed only 116 carries over the course of 2009.0 in both 2007 and ‘08 to a mere 3. Matt Forte. CLE The early-June OTAs saw Hardesty playing ahead of incumbent Jerome Harrison. 26. Benson recorded a full 301 carries. with the arrival of Ben Tate to Houston. who’s surpassed the 250-carry threshold in his first two pro years. OAK The Raiders released Justin Fargas in March. compiling 1. Even if he only gets halfway back to his previous levels. he’ll almost definitely share the backfield with Jamaal Charles. NE Sammy Morris. It’s hard to be much of a fantasy force in that case. Slaton claims that offseason surgery to a nerve in his neck will go some ways toward remedying the problem. Marion Barber. Kevin Faulk: no. Also. tying a career high). CIN Benson offers the advantage of dependable playing time: in only 13 games last season. 23. the injury of which could very likely explain his drop in yards per carry from 5. Justin Forsett. it’s not a list of players who retired this offseason. Something north of 220 rushes isn’t out of the question. CHI New offensive coordinator Mike Martz has stated that Forte and new signing Chester Taylor will “share duties” this year. he’s likely to take on something like a feature role in the Tampa Bay running attack. For two. Only problem is. he was good for over a 1. 36. Last year..402. 34. This year. The other part of value depends upon the production of teammate Ricky Williams.659 yards from scrimmage with 10 touchdowns. in which he average 4. Addai’s numbers have not been fantastic in that category. NYG After the season. 9 . Jones averaged 5. Overall. 24. regardless of his ability in the open field. SEA Forsett is projected to share time with Julius Jones this season. Is probably not quite the talent as Williams. 25. now with Kansas City.. CAR The analysis of Stewart greatly resembles the one of his backfield partner. incoming coach Mike Shanahan has said that Portis is the team’s starter. who missed time last year to a fractured foot. which could bode well for Hardesty’s freshman campaign. WAS The presence of both Larry Johnson and. So. leaving McFadden in position to secure the starting running back role in 2010.” Unfortunately. KC Though it took some time for his career to get going. he’s hit a double-digits TDs in two of the past three years and has taken on a considerably bigger role in the passing game.
Expect something like a 65/35 split in the meantime. LaDainian Tomlinson. 42. 46. Willis McGahee. If Lynch is dealth. BUF To understand Lynch’s value. 10 . Chester Taylor. Spiller. Donald Brown. his 3. running back timeshares are super annoying for fantasy owners. IND Brown's not even No. Now with the Jets. Among the likely scenarios is one which sees Buffalo deal the mercurial Lynch to give time to both Fred Jackson and No. His per-carry numbers have declined every year from an amazing 2006 campaign that also saw him score 28 TDs. not the least of which is how the Bills choose to deal with the difficult Marshawn Lynch. Hightower enters 2010 as the nominal No. rushing 106 times (35 per game) for 561 yards (5. Ultimately. Ward had the chance to take over primary rushing duties for the Bucs last year. 45. C. NYG Bradshaw’s role in 2010 should be very similar to the one he occupied in 2009. when he shared time with Brandon Jacobs and carried the ball 163 times for 778 yards and 7 TDs. Brian Westbrook. The good news here is that Johnson was taking the goal-line snaps during spring workouts. Released by the Eagles. 41. TB With Cadillac Williams down and almost out. Michael Bush.) 37. CLE Harrison had a crazy last three weeks of the 2009 season. for however great he used to be. Some of that is clearly due to the team’s poor offensive line (Williams himself only averaged 3. If Lynch stays. McFadden’s relative youth and pedigree sets him up as top choice. however. but his yards-per-carry numbers don’t really suggest the loss of athleticism you might expect from a 31-year-old back. Marshawn Lynch. Spiller. making him valuable beyond his pure yardage totals. Reggie Bush. Mike Bell’s departure might mean a larger role. 2 running back on your team. but injuries have also been a concern for him.6 yards per carry did little to impress. Westbrook has yet to settle on a team. CHI Though they’re probably best for the teams involved. Jerome Harrison. 44.9 yards per carry). BAL Willis McGahee will not be the center of the Ravens’ running attack — that distinction belongs to the multi-talented Ray Rice. WAS The Redskins signed running back Willie Parker In April. but might still end up being a goal-line threat. it’s likley that he just doesn’t have the body to support a larger carry load. but could soon be passed over by his backfield mate. Tim Hightower. adding to a crowded backfield that already included Johnson and Clinton Portis. Early reports suggest. OAK As mentioned in the Darren McFadden outlook. 9 pick C. Spiller — who’s been compared athletically to Reggis Bush — might be an interesting pick as a No.. BUF Spiller’s role in the Buffalo run attack will be decided by a couple factors. 38. he’ll probably concede a lot of carries to the young and talented Shonn Greene. 2 RB. one must first sort out the cluttered running-back situation in Buffalo. NYJ “Great 30-year-old running back” isn’t a term you’re going to hear a lot. the offseason addition of Montario Hardesty basically ruins all those good feelings. Harrison will get carries. FA Two concussions and an ankle injury relegated Westbook to a mere 61 carries and one TD in 2009 after he’d averaged 250 and eight per season between 2006-08.J. Still. Derrick Ward. suggesting he could accrue touchdown totals beyond what his mere carry numbers would suggest. Ahmad Bradshaw. Brown is young and had a solid showing while getting about eight carries a game during the 11 games he was healthy last season. Both Jacobs (torn meniscus) and Bradshaw (broken foot) had offseason procedures. NO Despite much being made of Bush’s intention to run more often between the tackles. Larry Johnson. 47. that McGahee will be getting time in goal-line sets. 40.J. 49. Tomlinson. 2 running back fodder for the time being.. As a feature back. his playing time will remain uncertain till the season actually begins. Unfortunately. Teamed-up like this? Not so much. so long as Joseph Addai is still around and getting about 75 percent of the team's carries. which — with his versatility — at least makes Bush a possibility as a No.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. 43. running back in Arizona. however. but will probably be on the short end of a timeshare. It’s hard to project his playing time right now. but Ward will likely be on the short side of a timeshare with Williams. the departure of Justin Fargas leaves only Bush and McFadden competing for carries in the Oakland backfield. ARZ As mentioned in the Chris Wells’ outlook. 48. 39. As much as that should make fantasy owners excited about Harrison’s prospects for 2010. isn’t an exception. 50.3 per carry) and 5 TDs. neither he nor Spiller nor Fred Jackson will hold much value. The one with Chicago’s Matt Forte and Chester Taylor is maybe the most annoying of them all. either might have value similar to Cedric Benson.
MIN Rice had a breakout campaign in 2009.6. of Anquan Boldin. NO After missing five games in 2008 due to a thumb injury. With Matt Leinart likely at the helm. This Smith caught over 100 passes last season as a slot receiver in the Wes Welker mode. 6. that’s how Austin will enter the 2010 season. there’s reason to believe there’s still some upside. The late-season success of Matt Moore. Barring injury. but he moves to a team in Baltimore that appears to be emphasizing the pass more. His TD total of 11 from 2009 may not be repeatable. which look like this since 2006: 15. 4. Robert Meachem. respectively) there are a couple reasons to like Jennings going into your draft. 13. 14. Roddy White. Though he’s skewed more and more towards being a possession-type receiver — recording yards-percatch averages of 15. NYG Nicks announced in April that he’d played all of last season on a broken toe that required offseason surgery. ARZ Fitzgerald hasn’t changed. despite less-than-excellent talent at Carolina’s quarterback position. he’s likely to slow down at some point. Anquan Boldin. which wouldn’t be all that surprising from a receiver who turns 32 this year. Marshall has recorded more than 100 receptions each of the last three years. 12. That might mark a loss of athleticism. is expected to be the team’s primary big-play threat on the outside this year.2. but he’s not useless by any means. you’ve hardly lost anything. IND Wayne is without a doubt a talented receiver. Even so. At 33. Greg Jennings. He’ll likely be that guy again in 2010. 14. CAR Smith has been a consistently excellent fantasy player. 10. via trade. always catching 80-something passes and netting something like 1. ATL White has been shockingly consistent over the last three season. The wide receiver. 13.200-1. but his team has. 81 receptions later. 2 wide-out — occupies space alongside other teams’ No. Reggie Wayne. as not only does he move out from under the shadow of the very talented Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona. DeSean Jackson. but he’s a good pick in this area of the draft. 16. who turned 31 in the offseason. 7. Still. Jackson spent 2009 substantially improving his yards per reception and touchdown numbers (by four and seven. won’t ride off into the sunset just yet. sometimes assigning up to three players to Johnson on any given play. The question is who’ll be throwing passes to Rice in 2010: Brett Favre or Tavaris Jackson. The former would be much preferred by Rice’s fantasy owners. Andre Johnson. he’s unlikely to top last year’s seven TDs. Brandon Marshall. will be the degree to which Donovan McNabb’s departure affects Jackson’s production. 8. Hakeem Nicks. he’s almost sure to regress upwards to those two previous seasons. who should be fine by training camp. For one. With Tom Brady and the Patriot offense still in place. NO It took some time for Meachem to find his way into New Orleans’ receiving plans. as we only have 11 games of data for him. Steve Smith. GB Though he didn’t reach his TD totals from the previous two seasons (12 and 9 in 2007 and ‘08. DET Two years ago. 14. of course. topping the 100 reception mark in two of the last three seasons. The question. Johnson tied for the league lead in touchdowns.0. and the receiving corps slightly depleted. NE Moss has led the NFL in TDs in five of 12 seasons in league — and that’s including his time with Raiders. MIA Amazingly. It’s noteworthy that Meachem — the Saints’ No.0. SF It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from Crabtree. catching 83 passes and scoring eight TDs. Fitzgerald’s chances might be limited. 1. 5. 11. who took over for Jake Delhomme last season.1 last year — the sheer quantity of receptions makes him a top fantasy receiver.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. Given his usage. too. Just beware of his dropping yardage totals per catch. For two. should give owners some reason to believe that Smith.5. Now that he’s there he’s likely to stick. 17. PHI After bursting onto the scene in 2008 with 62 receptions. 9. 1 receivers. Moss is a good bet to finish north of 10 TDs. the league took note.2. 15. Boldin appears to be a lock to exceed his 129 targets from last season. This offseason saw the retirement of Kurt Warner and departure. BAL Things are looking up for Boldin’s draft stock. And at just age 24. Steven Smith. he’s averaged about eight TDs per year over the last three seasons. DAL Austin entered 2009 fourth on the Cowboys’ depth chart. Colston returned to roughly the same guy he’d been the previous two seasons. he’s the deep-play threat in one of the NFL’s best passing attacks. 3. Calvin Johnson. This year brings with it two positive notes: a more experienced Matthew Stafford at QB and more talented second receiver in the newly acquired Nate Burleson. 11 . thanks to Houston’s passheavy attack — and the frequency with which the wideout is targeted by QB Matt Schaub — he doesn’t even need to post great TD totals totals to qualify as an elite receiver. he’d established himself as Tony Romo’s favorite target. 18. Larry Fitzgerald.5. NYG The nice thing about Smith is if you meant to pick Carolina’s Steve Smith and accidentally picked the Giants version. Miles Austin.300 yards. and then 11. HOU The advantage with Johnson is that. Sidney Rice. Marques Colston. Randy Moss. attempting 510 passes in 2009 after just 433 in 2008. respectively). Michael Crabtree. Last season. he possesses excellent physical skills and enters 2010 as the undisputed top receiver in the San Francisco offense. 2. but this season probably isn’t it. 12. 12.
. perhaps. No. 23.248 yards and seven touchdowns. but in 2008 he had a career year with the Bucs. 12 27. NYJ Edwards’s 80-catch season with the Browns back in 2007 is getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror of his career. Chris Chambers. Still. With Holmes gone. then Maclin is probably nothing more than a decent No. Unfortunately. It’s probably best to consider him a No. that’s about it for Driver. He’ll probably get picked in your league. now 34. Pierre Garcon. might actually be in line for more receptions than in recent years. who’s coming off his sixth straight 1. age-related. in fact. PHI However you feel about new Philly QB Kevin Kolb ought to inform how strongly you feel about Maclin. PIT Last year. KC Bowe would be a truly excellent buy-low candidate if there were a guarantee he’d be starting this season. Antonio Bryant. hasn’t been totally healthy for the past two seasons.or four-game suspension will leave Byron Leftwich in charge of the offense. receptions.J. The pair had similar totals for targets. Ward. and also the No. Percy Harvin. SD Floyd’s value spikes greatly with the news that hold-out Vincent Jackson. and even Patrick Crayton in the mix. Whether 2010 is “the future” in this case remains to be seen. Harvin doesn’t look much different than Minnesota’s other challenger for No. He’s averaged just a hair under 80 receptions in his five years with the Redskins. that responsibility will fall to the 6-foot-6 Floyd. Lee Evans. In other words. of Driver’s age (now 35!) starting to catch up with him. 112. Anthony Gonzalez. Austin Collie. IND Garcon is a bit hard to read at the moment. he missed five games between injury and suspension. Ward and Santonio Holmes each accounted for about a quarter of all targets — by far the highest percentages on the team. Jeremy Maclin. Dwayne Bowe. 33. That’s a less awesome alternative. though: youth. Just don’t bank on it. Last year. Bryant will likely be a contributor at the NFL level at some point in the future. The absence of Terrell Owens will make Lee Evans the probable No. Dez Bryant. KC Chambers isn’t a terrible pick. and tight end Dallas Clark make Garcon’s fortunes in 2010 difficult to predict. racking up 83 receptions for 1. If Kolb is roughly the same as Donovan McNabb. 1 target of secondaries. With Miles Austin. 90. then Maclin is a good bet to surpass his rookie production. JAC Sims-Walker enters the season as the top receiver on the Jags. for sure. Something in the 72-75 area appears most likely given those numbers.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. respectively. Look for him to improve significantly on last year’s single touchdown reception. 22. but it’s not something much. With the arrivals of Mike Shanahan and Donvan McNabb. It’s unlikely that the 32-year-old will reach the frenzied heights of his peak. Bryant might have a problem getting targeted. CIN Ochocinco caught at least 87 passes between 2003 and 2007. 30. if those procedures are. his five-year career. TEN Britt came to spring practices out of shape. Mike Sims-Walker. DAL The 24th-overall selection in this year’s draft. 29.) 19. 32.. and plays for the Chiefs. 3 wide receiver for you. Santana Moss. Ochocinco’s 2009 merited only 72 receptions. and his numbers declined. 35. 21. If not. 1 wide receiver in San Diego. That’s a little less exciting than being Green Bay’s or New Orleans’ top receiver. 25. will most likely not appear in a Charger uniform till after Week 10. 28. considering he certainly has the physical ability to occupy a starting spot on the Titans. life doesn’t usually work out that cleanly. with star fantasy QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. but he probably won’t play a whole bunch for whomever wins. but it’ll do in a pinch. but he does have a bit of meh about him. 2 receiver. He’s older (32 this year). BUF Evans was very probably the best fantasy player on the Buffalo Bills last season. 78. Harvin has one big advantage. He had just over 1000 yards receving and 7 TDs in 2009. but managed a full 11 receptions in last year’s AFC Championship game. he’ll be worth a pick in this area. He caught only 47 passes in 15 games last year. What’s kept him from the ranks of the fantasy elite is the lack of TDs: only about five per year. 26. Braylon Edwards. that shouldn’t change.000-plus receiving yard campaign. though. Despite playing a full slate of games. expecting any improvement from Housh is probably foolish. 20. Bryant will now line up opposite Chad Ochocinco in the Bengals’ offense. Houshmandzadeh. His 16 TDs from that season now mark equal exactly half of his TD total over . He was slowed by knee issues last season. Bernard Berrian. 79. but there’s little reason to believe Seattle’s aerial attack will be much improved this season. That’s unfortunate. 3 receiver with upside at the moment. the No. T. SEA Housh’s reception totals since 2004 make almost a perfect bell curve: 73. The latter fact establishes something like Garcon’s upside. Roy Williams. the presence of Reggie Wayne. Santana has no problems catching passes. as his 42 receptions and 701 yards suggest. If he plays 16 games and approaches 2008’s 162 targets. but he’s still a draftable option. In the meantime. 31. One thing: QB Ben Roethlisberger’s six. GB Driver had a pair of offseason knee clean-up surgeries — a sign. CIN After two years in Tampa Bay. 24. Perhaps a full year with the Jets — and a more experience Mark Sanchez — will bring Edwards success. However. 1 receiver. and TDs. Hines Ward. 92. Malcom Floyd. making him one of the more successful — and more fantasy relevant — receivers over that time period. WAS The other Moss. MIN Just by the raw numbers. Donald Driver. 34. Kenny Britt. He’ll once again be working opposite Greg Jennings. While Berian will play most of the season as a 29-year-old. that’s kinda like being the coolest guy to be playing World of Warcraft: it’s something. Chad Ochocinco. Harvin is just 22.
Jackson’t contract dispute will greatly affect his fantasy value. The emergence in 2009 of WR Jacoby Jones isn’t helping Walters’ value a whole bunch. For another. FA Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus has linked the wideout to a number of teams in the offseason. Wes Welker. As a rookie. Kevin Walter. Devin Hester. Austin Collie. he’s still a viable (if low-end) No. 50. Jacksonville. Mason has topped 1000 yards receiving and 5 TDs each of the last three years ago. On the one hand. on the other. 2 receiver on a team with Andre Johnson is a mixed blessing. Oakland. who’s slated to be Washington’s No. Torry Holt. Devin Thomas. being the best on the Browns isn’t necessarily so hot in terms of fantasy value. it makes sense to figure Breaston to catch something like 10-20 more passes in 2010. and Washington. NE After offseason surgeries to both his ACL and MCL. Mike Wallace. one could’ve made a very similar comment three years ago — and been very wrong in doing so. PIT The departure of Santonio Holmes should prove to be a doubleedged sword for Wallace. CHI Knox and Devin Hester were named the “two starters” at wide receiver by offensive coordinator Mike Martz. For one thing. Julian Edelman. New England ranked fifth overall in pass attempts in 2009 (compared to Holt’s more recent team. Edelman looks set to take over Welker’s slot receiving position. albeit one with low TD rates. Unfortunately. Johnson is so amazing it kinda doesn’t matter. 59. On the one hand. When he does sign. NE This offseason. as Devin Aromashodu is likely to get decent playing time. 46. 68. NE With the injured Wes Welker unlikely to make a regular season appearance this season. 47. it’ll be Mark Sanchez (and not Ben Roethlisberger) throwing passes to him. Comparisons have been made between the two in terms of quickness. Collie’s fantasy value is currently lower than his true talent. too. As of press time. Yes. Reports out of spring OTAs suggest that neither Shanahan (coach Mike and offensive coordinator Ryan) is super excited about Thomas’s grasp of the offense. How he’ll perform when he returns is also. He’s caught 50+ passes each of the past two seasons and looks set to catch even more this year. but Edelman should have plenty of opportunties anyway in New England’s passheavy offense. 39. 41. 3 receiver. his yards-after-catch average of 3. Welker is a high-volume receiver. 38. 3 receiver in standard leagues. The move certainly makes him a more interesting target for fantasy owners.4 last season puts him in the bottom half of receivers. either. Factor in the likelihood of coach Rex Ryan going to young running back Shonn Greene and the much older LaDainian Tomlinson with some frequency. That might be optimistic.. One concern about Knox: despite excellent speed. 44. 27.. the talented Holmes has at least two strikes against him from a fantasy perspective. Given the increase in snaps and targets. 45. Santonio Holmes. 13 . Fantasy owners should watch the situation. 51. Mason seems likely for a decline. Vincent Jackson. Enthusiasm should be curbed. a question. obviously. Welker’s status for the 2010 season is up in the air. Johnson draws a lot of attention. 49. HOU Being the No. Of course. BAL At 36. too. CHI It appears as though Hester has avoided being pigeonholed as merely a talented kick returner. Yes. NYJ The concern about Cotchery are the same for any Jet receiver: the man throwing the ball in New York. Johnny Knox. 2 wideout this season. 48. having won offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s confidence during spring activities. and Cotchery profiles as a bye-week No.) 36. about 10 percent of the Sanchez’s completed passes ended up in the arms of the opposition. though: the installation of Matt Leinart at starting QB will likely mean a less dynamic passing game in the desert. it should give Wallace a bigger part in the offense. Steve Breaston. including Cincinnati. consider him nothing more than a No. One final note: over half of Wallace’s targets were greater than 15 yards — the only wide receiver for whom this was true in the NFL. here’s when Jackson will most likely start playing in 2010: not till Week 10. In fantasy terms. which isn’t too bad given that he was fourth on the depth chart heading into the season. SD Here are Jackson’s reception totals since his rookie season in 2005: 3. 42. CLE Massaquoi finished the season as the Browns’ top receiver with 34 receptions for 624 yards and three scores. The question is whether he’ll take advantage of it. Strike two: when he returns. When healthy.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. on the other. With Gonzalez returning and third-year receiver Pierre Garcon also in the mix. Of course. though. 3 receiver. Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension is also cause for concern. NYJ Heading into the season. Owens has yet to sign anywhere. Terrell Owens. which finished 23rd). the absence of Wes Welker is likely to create opportunities for Holt to catch passes. however. Collie caught 60 passes in 2009 thanks to the absence of injured WR Anthony Gonzalez. but there are also a bunch of receivers. he’ll almost definitely become a starter. Mark Sanchez. As of press time. If he gets the playing time. Jackson has improved by at least nine receptions in every year of his career. 43. IND There are a lot of passes to go around in Indy. Derrick Mason. reports have him missing the first six weeks of the season. WAS The opportunity is there for Thomas. 41. Jerricho Cotchery. Holt went from aging free agent to Official Member of the New England Patriots. ARZ The departure of Anquan Boldin creates a vacancy at a starting wideout position that will almost definitely be filled by Breaston. 37. Mohamed Massaquoi. Playing opposite new acquisition Anquan Boldin should help him get open. it suggests less emphasis on the passing game for the Steelers. Strike one: he’ll be missing the first four games of the season due to suspension. 40.
63. He enters 2010 as the probable No. OAK Last year. With Brett Favre still a question mark at press time. It’s not necessarily a reason to draft Jones. His yards per target (8. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson than he is to fantasy owners. neither QB Josh Freeman nor the Tampa offensive line inspire much confidence. Royal put up some crazy numbers. but Sammie Stroughter and fellow rookie Mike Williams both impressed. Moreover. Donnie Avery. Chaz Schilens. Still. Golden Tate.. 64. most likely. Demaryius Thomas. Eddie Royal. Schilens doubled 2008’s reception total while playing in only half the games (due to a foot injury that sidelined him for the first half of the season). Deion Branch. Both Hakeem Nicks and Steven Smith figure to get more looks. The other problem is. 65. Nate Burleson. he’s never really profiled as a No. In 2009. but so long as he’s not relegated merely to thirdreceiver duties. considered a likely No. 3/bye-week option in 2010.8%). 55. NYG Manningham looks to be a candidate for future fantasy success. 61. 1 receiver and Eddie Royal is younger. The rookie Benn looked to be assured of a starting receiver spot entering spring camp. Jabar Gaffney. 58. it’s not so friendly to the fantasy owner where wide recievers are concerned. as Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon also contend for targets. more of the same. An impressive showing in training camp could catch coach Pete Carroll’s eye and his confidence. 1 . As such. STL Avery finished the 2009 season with 589 yards receving and five touchdowns — both team-highs among wideouts. Johnson was frequently triple teamed by opposing secondaries. 56. his YAC and TD numbers (5. Anthony Gonzalez. In theory. catching 91 passes for close to 1. Arrelious Benn. Gonzalez returns in 2010 to more crowded receiving corps. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak made it clear this spring that he expects Jones to challenge Walter for a starting job. TEN Gage suffered multiple fractures to the vertebrae in his back and missed most of the second half of last season. 1 receiving duties to teammate Miles Austin by year’s end in 2009. Devery Henderson. 59. Consider him a waiver wire option in the event that injuries or Martz himself shake up the depth chart. Though he conceded No. TB Everything is up in the air for Tampa Bay’s passing attack in 2010 — everything except quality passes. DAL As much as it’s possible for a former seventh-overall draft pick. The trick will be coming closer to 2008’s catch rate (64. IND After hurting himself in Week One last year and missing the rest of the season. Roy Williams. He becomes part of a Seattle receiving corps populated by decent but unimpressive names: T. being on the Raiders probably isn’t. he might be a bit of a forgotten man in fantasy circles. The problem is. 67. He’s not worth a draft pick. respectively) were either at or near career highs. the departure of Nate Burleson and the arrival of new coach Pete Carroll could create opportunities for Branch in 2010. DEN A first-round pick in the 2010 draft. MIN Think what you want about the “trickle-down” theory in economics. 66. That’s not a good sign for Aromashodu’s fantasy value. Thomas has actually found himself in a pretty good situation. Justin Gage. Berrian’s prospects aren’t entirely promising. he was only healthy for about half the season. finishing second in pass attempts in 2009. 53. Williams might actually be a bit of a sleeper entering 2010. Gaffney is the guy to fill it. Brandon Marshall’s departure could mean more targets for Royal. Now he’s third on the depth chart. 2 entering training camp. Being a No. Devin Aromashodu. The one plus here is that Indy throws the ball a lot. he’ll have rookie QB Sam Bradford running the offense in 2010. maybe. The problem is. SEA Branch hasn’t become the go-to receiver Seattle thought they were getting when they signed him to a $39 million. Deion Branch. DEN As a rookie in 2008. Even then. SEA Tate was the 60th-overall pick in the 2010 draft. Jacoby Jones. and Deon Butler. Berrian was. and only Eddie Royal and Jabbar Gaffney in his way — Thomas might actually find himself a targeted pretty often this year. HOU While Kevin Walter is the nominal No.) 52. but he is a member of a stable pass-heavy offense.3) and relative youth (only 24) suggest a talented receiver with upside. 57. He’s not a draft target in standard leagues. he might work as depth on your roster. though.9 and 7. receiver for Minnesota. 62. Given even a decent number of targets. 14 60. With the departure of Brandon Marshall — that.000 yards receiving. DET Burleson might ultimately be more important to Detroit No. What to expect of him in 2010? Likely. Manningham’s value for 2010. 68.J. beating his previous high in targets (56) by almost 30.. but it could be good enough to keep him on your radar in the early weeks of the season. he could be a pretty great No. 54. Houshmandzadeh.1%) than 2009’s (46. Bernard Berrian. Denver actually has a decent passing attack — even with Kyle Orton running the show. 1 receiver is good. It’s likely that he never was that receiver. The idea is that Burleson will receive enough attention to allow Johnson more opportunities.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. Mario Manningham. the wideout averaged fewer than three receptions per game. at one point. CHI New offensive coordinator Mike Martz indicated in May that his “two starters” at wideout are Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. with more upside. Last year. NO Henderson actually had his best professional season in 2009. Even so — and despite playing in only 14 games — he was targeted 48 more times than second-most thrown-to receiver Bryant Johnson. is limited by the number of opportunities he’ll receive. that’s become a trend in his short career. However the WR situation breaks down. six-year contract in September of 2006. DEN Brandon Marshall’s departure to Miami leaves a gaping hole atop the Bronco receiving depth chart. 1 receiver on the Raiders.
74.) 69. OAK Murphy netted an impressive 97 targets last season. Davone Bess will likely man the slot. as the installation of Alex Smith at quarterback appeared to spark production in the latter half of 2009. but when the praise comes from a head coach — in this case. and the winner will have value as a bench player in standard leagues. The bad: the team in question is the St. Obviously. 75. STL The good: Robinson is his team’s No. Brian Hartline. 73. 70. It’s hard to see that number getting much better with rookie QB Sam Bradford at the helm. 72. MIA The acquisition of Brandon Marshall means that Hartline will be competing for the No. The former’s targets nearly double between his rookie and sophomore seasons.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. one needs to take offseason praise with a grain of salt. Louis Murphy. but when the guy throwing the ball (in this case. This season sees the arrival of a new quarterback but a similar offensive line and perhaps too much competition in Darrius Heyward-Bey. at worst. No. 2 spot.. opposite second-year man Michael Crabtree. that’s doesn’t mean as much. MIA The prognosis on Camarillo is almost exactly the same as the one for fellow Dolphin Brian Hartline’s: Marshall is the No. Receiver Davone Bess is likely destined for the slot position. in which role he’s recorded at least one TD in each of his five NFL seasons. Greg Camarillo. 2 receiving duties. but with no real position to speak of. 1 receiver. 2 receiver position will be decided in camp. 1 — or.. Louis Rams. and the No. Josh Cribbs. Cribbs has made his name primarily as a return man. Laurent Robinson. CLE Cribbs is the type of player you’ll see occasionally in the League: wildly athletic. Tom Cable — it carries a bit more weight. Louis was tied for third-worst in receiving TDs last year with (12). Reports also suggests that the wideout has established on-field rapport with incoming QB Jason Campbell. Josh Morgan. Darrius Heyward-Bey. It’s a battle that probably won’t be decided till preseason. St. OAK The news from the Raiders’ spring OTAs is that Heyward-Bey is a much improved. 2 — receiver. Hartline’s primary opposition. 71. Morgan appears to be in line for No. SF San Francisco’s offense is an interesting one coming into 2010. His production as a wide receiver has been considerably more spotty. mostly JaMarcus Russell) has a completion rate below 50%. which means that Greg Camarillo is 15 .
55. Really. SF Davis developed an excellent rapport with quarterback Alex Smith. 13. respectively) in 2009. Brent Celek. but it’s possible that Cooley’s fantasy value won’t recover from something else — namely. Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect an encore performance of 2009’s 100-catch season. the emergence of Fred Davis at tight end. The Raiders scored all of 10 passings TDs last year — i.” As such. Carlson is right there on the cusp. 65. ahead of names like Antonio Gates. 11. Some peopel will mark him down because of age. All in all. 2. he’s a good bet to settle somewhere between there and 2008’s 77 receptions. Zach Miller. Winslow will probably be the main target for a Bucs squad that seems likely to be starting two rookies (Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams) at wideout. finishing with more than 80 catches and 950 yards in all three.e. fewer than either Vernon Davis or Visanthe Shiancoe. As of press time. In his two starts. Daniels is reported to be on time for training camp in July. 8. Finley and Witten. with Mike Martz now in charge of the Bear offense. OAK Miller’s reception totals and receiving yards have increased each of the last three seasons. It’s always possible that he could match that number in 2010. It’s not a lot of data off which to make a serious investment. 98. Other fantasy owners might not remember his hot start in 2009. as well. it comes down to which of Finley’s “seasons” you think is the one indicative of his talent. Brent Celek. 6.3% of passes overall. SEA Carlson’s sophomore numbers were almost idential to those from his rookies season.TIGHT END SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. MIN Shiancoe isn’t thrown as many passes as other draftable tight ends — receiving just under five targets per game in 2009 — but his importance to Minnesota’s red zone offense makes him a commodity. you’ll be hard-pressed to find any with Gates. he’s basically a lock for 70-something receptions and eight or nine TDs. as the pair connected for 10 touchdowns during the 11 games in which Smith played. Witten doesn’t appear to be integral to the Cowboys’ red zone offense: he was targeted on 23. Here are Miller’s target numbers over the last five years: 52. 10. Mock drafts have him going sixth at his position behind Gates. GB Finley basically had two seasons last season: his first six games. Heath Miller. The good news. he was on the same sort of pace until he went down with a broken ankle in Week Seven. accumulating seven TDs after 2008’s five TDs. Smith should be back at quarterback next season. WAS Cooley was targeted over 95 times every season from 2005 to 2008. Here are Boss’s target numbers for the past three years: 14. but just 9. Winslow’s numbers will suffer accordingly. Don’t be one of those people. and the same as Dallas Clark. Jermichael Finley. as he’s become more of a focus in the Oakland offense. 567. Of course. the two look set to split time. Clark. ATL If you’re looking for value. his quarterback. if not a week-in. during which his name was called 50 times. was injured and Gonzalez actually received more red zone targets in 2009 (25) than he did in 2008. TB The Tampa Bay offense certainly isn’t one that you’d describe as “dynamic. too. and Davis will remain a big part of the offense in 2010. 15. Unfortuntely. NYG Boss has something that fantasy owners like to see in a player — namely. 7. He’s now recovered from the ankle injuryt. As of press time. Still. That’s not good from a fantasy perspective. but he’s probably a smart pick as a second TE late in drafts. Davis. 16 9. CHI Olsen was the most-targeted tight end within both the 10-yard and 5-yard lines (17 and 10. the team’s red zone philosophy is likely to change. Miller is a victim of his team’s incompetence. Nor ought the installation of Kevin Kolb at quarterback (with the departure of Donovan McNabb to Washington) change that too much. 16. but age shouldn’t be an issue. Unfortunately. He’ll turn 30 before the season. Antonio Gates. and Kellen Winslow. 53. and then his last seven games. but the more likely occurence — especially with Roethlisberger’s absence for the beginning of the season — is that he regresses closer to his career numbers. Daniels finished last season third in fantasy points per game. On . 14. he’s no lock for fantasy dominance. Dallas Clark. week-out fantasy play. Greg Olsen. But like the even more talented Kellen Winslow. And even though that didn’t translate into tons of touchdowns (eight). he tore his ACL in Week Eight and was done for the season. when he scored 10 TDs. Kevin Boss. HOU By standard scoring. 384. Gonzalez is likely your man. Tony Gonzalez. the plus side. Owen Daniels. as he posted 51 catches (versus 55 in ‘08) and 574 yards (versus 627). Unfortunately. Kellen Winslow. 12. PIT The question for Miller — and for his potential fantasy owners — is the degree to which he’ll hold on to the gains he made in 2009. but the upside is there. SD If you’re looking for warts. Matt Ryan. DAL Witten has been spectacularly reliable the last three season. 4. and has increased his targets each of the last three. IND Along with Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis. 69. 3. Clark rounds out the top tier of fantasy tight ends. 5. 1. it’s something that generally correlates to touchdown scoring. is that Carlson continued receive looks in the red zone. over which span he was targeted 21 times. Shiancoe has scored 18 TDs over the last two seasons. Otherwise. Kolb targeted Celek a full 20 times — close to 20 percent of Celek’s season total. Jason Witten.7% of passes inside the 20-yard line. Chris Cooley. an upward trend in production. Vernon Davis. Thing is. Here are his receiving yard totals: 118. Visanthe Shiancoe. John Carlson. Last year. 61. and topping 90 catches and 1000 yards in two. PHI Celek finished in the top five among tight ends last year in both receiving yards and touchdowns.
Before that. Watson signed a multi-year deal with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. it’s unclear whether Pettigrew will be available either for training camp or the beginning of the season. Now with two rookie tight ends in the fold. not the one on Oakland) competing with him for playing time. for just over 500 yards receiving in both cases. Lewis has been in the league for four years. Ben Watson. 21. has never been targeted more than 71 times. DEN Scheffler might be a bit of a forgotten man in fantasy circles after his production slipped last season on a Broncos teams that ignores the tight end in the passing game. Considering last year’s numbers. JAC There’s nothing too exciting here.TIGHT END SEASON PROFILES (cont. he had averaged 114 targets.. he has the other Zach Miller (i. CLE After spending the first six years of his career with the Patriots. TEN If not for an early-season knee injury. but it’s never really translated into fantasy excellence. Though Cleveland’s offense ius unlikely to be anywhere near as productive as the Pats’. Davis — who had been targeted only eight times over the season’s first six games — was targeted 10 times for eight catches and 78 yards. that might end up actually being a good thing for Watson. Surgery was successful. Scaife would’ve very likely had a similar season in 2009 as he did in 2008. Tony Scheffler. BAL Heap’s fantasy production has never really recovered from an injury-shortened 2007. when he recorded 562 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The TD totals have never been high. Scheffler had shown numbers worthy of at least a bench spot on a fantasy team. have left fantasy owners wanting: Shockey has scored only six touchdowns over the last three years — and that’s while playing in the very productive New Orleans offensive scheme. Traded to the Lions this offseason. it’s tough to imagine Keller getting the number of opportunities required of a draft-worthy tight end. Jeremy Shockey. 24. 20. 18. Bo Scaife. Fred Davis.) 17. but given the injury.. In the same game. NYJ Keller has caught just shy of 50 passes each of the last two years. in particular. thus making both risky fantasy picks. 22. Brandon Pettigrew. Heap looks set for nothing more than bye-week relevance. 19. which means he’ll probably never be a fantasy starter. DET Pettigrew’s 2009 came to an end in Week Twelve when he tore his ACL against Green Bay. 23. 25. Now. numbers — certainly not from a player in his first couple seasons — but with the barely competent Mark Sanchez in control of a decidedly run-heavy offense. WAS Washington’s starting tight end Chris Cooley was forced to leave the Redskins’ Week Seven contest against Philadelphia with a broken ankle. During the two years prior. in the two years after. and has never scored more than two touchdowns. but what seems like an understanding between him and QB Vince Young could gain him more targets and the yards that go with them. Those aren’t bad 17 . however. Though both would be singlegame highs for the season. only about 70. Davis appears set to split time with Cooley this season. NO Though Shockey certainly has some memorable exploits — both on and off the field — in his past. His perfomances around the goal line.e. who was more or less buried by New England’s considerable talent. there’s reason to think that Pettigrew could be good for 600 yards and four or five touchdowns over a full 16 games. Marcedes Lewis. Todd Heap. Dustin Keller. Scheffler will provide depth at tight end while incumbent Brandon Pettigrew recovers from knee surgery.
Adam Vinatieri. the Saints installed Hartley. If anything. Lawrence Tynes. Tarvaris Jackson. 8. Robbie Gould.C. DEN Prater is 7-of-9 from 50-plus yards the last two seasons. he took all of the team’s 32 FGA (converting 27) and will remain the starter for a Giants squad that should cover some yards. but there’s no need to reach. With Charlie Weis installed as the new offensive coordinator and Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones likely to form an above-average running tandem. PHI Ideally. Dan Carpenter. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm in Green Bay — and a largely unchanged offensive unit — those totals figure to be roughly stable. Ryan Succop. 13.8% of their red-zone possessions. that was on a team with an injured quarterback (Matt Ryan) and injured running back (Michael Turner). Gould still finished around 10th-12th place among kickers by most formats. 2. Stover and Matt Bryant. but they also tied for second in field-goal attempts at 36. 11. 9. good for second in the NFL. for one. Buehler has yet to make — or even attempt — a field goal in the NFL. We’ll find out this year. at some level. Why? Well. ATL Bryant only played in five games last year for the Falcs. but his prorated fantasy production would’ve only left him in the middle of the pack — and thus. but the replacement of the aging LaDainian Tomlinson with rookie Ryan Mathews will likely help balance things out. during which time league average has generally settled around 40. which might hurt San Diego’s ability to move the ball. Still. Bironas ended up finishing among the Top 5 kickers by most formats. That’s one of the benefits of selecting the one kicker who plays half his games a mile above sea level. to Brett Favre’s annual decision to play another year or retire. K. Of course. Matt Bryant. NE With Brady back under center. Despite an improved offense. Young will lead the offense in 2010. KC Succop is another guy on this list — along with Miami’s Dan Carpenter and Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff — who (a) will almost definitely be available towards the end of a draft and (b) could very easily produce a season as good as anyone else on this list. DAL Here’s something to note: despite playing all 16 games in 2009. Buehler is slated to take over field-goal duties. he kicks for one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. That’s not to say his job was completely safe: as late as October. the Patriots offense improved by seven touchdowns last year. there’s this: Miami scored touchdowns on 64. NYG After registering only a single attempt for the Giants in 2008. Much of his production came with Vince Young leading the offense. Prater’s worthy of a draft pick. But after Nick Folk and Shaun Suisham were unable to distinguish themselves. too. 10. Matt Prater. Fewer Bear turnovers will equal more scoring possessions. undraftable. Garrett Hartley. MIA Carpenter actually might be a decent late-round sleeper at kicker. Still. whomever’s replacing Brandon Marshall. Gostkowski still ranked a solid sixth in kicker scoring. But after Carney disappointed. GB Not only did the Packers finished third in touchdowns last year with 58. NO Hartley actually didn’t even kick for the first 11 games last year. the Saints are too efficient in their TD-scoring.’s offense is likely to step forward. would constitute a downgrade in the Vikings’ offense. Rob Bironas. the league-best Jet defense allowed 14. then Bryant’s probably a good selection among the latter kickers. either. (By comparison. The one concern — as is usual for kickers in the Meadowlands — is the wind and cold of Tynes’ home stadium. 12. Stephen Gostkowski. MIN Longwell’s 2010 production will be tied. for two.) Even so. for one. going only 13-for-17 on field goals (including just 11-for-13 from inside the 40). If those two guys are right in 2010 and put up numbers more like their respective 2008s. Philadelphia’s year-in. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field is always a factor to consider. those honors belonged to John Carney. CHI Will Jay Cutler throw 27 interceptions again in 2010? Probably not. year-out offensive production has been more the product of coach Andy Reid’s schemes and less the product of Donovan McNabb’s talent. 4. IND It’d make sense to see Vinatieri ranked higher — after all. Nate Kaeding. 6. The offense will likely be without WR Vincent Jackson for 10 games. Ryan Longwell. If the former is the case. The former USC kicker stands out for his strong leg: he forced a league-leading 29 touchbacks in 2009. but the Packers’ likely offensive success make Crosby a good pick. Tynan returned to full-time duty in 2009. there’s little to worry about: the Eagles have finished either first or tied for first in field-goal attempts each of the last two seasons. Two. that number is unlikely to repeat itself. Really anyone kicking for New Orleans’ explosive offense is going to have value. averaging only 14 points per game over that stretch. 3.75 points per game. 7. and Gostkowski had nine fewer field goal attempts after an NFL-leading 40 in 2008. David Akers.KICKER SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. TEN The Tennessee Titans lost their first six games of the season. David Buehler. Unfortunately 18 . SD The Chargers have scored at least 46 TDs in each of Kaeding’s six seasons. regardless of who he is. for Akers’ potential owners. there’s the offseason acquisition of talented WR Brandon Marshall. New York worked out Matt 15. Gould stands to be stronger play this season than last. And here’s another good sign: Gostkowski attempted three 50-yarders (making two) in 2009. 14. there’s the continued development of QB Chad Henne. Mason Crosby. but even when he did in 2009. And finally. There are other reasons to be less bull-ish on Prater: the departure of WR Brandon Marshall. more than his first three seasons combined. The quarterback’s track record suggests the former is likely — especially after playing well in 2009 — but the alternative. Whether those extra possessions are field goals or touchdowns. 1. 5. That’s because he spent all of last season as Dallas’s kickoff specialist.
With Matt Leinart at the helm. 26. ARZ The Cardinals attempted a league-low 19 field goals in 2010 — not because their offense was bad at getting into good field position. Josh Scobee. That’s not something on which to hang your fantasy hat. recording the third-best red-zone conversion rate in the NFL in 2009 (64.KICKER SEASON PROFILES (cont. Unlike some other teams towards the top of that particular chart. Dawson’s fantasy value will suffer accordingly. Billy Cundiff. going 12-for-15 from over 50 yards during that time. The problem is his lack of opportunity. wide receiver..6%). that was very likely the case in 2009. Jason Hanson. There’s something to be said for stability at quarterback — and. The Redskins enter the season with a new coach (Mike Shanahan) and new quarterback (Donovan McNabb) and three new running backs (Larry Johnson. 16. OAK It’s not a great sign for a team when the field-goal kicker is considered the foremost offensive weapon in said team’s arsenal. That’s the good. just below average in enough things that it adds up. 20. Willie Parker and Ryan Torain). That’s fine. One can see some playmaking abilities in quarterback Matthew Stafford. the latter will be gone and the former is dealing with suspension. he’s hit field goals at a 90 percent clip and all of his extra points. CAR Ouch. Carolina scored only 36 in 2009. New QB Matt Moore could signal an improvement here. The potential bad is this: Cundiff was just 7-of-12 from beyond 30 yards last season and is a career 61. That’s bad news for Lindell. All of which makes Scobee too much of a risk. John Kasay. Unfortunately for the Raiders. 29. doesn’t necessarily promise to be an offensive juggernaut.) for their kicker. BUF A kicker’s fantasy fate is more or less tied to his team’s offensive production. 24. Cleveland didn’t have that in 2009 — but Delhomme is not a difference-maker for this offense. Joe Nedney. Hanson himself had problems last year. STL As can happen with kickers on poor offensive teams. one must distinguish between skill and opportunity when evaluating a player’s fantasy value. Also. SEA Olindo Mare is not the problem here: during his two years in the Pacific Northwest. despite having an exciting defensive profile.8%. 18. he finished in the 12-15 range among kickers. 27. Furthermore. NYJ Folk’s current situation doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence. it’s tough to see Brown having any value. Phil Dawson. Jay Feely. With rookie Sam Bradford likely to take over a Ram offense that was already pretty underwhelming. but the personnel really isn’t there to turn things around on offense and give Mare more scoring opportunities. With a lack of real playmakers.8% of the times they got within the 20-yard line. finishing just 8-of-14 from beyond 40 yards. Jacksonville was 24th in scoring (18. Olindo Mare. but rather because they were tremendously efficient in the red zone. as they often do. DET Finishing 0-16 has one perk: it’s literally impossible to be worse the year after it happens. For one. Without that pair. The decrease is likley attributable. That’s bad for their kicker. and new draftee running back Jahvid Best. you’re forgiven if you’re not quite ready to jump on the Joe Nedney bandwagon quite yet. the offense will almost definitely be less proficient. little of the letter. Stay away. After scoring 47 touchdowns in 2008. Some damning facts: the Niners finished 31st in plays per game in 2009 and also 29th in first downs. 19 . a recently broken-out Ray Rice. an organization’s refusal to accept the status quo of a poor team — but they rarely create instant success. Of course. but advancing the ball generally. he struggled last season with Dallas (going just 5-of-12 on kicks 40-49 yards). CLE It’s a little disheartening that the big offseason move for the Browns — a team that averaged only 15. there’s the weather to worry about: the Jets have December road games at New England. and feature a quarterback in David Garrard who has as yet to live up to his 2007 breakout season. He hasn’t topped the 100-point threshold since 2004.. however. the Colts are able to translate that offensive production into touchdowns more often than not. New coach Pete Carroll might have something to say about that. he’ll now play on a team that. wide receiver Calvin Johnson. In standard leagues. WAS Personnel changes might be good for a fanbase — signaling. For two. at 64. 17. That doesn’t bode well. 21. 22. yeah. Seattle’s offense has had little luck — not just scoring touchdowns. Brown has had a number of opportunities for long field goals over the last two seasons. but it came on a team that converted in the red zone less often than every other NFL team. Rian Lindell. Josh Brown. Pittsburgh and Chicago.6% kicker from beyond that distance. 23. Indy is actually a high-powered offense. SF Though San Francisco is very likely a team on the rise.1 points per game) in 2009. 19. Reed was about the 10th-best kicker in the NFL last year. the Ravens have been known as a defense-first team. The next best team was Miami. Unfortunately for Kasay. Janikowski has plenty of the former. Sebastian Janikowski. and a more mature Joe Flacco. in part. Now. field-goal attempts dropped to: from 31 to 27. 28. That was on a version of the Steelers that featured both Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger. In 2010. PIT In most leagues. to a regression in red-zone conversion: after scoring TDs in around 64% of red-zone possessions in ‘08 — a rather high rate — that number regressed to 50% in ‘09. Arizona scored a touchdown on 69. the team has failed to give him Nedney more than 34 PAT attempts in any of his five seasons in San Francisco. Graham Gano. with Anquan Boldin in the mix. Jeff Reed. Nick Folk. but Kasay isn’t draftable. that may no longer be the case. running back. who plays for a Bills team with question marks at quarterback. That’s why the Lions are a team on the move after finishing a comparatively lofty 2-14 in 2009. and any other position you’d care to mention. JAC The Jaguars aren’t terrible at any one thing. 25. that number is unlikely to be reproduced.3 points per game in 2009 (“good” for 29th in the NFL) — was to bring in Jake Delhomme at quarterback. and was released before the season ended. Age may indeed be finally catching him: Hanson’s soon to turn 40 years old. BAL For much of recent history.
KICKER SEASON PROFILES (cont. Kris Brown was the team’s kicker last year and is still on the roster.) 30. left town after missing two key field goals in Cincy’s playoff loss to the Jets.. he’s actually the starter. 31. TB The Bucs are miserable.. Neil Rackers. two uninspiring runnings backs (Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward). The Bengals have a decent offense. They have two mediocre quarterbacks (Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson). who attempted all of eight field goals between them in 2009. HOU Rackers isn’t ranked this low because he’s a bad kicker or because he plays for a poor offense. Connor Barth. it’s no guarantee that’s 20 . Mike Nugent. As of press time. Shayne Graham. the reason is. and an offensive line that’s easily one of the bottom-five in the league. CIN Last year’s kicker. but there’s no use getting tied up in this battle between two already mediocre choices. Add to that the fact that Barth isn’t excellent (just 11-of-15 from within 50 yards last season). and you have little to concern you here. there are signs that Rackers will win the spot. In his wake are Mike Nugent and Dave Rayner. but there’s little use in drafting a kicker who’d be fringy anyway. 32.
5. Pittsburgh finished 2009 with only a 2. 1. defensive end Jared Allen is a mulleted sack beast. though none shined. However. 15. Still. a numbers that tends to regress to the mean (in this case. Chicago Bears The Bears are a case of a defense that is both transitioning and gettng better while doing so. who recorded 10 sacks as a rookie in 2010. their top-two leading sackers from 2009. San Diego Chargers As long as San Diego continues to count linebacker Shawne Merriman in their plans. the Minnesota Vikings. however. Arizona Cardinals The arrival of Joey Porter should help to secure at least one of the outsider linebacking slots in Arizona. That’s a bit meh. if you count special teams) and interceptions (25). Add in Ray Edwards (8. Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinatot of the Ravens. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco gets sacks from everywhere. Clark Haggans. Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown.2% interception rate. but they don’t allow any points. Regard: in 2009. 21 . but might end up worth more than that.23 in 2009. 9. that’s a number that regresses pretty hard to the mean. 11. Rather. the next team. however. allowed 271. Since then. Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers. Denver Broncos Unfortunately for opposing quarterbacks. which seems perpetually underwhelming. the face of the Panther defense from 2002 to 2009. In this case. The Niners also finished fifth in fewest points allowed. 7. making them one of the most productive pass-rushing tandems in the league over that stretch. One concern. And it works. is talented pass rusher Julius Peppers. Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys certainly have some serious pass-rushing weapons in linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. placing them in the bottom five in that category. 2. and Chike Okeafor all played their last year.TEAM DEFENSE SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. They play too few downs to compile big sack totals. It’s likely that no one player will replace his presence in the Carolina pass rush.e. Dallas is only a second-tier fantasy defense. 4. LB Shaun Phillips tallied a leaguebest seven forced fumbles. departed. he’s got just four sacks over two injuryriddled seasons. 12. they’re draftable. Arriving to the team. 10. Otherwise. Elvis has not the left the building. but not a ton else. 3. The link between the two teams is obvious: before becoming coach of the New York Jets. So. Fantasy pointscoring is generally more concerned with those parts than with a team’s overall effectiveness. Washington Redskins Between his big contract and off-field exploits. despite allowing the second-fewest points in the NFL in 2009. He’s unlikely to repeat that. Note that the Bear defense has been going somewhere between 10th and 15th overall in mock drafts.5 sacks in 2009). and Brian Robison (4. 12. Albert Haynesworth is probably the most widely recognized player on the Redskins defense. recording more than 14 of them (i. Dumervil had 17 sacks in 2009. however. it’s hard to feel optimistic about their fantasy prospects. the latter of whom has recorded 13. the team’s starting inside linebackers. Minnesota Vikings In short. the position has been a bit of a rotating door: Bertrand Berry. Green Bay Packers Green Bay has posted above-average interception rates each of the last two seasons.5) and you’re talking about a serious fantasy machine. New York allowed only 237 first downs. Note: this is probably the end of the first tier of fantasy defenses. This offseason. Tully Banta-Cain is their primary pass rusher and he only recorded 10 sacks last season. 8. is the Dallas secondary.5 sacks in 2009). has departed for Chicago. 13. Baltimore Ravens The Ravens defense profiles very similarly to the Jets’: they limit point totals without doing anything else above average in terms of fantasy production. sacks) each of the last three years. The difference between the Jets and Vikings was equal to the difference between the Vikings and the 18th-place Seattle Seahawks. Also note linebacker Clay Matthews. but he’s certainly established himself as one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers. Both of those categories regress heavily to the mean. 6. the league average of 3.0 sacks to Haralson and Lawson’s 11. but the presence of DB Charles Woodson might be enough to convince one otherwise. Philadelphia Eagles Don’t put too much stock in Philadelphia’s fantasy defensive performance from last season: the Eagles finished near the top of the league in both touchdowns (4 — or 6. Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. That distinction belongs to pass rushers in Andre Carter and sophomore Brian Orakpo. it’s their penchant for forcing fumbles . Unlucky interception and fumble-recovery rates suggest the Washington defense will be a better fantasy option in this season. he’s not the one most relevant to fantasy owners. Take away those quirky stats. Usually. 5. New York Jets In 2009. New England Patriots The Patriots are a team that always seems to perform better than the sum of their (sometimes underwhelming) parts. Arizona only forced 12 fumbles in 2009. Kevin Williams (6). second only to the Bears in the NFL. who shared the team lead in sacks with 11 each last seaon. however. and you have a team with one above-average pass rusher (Trent Coles. Pittsburgh Steelers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison have both finished with double-digit sacks each of the past two seasons. registering 8. 14.5 sacks the last two seasons from a position where three or four per year is above average. the building is Mile High Stadium and Elvis is outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. In other news.1%) with regularity. but Allen’s five forced fumbles last season tied him for second in the category. it’s not the pass rush that sets the Panthers apart. Merriman was a dominant pass-rushing force through 2007. Not only that. almost topped the OLB tandem of Parys Haralson and Manny Lawson in sacks.
the team seems to force fumbles with some frequency — but it’s not a draftabl squad. 18. The problem is the pass rush. — Seattle also leaves much to be desired. and the team saw instant results. etc. He and end Justin Tuck accounted for over 40% of the team’s sacks and half its forced fumbles in 2009. will certainly raise some concerns. Other problem is. OAK The Raiders had the fourth-highest sack rate in the NFL in 2009. 27. And not in the cool way. respectively. That’s sort of like the definition of underwhelming.TEAM DEFENSE PROFILES (cont. The emergence of linebacker Trevor Scott — who recorded five sacks in the final six games of the season — gives on confidence that Oakland could match that rate. 26. Still. 18. but it’s clear that personnel is the most important thing to have. The departures of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor.5 sacks. SEA Seattle’s main pass rushers this season will most likely be 2009 starter Lawrence Jackson (4. but he’s not elite.8% of all passing plays. at least — is probably Antwan Odom. then (a) sorry about that and (b) you’re probably surprised they managed to finish even this high on the list. Cleveland Browns. will provide some life to the Titan pass rush. despite being being relegated merely to passing downs towards the end of the season. Buffalo Bills. 21. 19. St. forced-fumble percentage. last year wasn’t his first dealing with injuries. the Titans have little else going on defensively. brother of Rex and son of Buddy. Williams has had 35 sacks over the last three years. but that number tends to be unstable and is still more likely than not to regree down towards the league average. those sorts of TDs aren’t predictive in any way.5 sacks (to Taylor’s 7) last season despite playing predominantly on third downs. who recorded only seven total sacks in 32 games for Philadelphia. Unfortunately. He repeated the feat last season. and he’s a tackle. not Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis — they had 13. respectively. who recorded 12 sacks last year at Georgia Tech. The year before was even worse: they allowed opponent to convert on 47.. after Odom. Jacksonville Jaguars. Indianapolis Colts. STL If you watched the Rams play at all last year. New Orleans probably isn’t draftable this year. HOU It’s strange that a team could have a player as talented — and as productive in fantasy categories — but still find itself this far down the list. Unfortunately. Wake recorded 5. the pass rushing skills of Cameron Wake ought not to be underestimated. NO New Orleans had a great scoring defense last year. You can bet that’ll be an area of focus for Ryan. Tampa has actually posted an interception rate above 4% the last two years. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. and the defense could have to play more than would be desirable. It’s needed. One doesn’t know exactly how that will affect their fantasy production. Oakland Raiders. 29. only the lowly Lions conceded more 22 . but stopping the run would be nice. Yes. Ends John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson started 28 games combined in 2009 and only finished six sacks between them. picking up six touchdowns off interceptions. As for the secondary. 22. Louis Rams. MIA Miami could theoretically be a bit of a risk even at No. He’s not bad. BUF Entering 2010. Cleveland finished dead last in forced-fumble percentage. One problem: with an offense as mediocre as Oakland’s will likely be. Cincinnati Bengals The most interesting character on the Cincinnati defense — from a fantasy perspective. In fact. He’s a good bet to record closer to 10 sacks in 2010. New Orleans Saints. and interception percentage. 24. the Bengals’ most interesting fantasy contributors belong in the secondary (in particular. 30. Problem is. The problem is everyone else: Freeney and Mathis combined for over a third of the team’s sacks. 20. they finished below league average in sack percentage. where performances are volatile one year to the next. too. 25. Atlanta Falcons. That said. No. Tennessee Titans. 17. 23. two off fumble recoveries. Houston Texans.1% of all third-down opportunities. getting to the quarterback on 7. from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. ATL Atlanta’s sack leaderboard from last season is an exercise in mediocrity. Jonathan Babineaux is at the top of it (with six). Problem is. who recorded eight sacks in six games before a season-ending Achilles injury. Elsewhere — team sack percentage.6% opponent third-down conversion rate in 2009. Buffalo is poised to make a change that a number of other teams already have — namely. They signed Aaron Kampman in the offseason and used three picks on pass-rushing ends/outside linebackers. Last year. beyond Aaron Schobel (10 sacks) and safety Jairus Byrd (9 interceptions) there’s little star power. became the defensive coordinator of the Browns last year. but the present is a wash. New York Giants. forced fumbles. IND Here’s a damning statistic: the Colts finished 30th in the NFL with a 44..) 16. recording 23 more sacks in 2009 than in ‘08. TEN Jacob Ford led Tennesse in sacks last year. The presence of both are important to the Giants’ fantasy production. NYG Defensive end Osi Umenyiora had led the Giants in sacks for each of his last four healthy years (2004-07) before 2009. JAC There’s little to say here other than JAX is superbad. either. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. cornerbacks Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph). The hope is that first-round pick Derrick Morgan. 28. CLE Rob Ryan . That’s great for anyone who owned the Saints’ defense last year. “Who?” is an appropriate response to that statement. There are silver linings here — Abraham has been good as recently as 2008. TB Despite turning 31 in July and having started only eight games in 2009 — and 10 games ever — former Arena Leaguer Stylez White is the main piece in the Bucs’ pass-rushing puzzle. Seattle Seahawks.5 and 9.5 sacks) and newcomer Chris Clemons. finishing with 7 sacks — this. Miami Dolphins. and improvement there could give the Browns’ defense fantasy relevance. That might make the future brighter for the Jags. interceptions might be few and far between. and an eighth off a kick return from Courtney Roby (for those leagues that count special teams).
meaning Kansas City should see their fumble totals regress heavily from 2009’s total of 13.J. DET According to Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately. ies are almost entirely random. Unfortunately. The Rams resigned him in June.) points. Often. the INT is the product of an unwise pass being forced by a team that’s down late in a game.. much of that success was built upon an unsustainable 63% fumble recovery rate. the Chiefs’ defense finished in the middle of the pack in 2009 — an accomplishment considering how bad their actual defense was. interceptions are thrown far more than they are taken.. almost no team is ever down late in a game to Detroit.TEAM DEFENSE PROFILES (cont. who’s forced nine fubles over the last two years. Fumble recover- 32. 31. Atogwe. That’s one of many qualities that makes DET unrosterable. The one bright spot for the defense is safety O. Detroit Lions. 23 . KC By standard formats.
WAS. That said. The Browns will be deeper at linebacker than in recent years. but a healthy Jackson is still probably the best of the bunch. Last season. but it would seem foolish to bet against another productive season. London Feltcher. expectations dropped. D. LB Since winning a starting job three years ago. Lewis continued to rack up big IDP numbers in 2009. unless an extension is worked out. He should be back at full strength to start the season. LB Tackles are king in IDP scoring. If you place any stock in contract drives. LB With an average of 134 tackles the last two seasons. BUF. Posluszny’s doctors took steps during last season’s surgery to try and help keep him on the field this season. LB Mayo led the Pats in tackles last season with 103. LB Despite playing in his age-34 season. he’s on track to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. including a 15-tackle performance in Week 16. PLAYERS SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. Jackson should be a very good value this season. racking up 120 tackles and five sacks. but he’s had at least one interception in each of the last three years. making Lewis a top IDP option. but barring injury. Morrison got in more than enough hits to merit a starting spot in IDP leagues. LB Harris exploded into fantasy stardom as a rookie. A broken arm limited him to three games as a rookie. 24 . LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN 1. 130-plus tackles alone make him a top IDP option. LB After Keith Brooking left for Dallas after the 2008 season. 9. Kirk Morrison. which makes Willis — the NFL’s leading tackler — an easy choice as top linebacker. despite missing three games with a knee injury. SF. even limited by the ankle. His value got a boost last season when he added quarterback pressure to his resume — he had just three sacks. two-sack. 11. But in 2008 he missed significant time due to a nagging groin injury and last season he was slowed by ankle problems. BAL. James Laurinaitis. STL. TB. Ray Lewis. NE. CAR. JAC. He responded ably. which is something he failed to do in ‘09. Barrett Ruud. He set a career high in stops last season with 142. It will be interesting to see how a shift to the 3-4 alignment will impact his play. 10. and another break cost him four games last season. The latter of those numbers is what makes Harris special among inside linebackers. and top IDP option overall. only 24. 1 option in IDP leagues. 13. He might not reach 130 tackles this season. Willis has averaged more than 155 tackles in his three NFL seasons. 7. Williams. he returned in 2009 with a solid season and 122 total tackles. 3.5 sacks. including a 17-tackle (13 solo) tour de force against Atlanta in the season finale. Ruud’s value gets a boost this year. NYJ. He’ll be back this season as the center of Bill Belichick’s defense. Paul Posluszny. He was credited with 133 tackles — his highest total since the 2004 campaign — and he added three sacks. LB After a 2008 season that only allowed Williams to play in 11 games due to injury (and still average close to nine tackles per contest). Lofton was charged with leading a very young Falcons defense against some pretty tough offenses. Curtis Lofton. His consistency — both in health and production — are nothing short of remarkable. he’s a good bet to top 110 with enough sacks and interceptions to be close to the IDP elite. LB Fletcher might get overlooked in drafts because of his age — 35 in May — but the savvy veteran continues to rack up tackle totals that match players 10 years his junior. 2. If so. The Panthers’ middle linebacker makes a ton of plays. If he can avoid nagging injuries. A sideline-to-sideline playmaker.INDIVIDUAL DEF. LB Jackson racked up more than 150 tackles in 2008 and was on pace to match that total last year when a Week 6 shoulder injury ended his season prematurely. David Harris. Jon Beason. Beason is 1a. Patrick Willis. Ruud’s high tackle totals have made the Tampa inside ‘backer one of the NFL’s top IDP contributors. A 120-tackle. finishing the 2009 season with 131 tackles and two forced fumbles in his second season with the Falcons. 4. Despite that. The Bills have switched to a new 3-4 defense. LB After Laurinaitis spent his rookie year minicamp with the second team. LB Patrick Willis is (rightly) regarded as the No. Harris’ final 2009 tally still included 126 tackles and 5. Even still. and should show continued improvement in his third NFL campaign. LB Posluszny puts up outstanding numbers when he can stay on the field. cementing Laurinaitis in place as the Rams’ starting MLB. He didn’t record a sack after posting three in 2008.J. he supplemented those gaudy numbers with four sacks and a careerhigh three picks. He finished the year strong. There’s still reason to believe that Lofton. he led the Bills in tackles (110) in 2009 and added three interceptions and his first NFL sack. averaging nearly 140 tackles a year in his three NFL seasons — despite playing with a torn labrum in 2008. D’Qwell Jackson. but all indications are he’ll get one of the starting (and tackle-friendly) ILB spots. has room for improvement in his game. He will most likely lead the Broncos in that category again and is always a possibility to be near the top of the League lead. 6. Harris should be back among the IDP elite this season. 8. His 142 stops last season tied for second in the league. posting double figures in tackles three times in the second half. but they were the first his career. 5. CLE. This season he’ll be making those tackles for Jack Del Rio’s Jaguars after the Raiders traded him to Jacksonville. A year’s worth of experience and a team that has nowhere to go but up should help Laurinaitis build upon last year’s impressive numbers in his second season. 12. Jerod Mayo. DEN. ATL. he should be a good-to-great option in IDP leagues. two-INT campaign proved the skeptics wrong. Morrison has the potential to put up truly elite IDP numbers if he can run into some interceptions. and middle linebackers in Eric Mangini’s system have generally been very good IDP options.
78. like all NFL players. he added 3. but it’s not likely. his 117 stops ranking 16th in the league. Vilma’s 110 tackles were 22 fewer than in 2008. Ware racked up 11 sacks and 57 tackles in 2009 while playing through a litany of injuries that would put most of us in the hospital. his most since 2006. LB With 83 tackles through 12 games last year. DAL. DeMarcus Ware. His durability is a big plus. 21. if not with great upside. 23. however. Briggs has good range in coverage and has get added value by providing a couple sacks each year. 22. shallow squad. particularly if newly acquired defensive end Julius Peppers can improve Chicago’s dormant pass rush. but he’s been able to play through them without missing time or losing productivity. Brian Cushing. E. and then 120 tackles — in that order — over that time period. and Vilma’s presence in the middle was a big factor. we learned that Cushing failed a drug test during that campaign and will sit out the first four games of 2010 for violating the NFL’s PED policy. LB The acquisition of Keith Brooking cut into James’ use as a pass rusher in 2009. NO. he’s also typically added two or three sacks. Barnett has topped the 100-tackle mark every year of a pro career that began in 2003. Last season. five sacks and four interceptions and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the AP. Not really posing much of a pass-rushing threat — he hasn’t notched a sack since 2006 or an interception since 2007 — he’ll be a tier below the top IDPs. He’s a good bet to put up 100 or more tackles. LB Cushing would rank much higher on this list based on his rookie season performance — he racked up 134 tackles. Ryans has been hit with a variety of minor injuries. he broke his leg and then was subsequently shut down for the season. 17.J. As the heart of Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. Gary Brackett. 3. Stephen Tulloch. he racked up 20 sacks and 84 tackles. however. Having skipped all offseason workouts due to a contract dispute. Jonathan Vilma. 16. GB. MIN. he is the best veteran on a young. For one. is located here on this list should give fantasy owners an idea of how important tackles are relative to sacks in most IDP formats. is likely still a better IDP option than a full season of most defenders out there. Vilma should continue to be a rosterable option in IDP leagues. McClain could be this year’s version of Brian Cushing or James Laurinaitis — a first-year player who starts from Week 1 and racks up 100-plus tackles. But this spring. He has the potential to improve upon last year’s totals this season. CIN. LB Dansby received a fat free-agent contract to become the heart of Miami’s defense. LB 15. LB You might call Jones an IDP late bloomer. He’s expected back for the beginning of the season. Henderson was easily on pace to break the 100-tackle threshold. LB With the exception of an injury-shortened 2008.5 sacks to the mix. 24. DeMeco Ryans. KC. 26. McClain has good size and should be able to consistently fight off blockers and get to ball carriers. he’ll be expected to replicate or better his performances from his Cardinals’ 25 . meaning that playing shouldn’t be an issue at all. he’s improved conspicuously over the first four years of his NFL career. It wasn’t the first season-ender for Henderson: he missed 12 games in 2008 after dislocating two toes on his left foot.5 sacks and an interception) but has emerged as a consistent force in the middle of the Texans’ D and a good bet to generate about 120 tackles a year. recording 35. To that. For two. but he’s dependable — and that’s something. 36. When healthy. one of the league’s premiere pass-rushers.IDP SEASON PROFILES . attaining elite IDP stats. LB Brackett is Indianapolis’ starting middle linebacker. Demorrio Williams. for the last two seasons. James racked up more than 100 tackles. his sack total fell from a career-high eight in 2008 to just two in 2009. LB That Ware. Before he could do so. Lance Briggs.. Still. DAL. Still.. for the fourth straight season. 258. although he’s failed to play a full 16 games in three of the last four seasons. but Barnett himself said it was less necessary and more just to clean up scarred tissue. Depending on how often he’s called upon to blitz. has emerged as a 100-plus tackler.) 14. Williams thrived in the Chiefs’ new 3-4 set and emerged as KC’s leading tackler last season. LB Ryans has yet to match the stellar IDP numbers he posted as a rookie (156 tackles. He may be called upon to do more during the first quarter of the season while teammate Brian Cushing is suspended for violating the league’s PED policy. 20. there’s a chance he shows some rust. though. despite missing two games with a knee injury. further increasing his IDP value. The drop in sacks is what prevents him from 27.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. Karlos Dansby. He had 113 tackles last year after registering 114 the year before. OAK. A special teams ace for most of his career. MIA. As the Dolphins’ highest-paid defender. He had an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in January. The Raiders had enough faith in McClain’s potential that they dealt incumbent starter Kirk Morrison to Jacksonville during the draft. HOU.. LB Briggs posted 118 tackles last year. At 6-4. Rolando McClain. LB Rookies tend not to be great IDP options. 12 games worth of Cushing. 19. including a 12-tackle performance in Dallas’ shutout of the Redskins in Week 15. IND. CHI. but in the average year there are typically one or two players — usually linebackers — who step right in and produce. Dhani Jones. which may be cause for concern. James should rank as a goodto-very good IDP option this season. Bradie James. 18. After a seasonending broken leg in 2008. The last time Ware was healthy for a full season. LB Tulloch has two things going for him as far as IDP value is concerned. TEN. Henderson. he makes a fine IDP play — reliable. LB The Saint defense improved significantly on its way to the Super Bowl. He’s expected to be healthy for training camp. he returned to top form and would have had 100 sacks if the Colts didn’t rest him the final two games ahead of the playoffs. He’s not exactly high-upside. Jones landed in Cincinnati and. LB Projected as a reserve linebacker. Nick Barnett. in tandem with four games of replacement-level performance. HOU. 25. but a late-season knee injury cost him Week 17 and limited his effectiveness in Week 16 (only six tackles).
LB Farrior is known for his ability to rack up tackles more than sacks on the gridiron. James Farrior. he remained unsigned till press time. so he’s not really what you’d call a high-upside pick. however. here’s a good sign: in 2007. 33. That also happened to be the season in 40. As with all Viking defenders.) days. PIT. The sacks were up a bit in 2009. LB From 2002 through 2009. DE. Calvin Pace. TB.5 sack campaign in 2008.. LB Harrison doesn’t rack up as many tackles as other elite IDP linebackers — until you factor in tackling the quarterback.5 sacks the last three seasons — 16 in 2008 alone — and posted 10 last year. Rumors have him possibly settling with the Lions. Like the Steelers as a whole. PHI. SD. two interceptions and six passes defensed in 15 games before a shoulder injury ended his season. Granted. Session averaged two tackles per game. it almost looked like a fluke. Keith Brooking. 34. three sacks. Foote has been brought back. LB After being suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. That quickness allows him to post the sort of tackle numbers you might expect to see from a linebacker — and in fantasy scoring. he’s been a valuable IDP commodity for a while now. However. Recognize. Look for a healthy Cole to return to the ranks of the truly elite fantasy DEs this year.7 tackles per game. he’ll be a difference maker. LaMarr Woodley. The team may look to lighten his load on the field so as to keep him fresh over the course of the season. three-sack 2007 with Atlanta. Regard: the linebacker has played every game of every season back through 2001. And in each of those seasons. and Chad Greenway has taken advantage in recent years. which he recorded five interceptions. MIN. It’s unlikely that he maintains that sort of pace entering 2010. LB Brooking will turn 35 at the end of October. After undergoing knee surgery in early October to repair a partially torn meniscus. but it will not be at the expense of Timmons’ starting role. but it came out about the same. Clint Session. FA. it’s best to keep one’s mind open. Keith Bulluck. Trent Cole. LB Boley’s now been in the league for five years and. but Timmons is locked in as a starter. Dansby had 109 tackles last season. The same is what we might reasonably expect in 2010. He had just two sacks (both coming in the same game) through the first eight weeks of the sea26 . If he returns to the 90-tackle range he had the previous two seasons. Michael Boley. He should be healthy for training camp.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. Stephen Cooper. LB Cole is the first true down-lineman on this list. in 2009. PIT.IDP SEASON PROFILES . to 7. that number shot up to about 5. 10 fewer than in 2008. 30. as the loss of the two run-stuffers could really hurt his production. that number dropped to 6. he’s a good bet to once again surpass the 100-tackle threshold — and will assuredly be available deep. he’s recorded at least 100 tackles. Over the final seven weeks of 2009. Geno Hayes.. LB Timmons stepped into the starting inside linebacker spot vacated by Larry Foote last year. PIT. failing to record a sack in his last six games and totaling just 79 tackles. Look for him to bounce back this season if he stays healthy. 39. Timmons. PIT. LB A little-used reserve as a rookie. Hayes responded with an impressive 98 tackles. That looks quite a bit like a trend. and is a good candidate to build on last season’s success.2. 38. In any case. tackles (78) and sacks (7). but that’s still some feat considering the physical nature of the sport/position. James Harrison. still. Cooper was averaging nearly 10 tackles a game at that point. he finished the year in disappointing fashion. He struggled in pass protection at times last year. You can bet Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano will make Dansby a focus of the defense after laying out all that cash ($43 million over five seasons). the tackles down. his only other season with 100-plus tackles. so the team brought back Larry Foote to help out should Farrior decline further in 2010. that’s a huge asset. possibly due to shoulder and hamstring injuries. Chad Greenway. In short. set career highs in solo tackles (56). beating out Jared Allen and Justin Tuck. in 2008. with the exception of a 102-tackle.2 after the injury. Lawrence Timmons. LB Cooper is a good source of tackles and solid pass defender — 98 tackles and four INTs in 2008 — whose overall production was off last season due to a nagging knee injury suffered in the first half of the Chargers’ Week 4 game at Pittsburgh. despite being hampered by ankle injuries. 36. LB Woodley had an 11. Hayes was handed more responsibility when the Bucs waived veterans Derrick Brooks and Cato June. He recorded over 100 total tackles in 2009. an IDP superstar is what he looked like. watch for the status of defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams — who could face four-game PED suspensions — before drafting Greenway. LB A dominant defensive line like Minnesota’s frees up linebackers to make a lot of plays. IND. Foote brings valuable experience and relief to the linebacker corps. LB Well. Bulluck only finished one season (2007) without 98 or more tackles. but for the first half of 2009. he is now 35 years old and entering his 14th season in the league. 37. NYJ. An undersized DE — if you can call 6. 257 “undersized”— Cole makes his living out-quicking blockers and making plays in the backfield. 29. only 102 the year before that). 31. He posted 20 fewer tackles last season than in 2008. 28. deep. he’s cut it close of late (106 in 2009. had done very little to suggest that he’d ever be a top-tier IDP candidate. Sessions won’t record many sacks — he’s only got 0. when he recorded seven sacks and 80 tackles. it climbed even further. His consistency is marvelous. DAL. deep into drafts. NYG.1. the fifth time in the last seven seasons he reached the century mark. Pace returned to the Jets and essentally produced — from an IDP perspective. at least — exactly as he had in 2008. 32. In the last three seasons (he missed all of 2006 with a torn ACL) Greenway has averaged more than 98 tackles while making solid contributions to the pass rush (five sacks in 2008) and coverage (three INTs in 2009).5 to his name — but the tackles are enough to place him at the cusp of the Top 25 linebacker and linemen. Boley recorded 63 tackles — a pace that would certainly place him among the Top 10 linebackers. 35. After tearing his ACL in Week 15. however. The Steelers’ primary pass-rush threat has racked up 34.
He’s already been cleared for contact.IDP SEASON PROFILES . At 2009’s pace. A return to 100 percent health — or as close to it as NFL players get — should help Tuck return to first tier status this season. with more playmakers in the mix. and had his best season since 2005. He had 82 solo tackles. He’s competing with Paul Posluszny. give him a look in deeper IDP leagues. he’d be about a Top 20 linebacker. But complacency may have played a role as well. Although he played in all 16 games.) son. As far as defensive ends go. though. 47. 50. however. PIT. ATL. SEA. 44. Last year. DE Once again. however.5 sacks led the team and was the third-highest total in the league. this rank is a testament to the importance of tackles over sacks. Entering 2010. Williams finished the campaign with a career-low 43 tackles and a three-year low of nine sacks. He will see his fair share of time on the field and be given plenty of opportunities to contribute. he finished sackless and just short of the 100-tackle mark. If Williams can maintain his focus for the full season. TEX. games — and that includes two full games (Weeks 4 and 5) when he had exactly zero tackles. Lofa Tatupu.. but his 25 sacks over the last two seasons shows he is more than capable of putting up double-digit sacks for the third straight season. racking up 11. LB Signed by the Bills as a free agent in March. 48. 49. it appears that he’ll have to battle Brandon Siler and rookie Donald Butler for time at the inside linebacker spot opposite Stephen Cooper. It doesn’t look like Ellison will have much IDP value from the outset. Davis has a chance to start in 2010. LB Peterson rejoined his former defensive coordinator. 41. relegates Hawthorne to the outer limits of IDP respectability. Allen should continue to be one of the most productive linemen in any fantasy format this season. However. and missing just two games in that span. but he’s going to have a tough time winning a starting role with the new coaching staff and 3-4 defense. LB Burnett played well at times for the Bolts in 2009. but if he becomes a starter. despite something less than full playing time. BUF. 46. he easily has the talent to be a top tier fantasy D-lineman again. he’s a likely candidate for something nearing 100 tackles. he fought injury most of the season. he then went on an absolute tear. SD. as he’s off the radar to a lot of folks these days. 42. Andra Davis and Kawika Mitchell appear to be ahead of him. he’ll have value. mostly for his familiarity with the team’s new 3-4 defense. Keith Ellison. but he will be a backup on the Steelers. Tatupu averaged over 100 tackles with about three sacks per season. LB Ellison had an impressive 68 tackles in just eight games last season. his shoulder needed offseason surgery. plus the Bills signed Reggie Torbor this offseason. At IPaul Posluszny. Woodley’s low tackle numbers drag down his value a bit (he had 60 and 62 in 2008 and 2009 respectively). Tuck was a major disappointment in 2009. His 13. Still just 28. In 2008. Davis posted 90 tackles in each of the two seasons and used to be a 100-plus tackles guy with the Browns. 45. Justin Tuck. BUF. LB Foote returns to the Steelers after a one-year hiatus in Detroit. but barring injury. Mario Williams. SEA. LB From 2005 through 2008. Andra Davis. Tuck’s sack numbers plummeted from a high of 13 in 2008 to a mere six last season. He is 34 years old and the Falcons drafted rookie Sean Weatherspoon in the first round. Keith Ellison.5 QB takedowns in the final eight games of the season. The return of Tatupu. will not approach 90 tackles in 2010.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. He recorded 116 tackles over 16 27 . Kevin Burnett. another 26 assists.5 or more sacks and 51 or more tackles each season. Hawthorne stepped in and actually performed above Tatupu’s level from the past season and a half. DE Like his New York Giants as a whole. Mike Peterson. and Kawika Mitchell for two ILB spots. he was on a slightly better pace (32 tackles and a sack in five games). LB After Lofa Tatupu went down with his season-ending pectoral injury. as Houston coach Gary Kubiak read Williams the riot act after his tackle-less Week 15 game against Miami. Larry Foote. Allen has been the picture of consistency the last three years. his first three seasons in the League. averaging close to six tackles per game. 43. He recorded the second-highest tackle total of his career for the Lions last season (99). David Hawthorne.. MIN.s but there are concerns he might not repeat that performance. If he’s able to secure that starting time. so if he wins a starting job. Jared Allen. and should regain his starting spot in 2010. and forced three turnover. and his typically healthy tackle numbers (59) weren’t enough to make up the difference. Mike Smith. NYG. DE A better overall Texans defense may have hurt Williams’ individual stats last season. until tearing his pectoral muscle in a loss to the Cardinals. tallying 14.
racking up 124 stops in his first year at the position to lead all defensive backs. big plays (three forced fumbles) and a healthy number of stops (94 tackles). he’ll be an IDP superstar. The middle linebackeresque tackle numbers put Bell in the top tier of IDP defensive backs. Bernard Pollard.. SD. following up his 120. 7.IDP SEASON PROFILES . Louis Delmas.) DEFENSIVE BACKS 1. Another year of maturity and experience might probably see Delmas top 100 tackles — exceptional for DBs. credited with just short of 90 tackles in each of the last two seasons and grabbing five interceptions during that span. That’s an outstanding combination for an IDP cornerback. NO.J. S In his first season as a starter. At 5-10. Ward might be the best IDP option among this year’s crop of rookie DBs. he had three picks but his tackle number was a slightly less dominant 95. but Branch should still be good for 100plus tackles as the team’s strong safety again this year. 5. HOU. 11. In 2008. Interception and touchdown numbers are tough to project from year-to-year. at times. Antoine Bethea. a sack. As a result. 4. He racked up more than 100 tackles and four interceptions last season in just 13 games. S Bell spent 2009 proving his breakout 2008 season was no fluke. Branch became a tackling machine at strong safety. S The 38th overall selection in the 2010 draft. Last season’s INT total was his career high and his first picks since 2005. With a full season as the unquestioned starter. CB With incumbents Corey Webster and Aaron Ross struggling with injuries and generally poor play. But don’t forget his excellent 2008. S Based on his play with the Tennessee Volunteers. Two years ago. ball-hawking (four INTs). He’ll be back as the Niners’ starting free safety in 2010 and should be able to build on last season’s breakout performance in an improving defense. CLE. Eric Berry. and an interception. SEA. he should make up for it with picks as he has great range. The Colts used a first-round tender to retain Bethea’s services this offseason. Good move. Pollard has emerged as a legit IDP option and a key to Houston’s improving defense. 28 . 197. Berry drew comparisons to Baltimore’s Ed Reed — high praise indeed. Williams uses Harper on the blitz regularly. IND. racking up just over 100 tackles in 2009. If he ever does both in the same season. Thomas is a touch on the small side for an NFL safety — he’s more of a cornerback/safety ‘tweener at this point — but is highly regarded for his ball-hawking skills. 6. He’s not known for his tackling. Don’t expect big numbers in other categories. though. ATL. when he recorded 125 tackles. given Philly’s penchant for blitzing. He also impressed coaches with his durability by playing through a number of injuries.tackle performance with another 114 — and with three interceptions added for good measure. so an increase from last season’s sack total wouldn’t be an unreasonable expectation for 2010.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. opposing QBs might also make the more poor decisions than usual. Gibril Wilson made 128 tackles from the Raiders secondary. DET. finishing an impressive rookie campaign with 91 tackles. two interceptions and 1. 8. S Harper proved to be a great fit for Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. He’s considered an excellent hitter with cornerback speed. 14. and he generally doesn’t play close enough to the line to generate a lot of quarterback pressure. Thomas is expected to start opposite Webster in 2010. Delmas won a starting job in training camp and never looked back. Dashon Goldson. so the Raiders moved Branch from cornerback to fill the vacancy. a top-notch ballhawk and a tackling machine. S The safety spot in Oakland has become a fantasy gold mine. S Bob Sanders has a Defensive Player of the Year award on his resume. MIA. A tackle total in the mid-80s with three picks wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect. Earl Thomas. T. Coleman racked up the tackles (115) but didn’t manage a pick. but Bethea has been the most productive Indianapolis DB the last few seasons — at least partly because he’s done a much better job of staying on the field. Terrell Thomas. The fifth overall selection in the 2010 draft. Tyvon Branch. Ward. four in 2009). Even Coleman’s low-end tackle totals are enough to place him among the Top 5 defensive backs. a team that’s perilously thin in the backfield. but as Babineaux showed last season. S Once known only as the man who wrecked Tom Brady’s knee. two picks. S This one-time special teams ace has become a consistent hitter in the Eagles’ secondary. Goldson rocketed to the top of the IDP rankings with a combination of quarterback pressure (two sacks). but cornerbacks who actually get stops are very valuable. SF. S Weddle’s 2009 was fine. 13. And whatever tackles he leaves on the field. Quintin Mikell. especially in leagues that require IDP corners. much as he used Kerry Rhodes with the Jets. both as a playmaker in the defensive backfield and in run support. OAK. replacing Jordan Babineaux. Thomas is expected to start at free safety for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. Roman Harper. Thomas stepped up to become the G-Men’s top cover corner — grabbing five picks and taking one to the house while generating tackle numbers (85) you’d expect from a safety. S The 14th overall pick in the 2010 Draft. KC. the opportunities should be there. Wilson parlayed that season into a deal with Miami. S Coleman has been. Pollard projects as an elite fantasy defensive back. PHI. The Raiders probably won’t give opponents too many reasons to try risky passes. 10. Bethea fell just shy of a second consecutive 100-tackle season in 2009 and has a knack for big plays (10 INTs in the last three seasons. so he’ll be back in a familiar role making plays for Indy this fall.5 sacks in 13 games. 9. And he landed with Cleveland. It’s not hard to imagine Eric Mangini using Ward both in coverage and run support and on the blitz. owners might not have him this high on their respective IDP cheatsheets. NYG. S The 33rd overall pick in the 2009 draft. Eric Weddle. Yeremiah Bell. Berry will be expected to step in and contribute from day one. In 2009. He was held without a sack in 2009 — a surprise. but not particularly impressive: 82 tackles. whose 104 tackles ranked fifth among defensive backs last season. two touchdowns and a sack.. With the Chargers likely to be playing from ahead rather often. 3. 2. 12. Erik Coleman.
. ARZ.. S Lewis’ tackle totals have steadily declined since he joined the 49ers — 105 in 2007. SF. along with three picks: that’s what’s best to expect from him. Atogwe. his future in Carolina after 2010 is not. Tillman will resume his role as starting cornerback opposite Zach Bowman. 16. CB Woodson is coming off an outstanding season — 74 tackles. CIN. That’s quite an accomplishment for a corner. with Buffalo. he regrouped and finished with 85 tackles. Over the first three weeks. NE. Kerry Rhodes. S Landry will once again man a starting safety spot for Washington. worth $1. recording 77 tackles. CB Tillman had another solid year in 2009. CB In his first full season as a starter. 23. CB Winfield. Antoine Winfield. He has bulked up during the offseason in anticipation of the shift in his responsibilities. TEN. Still. He has good ball-hawking skills (nine INTs the last two years) and is a sure tackler. Still. He has recorded 70 or more tackles in four of his six full seasons in the league and is expected to do so again in 2010. Roy Williams. 30. owners would’ve been right to get excited about Ndukwe’s IDP prospects entering in 2009. S Meriweather recorded 83 tackles for a second straight season and added five interceptions. 26. he signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Panthers. Now that he’s healthy. CIN. that excitement seemed duly unfounded: the safety had only two tackles in that time. even that last figure is pretty good from a DB. O. but he has fully recovered and will be fine for the 2010 season. In the end. PIT. Marshall racked up 88 tackles and four interceptions. though 2011 might be a different story. DEN. Charles Woodson. Meriweather is a good bet to put up similar numbers this season. S Needless to say. still managed to average five tackles per game — something he’s done ever since 2003. S Clark had a career-year with Pittsburgh in 2009. If the latter is the case. MIN. Rhodes didn’t fit in well with Jets head coach Rex Ryan last season and was ultimately deemed expendable after starting 78 of the 80 games he’s played in during his first five NFL seasons. Ordinarily. it’s not smart to project defensive touchdowns. he combined for 13 picks in 2007-08. Michael Lewis. LaRon Landry. Chinedum Ndukwe. S Butler finished third on the Rams defense with 69 tackles and had a team-high three interceptions despite playing in just 13 games in 2009. a lot of the talk regarding the corner this past offseason concerned Marshall contract status. and 82 last season. he’s due for plenty of opportunities. while also tying his career-high in interceptions (3). Chris Hope. 25. when healthy. 29. Brian Dawkins. Somewhere in the high-70s for tackles. The Cards were happy to land him as the replacement for Antrel Rolle. WAS. but the Bengals liked enough of what they did see to keep him in the fold for one more year. Though teammate O.759 million.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. Charles Tillman. New coach Mike Shanahan and Co. After moving into a full-time starting role last season. 18. The last time Williams intercepted a pass was 2007. S Dawkins is a big time hitter who directs the Broncos’ defense from his free safety position. two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Unsurprisingly.. James Butler. STL. Hope enters his ninth year as a solid starter as strong safety. Richard Marshall. 17. The veteran won’t face much of a threat from second-round draft pick Taylor Mays this season.J. Dawan Landry. were they to come together in one season.. setting new marks in solo tackles (68). With Ed Reed’s future still in doubt. S Atogwe’s coming off a season that saw him record 74 tackles in just 12 games — a pace that’d put him pretty close to the 100tackle mark. And though he only had the two interceptions. but returned in impressive fashion with an 84-tackle. he offers a good broad base of skills that. 96 in 2008. S Landry missed most of the 2008 season after suffering a spinal cord injury.) 15. 19. and there’s a very good chance he’ll return to form after being one of the league’s better IDP options at safety prior to last season. Tillman did suffer broken ribs and a punctured lung that forced him to miss the season finale. BAL. two sacks. but Woodson’s penchant for big plays is well-documented — he’s scored eight TDs the last four seasons. STL. who missed six games last season with a Lisfranc injury. 20. total tackles (89) and passes defensed (8). Brandon Meriweather. plans to take advantage of his size and speed and play him closer to the line of scrimmage. His playing time is secure. he’d be a steal in this area of the IDP draft. Landry could be called upon to be even more of a playmaker for the Ravens in 2010 21. and makes Winfield a prime candidate for IDP excellence. would make him a Top 10 DB. In short. two sacks. He maintains steady but not “eye-popping” numbers. where he recorded just 28 tackles and no picks. CHI. Though one might say he’s failed to live up to the expectations of a safety drafted sixth overall. 27. 28. GB. Atogwe is probably the more exciting player — and the more valuable fantasy play — between Butler’s starting spot and the Rams’ general incompetence defensively. That big-play ability will make him a tempting target in IDP drafts. and six forced fumbles. S In 2010. something he is much more suited for. three pick-sixes and AP Defensive Player of the Year honors. nine interceptions. fourinterception 2009 campaign. 29 .IDP SEASON PROFILES . 22. S A fractured forearm kept the hard-hitting safety to just four games last season.J. but he will turn 37 years old in October. Ryan Clark. He has not missed a game in two years and looks to still be in great shape to continue that streak. S After an impressive 63 tackles and three sacks over just 11 games in 2008. CAR. 24. He set a career high with 116 tackles in 2009. Those seven tackles per game set a pace that would’ve placed him among the top DBs in that category. and an interception. so we should not expect the same kind of production in 2010. that might also be due to the fact that he’s spent most of his career playing deep center field. earning Pro Bowl honors for the Patriots.
returning one for a touchdown. 43. 34.) 31. IND. 32. Kelvin Hayden. Rolle is an able tackler. six passes defensed. an interception. making him a threat for sacks while Matt Ware drops into coverage. there’s a new coaching staff in town and a lot of injured guys are returning for 2010. that one is right to tread cautiously. Is Elam hitting his peak? Or was he reaping the benefits of a one-year fluke? The difficulty in answering that question is why he’s not higher on this list.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. Consider Jackson a compelling sleeper. and 2010 may be his last season. which may have contributed to his low tackle numbers (47 on the year). 44. two sacks and a forced fumble. The secondary is by far the strongest spot on this defense. Donte Whitner. he should be able to deliver a few more hits in 2010. he had 91 tackles and a sack for the Dolphins last season and will vie for a starting safety spot with Cincy. At worst. Danieal Manning. but some of that has been due to injuries. 38. The addition of safeties Major Wright and Chris Harris this offseason will likely cut into Manning’s playing time. Whitner has had a lot of ups and downs following his selection as the eighth overall pick in 2006. the team’s biggest weakness last year after Kenny Phillips went down with a knee injury. He is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ aggressive scheme. Barber did manage 77 tackles. Bryan Scott. Even if his days as the consensus top IDP safety are through. so Scott seems like he’ll slot into the role of valuable backup supporting Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner at safety. chest) slowed him last season. S Sharper discovered the Fountain of Youth in 2009. ARZ. GB. as he had extreme difficulties covering opposing tight ends. two sacks. That’s saying something. but he’s not a guy to reach on. In nickel and dime packages. S Wilson’s stay in Miami will probably be considered a bust. though he’s never been a big playmaker and you’d have to watch the time the backups behind him and Jairus Byrd are getting. Nick Collins. CB Hayden averaged over five tackles per game last year — a fact that would typically place a DB in the Top 25 or so. as he is asked to play centerfield and read the quarterback while strong safety Roman Harper’s number is often dialed in blitz packages. however. five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) in only 12 games played in 2009. S Elam led the Browns with 91 tackles last season. CB Barber’s amazing career is on the downside now. and two forced fumbles. S Scott finished an impressive 2009 with 81 tackles. Ronde Barber. particularly at his age and after offseason knee surgery.. Abram Elam. 42. Wilson is still an excellent option in leagues that require the use of one. CB Joseph followed up an impressive but injury-shortened 2008 season in grand fashion. it would be unwise to count on Sharper to repeat last year’s fantasy performance. recording 92 tackles (second on the team behind Lance Briggs). Tanard Jackson. and he’s expected to be the starter. he’s played only 19 games over the last two season. he’ll provide valuable and experienced depth in the secondary after the Bengals ran into injury trouble last year. For two. Given that his value is almost entirely tied to his interception total. $37 million deal. provided he stays healthy. with 13 interceptions the last two seasons. recording nine interceptions and returning three of them for touchdowns. Gibril Wilson. but he is a versatile athlete who can play basically anywhere in the secondary and should continue to see a decent amount of action. though the represent such a large departure from his previous production. 39. 41. S Manning started ten games in the Bears secondary in 2009. 36. 35. but not a toptier IDP guy.. For one. given his five-year. FA. With good health. and was credited with 69 tackles — a good number for a cover corner. A series of nagging injuries (calf. CIN. 37. yet. BUF. 34. S Rolle signed with the Giants this offseason to shore up the safety position. CIN. and Bryan Scott will be pushing Whitner for playing time. 40. CIN. S Jackson had 70 tackles. S Wilson had a nice 2009 campaign. a forced fumble and a pick while playing both safety and linebacker. Still. as Scott and George Wilson are both very capable safeties. Keep him on your short list of IDP sleepers. TB.0 sacks. earning a trip to his second career Pro Bowl on the strength of a career-high five interceptions along with 74 tackles (61 solo). and two forced fumbles in 2009 but did not have any interceptions. NYG. the tackle pace he set in 2009 is unprecedented in his career. he was still productive with 81 tackles and one interception in 11 games — a pace that would’ve actually placed him among the elite DBs for fantasy purposes. He could be a nice play. Adrian Wilson. though because of his various skills he’s a good IDP pickup if injuries strike again. 30 . 2.IDP SEASON PROFILES . S Collins doesn’t deliver as many hits as other top IDP safeties. BUF. NO. he’ll continue to lineup closer to the line of scrimmage. Do not draft Scott as an IDP unless he gets an outright starting job.. Those are all impressive rates. CHI. Jonathan Joseph.5 sacks. However. CB As of press time. Joseph picked off six passes in 2009. but he’s one of the league’s better ball-hawks. Expect similar numbers at best in 2010. Harper remains an unrestricted free agent. Darren Sharper. He’s an IDP option in deeper league. eight passes defensed. Nick Harper. Antrel Rolle. emerging as one of the top IDP corners in the league. There are two red flags for Hayden. He’ll team with Leon Hall again this season to give the Bengals one of the top corner tandems in the NFL. Despite playing almost all of the 2009 season as a 35-year-old. TB. The Giants are expecting big things from Rolle this season.. but it’s also important to note that he’d never recorded more than 60 tackles in a season before 2009. even if it’s not in a starting role. and should continue in that role this season. S Whitner will be returning to his more familiar strong safety role under the Bills’ new coaching staff in 2010. Manning has also returned kickoffs for the Bears the last two years. he picked off four passes last year for the Cardinals and even racked up 1.
Bryan Scott. S Doughty will compete for a starting safety job. He doesn’t have great physical gifts but he is a smart player and positions himself well. Where he ends up — and whether he’s given a starting slot — will determine much of his value for 2010. he’d be worth of starting in many IDP leagues if he’s needed in a starting role again. Unfortunately. 46.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont.. relegating Babineaux to scraps of playing time. 31 . averaging close to six tackles per game — an excellent numbers for a defensive back. S Babineaux likely went undrafted in IDP leagues last season. NYG.. Strangely. 49. and three interceptions. 47. after the Seahawk recorded a career-high 104 tackles. and if he can make it all the way back. Donte Whitner and playmaking youngster Jairus Byrd all signed and sealed. Moreover. BUF. Phillips could be a top-five IDP defensive back. His move to free safety — along with the adjustments to a new defensive scheme — were very likely the reasons for Babineaux’s increased totals. with Wilson.IDP SEASON PROFILES . With Sanders looking healthy heading into training camp. he’s worth a pickup. Mike Brown. FA.) 45. SEA. But if injuries strike like last season. However. two sacks. Kenny Phillips. he acquitted himself nicely. That will very likely not be the case in 2010. meaning he’s not worthy of an IDP slot even though his numbers in 2009 were excellent. Brown remained a free agent. ing to training camp. Early reports are good. WAS. S Big. it appears as though it’ll be his only season as a Chief: head- 50. IND. George Wilson. Brown finished with 100 tackles. fast. first-round pick Earl Thomas is set to take over starting duties at free safety. Jordan Babineaux. despite his strong numbers. S The Bills like where they’re sitting at safety entering 2010. S Bullitt performed well after Bob Sanders was lost to injury and posted 77 tackles. Reed Doughty. when was on the field last season. as his 103 tackles in 12 starts last season prove. Bullitt may move back to a reserve role. and Whitner seems to have the inside track on the other. That would make the talented and versatile Wilson a backup. Byrd will likely be one of the starters. But he’s far from out of the woods with the injury. Melvin Bullitt. playmaking safety attempting to return from microfracture surgery to his knee. 48. hard-hitting. S In his first season as a Chief.
2. Some might argue his skill set is less than ideal for Mike Martz’s system. QB. Kansas City Chiefs – Hated him last year because he was drafted as a plausible No. Tony Romo and Matt Schaub also in the mix – Brady could be the best value of the lot.” The Texans’ coaching staff loves Tate. Flacco is the whole package. but he’s a gunslinger capable of putting up big stats.5 was tied for second lowest in NFL). and Houston’s offense is one of the best in the NFL. which is pretty impressive considering he posted a 7:1 TD:INT ratio with a 7. An NFL-high 26 picks highlighted his spotty season. Perhaps best of all. when he joined Peyton Manning and the Colts. Julian Edelman. showed his usefulness as a pass catcher. His competition for carries. San Francisco 49ers – It’s not like Crabtree will come cheap – other owners are aware of his pedigree. but he’s simply not close to the runner Wells is. and Cutler has reportedly (and wisely) reached out to Kurt Warner. Bush is much more suited for a heavy workload. but a 63. Baltimore Ravens – Flacco’s numbers won’t jump off the page. 1 for the Texans. Michael Crabtree. which was a joke given the Chiefs’ woes. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning likely going ahead of him – and Philip Rivers. Aromashodu is fast enough to be a downfield threat while also big enough to be a red-zone weapon. but the Patriots offense at its core is a short-passing attack. so it came as no surprise when they traded up to draft Tate in the second round. but there’s also no guarantee he makes a full recovery after undergoing surgery on his neck – a serious procedure called “cervical fusion. so even with Randy Moss in the fold. But now the setup is better with Charlie Weis calling the shots and Cassel available at a backup price. if not sooner. he mustered just 28 touchdowns and a 7. there’s a recipe for huge production in 2010. Moreover. WR. but even an 80-percent replica might catch 65 passes in the New England offense. Joe Flacco. but Mathews can easily post 1. however. especially if Welker has a slow recovery from his MCL and ACL injuries.300 yards and 15 TDs and become a top-five fantasy player. Henne’s ADP is 26th among quarterbacks and 208th overall. before a broken leg submarined his draft stock.0 yards per attempt in three of his last four starts as the Dolphins opened up their passing game and further committed to throwing more by trading for Brandon Marshall.10 fantasy quarterback in 2010. so any ballcarrier who emerges as a workhorse in this system has top-five upside. 200. At 6. Honestly. and the 49ers upgraded their offensive line significantly. QB. Tim Hightower. But it’s worth paying retail in this case for a player who could be a perennial top-10 wideout for the next half decade. behind Adrian Peterson. slender build and upright style have made him a higher injury risk than the average back. numbers in line with his pre. adding a RB was priority No. elite receivers. WR. Chicago Bears – This year’s bounce-back special. And let’s not forget he was once considered the second-best back of the ‘07 draft class. QB. Ryan Mathews. Tate looks like the favorite. but with Henne you won’t have to. QB. RB. Expect Ken Whisenhunt to run the ball more in the postWarner era and Wells to get the lion’s share of the carries. 230 and with a cannon arm. Tom Brady’s deep throws to Randy Moss make all the highlight shows. That the Cardinals play in the NFC West doesn’t hurt. who excelled under Martz’s tutelage. to find anything comparable. Don’t be surprised when Flacco is a top.3 YPC. but the biggest news of all is the addition of Anquan Boldin. Devin Aromashodu. and with Kurt Warner gone. Weis in either role consistently developed QBs. but his new (and highly decorated) offensive coordinator has been gushing about the QB’s smarts. there’s risk here since Mathews is not an established pro. Matt Cassel. The Chargers have Philip Rivers. top-15 WR upside would follow. don’t we already know that it can’t be 2008 fourth overall pick Darren McFadden? Run-DMC can’t run between the tackles. Weis is the genius coordinator who rose to his level of incompetence when given the full reins. Cutler was hardly the franchise savior in 2009 the Bears envisioned. Jay Cutler. If a declining LT can do that. Chad Henne. who isn’t nearly as good but who will throw much more often. Like Martz.2 YPA and 21 touchdowns are all solid for a second-year starter. Steve Slaton has plenty of talent and is fully capable of rebounding.9 YPA mark over the final four games. and he has ball-security issues (three fumbles lost in ‘09). Look for the Dolphins to use far less of the Wildcat formation. San Diego Chargers – Has any NFL rookie ever fallen into a better situation from a fantasy perspective than Mathews in 2010? We may have to go back to Edgerrin James’ rookie year in 1999. If you play the wait-on-the-quarterbacks game. 32 . what can a Round 1 RB with fresh legs do? Yes. RB. Norv Turner loves to run inside the 10 – that’s how LaDainian Tomlinson posted 12 TDs in 2009 despite just 3. but he finished the year with 22 catches for 282 yards with four scores in the final four games. the Cardinals need to maximize Wells’ talents in the running game. He also played through significant injuries to his hip and leg over the final six weeks of the year. but that could change during training camp). which should further tamp down Henne’s draft day cost. quarterback Alex Smith made strides in 2009. WR. either. New England Patriots – Brady’s still going to be expensive on draft day. But Henne threw for more than 7.SLEEPERS & UNDERVALUED PLAYERS Tom Brady. Arizona Cardinals – Wells had a big second half.Moss seasons of 2004-05. who gives the signal caller an elite target for the first time ever. Expect that from Cassel.8 YPA. Chad Pennington’s return threatens his role as starter. The skill talent in KC is at least as good as any cast Weis had in New England when Tom Brady was regularly throwing mid-20s TD passes. Beanie Wells. It’s also hard to deny the rapport he showed with Jay Cutler. his long. New England Patriots – It’s a mistake to say he’s a full Wes Welker clone. Chicago Bears – Aromashodu was nowhere to be found over the first 13 weeks last season. The Patriots did nothing to upgrade their running game this offseason. showing his impressive power and burst. and we can expect them to be among the passing attempt leaders once again. Cutler may throw too many picks. Michael Bush. and with OC Mike Martz. skill set and solid performance as a rookie despite missing all of training camp and half the season. Oakland Raiders – Draft Bush this summer as if he’s Oakland’s featured back. which should allow for more downfield looks and red-zone trips. At 6-6. Ben Tate. but he’ll likely be there by midseason. If Aromashodu secures the WR1 role (he’s third on the depth chart behind Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. often you should draft a second QB earlier than most. Miami Dolphins – You won’t have to draft him among your top 12 QBs. a high-scoring offense and nobody besides Mathews to run between the tackles. but the fact remains Cutler has the arm and playmaking ability to make all the throws necessary in this league.1 completion percentage. 7. Houston Texans – After last year’s struggles running the football (team YPC of 3. 1 QB. but with Aaron Rodgers. Consider that Brady was rusty last season after a year off and an offseason of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee. RB. RB. The Chargers obviously like Mathews – they traded up in Round 1 to get him – and they play in a division of bad run defenses. and that fits into Edelman’s skill set perfectly. QB.
with an elite QB throwing to him. Assuming Nicks returns to health as expected. WR. The 11. Chicago Bears – He’s a prototypical Mike Martz receiver – lean and speedy and able to jump the safety in the blink of an eye. Jacoby Jones. He should continue to benefit from the Giants having an excellent possession option in Steve Smith. He may not be able to do much better than the six TDs he scored in ‘09. Nicks was one of the league’s most explosive receivers as a rookie. and his ceiling is Isaac Bruce/Torry Holt. Indianapolis Colts – What’s the difference between Garcon and Reggie Wayne. expect his stats to compare favorably to Wayne’s. averaging an elite 10. as they started to do midway through the 2009 season and the playoffs. since opposing defenses will have other weapons to worry about and will be unable to deploy double teams against him. WR.7 yards per catch is disappointing and completely meaningless now that the Mad Hatter is in Chicago. That’s a pretty nice range to settle in when you’re a late-round pocket pick.. Those discounting Knox’s upside should consider again those non-Martz rookie stats – 45 catches and five scores. the freakishly athletic Jones is your man.SLEEPERS & UNDERVALUED PLAYERS (cont. Johnny Knox. 1.Zahir Hakim. 33 . As Garcon enters his third year in the league. New York Giants – Playing with a broken toe suffered in the season opener. Pierre Garcon. and Jones should be more prominent in three-receiver sets with Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter.100 yards and double-digit TDs.7 YPT.) Hakeem Nicks. other than their acquisition costs? Not much in 2010. Houston Texans – If you’re looking for the next Robert Meachem candidate.. His floor in this system is Az. Houston has one of the top passing offenses in the league. a full 16-game slate with a growing role could lead to something in the neighborhood of 70 catches. WR. WR. but he could double his catch and yardage totals (27/437).
this time with Grant. and he’s also switching to a far more conservative offensive system in Washington. Additionally. 1 receiver in the league’s best offense. Plus these sprinters are always injuries waiting to happen. In Fitzgerald’s case. but he’s not the same player he was in the Chad Johnson days. and he’s only had one dominant season since high school. vision and terrific receiving skills. where he’s going in many spring mocks. The bottom line is while he still has value. but that’s no lock. Michael Haynes and Roger Carr were all among the many who disappointed. DeSean Jackson had Donovan McNabb. And yes. Playing for a bad Rams team with a poor offensive line that produces few goalline opportunities doesn’t help. averaging fewer yards per catch and targets than in his prime. possessing size. Even though the Bengals haven’t made any significant changes to their running back situation. Contrast that to elite WRs like Steve Smith and Calvin Johnson. Randy Moss had Tom Brady. RB. That’s because Wayne isn’t much of a downfield threat these days – just one catch of 40 or more yards on 149 targets. DeSean Jackson. Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning’s favorite target has a nice floor. Vincent Jackson had Phillip Rivers. and that could severely cut into his short-yardage and goalline work. nine and 12 scores three straight years.” as it looks like a strong year to draft quarterbacks. and his inability to catch passes left him tied for 11th in running back fantasy points in 2009 despite having the Bengals backfield almost exclusively to himself. pin-point throws.000 yards. Green Bay Packers – The last time we played an injury hunch on a player that had never previously had any injury issues was Rudi Johnson in ‘07. you get the point. but the team signed veteran Thomas Jones this offseason.BUSTS & OVERVALUED PLAYERS Donovan McNabb. WR. but teammate Felix Jones is too electric not to turn loose. St. Kevin Kolb’s strength is not the long ball. He scored 10 touchdowns but needed a league-leading 15 targets inside the 10 and 10 targets inside the five to make it happen. you always bet against the little guy like Jackson who makes his living from a distance. Andre Johnson had Matt Schaub. Washington Redskins – McNabb is not a top-12 QB. Stanley Morgan. a dominant inside back with enough speed to make breakaway runs. Cincinnati Bengals – Ochocinco had a nice bounce-back year in 2009. WR. McNabb is a shaky QB1 at this point. He’s also going to deal with a significant downgrade in offensive weapons. it’s hard to do so while seeing him routinely drafted late in the first round. Colston’s piece of the pie will shrink. WR. Roddy White had Matt Ryan. Philadelphia Eagles – He says he won’t miss Donovan McNabb. Go through football history and see how many blazers posted back-to-back double-digit TD seasons. The former Golden Domer runs too upright and would never be accused of being stout in stature. 34 . speed. If the duo’s workload flip-flops as many project. but 2009 was probably his current ceiling. either. Colston may be the Saints’ WR1 nominally. don’t be willing to pay the price it would cost to get Fitzgerald. 1 offense. health issues will finally enter the equation in ‘09. Colston is hardly a bad fantasy option – it’s just that he’s often treated as a top-10 WR. especially in TD leagues. Shonn Greene. Chad Ochocinco. who both had subpar QBs under center and failed to exceed 1. It’s just that none of the dozen above McNabb screams “bust. the Chiefs offense is likely to be below average. when the bottom dropped out on him after three consecutive 300-carry campaigns.2 YPC but only found pay dirt six times. remember a few things – he’s unlikely to do anything as a receiver. He remains a fine red-zone target. but Drew Brees is like Suns point guard Steve Nash – he distributes the ball equally.548 rushing attempts over six years (with 12 games missed over that span). Now 32. But before you take Greene in the first round. While Charles’ talent might ordinarily cause one to overlook these negatives. Miles Austin had Tony Romo. Moreover. We’re getting that same nagging feeling again. don’t trust Leinart. but he’s played in 16 games just once during his six-year career and underwent back surgery during the offseason. Marques Colston. Sidney Rice had Brett Favre. Fitzgerald had Warner. Johnson’s never been a burner or a red-zone threat. With Pierre Garcon emerging as a playmaker and Austin Collie and Dallas Clark proving to be reliable red-zone threats. Jamaal Charles. WR. and so his nine scores likely represent his ceiling. He’s still just 27 years old. Ryan Grant. and this is the year Barber takes a back seat to him. OK. Dallas Cowboys – Barber can still be a punishing runner and is dangerous around the goal line. if you. Larry Fitzgerald. RB. Arizona Cardinals – What did the top fantasy WRs from 2009 have in common? They all had top-tier QBs throwing to them. Marion Barber. meaning fewer trips to the red zone and fewer lead-protecting carries against worn-down defenses. he might lose some (if not most) of the short rushing touchdowns to LaDainian Tomlinson. James Jett. when he’s more like a borderline top-20 asset. Louis Rams – There’s no doubting Jackson’s on-field talents – he’s the total package. He averaged 4. he remains a big injury risk. Cedric Benson. but if Robert Meachem continues to emerge. but with 1. RB. Jackson’s long scores were not a product of run after catch as much as long. RB. WR. Reggie Wayne. Marques Colston had Drew Brees. even more so at age 33. RB. Steven Jackson. As for McNabb. Wesley Walker. especially from in close. QB. New Orleans Saints – As the No. RB. regardless of how talented he is. See a trend here? Don’t draft a WR early unless you trust the QB who’s throwing to him. There’s a time and a place in your draft where Greene makes sense. Barber is going to be hard to count on for weekly production as long as Jones is healthy. then Barber could end up being more miss than hit in games where he doesn’t cross the goal line. the additions of the more physical Antonio Bryant and rookie Jermaine Gresham give Carson Palmer two more targets. which is a major red flag for a RB who invites so much contact. he’s been worked as hard as any RB in football. Cliff Branch had 13. but in some circles he’ll still get treated like a top-10 option. but it’s not in the top 15 picks. the line and the team provide a nice backdrop for a featured back. Finally. Colston has topped 70 catches just once in his four-year career. his final year at Iowa. New York Jets – His upside is basically Michael Turner. Cincinnati Bengals – Kudos to Benson for seizing an opportunity to resurrect his career with the Bengals last season. After carrying a featured role for the Pack the past 45 straight games (postseason included). Kansas City Chiefs – Charles was huge down the stretch last year. Wayne could be relegated to more of a garden-variety possession role in 2010. and 17 receivers had more yards than him last season in what were ideal conditions – staying healthy for 16 games and playing in the NFL’s No. understandably. Benson’s too risky to be a first or early second-round pick on draft day.
That said. the receiving corps is a work in progress. Some peg him as a system back after he worked out of the QUARTERBACKS Sam Bradford – (6-4. may not have a rocket arm. Still. more explosive Jerome Harrison. Louis Rams – The Rams entered the draft needing to upgrade at quarterback in the worst way. his work ethic. they got a savvy signal-caller with good polish. 220) Auburn – Houston Texans – Tate is going to be a trendy pick. and while Gerhart is more of a power runner than his predecessor. unless injuries hit the Browns hard. Ben Tate – (5-11. He was snatched in the second round of our magazine mock draft. 199) California – Detroit Lions – It’s harder to spell Best’s first name than it is to predict his role with the Lions. 48 slot in the NFL Draft was one of the event’s biggest shockers and makes him the early favorite to be its steal. Correctly identifying who they'll be and drafting them accordingly (not too early. In any case. but he'll have to compete with Steve Slaton. Toby Gerhart – (6-0. it’s hard to imagine the top overall pick not being the team’s Week 1 starter. attitude and leadership abilities are top shelf. but his upside is that of a player dynamic enough for Buffalo to keep on the field as much as possible. Spiller could be a feast-or-famine player early on. he’s unlikely to leapfrog both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace as a rookie.J. Jonathan Dwyer – (5-11. but Spiller is arguably the draft’s most electric playmaker. who finished very strong in 2009. It’s all about opportunity. Spiller – (5-10. McCoy. but if injuries hit. as well as the one who gets the goal-line carries. his value lies both in his ability to complement Adrian Peterson and to serve as an insurance policy with enough inside running ability to handle the load if Peterson goes down. Note that the Panthers are built to run. and the Broncos can afford not to rush him into a starting role. As is so often the case with young quarterbacks. How well he can transition from college to the pro game will determine whether he projects as a starter or backup at the NFL level. to say the least. Since a timeshare appears to be his destiny to begin with. but as always. he’s an explosive back playing in an offense in need of playmaking from the RB position. given that he lasted until the 85th selection in the draft. then Tate’s toughness and ability as a downhill runner could land him atop the depth chart. but there’s no obvious vulture back on the Lions’ roster. Slaton is reportedly healthy and in much better shape than he was during his sluggish 2009 campaign. but he's a winner who has showed poise and leadership during his college career. 222) Notre Dame – Carolina Panthers – Clausen falling to the No. so this was an intriguing pick. given that Kevin Smith is coming off a serious knee injury. Marshawn Lynch. and Maurice Morris is. Still. and in Bradford. Colt McCoy – (6-1. the Rams have a player who fits the franchise cornerstone profile. At this stage Clausen can make all the NFL throws. the Chargers moved up aggressively in the draft to tab Mathews with the 12th overall pick. Whether he can carve out a goal-line role largely hinges on his ability to find clear-cut holes or bounce it outside. given that some scouts think he might be the better pro than Bradford. who can gain yards after contact. C. RUNNING BACKS Ryan Mathews – (6-0.J. Montario Hardesty – (6-0. With A. and with a strong training camp/preseason. It won’t be a timeshare. so good on that front. and the team will figure out ways to use him. or Slaton’s fumble issues crop up again. 1. Tim Tebow – (6-3. and it’s been so far. Jimmy Clausen – (6-3. On the plus side. Assuming that’s the case. Durability has been an issue for him. 236) Florida – Denver Broncos – The Broncos already had Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. 231) Stanford – Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings needed to fill the void left by Chester Taylor's exit. there will be a steep learning curve for both Bradford and his largely unproven receiving corps. who had a productive run with Texas. In short. which is a hint of how explosive he can be.000-plus rushing yards and double-digit TDs are within reach for the Bolts’ new power back. 218) Fresno State – San Diego Chargers – Faced with the prospect of rolling with the dynamic but diminutive Darren Sproles this season.IMPACT ROOKIES There's still plenty that needs to shake out in training camp. and that’s based on the logical assumption that he’ll be San Diego’s 35 . and once you get past Steve Smith. and while Mathews won’t likely match LaDainian Tomlinson’s 339-carry rookie workload. 196) Clemson – Buffalo Bills – The Bills took some heat for ignoring more pressing needs. and Arian Foster. who was the 188th pick overall in April. Clausen could see the field as a rookie. provided he can take the NFL pounding. but with Matt Moore still around. not too late) will go a long way in determining your team's 2010 fate. so Best could end up being the second most valuable rookie fantasy contributor (behind Mathews) this season. Jahvid Best – (5-11. The athletic Tebow is coming off a fantastic college career but has some developing to do as a quarterback. who is recovering from neck surgery. Maurice Morris. He’s already impressed the Browns coaching staff. Clausen won’t be rushed. but Hardesty is a powerful runner with good vision and quick feet. Spiller has drawn comparisons to Reggie Bush and to a lesser degree Chris Johnson. Tebow’s results at Florida are hard to ignore. Feeley. but that’s an aspect of his personality that could actually help him excel if properly channeled. who averaged 4. despite the presence of Fred Jackson and. but Gerhart is still probably only worth a late dart if you’re a Peterson owner or simply looking to stash upside running backs as backups. was major draft faller. so he can’t be written off. the powerful Tate is likely to earn his stripes as part of a committee. and there’s little doubt he’ll do everything in his power to succeed at the NFL level. 225) Tennessee – Cleveland Browns – Hardesty gives the Browns another running back option in the postJamal Lewis era. 216) Texas – Cleveland Browns – Potentially a ridiculous value pick. 236) Oklahoma – St. there will be a number of rookies who are fantasy difference-makers this year. the team isn’t especially attached to Moore. lead back. and if he struggles out of the gate. don’t be surprised if coach Josh McDaniels finds a way to get Tebow on the field for a few plays per game as a rookie. One of the knocks on Clausen is the perception that he’s cocky. including a concussion that ended his senior season. Just don’t discount the presence of the smaller.8 yards per carry last year. with a dash of Sproles as a changeofpace. Hardesty could generate some sleeper buzz as a rookie. so temper your expectations for his rookie season. well. Best lacks ideal size and comes with legitimate durability concerns. for now at least. especially with his throwing mechanics. 229) Georgia Tech – Pittsburgh Steelers – Dwyer. coach Norv Turner predicts about 250 carries for him. While there are plenty of skeptics. Assuming his shoulder holds up. Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis the only other quarterbacks under contract at press time.
J. be it out of the backfield. 172) Mississippi – Kansas City Chiefs – Look for the Chiefs to experiment using McCluster.who brings a power element to the 49ers’ backfield. an area of slight concern. given the collection of uninspiring veteran talent Tampa Bay has otherwise assembled.. but note that those who want him will likely need to be aggressive if the buzz continues to grow. the team has a potentially elite big-play threat on its hands. but it remains to be seen how he adapts to the quantum leap in the level of competition he’ll be facing as a pro. James Starks – (6-2. Still. Thomas isn’t the marquee name Bryant is. so it’s not hard to imagine him putting up better numbers as an NFL rookie. 218) Buffalo – Green Bay Packers – Starks lasted until the sixth round in large part because he missed his senior season with a shoulder injury. he has the inside running ability to compete with and overtake Mewelde Moore as Rashard Mendenhall’s backup. Stafon Johnson is another undrafted back. 186) SMU – Pittsburgh Steelers – Sanders is slightly built. Off-field concerns caused Bryant to slide to the No. his production will hinge on Freeman’s development. but he combines size and excellent athleticism with bigplay potential and. 221) Syracuse – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – While we don’t expect Williams’ production to surpass Benn’s. 225) Oklahoma State – Dallas Cowboys – After seeing Bryant at the team’s rookie minicamp. but it would take injuries to Maurice Jones. Benn has a good chance to step right into a key role. 3 wideout job behind Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. The Broncos have a couple of steady vets in Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley. Mike Williams – (6-1. comes baggage-free. Tate merely has to beat out the likes of Deon Butler and Deion Branch for a starting gig – something we expect him to do before too long. Charles Scott – (5-11. he has a legitimate chance to overtake Brandon Jackson as the heir to the Ryan Grant throne. to move up in the fourth round of the draft to acquire him. who could stick. or . LeGarrette Blount – (6-0.Drew and Rashad Jennings for him to make much of a fantasy impact. Joe McKnight – (5-11. McKnight. That’s why we think Thomas may end up providing the best fantasy value in 2010. Arrelious Benn – (6-1. He could see action as a third-down back and possibly as a kickoff returner as a rookie. If he can stay healthy. putting Sanders a single injury away from an immediate impact. which limited him to three games and caused him to fall out of the draft. McCluster’s lack of ideal size may limit him to a hit-or-miss combo of workload and production. the Titans may have found themselves a gem who could conceivably earn a short-yardage role behind stud starting back. and he has good wheels (4. Unless Antwaan Randle El or Arnaz Battle experiences major career renaissance. Deji Karim – (5-11. who essentially replaces the similarly skilled Leon Washington. who played two seasons with Mark Sanchez at USC. Eric Decker – (6-3. but there’s some sleeper potential here if the Bucs passing offense takes a leap in Freeman’s second year. a multi-purpose offensive threat. but he didn’t exactly dazzle the team with his conditioning at minicamp. Chris Johnson. the job will be his. but his blend of quickness and explosiveness will allow him to compete for the No. 217) Minnesota – Denver Broncos – While Decker is behind Royal. he has solid hands and good run-after-the catch ability that he could parlay into big plays with the Seahawks opposite T. Demaryius Thomas – (6-3. as long as he can stay in top shape. unlike Marshall. given his after-the-catch skills and the very real possibility he’ll open the season as Josh Freeman’s go-to wideout. Houshmandzadeh. 2 RB on the Titans depth chart. Anthony Dixon – (6-1. but in the right circumstances. That said. he should be an immediate impact player in the NFL. 24 spot in the draft. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips called him “an absolute talent" and gushed about the former Oklahoma State star’s great body control. Assuming Thomas can avoid too many drops. 224) Georgia Tech – Denver Broncos – Rookie wideouts are a crapshoot. all over the field to see where he can make the biggest impact. 241) Oregon – Tennessee Titans – Blount was suspended last season after punching a Boise State player after the season opener. Assuming that’s the case. Bryant will need to overtake Roy Williams. but he has much to prove if he hopes to carve out a significant role behind Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson as a rookie. Golden Tate – (5-10.. Emmanuel Sanders – (5-11. Glen Coffee. His modest stats (38/490/2 in 12 games) in 2009 were a product of spotty QB play at Illinois.46-40). While not the big-play threat that Thomas is. who could turn into a major weapon for the Chiefs in time. they can make an immediate splash. Draft him for upside.) triple-option in college. based on his projected role relative to where he can be had in fantasy drafts. Dexter McCluster – (5-9. there’s some potential for upward mobility in the post Brandon Marshall era in Denver. has plenty of time to get in better shape by the time training camp rolls around. then he could be an effective short-yardage weapon and is a name to file away for those in TD-heavy leagues. Benn enters a good situation with Tampa Bay in terms of opportunity. 238) LSU – Philadelphia Eagles – Scott is a bruising back who can take some of the heat off LeSean McCoy. But look for Bryant to be a legitimate lineup option as soon as injuries hit. the slot or as a returner. so the fantasy explosion may not happen right away. 233) Mississippi State – San Francisco 49ers – Dixon . he could be a shortyardage factor as a rookie. With Antonio Bryant signing with the Bengals this offseason. he was a tremendous value in the fourth round and has a chance to open the season as a starter. in whom the team has a great deal invested. but he’s a good pass-catcher out of the backfield who keeps his legs churning. If Dixon keeps an eye on his weight and conditioning. but he is an explosive playmaker. 36 WIDE RECEIVERS Dez Bryant – (6-2. as well a bounce-back candidate in Eddie Royal. Decker could make an impact as a possession receiver. hands. quickness and power.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. provided he’s past a foot injury that required surgery. will complement starter Frank Gore and perhaps threaten last year’s top backup. If Scott can overtake the likes of Mike Bell and Leonard Weaver. 198) USC – New York Jets – The Jets thought enough of McKnight. 219) Illinois – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Although he lasted until the second round of April's draft. but at this point we think it’s Blount who has the best chance of overtaking Javon Ringer as the No. but the trade of Brandon Marshall creates a playmaking void that Thomas is better qualified to fill. 199) Notre Dame – Seattle Seahawks – Although Tate lacks elite speed and size. Stokley and Thomas at this point. Gaffney. 205) Southern Illinois – Jacksonville Jaguars – Karim was a productive collegiate runner for Southern Illinois. if the Cowboys simply decide to roll with their most talented weapons. but as long as he stays in line in Dallas.
Shipley projects as a slot receiver and returner for the Bengals. 245) Iowa – Kansas City Chiefs – Moeaki has a real chance to earn significant playing time as a rookie with a strong training camp and preseason. 187) Appalachian State – Carolina Panthers – If you think Dwayne Jarrett is the real deal. following the team's selections of Hernandez and Gronkowski.) Brandon LaFell – (6-2. but there’s no need to hurry him with Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas still in the fold. Justin Gage and Kenny Britt. his athleticism and receiving ability give him some upside in what is usually a productive offense. TIGHT ENDS Jermaine Gresham – (6-5. We expect Dickson to emerge as Heap’s top backup. Durability is a concern. so Graham gives the team a nice insurance policy in the pass-catching TE department. but he could end up developing into the latest basketball-player-turnedtight. to a lesser degree. worked out pretty well for the Texans. Tom Brady is not shy about targeting his tight ends in the red zone. but if Harbor can beat out the injury-prone Cornelius Ingram for the top backup spot. but could eventually push Michael Lewis out of the starting job. given that he’ll be making the switch from the QB position. 245) Florida – New England Patriots – Veteran free agent addition Alge Crumpler now has some talented young company within the Patriots' tight end corps. If not.. 249) Oregon – Baltimore Ravens – Dickson. Earl Thomas – (5-10. 211) Oregon – Cleveland Browns – Considered a reach by many. 245) BYU – Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens made tight end a priority in the draft. but his veteran counterpart is not only getting up there in years but has had durability issues. Coverage skills need work. 193) Texas – Cincinnati Bengals – With Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant locked in as starters and Andre Caldwell still around. 260) Miami – New Orleans Saints – Graham is considered a raw prospect given his relative lack of high-level football experience. Adding depth and youth to their wideout corps was an offseason priority for the Pats.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. 211) Tennessee – Kansas City Chiefs – The safety’s playmaking ability and rare athleticism will help him make an immediate impact as a rookie starter. Jimmy Graham – (6-6. Credit his draft tumble to reports about failed drug tests while in college. but Moeaki has the pass-catching ability to be a productive player from the outset. Even as he establishes his role in the offense with Tennessee behind Nate Washington.. 264) Arizona – New England Patriots – With Ben Watson and Chris Baker gone. 230) USC – San Francisco 49ers – Huge safety with excellent speed delivers big hits. Edwards is the supersleeper. his fantasy impact as a rookie will likely be limited. there’s an immediate opportunity for Gronkowski (who has been given a clean bill of health after missing 2009 with a back injury) to make an impact as a receiver. Damian Williams – (6-1. so he could develop as a vertical threat with some work on his route-running. Nate Allen – (6-0. but assuming no further transgressions. Taylor Mays – (6-3. but DEFENSIVE BACKS Eric Berry – (6-0. but he’s coming off another knee surgery. barring a slew of injuries. an athletic pass catcher. Garrett Graham – (6-3. Julian Edelman and. 197) USC – Tennessee Titans – Williams is a good route runner who projects as a possession receiver in the NFL. 208) Texas – Seattle Seahawks – Ball-hawking safety should start and make plays right away for Seattle. 37 . then stop reading now. Rob Gronkowski – (6-6. Jordan Shipley – (5-11. 204) Ohio – New England Patriots – Price has good size and ran a 4. Mardy Gilyard – (6-0. but it will be worth watching how well Gilyard does early on.J. another Wisconsin product. Ward – (5-10. 243) Wisconsin – Houston Texans – Owen Daniels. Sam Aiken and David Patten. but the Browns didn’t draft him to sit. but his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect. given his prowess as a passcatcher in the mold of Chris Cooley. 211) LSU/Armanti Edwards – (5-11. so Gronkowski has some fantasy potential in the NE offense. Torry Holt. 252) Missouri State – Philadelphia Eagles – Brent Celek is locked in as the Eagles’ top tight end. Andre Roberts – (5-11. Consider him a low-risk. Gresham – who missed his senior season with a knee injury – could break that trend with his playmaking upside. New England predictably goes with yet another Florida Gator. Graham impressed coach Sean Payton during the Saints' rookie camp. then it stands to reason that either LaFell or Edwards could claim the Panthers’ starting receiver job opposite Steve Smith. so that’s not written in stone. given that the Chiefs were hardly loaded with tight end talent before his selection. Dennis Pitta – (6-4. but assuming he can stay healthy. so consider him the sleeper here. given the presence of Randy Moss. and he figures to start right away at strong safety. We think LaFell’s size and physicality give him the edge. that should be a nonissue going forward. will be working behind Todd Heap. the quick Roberts is likely to make most of his initial impact in the return game. and they can afford to bring Price along gradually. Clay Harbor – (6-3. Ed Dickson – (6-4. Brandon Tate. While he possesses the polish to help out right away. 261) Oklahoma – Cincinnati Bengals – It's been ages since a Bengals tight end was a fantasy factor. 187) Cincinnati – St. going with Dickson in Round Three and Pitta in Round Four. as there’s not a whole lot settled in the Rams’ receiving corps beyond Donnie Avery. high-reward option if your league’s roster requirements give you the flexibility to draft a backup tight end. 195) Citadel – Arizona Cardinals – With Larry Fitzgerald. Louis Rams – Gilyard could stand to bulk up a bit. There will be growing pains for both of them. but Pitta is a fine pass-catcher in his own right. he could help out in the slot as well. but if any of the top three were to go down.41-40. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet ahead of him. In Hernandez. he can contribute as a punt returner. Taylor Price – (6-0. Tony Moeaki – (6-3. Dickson would make a nice in-season pickup if Heap goes down at any point. but he is a fine playmaker who has a chance to develop into a useful weapon for top-pick Sam Bradford. Aaron Hernandez – (6-2. 207) South Florida – Philadelphia Eagles – The sort of playmaking safety the team has lacked since the departure of Brian Dawkins.end success story a la Tony Gonzalez/Antonio Gates. T. he's a great value in the fourth round.
. Daryl Washington – (6-2. who should fill the void created by the departure of the productive Karlos Dansby. DEFENSIVE LINE Derrick Morgan – (6-3. 266) Georgia Tech – Tennessee Titans – The Titans hope he can help fill the pass-rushing void created by the loss of Kyle Vanden Bosch. Brandon Graham – (6-1. 307) Nebraska – Detroit Lions – A huge presence on the Detroit line who upgrades the team D in a major way. 245) Nebraska – New York Giants – Could compete right away for a starting spot in the middle following the release of Antonio Pierce. His ability to get to the QB could help IDP owners as well. 254) Alabama – Oakland Raiders – Replaces middle linebacker Kirk Morrison. 230) TCU – Arizona Cardinals – An athletic linebacker. Ndamukong Suh – (6-4. 38 .. 268) Michigan – Philadelphia Eagles – Brought in to boost the Eagles pass rush and should contribute immediately.) LINEBACKERS Rolando McClain – (6-3.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. who racked up plenty of tackles for Oakland. Phillip Dillard – (6-0.
Spiller gained 54 yards on 10 carries.J. FALCONS WR: Harry Douglas was finally back on the field for the August 19 game.POSITION JOB BATTLES With training camps in full swing. Derrick Ward has had a bad summer. Stupar earned the job with his play on the field this summer. Charles is the starter. putting his Week 1 status in jeopardy. but there's no reason to think otherwise. Bradford could be starting for Week 1. with none of the receiving candidates doing much to improve his chances for a starting job. but perhaps he rushed back because he's feeling nervous about losing his starting job to rookie Jahvid Best. It looked out of sync against a strong Jets defense on Saturday. Lynch should be back soon.J. but if the last preseason game is any indication. Douglas continues to push Michael Jenkins for a starting job. so he'll need to come up big to hold off Galloway and Armstrong and win a spot in the starting lineup. who caught three passes. If Ware doesn't watch out. he deserves to be the starter. Even if he's able to play (and he probably won't be able to practice much between now and then). SAINTS RB: Another week. which was a bit of a surprise. It looks like Best will be the starter in the regular-season opener. Right now. meaning Chris Ivory (who had 20 carries for 66 yards in the last preseason game) and Ladell Betts are probably competing for the coveted 39 . LIONS RB: Kevin Smith saw the field in Detroit's second preseason game. but he's also the only one of the three who might get dealt. Kareem Huggins has come out of nowhere to possibly steal his job. One should take preseason numbers with a grain of salt. Jonathan Stupar has backed into the starting job. Joey Galloway is holding onto that job in name only. BILLS RB: Head coach Chan Gailey won't reveal what C. seems to have the burst back that was missing the last couple of seasons. who had 11 carries for 54 yards on August 19. Hill who will be taken out of the goal-line mix. Chester Taylor was signed in the offseason to share the carries with Forte. Spiller's role is going to be in this year's offense. Jones may steal some carries at the goal-line. Still. BILLS QB: It looks like Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick are alternating at the No. Meanwhile. but this weekend's game may be the telltale sign as to who has the leg up here. Hill's out for the year with a triceps injury. RAMS QB: Although he outplayed Sam Bradford in the last game. but he wasn't as successful throwing the ball. 2 spot right now. so Fargas is probably just competing with Correll Buckhalter (who might miss the whole preseason with a back injury) for the backup job. with Sammy Morris backing them up. BUCCANEERS RB: While Cadillac Williams remains entrenched as the starter. he should get plenty of playing time with the first-team offense on Saturday. making the race for the backup job worth noting. Douglas' and Jenkins' competition thinned by one as Kerry Meier suffered a knee injury and will miss the entire season. With both Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the shelf. Starter Knowshon Moreno will probably return in the next week or so. still has the lead over the likes of Kenny Moore and Brandon LaFell. Actually. but he doesn't seem capable of exploding like Forte did on Saturday. It hasn't been officially announced yet. BUCCANEERS QB: Starter Josh Freeman fractured the thumb on his throwing hand. If you're looking for a sleeper for your second RB who could produce firstRB numbers. managed to stay on his feet this time. BRONCOS WR: Jabar Gaffney (six catches for 98 yards) and Eric Decker (five for 66) excelled on Saturday while nominal starter Eddie Royal caught just one pass for the second game in a row. He'll probably remain in a timeshare with Laurence Maroney. but he's missed all of camp with a shoulder injury. but it's clear Gaffney has good chemistry with Kyle Orton right now and that Decker could be pushing Royal for a starting job as well. and in addition to a recent head injury he suffered. REDSKINS RB: Week two of the preseason was supposed to be Larry Johnson's "showcase" game. PATRIOTS RB: Like the last few years in New England. 3 back Willie Parker will get the showcase treatment in the next game. as Devin Thomas was expected to wrest it away from him. With Derek Schouman out for the next threeto-six weeks with a knee injury. any running back could be the go-to guy in any given week this year. but it remains to be seen how many carries Smith will be able to siphon away. one of which was a spectacular 31-yard score. possibly as early as the next game. as the Broncos wanted to see what they have in him before attempting to reshuffle their depth chart. Feeley suffered minor thumb and elbow injuries and will not be able to play in Thursday's game. CHIEFS RB: For the second game in a row. plain and simple. another backup running back going down for the Saints. but he's not much of a fantasy option in the Buffalo offense. REDSKINS WR: Anthony Armstrong has come out of nowhere to take snaps with the first unit and could be a dark horse to start opposite Santana Moss. This week it's P. BRONCOS RB: New acquisition Justin Fargas had nine carries for just 13 yards in Saturday's game. Dwayne Jarrett. BRONCOS QB: Although coach Josh McDaniels indicated that there would be a real battle. Jenkins is still on target to return by the beginning of the season. but at this stage of their relative careers. Bradford. who was sacked four times in his debut. and if Feeley's injuries linger. Brady Quinn is now competing with Tim Tebow for the backup job. Fred Taylor. he's not exactly the healthiest guy in the world. Clinton Portis' job looks safe for now. After suffering an ACL injury last year. but Tebow missed Saturday's game with a rib injury. but No.J. BILLS TE: Shawn Nelson has been suspended for the first four games of the season. Charles is the better back. here's a look at some of the job battles we are watching: BEARS RB: BEARS RB: Matt Forte had an 89-yard score in Saturday's preseason loss to Oakland. Thomas has been quiet this month. he may not even make the team. but he had just four yards on eight carries against the stingy Baltimore defense. he'll be in some pain and will obviously have a tougher time holding and throwing the ball. Kyle Orton has all but won the starting job. A. PANTHERS WR: The Carolina offense really needs Steve Smith to return. he seems to be losing his confidence. look to the Windy City. Most aren't fooled by coach Todd Haley's talk of "going with the hot hand" and putting Jones atop the depth chart. Josh Johnson will step into the starting role until Freeman returns. indicating that Trent Edwards has won the starting job. Jamaal Charles outplayed Thomas Jones.
Foster got all of the work with the first-team offense while Slaton did not carry the ball until the third quarter (though he was active in the return game). The Vikes are looking to sign Javon Walker. as he's the only experienced healthy receiver Minnesota has right now. Percy Harvin came back to practice in the last week. We still like Forsett to ultimately earn the full-time job as Jones hasn't done much this summer. but left in an ambulance when his migraines became too debilitating. but he's four years removed from his last productive season.POSITION JOB BATTLES (cont. 1 receiver.) spot of TD Vulture. SEAHAWKS RB: Now that Leon Washington is back from the SEAHAWKS gruesome leg injury he suffered late last season. 40 . he still doesn't have his starters playing. and Saturday's preseason game seemed to confirm that theory. TEXANS RB: One Houston reporter opined that Houston is "definitely thinking" of Arian Foster as the starter with Steve Slaton as the change-of-pace back. but it's a situation that bears watching. He's expected to return soon. The news is also bad on Sidney Rice. You probably saw something about it on TV. TITANS WR: The Titans signed Nate Washington to potentially be TITANS a No. but for the time being. but it'll take a lot more fumbles for Slaton to catch up to Foster now. and Washington will get plenty of third-down carries. so he's probably lagging behind Washington and Britt for now. but he's probably not going to make a dent in the depth chart unless there's another injury.. Justin Forsett is probably still the top guy. He's battling incumbents Kenny Britt and Justin Gage for two starting jobs. who felt pain in his hip recently and may not be able to play in the regular-season opener. expect a timeshare in Seattle. and it's possible we won't know who wins the jobs until just before Week 1. The Saints added DeShawn Wynn for depth. there's a bit of a logjam in the Seattle backfield. Gage missed Monday's game with a sore thumb. VIKINGS WR: Although Brett Favre is back. Slaton held onto the ball this week while Foster fumbled once.. VIKINGS QB: Something happened here last week. but Julius Jones should continue to take the ball away from him at times. but he hasn't yet shown the consistency needed to nail down the role. Bump Bernard Berrian up a bit more on your cheat sheet.
Spiller Steve Johnson Jonathan Stupar Brian Brohm Marshawn Lynch Roscoe Parrish Derek Schouman CAROLINA QB RB WR TE K Matt Moore DeAngelo Williams Steve Smith Jeff King John Kasay Hunter Cantwell Jonathan Stewart Dwayne Jarrett Gary Barnidge Jimmy Clausen Mike Goodson Kenny Moore Dante Rosario CHICAGO QB RB WR TE K Jay Cutler Matt Forte Devin Hester Greg Olsen Robbie Gould Todd Collins Chester Taylor Johnny Knox Brandon Manumaleuna Caleb Hanie Kahlil Bell Devin Aromashodu Desmond Clark CINCINNATI QB RB WR TE K Carson Palmer Cedric Benson Chad Ochocinco Jermaine Gresham Mike Nugent J.T.NFL DEPTH CHARTS TEAM POS FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM ARIZONA QB RB WR TE K Matt Leinart Chris Wells Larry Fitzgerald Ben Patrick Jay Feely Derek Anderson Tim Hightower Steve Breaston Anthony Becht John Skelton Jason Wright Early Doucet Stephen Spach ATLANTA QB RB WR TE K Matt Ryan Michael Turner Roddy White Tony Gonzalez Matt Bryant Chris Redman Jerious Norwood Michael Jenkins Justin Peelle John Parker Wilson Jason Snelling Harry Douglas Keith Zinger BALTIMORE QB RB WR TE K Joe Flacco Ray Rice Anquan Boldin Todd Heap Shayne Graham Marc Bulger Willis McGahee Derrick Mason Ed Dickson Troy Smith Jalen Parmele Mark Clayton Davon Drew BUFFALO QB RB WR TE K Trent Edwards Fred Jackson Lee Evans Shawn Nelson Rian Lindell Ryan Fitzpatrick C. O'Sullivan Bernard Scott Terrell Owens Reginald Kelly Jordan Palmer Brian Leonard Antonio Bryant Daniel Coats CLEVELAND QB RB WR TE K Jake Delhomme Jerome Harrison Mohamed Massaquoi Ben Watson Phil Dawson Seneca Wallace Montario Hardesty Brian Robiskie Robert Royal Colt McCoy James Davis Josh Cribbs Evan Moore 41 .J.
..TEAM DEPTH CHARTS (cont.) TEAM DALLAS POS FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM QB RB WR TE K Tony Romo Marion Barber Miles Austin Jason Witten David Buehler Jon Kitna Felix Jones Roy Williams Martellus Bennett Stephen McGee Tashard Choice Dez Bryant Martin Rucker DENVER QB RB WR TE K Kyle Orton Knowshon Moreno Eddie Royal Daniel Graham Matt Prater Brady Quinn Correll Buckhalter Jabar Gaffney Richard Quinn Tim Tebow Justin Fargas Demaryius Thomas Marquez Branson DETROIT QB RB WR TE K Matthew Stafford Kevin Smith Calvin Johnson Brandon Pettigrew Jason Hanson Shaun Hill Jahvid Best Nate Burleson Tony Scheffler Drew Stanton Maurice Morris Bryant Johnson Dan Gronkowski GREEN BAY QB RB WR TE K Aaron Rodgers Ryan Grant Greg Jennings Jermichael Finley Mason Crosby Matt Flynn Brandon Jackson Donald Driver Donald Lee James Starks Jordy Nelson Spencer Havner HOUSTON QB RB WR TE K Matt Schaub Arian Foster Andre Johnson Owen Daniels Kris Brown Dan Orlovsky Steve Slaton Kevin Walter Joel Dreessen John David Booty Jeremiah Johnson Jacoby Jones James Casey INDIANAPOLIS QB RB WR TE K Peyton Manning Joseph Addai Reggie Wayne Dallas Clark Adam Vinatieri Curtis Painter Donald Brown Pierre Garcon Jacob Tamme Tom Brandstater Mike Hart Anthony Gonzalez Gijon Robinson JACKSONVILLE QB RB WR TE K David Garrard Maurice Jones-Drew Mike Sims-Walker Marcedes Lewis Josh Scobee Luke McCown Rashad Jennings Mike Thomas Zach Miller Trevor Harris Deji Karim Troy Williamson Ernest Wilford KANASA CITY QB RB WR TE K Matt Cassel Jamaal Charles Dwayne Bowe Leonard Pope Ryan Succop Brodie Croyle Thomas Jones Chris Chambers Tony Moeaki Tyler Palko Jackie Battle Jerheme Urban Jake O'Connell 42 .
TEAM DEPTH CHARTS (cont..) TEAM POS FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM MIAMI QB RB WR TE K Chad Henne Ronnie Brown Brandon Marshall Anthony Fasano Dan Carpenter Tyler Thigpen Ricky Williams Brian Hartline David Martin Chad Pennington Patrick Cobbs Davone Bess Joey Haynos MINNESOTA QB RB WR TE K Brett Favre Adrian Peterson Sidney Rice Visanthe Shiancoe Ryan Longwell Tarvaris Jackson Albert Young Percy Harvin Jimmy Kleinsasser Sage Rosenfels Toby Gerhart Bernard Berrian Jeff Dugan NEW ENGLAND QB RB WR TE K Tom Brady Laurence Maroney Randy Moss Alge Crumpler Stephen Gostkowski Brian Hoyer Fred Taylor Wes Welker Aaron Hernandez Zac Robinson Sammy Morris Julian Edelman Rob Gronkowski NEW ORLEANS QB RB WR TE K Drew Brees Pierre Thomas Marques Colston Jeremy Shockey Garrett Hartley Patrick Ramsey Reggie Bush Robert Meachem David Thomas Chase Daniel Ladell Betts Devery Henderson Jimmy Graham NEW YORK GIANTS QB RB WR TE K Eli Manning Brandon Jacobs Steven Smith Kevin Boss Lawrence Tynes Jim Sorgi Ahmad Bradshaw Hakeem Nicks Travis Beckum Rhett Bomar Danny Ware Mario Manningham Bear Pascoe NEW YORK JETS QB RB WR TE K Mark Sanchez Shonn Greene Jerricho Cotchery Dustin Keller Nick Folk Mark Brunell LaDainian Tomlinson Braylon Edwards Ben Hartsock Kellen Clemens Joe McKnight Santonio Holmes Matthew Mulligan OAKLAND QB RB WR TE K Jason Campbell Darren McFadden Chaz Schilens Zach Miller Sebastian Janikowski Bruce Gradkowski Michael Bush Darrius Heyward-Bey Tony Stewart Kyle Boller Rock Cartwright Louis Murphy John Owens PHILADELPHIA QB RB WR TE K Kevin Kolb LeSean McCoy DeSean Jackson Brent Celek David Akers Michael Vick Mike Bell Jeremy Maclin Clay Harbor Mike Kafka Eldra Buckley Jason Avant Cornelius Ingram 43 ..
J. Losman Leon Washington Deon Butler Anthony McCoy SAN FRANCISCO QB RB WR TE K Alex Smith Frank Gore Michael Crabtree Vernon Davis Joe Nedney David Carr Brian Westbrook Josh Morgan Delanie Walker Nate Davis Anthony Dixon Ted Ginn Nate Byham ST. Feeley Steven Jackson Donnie Avery Daniel Fells Josh Brown Sam Bradford Kenneth Darby Laurent Robinson Billy Bajema Keith Null Chris Ogbonnaya Keenan Burton Darcy Johnson TAMPA BAY QB RB WR TE K Josh Freeman Cadillac Williams Mike Williams Kellen Winslow Connor Barth Josh Johnson Derrick Ward Maurice Stovall Jerramy Stevens Rudy Carpenter Clifton Smith Sammie Stroughter John Gilmore TENNESSEE QB RB WR TE K Vince Young Chris Johnson Nate Washington Bo Scaife Rob Bironas Kerry Collins Javon Ringer Justin Gage Craig Stevens Chris Simms Alvin Pearman Kenny Britt Jared Cook WASHINGTON QB RB WR TE K Donovan McNabb Clinton Portis Santana Moss Chris Cooley Graham Gano Rex Grossman Larry Johnson Joey Galloway Fred Davis John Beck Willie Parker Devin Thomas Dennis Morris 44 .. LOUIS QB RB WR TE K A.) TEAM PITTSBURGH POS FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM QB RB WR TE K Ben Roethlisberger Rashard Mendenhall Hines Ward Heath Miller Jeff Reed Byron Leftwich Mewelde Moore Mike Wallace Matt Spaeth Dennis Dixon Isaac Redman Antwaan Randle El David Johnson SAN DIEGO QB RB WR TE K Philip Rivers Ryan Mathews Vincent Jackson Antonio Gates Nate Kaeding Billy Volek Darren Sproles Malcom Floyd Randy McMichael Jon Crompton Marcus Mason Legedu Naanee Kris Wilson SEATTLE QB RB WR TE K Matt Hasselbeck Justin Forsett T. Houshmandzadeh John Carlson Olindo Mare Charlie Whitehurst Julius Jones Deion Branch Chris Baker J..TEAM DEPTH CHARTS (cont.J.P.
5 58.7 48.6 46.5 35.5 52.2 53.4 51.6 40.9 52.9 62.4 51.8 47.7 52.9 53.3 66.3 47.2 50.0 56.4 59.5 63.1 46.7 36.4 47.6 48.7 INSIDE 10 YD 20 21 21 24 26 35 33 30 35 30 39 42 27 46 23 37 39 19 40 42 55 41 38 17 50 41 39 31 42 53 67 44 INSIDE 5 YD 10 12 12 12 19 21 23 18 20 18 17 27 10 28 15 22 21 13 21 28 39 25 18 7 29 23 22 12 22 33 40 29 TAMPA BAY KANSAS CITY SEATTLE SAN FRANCISCO INDIANAPOLIS CHICAGO GREEN BAY DETROIT PHILADELPHIA ARIZONA PITTSBURGH WASHINGTON CINCINNATI NEW ORLEANS OAKLAND HOUSTON DALLAS ST.5 53.5 48.1 54.4 42.5 51.7 33.3 63.9 56. LOUIS DENVER NY GIANTS MINNESOTA ATLANTA TENNESSEE BUFFALO NEW ENGLAND JACKSONVILLE BALTIMORE CLEVELAND NY JETS MIAMI SAN DIEGO CAROLINA 45 .1 37.2 62.5 41.3 51.1 35.8 46.4 53.5 47.8 37.3 43.0 43.9 64.7 54.6 57.6 48.3 45.1 47.1 43.3 INSIDE 10 YD 35 30 40 23 46 44 40 24 39 31 30 40 31 36 14 30 39 17 36 29 42 30 21 17 29 23 14 18 17 29 32 19 INSIDE 5 YD 8 16 19 13 22 18 16 9 19 17 11 18 15 10 7 12 21 7 17 17 18 15 6 5 10 11 4 9 6 11 19 11 TOTAL RUSHES 29 43 45 41 60 52 66 47 63 61 62 65 56 86 34 82 68 42 77 81 95 81 66 55 94 82 85 57 76 97 110 82 % RZ PLAYS 31.9 48.2 52.8 49.TEAM RED ZONE TENDENCIES TEAM TOTAL PLAYS 92 120 120 99 142 121 153 107 139 134 134 138 118 180 71 169 140 86 156 158 184 153 124 103 176 137 136 90 119 151 171 123 TOTAL PASSES 63 77 75 58 82 69 87 60 76 73 72 73 62 94 37 87 72 44 79 77 89 72 58 48 82 55 51 33 43 54 61 41 % RZ PLAYS 68.5 64.7 57.8 35.1 51.2 64.5 36.5 46.6 52.9 45.
56 5.70 8.39 7.08 6.69 5.97 5.26 7.58 6.24 6.53 6.99 7.55 6.85 5.05 7.21 6. Feeley A.23 5.66 6.93 6.11 7.57 6.22 5.QUARTERBACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name Derek Anderson Derek Anderson Charlie Batch Charlie Batch Tom Brady Tom Brady Drew Brees Drew Brees Jason Campbell Jason Campbell Matt Cassel Matt Cassel Kerry Collins Kerry Collins Jay Cutler Jay Cutler Jake Delhomme Jake Delhomme Dennis Dixon Dennis Dixon Trent Edwards Trent Edwards Brett Favre Brett Favre A.72 5.57 6.45 7.92 8.91 6.70 7.14 6.50 8.J.37 6.28 5.08 6. Feeley Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Fitzpatrick Joe Flacco Joe Flacco Josh Freeman Josh Freeman David Garrard David Garrard Bruce Gradkowski Bruce Gradkowski Matt Hasselbeck Matt Hasselbeck Chad Henne Chad Henne Shaun Hill Shaun Hill Tarvaris Jackson Tarvaris Jackson Kevin Kolb Kevin Kolb Byron Leftwich Byron Leftwich Matt Leinart Matt Leinart Eli Manning Eli Manning Peyton Manning Peyton Manning Donovan McNabb Donovan McNabb Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 330 182 12 2 384 565 601 514 476 507 338 493 237 216 546 555 273 321 13 26 275 183 529 531 34 0 199 227 463 499 291 291 458 516 65 150 419 488 231 451 174 155 154 21 43 96 67 107 72 77 505 509 547 571 495 443 PYD 2096 888 83 17 3093 4398 4628 4388 3187 3618 2218 2924 1477 1225 3896 3666 1975 2015 74 145 1832 1169 3943 4202 227 0 1109 1422 3292 3613 1857 1857 3242 3597 387 1007 2737 3029 1472 2878 1163 943 1056 201 295 741 392 594 448 435 3531 4021 4180 4500 3597 3553 YPA 6.61 7.J.86 7.64 7.14 6.90 7.23 6.38 7.65 6.88 7.38 6.67 7.54 6.35 4.38 6.95 6.71 6.02 TD 13 3 0 0 26 28 32 34 15 20 12 16 6 6 24 27 10 8 0 1 8 6 27 33 1 0 5 9 17 21 10 10 16 15 2 6 16 17 6 12 7 5 6 1 1 4 2 4 1 0 23 27 30 33 21 22 INT 12 10 1 0 7 13 15 11 10 15 9 16 5 8 19 26 10 18 0 1 8 7 14 7 2 0 6 10 12 12 18 18 8 10 2 3 13 17 7 14 4 2 4 0 2 3 1 3 2 3 14 14 14 16 9 10 RYD 44 8 -2 0 47 44 28 33 226 236 157 189 20 15 192 173 35 60 12 27 90 106 20 7 7 0 148 141 118 56 161 161 276 323 43 108 92 119 16 32 66 70 129 -10 0 -1 6 6 13 -6 48 65 1 -13 175 140 RTD 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 46 .00 5.88 6.68 0.86 9.27 8.78 7.68 6.
15 7.71 6.00 7.03 8.01 6.87 8.42 5.16 7.25 TD 3 8 14 21 16 21 10 1 3 8 27 28 19 30 25 26 29 26 7 0 19 22 12 12 17 29 6 18 13 13 6 1 1 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 6 10 INT 2 2 8 12 12 13 6 2 3 7 11 9 6 7 12 12 14 9 7 0 12 14 20 20 11 15 5 12 20 20 5 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 7 RYD 0 -3 39 71 47 93 32 7 39 98 55 50 184 316 129 82 92 105 29 0 76 49 106 106 59 57 46 51 108 108 129 1 95 95 32 2 81 81 0 0 234 281 RTD 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 5 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 47 .32 6.27 5.20 5.00 6.71 8.23 8.55 8.01 6.03 6.62 6.83 0.20 7.79 6.38 6.82 8.68 7.63 6.) Name Matt Moore Matt Moore Kyle Orton Kyle Orton Carson Palmer Carson Palmer Chad Pennington Chad Pennington Brady Quinn Brady Quinn Philip Rivers Philip Rivers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Ben Roethlisberger Ben Roethlisberger Tony Romo Tony Romo Sage Rosenfels Sage Rosenfels Matt Ryan Matt Ryan Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez Matt Schaub Matt Schaub Alex Smith Alex Smith Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford Tyler Thigpen Tyler Thigpen Michael Vick Michael Vick Seneca Wallace Seneca Wallace Pat White Pat White Charlie Whitehurst Charlie Whitehurst Vince Young Vince Young Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 83 138 362 541 390 466 270 74 117 256 474 486 368 541 460 506 506 550 138 0 442 451 364 364 417 583 188 372 377 377 144 8 13 13 130 120 5 5 0 0 226 259 PYD 594 1053 2418 3802 2651 3094 1944 413 634 1339 3805 4254 2896 4434 3596 4328 4047 4483 1038 0 3178 2916 2444 2444 3351 4770 1088 2350 2267 2267 910 83 86 86 815 700 0 0 0 0 1548 1879 YPA 7.04 8.00 0.47 6.62 6.75 7.58 5..85 7.00 0.80 6..QUARTERBACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.64 7.19 6.52 0.32 10.18 5.00 0.00 8.
76 4.44 3.57 3.79 4.74 6.60 3.91 6.36 8.13 5.35 5.72 4.51 4.86 6.00 7.00 4.41 5.72 6.33 6.15 3.57 3.65 8.36 5.78 4.31 6.43 3.70 3.77 4.16 3.14 8.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name Joseph Addai Joseph Addai Marion Barber Marion Barber Kahlil Bell Kahlil Bell Mike Bell Mike Bell Cedric Benson Cedric Benson Ladell Betts Ladell Betts Ahmad Bradshaw Ahmad Bradshaw Chris Brown Chris Brown Donald Brown Donald Brown Ronnie Brown Ronnie Brown Correll Buckhalter Correll Buckhalter Michael Bush Michael Bush Reggie Bush Reggie Bush Rock Cartwright Rock Cartwright Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Tashard Choice Tashard Choice Glen Coffee Glen Coffee Justin Fargas Justin Fargas Kevin Faulk Kevin Faulk Justin Forsett Justin Forsett Matt Forte Matt Forte Arian Foster Arian Foster Quinton Ganther Quinton Ganther Frank Gore Frank Gore Earnest Graham Earnest Graham Ryan Grant Ryan Grant Ahman Green Ahman Green Benjarvus Green-Ellis Benjarvus Green-Ellis Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 211 219 218 214 40 40 63 172 237 301 70 56 84 163 60 79 78 78 160 147 86 120 72 123 111 70 23 64 128 190 78 64 83 83 189 129 69 62 57 114 286 258 54 54 23 62 243 229 122 14 260 282 61 41 50 26 RYD 814 828 930 932 220 220 233 654 890 1251 250 210 441 778 243 267 281 281 722 648 441 642 336 589 458 390 80 228 738 1120 410 349 226 226 784 491 369 335 309 619 1080 929 257 257 86 199 1086 1120 509 66 1137 1253 238 160 194 114 RTD 9 10 8 7 0 0 2 5 4 6 1 2 3 7 2 3 3 3 7 8 2 1 2 3 3 5 0 0 3 7 2 3 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 4 6 4 3 3 1 3 7 10 4 0 7 11 2 1 2 0 AVG 3.82 7.95 8.45 2.50 3.76 3.59 7.40 11.37 4.79 6.48 3.54 7.90 3.18 6.60 4.76 4.40 5.67 9.25 4.91 7.63 15.65 8.13 5.89 4.90 3.38 REC 39 51 40 26 1 1 2 4 18 17 20 17 9 21 11 16 11 11 28 14 23 31 12 17 57 47 9 27 33 40 18 15 11 11 16 17 47 37 20 41 60 57 8 8 5 9 49 52 28 14 24 25 9 3 2 2 RCYD 302 336 306 221 4 4 11 12 139 111 184 179 87 207 67 74 169 169 247 98 217 240 89 105 397 335 78 242 284 297 158 132 76 76 117 113 390 301 175 350 477 471 93 93 47 99 405 406 202 109 153 197 57 18 24 11 AVG RCTD 7.00 12.74 7.96 8.38 3.17 4.13 8.80 6.74 3.47 4.75 5.72 2.26 11.56 5.42 6.63 11.21 7.38 7.61 7.00 5.86 3.09 4.27 7.20 10.26 5.53 9.42 5.80 3.60 4.50 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 48 .67 8.71 4.43 7.78 8.05 3.75 8.00 8.21 4.77 5.63 9.88 6.81 5.30 8.50 3.00 5.50 4.89 5.36 15.35 4.53 9.67 4.81 7.96 7.00 9.88 4.50 5.43 8.78 3.27 4.
90 7.16 3.70 7.00 3.12 4..00 5.67 5.40 6.60 11.90 3.38 6.11 0.79 7.59 8.65 7.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.43 6.75 4.80 8.23 8.69 4.73 10.63 6.55 11.31 6.60 9.51 5.67 6.00 0.06 9.13 4.79 2.47 12.87 4.60 7.90 8.91 3.18 5.32 5.23 4.31 8.57 4.70 2.91 3.57 3.00 3.00 10.90 7.57 3.26 6.85 3.31 8.28 10.04 5.87 1.92 6.80 5.07 7.63 6.50 4.13 6.11 4.49 3.73 3.33 6.11 3.67 6.90 3.43 4.00 9.49 5.52 3.99 REC 0 0 5 5 16 34 3 5 10 9 48 63 20 20 22 21 35 46 43 51 15 18 9 9 16 16 46 50 15 3 10 19 24 35 24 10 51 53 9 0 20 30 20 8 31 28 6 14 16 21 40 40 25 21 27 15 RCYD 0 0 48 48 118 220 36 54 57 24 332 428 158 158 167 187 292 371 324 322 131 184 56 56 101 101 381 503 88 4 64 119 167 232 160 58 448 374 82 0 133 217 171 88 221 179 71 99 106 141 308 308 265 245 163 85 AVG RCTD 0.96 6.18 5..22 6.45 3.48 4.34 8.00 6.37 4.70 10.46 4.91 4.57 5.44 3.42 4.11 3.39 11.06 5.60 4.44 2.) Name Shonn Greene Shonn Greene Lynell Hamilton Lynell Hamilton Jerome Harrison Jerome Harrison Mike Hart Mike Hart Jacob Hester Jacob Hester Tim Hightower Tim Hightower Lex Hilliard Lex Hilliard Brandon Jackson Brandon Jackson Fred Jackson Fred Jackson Steven Jackson Steven Jackson Brandon Jacobs Brandon Jacobs Chris Jennings Chris Jennings Rashad Jennings Rashad Jennings Chris Johnson Chris Johnson Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Felix Jones Felix Jones Julius Jones Julius Jones Thomas Jones Thomas Jones Maurice Jones-Drew Maurice Jones-Drew LaMont Jordan LaMont Jordan Brian Leonard Brian Leonard Jamal Lewis Jamal Lewis Marshawn Lynch Marshawn Lynch Laurence Maroney Laurence Maroney Le’Ron McClain Le’Ron McClain LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy Darren McFadden Darren McFadden Willis McGahee Willis McGahee Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 108 108 35 35 83 194 14 26 20 21 143 143 23 23 52 37 141 237 271 324 214 224 63 63 39 39 304 358 132 46 73 116 166 177 310 331 225 312 83 25 38 27 240 143 216 120 135 194 95 46 155 155 108 104 191 109 RYD 540 540 125 125 416 862 39 70 84 74 498 598 89 89 208 111 644 1062 1153 1416 978 835 220 220 202 202 1617 2006 545 204 475 685 649 663 1277 1402 994 1391 332 86 131 84 935 500 867 450 561 757 366 180 637 637 428 357 807 544 RTD 2 2 2 2 2 5 0 1 0 0 9 8 1 1 1 2 1 2 5 4 8 5 1 1 1 1 11 14 2 0 3 3 2 2 9 14 12 15 2 0 0 0 4 0 5 2 5 9 4 2 4 4 2 1 8 12 AVG 5.96 3.01 4.24 4.22 6.83 7.87 3.25 4.00 4.75 4.00 7.53 6.07 6.22 6.78 7.20 3.48 4.67 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 49 .71 7.01 3.18 3.00 3.
59 5.89 4..27 4.36 11.61 8.28 8.15 7.) Name Rashard Mendenhall Rashard Mendenhall Ryan Moats Ryan Moats Mewelde Moore Mewelde Moore Knowshon Moreno Knowshon Moreno Maurice Morris Maurice Morris Sammy Morris Sammy Morris Jerious Norwood Jerious Norwood Willie Parker Willie Parker Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Clinton Portis Clinton Portis Ray Rice Ray Rice Javon Ringer Javon Ringer Bernard Scott Bernard Scott Steve Slaton Steve Slaton Kevin Smith Kevin Smith Jason Snelling Jason Snelling Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Jonathan Stewart Jonathan Stewart Chester Taylor Chester Taylor Fred Taylor Fred Taylor Pierre Thomas Pierre Thomas Mike Tolbert Mike Tolbert LaDainian Tomlinson LaDainian Tomlinson Michael Turner Michael Turner Derrick Ward Derrick Ward Leon Washington Leon Washington Leonard Weaver Leonard Weaver Chris Wells Chris Wells Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 130 242 42 101 65 35 247 247 121 93 104 73 90 76 209 98 305 314 263 124 180 254 8 8 74 74 199 131 228 217 56 142 63 93 202 221 117 94 143 63 108 147 19 25 276 223 208 178 140 114 73 72 44 70 176 176 RYD 583 1108 161 390 273 118 947 947 528 384 476 319 452 252 831 389 1494 1383 1081 494 896 1339 48 48 321 321 859 437 861 747 239 613 279 343 985 1133 527 338 675 269 556 793 92 148 1104 730 962 871 678 409 377 331 199 323 793 793 RTD 3 7 1 4 1 0 7 7 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 0 13 18 7 1 3 7 0 0 0 0 6 3 6 4 1 4 2 3 10 10 4 1 3 4 5 6 0 1 12 12 9 10 2 1 3 0 1 2 7 7 AVG 4.73 9.83 3.58 4.52 4.08 8.39 4.00 0.79 7.33 8.67 10.51 REC 13 25 5 13 22 21 28 28 22 26 14 19 27 19 11 6 27 43 28 9 55 78 0 0 5 5 47 44 40 41 12 30 28 45 13 18 39 44 9 2 29 39 15 17 44 20 5 5 29 20 32 15 24 15 12 12 RCYD 139 261 40 106 173 153 213 213 186 210 125 180 267 186 81 64 276 436 221 57 487 702 0 0 67 67 397 417 350 415 116 259 290 497 93 139 356 389 57 17 246 302 181 192 351 154 30 35 237 150 233 131 225 140 143 143 AVG RCTD 10.84 6.50 8.36 10.16 4.47 9.90 4.63 4.45 9.27 6.70 6.83 3.97 4.67 8.04 7.15 7.38 9.84 3.44 4.00 3.69 4.14 7.29 7..00 13.00 8.50 7.85 9.34 3.60 4.00 4.84 5.60 4.40 4.27 4.15 5.20 3.32 3.12 9.44 8.78 3.48 4.92 0 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 50 .13 4.40 8.48 8.61 7.51 4.88 5.02 3.13 4.00 0.50 3.72 9.36 4.69 10.89 6.43 3.45 8.86 7.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.07 11.48 7.37 3.22 10.98 7.63 10.83 4.58 3.32 4.17 7.89 9.37 5.98 4.33 8.32 3.00 6.11 3.72 4.93 9.00 7.13 8.75 10.61 4.34 4.86 4.29 7.27 5.92 11.74 12.00 8.92 4.98 3.33 11.98 5.40 13.34 4.
46 4..58 8.15 7.) Name Brian Westbrook Brian Westbrook LenDale White LenDale White Cadillac Williams Cadillac Williams DeAngelo Williams DeAngelo Williams Ricky Williams Ricky Williams Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 ATT 190 61 189 64 109 210 211 216 136 241 RYD 847 274 701 222 420 821 1116 1117 598 1121 RTD 5 1 8 2 3 4 9 7 5 11 AVG 4.85 3.49 3.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.24 5.67 7.29 5.54 3 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 2 51 .67 7.40 4.69 7..55 7.65 REC 56 25 9 3 13 29 24 29 21 35 RCYD 451 181 48 14 93 219 182 252 161 264 AVG RCTD 8.17 4.05 7.91 5.47 3.71 3.33 4.
30 12.12 8.27 11.40 13.16 10.64 11.69 16.96 11.26 13.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name Sam Aiken Sam Aiken Danny Amendola Danny Amendola David Anderson David Anderson Devin Aromashodu Devin Aromashodu Miles Austin Miles Austin Jason Avant Jason Avant Donnie Avery Donnie Avery Ramses Barden Ramses Barden Earl Bennett Earl Bennett Bernard Berrian Bernard Berrian Davone Bess Davone Bess Anquan Boldin Anquan Boldin Dwayne Bowe Dwayne Bowe Mark Bradley Mark Bradley Deion Branch Deion Branch Steve Breaston Steve Breaston Kenny Britt Kenny Britt Antonio Bryant Antonio Bryant Nate Burleson Nate Burleson Keenan Burton Keenan Burton Andre Caldwell Andre Caldwell Greg Camarillo Greg Camarillo Chris Chambers Chris Chambers Mark Clayton Mark Clayton Michael Clayton Michael Clayton David Clowney David Clowney Laveranues Coles Laveranues Coles Austin Collie Austin Collie Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 9 20 43 43 23 38 10 24 33 81 32 41 50 47 1 1 27 54 57 55 65 76 81 84 67 47 20 24 41 45 46 55 42 42 61 39 39 63 19 25 31 51 37 50 45 36 41 34 25 16 5 14 56 43 60 60 YDS 145 326 326 326 247 370 131 298 558 1320 410 587 631 589 16 16 358 717 843 618 656 758 971 1024 868 589 257 320 503 437 603 712 701 701 924 600 522 812 212 253 255 432 441 552 680 608 568 480 338 230 72 191 670 514 676 676 AVG 16.81 14.09 9.12 13.10 12.04 15.79 11.23 8.00 16.69 15.38 13.27 9.15 15.30 7.99 12.38 12.11 16.89 13.32 12.38 14.62 12.92 11.00 13.28 14.95 11.27 TD 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 4 4 11 2 3 4 5 0 0 1 2 5 4 1 2 8 4 5 4 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 6 5 7 7 TARGETS 19 43 0 0 34 53 20 43 52 124 47 57 100 97 0 0 44 89 104 92 94 113 118 129 120 88 46 57 75 82 72 93 69 69 112 86 68 103 36 44 49 80 55 71 95 92 80 74 50 48 8 22 93 76 90 90 52 .42 16.97 11.58 7.85 14.96 12.85 13.71 13.89 11.74 13.91 16.24 10.58 10.53 16.11 16.95 16.33 12.11 12.47 11.19 12.53 12.74 9.52 14.
28 10.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.79 12.24 13.68 15.28 13.80 13..16 9.18 15.00 13.30 13.81 7.02 13.33 13.02 14.65 15.88 6.84 13..13 12.15 17.51 11.46 15.37 14.83 16.26 17.32 16.24 10.78 15.78 13.87 15.00 16.32 13.95 13.59 13.07 13.75 10.32 0.34 13.60 9.24 13.47 16.76 13.11 15.23 13.70 16.) Name Marques Colston Marques Colston Jerricho Cotchery Jerricho Cotchery Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree Patrick Crayton Patrick Crayton Josh Cribbs Josh Cribbs Early Doucet Early Doucet Donald Driver Donald Driver Julian Edelman Julian Edelman Braylon Edwards Braylon Edwards Lee Evans Lee Evans Larry Fitzgerald Larry Fitzgerald Malcom Floyd Malcom Floyd Jabar Gaffney Jabar Gaffney Justin Gage Justin Gage Pierre Garcon Pierre Garcon Brandon Gibson Brandon Gibson Ted Ginn Ted Ginn Anthony Gonzalez Anthony Gonzalez James Hardy James Hardy Brian Hartline Brian Hartline Percy Harvin Percy Harvin Devery Henderson Devery Henderson Devin Hester Devin Hester Darrius Heyward-Bey Darrius Heyward-Bey Johnnie Lee Higgins Johnnie Lee Higgins Domenik Hixon Domenik Hixon Santonio Holmes Santonio Holmes Torry Holt Torry Holt Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 71 70 70 57 48 48 42 37 8 20 15 17 75 70 37 37 56 35 54 44 97 97 26 45 42 54 39 28 25 47 34 34 42 38 31 0 5 1 31 31 60 60 34 51 43 57 9 9 15 19 19 15 62 79 69 51 YDS 1012 1074 936 821 625 625 623 622 63 135 152 214 1040 1061 359 359 902 541 826 612 1310 1092 446 776 549 732 594 383 394 765 348 348 554 454 413 0 48 9 506 506 790 790 668 804 573 757 124 124 225 263 262 187 1003 1248 902 722 AVG 14.00 9.16 TD 8 9 3 3 2 2 5 5 0 1 0 1 4 6 1 1 7 4 5 7 11 13 1 1 3 2 3 3 2 4 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 3 3 6 6 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 5 3 0 TARGETS 112 106 111 97 86 86 74 67 16 37 20 24 116 112 59 59 121 94 104 98 157 152 44 74 67 87 74 63 48 92 58 58 80 78 43 0 11 1 57 57 91 91 60 83 73 90 40 40 31 45 33 28 112 139 123 103 53 .07 14.76 16.17 19.91 13.70 9.19 11.40 13.56 15.17 13.25 15.
35 14.13 15.53 16.55 16.32 15. Houshmandzadeh DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson Dwayne Jarrett Dwayne Jarrett Michael Jenkins Michael Jenkins Greg Jennings Greg Jennings Andre Johnson Andre Johnson Bryant Johnson Bryant Johnson Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson Jacoby Jones Jacoby Jones James Jones James Jones Malcolm Kelly Malcolm Kelly Johnny Knox Johnny Knox Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin Mario Manningham Mario Manningham Brandon Marshall Brandon Marshall Derrick Mason Derrick Mason Mohamed Massaquoi Mohamed Massaquoi Robert Meachem Robert Meachem Lance Moore Lance Moore Josh Morgan Josh Morgan Randy Moss Randy Moss Santana Moss Santana Moss Louis Murphy Louis Murphy Legedu Naanee Legedu Naanee Jordy Nelson Jordy Nelson Hakeem Nicks Hakeem Nicks Dennis Northcutt Dennis Northcutt Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 94 79 62 63 56 68 11 17 51 50 67 68 92 101 42 35 64 67 15 27 33 32 14 25 45 45 55 55 30 57 102 101 85 73 34 34 19 45 41 14 36 52 83 83 70 70 34 34 13 24 27 22 47 47 41 35 YDS 986 911 1039 1167 962 1167 129 196 648 635 1108 1113 1331 1569 497 417 1023 984 222 437 463 440 182 347 527 527 762 762 424 822 1236 1120 1050 1028 624 624 337 722 461 153 423 527 1255 1264 918 902 521 521 125 242 343 320 790 790 501 357 AVG 10.35 18.89 15.71 13.53 11.88 11.71 12.11 12.76 18.37 14.75 10.) Name T.53 12.62 10.12 15.18 17.04 11.08 18.19 14.J.22 10.73 11.85 13.85 14..91 15.23 13.49 11.03 13.70 16.71 11.47 15.32 9.24 10.70 14.54 16.20 TD 6 3 5 9 6 9 0 1 2 1 8 4 8 9 2 3 7 5 2 6 2 5 0 0 5 5 4 4 2 5 7 10 5 7 3 3 4 9 4 2 3 3 15 13 4 3 4 4 0 2 2 2 6 6 2 1 TARGETS 147 135 117 118 93 99 21 32 85 91 114 120 142 171 87 89 127 137 25 40 57 62 26 42 80 80 96 96 52 99 168 154 137 135 95 95 28 65 57 19 62 81 139 139 123 119 97 97 18 27 42 31 74 74 70 67 54 .75 13.35 17.52 17.42 12.13 14.81 16.69 14.74 16.00 13.16 11.80 16.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.09 12..12 11.83 11.93 11.J.08 12. Houshmandzadeh T.98 14.81 12.
38 19.85 15.14 15.54 15.25 15.85 15.47 12.05 11.79 14.11 12.40 13.91 15..59 13.75 12.10 13.33 15.64 10.21 13.77 10.44 9.77 10.42 11.19 19.25 10.11 13.77 10.38 13.11 10.30 11..60 14.53 11.68 14.84 12.68 TD 7 9 10 5 0 0 1 0 5 8 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 2 7 6 7 2 7 4 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 0 2 2 6 6 4 2 6 6 0 2 4 6 8 10 5 4 8 11 4 7 TARGETS 128 128 130 109 34 4 79 75 68 121 39 23 21 21 102 79 41 51 46 111 135 129 84 157 63 33 22 47 58 58 36 65 37 47 39 39 41 29 80 74 74 74 92 77 125 138 16 48 74 90 145 149 149 162 150 165 90 86 55 .) Name Chad Ochocinco Chad Ochocinco Terrell Owens Terrell Owens Roscoe Parrish Roscoe Parrish Antwaan Randle El Antwaan Randle El Sidney Rice Sidney Rice Laurent Robinson Laurent Robinson Brian Robiskie Brian Robiskie Eddie Royal Eddie Royal Chaz Schilens Chaz Schilens Mike Sims-Walker Mike Sims-Walker Steve Smith Steve Smith Steven Smith Steven Smith Brandon Stokley Brandon Stokley Maurice Stovall Maurice Stovall Sammie Stroughter Sammie Stroughter Chansi Stuckey Chansi Stuckey Devin Thomas Devin Thomas Mike Thomas Mike Thomas Jerheme Urban Jerheme Urban Bobby Wade Bobby Wade Mike Wallace Mike Wallace Kevin Walter Kevin Walter Hines Ward Hines Ward Kelley Washington Kelley Washington Nate Washington Nate Washington Reggie Wayne Reggie Wayne Wes Welker Wes Welker Roddy White Roddy White Roy Williams Roy Williams Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 72 72 68 55 20 3 51 50 43 83 18 13 7 7 64 37 22 29 26 63 76 65 57 107 36 19 12 24 31 31 17 19 20 25 48 48 24 18 47 36 39 39 59 53 83 95 11 34 38 47 95 100 115 123 85 85 45 38 YDS 1009 1047 1078 829 206 34 617 530 616 1312 218 167 106 106 662 345 295 365 362 869 1133 982 619 1220 496 327 159 366 334 334 185 198 222 325 453 453 321 186 553 367 756 756 770 611 983 1167 144 431 550 569 1306 1264 1229 1348 1245 1153 620 596 AVG 14.41 12.86 11.14 10.32 13.01 14.81 12.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.28 13.92 13.33 12.78 17.78 15.88 10.69 10.44 13.07 10.09 12.38 10.10 10.00 9.65 13.34 9.56 13.33 11.96 14.
35 7.20 8.45 11.11 11.54 12.32 9.32 11.24 7.56 12.45 9.22 11.94 16.00 12.31 12.71 13.00 10.00 10.63 0.60 8.00 10.37 11.50 11.29 13.10 11.25 12.00 10.22 12.TIGHT END STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name Travis Beckum Travis Beckum Martellus Bennett Martellus Bennett Kevin Boss Kevin Boss John Carlson John Carlson Brent Celek Brent Celek Dallas Clark Dallas Clark Desmond Clark Desmond Clark Chase Coffman Chase Coffman Jared Cook Jared Cook Chris Cooley Chris Cooley Alge Crumpler Alge Crumpler Owen Daniels Owen Daniels Fred Davis Fred Davis Vernon Davis Vernon Davis Joel Dreessen Joel Dreessen Anthony Fasano Anthony Fasano Daniel Fells Daniel Fells Jermichael Finley Jermichael Finley Antonio Gates Antonio Gates Tony Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez Daniel Graham Daniel Graham Joey Haynos Joey Haynos Todd Heap Todd Heap Will Heller Will Heller Dustin Keller Dustin Keller Jeff King Jeff King Donald Lee Donald Lee Marcedes Lewis Marcedes Lewis Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 8 8 17 15 28 42 53 51 39 76 78 100 34 19 0 0 9 9 59 29 31 27 57 40 25 48 53 78 13 26 26 31 14 21 30 55 71 79 92 83 28 28 10 19 37 53 15 29 46 45 30 25 41 37 36 32 YDS 55 55 221 159 356 567 600 574 489 971 856 1106 352 145 0 0 74 74 655 332 307 222 716 519 268 509 610 965 150 320 312 339 177 273 375 676 948 1157 1032 867 308 289 92 162 411 593 135 296 528 522 267 200 379 260 466 518 AVG 6.21 11.35 14.72 10.48 11.00 9.88 6.06 10.90 8.65 11.60 12.90 8.22 8.78 10.54 12.00 8.51 12.03 12.00 0.64 13.19 TD 0 0 2 0 4 5 6 7 3 8 9 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 3 5 3 6 6 13 1 1 3 2 1 3 3 5 8 8 7 6 2 1 1 2 3 6 2 3 2 2 2 3 4 1 2 2 TARGETS 12 12 28 30 45 69 82 84 55 112 113 132 57 34 0 0 15 15 87 45 51 36 83 58 43 77 89 130 22 40 43 54 23 35 41 71 106 109 148 135 42 43 18 36 57 75 29 51 79 81 40 33 55 54 62 59 56 .50 12.53 11.19 9.22 10.88 13.98 10.94 12.60 11.97 11.
27 12.17 11.10 8.13 10.85 10.13 12.96 TD 1 1 5 6 2 3 2 2 1 1 5 8 1 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 6 11 2 3 0 1 4 5 4 5 4 2 TARGETS 50 62 74 98 85 100 27 27 30 30 85 108 16 16 59 59 0 0 29 48 39 26 77 70 58 50 60 79 77 67 22 49 43 41 115 126 128 125 57 .04 10.20 10...TIGHT END STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.20 10.07 10.93 10.52 13.03 11.18 9.61 12.93 12.42 12.71 9.76 10.00 13.67 9.17 11.38 12.92 11.11 10.) Name Randy McMichael Randy McMichael Heath Miller Heath Miller Zach Miller Zach Miller Zach Miller Zach Miller Shawn Nelson Shawn Nelson Greg Olsen Greg Olsen Ben Patrick Ben Patrick Brandon Pettigrew Brandon Pettigrew Richard Quinn Richard Quinn Dante Rosario Dante Rosario Robert Royal Robert Royal Bo Scaife Bo Scaife Tony Scheffler Tony Scheffler Visanthe Shiancoe Visanthe Shiancoe Jeremy Shockey Jeremy Shockey David Thomas David Thomas Ben Watson Ben Watson Kellen Winslow Kellen Winslow Jason Witten Jason Witten Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 REC 28 34 57 76 55 66 21 21 18 18 51 60 10 12 30 30 0 0 16 26 23 11 49 45 40 31 41 56 51 48 15 35 29 29 67 77 90 94 YDS 300 332 623 789 675 805 212 212 157 157 525 612 107 146 346 346 0 0 210 313 244 134 474 440 536 416 495 566 557 569 152 356 334 404 806 884 1042 1030 AVG 10.40 13.58 10.53 11.10 10.70 12.29 10.78 13.72 8.72 10.53 0.00 0.48 11.
KICKER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name David Akers David Akers Connor Barth Connor Barth Rob Bironas Rob Bironas Josh Brown Josh Brown Kris Brown Kris Brown Matt Bryant Matt Bryant David Buehler David Buehler Dan Carpenter Dan Carpenter Mason Crosby Mason Crosby Billy Cundiff Billy Cundiff Phil Dawson Phil Dawson Jay Feely Jay Feely Nick Folk Nick Folk Graham Gano Graham Gano Stephen Gostkowski Stephen Gostkowski Robbie Gould Robbie Gould Jason Hanson Jason Hanson Garrett Hartley Garrett Hartley Sebastian Janikowski Sebastian Janikowski Nate Kaeding Nate Kaeding John Kasay John Kasay Rian Lindell Rian Lindell Ryan Longwell Ryan Longwell Olindo Mare Olindo Mare Joe Nedney Joe Nedney Mike Nugent Mike Nugent Matt Prater Matt Prater Neil Rackers Neil Rackers Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 FGM 29 32 12 14 30 27 26 19 25 21 22 7 0 0 23 25 28 27 12 12 24 17 25 30 21 18 4 4 27 26 27 24 23 21 11 9 24 26 27 32 24 22 27 28 25 26 19 24 21 17 10 2 18 30 20 16 XPM 41 43 18 12 35 37 26 16 39 43 26 10 0 0 38 37 47 48 19 19 26 18 32 32 43 36 6 6 53 47 35 33 28 25 19 10 23 17 47 50 34 31 27 24 44 54 30 28 29 33 11 8 24 32 42 37 58 .
KICKER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont..) Name Dave Rayner Jeff Reed Jeff Reed Josh Scobee Josh Scobee Ryan Succop Ryan Succop Lawrence Tynes Lawrence Tynes Adam Vinatieri Adam Vinatieri Year 3 Yr Avg 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 FGM 8 25 27 16 18 25 25 17 27 16 7 XPM 8 40 41 29 30 29 29 29 45 36 17 59 ..
33 0 11.5 0.3 1 4 5.33 1 5.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES Name John Abraham John Abraham Jared Allen Jared Allen Oshiomogho Atogwe Oshiomogho Atogwe Cliff Avril Cliff Avril Jordan Babineaux Jordan Babineaux Tully Banta-Cain Tully Banta-Cain Ronde Barber Ronde Barber Nick Barnett Nick Barnett Eric Barton Eric Barton Jon Beason Jon Beason Yeremiah Bell Yeremiah Bell Antoine Bethea Antoine Bethea Quincy Black Quincy Black Leigh Bodden Leigh Bodden Michael Boley Michael Boley David Bowens David Bowens Zack Bowman Zack Bowman Gary Brackett Gary Brackett Tyvon Branch Tyvon Branch Lance Briggs Lance Briggs Keith Brooking Keith Brooking Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Andre Carter Andre Carter Ryan Clark Ryan Clark Nate Clements Nate Clements Trent Cole Trent Cole Erik Coleman Erik Coleman Nick Collins Nick Collins Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 POS DE DE DE DE S S DE DE S S LB LB CB CB LB LB LB LB LB LB S S S S LB LB CB CB LB LB LB LB CB CB LB LB S S LB LB LB LB DE DE DE DE S S CB CB DE DE FS FS S S INT 0 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 3 3 4 0 1 4 5 1 0 0 1 3 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 6 TKL 35 35 56 50 77 74 31 40 68 104 33 54 69 77 95 106 83 58 139 142 79 114 87 95 29 74 72 56 86 84 40 72 31 62 104 99 62 119 110 118 106 106 33 46 51 62 63 89 63 35 68 57 84 115 55 47 SACK 10.33 0 0.25 5.5 4.5 4 1.5 0 0 0.5 7 8.66 3 3.83 1.5 1.5 0.5 15 14.5 0 0 0.5 1.5 0 0 1.5 0 0 0.5 1 0.5 1.5 11 0.33 1 TD 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 60 .66 2 2. 12.5 1 1.83 1.66 5.5 9.66 2.16 0 1 3 0.
66 0 2 3 0 0 0.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.16 3 0.66 7 0.5 1 1 6.) Name Stephen Cooper Stephen Cooper Derek Cox Derek Cox Channing Crowder Channing Crowder Brian Cushing Brian Cushing Karlos Dansby Karlos Dansby Andra Davis Andra Davis Thomas Davis Thomas Davis Brian Dawkins Brian Dawkins Thomas DeCoud Thomas DeCoud Louis Delmas Louis Delmas Darnell Dockett Darnell Dockett Reed Doughty Reed Doughty Elvis Dumervil Elvis Dumervil Justin Durant Justin Durant Ray Edwards Ray Edwards Abram Elam Abram Elam Shaun Ellis Shaun Ellis James Farrior James Farrior Cortland Finnegan Cortland Finnegan London Fletcher-Baker London Fletcher-Baker Brandon Flowers Brandon Flowers Larry Foote Larry Foote Chris Gamble Chris Gamble Dashon Goldson Dashon Goldson Chad Greenway Chad Greenway Kelly Gregg Kelly Gregg Cedric Griffin Cedric Griffin Michael Griffin Michael Griffin Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 POS LB LB CB CB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB S S S S S S DT DT S S DE DE LB LB DE DE DB DB DE DE LB LB CB CB LB LB CB CB LB LB CB CB S S LB LB DT DT CB CB S S INT 2 0 4 4 0 1 4 4 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 1 1 3 5 0 0 2 4 1 4 1 3 0 0 1 4 3 1 TKL 103 102 72 72 80 51 134 134 108 109 82 90 86 60 76 116 34 68 91 91 52 51 47 81 37 49 70 98 44 51 66 89 54 53 109 102 75 63 134 142 67 65 80 99 65 58 40 94 103 98 47 63 82 73 59 71 SACK 1.5 1 5 5 2.8 1 1.66 0 0.16 0 0 0 0.83 2 11.5 2.66 2 1.8 8...16 2 0 0 0.66 1 5.5 4.83 2 0 0 2.5 1 0 1 2 1 1 6.6 1.5 6. 17 0.66 1 TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 61 .16 3.
5 3.66 2 1.5 0 0 2.3 2 1 0 0.5 1 0 0 TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 62 .8 1.8 0 2. Hawk David Hawthorne David Hawthorne Geno Hayes Geno Hayes Gerald Hayes Gerald Hayes E. Henderson Renaldo Hill Renaldo Hill Hunter Hillenmeyer Hunter Hillenmeyer Chris Hope Chris Hope Thomas Howard Thomas Howard D’Qwell Jackson D’Qwell Jackson Tanard Jackson Tanard Jackson Bradie James Bradie James Will James Will James Quentin Jammer Quentin Jammer Derrick Johnson Derrick Johnson Dhani Jones Dhani Jones Jonathan Joseph Jonathan Joseph Tommy Kelly Tommy Kelly Jacob Lacey Jacob Lacey Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 POS CB CB LB LB LB LB CB CB CB CB S S S S LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB CB CB LB LB S S LB LB LB LB S S LB LB CB CB CB CB LB LB LB LB CB CB DT DT CB CB INT 2 6 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 6 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 3 3 2 0 1 0 2 5 0 0 1 2 2 3 2 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 3 3 TKL 34 60 55 85 49 72 67 58 65 65 62 52 87 99 107 126 86 79 91 85 58 116 52 98 82 63 76 83 55 59 61 90 69 80 90 79 104 58 58 69 110 113 37 69 68 57 69 32 104 113 56 69 47 55 78 78 SACK 0 0 1 2 3.J.33 0 4.66 1 2 4 1. Hawk A..) Name Brent Grimes Brent Grimes Gary Guyton Gary Guyton Clark Haggans Clark Haggans DeAngelo Hall DeAngelo Hall Leon Hall Leon Hall Ken Hamlin Ken Hamlin Roman Harper Roman Harper David Harris David Harris James Harrison James Harrison A.5 3.8 5.J.3 5 0.16 1 1.16 0 0 0 0..33 0 1.5 11.J.5 3 1.5 10 1.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont. Henderson E.J.5 2 0.5 1 2 1.3 2 0 0 0 0 2.16 2.
3 10.33 0 2 2 1.66 0 1 0 1.8 3 0.3 4.5 TD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 63 ..5 10 10 0.5 6.5 0 0 1.16 0 1.83 1.66 7 0 0 0.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.33 0 9.) Name Dawan Landry Dawan Landry James Laurinaitis James Laurinaitis Paris Lenon Paris Lenon Jim Leonhard Jim Leonhard DeAndre Levy DeAndre Levy Michael Lewis Michael Lewis Ray Lewis Ray Lewis Curtis Lofton Curtis Lofton Danieal Manning Danieal Manning Richard Marshall Richard Marshall Robert Mathis Robert Mathis Clay Matthews Clay Matthews Jerod Mayo Jerod Mayo Corey Mays Corey Mays Rocky McIntosh Rocky McIntosh Brandon Meriweather Brandon Meriweather Quintin Mikell Quintin Mikell Kirk Morrison Kirk Morrison Chinedum Ndukwe Chinedum Ndukwe Brian Orakpo Brian Orakpo Calvin Pace Calvin Pace Kevin Payne Kevin Payne Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julian Peterson Julian Peterson Mike Peterson Mike Peterson Shaun Phillips Shaun Phillips Troy Polamalu Troy Polamalu Bernard Pollard Bernard Pollard Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 POS S S LB LB LB LB S S LB LB S S LB LB LB LB S S CB CB DE DE LB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB S S DB DB LB LB S S DE DE LB LB S S DE DE LB LB LB LB LB LB S S S S INT 1 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 2 4 TKL 57 84 120 120 92 41 65 76 79 79 93 82 123 133 108 130 65 89 70 81 39 37 49 49 114 103 31 83 89 94 58 82 81 87 129 133 61 85 50 50 76 55 44 46 44 42 78 75 87 109 67 59 50 20 96 102 SACK 0.75 1.5 0 0 1.16 2..5 1 2.5 1.5 0 1 1 1 0 9.66 0 0.3 2 11 11 7.16 8 0.3 1 7.3 2 2.16 9.
33 0 1 0 0.16 1 1 2 0.5 5 2.5 5 6 7..66 1 0.5 0.66 6 1 2 TD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 64 .8 4.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.) Name Tracy Porter Tracy Porter Paul Posluszny Paul Posluszny Jay Ratliff Jay Ratliff Darrelle Revis Darrelle Revis Kerry Rhodes Kerry Rhodes Antrel Rolle Antrel Rolle Barrett Ruud Barrett Ruud DeMeco Ryans DeMeco Ryans Bart Scott Bart Scott Bryan Scott Bryan Scott Clint Session Clint Session Scott Shanle Scott Shanle Darren Sharper Darren Sharper Ernie Sims Ernie Sims Clint Sintim Clint Sintim Daryl Smith Daryl Smith Justin Smith Justin Smith Will Smith Will Smith Anthony Spencer Anthony Spencer Takeo Spikes Takeo Spikes Randy Starks Randy Starks Terrell Suggs Terrell Suggs Darryl Tapp Darryl Tapp Lofa Tatupu Lofa Tatupu Terrell Thomas Terrell Thomas Charles Tillman Charles Tillman Justin Tuck Justin Tuck Stephen Tulloch Stephen Tulloch Year 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 POS CB CB LB LB DT DT CB CB S S S S LB LB LB LB LB LB S S LB LB LB LB S S LB LB LB LB LB LB DE DE DE DE DE DE LB LB DT DT DE DE DE DE LB LB CB CB CB CB DE DE LB LB INT 2 4 1 3 0 0 4 6 3 3 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 TKL 41 58 81 110 40 40 66 54 71 63 72 71 131 142 120 123 89 92 54 75 70 100 74 69 66 71 98 49 15 15 82 107 67 55 58 49 40 67 85 75 33 56 69 59 51 49 78 32 57 85 82 78 62 59 78 120 SACK 0..5 1 0 1.3 1 1.5 0.16 0.66 13 3.83 0 1 1 1.5 6 2 4 3 7 5.5 6 0.66 0 0.16 0.5 1.8 1.5 1 0 0 9.33 1 5.5 0 0.5 0.
IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont...)
Osi Umenyiora Osi Umenyiora Jonathan Vilma Jonathan Vilma DeMarcus Ware DeMarcus Ware Fabian Washington Fabian Washington Lardarius Webb Lardarius Webb Eric Weddle Eric Weddle D.J. Williams D.J. Williams Demorrio Williams Demorrio Williams Mario Williams Mario Williams Tramon Williams Tramon Williams Patrick Willis Patrick Willis Adrian Wilson Adrian Wilson George Wilson George Wilson Gibril Wilson Gibril Wilson Josh Wilson Josh Wilson Antoine Winfield Antoine Winfield LaMarr Woodley LaMarr Woodley Charles Woodson Charles Woodson
3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009 3 Yr Avg 2009
DE DE LB LB LB LB CB CB CB CB S S LB LB LB LB DE DE CB CB LB LB S S FS FS S S CB CB CB CB LB LB CB CB
0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 3 5 2 4 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 6 9
27 29 95 110 75 57 34 36 32 32 84 82 118 122 83 117 51 43 37 48 155 152 64 75 46 91 101 91 41 44 67 52 45 62 66 74
6.66 7 1 2 15 11 0 0 1 1 1.16 1.5 2.3 3.5 0 0 11.66 9 0.33 1 3 4 1.5 2 1.16 2 0.5 1 0.66 1 1 1 9.66 13.5 1.66 2
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 3
C HRIS W ELLS
Wells wants the bulk of the Cards’ carries this season, the Arizona Republic reports. “We have talked about it and I’m sure we’ll talk about it more,” Whisenhunt said. “... He just has to remember that there are other areas to his game that he needs to get better with.” We can’t think of many NFL running backs who don’t want the ball as often as possible, but Wells’ drive to improve from the timeshare situation he had with Tim Hightower throughout much of his rookie season is at least encouraging. It remains to be seen, however, if Whisenhunt is happy enough with Wells’ pass-catching and blocking to allow his second-year back to become a workhorse at Hightower’s expense. Baltimore Sun reports. Heap enjoyed a productive (53/593/6) and, for the most part, healthy 2009, but it seems likely he’ll lose targets to rookie pass-catching TE’s, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.
W ILLIS M C G AHEE
McGahee carried four times for 12 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s preseason win over Washington. His touchdown came on a one-yard plunge set up by a fake punt. The carry on the goal line indicates that McGahee is still top option in close, sapping value from Ray Rice.
D ENNIS P ITTA
Pitta led the Ravens in receiving on Saturday night, catching four passes for 65 yards. Pitta was targeted heavily in the second half once Marc Bulger took the reins of the second team. After Ed Dickson stepped up the week before, it was interesting to see Pitta steal the spotlight. The battle for the backup TE spot behind Todd Heap may still be up for grabs.
K ERRY M EIER
Meier has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Thursday’s preseason game against New England, team’s official web site reports. Meier was having a strong camp and was moving up the depth chart. The Falcons are thin at receiver with Meier out and Michael Jenkins recovering from a shoulder injury.
R AY R ICE
Rice recorded just three carries for 17 yards during Saturday’s exhibition win over Washington. Rice did exactly what he was supposed to do, which is sit and stay healthy. He did fumble twice in his few touches, which is something he’ll have to fix before the regular season. Rice may not be doing much in the preseason, but he’ll return to his workhorse ways once Week 1 rolls around.
A NQUAN B OLDIN
Boldin had just one reception for 21 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Redskins. The newly-acquired Raven has yet to make a big splash as the team’s top target during the preseason. He didn’t have much help from Joe Flacco, who looked sloppy in the first half. Boldin should assert himself once the regular season rolls around.
D ONTE S TALLWORTH
Stallworth caught three passes for 47 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Redskins. Most importantly, Stallworth distinguished himself from Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams. The coaches love Stallworth’s speed, and he has done everything he has needed to in the offseason to become the Ravens’ No. 3 receiver. Outside of a lost fumble, of course.
M ARC B ULGER
Bulger led the Ravens in passing on Saturday night, completing 13of-16 passes for 130 yards in the win. The second-team offense moved well against the Redskins’ second-team defense. With Bulger at the helm the Ravens completed a 14-play, 94-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. Before that, Joe Flacco and the first teamers struggled to put points on the board, needing a 51-yard fake punt to set up their only touchdown in the first half. While Bulger looked better, he shouldn’t be considered a threat to Flacco. Ravens fans can rest easy knowing that they have a quality insurance option at backup QB, however.
J OIQUE B ELL
Bell contributed 80 yards on 11 carries in Thursday’s preseason win over the Colts, showing nice power, speed and decision making, The Sports Xchange reports. Marshawn Lynch is making a pretty quick recovery from his ankle injury, so that leaves Bell at best third in Buffalo’s RB pecking order, and that’s if Fred Jackson’s hand injury sidelines him into the regular season. Still, Bell was a beast in Division II, and it’s at least worth knowing if he lands a roster spot.
M ARCUS E ASLEY
The Bills placed Easley on injured reserve Sunday, BuffaloBills.com reports. He injured his left knee in early August and recently had surgery. The Bills were going to give Easley a chance for any of the open No. 2, 3 and 5 receiving slots, but now the rookie fourthrounder’s season is a washout. Steve Johnson, Chad Jackson, David Nelson and James Hardy have a little more job security with Easley not taking away any of their playing time.
J OE F LACCO
Flacco went 9-for-16 passing for 72 yards during Saturday night’s exhibition win over the Redskins. Flacco played well into the second quarter but the offense managed just 10 points and 101 yards. The offense actually moved much better with Marc Bulger at the helm, who helped lead the Ravens on a 14-play, 94-yard touchdown drive. He was working against the second team however, and shouldn’t be considered a threat to Flacco.
J OHN PAUL F OSCHI
The Bills have signed Foschi, the National Football Post reports. Foschi will give the Bills some much-needed TE depth, with Derek Schouman and Michael Matthews injured and Shawn Nelson suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season.
T ODD H EAP
Heap, who had X-Rays Saturday, possibly on his thumb, was on field Monday with nothing wrapped, Jamison Hensley of the
PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont...)
C HAD J ACKSON
In Buffalo’s preseason win over Indianapolis on Thursday, Jackson caught a team-leading five passes for 52 yards, including a pretty grab along the right sideline from Brian Brohm that set up a field goal, The Sports Xchange reports. Jackson has more experience than any receiver on the roster besides Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish, Buffalo’s No. 1 and No. 3 receivers, respectively. Steve Johnson currently has the No. 2 spot, but he hasn’t done anything noteworthy in the preseason so far, and Jackson seems to have taken some strides in making a bid at that starting spot.
B RANDON L A F ELL
LaFell caught one pass for 15 yards during Carolina’s preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday. He had some trouble holding onto the ball after contact and wasn’t much of a factor for the second game in a row. He will need to step his game up in order to secure a starting receiver spot.
K ENNY M OORE
Moore hauled in just one catch for 26 yards during Carolina’s 9-3 preseason loss to the New York Jets. Only two catches in the first two preseason games has not helped Moore’s bid for a starting receiver position. However, he has been helped out by fellow receivers Dwayne Jarrett and Brandon LaFell, who have not been able to impress the coaching staff with their play either. Keep monitoring this competition as the preseason moves on, as whoever lands the No. 2 receiver role could have some value as a deep threat.
M ARSHAWN LYNCH
Lynch (ankle) was doing running drills on the side at Saturday’s practice, BuffaloNews.com reports. Lynch was moving well straight ahead, however, when cutting and making lateral movements he was moving very carefully. Despite Lynch’s tentativeness, head coach Chan Gailey said Lynch could be back soon, maybe even in time for next preseason game against the Bengals.
D AVID N ELSON
Nelson (ankle) returned to Bills’ practice on Sunday, BuffaloNews.com reports. Nelson, who missed the last several days of practice because of the injury, was not limited in any way. Barring a setback, he should play against the Bengals on Saturday.
M ATT M OORE
Moore went 6-for-17 passing for 57 yards and an interception during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Jets. Moore’s poor performance was only overshadowed by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Moore has by many accounts had an outstanding training camp, but against the Jets defense he looked out of sync. Rookie Jimmy Clausen wasn’t any improvement, going 9-for-22 for 72 yards and another interception.
D EREK S CHOUMAN
Schouman is out three-to-six weeks after sustaining a knee injury against the Colts on Thursday, BuffaloNews.com reports. Head coach Chan Gailey said, “Schouman is gonna be out for awhile. I don’t know how long, but he’s going to be out awhile. That guy can’t get a break. He just can’t stay on the field. He’s not getting enough reps. He’s got a lot of making up to do when he gets back but it’s going to be anywhere from three to six (weeks).”
S TEVE S MITH
Smith participated in the team portion of Monday’s practice, the Charlotte Observer reports. He appears to be progressing along after sitting out Carolina’s first two preseason games and should be ready for the regular season.
J ONATHAN S TEWART
J IMMY C LAUSEN
Clausen was held out of Monday’s practice with what head coach Jon Fox called a toe problem, the Charlotte Observer reports. He had surgery on his right big toe last offseason, so it’s likely that the Panthers are simply taking precautions with their top draft pick. Barring any setbacks, he should enter the 2010 season as Carolina’s top backup QB.
Stewart (heel) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Jets. He’s done more work in practice in recent weeks, but there was no reason for Carolina to test out his injured heel Saturday. It’s still thought he’ll be ready for Week 1.
D E A NGELO W ILLIAMS
Williams finished with 26 yards on six carries in Carolina’s second preseason game against the Jets. He got a few carries in while Jonathan Stewart was out with an injured heel, but along with the rest of Carolina’s offense wasn’t able to get much going. Williams will probably get few carries through the rest of the preseason, as Carolina looks to keep him healthy for opening day.
A RMANTI E DWARDS
Edwards caught two passes for 19 yards in Carolina’s preseason game against the Jets. The entire Carolina offense struggled in the 9-3 loss to New York, and Edwards was no different. He also had some problems catching punts, fumbling one away and failing to make a fair catch on another.
K AHLIL B ELL
Bell (hamstring) had six carries for 10 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. Bell’s status for Saturday’s game was in question, but he was able to recover sufficiently from his hamstring injury to play. Bell is currently listed as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, but will have to fend off competition from Garrett Wolfe - who had six carries for 13 yards on Saturday - to hold onto his spot.
D WAYNE J ARRETT
Jarrett caught three passes for 17 yards against the Jets. Jarrett started in Carolina’s second preseason game but was largely ineffective in the 9-3 loss. He needs to do better to prove he deserves a starting receiver position, however he did catch every pass thrown his way and was no worse than the rest of the offense.
but he appears likely to open the year as the team’s No. Harrison almost lost another fumble on the first series. The first of the INT’s came on a mix-up between Ochocinco and Carson Palmer on what route to run.) E ARL B ENNETT Bennett (hamstring) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. T ERRELL O WENS Owens had three catches for 67 yards in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Eagles on Friday. Sharing playing time with Chester Taylor remains a concern (although he only had two carries). With Montario Hardesty out with a knee injury. He had left practice Monday and missed Tuesday’s practices with an undisclosed injury. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.. including an 89-yard touchdown run. The injury appears to be behind him and shouldn’t be a concern for fantasy owners interested in drafting the speedy Knox. Forte seemed to alleviate any concerns about his speed on his 89-yard touchdown run. the Canton Repository reports. even as the backup Taylor should see a significant number of touches and play an important role in the team’s offense. but also was the intended receiver on two interceptions. With Caleb Hanie dealing with a shoulder issue and Dan LeFevour struggling. and he should be upgrade over Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn from last season. 5 receiver. the Associated Press reports. but was ruled down by contact. J OHNNY K NOX Knox (hamstring) caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. a time-share could be on tap. the weather was wet during the game. Among those catches was a 43-yard reception that set up the Bengals’ first touchdown of the game. it looked like the Bears were content to have Hanie serve as Jay Cutler’s top backup. He also carried the ball once for a yard on a reverse. 4 or No. the 38-year-old Collins gives the Bears an experienced QB option behind starter Jay Cutler. His starting spot appears secure. On the second INT. he was bracketed in coverage and got drilled on J EROME H ARRISON Harrison had five carries for 13 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to St. J AMES D AVIS Davis picked up 10 yards on four carries in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Rams. including an 89-yard touchdown. He lay on his back for several seconds before coming off the field under his own power. Delhomme looked accurate and efficient during his time helming the offense. However. Forte seems to have regained the explosiveness that was lacking last season and appears to have a fairly firm hold on the No. The touchdown catch was nice. Prior to his injury. It would be tough to rely on him as a receiver on a weekly basis but he continues to improve his game and should see an increase in production this season with more opportunities for him out of the backfield. M ONTARIO H ARDESTY Hardesty (knee) could practice toward the end of next week and might get some reps in the Browns’ final preseason game. Louis. J AKE D ELHOMME Delhomme went 12-for-16 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s preseason lost to the Rams. 68 . one of which might have been his fault. Matt Forte had five carries for 109 yards. Either way. Bennett has now missed the team’s first two preseason games as a result of the hamstring injury. B ERNARD S COTT Scott injured his left shoulder in Friday’s preseason win over the Eagles. possibly enough for him to have an upper hand over Hanie. T ODD C OLLINS The Bears have signed Collins. Cleveland Browns J OSH C RIBBS Cribbs was active in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Rams. However. Nevertheless. but Collins brings added experience and knowledge of Mike Martz’s style of offense to the table. His durability has been a question mark in the possibility that Cedric Benson gets hurt. he had an unimpressive performance that could let Hardesty back into the picture if he returns soon.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Harrison had a chance to get a big leg up on the competition for the starting running back job. Meanwhile. but the big news here is that Knox’s hamstring was healthy enough for him to play in Saturday’s game. but once the two are both healthy. C HESTER TAYLOR Taylor had two carries for one yard in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. in Saturday’s preseason loss to Oakland. which may have contributed to his lack of carries Saturday. C ALEB H ANIE Newly-signed Todd Collins figures to have a chance to compete with Hanie (shoulder) for the Bears’ top backup QB job. which reinforces training camp reports that he’s regained the explosiveness he lost with last year’s knee injury. but Saturday offered plenty of reasons to think he’ll have a bounce-back season. the play. Bennett is hoping to return to the practice field this week and should be fine for the start of the regular season. the Associated Press reports. Cincinnati Bengals C HAD O CHOCINCO Ochocinco had two catches for 29 yards in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Eagles. He was benched briefly early in the first quarter after losing a fumble.. Prior to the injury Scott carried the ball twice for 13 yards and the Bengals’ first touchdown. 1 running back position. it was a fairly disappointing performance for a guy who is trying to prove he deserves a share of the carries along with Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty. leading the Browns in receptions with five for 30 yards and a score. Hardesty’s knee issue has thwarted his short-term chances of giving Jerome Harrison a run for his money for the team’s starting running back job. the Chicago Sun-Times reports. the Chicago Sun-Times reports. the Chicago Sun-Times reports. M ATT F ORTE Forte had five carries for 109 yards.
Dallas Cowboys M ILES A USTIN Austin caught two passes for 15 yards. gaining 13 yards on three carries. so there is definite upside here due to the overall lack of competition from an elite wideout. but did have to K YLE O RTON Orton completed 16-of-22 passes for 177 yards. Correll Buckhalter and LenDale White and although he probably won’t pass the first two on the depth chart. This was Decker’s first real action against a live opponent and he showed that he can get open and make plays. While Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty battle for the starting running back job. including a touchdown. Denver Broncos C ORRELL B UCKHALTER Buckhalter (back) remains out for the Broncos and could potentially miss the entire preseason. but the Cowboys’ offense is too potent for him not to get his numbers. Austin doesn’t have a long track record as an elite WR. Gaffney will be competing with Eddie Royal. keeping Moreno healthy is going to be the No. which was missing two starters Saturday and had trouble opening holes for any of the Cowboys’ running backs. Fargas was brought in after injuries to Knowshon Moreno. T ONY R OMO Romo didn’t look comfortable behind his makeshift offensive line Saturday. D EZ B RYANT Bryant (high ankle sprain) still has not been cleared to resume practice and likely won’t see any preseason game action. He practiced Thursday. in Saturday’s preseason game. The biggest concern for Jones owners right now might be the health of the offensive line. Tony Romo didn’t have a lot of time to operate behind an offensive line missing two starters but he was still able to hook up with his No. He should be fine for the team’s third preseason contest. Hillis showed that he could be a factor for touches in the backfield. Fargas led the Broncos in carries. but at this point Jones still looks like the marginally better fantasy play. is expected back for Week 1. There were reports that Buckhalter would return last week. Bryant’s got massive upside but he’ll have a lot of catching up to do once he does get back on the field. which should help put Romo owners’ minds at ease. completing just 4 of 11 passes for 30 yards with one TD and one INT. which shows that their relationship is developing into one that could make Gaffney an interesting fantasy play this season. two touchdowns and one interception during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. he may have the upper hand at the moment. J USTIN FARGAS Fargas had nine carries for 13 yards and three catches for 20 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. and the chances of him making an impact before at least the second half of the season are pretty slim. but if he stays healthy he could see some red zone targets. F ELIX J ONES Jones gained just four yards on three carries Saturday.. which means he is only an injury or two away from starting. Orton’s first action after signing his contract extension only 69 . the Denver Post reports. He wasn’t sacked. J ABAR G AFFNEY Gaffney had six catches for 98 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. the Denver Post reports. M ARTELLUS B ENNETT Bennett (ankle) made an impact in his first preseason action Saturday. While the team is maintaining the position that both will be ready for the regular season. one would hope that they would get a few reps in the preseason in order to get them ready for the hits that they’ll take during real game action. He had one catch of 31 yards and he could be a solid downfield player for the Broncos as they will most likely have Eddie Royal in the slot and Jabar Gaffney out wide during most plays.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. the Dallas Morning News reports. Neither back got much in the way of yardage or touches. E RIC D ECKER Decker (ankle) had five catches for 66 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. With the numerous injuries to the Broncos’ backfield. 1 receiver for a score. hurry a few throws behind a line missing right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier. K NOWSHON M ORENO Moreno (hamstring) is recovering from his injury. The Browns are simply holding him out as a precaution. With Brandon Marshall now in Miami. Bennett won’t have a lot of fantasy value behind Jason Witten. but may be held back another week as a precaution. and coach Eric Mangini said Massaquoi would be playing if it were a regular season game. He hasn’t broken any big runs so far this preseason in his few touches but the crucial thing is he’s stayed healthy so far. but he remains sidelined. as the team wanted to see more out of him after not playing in the first preseason game. M OHAMED M ASSAQUOI Massaquoi is inactive for Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams because of his strained hamstring. which was missing two starters Saturday and had trouble opening holes. All of Gaffney’s catches were from starter Kyle Orton. Colombo. which was a plus. Decker is competing mostly with Demaryius Thomas for playing time and because he is healthy enough to be on the field. and the team will do all it can to make sure he is healthy for the start of the season. the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot reports. The offseason trade of Brandon Marshall made Moreno the team’s most talented offensive weapon. it’s possible that he could get himself ahead of White. which hurts the Broncos even more because of the absence of Knowshon Moreno. but he looked good on his blocking assignments as well as in the pass offense. The biggest concern for owners of both backs right now might be the health of the offensive line. then possibly this week. M ARION B ARBER Barber slightly outperformed Felix Jones on Saturday.. catching four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.) P EYTON H ILLIS Hillis had 12 carries for 51 yards and two receptions for 12 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to St. Brandon Stokley and rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker for catches. Louis. Only one of the catches came with Tony Romo under center. 1 goal as the team gets closer to the regular season. at least.
Orton could be a solid backup. This is now two preseason games in a row where Royal only had one catch. Detroit Lions J AHVID B EST Best had eight carries for 49 yards and two receptions for 10 yards in Saturday’s preseason win over Denver. D EMARYIUS T HOMAS Thomas (foot) is slowly recovering from his injury and could be held out for another week. He has the potential to be a big piece of the Broncos’ offense this season. Pettigrew was somewhat of a surprise active player after sitting out practice on Thursday. as he has the physical makeup to be a big time receiver in the NFL. thanks to the offseason trade of Brandon Marshall. E DDIE R OYAL Royal had one catch for eight yards during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. in Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos.) gave Broncos fans more hope going into the regular season. He is questionable for Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. but Green Bay coaches still feel he has a leg up on Jordy Nelson for the No. however. Dorsey had a nice showing in the Lions’ second preseason game of the season on Saturday.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. he has to get back on the field. Jones was only targeted once. He’s still set as Ryan Grant’s backup. but Best had a strong performance as he averaged 6. the Denver Post reports. however. 17 ranked QB. and if he is unable to play. Finley was targeted five times by Aaron Rodgers and made some nice catches.com reports. B RADY Q UINN Quinn completed 11-of-17 passes for 115 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. Driver got the day off as a veteran who doesn’t need to play in every preseason game. but if he’s able to make the roster it’ll likely be as a third-stringer and special teams contributor. He’ll be ready to go when the regular season begins. but if he and Johnson are able to develop strong chemistry this season. L EN D ALE W HITE White (suspension/ankle) remains out for the Broncos and doesn’t appear to be close to returning. Detroit needs Scheffler to produce as a well-rounded tight end. Rookie Tim Tebow did not play. With Brandon Pettigrew working his way back from ACL surgery. T ONY S CHEFFLER The Lions want Scheffler to improve his blocking skills. of the second-half action. he has been far from that. with a 20-yard TD strike to Calvin Johnson. Anderson got more snaps with Andre Davis (tailbone) and Dorin Dickerson (undisclosed) out of 70 . T IM T EBOW Tebow (ribs) did not practice on Friday. which will not make fantasy owners forget about his dreadful 2009 season after his 91-catch rookie campaign in 2008. Green Bay Packers D ONALD D RIVER Driver did not play in Saturday’s preseason game. It’s good to see Rodgers looking to him that often. Jackson saw a lot of time at running back because the Packers are a little thin at that position. While he is still not a top tier fantasy quarterback because of the Broncos’ receivers. the the Lions are counting on him to be versatile in their offense. Scheffler didn’t do much blocking in Denver. Stafford is currently our No. He didn’t make any kind of impact on the stat sheet. Head coach Josh McDaniels initially said that there would be an open quarterback competition in camp. which allowed Orton to continue to show how comfortable he is becoming with Josh McDaniels’ offense schemes. M ATTHEW S TAFFORD Stafford completed 13-of-18 passes for 130 yards. if not all. Kevin Smith did play and got a carry on Detroit’s first series. D E D E D ORSEY Dorsey is making a push to secure a spot on the Lions 53-man roster. Brady Quinn would likely receive most. Tebow underwent treatment on Friday and is considered day-today. J ERMICHAEL F INLEY Finley caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against Seattle. His impact was minimal on the field. but he has yet to push himself closer to the starting position in Denver. White was brought in after Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter went down with injuries and has been off the field almost since he put his Broncos jersey on. MLive. The team signed Justin Fargas after White went down and the former could be in line to take the latter’s touches. K EVIN S MITH Smith (knee) suited up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos. but his foot seems to constantly be hurt. but in order to reach that potential. Smith missed practice on Thursday. then the second-year signal caller could easily leapfrog over several of the players listed ahead of him.. 3 WR spot.. Quinn got to see more action because of the absence of Tim Tebow. so far.1 yards per carry. so his presence was somewhat surprising. especially if he can keep his turnovers in check. His return is an encouraging sign of his recovery. There has been so much talk about Royal becoming Wes Welker-lite but. B RANDON J ACKSON Jackson rushed for 80 yards on 11 attempts in Saturday’s preseason game against Seattle. Houston Texans D AVID A NDERSON Anderson had three catches for 61 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. but it appears that Kyle Orton has won the job and Quinn will be left competing for the #2 spot with Tebow. Broncos fans are starting to get frustrated with Thomas’ injuries. B RANDON P ETTIGREW Pettigrew (knee) suited up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Packers. J AMES J ONES Jones caught one pass for three yards in Saturday’s preseason game. the Denver Post reports. with three carries and two catches for 19 total yards.
J EREMIAH J OHNSON Johnson lined up at running back for most of the fourth quarter in the Texans’ preseason loss to the Saints on Saturday. Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub found Dreessen wide open on a few balls early in the game. but doesn’t get nearly enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration. We’re still looking for definitive word on Dickerson’s condition. Meanwhile. S TEVE S LATON Slaton had five carries for 19 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to New Orleans. in Saturday’s preseason loss to New Orleans. 12. the Indianapolis Star reports. including a 10-yard touchdown. IR). Leach has been a very dependable receiver for Houston. Bolen’s touchdowns came against second and third-team units. IR) as the third man. behind Arian Foster and Steve Slaton. returned to practice on Sunday and could play in this week’s preseason game. He took a hit to the knee on his first catch of the night. the Fort Wayne Tribune-Star reports. D ORIN D ICKERSON Dickerson (undisclosed) was inactive for Saturday’s preseason game against New Orleans.. Arian Foster got all the work with the first-team offense while Slaton didn’t get a carry until the third quarter. but Dreessen’s development as a receiving threat means the Texans don’t have to alter their offense should Daniels not be able to go Sept. Schaub has enough options in the passing game to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board. It looks like Johnson. backup running back Steve Slaton didn’t get a carry until the third quarter. A RIAN F OSTER Foster had six carries for 28 yards. On his one reception. Anderson will be on the final active roster to open the season but will sit fourth on the depth chart. Clark hasn’t practiced since hurting his leg on Aug. Showing some production there is paramount to team moving up a level. It appears that Johnson has moved ahead of Henry as Houston’s No. one receiving and one rushing. who played the entire fourth quarter at running back. Leach eluded a first would-be tackler and then finished the run-after-catch by lowering his shoulder and getting another few yards to move the chains. he showed both finesse and muscle. He also averaged 44 yards on two kickoff returns. as there is no mention of any lingering effects. we find Henry and Jeremiah Johnson looking to replace Ben Tate (ankle. but apparently the hit looked worse (especially in slow motion) than it actually felt. Not a bad start to the preseason for Schaub. Foster looked like the primary ball carrier on Saturday. He did lose a fumble. Foster certainly looks like the starter and primary back at this point. Dreessen was tagged with the “blocking tight end” label but has shown to be a good ball-catcher ever since. who is 13of-16 for 195 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. The injury is thought to be minor. but we’d like to see him appear at full speed rather than trust Indy’s information on injuries. including a 63-yard kickoff return. who has missed the last week of practice and two preseason games with an undisclosed injury. A NDRE D AVIS Davis (tailbone) did not play in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday.. and the tight end is proving to be a competent receiver. 3. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the injury was minor. but he did lose a fumble. has distinguished himself as the No. A NDRE J OHNSON Johnson had two catches (three targets) for 15 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to the Saints. He also added two receptions for 15 yards. 71 .) action. P IERRE G ARCON Garcon. Slaton had a smaller role on Saturday. He still sits third on the fullback depth chart behind Greg Jones and Montell Owens. Indianapolis Colts D ALLAS C LARK Clark (leg) did not practice Sunday. M ATT S CHAUB Schaub was 8-of-10 for 117 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. David Anderson got more looks in the receiving game while a host of players got chances as kick returners as a result. Before Owen Daniels’ knee injury last year. Daniels is expected to be back for the season opener. but Schaub showed to be an elite quarterback in 2009 without a very effective ground game. with Trindon Holliday (thumb) Jacksonville Jaguars B ROCK B OLEN Bolen had two touchdowns. struggling in the return game. While Foster seems like the back to own in Houston right now. It’s a good sign he’s back at practice even though we know little about his ailment. the Houston Chronicle reports. but at least he didn’t fumble after losing the ball on the goal line in the first preseason game. and Johnson had a 55-yard kickoff return. Also. including two nice runs in the red zone resulting in his 10-yard score. A pretty quiet night for Johnson. Looking deeper down Houston’s depth chart at running back. but we’d like to see him in a game to be sure. V ONTA L EACH Leach had one catch for 12 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. 3 man for now. who doesn’t have anything to prove in preseason games. remember that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is known for quickly changing his tune on his running back lineup. replacing the injured Ben Tate (ankle. The red zone is a big area of concern for Houston heading into this season. J OEL D REESSEN Dreessen had three catches for 55 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. Foster started the game and got all the carries with the first-team offense. Two things of note for Johnson on Saturday: Chris Henry did not line up at running back at all in the game. C HRIS H ENRY Henry did not line up at running back during Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. however. in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. As long as the Texans can protect him. 14 and missed Indy’s last preseason game. Johnson gives the Texans more options on special teams. The Texans are trying really hard to improve the passing/rushing balance this year.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. so we wouldn’t read too much into it.
and when the games start to count. This could be the domino effect of having Brandon Marshall on the field as teams can no longer crowd the line of scrimmage for fear Marshall will get behind them. according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. A bounceback performance from Garrard. His ADP of 26 seems like pretty good value for a guy who has the upside to easily be a top-10 RB. He also fumbled away the Chiefs’ first possession and was once again outplayed by Jamaal Charles. “bolted (from) the 72 . but looked every bit the starter on Saturday. T HOMAS J ONES Jones had eight carries for 29 yards and one catch for two yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers. D AVID G ARRARD Garrard completed 6-of-8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. Then again. C HAD H ENNE Henne shined during Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars. He knows he has one of the league’s most talented backs in Charles.1 yards per carry. Kansas City Chiefs M ATT C ASSEL Cassel went 14-for-19 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Buccaneers. Jones is averaging just 3. With starter David Garrard playing well Saturday.. Fasano still shouldn’t be a TE1 in your fantasy league but he could certainly be a solid reserve and bye week fill in.) J ARETT D ILLARD Dillard (foot) had three catches for 43 yards in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. McCown crashed back to earth a bit against the Dolphins in this preseason game. Still. It is currently raining in Jacksonville so the passing game could suffer accordingly and it may be difficult to judge the passing game. Camarillo is no longer assured of a roster spot. but coach Todd Haley isn’t foolish. G REG C AMARILLO Camarillo (groin) is expected to play Saturday night. A NTHONY FASANO Fasano had two receptions for 66 yards and a pair of scores Saturday. but stranger things have happened. and if it wasn’t apparent already. the “McCown for starter” talk should subside now. Marshall. who also completed passes of 35 and 22 yards to his favorite receiver. Miami Dolphins R ONNIE B ROWN Brown had four carries and two receptions for 24 total yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars. J AMAAL C HARLES Charles had five carries for 26 yards and three catches for 23 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers.0 yards per carry this preseason. M AURICE J ONES -D REW Jones-Drew had four carries for negative yardage in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins. Henne led the Dolphins on three straight scoring drives to start the game. people. B RANDON M ARSHALL Marshall caught four passes for 65 yards (including a 37-yard grab) in Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars. Jennings remains the team’s top running option after starter Maurice Jones-Drew. Through two preseason games. M IKE T HOMAS Thomas had two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins. Z ACH M ILLER Miller (foot) will not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Dolphins. So far Brown appears healthy after undergoing Lisfranc surgery last November.1 yard average. It seems unlikely that the Dolphins would cut him. The sample size is still to small to read much into either back’s performance. Charles should be the one getting most of the work. had three carries and one reception for 24 yards. barring another injury. but fantasy owners may want to be slightly concerned that the offensive line hasn’t been able to open any holes for him so far. L UKE M C C OWN McCown completed 14 of 23 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins. further boosting his fantasy value. Mike Sims-Walker. The Jaguars are clearly limiting JonesDrew’s work in the preseason.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Ricky Williams. After last week’s near-perfect performance. Sims-Walker seemed fully recovered from the shoulder injury he’d been battling all week and should be good to go for the start of the regular season. any sign of progress is a good sign. he was playing against the Bucs. With the emergence of Patrick Turner. R ASHAD J ENNINGS Jennings had three carries for 26 yards and two catches for six yards in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. completing 11-of-14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. while backfield mate Thomas Jones slogs his way to a 3. Thomas’ TD came from two yards out. 1 on the Chiefs’ depth chart. M IKE S IMS -W ALKER Sims-Walker had three catches for 64 yards in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. There’s been a lot of hubbub about Jones’ position at No. but KC would be foolish to not let Charles handle the majority of the work. it’s becoming increasingly clear that Charles is simply the vastly superior talent at this stage of their respective careers. showing that quarterback David Garrard may start looking for him in the red zone. Jones will still get his share of carries and may get the goal-line work. meanwhile. who continues to impress with his downfield blocking. He has not had the best training camp by many accounts. Charles is cruising along at 7. Miller’s absence will mean more playing time for roster hopefuls such as Zach Potter and Mike Caussin. but is expected to play next week. Dillard seemed fully recovered from the foot fracture that had sidelined him for much of training camp. according to the Florida Times-Union.. Cassel rebounded nicely following a shaky outing in his first preseason game.
C HAD P ENNINGTON Pennington won’t play on Saturday. After a rough go in their first preseason game in New England. as we’ve seen in camp. so he will sit in order to give Tyler Thigpen and Pat White a chance to show what they can do. New England Patriots L AURENCE M ARONEY According to coach Bill Belichick. in any case. A LBERT Y OUNG Young had two carries for 11 yards in Sunday’s preseason loss to San Francisco. L ADELL B ETTS Betts (knee) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston as the Saints bring him back slowly from his major knee surgery in December. He’s also played well enough where if another team came calling. but so far no injury has been reported. Peterson may be used more on passing downs with the departure of Chester Taylor. if these head issues cause his ADP to drop.” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. that could change in Week 1 if Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice remain out. Minnesota Vikings B ERNARD B ERRIAN Berrian had one reception for 10 yards in Sunday’s preseason loss to the 49ers.. He also punched across a score on a quarterback sneak. He had a nine-yard run on third down with the first team offense on the first series. Maroney and Fred Taylor are the likely candidates. That said. completing five of ten passes for 36 yards against the Texans on Saturday. which could make him a nice option late in drafts. the Boston Globe reports. His mobility didn’t seem to be an issue though. Peterson was bothered by a sore hamstring early in training camp and missed Minnesota’s first preseason game as a precaution. Hill’s injury improves Betts odds on making the roster as the Saints third-string running back. However. D REW B REES In one quarter of work. He also doesn’t appear to be carving out any kind of goal-line or third-down role. but he hasn’t made a strong impression so far this preseason. V ISANTHE S HIANCOE Shiancoe (shoulder) played in Sunday’s preseason loss to the 49ers after missing Minnesota’s first preseason game.) locker room (Saturday) as soon as reporters were allowed in. so it will be revealing to see who gets the most work this coming Thursday in the Patriots’ third preseason contest. which may have hastened his exit from the game. B RETT FAVRE Favre (ankle) was on the field for four plays Sunday.J. a blitz on the first series which led to a sack of Brett Favre. Albert Young got playing time with the first-team offense. he could start to become a nice value in the middle rounds of a draft. T YLER T HIGPEN Thigpen completed 8-of-12 passes for 76 yards Saturday. the Saints offense was clicking on all cylinders Saturday. Maroney’s lack of carries in the Patriots’ second preseason game was simply a preseason rotation issue. some form of committee seems likely. While the numbers were not gaudy. he did not have a catch. However. saying he needed to see the doctor. However. but given the team’s personnel at running back.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. P ERCY H ARVIN Coach Brad Childress said he is optimistic that Harvin (migraines) will return to practice next week. so he’ll need to improve in his blitz pickups to secure more third-down duty. If Childress’ optimism proves to be warranted. He did miss picking up . Hill would be placed on IR with a triceps injury.. completing the only pass he attempted. the Dolphins would have to consider dealing him. who is on the bubble of making the Saints’ 53-man roster. Brett Favre played just one series and the Minnesota offense didn’t do much against San Francisco. Thigpen has looked good this pre-season and has solidified the backup job behind Henne. He also got sacked. However. Young looks ahead of Toby Gehart for the backup job to Adrian Peterson at this point. He’s healthy and the Dolphins know what they have in him. T OBY G ERHART Gerhart had four carries for 10 yards and two receptions for 11 yards in Sunday’s preseason loss to the 49ers. It was an impressive performance for Arrington. which was the most important takeaway from this one and he still has plenty of preseason left to shake off the rust. 73 A DRIAN P ETERSON Peterson (hamstring) had six carries for 17 yards and three receptions for 25 yards in his preseason debut in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. so Gerhart remains No. so Berrian didn’t get much action. It’s not clear if he’ll have a sizable third-down role. The Patriots have a deep and (for now) healthy backfield. 3 at the depth chart. New Orleans Saints A DRIAN A RRINGTON Arrington had three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s preseason win over the Texans. Brees led two scoring drives. is going to be an issue for the regular season. often the most telling with regards to how things could shake out lineup-wise come Week 1. so we don’t want to assume anything just yet. but it didn’t look like an issue Sunday. according to the Dolphins’ web site. Berrian could begin the season as one of Minnesota’s top options in the passing game. Harvin’s symptoms can worsen in the blink of an eye. this would seem to indicate that it’s realistic to think Harvin might be ready to go for Week 1. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Monday that P. so his involvement on the first series was notable. Pennington is still the third quarterback at this time. fantasy owners have to be pleased with the team’s scoring opportunities. the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad reports. Although the Saints signed former Packer DeShawn Wynn. On the plus side. which has kept him out of several practices. He may become a bigger part of the offense later in the season. It doesn’t look like his shoulder injury. there are plenty of targets in New Orleans competing for attention and Arrington would have to make up a lot of ground between now and the start of the regular season to have any kind of fantasy relevance.
Bush has looked excellent so far this summer.” E LI M ANNING The 12 stitches in Manning’s forehead were removed Saturday.) R EGGIE B USH Bush gained 49 yards on only seven carries in Saturday’s preaseaon game against Houston. A HMAD B RADSHAW Bradshaw had six carries for 28 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers. With Lynell Hamilton also on IR. Colston was quarterback Drew Brees’s favorite target last year. 3 back on the depth charts for Big Blue. With Mike Bell gone and Lynell Hamilton injured. Additionally. Bradshaw did not start the game (Danny Ware got the nod) as a message from coach Tom Coughlin for being late to a team meeting. While coach Sean Payton prefers to utilize a three running back system. H ILL Hill has been placed on injured reserve due to a triceps injury. New York Giants R HETT B OMAR Bomar completed 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to Pittsburgh. the former Packer will compete for a backup role along with recently signee Ladell Betts and rookie Chris Ivory. However. He has led the Giants in rushing in each of the two preseason games thus far and is looking like the favorite to be the No.J. V ICTOR C RUZ Cruz had just two catches for 30 yards against the Steelers Saturday and muffed a punt. though there hasn’t been any official statement. So far this summer. D E S HAWN W YNN The Saints have signed Wynn. the two reconnected for a few receptions in a quarter of play together. P.J. it’s seems unlikely the NFL would suspend Nicks. coach Tom Coughlin noted Sunday that the Giants’ big running back “feels better today. the offense came primarily from the ground game. M ARQUES C OLSTON Colston caught four passes for 49 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. Thomas should have no problem proving he should be “The Man” this year. He played the entire game for the Giants with Eli Manning and Jim Sorgi both out of the lineup. including a 31-yards screen play that went for a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. Thomas showed excellent vision and running on his scoring reception. The results were mixed for Ivory. Hill and Lynell Hamilton on injured reserve. so this looks like a day-to-day deal.J.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. he was stuffed twice from the one-yard line. It was also nice to see the offense click after a slow start in last week’s game. After missing the 2009 season with an Achilles’ injury. While he received the bulk of the carries (P. once. the injury cost him a chance to compete for the team’s No. 3 RB job. though it remains to be seen how much more work he’ll get in preseason games. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Thomas has played well and could be in for a nice year if he is able to secure the majority of the carries in the Saints’ crowded backfield.3 yards per carry. Given his high number of attempts but general ineffectiveness. With both P. He’s got a chance to make the team as a return man and fifth receiver. although he did convert on a third-and-three run later. An MRI on Jacobs’ stiff neck revealed no structural damage. Brown is certainly not wasting the chances given him this preseason. With Hakeem Nicks ejected from the game for fighting. Bomar did not throw any touchdowns and was picked off S TEVEN S MITH Smith (groin) had two catches for 53 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Steelers. He scored on a nine-yard run up the middle where he displayed a nice combination of agility and power. Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News reports. If this is the case. It’s no surprise that he came down to earth after torching the Jets’ second teamers. Still. he made his presence felt when he did get on the field as he tries to get a leg up on Brandon Jacobs in the battle for the starting job. Also on the positive front. with Rhett Bomar under center instead of Eli Manning. Bush is showing the he has some value outside of solely PPR leagues. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. but unfortunately for Hill. H AKEEM N ICKS Tape of Nicks’ altercation with Steelers cornerback Ike Davis Saturday showed Nicks hitting Taylor in the head (which Nicks claims was part of him finishing his block) and then Taylor throwing a series of punches and Nicks not retaliating. after a tough first preseason game.. the Newark StarLedger reports. the Newark StarLedger reports. P IERRE T HOMAS Thomas gained 24 yards on seven carries and another 38 yards on two receptions. The 74 . Fantasy owners have to feel a little relieved to see Smith on the field after being hampered by a groin injury. Hill was only given six rushes).. Expect Colston to post nice numbers this year as the top option in the Saints’ explosive offense. you might have expected to see Manningham more involved with the offense. He added 21 yards rushing on three attempts. it is difficult to gauge where Ivory stands in his competition with Hill for the third-string running back position. He seems motivated to run north-south rather than side to side and the results so far are encouraging. Manning should be fine going forward. he only averaged 3. the Saints added DeShawn Wynn to their backfield mix Monday. It’s safe to say Eli will still have a job when he returns. While he was not particularly effective on the ground (3. Ivory carried 20 times for 66 yards. A NDRE B ROWN Brown (Achilles) had 13 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Steelers. C HRIS I VORY With Ladell Betts not playing in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. allowing him to return to practice this week. and.4 YPC). B RANDON J ACOBS Jacobs (neck) should be able to practice this coming week. M ARIO M ANNINGHAM Manningham had one reception for 11 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers.
) highlight of the game for Smith was a 45-yard reception over Pittsburgh’s Bryant McFadden. a number he will need to improve upon if the Raiders hope to resurrect their passing game this season. J ASON C AMPBELL Campbell went 10-for-20 for 170 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. The Jets defense lived up to its billing. according to the San Francisco Chronicle. L OUIS M URPHY Murphy caught three passes for 53 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. Ware. 57 yards) but the simple fact he played Saturday and Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not. two were very nearly interceptions. but I also thought I could go last week. The play led to the Giants’ first score of the game. going 5-for-10 passing for just 12 yards. bodes well for his fantasy value. Among Sanchez’ five incompletions. I have a good trust for both of them. according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. especially from their quarterbacks. J OHNNIE L EE H IGGINS Higgins has caught four passes for 56 yards through the Raiders’ first two preseason games.com. and I’ll do mine. so I’ll let them gauge that. he did run for one to . They felt like it wasn’t ready for me to go. but it sounds like he now has even further health issues. Tomlinson basically had one 20-yard scamper and four other touches that didn’t go anywhere. L A D AINIAN T OMLINSON Tomlinson had three carries for 26 yards and two short receptions in New York’s second preseason game on Saturday. complete an impressive opening drive. Rock Cartwright. leaving his status for the beginning of the regular season up in the air. but there is a decent chance the Raiders use him in that spot in their next game. Though Campbell did not throw for any touchdowns. who had a concussion last season. but he will need a strong final two weeks of practice to secure his place. the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. New York Jets S ANTONIO H OLMES Holmes has made a seamless transition into the Jets offense this summer. once he 75 M ICHAEL B USH Bush ran for 26 yards on eight carries in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. Murphy had a decent game. so I took it from them. Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. I was just trying to show them something and I need to wait for this week. We’d be more excited about this news if Holmes wasn’t headed for a one-month suspension to open the year. Campbell has completed just over 50 percent of his passes through the first two preseason games. Heyward-Bey has had a quiet preseason after the coaches raved about his offseason work. Philadelphia Eagles M IKE B ELL Bell (calf) practiced Sunday and should play this coming Friday against the Chiefs. either due to the surgery or to rest. He did not throw any touchdown passes and threw an interception in the game. so his spot on the final roster is not guaranteed. Oakland Raiders M ICHAEL B ENNETT Bennett ran for 64 yards on 15 carries in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. Bush has not put up huge stats this preseason (15 attempts. Higgins caught just 19 passes last season and struggled in the return game. Neither team got much of anything going. and rookie Jacoby Ford also appears to be safe. so a healthy Ford could lay serious claim to the job with a strong performance. M ARK S ANCHEZ Sanchez struggled mightily during Saturday’s preseason win over the Panthers. J ACOBY F ORD Ford (quad) caught two passes for 23 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. The coaches know what they’re doing. in the third running back role. 3 RB gig. Higgins is probably the favorite out of that group. then either Andre Brown or Gartrell Johnson will have an opportunity to claim the Giants’ No. D ANNY W ARE Coach Tom Coughlin said there is “great concern” for Ware in the wake of the concussion he suffered Saturday night. and that’s what I’m going to do. D ARRIUS H EYWARD -B EY Heyward-Bey (soreness) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Bears. and I think deep down inside I knew I wasn’t ready to go. Murphy still has to work on improving his hands a bit to gain the full confidence of the coaches and new quarterback Jason Campbell. Bennett has looked good running the ball through two preseason games.” In any case. Schilens has been dealing with a foot injury since last season. the Daily News reports. C HAZ S CHILENS Head coach Tom Cable said Schilens (foot) may need knee surgery. but you can’t contend for Super Bowls with quarterbacking like that. Raider punt returners combined for just nine yards on four returns Saturday.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. If he ends up missing significant time. The top three receivers on the depth chart are set in stone. When asked if he could have played against Cincinnati this past Friday.. This was not a game for fans of offense. will be sent for further testing Monday. I thought I could’ve. and trust them and let them do their job.. and a couple other players for the last receiver spot on the roster. Bell said. the trainers know what they’re doing. He’ll need something to happen to Shonn Greene before he accrues much fantasy value in 2010. but he also dropped a pass that would have given the Raiders a first down. Schilens will probably miss a few weeks. Ford was not used as a returner Saturday. but it’s still unclear whether the Raiders prefer Bennett or the better special teams player. If both players continue to play well. there is a decent chance they both make the team at the expense of someone at another position. “Yeah. so hopefully he is able to get back to 100 percent by the start of the regular season. You better like the price on Holmes before you play the roster-lock-up game with him. Nick Miller. as well. That leaves Higgins to battle with Todd Watkins.
who could be a candidate to split carries with McCoy. we think he can be special. but this apparent problem will likely correct itself by the start of the regular season. hasn’t seen any preseason action and his practice work has been limited due to calf and hamstring injuries.) returns to the mix. Unless Jonathan Dwyer has truly standout performances in the remaining preseason action.63 percent . B EN R OETHLISBERGER Roethlisberger (suspension) completed 6-of-8 passes for 76 yards in Saturday’s preseason matchup against the New York Giants. particularly in the red zone. McCoy has an unimpressive 14 carries for 50 yards through two preseason games. Despite being a bit banged up in practice this week. Moore took over at running back for Rashard Mendenhall when the starters were taken out. Don’t be concerned with Celek’s lack of preseason production. B YRON L EFTWICH Leftwich threw for 95 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants.than he has in past seasons. He is currently slotted as the No. J EREMY M ACLIN Maclin. so McCoy’s job is not in jeopardy. the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He came out of the game at one point with what appeared to be a rib issue. Dixon ran the offense for the second half of the game. relieving Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter before giving way to Dennis Dixon in the second half. All signs point to Mendenhall being a real workhorse in 2010 as it looks like the team will not spell him too often in goal-line situations or passing downs. Byron Leftwich relieved him in the second quarter. R ASHARD M ENDENHALL The Steelers intend on using Mendenhall out of the backfield more than in 2009. although it’s worth noting the entire Eagles’ run game. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. with the exception of quarterback Michael Vick. has struggled thus far. He had 25 receptions last season. 76 M ICHAEL V ICK Vick was just 1-of-5 for six yards and threw two interceptions in Friday’s preseason game in Cincinnati. but Buckley’s special teams play makes him the more valuable asset. H EATH M ILLER Miller had three catches for 33 yards in Saturday’s preseason action against the Giants. K EVIN K OLB Kolb went 11-for-17 for 126 yards during Friday’s preseason tilt with the Bengals. He has just three catches for 32 yards in two games. but he’ll have value due to his rushing skills in the event of an injury to starter Kevin Kolb. he could emerge as a useful player in TD-heavy leagues.9 YPA is an impressive start but fantasy owners have to be concerned he’s yet to throw a touchdown. Not a bad showing in limited action for the tight end. Roethlisberger started the game and played three series. B RENT C ELEK Celek had one reception for 14 yards in Friday’s preseason game against the Bengals. calf) isn’t able to stay on the practice field. Vick may not be the most efficient or effective passer in the league.. who is dealing with a shoulder contusion. Jackson looks to be fully recovered from the back injury that limited him early this preseason. The starters haven’t reached the end zone yet this preseason and have struggled accordingly in the red zone. “If we can get him out in space. the club may be looking for a more experienced back in case Mike Bell’s injury woes continue. D E S EAN J ACKSON Jackson had four catches for 74 yards in Friday’s preseason win over the Bengals. Bell is slated to back up LeSean McCoy and if he ends up getting touches around the goal line. so beyond defenses rolling coverages to Jackson. He continues to play well in the preseason. but returned and scored on a 12-yard run. if Mike Bell (hamstring. The 7. I SAAC R EDMAN Redman (shin) had six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason contest against the Giants. the Eagles will look to acquire a veteran who will likely take Buckley’s roster spot. Leftwich did not get a lot of time on the field. He was intercepted once and did not throw any touchdowns in his first taste of game action this season. but coach Mike Tomlin has yet to give any indication he has a true chance of overtaking Byron Leftwich for the right to start Week 1. However. carries. M EWELDE M OORE Moore had five rushes for 27 yards in Saturday’s preseason action against the Giants. New Eagles’ quarterback Kevin Kolb has impressed thus far. but Vick did manage to scramble for 34 yards on three . The team is expected to increase his workload in the passing game this year to help offset some of the production lost with the trade of Santonio Holmes. Leftwich remains the favorite at this point to start in place of Roethlisberger in Week 1. L E S EAN M C C OY The Eagles’ first-team offense has elected to throw on six of nine plays in the red zone this preseason. We’ll have to see if Maclin gets out there for Friday’s preseason game against the Chiefs but his presence at practice Sunday is a good sign his shoulder issue is not a major concern. On a positive note for McCoy owners. Eagles’ coach Andy Reid also has the starters throwing at a slightly higher clip . Redman played well in limited action. and is now 17-for-28 for 221 yards this preseason. He also added 27 yards rushing (five attempts). E LDRA B UCKLEY Although Buckley remains the favorite to be the Eagles’ third team running back.” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. but he’s expected to be one of new quarterback Kevin Kolb’s favorite targets this season. 2 back on the depth chart and that is not likely to change (barring injury) for the start of the season. you shouldn’t need to worry about Jackson lacking opportunities to make big plays. Buckley is in a battle with Martell Mallett for the third spot. Mike Bell. His passing performance was awful. which is a possibility.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Pittsburgh Steelers D ENNIS D IXON Dixon completed 7-of-8 passes for 82 yards in the preseason win against the Giants Saturday. is “a little sore but did practice” Sunday.. it looks like Redman will start the season third on the team’s RB depth chart.
he is penciled in as the No. but otherwise he was productive enough for his first game of the year. Hasselbeck engineered two touchdown drives in the first half after he had struggled a bit in the Seahawks’ preseason opener. adding one reception for 13 yards. M ARCUS M ASON Mason had eight rushes for seven yards and added one reception for six yards in the Chargers’ second preseason game against the Cowboys on Saturday. at this point. Mason once again saw more action than Shawnbrey McNeal or any of the other running backs that were thought to be fighting for one of the last roster spots. H OUSHMANDZADEH Houshmandzadeh got the start Saturday in Green Bay despite missing three days of practice last week for personal reasons. Carlson has just one catch for six yards in two preseason games. T. but it was Leon Washington who scored the team’s only rushing touchdown. Sanders has shown signs of being a good option in the passing attack for the future. Seattle Seahawks J OHN C ARLSON Carlson had one reception for six yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to Green Bay. J USTIN F ORSETT Forsett had five carries for 13 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Packers. In the midst of a battle with Justin Forsett to get the bulk of the carries heading into the season. which could actually help open up the passing game. H INES W ARD Ward (hamstring) did not catch any passes in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. V INCENT J ACKSON Seattle has been given permission to discuss contract terms with Jackson as a prelude to a possible trade. However.J. It is looking like Tolbert will open the season as the third tailback behind Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles in addition to his normal fullback responsibilities. with Philip Rivers to take it in himself at the one. it appears the Chargers are prepping the rookie for a big role this season. It’s also possible that Tolbert could be a preferred option in short yardage / goal line situations. San Diego Chargers M ALCOM F LOYD Floyd caught three passes for 47 yards on Saturday against the Cowboys. but the good news is that he is on the field and does not appear limited by the hamstring issues that bothered him through OTAs and camp. Many expect Carlson to be a sleeper and improve from last year’s disappointing season. and a time-share still appears the most likely regular season scenario. Rivers remains a top notch passer in an elite offense.. He was again ignored at the goal line. 4 receiver on the depth chart.) E MMANUEL S ANDERS Sanders caught three passes for 51 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. rushing one time for three yards and catching three passes for 38 yards. Ward has yet to catch a pass this preseason. M IKE T OLBERT Tolbert had 10 rushes for 34 yards and two receptions for 21 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys. Wallace hauled in a 68yard touchdown bomb from Byron Leftwich. and though he is not quite as explosive as Jackson. half and looked pretty sharp. Yahoo! Sports reports. Fullback Mike Tolbert has been carrying the ball quite a bit this preseason. but all signs are pointing to an increased role in the offense for Tolbert in 2010. Rivers played most of the first J ULIUS J ONES Jones was unable to establish himself in the running game in Saturday’s 27-24 loss to Green Bay. M IKE W ALLACE Wallace had two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason win over the Giants. Mathews took the lion’s share of carries. Floyd is very capable of putting up reliable numbers week in and week out.. and he has been busier than fellow fullback Jacob Hester so far this preseason. Sproles also lost a fumble deep in Cowboys territory in the game. M ATT H ASSELBECK Hasselbeck was 11-of-15 passing for 127 yards and one touchdown in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to Green Bay on Saturday. so it looks like they are thinking of retaining just four running backs with Tolbert and fellow fullback Jacob Hester sharing some of the load. Julius Jones added another five carries and 14 yards. Jackson is holding out from training camp while seeking a new contract. The report adds San Diego is committed to trading Jackson since he’s seeking a long-term contract worth $9 million a season. Forsett took the team’s first carries. R YAN M ATHEWS Mathews had 12 carries for 53 yards during Saturday’s preseason game. tallying four receptions for 61 yards. giving some hope to any who are concerned about Leftwich being able to get the ball downfield to the speedy receiver in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran wideout played well Saturday. but it’s starting to look like the Bolts might not actually need a third tailback behind Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Houshmandzadeh finally appears to be healthy into the regular season.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Floyd is the defacto No. 1 receiver in San Diego as long as Vincent Jackson stays away. It will be interesting to see how many and what kind of touches Tolbert gets during the all important third preseason game. Based on early action. and he seems like he is ready for the challenge. Expect Sproles to be a big part of the offense when the real games begin in a few weeks. None was particularly impressive. D ARREN S PROLES Sproles saw his first action of the preseason on Saturday against the Cowboys. The Chargers appear very comfortable with Tolbert carrying the ball. Still. 77 . However. P HILIP R IVERS Rivers was 11-for-15 for 125 yards with an interception and added a one-yard rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak in San Diego’s second preseason game. especially with Chris Baker signed as a blocker to free Carlson to be used in the slot and passing formations. it looks like the Bolts are going to be better at running the ball in 2010. Philip Rivers has a very high level of comfort with Floyd.
Whitehurst had an unspectacular showing Saturday in the loss to Green Bay. He also added one reception for six yards. F RANK G ORE Gore did not suit up for Sunday’s exhibition game against the Vikings. last year’s No. He remains firmly entrenched as the team’s QB3. A NTHONY D IXON With Frank Gore and Brian Westbrook both being rested. in Saturday’s preseason game against Green Bay. A. A LEX S MITH Smith looked sharp Sunday. Feeley still looks like the starter in St. but is just getting a very light workload this preseason in an effort to keep him healthier for when the games actually matter. Louis Rams S AM B RADFORD Bradford went 6-for-14 passing for 24 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Browns. Fells. calming fears that the ultra-athletic tight end would miss an extended amount of time. V ERNON D AVIS Davis (knee) will not play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Vikings but could return to practice next week. Louis at the moment. D ANIEL F ELLS Fells caught a nine-yard TD pass during Saturday’s preseason win.6 YPC mark is obviously quite unimpressive. The Seahawks moved the ball well with starter Matt Hasselbeck in the game but struggled with Whitehurst at the helm. He finished with just five carries for 14 yards Saturday and also caught two passes for 12 yards. the Seattle Times reports. It’s been an up and down preseason so far for Smith. San Francisco 49ers N ATE D AVIS Davis completed 7-of-16 passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns during the 49ers’ win Sunday. However. 2 fantasy QBs available.J. Bradford looked shaky once again in his second preseason game. K EITH T OSTON Toston carried the ball 13 times for 23 yards during the Rams’ win over Cleveland on Saturday night. and both Billy Bajema and Michael Hoomanawanui had two or more receptions and 30-plus yards receiving. 2 and No. Gore is still the undisputed top back in San Francisco. 1 tight end. it could open the door for Sam Bradford to start the Rams’ next preseason tilt. after being sacked four times last week. San Francisco might have found a useful running back. R USSELL O KUNG Okung (ankle) will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his high ankle sprain. but he produced just a 43. F EELEY Feeley is slated to have an MRI on his right thumb. Davis will hopefully be back up to speed soon. Dixon carried 20 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. 3 job is still likely to come down to the last preseason game. He understandably didn’t have many touches. Toston. It was Jackson’s first game action since undergoing back surgery in April. completing 9-of-13 passes for 88 yards.. He’s a deep threat on a run-first team with at least two legitimate passing options ahead of him.J. also adding three catches for eight yards.8 completion percentage and drew a rather critical assessment from coach Mike Singletary afterward. While he may have a third-down and kick-return role initially. Expect coaches to remain protective of their workhorse throughout the rest of preseason. It was Washington’s first game since suffering a broken leg last season. 1 running back during the team’s win over the Vikings on Sunday. has not had a strong camp and needed that TD. with Bradford needing a strong showing in the next couple of weeks for that to change. Ginn was San Francisco’s No. C HARLIE W HITEHURST After playing well in his debut with Seattle. it ended up being his only reception. Darby. but he’s still locked in as the top guy under center in SF and has the potential to be one of the better No. including an 11-yard touchdown run. so the competition for the No. 1 WR. He looked at full strength on his touchdown run and showed a nice burst of speed. 2 RB behind starter Steven Jackson. A. he’ll be a nice late-round flier if he continues to look healthy. and no one else caught more than three passes all game. he’s unlikely to be rosterable this season. who is currently listed as the Rams’ No.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. T ED G INN Ginn caught two passes for 65 yards during the 49ers’ win Sunday. He kept his jersey clean at least. but he looked to be at full speed when he had the ball. He marched the 49ers down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive. He clearly had the best night of the back-up candidates but the competition for the No.) Jones has done little to distinguish himself in the Seahawks’ first two preseason games. Dixon acted as the 49ers’ No. He’s not hurt. Brian Stull of 101 ESPN reports. finally saw some preseason action after being forced to sit out the first game due to injury. Ginn showed impressive separation skills while hauling in a 60-yard catch. an undrafted rookie. but for fantasy terms. It’s uncertain if Feeley will be able to practice Monday. K ENNETH D ARBY Darby ran for 16 yards on five carries during the Rams’ win over Cleveland on Saturday night. CSN Bay Area reports. Despite the signing of Brian Westbrook. L EON W ASHINGTON Washington (leg) had four carries for 19 yards. 1 job seems far from over. Whitehurst played the entire second half and completed 9-of-20 passes for 73 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. remains in the picture for one of the back-up RB jobs and the num78 . a result made all the more impressive by the fact most of the team’s other main offensive weapons weren’t in the lineup. Davis showed off tremendous arm strength while completing a bomb to Ted Ginn that traveled at least 65 yards through the air.. St. for a sixth round pick. Okung’s injury is horrible news for the Seahawks if they are without their rookie left tackle to begin the regular season. Still. Expect Davis to be ready come Week 1. who mostly pointed to preparation issues. The 2. but if the injury lingers. With Vernon Davis (knee) and Michael Crabtree (neck) out. S TEVEN J ACKSON Jackson carried four times for 20 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Browns. and it will take injuries for him to be on the fantasy radar this season.
M IKE W ILLIAMS Williams had three receptions for 44 yards in Saturday’s preseason win over Kansas City. Moss is the only receiver that has an established role heading into the regular season. Willie Parker will get an opportunity to take the bulk of the carries next week against the Jets. Two of his receptions came from backup Josh Johnson. R UDY C ARPENTER Carpenter was 8-of-11 for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ preseason game Saturday night. If his legs can stay healthy this year he has big play potential playing alongside McNabb. He caught four passes for 82 yards and looked comfortable playing with Donovan McNabb. but considering Chris Ogbannaya only ran for six yards on seven carries and Kenneth Darby ran for 16 on five carries suggests this is going to be a battle that comes right down to the last preseason game. C LINTON P ORTIS Portis rushed twice for 14 yards during Saturday’s preseason game. M ICHEAL S PURLOCK Spurlock had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ preseason game Sunday versus the Chiefs. “the current expectation is that he will practice and play (in) Week One. but that’s of course barring a setback. but he could end up fairly low on the depth chart at WR to begin the season. a team spokesman said.. “It’s a huge setback. the Tampa Tribune reports. D ONOVAN M C N ABB McNabb (ankle) was sporting a walking boot Monday..” coach Raheem Morris said after Saturday’s game. which should give some comfort for his fantasy value if Josh Freeman misses regular season games with a thumb injury. when you lose your first quarterback. Portis is a much better pass blocker than Johnson. If Huggins does indeed wind up as the No.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. J OSH F REEMAN When addressing Freeman’s (thumb) status. Spurlock has really been making a strong push this offseason to make the team as a KR/PR and backup WR. The Bucs are not calling it a concussion. obviously. Tampa Bay Buccaneers A RRELIOUS B ENN Benn had one catch for 16 yards Saturday night in preseason action versus the Chiefs. Portis is the man to own in the ‘Skins backfield.” the Tampa Tribune reports. so it’s not a huge surprise that he’s in the walking boot. S ANTANA M OSS Moss looked good on the field during Saturday’s preseason game. He was stuffed against the Ravens. J OSH J OHNSON Johnson was 6-of-10 for 113 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday’s preseason win over Kansas City. the Tennessean reports. Huggins now has 16 carries for 99 yards so far in two preseason games and this combined with his strong showings in both training camp and minicamp will force the team to make some tough decisions. He will make the team as he was a 2010 secondround pick. Still. then he would have some potential fantasy value given Williams’ injury history. Ward’s poor first preseason game led to talk he could be cut and Saturday’s game won’t help.” the Washington Post reports. but he too sounds optimistic that Freeman will be back for Week 1. 2 RB. 79 .. Huggins is the favorite to end up as the No. Another strong performance by the rookie who looks to become a big factor in the Tampa Bay passing game right away. there’s a decent chance Johnson could be Tampa Bay’s Week 1 starter. Tennessee Titans J USTIN G AGE Gage (thumb) has been ruled out of Monday’s game against Arizona. He could force the team to cut the likes of Clifton Smith and Micheal Clayton if he makes the team. which will mean current No. though admittedly he was facing a very strong front seven. but we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the eventual diagnosis. He has been a bit of a disappointment so far this offseason. It is somewhat troubling that he fractured the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand. D ERRICK W ARD Ward had five carries for 11 yards rushing before leaving Saturday’s preseason win over Kansas City with a head injury. 3 RB Clifton Smith are not locks to make the team. He outplayed Larry Johnson in limited action and appears fully entrenched as the starter. At this point. Washington Redskins L ARRY J OHNSON Johnson carried eight times for just four yards during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Ravens. It wasn’t a very impressive outing. With Josh Freeman breaking his thumb in Saturday’s game.) ber of carries he got Saturday tells us the club is very interested in seeing what he can do. As of right now. 2 QB at least the rest of the preseason now that Josh Freeman is sidelined with a broken thumb. K AREEM H UGGINS Huggins continued his strong preseason as he had eight carries for 44 yards in the Buccaneers’ preseason game Saturday versus the Chiefs. What’s unclear at this time is if his availability for Friday’s preseason game against the Jets is in any doubt. Carpenter has looked good this preseason. “We’re lucky. McNabb came out of the locker room following halftime during Saturday’s contest with a large wrap around his lower left leg and ankle. Johnson provided Mike Shanahan no reason to bump him ahead of Clinton Portis on the depth chart. Benn finally caught his first pass of the preseason Saturday. 2 RB behind Cadillac Williams to open the season. but that is being called “precautionary. Gage (thumb) is battling Kenny Britt and Nate Washington for a starting receiver spot this year. Johnson failed to showcase much in his “showcase” game on Saturday. but head coach Mike Shanahan has proven in the past he likes timeshares. 2 RB Derrick Ward and No.” It sounds like the Bucs will get their second-year QB back in time to start the season. We expect him back in the first week of the season and that’s very fortunate. which is reassuring given he will now be the No.