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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

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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

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ATL 6. STL Arrelious Benn. KC Chad Ochocinco. SF Brian Hartline. FA Derrick Mason.RANKINGS BY POSITION QUARTERBACK 1. NYG 19. JAC 4. GB 9. Jahvid Best. SEA 24. NYG Chester Taylor. TEN KICKER 1. ATL 11. John Carlson. CHI Johnny Knox. 26. 72. 33. Jeff Reed. 21. NYG 9. BAL 10. PIT 20. Jason Campbell. Joe Nedney. 54. Pierre Thomas. MIN 15. Olindo Mare. NO 18. Ben Roethlisberger. DEN 11. NYG 9. MIN 21. NE Santonio Holmes. HOU 8. NO Anthony Gonzalez. DAL 6. 46. SEA 13. 75. 40. DET 25. NE 5. 45. CIN 16. Mark Sanchez. PHI 6. NYJ Kevin Walter. DAL Darren McFadden. SF 3. NE Terrell Owens. Randy Moss. HOU Matt Forte. Sam Bradford. Ryan Mathews. CHI 12. 22. 29. IND Jacoby Jones. CLE Julian Edelman. 44. MIN 9. IND Felix Jones. Brady Quinn. IND 20. Stephen Gostkowski. NO Brian Westbrook. SD 8. TB 10. OAK 26. 37. 58. CLE 35. 31. Trent Edwards. CAR 12. David Akers. MIA 17. Frank Gore. CHI Justin Forsett. John Kasay. SF 16. Sebastian Janikowski. Knowshon Moreno. SEA Chris Chambers. Matt Hasselbeck. PHI 13. Matt Cassel. DEN Chaz Schilens. DEN 23. TB Mario Manningham. Steven Jackson. Marcedes Lewis. NO 9. 34. OAK Josh Cribbs. ARZ 4. DET 7. WAS 15. GB 5. DEN 24. Miles Austin. GB 4. SEA Laurent Robinson. NYG 16. Matt Bryant. IND 4. 42. GB T. 63. Tony Romo. 18. Matt Leinart. 41. Dustin Keller. NYG Ronnie Brown. 61. ARZ Marshawn Lynch. 70. NO 3. Lawrence Tynes. MIA Joseph Addai. Ryan Succop. 68. Reggie Wayne. DET 18. 44. Jeremy Shockey. SEA Deion Branch. CAR LeSean McCoy. David Garrard. JAC 19. TB Ben Tate. 19. 51. PIT Devin Thomas. 28. 64. ARZ 28. KC 25. 45. Jason Hanson. Anquan Boldin. NYJ 27. Josh Freeman. CHI 10. NO 19. DAL 8. 41. NYJ 21. OAK C. Bo Scaife. 66. TB 30. 65. SEA 29. Chad Henne. Ryan Longwell. CAR 22. 29. Matt Schaub. Ray Rice. FA Tim Hightower. STL 31. ATL 10. CIN Pierre Garcon. BUF Ahmad Bradshaw. 25. 55. NYG Eddie Royal. DeSean Jackson. 73. DEN 17. NYJ Larry Johnson. 67. 22. PHI Kenny Britt. Fred Davis. JAC 24. 33. MIA 8. DEN Devin Aromashodu. OAK Clinton Portis. Kevin Boss. TEN 23. Billy Cundiff. HOU Marion Barber. 39. TB Michael Bush. Vernon Davis. STL Josh Morgan. Mason Crosby. Matthew Stafford. WAS 17. 59. ARZ 17. PIT 20. DAL 11. Brett Favre. 57. 24. Zach Miller. Michael Turner. SD 7. Todd Heap. Jay Feely. Adam Vinatieri. Sidney Rice. Byron Leftwich. Matt Ryan. Tom Brady. MIN 34. PHI Cedric Benson. BUF 32. 40. CAR 22. WAS Donald Brown. HOU Jabar Gaffney. Phil Dawson. CHI Roy Williams. BAL Jerome Harrison. 60. Jamaal Charles. Michael Crabtree. 39. Visanthe Shiancoe. 38. PIT 7. Steve Smith. 21. Joe Flacco. JAC Malcom Floyd. Nate Kaeding. DAL Donnie Avery. IND 16. IND 11. Robert Meachem. NYJ 22. WAS Devin Hester. 25. PHI 14. CHI Willis McGahee. 32. 74. 24. SF 19. OAK Louis Murphy. 56. BUF Braylon Edwards. 27. Aaron Rodgers. 43. TEN Devery Henderson. OAK 26. Dallas Clark. BAL 21. 26. NYJ 16. CLE LaDainian Tomlinson. NO 3. DAL Santana Moss. IND Antonio Bryant. Kyle Orton. 37. MIN 3. TEN Dez Bryant. HOU 2. MIN Jeremy Maclin. SF 10. Brandon Pettigrew. DAL 15. Tony Gonzalez. 31. 49. Marques Colston. Houshmandzadeh. Heath Miller. GB 2. Vince Young. 42. Carson Palmer. NE 5. ATL 6. CLE WIDE RECEIVER 1. 47. ARZ 15. NYG 17. Eli Manning. DeAngelo Williams. Jake Delhomme. MIN Nate Burleson. Kevin Kolb. CLE Cadillac Williams. 34. PHI 7. 36. KC 14. 48. DEN 14. Jermichael Finley. GB 11. BAL 5. CIN Lee Evans. OAK 12. CHI Mohamed Massaquoi. BAL 18. 47. Calvin Johnson. Chris Johnson. KC Mike Wallace. Jay Cutler. 27. 46. Matt Prater. DEN Justin Gage. 30. Rob Bironas. 43. 71. 38. HOU 8. Drew Brees. CLE 20. Mike Sims-Walker. BAL 5. MIN 7. 50. Graham Gano. 23. 50. TEN 2. Shonn Greene. CAR Brandon Jacobs. 23. Steven Smith. Ben Watson. 35. Brandon Marshall. TEN 12. 35. Alex Smith. MIA Darrius Heyward-Bey. SD 2. CLE TIGHT END 1. CLE 33. Donovan McNabb. Matt Moore.J. DET Demaryius Thomas. 53. NYJ Jerricho Cotchery. IND Steve Breaston. Antonio Gates. MIA Reggie Bush. ATL 13. DET 25. Rashard Mendenhall. Chris Cooley. Larry Fitzgerald. 52. Chris Wells. PIT 15. Hakeem Nicks. BUF Derrick Ward. Hines Ward. PIT RUNNING BACK 1. NO 13. STL 12. Jason Witten. Roddy White. IND 4. 48. SD Austin Collie. KC Ricky Williams. SD 2. NE 3. WAS 23. SF 14. MIA 6. DAL Montario Hardesty. SEA Laurence Maroney. Greg Jennings. BAL Wes Welker. David Buehler. Greg Olsen. Tarvaris Jackson. Brent Celek. Garrett Hartley. Peyton Manning. 32.J. 69. KC 13. Ryan Grant. WAS Donald Driver. MIA Greg Camarillo. WAS Steve Slaton. Spiller. Maurice Jones-Drew. DET 4 . Tony Scheffler. NYJ Percy Harvin. 30. Adrian Peterson. Andre Johnson. Owen Daniels. Robbie Gould. 62. HOU Golden Tate. 36. WAS 18. OAK Bernard Berrian. SD Dwayne Bowe. ARZ Torry Holt. Nick Folk. CIN Jonathan Stewart. Philip Rivers. 49. 28. NE Vincent Jackson. Dan Carpenter. CHI 14. NE Thomas Jones. 20. Kellen Winslow.

TB Neil Rackers. PIT. PIT. LB 43. CB 44. TB. LB 29. Lofa Tatupu. PIT. MIA. David Hawthorne. NO. LB 6. ATL. Cincinnati Bengals 17. LB 34. Nick Harper. Kenny Phillips. Quintin Mikell. S 38. Philadelphia Eagles 15. Baltimore Ravens 5. S 42. Ronde Barber. STL. Tennessee Titans 28. James Laurinaitis. STL. KC. Keith Brooking. Terrell Thomas. MIN. FA. S 50. D. DE DEFENSIVE BACKS 1. S 6. CAR. IND. James Farrior. LB 7. Jerod Mayo. Buffalo Bills 22. CHI. 30. Brian Dawkins. ATL. Green Bay Packers 7. GB. FA. San Diego Chargers 13. CIN LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN 1. S 46. IND. S 32. HOU. LB 10. LB 39. Antoine Bethea. Tyvon Branch. SF. S 36. 28. LB 3. DAL. ARZ. SEA. S 37. Danieal Manning. LB 8. CIN. LB 13. S 29. Kirk Morrison. Chad Greenway. S 21. Stephen Cooper. NYG. CLE. Rolando McClain. Richard Marshall. S 2. JAC Connor Barth. Dashon Goldson. NYG. James Butler. S 13. S 10. WAS. LB 35. SD. CB 35. 29. Denver Broncos 9. NO. CB 30. HOU. GB. Cleveland Browns 24. S 43. KC. DE 40. S 34. LB 27. LB 46. Michael Lewis.J. LB 24. TEN. LB 19. LB 31. SEA. Roman Harper. Dhani Jones. CLE. S 26. S DEFENSE 1. New Orleans Saints 23. CB 39. Patrick Willis. TB. LB 30. Atogwe. NE. New York Jets 2. PIT. TEX. Adrian Wilson. SEA. Kevin Burnett. PHI. Brandon Meriweather. DAL. WAS. LB 2. LB 37. Trent Cole. Eric Weddle. LB 9. S 45. Arizona Cardinals 16. S 18. Seattle Seahawks 29. Donte Whitner. Minnesota Vikings 4. Lance Briggs. NYG. S 25. LaRon Landry. LB 4. DeMeco Ryans. STL. BUF. Andra Davis. James Harrison. LB 20. S 8. Dallas Cowboys 8. Demorrio Williams. S 5. CIN. Chris Hope. Kelvin Hayden. LaMarr Woodley. CIN. Clint Session. Jon Beason. LB 22. SF. S 3. Curtis Lofton. Calvin Pace. Darren Sharper. TB. Michael Boley. S 49. SD. Tanard Jackson. S 15. LB 36. TB. T. S 20. LB 15. Erik Coleman. Kansas City Chiefs 32. 31. Atlanta Falcons 18. DAL. STL Josh Scobee. OAK. Henderson. CB 11. Stephen Tulloch. Eric Berry. Barrett Ruud. Ray Lewis. Jonathan Vilma. Justin Tuck. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27. WAS. Larry Foote. PIT. LB 48. Gary Brackett. Antoine Winfield. BUF. FA. Jordan Babineaux.J. Roy Williams. NYG. LB 16. Reed Doughty. S 40. Bryan Scott. Chinedum Ndukwe. SF. San Francisco 49ers 3. NO. SD. S 34. E. O. DEN. Mike Peterson. Lawrence Timmons. CIN. DET. New England Patriots 10. DeMarcus Ware. BUF Josh Brown. IND. LB 28.J. NE. S 22. CB 41. MIN. Nick Collins. S 19. S 17. LB 18. LB 12. Bernard Pollard. BUF. S 27. Rian Lindell.J. Miami Dolphins 19. BUF. DE 47. LB 50. S 7. LB 14. LB 21. Jared Allen. Keith Bulluck.. LB 32. D'Qwell Jackson. DEN. LB 38. David Harris. Yeremiah Bell. SEA. Gibril Wilson. TEN. HOU. Mario Williams. PIT. London Feltcher. Jonathan Joseph. St. Carolina Panthers 6. Williams. Indianapolis Colts 20. IND. Brian Cushing. LB 17. Ward. MIN. Pittsburgh Steelers 11. S 48. LB 26. Houston Texans 26. George Wilson. LB 11. CB 24. CIN. CB 16.) 27. Jacksonville Jaguars 30. CAR. BAL. HOU Mike Nugent. Paul Posluszny. LB 45. Earl Thomas. Detroit Lions 5 . Melvin Bullitt. CB 28. NYG. S 31. Karlos Dansby. NYJ. Louis Delmas. CIN. IND. PHI. Charles Woodson. Charles Tillman. GB. NYJ. MIN. Dawan Landry.RANKINGS BY POSITION (cont. S 23. CHI. BAL. MIA. Antrel Rolle. DE 42.. JAC. BUF. LB 49. Chicago Bears 14. 32. LB 44. S 12. S 14. ARZ. LB 41. Geno Hayes. Oakland Raiders 21. S 9. Ryan Clark. Bradie James. LB 25. Washington Redskins 12. ATL. S 47. OAK. BUF. Kerry Rhodes. New York Giants 25. LB 23. Mike Brown. Nick Barnett. Keith Ellison. LB 33. Abram Elam. S 4. Louis Rams 31. CHI. LB 5.

26. and also the one completely lost to injury. when he played only eight games. 10. 9. signs point to Stafford being a pretty interesting No. Donovan McNabb. nor is the New Orleans’ offense any weaker this year. Rodgers built upon the success of his first year. 2 QB with upside. Henne qualifies as a No. He still had one of the league’s better interception rates in 2009 (1. Brees has thrown for 34 touchdowns each of the last two years. 12. NO He’s not the first QB on this list. 11. 18. 5. Tony Romo. 14. proceeding this way since 2005: 32. Yeah. IND Manning has thrown the ball at least 550 times in three of the previous four seasons. David Garrard. it’s good to be a little suspicious of any player who sets career highs as a 29-year-old. With Hakeem Niks going long and Steven Smith running underneath. It’s good for Schaub that 170 of those were in Andre Johnson’s direction. 8. talented receivers. which saw him battle turf toe en route to a decreased yard-per-attempt rate (7. 1 quarterback on Philly’s depth chart. NE If you throw out the one giant year. One advantage entering 2010: Brady hasn’t spent the offseason rehabbing. but consider: a full 17 quarterbacks threw more passes than Rivers in 2009. Stafford’s 13:20 TD:INT from last season isn’t particularly appetizing. Alex Smith. CHI Cutler’s poor rate of touchdowns to interceptions (27 to 26 in 2009) doesn’t necessarily speak well of his performance. optimism in the Lions camp. 17.9 down to 6. but that number is likely to regress. JAC It’s appearing more and more likely that Garrard’s 2007. Kolb is likely rosterable even in shallow leagues. 28. That makes Cutler’s gambling worthwhile. That’s what helps separate him from the rest of the pack. 7. increasing his touchdown production (28 to 30) while cutting his interceptions in half (13 in 2008. Tom Brady. so great improvement can’t be expected. The Dolphins already offer a pretty excellent offensive line and varied running attack. nor does that trend seem likely to stop in 2010. Now with a legitimate deep threat in the mix. but between his college performance. Still. either. Matt Schaub. BAL The Ravens have traditionally been a run-first team — that much is obvious. DAL Romo preserved his touchdown total from 2008 (26) while cutting his interceptions by five — this. Carson Palmer. GB In his second year as starter. Still. with the fresh-faced Ryan Mathews replacing a hobbled LaDainian Tomlinson. Brady’s been pretty much the same guy since 2003.9% of all 6 . Fantasy owners might be worried about Manning’s slightly inflated interception totals from last year (16). 4. NYG Manning enters 2010 with something he didn’t have at the same point last year: two dependable. WAS Apart from his 31-TD performance in 2004. That total would’ve placed him tied for sixth in the entire NFL with Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Orton. Rivers has never topped the 500-pass threshold in a season. Peyton Manning. the chances of Rivers surpassing 500 are even lower. Palmer’s TD numbers have been trending the wrong way. 13. the young QB finished the season averaging 35 attempts over his last three games. Relative youth and remaining projectability give him top rank among field generals. Kevin Kolb. No. Eli Manning. instead playing a more controlled game. Joe Flacco. Even with a new team and coach (Redskins. but Palmer is still a Bengal. But with Flacco’s 2009 breakout and the additions of both Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth. Now. 21. Matthew Stafford. which saw him post a crazy 18:3 TD:INT ratio. McNabb has generally been lucky to top the 20-TD threshold. Still. MIA The addition of Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins’ receiving corps — and another year of maturation — makes Henne an interesting play coming to 2010.5). In 2009. PHI McNabb’s departure leaves Kolb as the No. Mike Shanahan) that’s unlikely to change. a quarterback only has so much control over that. 6. most fantasy leagues subtract only a single point for interceptions while awarding either four or six for a touchdown. Chad Henne. HOU Just as Rivers suffers from too-few pass attempts. Philip Rivers. 3. there’s reason to think Flacco’s fantasy stock is on the rise.QUARTERBACK SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. 2 fantasy QB this year. despite playing three more games. ATL Ryan’s success as a rookie was undermined slightly by his sophomore season. Matt Ryan. DET Stafford presents an instance where we might have to continue valuing pedigree over performance. Smith’s 372 pass attempts through 11 games in 2009 would come out to about 541. Jay Cutler. Drew Brees. Schaub’s fantasy value is perhaps overstated by the sheer number of attempts he’s bound to make. SD Rivers has the skills to be ranked higher than this. In fact. 15. That might mean be cause for a slight improvement over last year’s already-fine numbers. and the presence of the very talented Calvin Johnson. 16. With coach Andy Reid’s pass-oriented offense and a decent showing during Donovan McNabb’s early-season rib injury. 1. there’ll be plenty of opportunities for Manning to find targets. CIN Even discounting his injury-plagued 2008. is a significant outlier. with six TDs against only two INTs. Aaron Rodgers. but he isn’t far off. Schaub led the NFL with 583 attempts. SF Prorated over the course of a full year. 2. only 7 in 2009).

2. throwing only 6 interceptions in the team’s final 10 games. 19. makes him a fine bye-week quarterback. In any case. as well: left tackle Walter Jones. he doesn’t appear to be someone to roster right out of the draft. his blossoming relationship with QB coach Alex Van Pelt. ‘08-’09) he’s received significant playing time. NYJ Even though there might be some reasons to be optimistic about Sanchez’ future. but merely average yards-per-attempt numbers suggest that Garrard isn’t exactly fantasy gold. his team did. As of press time. with the departure of Anquan Boldin. DEN Orton has actually improved both his yards-per-attempt and interception rates each of the three years (2005. 23. his lack either of experience or a dependable offensive line make his fantasy prospects dismal for 2010. Bradford probably shouldn’t be picked at all in this year’s fantasy drafts. CLE It’s not entirely clear how Cleveland coach Eric Mangini plans to use Delhomme. TB There was a great deal of optimism surrounding Freeman during the the team’s spring workouts — in particular. Tarvaris Jackson. 33..2 yards per pass. Josh Freeman. combined with his running ability. Young distinguished himself by demonstrating an ability to take care of the ball. who retired this offseason. For what it’s worth. Sam Bradford. 26. Leftwich would probably be about 23 or 24 on this list. That’s as much as you can reasonably ask of a guy. 34. He does have the benefit of a starting role with St. so long as Brady Quinn doesn’t somehow steal it from him. Byron Leftwich. Jackson hasn’t been excellent in his limited time as an NFL starter. it’s unclear whether Favre intends to play in 2010. When he’s played. SEA If Hasselbeck’s 2009 was enough to deter you from picking him. but not someone upon whom to stake your fantasy success. The Panthers went 4-1 over that stretch. as the root of Jackson’s angst is likely the same as Rodgers has been: Brett Favre. Brady Quinn. 20. Jake Delhomme. Fitzpatrick.9. Louis. The only real problem with him is that he isn’t Jay Cutler. Kyle Orton. Ben Roethlisberger. those numbers went to 16:16 and 5. In any case. four — games due to suspension. but he was reasonable efficient as a Redskin. If he does 29. Bradford might be in for a rough year. Vince Young. that “honor” belonged to Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2009. Matt Hasselbeck. but. 21. BUF Though Edwards took the majority of Buffalo’s snaps in 2007 and ‘08. 32. CLE Leftwich presents an interesting case. the year 2010 might not be the one for the USC product. In one full season with the perennially successful Patriots. there’s no additional reason for optimism. CAR Moore took over for the struggling Jake Delhomme towards the end of the season. Campbell’s not a world-beater. Actually. and Brian Brohm. Sanchez finished with the third-worst interception rate in 2009 (5. the player at the top of said depth chart — Ben Roethlisberger — will be out of commission for the first four or six games. the results haven’t been fantastic. No. It’s hard to know exactly what to make of the lefty. Matt Cassel.QUARTERBACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. 7 .9 yards per attempt and toss 8 TDs compared to just 1 INT. but between the Rams’ incompetence and the steep learning curve associated with being an NFL QB. PIT Roethlisberger enters 2010 set to miss six — or. Trent Edwards. at the very least. 25. Cassel had a 21:11 TD:INT and averaged 7. 31. Orton should be the starting QB.. he’s been going in the early-100s in mock drafts. Plan accordingly. making him an intriguing laterround pick. Now he’ll work behind a Raider offensive line that was second-worst in adjusted sack rate last season. Early reports suggests that Delhomme might share snaps with other new signing Seneca Wallace. In his first season with the frequently dismal Chief. respectively. Neither guy really wowed onlookers. KC Let’s be clear about this. which is why incoming coach Chan Gailey has opted to open up the spot to a three-way competition with Edwards. Mark Sanchez.5% of all passes thrown) and averaged only 24 pass attempts per game. starting the team’s last five games. Brett Favre. who hasn’t received anything close to regular playing time the 35. DEN Brady Quinn is on this list because 35 is a better number of quarterbacks to rank than 34. No. 24. Matt Moore. he has no shot of topping the depth chart for his team. STL Though he went first overall in the real NFL draft. 22. Of 32 qualified quarterbacks. That’s not too great. announced his retirement this past offseason. serving as more of a pocket passer while Wallace uses his legs as a more significan threat. Reports out of Denver have Quinn almost definitely starting the season as Denver’s No. Expect something more like the latter in 2010. behind Kyle Orton. compared to a league average of about 3%). Thing is. which saw Moore average 7. widely considered the best at his position for a decade. MIN Favre has become the runaway bride of the NFL. last two seasons. OAK Campbell’s move to Oakland might be a case of bad things happening to good quarterbacks. Unfortunately. Now. TEN Taking over for Kerry Collins in 2009 after the Titans’ poor 0-6 start. Jason Campbell. MIN You think Jackson goes to the same therapist as Aaron Rodgers? It’d make sense. Unlike the 33 QBs ahead of him in these rankings. nevermind. Certainly Freeman has the physical tools to be a fine quarterback. Given a full season of play. Matt Leinart. ARZ Leinart steps into a starting role vacated by Kurt Warner. Cassel didn’t change. 28. 27. 30. but he’s appeared to improve every year in the league. That doesn’t make him a superstar. consider this.) passes. and this year is no exception.

and there’s reason to believe he’ll approach the mark again this year.800 yards and 18 touchdowns — suggested he might reach. That bodes well for Mathews in his freshman campaign. If you conceive of fantasy players in terms of tiers. Though he didn’t quite hit the mark in 2009 (282). but it makes him a valuable fantasy commodity in 2010. 13. signs point to Thomas taking on a feature role in the backfield. and he’s a steal that late. PIT In his first shot at the job. ARZ Though officially behind Tim Hightower on the Arizona depth chart. 8. 1. Ray Rice. KC Charles averaged a freakish 5. 18. BAL Rice is essentially a younger Jones-Drew. Those facts. Between that and the departure of Mike Bell to Philly. Long-term. Wells is very likely the bigger talent — and better fantasy back. CAR As part of basically a 50/50 timeshare with Jonathan Stewart. consider Turner the final member of the top RB tier. Jackson’s talent is undeniable. with the offseason departure of Santonio Holmes. With Tomlinson around? Not likely. Chris Wells. PHI McCoy’s fantasy prospects were promising until late March. 14.3 yards per carry. Wells’ success will be tied to playing time. injuries might be a consideration for Best. Williams is less valuable than if he were a 300-carry back. Jahvid Best. TEN After only topping 20 carries once through the first six weeks. SF Gore still remains a vital component of the Niner offense. 2. Offseason contract issues shouldn’t affect his performance this season. when the Eagles signed former Saint Mike Bell as his backfield partner. but his health and lack of goal-line opportunities (only 4 TDs last season) must be considered. 9. even if he’s unlikely to match 2008’s 377 carries. JAC Jones-Drew won’t get the raw yardage totals of other elite backs.416 yards in 2009. MIN Peterson has played 16 games each of the last two seasons. he’s also a good bet for close to 80 receptions. 3. Despite averaging only 3. Still. Peterson only topped the 100-yard mark thrice. LeSean McCoy.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. DET Though early reports suggest that the rookie Best might be eased into a featured role.9 yards per carry and finished 2009 with 1. but his versatility (50-plus receptions the last two years) and central role in Jacksonville’s goal-line set give him excellent fantasy value. Pittsburgh has talked about an even greater commitment to the ground game. LT still netted 12 TDs in 2009. Jamaal Charles. 16. Chris Johnson. Greene could be a top-5 back. though: despite playing a full slate of games. The main concern with Mendenhall is his durability. NYJ The good news? Thomas Jones’ departure made Greene the principal ball carrier for the Jets. 8 . Michael Turner. despite not seeing significant playing time until Week 9. 10. current backs Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith aren’t ultimately likely to pose much of a threat. finishing with 11 conscutive 100-yard rushing performances. Bell might be in for goal-line situations. Like the former. 15. Still. NO Reports this offseason suggest that Thomas and the Saints are attempting to reach a long-term deal. ATL Turner’s a likely candidate to bounce back. Now. The arrival of Thomas Jones presents a challenge to Charles’ carry totals and goal-line opportunities. 7. The bad? The signing of LaDainian Tomlinson calls that status into question. STL After recording an NFC-high 1. 6. Left to his own devices. and he’s unlikely to match last year’s career-high TD total. but for 2010. There’s probably about as much distance between him and Chris Johnson as there is between him and Rashard Mendenhall.000 yards and eight TDs wouldn’t be surprising totals from the Panther. While McCoy is talented and will almost definitely get somewhere near 200 carries. Still. the fact remains: Moreno carried the ball about 250 times in his rookie campaign and enters 2010 as Denver’s unidisputed numberone rusher. going some way toward addressing concerns about his health. It’s hard to say that’s good for his future in the league. Mendenhall established himself as the primary ball-carrier for the Steelers last season. DEN Playing as a rookie last year. 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. 5. Shonn Greene. 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. Maurice Jones-Drew. Moreno didn’t meet the lofty expectations that his final season with Georgia — when he rushed for about 1. Adrian Peterson. Rashard Mendenhall. Pierre Thomas. as he had fewer than 20 carries in seven of his 13 starts in 2009. 17. He’ s been going 16th among RBs in early mock drafts. 12. Steven Jackson. Rice’s versatility is the key to his fantasy value. Knowshon Moreno. Ryan Grant. and had his best fantasy season since 2006 last year. 11. 1. combined with Moreno’s pedigree. Frank Gore. consider: his carries have decreased every year since a high of 300-plus in 2006. Only thing: Willis McGahee will still likely be taking some goal-line carries. 4. he did in 2008 (312). The departure of Warner and Boldin might very well make Arizona a run-centric offense. One concern remains about his 2009 performance. make him a compelling pick. DeAngelo Williams.120 yards and seven touchdowns. Ryan Mathews. GB Grant is part of a slowly dwindling fraternity: the NFL’s 300-carry club. Still. Johnson was very obviously the cream of the fantasy crop by the end of last season. he appears to be a good play. In addition to something like 1400 rushing yards.

That’s better for the Chiefs than it is fantasy owners. Darren McFadden.7 per carry in 2009. Something north of 220 rushes isn’t out of the question.. WAS The presence of both Larry Johnson and. CAR The analysis of Stewart greatly resembles the one of his backfield partner. Cadillac Williams. DAL According to reports. in the words of Caddyshack’s Carl Spackler. but he’s topped 300 carries for every year he’s been in Washington that hasn’t been injury-shortened. compiling 1. The other part of value depends upon the production of teammate Ricky Williams. It’s hard to say what that mean exactly. NYG After the season. Clinton Portis. Steve Slaton and Arian Foster also look set to take a fair number of carries this season. provided he can handle the rigors of it. He was the fourth pick in the draft just two years ago. Last year. 34.0 in both 2007 and ‘08 to a mere 3. NE Sammy Morris. Williams is a little bit nutso. 36. Laurence Maroney. incoming coach Mike Shanahan has said that Portis is the team’s starter. the injury of which could very likely explain his drop in yards per carry from 5. he’ll almost definitely share the backfield with Jamaal Charles. but the Browns are projected to be runheavy. who topped 1000 yards and 10 TDs in Brown’s absence. 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. Brandon Jacobs. The down sider for Jones is that. which could bode well for Hardesty’s freshman campaign. 28. Fred Taylor. Ben Tate. Ronnie Brown. he’s likely to take on something like a feature role in the Tampa Bay running attack. 32.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. 29. Even a healthy Barber will be a somewhat risky fantasy play. more recently. Felix Jones. Justin Forsett. Even if he only gets halfway back to his previous levels. owing to the increased relevance of Felix Jones to the Dallas running attack. in which he average 4. he was good for over a 1. Slaton claims that offseason surgery to a nerve in his neck will go some ways toward remedying the problem. Jones — now 32 — has rushed for 1000-plus yards in each of the last five seasons. Joseph Addai. Steve Slaton. The good news is that close to half of those (49) came in the final four weeks of the season. It’s hard to be much of a fantasy force in that case. How that translates to regular-season responsibilities remains to be seen.) 19. it’s the other running backs — besides Maroney — who received 50-plus carries for the Pats last season. 20.8 yards per carry. CHI New offensive coordinator Mike Martz has stated that Forte and new signing Chester Taylor will “share duties” this year. Ricky Williams. Is probably not quite the talent as Williams.. who missed time last year to a fractured foot. who’s surpassed the 250-carry threshold in his first two pro years. Matt Forte.659 yards from scrimmage with 10 touchdowns. problems with the fumble saw his fantasy value drop precipitously. OAK The Raiders released Justin Fargas in March. Overall.9 yards per carry — a number that backfield partner Marion Barber is unlikely to approach. Barber played most of the 2009 season with a torn left quad muscle. tying a career high). Cedric Benson. This year. Still. 2 RB option. 9 . For one. so he figures to get the first crack at the starting job ahead of Michael Bush. MIA Part of Brown’s fantasy value depends upon how well he heals from a right-foot fracture that ended his season. Maroney’s nine TDs last season were great but are unlikely to be matched in 2010. Jonathan Stewart. Kevin Faulk: no. Also. 27.402. That’s bad news for Forte. however. now with Kansas City. Thomas Jones. CIN Benson offers the advantage of dependable playing time: in only 13 games last season. DeAngelo Williams: talented runner and fantasy producer who’d be ranked more highly if her were netting something closer to 250 or 275 carries.” Unfortunately. That sounds painful. He enters 2010 completely healthy — something he hasn’t been able to say the previous two offseasons. Montario Hardesty. CLE The early-June OTAs saw Hardesty playing ahead of incumbent Jerome Harrison. 30. Only problem is. IND With the exception of his rookie season. SEA Forsett is projected to share time with Julius Jones this season. Benson provides little in the way of yards per carry (lifetime 3. For now. with the arrival of Ben Tate to Houston. 21.8) or TDs (6 last season. regardless of his ability in the open field. 33. 23. Jones averaged 5. HOU Slaton was a force in his rookie season. Ronnie Brown. KC Though it took some time for his career to get going. it’s not a list of players who retired this offseason. per se. Addai’s numbers have not been fantastic in that category. MIA Williams’ low-ish ranking is less an indictment of his skills. DAL Jones amassed only 116 carries over the course of 2009. and more a recognition of two facts. Jacobs had surgery on his knee. unfortuntely. it’s hard to say how many carries Slaton will see. including 2009’s career-high 1. Benson recorded a full 301 carries. Willie Parker should raise some concerns among fantasy owners about role with the Redskins. but it’s unlikely — barring injury to Jones — that Forsett will see 200 rushes. For two. 35. 24. Marion Barber. returns healthy this season. Barber’s a good candidate for goal-line opps. he’ll be an excellent pick at this point in the draft. 31. So. 22. he’d certainly be ranked higher than this.100 yards and 11 TDs. HOU Tate enters 2010 with a rookie sheen. Last year. 25. “he’s got that going for him. Were he to have a clear path to the starting role. TB Williams is a compelling No. He’s likely to top last year’s 114 carries. leaving McFadden in position to secure the starting running back role in 2010. 26. Still.

Some of that is clearly due to the team’s poor offensive line (Williams himself only averaged 3. Now with the Jets. 43. but injuries have also been a concern for him. BUF To understand Lynch’s value. NYJ “Great 30-year-old running back” isn’t a term you’re going to hear a lot. Ahmad Bradshaw.J. His per-carry numbers have declined every year from an amazing 2006 campaign that also saw him score 28 TDs. but his yards-per-carry numbers don’t really suggest the loss of athleticism you might expect from a 31-year-old back.. 46. 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. Released by the Eagles.) 37. running back timeshares are super annoying for fantasy owners. It’s hard to project his playing time right now.J. however. 38. NYG Bradshaw’s role in 2010 should be very similar to the one he occupied in 2009. Spiller. LaDainian Tomlinson. Tim Hightower. Brian Westbrook. one must first sort out the cluttered running-back situation in Buffalo. his playing time will remain uncertain till the season actually begins. Unfortunately. the departure of Justin Fargas leaves only Bush and McFadden competing for carries in the Oakland backfield. The one with Chicago’s Matt Forte and Chester Taylor is maybe the most annoying of them all.6 yards per carry did little to impress. so long as Joseph Addai is still around and getting about 75 percent of the team's carries. 45. 44. 2 running back fodder for the time being. NO Despite much being made of Bush’s intention to run more often between the tackles. As much as that should make fantasy owners excited about Harrison’s prospects for 2010. 41. Willis McGahee. it’s likley that he just doesn’t have the body to support a larger carry load. Teamed-up like this? Not so much. 39. Chester Taylor. Still.. Spiller. however. which — with his versatility — at least makes Bush a possibility as a No. Expect something like a 65/35 split in the meantime. Hightower enters 2010 as the nominal No. OAK As mentioned in the Darren McFadden outlook. making him valuable beyond his pure yardage totals. but will probably be on the short end of a timeshare. when he shared time with Brandon Jacobs and carried the ball 163 times for 778 yards and 7 TDs. BUF Spiller’s role in the Buffalo run attack will be decided by a couple factors. BAL Willis McGahee will not be the center of the Ravens’ running attack — that distinction belongs to the multi-talented Ray Rice. Michael Bush. Brown is young and had a solid showing while getting about eight carries a game during the 11 games he was healthy last season. 47. IND Brown's not even No. 9 pick C. 10 . Harrison will get carries. CHI Though they’re probably best for the teams involved. isn’t an exception. Both Jacobs (torn meniscus) and Bradshaw (broken foot) had offseason procedures. Spiller — who’s been compared athletically to Reggis Bush — might be an interesting pick as a No. Jerome Harrison. Larry Johnson. but could soon be passed over by his backfield mate.9 yards per carry). As a feature back. 40. Ultimately. that McGahee will be getting time in goal-line sets. Reggie Bush. rushing 106 times (35 per game) for 561 yards (5. 50. Derrick Ward. The good news here is that Johnson was taking the goal-line snaps during spring workouts. the offseason addition of Montario Hardesty basically ruins all those good feelings. suggesting he could accrue touchdown totals beyond what his mere carry numbers would suggest. McFadden’s relative youth and pedigree sets him up as top choice. If Lynch is dealth. WAS The Redskins signed running back Willie Parker In April. CLE Harrison had a crazy last three weeks of the 2009 season. Donald Brown. ARZ As mentioned in the Chris Wells’ outlook. neither he nor Spiller nor Fred Jackson will hold much value. 42. but Ward will likely be on the short side of a timeshare with Williams. either might have value similar to Cedric Benson. not the least of which is how the Bills choose to deal with the difficult Marshawn Lynch.3 per carry) and 5 TDs. Marshawn Lynch. he’ll probably concede a lot of carries to the young and talented Shonn Greene. adding to a crowded backfield that already included Johnson and Clinton Portis.RUNNING BACK SEASON PROFILES (cont. Tomlinson. 2 RB. C. 49. Among the likely scenarios is one which sees Buffalo deal the mercurial Lynch to give time to both Fred Jackson and No. Ward had the chance to take over primary rushing duties for the Bucs last year. Mike Bell’s departure might mean a larger role. If Lynch stays. Early reports suggest. 2 running back on your team. Westbrook has yet to settle on a team. TB With Cadillac Williams down and almost out. running back in Arizona. for however great he used to be. his 3. 48. but might still end up being a goal-line threat.

Brandon Marshall. 13. Still. but he’s not useless by any means. Though he’s skewed more and more towards being a possession-type receiver — recording yards-percatch averages of 15. Calvin Johnson. who took over for Jake Delhomme last season. With Tom Brady and the Patriot offense still in place. This offseason saw the retirement of Kurt Warner and departure. which look like this since 2006: 15. 16. he’s the deep-play threat in one of the NFL’s best passing attacks. The late-season success of Matt Moore. HOU The advantage with Johnson is that. he’s unlikely to top last year’s seven TDs. 2 wide-out — occupies space alongside other teams’ No. the league took note. there’s reason to believe there’s still some upside. catching 83 passes and scoring eight TDs. Anquan Boldin. respectively) there are a couple reasons to like Jennings going into your draft. It’s noteworthy that Meachem — the Saints’ No. Steven Smith. DAL Austin entered 2009 fourth on the Cowboys’ depth chart. won’t ride off into the sunset just yet. Fitzgerald’s chances might be limited. Randy Moss. too. 10.300 yards. he’s almost sure to regress upwards to those two previous seasons. NYG The nice thing about Smith is if you meant to pick Carolina’s Steve Smith and accidentally picked the Giants version. Marques Colston. Now that he’s there he’s likely to stick. NE Moss has led the NFL in TDs in five of 12 seasons in league — and that’s including his time with Raiders. 1. Steve Smith. MIN Rice had a breakout campaign in 2009. 13. as not only does he move out from under the shadow of the very talented Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona.0.200-1. Greg Jennings. Barring injury. 8. 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. NYG Nicks announced in April that he’d played all of last season on a broken toe that required offseason surgery. DeSean Jackson. 14. At 33. Boldin appears to be a lock to exceed his 129 targets from last season. should give owners some reason to believe that Smith. 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. always catching 80-something passes and netting something like 1.2. Even so. 6. 15. you’ve hardly lost anything.5. 3. Moss is a good bet to finish north of 10 TDs. The question is who’ll be throwing passes to Rice in 2010: Brett Favre or Tavaris Jackson. will be the degree to which Donovan McNabb’s departure affects Jackson’s production. 11 . he’s likely to slow down at some point. topping the 100 reception mark in two of the last three seasons. Johnson tied for the league lead in touchdowns. The wide receiver. 12.6. SF It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from Crabtree.2. that’s how Austin will enter the 2010 season. ATL White has been shockingly consistent over the last three season. is expected to be the team’s primary big-play threat on the outside this year. 18. Sidney Rice. MIA Amazingly. who turned 31 in the offseason. 14. CAR Smith has been a consistently excellent fantasy player. Jackson spent 2009 substantially improving his yards per reception and touchdown numbers (by four and seven. The question. 1 receivers. which wouldn’t be all that surprising from a receiver who turns 32 this year. Hakeem Nicks. 17.0. as we only have 11 games of data for him. Larry Fitzgerald. ARZ Fitzgerald hasn’t changed. For two. respectively). That might mark a loss of athleticism. and the receiving corps slightly depleted. 11. and then 11. The former would be much preferred by Rice’s fantasy owners. he’s averaged about eight TDs per year over the last three seasons. Given his usage. 12. Robert Meachem. Colston returned to roughly the same guy he’d been the previous two seasons. Roddy White. despite less-than-excellent talent at Carolina’s quarterback position. but he moves to a team in Baltimore that appears to be emphasizing the pass more. via trade. attempting 510 passes in 2009 after just 433 in 2008. he’d established himself as Tony Romo’s favorite target. 4.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. IND Wayne is without a doubt a talented receiver. Reggie Wayne. NO It took some time for Meachem to find his way into New Orleans’ receiving plans. NO After missing five games in 2008 due to a thumb injury. he possesses excellent physical skills and enters 2010 as the undisputed top receiver in the San Francisco offense.1 last year — the sheer quantity of receptions makes him a top fantasy receiver. DET Two years ago. Just beware of his dropping yardage totals per catch. 14. 9. 5. who should be fine by training camp. Last season. Marshall has recorded more than 100 receptions each of the last three years. GB Though he didn’t reach his TD totals from the previous two seasons (12 and 9 in 2007 and ‘08. Miles Austin. but his team has. For one. This Smith caught over 100 passes last season as a slot receiver in the Wes Welker mode. of Anquan Boldin. And at just age 24. 7. but he’s a good pick in this area of the draft. His TD total of 11 from 2009 may not be repeatable. He’ll likely be that guy again in 2010. 81 receptions later. PHI After bursting onto the scene in 2008 with 62 receptions.5. Michael Crabtree. Andre Johnson. 2. BAL Things are looking up for Boldin’s draft stock. but this season probably isn’t it. of course. With Matt Leinart likely at the helm. sometimes assigning up to three players to Johnson on any given play. 12.

Dwayne Bowe. Lee Evans.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. What’s kept him from the ranks of the fantasy elite is the lack of TDs: only about five per year. and TDs. 33. That’s a little less exciting than being Green Bay’s or New Orleans’ top receiver. SD Floyd’s value spikes greatly with the news that hold-out Vincent Jackson. Malcom Floyd. Dez Bryant.) 19. With the arrivals of Mike Shanahan and Donvan McNabb. He’ll once again be working opposite Greg Jennings. the No. WAS The other Moss. 23. 20. that’s kinda like being the coolest guy to be playing World of Warcraft: it’s something. 35. 12 27. Harvin is just 22. hasn’t been totally healthy for the past two seasons. He caught only 47 passes in 15 games last year. but in 2008 he had a career year with the Bucs. He’s older (32 this year). and his numbers declined.. Braylon Edwards. 32. Percy Harvin. though: youth. expecting any improvement from Housh is probably foolish. then Maclin is probably nothing more than a decent No. 112. 34. DAL The 24th-overall selection in this year’s draft. 31. age-related. With Miles Austin. Anthony Gonzalez. Roy Williams. the presence of Reggie Wayne. racking up 83 receptions for 1. Bryant will now line up opposite Chad Ochocinco in the Bengals’ offense. In other words. and tight end Dallas Clark make Garcon’s fortunes in 2010 difficult to predict. 79. 78. considering he certainly has the physical ability to occupy a starting spot on the Titans. Bryant might have a problem getting targeted. Pierre Garcon. in fact. Santana Moss. Jeremy Maclin. with star fantasy QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. In the meantime. but he’s still a draftable option. 90. Antonio Bryant. He had just over 1000 yards receving and 7 TDs in 2009. It’s probably best to consider him a No. Mike Sims-Walker. Something in the 72-75 area appears most likely given those numbers. His 16 TDs from that season now mark equal exactly half of his TD total over . but it’s not something much. Chris Chambers. he missed five games between injury and suspension. Houshmandzadeh. With Holmes gone. Chad Ochocinco. making him one of the more successful — and more fantasy relevant — receivers over that time period. CIN Ochocinco caught at least 87 passes between 2003 and 2007.J. for sure. SEA Housh’s reception totals since 2004 make almost a perfect bell curve: 73. if those procedures are. IND Garcon is a bit hard to read at the moment. though. 26. PIT Last year. 25. Harvin has one big advantage. that shouldn’t change. that’s about it for Driver. Donald Driver. One thing: QB Ben Roethlisberger’s six. CIN After two years in Tampa Bay. respectively. Unfortunately. 1 target of secondaries. as his 42 receptions and 701 yards suggest. will most likely not appear in a Charger uniform till after Week 10. of Driver’s age (now 35!) starting to catch up with him. Ochocinco’s 2009 merited only 72 receptions. That’s a less awesome alternative. Ward and Santonio Holmes each accounted for about a quarter of all targets — by far the highest percentages on the team. However. The pair had similar totals for targets. Hines Ward. The absence of Terrell Owens will make Lee Evans the probable No. Just don’t bank on it.. and also the No. Last year. PHI However you feel about new Philly QB Kevin Kolb ought to inform how strongly you feel about Maclin. but managed a full 11 receptions in last year’s AFC Championship game. GB Driver had a pair of offseason knee clean-up surgeries — a sign. perhaps. 28. that responsibility will fall to the 6-foot-6 Floyd. 92. If not. If he plays 16 games and approaches 2008’s 162 targets. It’s unlikely that the 32-year-old will reach the frenzied heights of his peak. receptions. The latter fact establishes something like Garcon’s upside. life doesn’t usually work out that cleanly. Austin Collie. but it’ll do in a pinch. he’ll be worth a pick in this area. and plays for the Chiefs. 2 receiver. who’s coming off his sixth straight 1. then Maclin is a good bet to surpass his rookie production. Santana has no problems catching passes. now 34. Still. He’s averaged just a hair under 80 receptions in his five years with the Redskins. Despite playing a full slate of games. 21. 22. 3 wide receiver for you. 30. While Berian will play most of the season as a 29-year-old. NYJ Edwards’s 80-catch season with the Browns back in 2007 is getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror of his career. and even Patrick Crayton in the mix. TEN Britt came to spring practices out of shape. 3 receiver with upside at the moment. KC Chambers isn’t a terrible pick.000-plus receiving yard campaign.248 yards and seven touchdowns. JAC Sims-Walker enters the season as the top receiver on the Jags. He was slowed by knee issues last season. Look for him to improve significantly on last year’s single touchdown reception. KC Bowe would be a truly excellent buy-low candidate if there were a guarantee he’d be starting this season. If Kolb is roughly the same as Donovan McNabb. That’s unfortunate. 1 wide receiver in San Diego. Whether 2010 is “the future” in this case remains to be seen. T. but he does have a bit of meh about him. Bryant will likely be a contributor at the NFL level at some point in the future. his five-year career. 24. MIN Just by the raw numbers. No. Harvin doesn’t look much different than Minnesota’s other challenger for No. Kenny Britt. He’ll probably get picked in your league. 29.or four-game suspension will leave Byron Leftwich in charge of the offense. Bernard Berrian. Perhaps a full year with the Jets — and a more experience Mark Sanchez — will bring Edwards success. might actually be in line for more receptions than in recent years. but he probably won’t play a whole bunch for whomever wins. Ward. but there’s little reason to believe Seattle’s aerial attack will be much improved this season. BUF Evans was very probably the best fantasy player on the Buffalo Bills last season. 1 receiver.

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. On the one hand. Mark Sanchez. Of course. In fantasy terms. reports have him missing the first six weeks of the season. Unfortunately. 2 receiver on a team with Andre Johnson is a mixed blessing. it’ll be Mark Sanchez (and not Ben Roethlisberger) throwing passes to him. on the other. but Edelman should have plenty of opportunties anyway in New England’s passheavy offense.. Welker is a high-volume receiver. Yes. 38. Fantasy owners should watch the situation. 50. 59. Strike one: he’ll be missing the first four games of the season due to suspension. 3 receiver. FA Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus has linked the wideout to a number of teams in the offseason. 13 . CHI Knox and Devin Hester were named the “two starters” at wide receiver by offensive coordinator Mike Martz. a question. Jerricho Cotchery. Terrell Owens. That might be optimistic. which finished 23rd).) 36. Playing opposite new acquisition Anquan Boldin should help him get open. 27. it suggests less emphasis on the passing game for the Steelers. consider him nothing more than a No. 40. on the other. Yes. Johnny Knox. he’ll almost definitely become a starter. When healthy. which isn’t too bad given that he was fourth on the depth chart heading into the season. Holt went from aging free agent to Official Member of the New England Patriots. 3 receiver. about 10 percent of the Sanchez’s completed passes ended up in the arms of the opposition. 44. Jackson has improved by at least nine receptions in every year of his career. Mike Wallace. NE After offseason surgeries to both his ACL and MCL. Julian Edelman. 49. Edelman looks set to take over Welker’s slot receiving position. 42. HOU Being the No. Mason has topped 1000 yards receiving and 5 TDs each of the last three years ago. including Cincinnati. Steve Breaston. too. BAL At 36. IND There are a lot of passes to go around in Indy. 3 receiver in standard leagues. the absence of Wes Welker is likely to create opportunities for Holt to catch passes. 46. Strike two: when he returns. ARZ The departure of Anquan Boldin creates a vacancy at a starting wideout position that will almost definitely be filled by Breaston. 47. albeit one with low TD rates.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. Johnson is so amazing it kinda doesn’t matter. 39. With Gonzalez returning and third-year receiver Pierre Garcon also in the mix. Welker’s status for the 2010 season is up in the air. Mason seems likely for a decline. his yards-after-catch average of 3. it should give Wallace a bigger part in the offense. Wes Welker. but there are also a bunch of receivers. 68. Factor in the likelihood of coach Rex Ryan going to young running back Shonn Greene and the much older LaDainian Tomlinson with some frequency.. though: the installation of Matt Leinart at starting QB will likely mean a less dynamic passing game in the desert. Devin Hester. 43. Austin Collie. and Washington. If he gets the playing time. 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. As of press time. Comparisons have been made between the two in terms of quickness. One concern about Knox: despite excellent speed. Derrick Mason. Johnson draws a lot of attention. Enthusiasm should be curbed. Santonio Holmes. PIT The departure of Santonio Holmes should prove to be a doubleedged sword for Wallace. Collie’s fantasy value is currently lower than his true talent. He’s caught 50+ passes each of the past two seasons and looks set to catch even more this year. Jackson’t contract dispute will greatly affect his fantasy value. either. NE This offseason. having won offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s confidence during spring activities. 41. he’s still a viable (if low-end) No. here’s when Jackson will most likely start playing in 2010: not till Week 10. NE With the injured Wes Welker unlikely to make a regular season appearance this season. 48. Collie caught 60 passes in 2009 thanks to the absence of injured WR Anthony Gonzalez. 41. 45. CHI It appears as though Hester has avoided being pigeonholed as merely a talented kick returner. Given the increase in snaps and targets. however. The question is whether he’ll take advantage of it. The move certainly makes him a more interesting target for fantasy owners. WAS The opportunity is there for Thomas. the talented Holmes has at least two strikes against him from a fantasy perspective. As of press time. 37. CLE Massaquoi finished the season as the Browns’ top receiver with 34 receptions for 624 yards and three scores. When he does sign. as Devin Aromashodu is likely to get decent playing time.4 last season puts him in the bottom half of receivers. and Cotchery profiles as a bye-week No. Jacksonville. too. New England ranked fifth overall in pass attempts in 2009 (compared to Holt’s more recent team. being the best on the Browns isn’t necessarily so hot in terms of fantasy value. Vincent Jackson. NYJ The concern about Cotchery are the same for any Jet receiver: the man throwing the ball in New York. How he’ll perform when he returns is also. 2 wideout this season. NYJ Heading into the season. Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension is also cause for concern. Mohamed Massaquoi. one could’ve made a very similar comment three years ago — and been very wrong in doing so. Torry Holt. Kevin Walter. 51. Oakland. it makes sense to figure Breaston to catch something like 10-20 more passes in 2010. As a rookie. though. who’s slated to be Washington’s No. For one thing. Devin Thomas. On the one hand. obviously. For another. SD Here are Jackson’s reception totals since his rookie season in 2005: 3. Of course. Owens has yet to sign anywhere. The emergence in 2009 of WR Jacoby Jones isn’t helping Walters’ value a whole bunch.

it’s not so friendly to the fantasy owner where wide recievers are concerned. is limited by the number of opportunities he’ll receive. Consider him a waiver wire option in the event that injuries or Martz himself shake up the depth chart. Thomas has actually found himself in a pretty good situation. neither QB Josh Freeman nor the Tampa offensive line inspire much confidence. NO Henderson actually had his best professional season in 2009. 61. Royal put up some crazy numbers. CHI New offensive coordinator Mike Martz indicated in May that his “two starters” at wideout are Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Moreover. SEA Branch hasn’t become the go-to receiver Seattle thought they were getting when they signed him to a $39 million. DEN A first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He enters 2010 as the probable No. Eddie Royal. maybe. he might work as depth on your roster. The other problem is. Denver actually has a decent passing attack — even with Kyle Orton running the show. 2 entering training camp. Berrian was. Houshmandzadeh. beating his previous high in targets (56) by almost 30.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. with more upside. at one point. 1 receiving duties to teammate Miles Austin by year’s end in 2009. 63. Gonzalez returns in 2010 to more crowded receiving corps. but he is a member of a stable pass-heavy offense. his YAC and TD numbers (5. he could be a pretty great No. 54. 62. 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). DEN As a rookie in 2008. The idea is that Burleson will receive enough attention to allow Johnson more opportunities. The problem is. The problem is. IND After hurting himself in Week One last year and missing the rest of the season. but so long as he’s not relegated merely to thirdreceiver duties. but Sammie Stroughter and fellow rookie Mike Williams both impressed. Golden Tate. 56. 66.J. catching 91 passes for close to 1. 1 receiver is good. He’s not a draft target in standard leagues. Nate Burleson. He’s not worth a draft pick. 3/bye-week option in 2010. Gaffney is the guy to fill it. that’s become a trend in his short career. Even so — and despite playing in only 14 games — he was targeted 48 more times than second-most thrown-to receiver Bryant Johnson. 59. 67. In theory.. six-year contract in September of 2006. the departure of Nate Burleson and the arrival of new coach Pete Carroll could create opportunities for Branch in 2010. Though he conceded No. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak made it clear this spring that he expects Jones to challenge Walter for a starting job. being on the Raiders probably isn’t. he’ll have rookie QB Sam Bradford running the offense in 2010.9 and 7. TEN Gage suffered multiple fractures to the vertebrae in his back and missed most of the second half of last season.) 52. Jacoby Jones. Johnson was frequently triple teamed by opposing secondaries. Jabar Gaffney. Even then. The one plus here is that Indy throws the ball a lot. 1 receiver on the Raiders. He becomes part of a Seattle receiving corps populated by decent but unimpressive names: T. HOU While Kevin Walter is the nominal No.1%) than 2009’s (46. receiver for Minnesota. Williams might actually be a bit of a sleeper entering 2010. Brandon Marshall’s departure could mean more targets for Royal. Being a No. The rookie Benn looked to be assured of a starting receiver spot entering spring camp. Anthony Gonzalez. as Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon also contend for targets. It’s not necessarily a reason to draft Jones. SEA Tate was the 60th-overall pick in the 2010 draft. 14 60. As such. Chaz Schilens. STL Avery finished the 2009 season with 589 yards receving and five touchdowns — both team-highs among wideouts. 1 . TB Everything is up in the air for Tampa Bay’s passing attack in 2010 — everything except quality passes. However the WR situation breaks down. Devery Henderson. the wideout averaged fewer than three receptions per game. Deion Branch. That’s not a good sign for Aromashodu’s fantasy value. DEN Brandon Marshall’s departure to Miami leaves a gaping hole atop the Bronco receiving depth chart. Deion Branch. though. It’s likely that he never was that receiver.. 58. 1 receiver and Eddie Royal is younger. Devin Aromashodu. Mario Manningham. 65. With Brett Favre still a question mark at press time. DAL As much as it’s possible for a former seventh-overall draft pick. Donnie Avery. Berrian’s prospects aren’t entirely promising. considered a likely No. 1 receiver Calvin Johnson than he is to fantasy owners. and only Eddie Royal and Jabbar Gaffney in his way — Thomas might actually find himself a targeted pretty often this year. and Deon Butler. Roy Williams. Still. In 2009. Bernard Berrian.8%). he’s never really profiled as a No. most likely. His yards per target (8. With the departure of Brandon Marshall — that. respectively) were either at or near career highs. 55. finishing second in pass attempts in 2009. NYG Manningham looks to be a candidate for future fantasy success.3) and relative youth (only 24) suggest a talented receiver with upside. 64. Last year. DET Burleson might ultimately be more important to Detroit No. 53. Demaryius Thomas. The trick will be coming closer to 2008’s catch rate (64. MIN Think what you want about the “trickle-down” theory in economics. he was only healthy for about half the season. Justin Gage. An impressive showing in training camp could catch coach Pete Carroll’s eye and his confidence. Both Hakeem Nicks and Steven Smith figure to get more looks. 57. but it could be good enough to keep him on your radar in the early weeks of the season. more of the same. he might be a bit of a forgotten man in fantasy circles. OAK Last year.000 yards receiving. Arrelious Benn. Manningham’s value for 2010. What to expect of him in 2010? Likely. 68. Now he’s third on the depth chart. Given even a decent number of targets.

but with no real position to speak of. Obviously. and the winner will have value as a bench player in standard leagues. mostly JaMarcus Russell) has a completion rate below 50%.) 69. 75. OAK Murphy netted an impressive 97 targets last season. Louis Murphy. 2 receiving duties. The bad: the team in question is the St. Louis Rams. OAK The news from the Raiders’ spring OTAs is that Heyward-Bey is a much improved. 72. Josh Morgan. MIA The prognosis on Camarillo is almost exactly the same as the one for fellow Dolphin Brian Hartline’s: Marshall is the No. Louis was tied for third-worst in receiving TDs last year with (12). Laurent Robinson. No. in which role he’s recorded at least one TD in each of his five NFL seasons. one needs to take offseason praise with a grain of salt. Hartline’s primary opposition. The former’s targets nearly double between his rookie and sophomore seasons. at worst. His production as a wide receiver has been considerably more spotty. but when the praise comes from a head coach — in this case. Davone Bess will likely man the slot. Tom Cable — it carries a bit more weight. 74. but when the guy throwing the ball (in this case. Reports also suggests that the wideout has established on-field rapport with incoming QB Jason Campbell. 1 — or. as the installation of Alex Smith at quarterback appeared to spark production in the latter half of 2009.WIDE RECEIVER SEASON PROFILES (cont. Darrius Heyward-Bey. SF San Francisco’s offense is an interesting one coming into 2010. 2 spot. 1 receiver. that’s doesn’t mean as much. Josh Cribbs. This season sees the arrival of a new quarterback but a similar offensive line and perhaps too much competition in Darrius Heyward-Bey. Receiver Davone Bess is likely destined for the slot position... opposite second-year man Michael Crabtree. Cribbs has made his name primarily as a return man. St. 70. 71. It’s hard to see that number getting much better with rookie QB Sam Bradford at the helm. Greg Camarillo. It’s a battle that probably won’t be decided till preseason. MIA The acquisition of Brandon Marshall means that Hartline will be competing for the No. 2 receiver position will be decided in camp. and the No. 73. CLE Cribbs is the type of player you’ll see occasionally in the League: wildly athletic. Brian Hartline. 2 — receiver. which means that Greg Camarillo is 15 . Morgan appears to be in line for No. STL The good: Robinson is his team’s No.

7. an upward trend in production. and has increased his targets each of the last three.7% of passes inside the 20-yard line. He’ll turn 30 before the season. Still. It’s not a lot of data off which to make a serious investment. 13. 12. Don’t be one of those people. 11. Jason Witten. Zach Miller. Visanthe Shiancoe. IND Along with Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis. ATL If you’re looking for value.3% of passes overall. Winslow’s numbers will suffer accordingly. as well. Chris Cooley. 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. it’s something that generally correlates to touchdown scoring. Thing is. it comes down to which of Finley’s “seasons” you think is the one indicative of his talent. In his two starts. the team’s red zone philosophy is likely to change. but it’s possible that Cooley’s fantasy value won’t recover from something else — namely. As of press time. the plus side. 61. Kolb targeted Celek a full 20 times — close to 20 percent of Celek’s season total. 8. 5. ahead of names like Antonio Gates. Finley and Witten. he’s no lock for fantasy dominance. was injured and Gonzalez actually received more red zone targets in 2009 (25) than he did in 2008. but just 9. but the upside is there. Unfortuntely. 15. WAS Cooley was targeted over 95 times every season from 2005 to 2008. Mock drafts have him going sixth at his position behind Gates. respectively) in 2009. 3. 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. HOU By standard scoring. He’s now recovered from the ankle injuryt. Here are his receiving yard totals: 118. 16. Clark rounds out the top tier of fantasy tight ends. but age shouldn’t be an issue. Matt Ryan.TIGHT END SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. NYG Boss has something that fantasy owners like to see in a player — namely. Witten doesn’t appear to be integral to the Cowboys’ red zone offense: he was targeted on 23. Unfortunately. accumulating seven TDs after 2008’s five TDs. Miller is a victim of his team’s incompetence. and Davis will remain a big part of the offense in 2010. and Kellen Winslow. Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect an encore performance of 2009’s 100-catch season. Here are Miller’s target numbers over the last five years: 52. OAK Miller’s reception totals and receiving yards have increased each of the last three seasons. over which span he was targeted 21 times. finishing with more than 80 catches and 950 yards in all three. Owen Daniels. Brent Celek. Some peopel will mark him down because of age. Jermichael Finley. Other fantasy owners might not remember his hot start in 2009. Dallas Clark. fewer than either Vernon Davis or Visanthe Shiancoe. The Raiders scored all of 10 passings TDs last year — i. SEA Carlson’s sophomore numbers were almost idential to those from his rookies season. 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. as he posted 51 catches (versus 55 in ‘08) and 574 yards (versus 627).e. 69. Heath Miller. Antonio Gates. Otherwise. Clark. Greg Olsen. On . if not a week-in. and then his last seven games. 1. Last year. Davis. he tore his ACL in Week Eight and was done for the season. and topping 90 catches and 1000 yards in two. with Mike Martz now in charge of the Bear offense. 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. when he scored 10 TDs. but he’s probably a smart pick as a second TE late in drafts. you’ll be hard-pressed to find any with Gates. That’s not good from a fantasy perspective. TB The Tampa Bay offense certainly isn’t one that you’d describe as “dynamic. Gonzalez is likely your man. he’s a good bet to settle somewhere between there and 2008’s 77 receptions. SD If you’re looking for warts. Carlson is right there on the cusp. and the same as Dallas Clark. CHI Olsen was the most-targeted tight end within both the 10-yard and 5-yard lines (17 and 10. as the pair connected for 10 touchdowns during the 11 games in which Smith played. 53. SF Davis developed an excellent rapport with quarterback Alex Smith. Brent Celek. Vernon Davis. 65. Here are Boss’s target numbers for the past three years: 14. It’s always possible that he could match that number in 2010. during which his name was called 50 times. is that Carlson continued receive looks in the red zone. 98. Kellen Winslow. Of course. 4. And even though that didn’t translate into tons of touchdowns (eight). Daniels is reported to be on time for training camp in July. 10. 567. GB Finley basically had two seasons last season: his first six games. the two look set to split time. Unfortunately. 55. DAL Witten has been spectacularly reliable the last three season. 14. PHI Celek finished in the top five among tight ends last year in both receiving yards and touchdowns. As of press time. he was on the same sort of pace until he went down with a broken ankle in Week Seven. as he’s become more of a focus in the Oakland offense. Really. the emergence of Fred Davis at tight end. too. he’s basically a lock for 70-something receptions and eight or nine TDs. Shiancoe has scored 18 TDs over the last two seasons. But like the even more talented Kellen Winslow. John Carlson. Nor ought the installation of Kevin Kolb at quarterback (with the departure of Donovan McNabb to Washington) change that too much. 2. his quarterback. Daniels finished last season third in fantasy points per game. Tony Gonzalez. 384.” As such. Kevin Boss. All in all. 16 9. week-out fantasy play. The good news. 6. Smith should be back at quarterback next season.

that might end up actually being a good thing for Watson.e. JAC There’s nothing too exciting here. Scheffler will provide depth at tight end while incumbent Brandon Pettigrew recovers from knee surgery. Scheffler had shown numbers worthy of at least a bench spot on a fantasy team. Though Cleveland’s offense ius unlikely to be anywhere near as productive as the Pats’. NYJ Keller has caught just shy of 50 passes each of the last two years. it’s unclear whether Pettigrew will be available either for training camp or the beginning of the season. in the two years after. and has never scored more than two touchdowns. for just over 500 yards receiving in both cases. 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. 23. Todd Heap. Dustin Keller. it’s tough to imagine Keller getting the number of opportunities required of a draft-worthy tight end. Considering last year’s numbers. 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. when he recorded 562 receiving yards and two touchdowns. but it’s never really translated into fantasy excellence. however. 22. Ben Watson. Now with two rookie tight ends in the fold. Surgery was successful. there’s reason to think that Pettigrew could be good for 600 yards and four or five touchdowns over a full 16 games. 18. The TD totals have never been high. TEN If not for an early-season knee injury. in particular. Scaife would’ve very likely had a similar season in 2009 as he did in 2008. Davis appears set to split time with Cooley this season. but given the injury. he has the other Zach Miller (i. BAL Heap’s fantasy production has never really recovered from an injury-shortened 2007. 20. Tony Scheffler. not the one on Oakland) competing with him for playing time. 25. Though both would be singlegame highs for the season. Jeremy Shockey. Bo Scaife. Lewis has been in the league for four years. 24. only about 70. During the two years prior. 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.. DET Pettigrew’s 2009 came to an end in Week Twelve when he tore his ACL against Green Bay. which means he’ll probably never be a fantasy starter. Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. thus making both risky fantasy picks. WAS Washington’s starting tight end Chris Cooley was forced to leave the Redskins’ Week Seven contest against Philadelphia with a broken ankle. Marcedes Lewis.. In the same game.TIGHT END SEASON PROFILES (cont. CLE After spending the first six years of his career with the Patriots. 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. Now. but what seems like an understanding between him and QB Vince Young could gain him more targets and the yards that go with them. 21.) 17. Those aren’t bad 17 . Brandon Pettigrew. NO Though Shockey certainly has some memorable exploits — both on and off the field — in his past. 19. Traded to the Lions this offseason. he had averaged 114 targets. who was more or less buried by New England’s considerable talent. Watson signed a multi-year deal with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. has never been targeted more than 71 times. Fred Davis. Heap looks set for nothing more than bye-week relevance. His perfomances around the goal line. Before that.

4. for two. Buehler has yet to make — or even attempt — a field goal in the NFL. Nate Kaeding. the league-best Jet defense allowed 14. Much of his production came with Vince Young leading the offense. David Buehler. 3. PHI Ideally. Rob Bironas. Ryan Succop. That’s because he spent all of last season as Dallas’s kickoff specialist. If anything. that was on a team with an injured quarterback (Matt Ryan) and injured running back (Michael Turner). Gostkowski still ranked a solid sixth in kicker scoring.KICKER SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. Fewer Bear turnovers will equal more scoring possessions. Adam Vinatieri. NE With Brady back under center. Prater’s worthy of a draft pick. 10. averaging only 14 points per game over that stretch. The one concern — as is usual for kickers in the Meadowlands — is the wind and cold of Tynes’ home stadium. Lawrence Tynes. MIN Longwell’s 2010 production will be tied. That’s not to say his job was completely safe: as late as October. Why? Well. The offense will likely be without WR Vincent Jackson for 10 games. regardless of who he is. 9. too. to Brett Favre’s annual decision to play another year or retire. TEN The Tennessee Titans lost their first six games of the season. the Patriots offense improved by seven touchdowns last year. good for second in the NFL. but there’s no need to reach. for Akers’ potential owners. With Charlie Weis installed as the new offensive coordinator and Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones likely to form an above-average running tandem. 6. either. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm in Green Bay — and a largely unchanged offensive unit — those totals figure to be roughly stable. Tynan returned to full-time duty in 2009. year-out offensive production has been more the product of coach Andy Reid’s schemes and less the product of Donovan McNabb’s talent. There are other reasons to be less bull-ish on Prater: the departure of WR Brandon Marshall. then Bryant’s probably a good selection among the latter kickers. the Saints installed Hartley. Young will lead the offense in 2010. Of course. If those two guys are right in 2010 and put up numbers more like their respective 2008s. 8. for one. the Saints are too efficient in their TD-scoring. during which time league average has generally settled around 40. there’s this: Miami scored touchdowns on 64. but the replacement of the aging LaDainian Tomlinson with rookie Ryan Mathews will likely help balance things out. Garrett Hartley. Two. undraftable. The quarterback’s track record suggests the former is likely — especially after playing well in 2009 — but the alternative. 13. 5. But after Nick Folk and Shaun Suisham were unable to distinguish themselves. Mason Crosby. If the former is the case. Unfortunately 18 .75 points per game. but his prorated fantasy production would’ve only left him in the middle of the pack — and thus. whomever’s replacing Brandon Marshall. CHI Will Jay Cutler throw 27 interceptions again in 2010? Probably not. New York worked out Matt 15. 12.) Even so. Whether those extra possessions are field goals or touchdowns. more than his first three seasons combined. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field is always a factor to consider. going only 13-for-17 on field goals (including just 11-for-13 from inside the 40). that number is unlikely to repeat itself. which might hurt San Diego’s ability to move the ball. Robbie Gould.’s offense is likely to step forward. But after Carney disappointed. those honors belonged to John Carney. 11. for one. but they also tied for second in field-goal attempts at 36. 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. SD The Chargers have scored at least 46 TDs in each of Kaeding’s six seasons. 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. Matt Prater. 14. Tarvaris Jackson. but the Packers’ likely offensive success make Crosby a good pick. MIA Carpenter actually might be a decent late-round sleeper at kicker. Ryan Longwell. ATL Bryant only played in five games last year for the Falcs. DAL Here’s something to note: despite playing all 16 games in 2009. And here’s another good sign: Gostkowski attempted three 50-yarders (making two) in 2009. 1. David Akers. That’s one of the benefits of selecting the one kicker who plays half his games a mile above sea level. Despite an improved offense. Dan Carpenter.C. K. 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. DEN Prater is 7-of-9 from 50-plus yards the last two seasons. Stover and Matt Bryant. Buehler is slated to take over field-goal duties. GB Not only did the Packers finished third in touchdowns last year with 58. Stephen Gostkowski. Really anyone kicking for New Orleans’ explosive offense is going to have value. and Gostkowski had nine fewer field goal attempts after an NFL-leading 40 in 2008. Philadelphia’s year-in. Matt Bryant. Still. Gould still finished around 10th-12th place among kickers by most formats. 7. We’ll find out this year. NYG After registering only a single attempt for the Giants in 2008. IND It’d make sense to see Vinatieri ranked higher — after all. would constitute a downgrade in the Vikings’ offense. at some level. (By comparison. The former USC kicker stands out for his strong leg: he forced a league-leading 29 touchbacks in 2009. there’s the continued development of QB Chad Henne.8% of their red-zone possessions. And finally. 2. he kicks for one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. Bironas ended up finishing among the Top 5 kickers by most formats. NO Hartley actually didn’t even kick for the first 11 games last year. Gould stands to be stronger play this season than last. Still. but even when he did in 2009. there’s the offseason acquisition of talented WR Brandon Marshall.

SEA Olindo Mare is not the problem here: during his two years in the Pacific Northwest. Also. That’s the good. an organization’s refusal to accept the status quo of a poor team — but they rarely create instant success. That’s bad for their kicker. Billy Cundiff. STL As can happen with kickers on poor offensive teams. in part. yeah. just below average in enough things that it adds up. Jeff Reed. wide receiver Calvin Johnson. that was very likely the case in 2009. the offense will almost definitely be less proficient. SF Though San Francisco is very likely a team on the rise. Cleveland didn’t have that in 2009 — but Delhomme is not a difference-maker for this offense. Unlike some other teams towards the top of that particular chart. 17. 19 . 16. 23. and was released before the season ended. That’s bad news for Lindell. With a lack of real playmakers.. New QB Matt Moore could signal an improvement here. Reed was about the 10th-best kicker in the NFL last year. JAC The Jaguars aren’t terrible at any one thing. Pittsburgh and Chicago. 27. the Ravens have been known as a defense-first team. Stay away. Joe Nedney. After scoring 47 touchdowns in 2008. 28. Furthermore. Without that pair. Jason Hanson. There’s something to be said for stability at quarterback — and. That doesn’t bode well. he’s hit field goals at a 90 percent clip and all of his extra points. little of the letter. The problem is his lack of opportunity. but the personnel really isn’t there to turn things around on offense and give Mare more scoring opportunities. With Matt Leinart at the helm. 26. For one. 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. 20. he struggled last season with Dallas (going just 5-of-12 on kicks 40-49 yards). Age may indeed be finally catching him: Hanson’s soon to turn 40 years old. the Colts are able to translate that offensive production into touchdowns more often than not. NYJ Folk’s current situation doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence. wide receiver. Dawson’s fantasy value will suffer accordingly. CAR Ouch. one must distinguish between skill and opportunity when evaluating a player’s fantasy value. the latter will be gone and the former is dealing with suspension. With rookie Sam Bradford likely to take over a Ram offense that was already pretty underwhelming. but rather because they were tremendously efficient in the red zone. there’s the weather to worry about: the Jets have December road games at New England. running back. 24. Unfortunately for Kasay. Rian Lindell. Indy is actually a high-powered offense. Unfortunately for the Raiders. New coach Pete Carroll might have something to say about that. as they often do. BUF A kicker’s fantasy fate is more or less tied to his team’s offensive production. Josh Scobee. he finished in the 12-15 range among kickers.1 points per game) in 2009. ARZ The Cardinals attempted a league-low 19 field goals in 2010 — not because their offense was bad at getting into good field position. however. PIT In most leagues. DET Finishing 0-16 has one perk: it’s literally impossible to be worse the year after it happens. That’s fine.KICKER SEASON PROFILES (cont. 22. He hasn’t topped the 100-point threshold since 2004. For two. a recently broken-out Ray Rice. One can see some playmaking abilities in quarterback Matthew Stafford. Now. BAL For much of recent history. Some damning facts: the Niners finished 31st in plays per game in 2009 and also 29th in first downs. that number is unlikely to be reproduced. but it came on a team that converted in the red zone less often than every other NFL team. 18. finishing just 8-of-14 from beyond 40 yards. doesn’t necessarily promise to be an offensive juggernaut. The next best team was Miami. 21. going 12-for-15 from over 50 yards during that time. but Kasay isn’t draftable. That’s why the Lions are a team on the move after finishing a comparatively lofty 2-14 in 2009. Janikowski has plenty of the former. Olindo Mare. and feature a quarterback in David Garrard who has as yet to live up to his 2007 breakout season. and new draftee running back Jahvid Best. WAS Personnel changes might be good for a fanbase — signaling. That’s not something on which to hang your fantasy hat. but advancing the ball generally. Hanson himself had problems last year. Jacksonville was 24th in scoring (18. In standard leagues. the team has failed to give him Nedney more than 34 PAT attempts in any of his five seasons in San Francisco. The Redskins enter the season with a new coach (Mike Shanahan) and new quarterback (Donovan McNabb) and three new running backs (Larry Johnson. The potential bad is this: Cundiff was just 7-of-12 from beyond 30 yards last season and is a career 61. and any other position you’d care to mention. Seattle’s offense has had little luck — not just scoring touchdowns. Phil Dawson. John Kasay.) for their kicker. recording the third-best red-zone conversion rate in the NFL in 2009 (64. All of which makes Scobee too much of a risk. who plays for a Bills team with question marks at quarterback.6%).3 points per game in 2009 (“good” for 29th in the NFL) — was to bring in Jake Delhomme at quarterback. and a more mature Joe Flacco. In 2010. The decrease is likley attributable. CLE It’s a little disheartening that the big offseason move for the Browns — a team that averaged only 15. you’re forgiven if you’re not quite ready to jump on the Joe Nedney bandwagon quite yet. with Anquan Boldin in the mix. Nick Folk. despite having an exciting defensive profile. 19. Sebastian Janikowski. it’s tough to see Brown having any value. field-goal attempts dropped to: from 31 to 27. Arizona scored a touchdown on 69. Carolina scored only 36 in 2009. Brown has had a number of opportunities for long field goals over the last two seasons. Willie Parker and Ryan Torain).8%. That was on a version of the Steelers that featured both Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger. Graham Gano. Of course..8% of the times they got within the 20-yard line. that may no longer be the case.6% kicker from beyond that distance. 29. 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. Jay Feely. he’ll now play on a team that. Josh Brown. 25. at 64.

it’s no guarantee that’s 20 . Add to that the fact that Barth isn’t excellent (just 11-of-15 from within 50 yards last season). In his wake are Mike Nugent and Dave Rayner. Neil Rackers. two uninspiring runnings backs (Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward).KICKER SEASON PROFILES (cont. but there’s little use in drafting a kicker who’d be fringy anyway. and an offensive line that’s easily one of the bottom-five in the league.. CIN Last year’s kicker. 32.. Kris Brown was the team’s kicker last year and is still on the roster. he’s actually the starter. but there’s no use getting tied up in this battle between two already mediocre choices. They have two mediocre quarterbacks (Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson). 31. HOU Rackers isn’t ranked this low because he’s a bad kicker or because he plays for a poor offense. Mike Nugent. left town after missing two key field goals in Cincy’s playoff loss to the Jets. who attempted all of eight field goals between them in 2009. TB The Bucs are miserable. there are signs that Rackers will win the spot.) 30. and you have little to concern you here. Shayne Graham. As of press time. the reason is. The Bengals have a decent offense. Connor Barth.

Kevin Williams (6). Also note linebacker Clay Matthews. This offseason. Still. Washington Redskins Between his big contract and off-field exploits. 5. but Allen’s five forced fumbles last season tied him for second in the category. 21 . he’s not the one most relevant to fantasy owners. but he’s certainly established himself as one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers. LB Shaun Phillips tallied a leaguebest seven forced fumbles. allowed 271.5 sacks in 2009). that’s a number that regresses pretty hard to the mean. Chicago Bears The Bears are a case of a defense that is both transitioning and gettng better while doing so.1%) with regularity. however. it’s hard to feel optimistic about their fantasy prospects. 2. New York Jets In 2009.0 sacks to Haralson and Lawson’s 11. San Diego Chargers As long as San Diego continues to count linebacker Shawne Merriman in their plans. recording more than 14 of them (i. he’s got just four sacks over two injuryriddled seasons. Note: this is probably the end of the first tier of fantasy defenses. sacks) each of the last three years. it’s their penchant for forcing fumbles . registering 8. One concern. the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota Vikings In short. 15. That distinction belongs to pass rushers in Andre Carter and sophomore Brian Orakpo. Albert Haynesworth is probably the most widely recognized player on the Redskins defense. Elvis has not the left the building. Otherwise. 1. Dallas is only a second-tier fantasy defense. who recorded 10 sacks as a rookie in 2010. Fantasy pointscoring is generally more concerned with those parts than with a team’s overall effectiveness.e. is talented pass rusher Julius Peppers. The difference between the Jets and Vikings was equal to the difference between the Vikings and the 18th-place Seattle Seahawks.5 sacks the last two seasons from a position where three or four per year is above average. Not only that. Note that the Bear defense has been going somewhere between 10th and 15th overall in mock drafts. Merriman was a dominant pass-rushing force through 2007. Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers.5 sacks in 2009).2% interception rate. 12. their top-two leading sackers from 2009. Clark Haggans. Usually. Dumervil had 17 sacks in 2009. placing them in the bottom five in that category. New York allowed only 237 first downs. however. 9. the building is Mile High Stadium and Elvis is outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco gets sacks from everywhere. 11. a numbers that tends to regress to the mean (in this case. Both of those categories regress heavily to the mean. Pittsburgh finished 2009 with only a 2. Unlucky interception and fumble-recovery rates suggest the Washington defense will be a better fantasy option in this season. and Brian Robison (4. In this case. almost topped the OLB tandem of Parys Haralson and Manny Lawson in sacks. The Niners also finished fifth in fewest points allowed. That’s a bit meh. though none shined. the team’s starting inside linebackers. Pittsburgh Steelers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison have both finished with double-digit sacks each of the past two seasons. and Chike Okeafor all played their last year. In other news. Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. they’re draftable. He’s unlikely to repeat that. but the presence of DB Charles Woodson might be enough to convince one otherwise. Regard: in 2009.TEAM DEFENSE SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. however. Denver Broncos Unfortunately for opposing quarterbacks.5) and you’re talking about a serious fantasy machine. but not a ton else. but might end up worth more than that. 10. Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys certainly have some serious pass-rushing weapons in linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. who shared the team lead in sacks with 11 each last seaon. if you count special teams) and interceptions (25). defensive end Jared Allen is a mulleted sack beast. the position has been a bit of a rotating door: Bertrand Berry. making them one of the most productive pass-rushing tandems in the league over that stretch.5. Arizona only forced 12 fumbles in 2009. Add in Ray Edwards (8. 3. Tully Banta-Cain is their primary pass rusher and he only recorded 10 sacks last season. Green Bay Packers Green Bay has posted above-average interception rates each of the last two seasons. 4. They play too few downs to compile big sack totals. the league average of 3. 8. Arizona Cardinals The arrival of Joey Porter should help to secure at least one of the outsider linebacking slots in Arizona. second only to the Bears in the NFL. Since then. however. the latter of whom has recorded 13.23 in 2009. despite allowing the second-fewest points in the NFL in 2009. Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinatot of the Ravens. Take away those quirky stats. So. 14. 7. 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. 13. The link between the two teams is obvious: before becoming coach of the New York Jets. It’s likely that no one player will replace his presence in the Carolina pass rush. 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. Arriving to the team. However. New England Patriots The Patriots are a team that always seems to perform better than the sum of their (sometimes underwhelming) parts. departed. 6. the face of the Panther defense from 2002 to 2009. Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown. has departed for Chicago. And it works. 12. and you have a team with one above-average pass rusher (Trent Coles. it’s not the pass rush that sets the Panthers apart. but they don’t allow any points. is the Dallas secondary. the next team. which seems perpetually underwhelming. Rather.

despite being being relegated merely to passing downs towards the end of the season. Still. Buffalo Bills. The problem is everyone else: Freeney and Mathis combined for over a third of the team’s sacks. the pass rushing skills of Cameron Wake ought not to be underestimated. The problem is the pass rush.TEAM DEFENSE PROFILES (cont. those sorts of TDs aren’t predictive in any way. 20. respectively. became the defensive coordinator of the Browns last year. and interception percentage. the team seems to force fumbles with some frequency — but it’s not a draftabl squad. 19. That’s sort of like the definition of underwhelming. OAK The Raiders had the fourth-highest sack rate in the NFL in 2009. and the team saw instant results. 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. Jacksonville Jaguars. One problem: with an offense as mediocre as Oakland’s will likely be. That said. will provide some life to the Titan pass rush. Unfortunately. 17. 26. and improvement there could give the Browns’ defense fantasy relevance. only the lowly Lions conceded more 22 . He and end Justin Tuck accounted for over 40% of the team’s sacks and half its forced fumbles in 2009. and he’s a tackle. respectively. No. 30. picking up six touchdowns off interceptions. 23. either. but that number tends to be unstable and is still more likely than not to regree down towards the league average. One doesn’t know exactly how that will affect their fantasy production. who recorded 12 sacks last year at Georgia Tech. He’s not bad. last year wasn’t his first dealing with injuries. Buffalo is poised to make a change that a number of other teams already have — namely. but it’s clear that personnel is the most important thing to have. at least — is probably Antwan Odom. where performances are volatile one year to the next. and an eighth off a kick return from Courtney Roby (for those leagues that count special teams). STL If you watched the Rams play at all last year.6% opponent third-down conversion rate in 2009. two off fumble recoveries.5 sacks (to Taylor’s 7) last season despite playing predominantly on third downs. after Odom. Williams has had 35 sacks over the last three years. Other problem is. Tampa has actually posted an interception rate above 4% the last two years. ATL Atlanta’s sack leaderboard from last season is an exercise in mediocrity. Elsewhere — team sack percentage. Oakland Raiders. Jonathan Babineaux is at the top of it (with six). cornerbacks Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph). Unfortunately. beyond Aaron Schobel (10 sacks) and safety Jairus Byrd (9 interceptions) there’s little star power. 22. Cincinnati Bengals The most interesting character on the Cincinnati defense — from a fantasy perspective. who recorded only seven total sacks in 32 games for Philadelphia. etc. Wake recorded 5. 18. getting to the quarterback on 7. from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. the Titans have little else going on defensively. There are silver linings here — Abraham has been good as recently as 2008. — Seattle also leaves much to be desired. Problem is. He’s a good bet to record closer to 10 sacks in 2010. Problem is. Indianapolis Colts. Cleveland Browns. That’s great for anyone who owned the Saints’ defense last year. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.5 sacks. 24. the Bengals’ most interesting fantasy contributors belong in the secondary (in particular. and the defense could have to play more than would be desirable. too.8% of all passing plays. NO New Orleans had a great scoring defense last year. Tennessee Titans. SEA Seattle’s main pass rushers this season will most likely be 2009 starter Lawrence Jackson (4. but the present is a wash. It’s needed. 25.1% of all third-down opportunities. not Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis — they had 13.5 and 9. That might make the future brighter for the Jags. TEN Jacob Ford led Tennesse in sacks last year.. forced-fumble percentage. Louis Rams. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. New Orleans Saints. You can bet that’ll be an area of focus for Ryan. will certainly raise some concerns. In fact. 18. but he’s not elite. BUF Entering 2010. Houston Texans. They signed Aaron Kampman in the offseason and used three picks on pass-rushing ends/outside linebackers. The hope is that first-round pick Derrick Morgan. 28. New Orleans probably isn’t draftable this year. IND Here’s a damning statistic: the Colts finished 30th in the NFL with a 44. Last year. then (a) sorry about that and (b) you’re probably surprised they managed to finish even this high on the list. St. MIA Miami could theoretically be a bit of a risk even at No. interceptions might be few and far between. recording 23 more sacks in 2009 than in ‘08. who recorded eight sacks in six games before a season-ending Achilles injury.) 16. 21. 27. And not in the cool way. New York Giants. 29. Ends John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson started 28 games combined in 2009 and only finished six sacks between them. He repeated the feat last season. Seattle Seahawks. The year before was even worse: they allowed opponent to convert on 47. CLE Rob Ryan .5 sacks) and newcomer Chris Clemons.. Atlanta Falcons. “Who?” is an appropriate response to that statement. Cleveland finished dead last in forced-fumble percentage. they finished below league average in sack percentage. finishing with 7 sacks — this. Miami Dolphins. brother of Rex and son of Buddy. but stopping the run would be nice. 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. The departures of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. 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. JAC There’s little to say here other than JAX is superbad. forced fumbles. 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. As for the secondary. Yes.

Kansas City Chiefs. almost no team is ever down late in a game to Detroit. 31. 23 . KC By standard formats. That’s one of many qualities that makes DET unrosterable. ies are almost entirely random. DET According to Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. Unfortunately. Detroit Lions.. Often. much of that success was built upon an unsustainable 63% fumble recovery rate.J. Fumble recover- 32.. who’s forced nine fubles over the last two years. Atogwe.) points. interceptions are thrown far more than they are taken. meaning Kansas City should see their fumble totals regress heavily from 2009’s total of 13. the INT is the product of an unwise pass being forced by a team that’s down late in a game.TEAM DEFENSE PROFILES (cont. the Chiefs’ defense finished in the middle of the pack in 2009 — an accomplishment considering how bad their actual defense was. The Rams resigned him in June. The one bright spot for the defense is safety O. Unfortunately.

Harris’ final 2009 tally still included 126 tackles and 5. NYJ. Curtis Lofton. Jackson should be a very good value this season. London Feltcher. A sideline-to-sideline playmaker. 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. A 120-tackle. PLAYERS SEASON PROFILES Player Profiles are based on season outlooks and re-ranked as events warrant during training camp. NE. LB Despite playing in his age-34 season. Patrick Willis. A broken arm limited him to three games as a rookie. despite missing three games with a knee injury. which makes Willis — the NFL’s leading tackler — an easy choice as top linebacker. 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. CLE.INDIVIDUAL DEF. He finished the year strong. 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. and another break cost him four games last season. He responded ably. he’s a good bet to top 110 with enough sacks and interceptions to be close to the IDP elite. Harris should be back among the IDP elite this season. CAR. LB Patrick Willis is (rightly) regarded as the No. two-sack. He’ll be back this season as the center of Bill Belichick’s defense. 2. he led the Bills in tackles (110) in 2009 and added three interceptions and his first NFL sack. but it would seem foolish to bet against another productive season. If you place any stock in contract drives. but a healthy Jackson is still probably the best of the bunch. The Panthers’ middle linebacker makes a ton of plays. Williams. Kirk Morrison. Ruud’s high tackle totals have made the Tampa inside ‘backer one of the NFL’s top IDP contributors. 6. 11. 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). 9. The Bills have switched to a new 3-4 defense. Morrison got in more than enough hits to merit a starting spot in IDP leagues. making Lewis a top IDP option. Lewis continued to rack up big IDP numbers in 2009. 5. but all indications are he’ll get one of the starting (and tackle-friendly) ILB spots. finishing the 2009 season with 131 tackles and two forced fumbles in his second season with the Falcons. He was credited with 133 tackles — his highest total since the 2004 campaign — and he added three sacks. 8. TB. he should be a good-to-great option in IDP leagues. but they were the first his career. His value got a boost last season when he added quarterback pressure to his resume — he had just three sacks. That said. D. Jon Beason. His consistency — both in health and production — are nothing short of remarkable. LB Tackles are king in IDP scoring. only 24. he returned in 2009 with a solid season and 122 total tackles. but barring injury. He should be back at full strength to start the season. 24 .J. averaging nearly 140 tackles a year in his three NFL seasons — despite playing with a torn labrum in 2008. posting double figures in tackles three times in the second half. JAC. He didn’t record a sack after posting three in 2008. He set a career high in stops last season with 142. David Harris. and middle linebackers in Eric Mangini’s system have generally been very good IDP options. If so. Lofton was charged with leading a very young Falcons defense against some pretty tough offenses. But in 2008 he missed significant time due to a nagging groin injury and last season he was slowed by ankle problems. LB Mayo led the Pats in tackles last season with 103. which is something he failed to do in ‘09. WAS. LB Posluszny puts up outstanding numbers when he can stay on the field. 4. LB After Keith Brooking left for Dallas after the 2008 season. cementing Laurinaitis in place as the Rams’ starting MLB. Posluszny’s doctors took steps during last season’s surgery to try and help keep him on the field this season. 12. LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN 1. including a 15-tackle performance in Week 16. Ray Lewis. Despite that. unless an extension is worked out. 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. Even still. The latter of those numbers is what makes Harris special among inside linebackers. The Browns will be deeper at linebacker than in recent years. and should show continued improvement in his third NFL campaign. expectations dropped. he’s on track to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. 7. LB Since winning a starting job three years ago. 10. Jerod Mayo. even limited by the ankle. STL. Paul Posluszny. He might not reach 130 tackles this season. If he can avoid nagging injuries. Barrett Ruud. This season he’ll be making those tackles for Jack Del Rio’s Jaguars after the Raiders traded him to Jacksonville. It will be interesting to see how a shift to the 3-4 alignment will impact his play. 3. Morrison has the potential to put up truly elite IDP numbers if he can run into some interceptions. he supplemented those gaudy numbers with four sacks and a careerhigh three picks. ATL. including a 17-tackle (13 solo) tour de force against Atlanta in the season finale. There’s still reason to believe that Lofton. and top IDP option overall. LB With an average of 134 tackles the last two seasons. LB After Laurinaitis spent his rookie year minicamp with the second team. James Laurinaitis. two-INT campaign proved the skeptics wrong. 130-plus tackles alone make him a top IDP option. BAL. D’Qwell Jackson. BUF. 1 option in IDP leagues. Ruud’s value gets a boost this year. LB Harris exploded into fantasy stardom as a rookie. has room for improvement in his game. racking up 120 tackles and five sacks. His 142 stops last season tied for second in the league. but he’s had at least one interception in each of the last three years. Beason is 1a. DEN. Willis has averaged more than 155 tackles in his three NFL seasons. SF. Last season.5 sacks. 13.

there’s a chance he shows some rust. A special teams ace for most of his career. LB Ryans has yet to match the stellar IDP numbers he posted as a rookie (156 tackles.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. It wasn’t the first season-ender for Henderson: he missed 12 games in 2008 after dislocating two toes on his left foot. As the heart of Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. his most since 2006. 24. LB That Ware. When healthy. 21. particularly if newly acquired defensive end Julius Peppers can improve Chicago’s dormant pass rush. Karlos Dansby. LB You might call Jones an IDP late bloomer. and Vilma’s presence in the middle was a big factor. 16. LB Briggs posted 118 tackles last year. he’s also typically added two or three sacks. but he’s dependable — and that’s something. He had an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in January. The last time Ware was healthy for a full season. MIN. 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. Rolando McClain. but in the average year there are typically one or two players — usually linebackers — who step right in and produce. DeMeco Ryans.. 22. though. James should rank as a goodto-very good IDP option this season. At 6-4. LB The acquisition of Keith Brooking cut into James’ use as a pass rusher in 2009. he racked up 20 sacks and 84 tackles. The drop in sacks is what prevents him from 27. Vilma’s 110 tackles were 22 fewer than in 2008. Briggs has good range in coverage and has get added value by providing a couple sacks each year. IND. LB With the exception of an injury-shortened 2008. shallow squad. 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. 19. Jonathan Vilma. DAL. however. Stephen Tulloch.J. Dhani Jones. Henderson was easily on pace to break the 100-tackle threshold. one of the league’s premiere pass-rushers. Barnett has topped the 100-tackle mark every year of a pro career that began in 2003. LB With 83 tackles through 12 games last year. LB Cushing would rank much higher on this list based on his rookie season performance — he racked up 134 tackles. further increasing his IDP value. but a late-season knee injury cost him Week 17 and limited his effectiveness in Week 16 (only six tackles).) 14. LB The Saint defense improved significantly on its way to the Super Bowl. Having skipped all offseason workouts due to a contract dispute. For two. DeMarcus Ware. he makes a fine IDP play — reliable. To that.IDP SEASON PROFILES . Jones landed in Cincinnati and. The Raiders had enough faith in McClain’s potential that they dealt incumbent starter Kirk Morrison to Jacksonville during the draft. meaning that playing shouldn’t be an issue at all. he’s improved conspicuously over the first four years of his NFL career. James racked up more than 100 tackles. he broke his leg and then was subsequently shut down for the season. Last season. LB Rookies tend not to be great IDP options. Demorrio Williams. LB 15. 258. Gary Brackett. Bradie James. CIN. and then 120 tackles — in that order — over that time period. like all NFL players. Henderson. KC. he added 3. five sacks and four interceptions and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the AP. he is the best veteran on a young. MIA. Vilma should continue to be a rosterable option in IDP leagues. He’s a good bet to put up 100 or more tackles.. which may be cause for concern. recording 35. has emerged as a 100-plus tackler. NO. Depending on how often he’s called upon to blitz. McClain has good size and should be able to consistently fight off blockers and get to ball carriers. He has the potential to improve upon last year’s totals this season. 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. He’s expected back for the beginning of the season. CHI. TEN. Brian Cushing. 36. 12 games worth of Cushing. Still. 25. After a seasonending broken leg in 2008.5 sacks to the mix. 17. for the last two seasons. But this spring. E. LB Dansby received a fat free-agent contract to become the heart of Miami’s defense. 3. DAL. 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. 23.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. is located here on this list should give fantasy owners an idea of how important tackles are relative to sacks in most IDP formats. He’s not exactly high-upside. Lance Briggs. although he’s failed to play a full 16 games in three of the last four seasons. for the fourth straight season. 26. GB. HOU. Before he could do so. 18. he’ll be expected to replicate or better his performances from his Cardinals’ 25 . his 117 stops ranking 16th in the league. however. Nick Barnett.. 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. but it’s not likely. is likely still a better IDP option than a full season of most defenders out there. Williams thrived in the Chiefs’ new 3-4 set and emerged as KC’s leading tackler last season. He had 113 tackles last year after registering 114 the year before. 20. including a 12-tackle performance in Dallas’ shutout of the Redskins in Week 15. LB Brackett is Indianapolis’ starting middle linebacker. his sack total fell from a career-high eight in 2008 to just two in 2009. in tandem with four games of replacement-level performance. 78. but Barnett himself said it was less necessary and more just to clean up scarred tissue. if not with great upside. attaining elite IDP stats. Still. For one. He’s expected to be healthy for training camp. OAK. HOU. 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. As the Dolphins’ highest-paid defender. despite missing two games with a knee injury. but he’s been able to play through them without missing time or losing productivity. LB Tulloch has two things going for him as far as IDP value is concerned. His durability is a big plus. Ryans has been hit with a variety of minor injuries. LB Projected as a reserve linebacker.

DE.IDP SEASON PROFILES . The same is what we might reasonably expect in 2010.2. An undersized DE — if you can call 6. Foote brings valuable experience and relief to the linebacker corps. PIT. he’s recorded at least 100 tackles. Cooper was averaging nearly 10 tackles a game at that point. 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). NYG. 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). 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. so he’s not really what you’d call a high-upside pick. Bulluck only finished one season (2007) without 98 or more tackles. beating out Jared Allen and Justin Tuck. LB Timmons stepped into the starting inside linebacker spot vacated by Larry Foote last year. it climbed even further. In short. Timmons. Sessions won’t record many sacks — he’s only got 0.2 after the injury. 31. that’s a huge asset. The sacks were up a bit in 2009. three-sack 2007 with Atlanta. MIN. James Farrior. SD. LB After being suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. still. LB Well. when he recorded seven sacks and 80 tackles. deep. but for the first half of 2009. Over the final seven weeks of 2009. Geno Hayes. two interceptions and six passes defensed in 15 games before a shoulder injury ended his season. he remained unsigned till press time. it’s best to keep one’s mind open. LB Farrior is known for his ability to rack up tackles more than sacks on the gridiron. He posted 20 fewer tackles last season than in 2008. PIT.. Lawrence Timmons. Keith Brooking.5 sacks the last three seasons — 16 in 2008 alone — and posted 10 last year. LB Woodley had an 11. However.) days. only 102 the year before that). 35. Calvin Pace. he finished the year in disappointing fashion. PIT. 36. PHI. deep into drafts. Like the Steelers as a whole.5 sack campaign in 2008. Clint Session. that number shot up to about 5. and Chad Greenway has taken advantage in recent years. PIT. Granted. but it will not be at the expense of Timmons’ starting role. in 2009.7 tackles per game. And in each of those seasons.. Look for him to bounce back this season if he stays healthy. Hayes responded with an impressive 98 tackles. 39. 257 “undersized”— Cole makes his living out-quicking blockers and making plays in the backfield. had done very little to suggest that he’d ever be a top-tier IDP candidate. at least — exactly as he had in 2008. 38. tackles (78) and sacks (7). Rumors have him possibly settling with the Lions.1. Look for a healthy Cole to return to the ranks of the truly elite fantasy DEs this year. 29. LB Boley’s now been in the league for five years and. IND.5 to his name — but the tackles are enough to place him at the cusp of the Top 25 linebacker and linemen. which he recorded five interceptions. in 2008. That quickness allows him to post the sort of tackle numbers you might expect to see from a linebacker — and in fantasy scoring. Recognize. but Timmons is locked in as a starter. 37. he’s a good bet to once again surpass the 100-tackle threshold — and will assuredly be available deep. LaMarr Woodley. possibly due to shoulder and hamstring injuries. Stephen Cooper. 28. 33. but that’s still some feat considering the physical nature of the sport/position. Boley recorded 63 tackles — a pace that would certainly place him among the Top 10 linebackers. His consistency is marvelous. Hayes was handed more responsibility when the Bucs waived veterans Derrick Brooks and Cato June. despite being hampered by ankle injuries. That also happened to be the season in 40. In any case. it almost looked like a fluke. LB A little-used reserve as a rookie. That looks quite a bit like a trend. with the exception of a 102-tackle. After undergoing knee surgery in early October to repair a partially torn meniscus. LB Brooking will turn 35 at the end of October. After tearing his ACL in Week 15. FA.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. the fifth time in the last seven seasons he reached the century mark. LB From 2002 through 2009. Regard: the linebacker has played every game of every season back through 2001. the tackles down. NYJ. 10 fewer than in 2008. but it came out about the same. TB. however. as the loss of the two run-stuffers could really hurt his production. James Harrison. The Steelers’ primary pass-rush threat has racked up 34. He should be healthy for training camp. He struggled in pass protection at times last year. watch for the status of defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams — who could face four-game PED suspensions — before drafting Greenway. LB Cole is the first true down-lineman on this list. Session averaged two tackles per game. DAL. set career highs in solo tackles (56). he’ll be a difference maker. his only other season with 100-plus tackles. He had just two sacks (both coming in the same game) through the first eight weeks of the sea26 . LB Harrison doesn’t rack up as many tackles as other elite IDP linebackers — until you factor in tackling the quarterback. Foote has been brought back. 34. an IDP superstar is what he looked like. he’s cut it close of late (106 in 2009. and is a good candidate to build on last season’s success. Keith Bulluck. Pace returned to the Jets and essentally produced — from an IDP perspective. The team may look to lighten his load on the field so as to keep him fresh over the course of the season. Trent Cole. He recorded over 100 total tackles in 2009. that number dropped to 6. so the team brought back Larry Foote to help out should Farrior decline further in 2010. Michael Boley. It’s unlikely that he maintains that sort of pace entering 2010. here’s a good sign: in 2007. three sacks. however. he’s been a valuable IDP commodity for a while now. 30. As with all Viking defenders. Dansby had 109 tackles last season. failing to record a sack in his last six games and totaling just 79 tackles. to 7. he is now 35 years old and entering his 14th season in the league. Chad Greenway. LB A dominant defensive line like Minnesota’s frees up linebackers to make a lot of plays. 32. If he returns to the 90-tackle range he had the previous two seasons.

Larry Foote. Allen should continue to be one of the most productive linemen in any fantasy format this season. 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. Mario Williams.. he finished sackless and just short of the 100-tackle mark. but he’s going to have a tough time winning a starting role with the new coaching staff and 3-4 defense. 43. Williams finished the campaign with a career-low 43 tackles and a three-year low of nine sacks. as he’s off the radar to a lot of folks these days. and his typically healthy tackle numbers (59) weren’t enough to make up the difference. Lofa Tatupu. He will see his fair share of time on the field and be given plenty of opportunities to contribute. it appears that he’ll have to battle Brandon Siler and rookie Donald Butler for time at the inside linebacker spot opposite Stephen Cooper. SEA. 44. In 2008. he easily has the talent to be a top tier fantasy D-lineman again. relegates Hawthorne to the outer limits of IDP respectability. However. Allen has been the picture of consistency the last three years. At IPaul Posluszny. until tearing his pectoral muscle in a loss to the Cardinals. But complacency may have played a role as well. Jared Allen.s but there are concerns he might not repeat that performance. LB From 2005 through 2008. with more playmakers in the mix. Kevin Burnett. Woodley’s low tackle numbers drag down his value a bit (he had 60 and 62 in 2008 and 2009 respectively). Andra Davis and Kawika Mitchell appear to be ahead of him. As far as defensive ends go. TEX. Davis has a chance to start in 2010. LB Foote returns to the Steelers after a one-year hiatus in Detroit. Justin Tuck. LB Ellison had an impressive 68 tackles in just eight games last season. 49. 48. as Houston coach Gary Kubiak read Williams the riot act after his tackle-less Week 15 game against Miami. SD. Andra Davis. LB After Lofa Tatupu went down with his season-ending pectoral injury. this rank is a testament to the importance of tackles over sacks. he’ll have value. Keith Ellison.) son. but if he becomes a starter. 45. he was on a slightly better pace (32 tackles and a sack in five games). BUF. Entering 2010.5 or more sacks and 51 or more tackles each season. Tuck’s sack numbers plummeted from a high of 13 in 2008 to a mere six last season. Mike Smith. and should regain his starting spot in 2010. plus the Bills signed Reggie Torbor this offseason. Keith Ellison. despite something less than full playing time. 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. DE Like his New York Giants as a whole. Mike Peterson. It doesn’t look like Ellison will have much IDP value from the outset. another 26 assists. racking up 11. He’s competing with Paul Posluszny. his shoulder needed offseason surgery. give him a look in deeper IDP leagues. David Hawthorne.. Last year. DE Once again. but he will be a backup on the Steelers.LINEBACKERS & DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (cont. BUF. 50. SEA. He’s already been cleared for contact. His 13. NYG. He recorded the second-highest tackle total of his career for the Lions last season (99). DE A better overall Texans defense may have hurt Williams’ individual stats last season. ATL. games — and that includes two full games (Weeks 4 and 5) when he had exactly zero tackles. He is 34 years old and the Falcons drafted rookie Sean Weatherspoon in the first round. If Williams can maintain his focus for the full season. but barring injury. The return of Tatupu. At 2009’s pace. 46. Still just 28. mostly for his familiarity with the team’s new 3-4 defense. PIT. tallying 14. Hawthorne stepped in and actually performed above Tatupu’s level from the past season and a half. and had his best season since 2005. though. he fought injury most of the season. however. MIN. 41. and Kawika Mitchell for two ILB spots. however. LB Burnett played well at times for the Bolts in 2009. he’s a likely candidate for something nearing 100 tackles.5 QB takedowns in the final eight games of the season. Davis posted 90 tackles in each of the two seasons and used to be a 100-plus tackles guy with the Browns. Tuck was a major disappointment in 2009. he’d be about a Top 20 linebacker.5 sacks led the team and was the third-highest total in the league. LB Signed by the Bills as a free agent in March. LB Peterson rejoined his former defensive coordinator. Although he played in all 16 games. and forced three turnover. He recorded 116 tackles over 16 27 . so if he wins a starting job.IDP SEASON PROFILES . averaging close to six tackles per game. and missing just two games in that span. he then went on an absolute tear. Tatupu averaged over 100 tackles with about three sacks per season. 42. his first three seasons in the League. If he’s able to secure that starting time. He had 82 solo tackles. 47. will not approach 90 tackles in 2010.

but as Babineaux showed last season. racking up just over 100 tackles in 2009. two interceptions and 1. NO. Eric Weddle.. Even Coleman’s low-end tackle totals are enough to place him among the Top 5 defensive backs. T. It’s not hard to imagine Eric Mangini using Ward both in coverage and run support and on the blitz. he’ll be an IDP superstar. He racked up more than 100 tackles and four interceptions last season in just 13 games. 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. he should make up for it with picks as he has great range. whose 104 tackles ranked fifth among defensive backs last season. S The 38th overall selection in the 2010 draft. Branch became a tackling machine at strong safety. HOU. Thomas is expected to start opposite Webster in 2010. OAK. He also impressed coaches with his durability by playing through a number of injuries. Antoine Bethea. S The 14th overall pick in the 2010 Draft. 8. Quintin Mikell. so the Raiders moved Branch from cornerback to fill the vacancy. CB With incumbents Corey Webster and Aaron Ross struggling with injuries and generally poor play. S Coleman has been. Ward. 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. Good move. And he landed with Cleveland. Williams uses Harper on the blitz regularly. Goldson rocketed to the top of the IDP rankings with a combination of quarterback pressure (two sacks). Another year of maturity and experience might probably see Delmas top 100 tackles — exceptional for DBs. If he ever does both in the same season. 2. but Branch should still be good for 100plus tackles as the team’s strong safety again this year. so he’ll be back in a familiar role making plays for Indy this fall. 11. Pollard projects as an elite fantasy defensive back.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont.) DEFENSIVE BACKS 1. opposing QBs might also make the more poor decisions than usual. ATL.tackle performance with another 114 — and with three interceptions added for good measure. 14. big plays (three forced fumbles) and a healthy number of stops (94 tackles). a top-notch ballhawk and a tackling machine. The middle linebackeresque tackle numbers put Bell in the top tier of IDP defensive backs. so an increase from last season’s sack total wouldn’t be an unreasonable expectation for 2010. Interception and touchdown numbers are tough to project from year-to-year. He’s not known for his tackling. The Colts used a first-round tender to retain Bethea’s services this offseason. S The 33rd overall pick in the 2009 draft.. With the Chargers likely to be playing from ahead rather often. but cornerbacks who actually get stops are very valuable. and an interception. credited with just short of 90 tackles in each of the last two seasons and grabbing five interceptions during that span. S In his first season as a starter. Louis Delmas. Tyvon Branch. Dashon Goldson. 197. KC. and he generally doesn’t play close enough to the line to generate a lot of quarterback pressure. 28 . Thomas is expected to start at free safety for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. but not particularly impressive: 82 tackles. SD. 12. Earl Thomas. SEA. Yeremiah Bell. S Weddle’s 2009 was fine. racking up 124 stops in his first year at the position to lead all defensive backs. Wilson parlayed that season into a deal with Miami. 13. At 5-10. 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. That’s an outstanding combination for an IDP cornerback. But don’t forget his excellent 2008. A tackle total in the mid-80s with three picks wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect. In 2008. 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. 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. Don’t expect big numbers in other categories. at times. He was held without a sack in 2009 — a surprise. the opportunities should be there. Pollard has emerged as a legit IDP option and a key to Houston’s improving defense. a team that’s perilously thin in the backfield. Roman Harper.IDP SEASON PROFILES . 10. With a full season as the unquestioned starter.J. ball-hawking (four INTs). Erik Coleman. And whatever tackles he leaves on the field. Berry will be expected to step in and contribute from day one. owners might not have him this high on their respective IDP cheatsheets. Ward might be the best IDP option among this year’s crop of rookie DBs. especially in leagues that require IDP corners. S Once known only as the man who wrecked Tom Brady’s knee. Eric Berry. The Raiders probably won’t give opponents too many reasons to try risky passes. a sack. He’s considered an excellent hitter with cornerback speed. Last season’s INT total was his career high and his first picks since 2005. S Bob Sanders has a Defensive Player of the Year award on his resume. S Harper proved to be a great fit for Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. when he recorded 125 tackles. both as a playmaker in the defensive backfield and in run support. S Bell spent 2009 proving his breakout 2008 season was no fluke. Gibril Wilson made 128 tackles from the Raiders secondary. finishing an impressive rookie campaign with 91 tackles. 3. 5. PHI. replacing Jordan Babineaux. 4. 7. much as he used Kerry Rhodes with the Jets. As a result. DET. In 2009. though. Bernard Pollard. S This one-time special teams ace has become a consistent hitter in the Eagles’ secondary. The fifth overall selection in the 2010 draft. he had three picks but his tackle number was a slightly less dominant 95. 6. two touchdowns and a sack. two picks. 9. four in 2009). Two years ago. Delmas won a starting job in training camp and never looked back. IND. CLE. following up his 120. Terrell Thomas. S Based on his play with the Tennessee Volunteers. Coleman racked up the tackles (115) but didn’t manage a pick. given Philly’s penchant for blitzing. NYG. S The safety spot in Oakland has become a fantasy gold mine. MIA.5 sacks in 13 games. SF. Berry drew comparisons to Baltimore’s Ed Reed — high praise indeed.

MIN. In short. S After an impressive 63 tackles and three sacks over just 11 games in 2008. it’s not smart to project defensive touchdowns. while also tying his career-high in interceptions (3). S In 2010. recording 77 tackles. total tackles (89) and passes defensed (8). CB Tillman had another solid year in 2009. Chris Hope. CIN. 22. S Needless to say. Hope enters his ninth year as a solid starter as strong safety. that excitement seemed duly unfounded: the safety had only two tackles in that time.. 18. CIN. he’s due for plenty of opportunities. 96 in 2008. Landry could be called upon to be even more of a playmaker for the Ravens in 2010 21. he signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Panthers. he combined for 13 picks in 2007-08.. and six forced fumbles. S Landry missed most of the 2008 season after suffering a spinal cord injury. Now that he’s healthy. where he recorded just 28 tackles and no picks. plans to take advantage of his size and speed and play him closer to the line of scrimmage. two sacks. New coach Mike Shanahan and Co. S Lewis’ tackle totals have steadily declined since he joined the 49ers — 105 in 2007. 29. still managed to average five tackles per game — something he’s done ever since 2003. setting new marks in solo tackles (68). that might also be due to the fact that he’s spent most of his career playing deep center field. Dawan Landry. CB In his first full season as a starter. S Dawkins is a big time hitter who directs the Broncos’ defense from his free safety position. 27. He set a career high with 116 tackles in 2009. and 82 last season. STL. 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.. He has good ball-hawking skills (nine INTs the last two years) and is a sure tackler. 20. but returned in impressive fashion with an 84-tackle. Atogwe is probably the more exciting player — and the more valuable fantasy play — between Butler’s starting spot and the Rams’ general incompetence defensively. and an interception. Tillman will resume his role as starting cornerback opposite Zach Bowman. Meriweather is a good bet to put up similar numbers this season.) 15. NE. O. 24. 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. DEN. 28. he regrouped and finished with 85 tackles. so we should not expect the same kind of production in 2010. He has bulked up during the offseason in anticipation of the shift in his responsibilities. TEN. though 2011 might be a different story. James Butler. Ryan Clark. Somewhere in the high-70s for tackles. but he will turn 37 years old in October. If the latter is the case. Still. when healthy. And though he only had the two interceptions. 26. along with three picks: that’s what’s best to expect from him. two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). The Cards were happy to land him as the replacement for Antrel Rolle. PIT. Ordinarily. In the end.J.J. S Meriweather recorded 83 tackles for a second straight season and added five interceptions. but the Bengals liked enough of what they did see to keep him in the fold for one more year. Kerry Rhodes. 29 . The last time Williams intercepted a pass was 2007. Though teammate O. worth $1. 25. Brian Dawkins. a lot of the talk regarding the corner this past offseason concerned Marshall contract status. he’d be a steal in this area of the IDP draft. Antoine Winfield. earning Pro Bowl honors for the Patriots. Marshall racked up 88 tackles and four interceptions. his future in Carolina after 2010 is not. Atogwe. 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. With Ed Reed’s future still in doubt. owners would’ve been right to get excited about Ndukwe’s IDP prospects entering in 2009. but he has fully recovered and will be fine for the 2010 season. 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. He has not missed a game in two years and looks to still be in great shape to continue that streak. 30. GB. CAR. ARZ. Over the first three weeks. Brandon Meriweather. Still. Richard Marshall. S A fractured forearm kept the hard-hitting safety to just four games last season.759 million. with Buffalo. but Woodson’s penchant for big plays is well-documented — he’s scored eight TDs the last four seasons. 23. fourinterception 2009 campaign. That big-play ability will make him a tempting target in IDP drafts. CHI. 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. something he is much more suited for. CB Winfield. CB Woodson is coming off an outstanding season — 74 tackles. nine interceptions. That’s quite an accomplishment for a corner.. even that last figure is pretty good from a DB. Charles Woodson. two sacks. BAL. Those seven tackles per game set a pace that would’ve placed him among the top DBs in that category. He maintains steady but not “eye-popping” numbers. and makes Winfield a prime candidate for IDP excellence. STL. he offers a good broad base of skills that. WAS.IDP SEASON PROFILES . S Landry will once again man a starting safety spot for Washington. Roy Williams. 17. LaRon Landry. Chinedum Ndukwe. Tillman did suffer broken ribs and a punctured lung that forced him to miss the season finale. S Clark had a career-year with Pittsburgh in 2009. SF. were they to come together in one season. three pick-sixes and AP Defensive Player of the Year honors. Though one might say he’s failed to live up to the expectations of a safety drafted sixth overall. Charles Tillman. who missed six games last season with a Lisfranc injury. would make him a Top 10 DB. After moving into a full-time starting role last season. 19. Michael Lewis. His playing time is secure.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. Unsurprisingly. 16. The veteran won’t face much of a threat from second-round draft pick Taylor Mays this season.

recording 92 tackles (second on the team behind Lance Briggs). Gibril Wilson. $37 million deal. earning a trip to his second career Pro Bowl on the strength of a career-high five interceptions along with 74 tackles (61 solo). a forced fumble and a pick while playing both safety and linebacker. and was credited with 69 tackles — a good number for a cover corner. Whitner has had a lot of ups and downs following his selection as the eighth overall pick in 2006. CIN. yet. S Rolle signed with the Giants this offseason to shore up the safety position. making him a threat for sacks while Matt Ware drops into coverage. He could be a nice play. which may have contributed to his low tackle numbers (47 on the year). FA. NO. with 13 interceptions the last two seasons. however. He’ll team with Leon Hall again this season to give the Bengals one of the top corner tandems in the NFL. 34. an interception. Kelvin Hayden. and he’s expected to be the starter. NYG. though because of his various skills he’s a good IDP pickup if injuries strike again. A series of nagging injuries (calf. ARZ. The addition of safeties Major Wright and Chris Harris this offseason will likely cut into Manning’s playing time. 34.IDP SEASON PROFILES . 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. He is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ aggressive scheme. 37. returning one for a touchdown. S Collins doesn’t deliver as many hits as other top IDP safeties. but some of that has been due to injuries. two sacks and a forced fumble. Danieal Manning. Wilson is still an excellent option in leagues that require the use of one. 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. Jonathan Joseph. He’s an IDP option in deeper league. provided he stays healthy. TB. but it’s also important to note that he’d never recorded more than 60 tackles in a season before 2009. The Giants are expecting big things from Rolle this season. 41. Harper remains an unrestricted free agent. Donte Whitner. 42. Despite playing almost all of the 2009 season as a 35-year-old. Still. Keep him on your short list of IDP sleepers. S Manning started ten games in the Bears secondary in 2009. he’s played only 19 games over the last two season. so Scott seems like he’ll slot into the role of valuable backup supporting Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner at safety. S Whitner will be returning to his more familiar strong safety role under the Bills’ new coaching staff in 2010. At worst. Even if his days as the consensus top IDP safety are through. Adrian Wilson. as Scott and George Wilson are both very capable safeties. 43. 2. Rolle is an able tackler. he had 91 tackles and a sack for the Dolphins last season and will vie for a starting safety spot with Cincy. as he had extreme difficulties covering opposing tight ends. Manning has also returned kickoffs for the Bears the last two years. it would be unwise to count on Sharper to repeat last year’s fantasy performance. 39. chest) slowed him last season. even if it’s not in a starting role. CIN. and should continue in that role this season. Those are all impressive rates. given his five-year. 35. two sacks. but he’s one of the league’s better ball-hawks. CB Barber’s amazing career is on the downside now.. There are two red flags for Hayden. there’s a new coaching staff in town and a lot of injured guys are returning for 2010. he picked off four passes last year for the Cardinals and even racked up 1. Given that his value is almost entirely tied to his interception total. GB. CHI. CB As of press time. S Sharper discovered the Fountain of Youth in 2009. Antrel Rolle. S Elam led the Browns with 91 tackles last season. he’ll continue to lineup closer to the line of scrimmage. emerging as one of the top IDP corners in the league. eight passes defensed. and 2010 may be his last season. though the represent such a large departure from his previous production. he’ll provide valuable and experienced depth in the secondary after the Bengals ran into injury trouble last year. six passes defensed. 32. With good health. The secondary is by far the strongest spot on this defense. Barber did manage 77 tackles. 36. the team’s biggest weakness last year after Kenny Phillips went down with a knee injury. the tackle pace he set in 2009 is unprecedented in his career. 40. Abram Elam. For one. S Wilson had a nice 2009 campaign. Joseph picked off six passes in 2009. That’s saying something.. S Wilson’s stay in Miami will probably be considered a bust. Consider Jackson a compelling sleeper. Nick Harper. BUF. but he is a versatile athlete who can play basically anywhere in the secondary and should continue to see a decent amount of action. S Jackson had 70 tackles. 38. 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. as he is asked to play centerfield and read the quarterback while strong safety Roman Harper’s number is often dialed in blitz packages. IND.5 sacks. and Bryan Scott will be pushing Whitner for playing time. CB Joseph followed up an impressive but injury-shortened 2008 season in grand fashion.) 31. and two forced fumbles. five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) in only 12 games played in 2009.0 sacks. 44. TB. Darren Sharper. CIN. S Scott finished an impressive 2009 with 81 tackles. BUF. he should be able to deliver a few more hits in 2010. Do not draft Scott as an IDP unless he gets an outright starting job. Tanard Jackson. but not a toptier IDP guy. and two forced fumbles in 2009 but did not have any interceptions. Expect similar numbers at best in 2010.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. In nickel and dime packages. recording nine interceptions and returning three of them for touchdowns... However. particularly at his age and after offseason knee surgery. Ronde Barber. that one is right to tread cautiously. Bryan Scott. 30 . 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. For two. but he’s not a guy to reach on.

Kenny Phillips.) 45. ing to training camp. Phillips could be a top-five IDP defensive back. playmaking safety attempting to return from microfracture surgery to his knee. Byrd will likely be one of the starters. 47. meaning he’s not worthy of an IDP slot even though his numbers in 2009 were excellent. His move to free safety — along with the adjustments to a new defensive scheme — were very likely the reasons for Babineaux’s increased totals. despite his strong numbers. Brown finished with 100 tackles. fast. he acquitted himself nicely. and if he can make it all the way back. George Wilson. with Wilson. Jordan Babineaux.. Brown remained a free agent.. 31 . Donte Whitner and playmaking youngster Jairus Byrd all signed and sealed. That would make the talented and versatile Wilson a backup. two sacks. IND. hard-hitting. S The Bills like where they’re sitting at safety entering 2010. S In his first season as a Chief. first-round pick Earl Thomas is set to take over starting duties at free safety. relegating Babineaux to scraps of playing time. Bullitt may move back to a reserve role. He doesn’t have great physical gifts but he is a smart player and positions himself well. Mike Brown. and Whitner seems to have the inside track on the other. 49. NYG. he’s worth a pickup. Where he ends up — and whether he’s given a starting slot — will determine much of his value for 2010.IDP SEASON PROFILES . BUF. But he’s far from out of the woods with the injury. Bryan Scott. FA. it appears as though it’ll be his only season as a Chief: head- 50. With Sanders looking healthy heading into training camp. S Babineaux likely went undrafted in IDP leagues last season. Unfortunately. WAS. S Big. Early reports are good.DEFENSIVE BACKS (cont. he’d be worth of starting in many IDP leagues if he’s needed in a starting role again. Reed Doughty. 48. 46. Melvin Bullitt. and three interceptions. However. That will very likely not be the case in 2010. S Bullitt performed well after Bob Sanders was lost to injury and posted 77 tackles. But if injuries strike like last season. Moreover. averaging close to six tackles per game — an excellent numbers for a defensive back. after the Seahawk recorded a career-high 104 tackles. S Doughty will compete for a starting safety job. SEA. as his 103 tackles in 12 starts last season prove. Strangely. when was on the field last season.

skill set and solid performance as a rookie despite missing all of training camp and half the season. RB. the Cardinals need to maximize Wells’ talents in the running game. Weis in either role consistently developed QBs. Arizona Cardinals – Wells had a big second half. New England Patriots – It’s a mistake to say he’s a full Wes Welker clone. Don’t be surprised when Flacco is a top. and with OC Mike Martz. he mustered just 28 touchdowns and a 7. Ryan Mathews. but the fact remains Cutler has the arm and playmaking ability to make all the throws necessary in this league. QB. and with Kurt Warner gone. either. Chad Pennington’s return threatens his role as starter. 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. which is pretty impressive considering he posted a 7:1 TD:INT ratio with a 7. before a broken leg submarined his draft stock.2 YPA and 21 touchdowns are all solid for a second-year starter. 230 and with a cannon arm.Moss seasons of 2004-05. WR. Henne’s ADP is 26th among quarterbacks and 208th overall. but with Aaron Rodgers. 7.” The Texans’ coaching staff loves Tate. but there’s also no guarantee he makes a full recovery after undergoing surgery on his neck – a serious procedure called “cervical fusion. which should allow for more downfield looks and red-zone trips. Tony Romo and Matt Schaub also in the mix – Brady could be the best value of the lot. San Francisco 49ers – It’s not like Crabtree will come cheap – other owners are aware of his pedigree. But now the setup is better with Charlie Weis calling the shots and Cassel available at a backup price. who gives the signal caller an elite target for the first time ever. Norv Turner loves to run inside the 10 – that’s how LaDainian Tomlinson posted 12 TDs in 2009 despite just 3. Moreover. but he finished the year with 22 catches for 282 yards with four scores in the final four games. 1 QB. slender build and upright style have made him a higher injury risk than the average back.5 was tied for second lowest in NFL). Cutler was hardly the franchise savior in 2009 the Bears envisioned. quarterback Alex Smith made strides in 2009. That the Cardinals play in the NFC West doesn’t hurt. and that fits into Edelman’s skill set perfectly. WR. At 6. It’s also hard to deny the rapport he showed with Jay Cutler. He also played through significant injuries to his hip and leg over the final six weeks of the year. when he joined Peyton Manning and the Colts.SLEEPERS & UNDERVALUED PLAYERS Tom Brady. Michael Crabtree. Honestly. especially if Welker has a slow recovery from his MCL and ACL injuries. Julian Edelman. numbers in line with his pre. Bush is much more suited for a heavy workload. a high-scoring offense and nobody besides Mathews to run between the tackles. and the 49ers upgraded their offensive line significantly. Weis is the genius coordinator who rose to his level of incompetence when given the full reins.2. And let’s not forget he was once considered the second-best back of the ‘07 draft class. Beanie Wells. top-15 WR upside would follow.1 completion percentage. Steve Slaton has plenty of talent and is fully capable of rebounding. Joe Flacco. who isn’t nearly as good but who will throw much more often. if not sooner. Expect that from Cassel.8 YPA. Oakland Raiders – Draft Bush this summer as if he’s Oakland’s featured back. behind Adrian Peterson. but that could change during training camp). An NFL-high 26 picks highlighted his spotty season. Cutler may throw too many picks. RB. Tom Brady’s deep throws to Randy Moss make all the highlight shows. RB. often you should draft a second QB earlier than most.3 YPC. but the biggest news of all is the addition of Anquan Boldin. His competition for carries. WR. and Houston’s offense is one of the best in the NFL. 200. RB. Look for the Dolphins to use far less of the Wildcat formation. showed his usefulness as a pass catcher. what can a Round 1 RB with fresh legs do? Yes. so even with Randy Moss in the fold. QB. The Chargers have Philip Rivers.9 YPA mark over the final four games. The Chargers obviously like Mathews – they traded up in Round 1 to get him – and they play in a division of bad run defenses. his long. Kansas City Chiefs – Hated him last year because he was drafted as a plausible No. 1 for the Texans. Matt Cassel. Perhaps best of all. which should further tamp down Henne’s draft day cost. and we can expect them to be among the passing attempt leaders once again. Consider that Brady was rusty last season after a year off and an offseason of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee. Ben Tate. Like Martz. so any ballcarrier who emerges as a workhorse in this system has top-five upside. who excelled under Martz’s tutelage. but with Henne you won’t have to. but his new (and highly decorated) offensive coordinator has been gushing about the QB’s smarts. Aromashodu is fast enough to be a downfield threat while also big enough to be a red-zone weapon. there’s a recipe for huge production in 2010. 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. 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. but a 63. however. and he has ball-security issues (three fumbles lost in ‘09). If you play the wait-on-the-quarterbacks game. but the Patriots offense at its core is a short-passing attack. Expect Ken Whisenhunt to run the ball more in the postWarner era and Wells to get the lion’s share of the carries. 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. don’t we already know that it can’t be 2008 fourth overall pick Darren McFadden? Run-DMC can’t run between the tackles. Tate looks like the favorite. but he’ll likely be there by midseason. New England Patriots – Brady’s still going to be expensive on draft day. 32 . Flacco is the whole package. and Cutler has reportedly (and wisely) reached out to Kurt Warner. elite receivers. adding a RB was priority No. At 6-6. QB. Jay Cutler. so it came as no surprise when they traded up to draft Tate in the second round. But Henne threw for more than 7. but he’s a gunslinger capable of putting up big stats. Houston Texans – After last year’s struggles running the football (team YPC of 3. but he’s simply not close to the runner Wells is. QB. Baltimore Ravens – Flacco’s numbers won’t jump off the page. but even an 80-percent replica might catch 65 passes in the New England offense. Some might argue his skill set is less than ideal for Mike Martz’s system. but Mathews can easily post 1. to find anything comparable. Chad Henne. showing his impressive power and burst.10 fantasy quarterback in 2010. QB.300 yards and 15 TDs and become a top-five fantasy player. Chicago Bears – This year’s bounce-back special. Michael Bush. Devin Aromashodu. If Aromashodu secures the WR1 role (he’s third on the depth chart behind Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Tim Hightower. Miami Dolphins – You won’t have to draft him among your top 12 QBs. which was a joke given the Chiefs’ woes. there’s risk here since Mathews is not an established pro. If a declining LT can do that.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. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning likely going ahead of him – and Philip Rivers.

1. WR.SLEEPERS & UNDERVALUED PLAYERS (cont.. Pierre Garcon. with an elite QB throwing to him. Chicago Bears – He’s a prototypical Mike Martz receiver – lean and speedy and able to jump the safety in the blink of an eye.7 YPT. Those discounting Knox’s upside should consider again those non-Martz rookie stats – 45 catches and five scores.7 yards per catch is disappointing and completely meaningless now that the Mad Hatter is in Chicago. The 11. WR. Nicks was one of the league’s most explosive receivers as a rookie. since opposing defenses will have other weapons to worry about and will be unable to deploy double teams against him. Houston has one of the top passing offenses in the league. Assuming Nicks returns to health as expected. other than their acquisition costs? Not much in 2010. As Garcon enters his third year in the league. expect his stats to compare favorably to Wayne’s. His floor in this system is Az. Indianapolis Colts – What’s the difference between Garcon and Reggie Wayne. He may not be able to do much better than the six TDs he scored in ‘09. WR. Jacoby Jones. Houston Texans – If you’re looking for the next Robert Meachem candidate. the freakishly athletic Jones is your man.) Hakeem Nicks. but he could double his catch and yardage totals (27/437). as they started to do midway through the 2009 season and the playoffs.100 yards and double-digit TDs. WR. He should continue to benefit from the Giants having an excellent possession option in Steve Smith. That’s a pretty nice range to settle in when you’re a late-round pocket pick. and his ceiling is Isaac Bruce/Torry Holt. 33 . New York Giants – Playing with a broken toe suffered in the season opener.Zahir Hakim. a full 16-game slate with a growing role could lead to something in the neighborhood of 70 catches. Johnny Knox. and Jones should be more prominent in three-receiver sets with Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter. averaging an elite 10..

and he’s only had one dominant season since high school. this time with Grant. WR. but he’s played in 16 games just once during his six-year career and underwent back surgery during the offseason. where he’s going in many spring mocks. Colston’s piece of the pie will shrink. He’s also going to deal with a significant downgrade in offensive weapons. Additionally.2 YPC but only found pay dirt six times. possessing size. but teammate Felix Jones is too electric not to turn loose. he remains a big injury risk. Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning’s favorite target has a nice floor. if you. and this is the year Barber takes a back seat to him. RB. he might lose some (if not most) of the short rushing touchdowns to LaDainian Tomlinson. but that’s no lock. He scored 10 touchdowns but needed a league-leading 15 targets inside the 10 and 10 targets inside the five to make it happen. Marques Colston had Drew Brees. WR. don’t trust Leinart. McNabb is a shaky QB1 at this point. but Drew Brees is like Suns point guard Steve Nash – he distributes the ball equally. either. you get the point. Colston has topped 70 catches just once in his four-year career. health issues will finally enter the equation in ‘09. WR. Louis Rams – There’s no doubting Jackson’s on-field talents – he’s the total package. And yes. DeSean Jackson. In Fitzgerald’s case. He’s still just 27 years old. but it’s not in the top 15 picks. and so his nine scores likely represent his ceiling. Plus these sprinters are always injuries waiting to happen. New Orleans Saints – As the No.BUSTS & OVERVALUED PLAYERS Donovan McNabb. Cincinnati Bengals – Ochocinco had a nice bounce-back year in 2009. WR. even more so at age 33. As for McNabb. RB. Marques Colston. Roddy White had Matt Ryan.000 yards. Moreover. Arizona Cardinals – What did the top fantasy WRs from 2009 have in common? They all had top-tier QBs throwing to them. Contrast that to elite WRs like Steve Smith and Calvin Johnson. WR. Marion Barber. 1 offense. and that could severely cut into his short-yardage and goalline work. Colston is hardly a bad fantasy option – it’s just that he’s often treated as a top-10 WR. The bottom line is while he still has value. Michael Haynes and Roger Carr were all among the many who disappointed. but if Robert Meachem continues to emerge. Wayne could be relegated to more of a garden-variety possession role in 2010. With Pierre Garcon emerging as a playmaker and Austin Collie and Dallas Clark proving to be reliable red-zone threats. you always bet against the little guy like Jackson who makes his living from a distance. 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. understandably. If the duo’s workload flip-flops as many project. DeSean Jackson had Donovan McNabb. Larry Fitzgerald. That’s because Wayne isn’t much of a downfield threat these days – just one catch of 40 or more yards on 149 targets. Finally. He remains a fine red-zone target. pin-point throws. 1 receiver in the league’s best offense. Andre Johnson had Matt Schaub. the Chiefs offense is likely to be below average. but he’s not the same player he was in the Chad Johnson days. QB. Shonn Greene. Dallas Cowboys – Barber can still be a punishing runner and is dangerous around the goal line. Even though the Bengals haven’t made any significant changes to their running back situation. Kevin Kolb’s strength is not the long ball. OK. Philadelphia Eagles – He says he won’t miss Donovan McNabb. Cliff Branch had 13. but 2009 was probably his current ceiling. but in some circles he’ll still get treated like a top-10 option. don’t be willing to pay the price it would cost to get Fitzgerald. Now 32. Jamaal Charles. when the bottom dropped out on him after three consecutive 300-carry campaigns. Wesley Walker. meaning fewer trips to the red zone and fewer lead-protecting carries against worn-down defenses. After carrying a featured role for the Pack the past 45 straight games (postseason included). the line and the team provide a nice backdrop for a featured back. Stanley Morgan. Chad Ochocinco. but with 1. remember a few things – he’s unlikely to do anything as a receiver. Playing for a bad Rams team with a poor offensive line that produces few goalline opportunities doesn’t help. 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. There’s a time and a place in your draft where Greene makes sense. especially in TD leagues. when he’s more like a borderline top-20 asset. While Charles’ talent might ordinarily cause one to overlook these negatives. Reggie Wayne. 34 . The former Golden Domer runs too upright and would never be accused of being stout in stature. Sidney Rice had Brett Favre. who both had subpar QBs under center and failed to exceed 1. Miles Austin had Tony Romo. Benson’s too risky to be a first or early second-round pick on draft day. nine and 12 scores three straight years. Go through football history and see how many blazers posted back-to-back double-digit TD seasons. But before you take Greene in the first round. We’re getting that same nagging feeling again. Fitzgerald had Warner. but the team signed veteran Thomas Jones this offseason. See a trend here? Don’t draft a WR early unless you trust the QB who’s throwing to him. speed. it’s hard to do so while seeing him routinely drafted late in the first round. Johnson’s never been a burner or a red-zone threat. Colston may be the Saints’ WR1 nominally. Randy Moss had Tom Brady. then Barber could end up being more miss than hit in games where he doesn’t cross the goal line. Cedric Benson. especially from in close. the additions of the more physical Antonio Bryant and rookie Jermaine Gresham give Carson Palmer two more targets. Steven Jackson. 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. Ryan Grant. St. which is a major red flag for a RB who invites so much contact. Vincent Jackson had Phillip Rivers. Kansas City Chiefs – Charles was huge down the stretch last year. RB. his final year at Iowa. and he’s also switching to a far more conservative offensive system in Washington. RB. RB. a dominant inside back with enough speed to make breakaway runs. New York Jets – His upside is basically Michael Turner. It’s just that none of the dozen above McNabb screams “bust. Cincinnati Bengals – Kudos to Benson for seizing an opportunity to resurrect his career with the Bengals last season. Washington Redskins – McNabb is not a top-12 QB. averaging fewer yards per catch and targets than in his prime.” as it looks like a strong year to draft quarterbacks. he’s been worked as hard as any RB in football. RB. vision and terrific receiving skills. regardless of how talented he is. Barber is going to be hard to count on for weekly production as long as Jones is healthy. Jackson’s long scores were not a product of run after catch as much as long. James Jett. He averaged 4.548 rushing attempts over six years (with 12 games missed over that span).

On the plus side. including a concussion that ended his senior season. with a dash of Sproles as a changeofpace. Spiller has drawn comparisons to Reggie Bush and to a lesser degree Chris Johnson. who was the 188th pick overall in April. 48 slot in the NFL Draft was one of the event’s biggest shockers and makes him the early favorite to be its steal. as well as the one who gets the goal-line carries. and the team will figure out ways to use him.J. but he's a winner who has showed poise and leadership during his college career. provided he can take the NFL pounding. With A. Since a timeshare appears to be his destiny to begin with. Slaton is reportedly healthy and in much better shape than he was during his sluggish 2009 campaign. but there’s no obvious vulture back on the Lions’ roster. more explosive Jerome Harrison. Assuming that’s the case. 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. who had a productive run with Texas. but with Matt Moore still around. may not have a rocket arm. Jonathan Dwyer – (5-11. and once you get past Steve Smith. so good on that front. but that’s an aspect of his personality that could actually help him excel if properly channeled. Louis Rams – The Rams entered the draft needing to upgrade at quarterback in the worst way. 229) Georgia Tech – Pittsburgh Steelers – Dwyer. Durability has been an issue for him. given that he lasted until the 85th selection in the draft. 199) California – Detroit Lions – It’s harder to spell Best’s first name than it is to predict his role with the Lions. 231) Stanford – Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings needed to fill the void left by Chester Taylor's exit. 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. not too late) will go a long way in determining your team's 2010 fate. 196) Clemson – Buffalo Bills – The Bills took some heat for ignoring more pressing needs. and the Broncos can afford not to rush him into a starting role. C. which is a hint of how explosive he can be. 216) Texas – Cleveland Browns – Potentially a ridiculous value pick. 236) Oklahoma – St. Just don’t discount the presence of the smaller. he’s unlikely to leapfrog both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace as a rookie. One of the knocks on Clausen is the perception that he’s cocky. 220) Auburn – Houston Texans – Tate is going to be a trendy pick. then Tate’s toughness and ability as a downhill runner could land him atop the depth chart. Ben Tate – (5-11. to say the least. especially with his throwing mechanics. Whether he can carve out a goal-line role largely hinges on his ability to find clear-cut holes or bounce it outside. 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. It’s all about opportunity. That said. Hardesty could generate some sleeper buzz as a rookie. The athletic Tebow is coming off a fantastic college career but has some developing to do as a quarterback. the powerful Tate is likely to earn his stripes as part of a committee. it’s hard to imagine the top overall pick not being the team’s Week 1 starter. and while Mathews won’t likely match LaDainian Tomlinson’s 339-carry rookie workload. Feeley. lead back. Spiller could be a feast-or-famine player early on. but he'll have to compete with Steve Slaton.8 yards per carry last year. who finished very strong in 2009. and with a strong training camp/preseason. Jimmy Clausen – (6-3. despite the presence of Fred Jackson and. and it’s been so far. Some peg him as a system back after he worked out of the QUARTERBACKS Sam Bradford – (6-4. the Chargers moved up aggressively in the draft to tab Mathews with the 12th overall pick. Montario Hardesty – (6-0. but his upside is that of a player dynamic enough for Buffalo to keep on the field as much as possible. so Best could end up being the second most valuable rookie fantasy contributor (behind Mathews) this season. the Rams have a player who fits the franchise cornerstone profile. RUNNING BACKS Ryan Mathews – (6-0. and there’s little doubt he’ll do everything in his power to succeed at the NFL level. and Arian Foster. and while Gerhart is more of a power runner than his predecessor. McCoy. Toby Gerhart – (6-0. It won’t be a timeshare. and Maurice Morris is. they got a savvy signal-caller with good polish. Still. well. In short. Jahvid Best – (5-11. or Slaton’s fumble issues crop up again. and if he struggles out of the gate. coach Norv Turner predicts about 250 carries for him. given that Kevin Smith is coming off a serious knee injury. Colt McCoy – (6-1.J. 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. Tim Tebow – (6-3. who is recovering from neck surgery. He was snatched in the second round of our magazine mock draft. but Spiller is arguably the draft’s most electric playmaker. Clausen could see the field as a rookie. who can gain yards after contact. 225) Tennessee – Cleveland Browns – Hardesty gives the Browns another running back option in the postJamal Lewis era. so this was an intriguing pick. Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis the only other quarterbacks under contract at press time. In any case. 218) Fresno State – San Diego Chargers – Faced with the prospect of rolling with the dynamic but diminutive Darren Sproles this season. but if injuries hit. and that’s based on the logical assumption that he’ll be San Diego’s 35 . At this stage Clausen can make all the NFL throws. 222) Notre Dame – Carolina Panthers – Clausen falling to the No. for now at least. attitude and leadership abilities are top shelf. Marshawn Lynch. so temper your expectations for his rookie season. there will be a number of rookies who are fantasy difference-makers this year. there will be a steep learning curve for both Bradford and his largely unproven receiving corps. 236) Florida – Denver Broncos – The Broncos already had Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn.000-plus rushing yards and double-digit TDs are within reach for the Bolts’ new power back. Clausen won’t be rushed. but as always. Tebow’s results at Florida are hard to ignore. Note that the Panthers are built to run. given that some scouts think he might be the better pro than Bradford. unless injuries hit the Browns hard. the team isn’t especially attached to Moore. but Hardesty is a powerful runner with good vision and quick feet. Spiller – (5-10. the receiving corps is a work in progress. his work ethic. As is so often the case with young quarterbacks. so he can’t be written off. While there are plenty of skeptics.IMPACT ROOKIES There's still plenty that needs to shake out in training camp. Assuming his shoulder holds up. He’s already impressed the Browns coaching staff. Still. he’s an explosive back playing in an offense in need of playmaking from the RB position. who averaged 4. was major draft faller. Maurice Morris. and in Bradford. Best lacks ideal size and comes with legitimate durability concerns. 1. Correctly identifying who they'll be and drafting them accordingly (not too early.

he has the inside running ability to compete with and overtake Mewelde Moore as Rashard Mendenhall’s backup. he has a legitimate chance to overtake Brandon Jackson as the heir to the Ryan Grant throne. unlike Marshall. 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. Houshmandzadeh. but note that those who want him will likely need to be aggressive if the buzz continues to grow. but his blend of quickness and explosiveness will allow him to compete for the No. if the Cowboys simply decide to roll with their most talented weapons. Dexter McCluster – (5-9. but at this point we think it’s Blount who has the best chance of overtaking Javon Ringer as the No. 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. Assuming that’s the case. Stokley and Thomas at this point. then he could be an effective short-yardage weapon and is a name to file away for those in TD-heavy leagues. provided he’s past a foot injury that required surgery. he was a tremendous value in the fourth round and has a chance to open the season as a starter. so the fantasy explosion may not happen right away. But look for Bryant to be a legitimate lineup option as soon as injuries hit. be it out of the backfield. Off-field concerns caused Bryant to slide to the No. Assuming Thomas can avoid too many drops. Thomas isn’t the marquee name Bryant is. The Broncos have a couple of steady vets in Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley. there’s some potential for upward mobility in the post Brandon Marshall era in Denver. Bryant will need to overtake Roy Williams. he should be an immediate impact player in the NFL. Mike Williams – (6-1. Draft him for upside. McCluster’s lack of ideal size may limit him to a hit-or-miss combo of workload and production. Eric Decker – (6-3. given his after-the-catch skills and the very real possibility he’ll open the season as Josh Freeman’s go-to wideout. an area of slight concern. While not the big-play threat that Thomas is. McKnight. 2 RB on the Titans depth chart. the slot or as a returner.who brings a power element to the 49ers’ backfield. as well a bounce-back candidate in Eddie Royal. will complement starter Frank Gore and perhaps threaten last year’s top backup. 198) USC – New York Jets – The Jets thought enough of McKnight. but he’s a good pass-catcher out of the backfield who keeps his legs churning. With Antonio Bryant signing with the Bengals this offseason. Anthony Dixon – (6-1. If he can stay healthy. Stafon Johnson is another undrafted back. as long as he can stay in top shape.46-40). all over the field to see where he can make the biggest impact. 218) Buffalo – Green Bay Packers – Starks lasted until the sixth round in large part because he missed his senior season with a shoulder injury. 233) Mississippi State – San Francisco 49ers – Dixon . putting Sanders a single injury away from an immediate impact. 219) Illinois – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Although he lasted until the second round of April's draft. Chris Johnson. Decker could make an impact as a possession receiver. If Scott can overtake the likes of Mike Bell and Leonard Weaver. to move up in the fourth round of the draft to acquire him. he could be a shortyardage factor as a rookie. 224) Georgia Tech – Denver Broncos – Rookie wideouts are a crapshoot. Arrelious Benn – (6-1. Glen Coffee. James Starks – (6-2. comes baggage-free. who essentially replaces the similarly skilled Leon Washington.. 172) Mississippi – Kansas City Chiefs – Look for the Chiefs to experiment using McCluster..J. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips called him “an absolute talent" and gushed about the former Oklahoma State star’s great body control. but he didn’t exactly dazzle the team with his conditioning at minicamp. Emmanuel Sanders – (5-11. or . but he is an explosive playmaker. Golden Tate – (5-10. but he combines size and excellent athleticism with bigplay potential and. Demaryius Thomas – (6-3. the job will be his. which limited him to three games and caused him to fall out of the draft. 36 WIDE RECEIVERS Dez Bryant – (6-2. given the collection of uninspiring veteran talent Tampa Bay has otherwise assembled. has plenty of time to get in better shape by the time training camp rolls around. His modest stats (38/490/2 in 12 games) in 2009 were a product of spotty QB play at Illinois. 186) SMU – Pittsburgh Steelers – Sanders is slightly built. in whom the team has a great deal invested. Gaffney. the team has a potentially elite big-play threat on its hands. Joe McKnight – (5-11. a multi-purpose offensive threat. 225) Oklahoma State – Dallas Cowboys – After seeing Bryant at the team’s rookie minicamp.) triple-option in college. quickness and power. Still. they can make an immediate splash. but there’s some sleeper potential here if the Bucs passing offense takes a leap in Freeman’s second year. his production will hinge on Freeman’s development.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. 205) Southern Illinois – Jacksonville Jaguars – Karim was a productive collegiate runner for Southern Illinois. 221) Syracuse – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – While we don’t expect Williams’ production to surpass Benn’s. 238) LSU – Philadelphia Eagles – Scott is a bruising back who can take some of the heat off LeSean McCoy. LeGarrette Blount – (6-0. Unless Antwaan Randle El or Arnaz Battle experiences major career renaissance. He could see action as a third-down back and possibly as a kickoff returner as a rookie. hands. the Titans may have found themselves a gem who could conceivably earn a short-yardage role behind stud starting back. 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. Charles Scott – (5-11. If Dixon keeps an eye on his weight and conditioning. Benn enters a good situation with Tampa Bay in terms of opportunity. Benn has a good chance to step right into a key role. That said. so it’s not hard to imagine him putting up better numbers as an NFL rookie. who could turn into a major weapon for the Chiefs in time. who could stick.Drew and Rashad Jennings for him to make much of a fantasy impact. but it would take injuries to Maurice Jones. but the trade of Brandon Marshall creates a playmaking void that Thomas is better qualified to fill. That’s why we think Thomas may end up providing the best fantasy value in 2010. 199) Notre Dame – Seattle Seahawks – Although Tate lacks elite speed and size. 24 spot in the draft. based on his projected role relative to where he can be had in fantasy drafts. but he has much to prove if he hopes to carve out a significant role behind Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson as a rookie. 3 wideout job behind Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. but as long as he stays in line in Dallas. who played two seasons with Mark Sanchez at USC. but in the right circumstances. Deji Karim – (5-11. and he has good wheels (4. 241) Oregon – Tennessee Titans – Blount was suspended last season after punching a Boise State player after the season opener.

Tony Moeaki – (6-3. 245) Florida – New England Patriots – Veteran free agent addition Alge Crumpler now has some talented young company within the Patriots' tight end corps. given that the Chiefs were hardly loaded with tight end talent before his selection. so he could develop as a vertical threat with some work on his route-running. Coverage skills need work. 264) Arizona – New England Patriots – With Ben Watson and Chris Baker gone. he can contribute as a punt returner. Consider him a low-risk. but there’s no need to hurry him with Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas still in the fold. T. following the team's selections of Hernandez and Gronkowski. 249) Oregon – Baltimore Ravens – Dickson. Ward – (5-10. There will be growing pains for both of them. 197) USC – Tennessee Titans – Williams is a good route runner who projects as a possession receiver in the NFL. 243) Wisconsin – Houston Texans – Owen Daniels. so Gronkowski has some fantasy potential in the NE offense. another Wisconsin product. going with Dickson in Round Three and Pitta in Round Four. 193) Texas – Cincinnati Bengals – With Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant locked in as starters and Andre Caldwell still around. Taylor Price – (6-0. given the presence of Randy Moss. Andre Roberts – (5-11. then it stands to reason that either LaFell or Edwards could claim the Panthers’ starting receiver job opposite Steve Smith. he could help out in the slot as well. he's a great value in the fourth round. Durability is a concern. Jordan Shipley – (5-11. but he’s coming off another knee surgery. but if Harbor can beat out the injury-prone Cornelius Ingram for the top backup spot. Rob Gronkowski – (6-6. Even as he establishes his role in the offense with Tennessee behind Nate Washington. 245) BYU – Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens made tight end a priority in the draft. but it will be worth watching how well Gilyard does early on. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet ahead of him. Credit his draft tumble to reports about failed drug tests while in college. Graham impressed coach Sean Payton during the Saints' rookie camp.end success story a la Tony Gonzalez/Antonio Gates. Brandon Tate. 195) Citadel – Arizona Cardinals – With Larry Fitzgerald. Louis Rams – Gilyard could stand to bulk up a bit. Dickson would make a nice in-season pickup if Heap goes down at any point. as there’s not a whole lot settled in the Rams’ receiving corps beyond Donnie Avery. given that he’ll be making the switch from the QB position. to a lesser degree. an athletic pass catcher. but assuming no further transgressions. 211) Tennessee – Kansas City Chiefs – The safety’s playmaking ability and rare athleticism will help him make an immediate impact as a rookie starter. so consider him the sleeper here. but his veteran counterpart is not only getting up there in years but has had durability issues. 261) Oklahoma – Cincinnati Bengals – It's been ages since a Bengals tight end was a fantasy factor. but he is a fine playmaker who has a chance to develop into a useful weapon for top-pick Sam Bradford. Taylor Mays – (6-3. Mardy Gilyard – (6-0. 230) USC – San Francisco 49ers – Huge safety with excellent speed delivers big hits.41-40. then stop reading now. 252) Missouri State – Philadelphia Eagles – Brent Celek is locked in as the Eagles’ top tight end. In Hernandez. that should be a nonissue going forward. and he figures to start right away at strong safety. his fantasy impact as a rookie will likely be limited. but Pitta is a fine pass-catcher in his own right. 37 . Garrett Graham – (6-3. Jimmy Graham – (6-6. will be working behind Todd Heap. Adding depth and youth to their wideout corps was an offseason priority for the Pats.. Clay Harbor – (6-3. but Moeaki has the pass-catching ability to be a productive player from the outset.J. but he could end up developing into the latest basketball-player-turnedtight. 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. and they can afford to bring Price along gradually. but his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect. 187) Appalachian State – Carolina Panthers – If you think Dwayne Jarrett is the real deal. Justin Gage and Kenny Britt. worked out pretty well for the Texans. barring a slew of injuries. Torry Holt. Ed Dickson – (6-4. Edwards is the supersleeper. but DEFENSIVE BACKS Eric Berry – (6-0. but if any of the top three were to go down. but the Browns didn’t draft him to sit. New England predictably goes with yet another Florida Gator. 187) Cincinnati – St. Damian Williams – (6-1. so Graham gives the team a nice insurance policy in the pass-catching TE department. TIGHT ENDS Jermaine Gresham – (6-5. 211) Oregon – Cleveland Browns – Considered a reach by many. Gresham – who missed his senior season with a knee injury – could break that trend with his playmaking upside. so that’s not written in stone. Nate Allen – (6-0. Tom Brady is not shy about targeting his tight ends in the red zone. Aaron Hernandez – (6-2.) Brandon LaFell – (6-2. We think LaFell’s size and physicality give him the edge. While he possesses the polish to help out right away. Sam Aiken and David Patten. 211) LSU/Armanti Edwards – (5-11. 208) Texas – Seattle Seahawks – Ball-hawking safety should start and make plays right away for Seattle. the quick Roberts is likely to make most of his initial impact in the return game.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. 260) Miami – New Orleans Saints – Graham is considered a raw prospect given his relative lack of high-level football experience. but assuming he can stay healthy. his athleticism and receiving ability give him some upside in what is usually a productive offense.. Earl Thomas – (5-10. We expect Dickson to emerge as Heap’s top backup. high-reward option if your league’s roster requirements give you the flexibility to draft a backup tight end. but could eventually push Michael Lewis out of the starting job. given his prowess as a passcatcher in the mold of Chris Cooley. Dennis Pitta – (6-4. 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. 207) South Florida – Philadelphia Eagles – The sort of playmaking safety the team has lacked since the departure of Brian Dawkins. If not. Julian Edelman and. 204) Ohio – New England Patriots – Price has good size and ran a 4. Shipley projects as a slot receiver and returner for the Bengals.

Ndamukong Suh – (6-4. Daryl Washington – (6-2. 230) TCU – Arizona Cardinals – An athletic linebacker.. Phillip Dillard – (6-0.IMPACT ROOKIES (cont. 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. 266) Georgia Tech – Tennessee Titans – The Titans hope he can help fill the pass-rushing void created by the loss of Kyle Vanden Bosch.) LINEBACKERS Rolando McClain – (6-3. who racked up plenty of tackles for Oakland. His ability to get to the QB could help IDP owners as well. Brandon Graham – (6-1.. 38 . who should fill the void created by the departure of the productive Karlos Dansby. DEFENSIVE LINE Derrick Morgan – (6-3. 254) Alabama – Oakland Raiders – Replaces middle linebacker Kirk Morrison. 268) Michigan – Philadelphia Eagles – Brought in to boost the Eagles pass rush and should contribute immediately.

Clinton Portis' job looks safe for now. This week it's P. Jonathan Stupar has backed into the starting job. possibly as early as the next game. If Ware doesn't watch out. Still. he'll be in some pain and will obviously have a tougher time holding and throwing the ball. with none of the receiving candidates doing much to improve his chances for a starting job. BUCCANEERS QB: Starter Josh Freeman fractured the thumb on his throwing hand. seems to have the burst back that was missing the last couple of seasons. BILLS TE: Shawn Nelson has been suspended for the first four games of the season. Kareem Huggins has come out of nowhere to possibly steal his job. Spiller gained 54 yards on 10 carries. 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. Fred Taylor. making the race for the backup job worth noting. 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 . but he had just four yards on eight carries against the stingy Baltimore defense. another backup running back going down for the Saints. as the Broncos wanted to see what they have in him before attempting to reshuffle their depth chart. Jones may steal some carries at the goal-line. but he's not much of a fantasy option in the Buffalo offense. one of which was a spectacular 31-yard score. Bradford could be starting for Week 1. Lynch should be back soon. If you're looking for a sleeper for your second RB who could produce firstRB numbers. Brady Quinn is now competing with Tim Tebow for the backup job. With Derek Schouman out for the next threeto-six weeks with a knee 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. but he wasn't as successful throwing the ball. but there's no reason to think otherwise. with Sammy Morris backing them up. Most aren't fooled by coach Todd Haley's talk of "going with the hot hand" and putting Jones atop the depth chart. BILLS RB: Head coach Chan Gailey won't reveal what C. plain and simple. which was a bit of a surprise. REDSKINS RB: Week two of the preseason was supposed to be Larry Johnson's "showcase" game. Charles is the starter. indicating that Trent Edwards has won the starting job. but he's also the only one of the three who might get dealt.POSITION JOB BATTLES With training camps in full swing. but he's missed all of camp with a shoulder injury. 3 back Willie Parker will get the showcase treatment in the next game. Jenkins is still on target to return by the beginning of the season. and if Feeley's injuries linger. Stupar earned the job with his play on the field this summer. RAMS QB: Although he outplayed Sam Bradford in the last game. still has the lead over the likes of Kenny Moore and Brandon LaFell. Derrick Ward has had a bad summer. He'll probably remain in a timeshare with Laurence Maroney. Starter Knowshon Moreno will probably return in the next week or so. PANTHERS WR: The Carolina offense really needs Steve Smith to return. but if the last preseason game is any indication. 2 spot right now. who caught three passes. managed to stay on his feet this time. Dwayne Jarrett. BILLS QB: It looks like Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick are alternating at the No. he deserves to be the starter. Josh Johnson will step into the starting role until Freeman returns. Bradford. Charles is the better back. With both Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the shelf. he seems to be losing his confidence. One should take preseason numbers with a grain of salt. It looks like Best will be the starter in the regular-season opener.J. so Fargas is probably just competing with Correll Buckhalter (who might miss the whole preseason with a back injury) for the backup job. Spiller's role is going to be in this year's offense. and in addition to a recent head injury he suffered. Joey Galloway is holding onto that job in name only. who had 11 carries for 54 yards on August 19. CHIEFS RB: For the second game in a row. A. so he'll need to come up big to hold off Galloway and Armstrong and win a spot in the starting lineup. 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. LIONS RB: Kevin Smith saw the field in Detroit's second preseason game. but this weekend's game may be the telltale sign as to who has the leg up here. Douglas continues to push Michael Jenkins for a starting job. Actually. but it remains to be seen how many carries Smith will be able to siphon away. he should get plenty of playing time with the first-team offense on Saturday. Kyle Orton has all but won the starting job. he's not exactly the healthiest guy in the world. SAINTS RB: Another week. but Tebow missed Saturday's game with a rib injury. It looked out of sync against a strong Jets defense on Saturday. Feeley suffered minor thumb and elbow injuries and will not be able to play in Thursday's game. It hasn't been officially announced yet. Meanwhile. but perhaps he rushed back because he's feeling nervous about losing his starting job to rookie Jahvid Best. PATRIOTS RB: Like the last few years in New England. Hill's out for the year with a triceps injury. Douglas' and Jenkins' competition thinned by one as Kerry Meier suffered a knee injury and will miss the entire season. FALCONS WR: Harry Douglas was finally back on the field for the August 19 game. Jamaal Charles outplayed Thomas Jones. BUCCANEERS RB: While Cadillac Williams remains entrenched as the starter. 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. who was sacked four times in his debut. Right now. Thomas has been quiet this month. look to the Windy City. but at this stage of their relative careers.J. as Devin Thomas was expected to wrest it away from him. but No.J. but he doesn't seem capable of exploding like Forte did on Saturday. he may not even make the team. putting his Week 1 status in jeopardy. After suffering an ACL injury last year. Hill who will be taken out of the goal-line mix. Chester Taylor was signed in the offseason to share the carries with Forte. any running back could be the go-to guy in any given week this year. Even if he's able to play (and he probably won't be able to practice much between now and then). BRONCOS RB: New acquisition Justin Fargas had nine carries for just 13 yards in Saturday's game. BRONCOS QB: Although coach Josh McDaniels indicated that there would be a real battle.

) spot of TD Vulture. but it'll take a lot more fumbles for Slaton to catch up to Foster now. but for the time being. The Vikes are looking to sign Javon Walker.. but it's a situation that bears watching. He's battling incumbents Kenny Britt and Justin Gage for two starting jobs. Gage missed Monday's game with a sore thumb. and Saturday's preseason game seemed to confirm that theory. and Washington will get plenty of third-down carries. Percy Harvin came back to practice in the last week. who felt pain in his hip recently and may not be able to play in the regular-season opener. and it's possible we won't know who wins the jobs until just before Week 1. but Julius Jones should continue to take the ball away from him at times. VIKINGS WR: Although Brett Favre is back. Justin Forsett is probably still the top guy. expect a timeshare in Seattle. We still like Forsett to ultimately earn the full-time job as Jones hasn't done much this summer. He's expected to return soon. so he's probably lagging behind Washington and Britt for now. The news is also bad on Sidney Rice. You probably saw something about it on TV. SEAHAWKS RB: Now that Leon Washington is back from the SEAHAWKS gruesome leg injury he suffered late last season. but he's probably not going to make a dent in the depth chart unless there's another injury. he still doesn't have his starters playing. there's a bit of a logjam in the Seattle backfield.POSITION JOB BATTLES (cont. 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. TITANS WR: The Titans signed Nate Washington to potentially be TITANS a No. as he's the only experienced healthy receiver Minnesota has right now. 1 receiver. 40 . but he hasn't yet shown the consistency needed to nail down the role. VIKINGS QB: Something happened here last week. but left in an ambulance when his migraines became too debilitating.. 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). Bump Bernard Berrian up a bit more on your cheat sheet. Slaton held onto the ball this week while Foster fumbled once. but he's four years removed from his last productive season. The Saints added DeShawn Wynn for depth.

J. 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.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.T. 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 .

.) 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 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 .

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.J. Houshmandzadeh John Carlson Olindo Mare Charlie Whitehurst Julius Jones Deion Branch Chris Baker J.P.TEAM DEPTH CHARTS (cont.J. LOUIS QB RB WR TE K A. 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 .) 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...

2 52.4 53.7 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.0 56.6 52.9 45.5 53.9 56.4 47.1 46.3 66.3 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 62.0 43.2 62.8 47.4 59.7 36.5 64.8 46.1 35.6 46.7 54.5 48.3 43.9 48.5 46.7 52.5 41.2 64.7 33.2 53.3 45.1 37.1 51.1 54.3 63.4 51.9 53.7 57.5 36.6 57.1 43. LOUIS DENVER NY GIANTS MINNESOTA ATLANTA TENNESSEE BUFFALO NEW ENGLAND JACKSONVILLE BALTIMORE CLEVELAND NY JETS MIAMI SAN DIEGO CAROLINA 45 .4 51.1 47.5 35.6 48.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 68.3 51.9 64.9 52.6 40.5 63.5 47.5 52.8 37.7 48.8 49.5 51.3 47.5 58.8 35.6 48.2 50.4 42.

26 7. 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 6.68 6.68 0.21 6.39 7.55 6.70 8.65 6.53 6.05 7.38 7.J.86 7.J.08 6.50 8.69 5.64 7.56 5.95 6.58 6.14 6.90 7.35 4.23 5.99 7.57 6.27 8.92 8.11 7.00 5.23 6.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.37 6.86 9.85 5.88 7.66 6.61 7.70 7.54 6.24 6.22 5. Feeley A.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 .57 6.08 6.72 5.88 6.93 6.45 7.67 7.97 5.91 6.28 5.14 6.78 7.71 6.38 6.38 6.

20 7.01 6.03 6.23 8.04 8.83 0.58 5.62 6.00 8.55 8.80 6.00 0.20 5.42 5.00 0.18 5.52 0.64 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 .38 6.27 5.) 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 7.82 8.68 7.87 8.00 7.00 6.71 6.03 8.QUARTERBACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.63 6.16 7.71 8..19 6.00 0.47 6.75 7.85 7.15 7..79 6.62 6.32 10.32 6.01 6.

57 3.00 5.63 11.91 6.44 3.63 15.77 5.41 5.36 8.78 8.26 11.60 4.89 5.40 11.20 10.50 4.65 8.30 8.90 3.43 8.09 4.21 4.15 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 7.36 15.31 6.78 4.25 4.00 5.86 3.18 6.82 7.72 4.79 6.72 6.76 3.89 4.90 3.00 12.67 4.80 3.80 6.43 7.50 3.26 5.45 2.42 6.59 7.61 7.14 8.42 5.67 9.96 8.48 3.77 4.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 3.91 7.51 4.43 3.21 7.16 3.56 5.05 3.78 3.76 4.65 8.33 6.00 9.50 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 .13 5.47 4.95 8.00 7.70 3.40 5.86 6.67 8.75 5.37 4.38 7.81 7.96 7.81 5.36 5.79 4.74 3.71 4.72 2.35 5.60 3.27 4.57 3.63 9.35 4.13 5.13 8.54 7.17 4.50 5.60 4.88 6.75 8.88 4.53 9.53 9.76 4.00 4.38 3.74 6.27 7.50 3.00 8.74 7.

90 7.44 2.43 6.70 7.46 4.00 3.90 8.18 3..96 3.78 7.99 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 0.67 5.87 3.00 3.00 6.50 4.00 5.60 4.13 6.37 4.43 4.90 3.22 6.23 4.59 8.06 9.53 6.11 3.13 4.51 5.73 10.60 11.92 6.90 7.63 6.22 6.01 4.49 5.67 6.07 6.28 10.00 3.44 3.87 1.71 7.00 0.91 4.38 6.07 7.67 6.32 5.63 6..06 5.11 3.) 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 5.90 3.75 4.11 0.83 7.79 7.67 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 .85 3.00 10.75 4.20 3.73 3.39 11.48 4.45 3.57 3.31 8.49 3.42 4.18 5.18 5.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.55 11.34 8.12 4.00 7.40 6.25 4.70 10.31 8.57 5.91 3.91 3.16 3.31 6.79 2.24 4.60 9.23 8.69 4.47 12.26 6.00 4.96 6.48 4.52 3.22 6.70 2.87 4.65 7.57 3.57 4.01 3.04 5.33 6.11 4.60 7.80 8.80 5.00 9.

40 8.89 6.69 10.89 4.37 3.58 4.37 5.63 4.67 10.34 4.85 9.43 3.15 7.98 4.39 4.61 7.27 4.58 3.90 4.60 4..73 9.92 4.83 3.50 7.04 7.36 11.92 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 .97 4.36 10.86 4.15 5.34 3.02 3.13 8.72 9.08 8.98 7.00 8.28 8.98 5.32 3.67 8.34 4.48 7.29 7.20 3.51 4.72 4.47 9.60 4.44 4.27 6.59 5.44 8.79 7.93 9.40 13.33 8.84 5.07 11.00 0.50 3.17 7.22 10.61 4.40 4.00 7.45 9.69 4.) 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 4.74 12.83 4.16 4.63 10.13 4.98 3.48 8.50 8.52 4.32 4.51 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 10.45 8.00 6.78 3.00 3.00 13.00 0.84 6.83 3.70 6.29 7.33 11.14 7.36 4.33 8..92 11.13 4.00 4.00 8.75 10.38 9.27 4.86 7.12 9.48 4.61 8.84 3.88 5.89 9.11 3.27 5.32 3.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.15 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..49 3.71 3.54 3 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 2 51 .58 8.RUNNING BACK STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.69 7.67 7.15 7.40 4.33 4..46 4.17 4.47 3.85 3.) 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 4.91 5.24 5.55 7.05 7.67 7.29 5.

81 14.27 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 .58 10.12 8.10 12.85 14.52 14.00 13.99 12.69 16.38 14.33 12.11 12.30 7.89 11.53 12.15 15.11 16.38 13.79 11.26 13.96 12.38 12.00 16.12 13.27 9.85 13.11 16.95 16.96 11.95 11.92 11.64 11.23 8.28 14.71 13.40 13.58 7.27 11.91 16.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 16.53 16.74 13.04 15.09 9.74 9.62 12.69 15.30 12.47 11.97 11.24 10.89 13.32 12.16 10.42 16.19 12.

) 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 14.32 13.83 16.78 13.80 13.34 13.76 13.24 13.76 16.88 6.07 14.75 10.24 10.65 15.30 13.00 16.02 14.16 9.70 9.00 9.13 12.17 19.23 13.56 15.15 17..32 16.37 14.11 15.25 15.84 13.26 17.19 11.60 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 ..32 0.87 15.17 13.91 13.78 15.51 11.95 13.40 13.70 16.07 13.47 16.00 13.46 15.24 13.33 13.59 13.02 13.28 13.79 12.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.18 15.81 7.68 15.28 10.

24 10.89 15.70 14.32 15.70 16.53 16.12 11. 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 10.03 13.55 16.91 15.83 11.69 14.85 14..62 10.88 11.53 12.81 12.71 13.53 11.74 16. Houshmandzadeh T.75 13.32 9.71 12.20 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 .18 17.16 11.) Name T.71 11.J.42 12.04 11.81 16.11 12.23 13.37 14.J.19 14..12 15.76 18.98 14.52 17.22 10.13 14.08 12.13 15.35 17.35 14.35 18.08 18.09 12.85 13.00 13.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.54 16.80 16.73 11.49 11.47 15.93 11.75 10.

38 19.33 15.78 17.01 14.96 14.33 12.54 15.10 13.59 13.19 19.88 10.28 13.91 15.56 13.25 10.21 13.14 10.11 13.60 14.64 10.11 12.84 12.42 11.44 9.68 14.05 11..11 10.07 10.69 10.92 13.85 15.78 15.) 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 14.00 9.34 9.30 11.47 12.WIDE RECEIVER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.77 10.40 13.44 13.85 15.77 10.10 10.86 11.68 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 .65 13.77 10.81 12..14 15.09 12.41 12.53 11.32 13.33 11.79 14.75 12.38 13.38 10.25 15.

98 10.19 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 .00 0.88 6.37 11.56 12.00 8.60 8.60 12.22 11.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 6.06 10.22 8.35 7.94 16.63 0.03 12.78 10.45 11.48 11.54 12.60 11.35 14.90 8.22 10.32 11.00 10.31 12.88 13.00 10.00 12.51 12.71 13.10 11.22 12.32 9.50 11.00 9.90 8.20 8.72 10.65 11.29 13.11 11.45 9.53 11.54 12.50 12.00 10.19 9.00 10.64 13.21 11.94 12.24 7.97 11.25 12.

53 0.10 8.93 10.00 0.61 12.53 11.18 9.) 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 10.92 11.42 12.93 12.17 11.76 10.04 10.00 13.96 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 .40 13.29 10.03 11.85 10.72 8.20 10..27 12.67 9.10 10.71 9.58 10.70 12.07 10.TIGHT END STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.78 13.48 11..13 10.17 11.72 10.13 12.52 13.11 10.38 12.20 10.

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 .

) 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 ...KICKER STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.

5 0. 12.5 0 0 0.83 1.83 1.5 0 0 1.33 1 5.33 0 11.5 0 0 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 1.66 2 2.5 0 0 0.5 1.66 2.66 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 10.5 9.25 5.5 4 1.33 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 .5 4.5 15 14.5 7 8.66 3 3.16 0 1 3 0.5 1.33 0 0.5 11 0.5 1 1.3 1 4 5.

16 2 0 0 0..66 7 0.83 2 0 0 2.5 1 0 1 2 1 1 6.66 0 2 3 0 0 0.5 1 5 5 2.16 3.6 1.5 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 1.16 0 0 0 0.66 1 5.8 1 1.16 3 0.66 0 0.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.5 2.8 8.83 2 11.5 6.66 2 1.5 4. 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 .

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 . 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.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.8 1.5 3 1. Hawk A.J.5 3.5 1 2 1.J.33 0 1.8 5.5 0 0 2.33 0 4.5 3.5 11.66 2 1.3 5 0.3 2 1 0 0. Henderson E.16 0 0 0 0.J. Hawk David Hawthorne David Hawthorne Geno Hayes Geno Hayes Gerald Hayes Gerald Hayes E.J.5 2 0.3 2 0 0 0 0 2...) 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.66 1 2 4 1.16 2.8 0 2.16 1 1.5 10 1.

8 3 0.83 1..66 7 0 0 0.33 0 9.66 0 0.16 9.16 0 1.5 0 1 1 1 0 9.3 2 11 11 7.75 1.3 10.16 8 0..) 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 0.16 2.3 1 7.3 2 2.5 6.66 0 1 0 1.5 0 0 1.3 4.5 0 0 1.5 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 .33 0 2 2 1.5 1 2.5 1.IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.5 10 10 0.

IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont.33 1 5.5 6 2 4 3 7 5.) 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 0 9.8 1.5 5 6 7.8 4.66 13 3..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 .5 5 2.3 1 1.66 0 0.5 0.5 1.83 0 1 1 1.5 0.5 1 0 1.5 0.16 0.33 0 1 0 0.16 1 1 2 0.5 0 0.66 1 0.16 0.5 6 0.

IDP STATS & 3-YEAR AVERAGES (cont...)

Name
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

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

POS
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

INT
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

TKL
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

SACK
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

TD
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

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PLAYER GRAPEVINE
Arizona Cardinals
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.

Atlanta Falcons
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.

Baltimore Ravens
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.

Buffalo Bills
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.
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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

Carolina Panthers
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.

Chicago Bears
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.

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Bennett is hoping to return to the practice field this week and should be fine for the start of the regular season. J AKE D ELHOMME Delhomme went 12-for-16 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s preseason lost to the Rams. With Montario Hardesty out with a knee injury.. the Associated Press reports. even as the backup Taylor should see a significant number of touches and play an important role in the team’s offense. he had an unimpressive performance that could let Hardesty back into the picture if he returns soon. J AMES D AVIS Davis picked up 10 yards on four carries in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Rams. the play. Forte seemed to alleviate any concerns about his speed on his 89-yard touchdown run. Delhomme looked accurate and efficient during his time helming the offense. Nevertheless. Louis. B ERNARD S COTT Scott injured his left shoulder in Friday’s preseason win over the Eagles. J OHNNY K NOX Knox (hamstring) caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. T ODD C OLLINS The Bears have signed Collins. but the big news here is that Knox’s hamstring was healthy enough for him to play in Saturday’s game. The injury appears to be behind him and shouldn’t be a concern for fantasy owners interested in drafting the speedy Knox. the Associated Press reports. but also was the intended receiver on two interceptions. However. 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. Harrison almost lost another fumble on the first series. which may have contributed to his lack of carries Saturday. 1 running back position. the Canton Repository reports. C HESTER TAYLOR Taylor had two carries for one yard in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. Bennett has now missed the team’s first two preseason games as a result of the hamstring injury. a time-share could be on tap. Forte seems to have regained the explosiveness that was lacking last season and appears to have a fairly firm hold on the No. On the second INT. including an 89-yard touchdown run. Among those catches was a 43-yard reception that set up the Bengals’ first touchdown of the game. 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. but once the two are both healthy. Meanwhile. Matt Forte had five carries for 109 yards. Prior to the injury Scott carried the ball twice for 13 yards and the Bengals’ first touchdown. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. His durability has been a question mark in the possibility that Cedric Benson gets hurt. 4 or No.) E ARL B ENNETT Bennett (hamstring) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Raiders. but was ruled down by contact. He lay on his back for several seconds before coming off the field under his own power. including an 89-yard touchdown. but Collins brings added experience and knowledge of Mike Martz’s style of offense to the table. in Saturday’s preseason loss to Oakland. 5 receiver. 68 . one of which might have been his fault. Prior to his injury. T ERRELL O WENS Owens had three catches for 67 yards in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Eagles on Friday. but he appears likely to open the year as the team’s No. The first of the INT’s came on a mix-up between Ochocinco and Carson Palmer on what route to run. 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. 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. Sharing playing time with Chester Taylor remains a concern (although he only had two carries). 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. Cincinnati Bengals C HAD O CHOCINCO Ochocinco had two catches for 29 yards in the Bengals’ preseason win over the Eagles. the 38-year-old Collins gives the Bears an experienced QB option behind starter Jay Cutler. With Caleb Hanie dealing with a shoulder issue and Dan LeFevour struggling. He was benched briefly early in the first quarter after losing a fumble. The touchdown catch was nice. His starting spot appears secure. Harrison had a chance to get a big leg up on the competition for the starting running back job. leading the Browns in receptions with five for 30 yards and a score. possibly enough for him to have an upper hand over Hanie. the Chicago Sun-Times reports. it looked like the Bears were content to have Hanie serve as Jay Cutler’s top backup. Either way. the weather was wet during the game.. 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. He also carried the ball once for a yard on a reverse. However. Cleveland Browns J OSH C RIBBS Cribbs was active in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Rams. but Saturday offered plenty of reasons to think he’ll have a bounce-back season. and he should be upgrade over Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn from last season. M ATT F ORTE Forte had five carries for 109 yards. He had left practice Monday and missed Tuesday’s practices with an undisclosed injury. the Chicago Sun-Times reports. which reinforces training camp reports that he’s regained the explosiveness he lost with last year’s knee injury.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont.

hurry a few throws behind a line missing right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier. While Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty battle for the starting running back job. The biggest concern for Jones owners right now might be the health of the offensive line. With Brandon Marshall now in Miami. which was missing two starters Saturday and had trouble opening holes for any of the Cowboys’ running backs. Neither back got much in the way of yardage or touches. which was a plus. He practiced Thursday. gaining 13 yards on three carries. which hurts the Broncos even more because of the absence of Knowshon Moreno. T ONY R OMO Romo didn’t look comfortable behind his makeshift offensive line Saturday. but at this point Jones still looks like the marginally better fantasy play. With the numerous injuries to the Broncos’ backfield. which means he is only an injury or two away from starting. completing just 4 of 11 passes for 30 yards with one TD and one INT. he may have the upper hand at the moment. but he remains sidelined. Decker is competing mostly with Demaryius Thomas for playing time and because he is healthy enough to be on the field. Orton’s first action after signing his contract extension only 69 . Bennett won’t have a lot of fantasy value behind Jason Witten. keeping Moreno healthy is going to be the No. 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. There were reports that Buckhalter would return last week. E RIC D ECKER Decker (ankle) had five catches for 66 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. 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. the Dallas Morning News reports. Gaffney will be competing with Eddie Royal. in Saturday’s preseason game. Hillis showed that he could be a factor for touches in the backfield. 1 goal as the team gets closer to the regular season. Colombo. but if he stays healthy he could see some red zone targets.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. as the team wanted to see more out of him after not playing in the first preseason game. Dallas Cowboys M ILES A USTIN Austin caught two passes for 15 yards. but he looked good on his blocking assignments as well as in the pass offense. Fargas was brought in after injuries to Knowshon Moreno. This was Decker’s first real action against a live opponent and he showed that he can get open and make plays. which was missing two starters Saturday and had trouble opening holes. at least. the Denver Post reports. then possibly this week. He wasn’t sacked. which should help put Romo owners’ minds at ease. catching four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. and the chances of him making an impact before at least the second half of the season are pretty slim. All of Gaffney’s catches were from starter Kyle Orton. Bryant’s got massive upside but he’ll have a lot of catching up to do once he does get back on the field. and coach Eric Mangini said Massaquoi would be playing if it were a regular season game.. and the team will do all it can to make sure he is healthy for the start of the season. two touchdowns and one interception during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions.) P EYTON H ILLIS Hillis had 12 carries for 51 yards and two receptions for 12 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to St.. 1 receiver for a score. is expected back for Week 1. F ELIX J ONES Jones gained just four yards on three carries Saturday. the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot reports. M OHAMED M ASSAQUOI Massaquoi is inactive for Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams because of his strained hamstring. Austin doesn’t have a long track record as an elite WR. He should be fine for the team’s third preseason contest. but the Cowboys’ offense is too potent for him not to get his numbers. Brandon Stokley and rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker for catches. While the team is maintaining the position that both will be ready for the regular season. The biggest concern for owners of both backs right now might be the health of the offensive line. Denver Broncos C ORRELL B UCKHALTER Buckhalter (back) remains out for the Broncos and could potentially miss the entire preseason. including a touchdown. which shows that their relationship is developing into one that could make Gaffney an interesting fantasy play this season. it’s possible that he could get himself ahead of White. Correll Buckhalter and LenDale White and although he probably won’t pass the first two on the depth chart. 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. M ARION B ARBER Barber slightly outperformed Felix Jones on Saturday. but may be held back another week as a precaution. 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. the Denver Post reports. Only one of the catches came with Tony Romo under center. J USTIN FARGAS Fargas had nine carries for 13 yards and three catches for 20 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. The offseason trade of Brandon Marshall made Moreno the team’s most talented offensive weapon. Louis. but did have to K YLE O RTON Orton completed 16-of-22 passes for 177 yards. so there is definite upside here due to the overall lack of competition from an elite wideout. Fargas led the Broncos in carries. The Browns are simply holding him out as a precaution. J ABAR G AFFNEY Gaffney had six catches for 98 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. 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. K NOWSHON M ORENO Moreno (hamstring) is recovering from his injury. M ARTELLUS B ENNETT Bennett (ankle) made an impact in his first preseason action Saturday.

in Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos. He is questionable for Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. Kevin Smith did play and got a carry on Detroit’s first series. with a 20-yard TD strike to Calvin Johnson.1 yards per carry.com reports. he has to get back on the field. which will not make fantasy owners forget about his dreadful 2009 season after his 91-catch rookie campaign in 2008. 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. but it appears that Kyle Orton has won the job and Quinn will be left competing for the #2 spot with Tebow. he has been far from that. which allowed Orton to continue to show how comfortable he is becoming with Josh McDaniels’ offense schemes. 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.) gave Broncos fans more hope going into the regular season. so his presence was somewhat surprising. Dorsey had a nice showing in the Lions’ second preseason game of the season on Saturday.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. He has the potential to be a big piece of the Broncos’ offense this season. but his foot seems to constantly be hurt. T ONY S CHEFFLER The Lions want Scheffler to improve his blocking skills. the Denver Post reports. of the second-half action. the the Lions are counting on him to be versatile in their offense. MLive. Orton could be a solid backup. Houston Texans D AVID A NDERSON Anderson had three catches for 61 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. the Denver Post reports. J AMES J ONES Jones caught one pass for three yards in Saturday’s preseason game. and if he is unable to play. Quinn got to see more action because of the absence of Tim Tebow. It’s good to see Rodgers looking to him that often. The team signed Justin Fargas after White went down and the former could be in line to take the latter’s touches. if not all. Pettigrew was somewhat of a surprise active player after sitting out practice on Thursday.. Brady Quinn would likely receive most. as he has the physical makeup to be a big time receiver in the NFL. but if he and Johnson are able to develop strong chemistry this season.. E DDIE R OYAL Royal had one catch for eight yards during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. Scheffler didn’t do much blocking in Denver. Broncos fans are starting to get frustrated with Thomas’ injuries. B RANDON J ACKSON Jackson rushed for 80 yards on 11 attempts in Saturday’s preseason game against Seattle. T IM T EBOW Tebow (ribs) did not practice on Friday. Head coach Josh McDaniels initially said that there would be an open quarterback competition in camp. Jackson saw a lot of time at running back because the Packers are a little thin at that position. B RANDON P ETTIGREW Pettigrew (knee) suited up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Packers. Green Bay Packers D ONALD D RIVER Driver did not play in Saturday’s preseason game. so far. but Green Bay coaches still feel he has a leg up on Jordy Nelson for the No. B RADY Q UINN Quinn completed 11-of-17 passes for 115 yards during Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions. Tebow underwent treatment on Friday and is considered day-today. Stafford is currently our No. however. He didn’t make any kind of impact on the stat sheet. J ERMICHAEL F INLEY Finley caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against Seattle. Finley was targeted five times by Aaron Rodgers and made some nice catches. He’s still set as Ryan Grant’s backup. L EN D ALE W HITE White (suspension/ankle) remains out for the Broncos and doesn’t appear to be close to returning. His impact was minimal on the field. but in order to reach that potential. but if he’s able to make the roster it’ll likely be as a third-stringer and special teams contributor. but he has yet to push himself closer to the starting position in Denver. D E D E D ORSEY Dorsey is making a push to secure a spot on the Lions 53-man roster. 17 ranked QB. There has been so much talk about Royal becoming Wes Welker-lite but. then the second-year signal caller could easily leapfrog over several of the players listed ahead of him. This is now two preseason games in a row where Royal only had one catch. His return is an encouraging sign of his recovery. Jones was only targeted once. Detroit needs Scheffler to produce as a well-rounded tight end. but Best had a strong performance as he averaged 6. especially if he can keep his turnovers in check. M ATTHEW S TAFFORD Stafford completed 13-of-18 passes for 130 yards. K EVIN S MITH Smith (knee) suited up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos. Anderson got more snaps with Andre Davis (tailbone) and Dorin Dickerson (undisclosed) out of 70 . thanks to the offseason trade of Brandon Marshall. Rookie Tim Tebow did not play. with three carries and two catches for 19 total yards. He’ll be ready to go when the regular season begins. Smith missed practice on Thursday. Driver got the day off as a veteran who doesn’t need to play in every preseason game. While he is still not a top tier fantasy quarterback because of the Broncos’ receivers. D EMARYIUS T HOMAS Thomas (foot) is slowly recovering from his injury and could be held out for another week. 3 WR spot. With Brandon Pettigrew working his way back from ACL surgery. however.

As long as the Texans can protect him. IR). and the tight end is proving to be a competent receiver. the Indianapolis Star reports. the Fort Wayne Tribune-Star reports. 14 and missed Indy’s last preseason game. Foster looked like the primary ball carrier on Saturday. we find Henry and Jeremiah Johnson looking to replace Ben Tate (ankle. including two nice runs in the red zone resulting in his 10-yard score. The Texans are trying really hard to improve the passing/rushing balance this year. including a 63-yard kickoff return. 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. so we wouldn’t read too much into it. remember that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is known for quickly changing his tune on his running back lineup. 3 man for now. has distinguished himself as the No. struggling in the return game. C HRIS H ENRY Henry did not line up at running back during Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. and Johnson had a 55-yard kickoff return. S TEVE S LATON Slaton had five carries for 19 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to New Orleans. J OEL D REESSEN Dreessen had three catches for 55 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. backup running back Steve Slaton didn’t get a carry until the third quarter. who doesn’t have anything to prove in preseason games. 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. P IERRE G ARCON Garcon. Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub found Dreessen wide open on a few balls early in the game. who has missed the last week of practice and two preseason games with an undisclosed injury. Two things of note for Johnson on Saturday: Chris Henry did not line up at running back at all in the game. Looking deeper down Houston’s depth chart at running back. A RIAN F OSTER Foster had six carries for 28 yards. in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. but he did lose a fumble. A pretty quiet night for Johnson. Arian Foster got all the work with the first-team offense while Slaton didn’t get a carry until the third quarter. 71 . Dreessen was tagged with the “blocking tight end” label but has shown to be a good ball-catcher ever since. He also added two receptions for 15 yards. 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. but at least he didn’t fumble after losing the ball on the goal line in the first preseason game. 3. Bolen’s touchdowns came against second and third-team units. Showing some production there is paramount to team moving up a level. On his one reception. He did lose a fumble. D ORIN D ICKERSON Dickerson (undisclosed) was inactive for Saturday’s preseason game against New Orleans. IR) as the third man. Slaton had a smaller role on Saturday. in Saturday’s preseason loss to New Orleans. He took a hit to the knee on his first catch of the night. It appears that Johnson has moved ahead of Henry as Houston’s No. It looks like Johnson. one receiving and one rushing. Daniels is expected to be back for the season opener. who is 13of-16 for 195 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He still sits third on the fullback depth chart behind Greg Jones and Montell Owens. 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. including a 10-yard touchdown. but Schaub showed to be an elite quarterback in 2009 without a very effective ground game. he showed both finesse and muscle. but we’d like to see him appear at full speed rather than trust Indy’s information on injuries. but apparently the hit looked worse (especially in slow motion) than it actually felt. with Trindon Holliday (thumb) Jacksonville Jaguars B ROCK B OLEN Bolen had two touchdowns. 12. behind Arian Foster and Steve Slaton. V ONTA L EACH Leach had one catch for 12 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. but doesn’t get nearly enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration. A NDRE D AVIS Davis (tailbone) did not play in Houston’s preseason loss to New Orleans on Saturday. Schaub has enough options in the passing game to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board.. A NDRE J OHNSON Johnson had two catches (three targets) for 15 yards in Houston’s preseason loss to the Saints. It’s a good sign he’s back at practice even though we know little about his ailment. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the injury was minor. Anderson will be on the final active roster to open the season but will sit fourth on the depth chart.) action. Also. Foster started the game and got all the carries with the first-team offense. While Foster seems like the back to own in Houston right now. We’re still looking for definitive word on Dickerson’s condition. The red zone is a big area of concern for Houston heading into this season. Johnson gives the Texans more options on special teams. Indianapolis Colts D ALLAS C LARK Clark (leg) did not practice Sunday. The injury is thought to be minor. but we’d like to see him in a game to be sure.. who played the entire fourth quarter at running back. Leach has been a very dependable receiver for Houston. Before Owen Daniels’ knee injury last year. returned to practice on Sunday and could play in this week’s preseason game. Clark hasn’t practiced since hurting his leg on Aug. the Houston Chronicle reports. He also averaged 44 yards on two kickoff returns. replacing the injured Ben Tate (ankle. Not a bad start to the preseason for Schaub. Meanwhile. as there is no mention of any lingering effects. however.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. David Anderson got more looks in the receiving game while a host of players got chances as kick returners as a result. Foster certainly looks like the starter and primary back at this point.

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. 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.. meanwhile. but is expected to play next week. The sample size is still to small to read much into either back’s performance. but looked every bit the starter on Saturday. He also fumbled away the Chiefs’ first possession and was once again outplayed by Jamaal Charles. who continues to impress with his downfield blocking. B RANDON M ARSHALL Marshall caught four passes for 65 yards (including a 37-yard grab) in Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars. There’s been a lot of hubbub about Jones’ position at No. So far Brown appears healthy after undergoing Lisfranc surgery last November. Camarillo is no longer assured of a roster spot. 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. had three carries and one reception for 24 yards. Miller’s absence will mean more playing time for roster hopefuls such as Zach Potter and Mike Caussin. further boosting his fantasy value.. it’s becoming increasingly clear that Charles is simply the vastly superior talent at this stage of their respective careers. Z ACH M ILLER Miller (foot) will not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Dolphins. It is currently raining in Jacksonville so the passing game could suffer accordingly and it may be difficult to judge the passing game. C HAD H ENNE Henne shined during Saturday’s preseason win over the Jaguars. “bolted (from) the 72 . people. and when the games start to count.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. Fasano still shouldn’t be a TE1 in your fantasy league but he could certainly be a solid reserve and bye week fill in. With the emergence of Patrick Turner. 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. barring another injury. 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. Charles is cruising along at 7. It seems unlikely that the Dolphins would cut him. A bounceback performance from Garrard. Marshall. M AURICE J ONES -D REW Jones-Drew had four carries for negative yardage in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins. 1 on the Chiefs’ depth chart. but KC would be foolish to not let Charles handle the majority of the work. Cassel rebounded nicely following a shaky outing in his first preseason game. Mike Sims-Walker. Through two preseason games. but coach Todd Haley isn’t foolish. 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. 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. Charles should be the one getting most of the work. M IKE T HOMAS Thomas had two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins. showing that quarterback David Garrard may start looking for him in the red zone. He knows he has one of the league’s most talented backs in Charles. McCown crashed back to earth a bit against the Dolphins in this preseason game.) J ARETT D ILLARD Dillard (foot) had three catches for 43 yards in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. 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. After last week’s near-perfect performance. Dillard seemed fully recovered from the foot fracture that had sidelined him for much of training camp. Henne led the Dolphins on three straight scoring drives to start the game. the “McCown for starter” talk should subside now. M IKE S IMS -W ALKER Sims-Walker had three catches for 64 yards in the Jags’ preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday. G REG C AMARILLO Camarillo (groin) is expected to play Saturday night. With starter David Garrard playing well Saturday. A NTHONY FASANO Fasano had two receptions for 66 yards and a pair of scores Saturday. The Jaguars are clearly limiting JonesDrew’s work in the preseason. and if it wasn’t apparent already. Still.1 yard average. Jones will still get his share of carries and may get the goal-line work. Jones is averaging just 3. according to the Florida Times-Union. Jennings remains the team’s top running option after starter Maurice Jones-Drew. He has not had the best training camp by many accounts. while backfield mate Thomas Jones slogs his way to a 3. he was playing against the Bucs. Thomas’ TD came from two yards out. Ricky Williams. completing 11-of-14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. who also completed passes of 35 and 22 yards to his favorite receiver. 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. any sign of progress is a good sign.1 yards per carry. 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.0 yards per carry this preseason. Then again. His ADP of 26 seems like pretty good value for a guy who has the upside to easily be a top-10 RB. but stranger things have happened.

He did miss picking up . which was the most important takeaway from this one and he still has plenty of preseason left to shake off the rust.J. often the most telling with regards to how things could shake out lineup-wise come Week 1. which may have hastened his exit from the game. However. However. 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. The Patriots have a deep and (for now) healthy backfield. B RETT FAVRE Favre (ankle) was on the field for four plays Sunday. After a rough go in their first preseason game in New England. He’s also played well enough where if another team came calling. completing the only pass he attempted. He’s healthy and the Dolphins know what they have in him. the Dolphins would have to consider dealing him. He also got sacked. 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. However. completing five of ten passes for 36 yards against the Texans on Saturday. according to the Dolphins’ web site. V ISANTHE S HIANCOE Shiancoe (shoulder) played in Sunday’s preseason loss to the 49ers after missing Minnesota’s first preseason game. He also punched across a score on a quarterback sneak. which could make him a nice option late in drafts. so Berrian didn’t get much action. Pennington is still the third quarterback at this time. so Gerhart remains No. if these head issues cause his ADP to drop. the Saints offense was clicking on all cylinders Saturday. He had a nine-yard run on third down with the first team offense on the first series. who is on the bubble of making the Saints’ 53-man roster. However. but it didn’t look like an issue Sunday. this would seem to indicate that it’s realistic to think Harvin might be ready to go for Week 1. It was an impressive performance for Arrington. so he’ll need to improve in his blitz pickups to secure more third-down duty. 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. While the numbers were not gaudy. A LBERT Y OUNG Young had two carries for 11 yards in Sunday’s preseason loss to San Francisco.” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Brees led two scoring drives. It’s not clear if he’ll have a sizable third-down role. He may become a bigger part of the offense later in the season. so his involvement on the first series was notable. It doesn’t look like his shoulder injury. Maroney and Fred Taylor are the likely candidates. so we don’t want to assume anything just yet. so he will sit in order to give Tyler Thigpen and Pat White a chance to show what they can do. Albert Young got playing time with the first-team offense. fantasy owners have to be pleased with the team’s scoring opportunities. He also doesn’t appear to be carving out any kind of goal-line or third-down role. Berrian could begin the season as one of Minnesota’s top options in the passing game. C HAD P ENNINGTON Pennington won’t play on Saturday. 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. some form of committee seems likely.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont.. the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad reports. 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. Maroney’s lack of carries in the Patriots’ second preseason game was simply a preseason rotation issue. Harvin’s symptoms can worsen in the blink of an eye. as we’ve seen in camp. New England Patriots L AURENCE M ARONEY According to coach Bill Belichick. he did not have a catch. D REW B REES In one quarter of work. a blitz on the first series which led to a sack of Brett Favre. P ERCY H ARVIN Coach Brad Childress said he is optimistic that Harvin (migraines) will return to practice next week. Hill’s injury improves Betts odds on making the roster as the Saints third-string running back. in any case. Brett Favre played just one series and the Minnesota offense didn’t do much against San Francisco. but given the team’s personnel at running back. which has kept him out of several practices. so it will be revealing to see who gets the most work this coming Thursday in the Patriots’ third preseason contest. 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. 3 at the depth chart. but he hasn’t made a strong impression so far this preseason. saying he needed to see the doctor. On the plus side. but so far no injury has been reported. Peterson may be used more on passing downs with the departure of Chester Taylor. His mobility didn’t seem to be an issue though. Young looks ahead of Toby Gehart for the backup job to Adrian Peterson at this point. the Boston Globe reports.) locker room (Saturday) as soon as reporters were allowed in. T YLER T HIGPEN Thigpen completed 8-of-12 passes for 76 yards Saturday.. If Childress’ optimism proves to be warranted. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Monday that P. Peterson was bothered by a sore hamstring early in training camp and missed Minnesota’s first preseason game as a precaution. Hill would be placed on IR with a triceps injury. Thigpen has looked good this pre-season and has solidified the backup job behind Henne. is going to be an issue for the regular season. Although the Saints signed former Packer DeShawn Wynn. That said. he could start to become a nice value in the middle rounds of a draft.

and. Additionally. The 74 . Thomas should have no problem proving he should be “The Man” this year. Manning should be fine going forward. Still. 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. the offense came primarily from the ground game. the two reconnected for a few receptions in a quarter of play together. the Newark StarLedger reports.J.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. though it remains to be seen how much more work he’ll get in preseason games. including a 31-yards screen play that went for a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. the injury cost him a chance to compete for the team’s No. the former Packer will compete for a backup role along with recently signee Ladell Betts and rookie Chris Ivory. although he did convert on a third-and-three run later. Brown is certainly not wasting the chances given him this preseason. With Lynell Hamilton also on IR. he only averaged 3. After missing the 2009 season with an Achilles’ injury. While he was not particularly effective on the ground (3. with Rhett Bomar under center instead of Eli Manning.4 YPC). He seems motivated to run north-south rather than side to side and the results so far are encouraging. New York Giants R HETT B OMAR Bomar completed 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to Pittsburgh. Colston was quarterback Drew Brees’s favorite target last year.. He’s got a chance to make the team as a return man and fifth receiver. though there hasn’t been any official statement. so this looks like a day-to-day deal. A NDRE B ROWN Brown (Achilles) had 13 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Steelers. M ARQUES C OLSTON Colston caught four passes for 49 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. Ivory carried 20 times for 66 yards. P IERRE T HOMAS Thomas gained 24 yards on seven carries and another 38 yards on two receptions. He scored on a nine-yard run up the middle where he displayed a nice combination of agility and power. Bush is showing the he has some value outside of solely PPR leagues. it is difficult to gauge where Ivory stands in his competition with Hill for the third-string running back position. Thomas showed excellent vision and running on his scoring reception. It’s safe to say Eli will still have a job when he returns. It was also nice to see the offense click after a slow start in last week’s game. you might have expected to see Manningham more involved with the offense.3 yards per carry. So far this summer. A HMAD B RADSHAW Bradshaw had six carries for 28 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers. With Hakeem Nicks ejected from the game for fighting. An MRI on Jacobs’ stiff neck revealed no structural damage.J. allowing him to return to practice this week. 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 was stuffed twice from the one-yard line. coach Tom Coughlin noted Sunday that the Giants’ big running back “feels better today. 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. after a tough first preseason game. C HRIS I VORY With Ladell Betts not playing in Saturday’s preseason game against Houston. P. Hill and Lynell Hamilton on injured reserve.) R EGGIE B USH Bush gained 49 yards on only seven carries in Saturday’s preaseaon game against Houston. Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News reports.J. The results were mixed for Ivory. If this is the case. 3 back on the depth charts for Big Blue. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Given his high number of attempts but general ineffectiveness. the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. the Newark StarLedger reports. M ARIO M ANNINGHAM Manningham had one reception for 11 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers. With both P.” E LI M ANNING The 12 stitches in Manning’s forehead were removed Saturday. He added 21 yards rushing on three attempts. once. V ICTOR C RUZ Cruz had just two catches for 30 yards against the Steelers Saturday and muffed a punt. Expect Colston to post nice numbers this year as the top option in the Saints’ explosive offense. D E S HAWN W YNN The Saints have signed Wynn. B RANDON J ACOBS Jacobs (neck) should be able to practice this coming week. H ILL Hill has been placed on injured reserve due to a triceps injury. 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. it’s seems unlikely the NFL would suspend Nicks.. 3 RB job. He played the entire game for the Giants with Eli Manning and Jim Sorgi both out of the lineup. 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. With Mike Bell gone and Lynell Hamilton injured. While he received the bulk of the carries (P. the Saints added DeShawn Wynn to their backfield mix Monday. It’s no surprise that he came down to earth after torching the Jets’ second teamers. Hill was only given six rushes). However. Fantasy owners have to feel a little relieved to see Smith on the field after being hampered by a groin injury. Bush has looked excellent so far this summer. While coach Sean Payton prefers to utilize a three running back system. 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.

Higgins caught just 19 passes last season and struggled in the return game. This was not a game for fans of offense. and that’s what I’m going to do. If he ends up missing significant time. so hopefully he is able to get back to 100 percent by the start of the regular season. Bennett has looked good running the ball through two preseason games. If both players continue to play well. according to the San Francisco Chronicle.” In any case. Oakland Raiders M ICHAEL B ENNETT Bennett ran for 64 yards on 15 carries in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. but there is a decent chance the Raiders use him in that spot in their next game. You better like the price on Holmes before you play the roster-lock-up game with him. L OUIS M URPHY Murphy caught three passes for 53 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. Philadelphia Eagles M IKE B ELL Bell (calf) practiced Sunday and should play this coming Friday against the Chiefs. The coaches know what they’re doing. so I took it from them. two were very nearly interceptions. 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. The top three receivers on the depth chart are set in stone. and a couple other players for the last receiver spot on the roster. Schilens has been dealing with a foot injury since last season. Nick Miller. and I’ll do mine. and I think deep down inside I knew I wasn’t ready to go. either due to the surgery or to rest.com. Murphy still has to work on improving his hands a bit to gain the full confidence of the coaches and new quarterback Jason Campbell. there is a decent chance they both make the team at the expense of someone at another position. He’ll need something to happen to Shonn Greene before he accrues much fantasy value in 2010. Ware. 57 yards) but the simple fact he played Saturday and Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not. so a healthy Ford could lay serious claim to the job with a strong performance. That leaves Higgins to battle with Todd Watkins. but he also dropped a pass that would have given the Raiders a first down. 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. J ACOBY F ORD Ford (quad) caught two passes for 23 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. Neither team got much of anything going. in the third running back role. I was just trying to show them something and I need to wait for this week. who had a concussion last season. The play led to the Giants’ first score of the game. I thought I could’ve. so I’ll let them gauge that. the trainers know what they’re doing. J ASON C AMPBELL Campbell went 10-for-20 for 170 yards in the Raiders’ preseason victory over the Bears on Saturday. New York Jets S ANTONIO H OLMES Holmes has made a seamless transition into the Jets offense this summer. and rookie Jacoby Ford also appears to be safe. “Yeah. then either Andre Brown or Gartrell Johnson will have an opportunity to claim the Giants’ No. Schilens will probably miss a few weeks. The Jets defense lived up to its billing. D ANNY W ARE Coach Tom Coughlin said there is “great concern” for Ware in the wake of the concussion he suffered Saturday night. Murphy had a decent game.. Rock Cartwright. Tomlinson basically had one 20-yard scamper and four other touches that didn’t go anywhere. and trust them and let them do their job. Raider punt returners combined for just nine yards on four returns Saturday. a number he will need to improve upon if the Raiders hope to resurrect their passing game this season. J OHNNIE L EE H IGGINS Higgins has caught four passes for 56 yards through the Raiders’ first two preseason games. but it sounds like he now has even further health issues. Though Campbell did not throw for any touchdowns. will be sent for further testing Monday. C HAZ S CHILENS Head coach Tom Cable said Schilens (foot) may need knee surgery. He did not throw any touchdown passes and threw an interception in the game. Ford was not used as a returner Saturday. D ARRIUS H EYWARD -B EY Heyward-Bey (soreness) did not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Bears. so his spot on the final roster is not guaranteed. but you can’t contend for Super Bowls with quarterbacking like that.. Among Sanchez’ five incompletions. They felt like it wasn’t ready for me to go. but it’s still unclear whether the Raiders prefer Bennett or the better special teams player. but he will need a strong final two weeks of practice to secure his place. going 5-for-10 passing for just 12 yards. especially from their quarterbacks. he did run for one to . the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. We’d be more excited about this news if Holmes wasn’t headed for a one-month suspension to open the year. but I also thought I could go last week. When asked if he could have played against Cincinnati this past Friday. I have a good trust for both of them. as well. Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. leaving his status for the beginning of the regular season up in the air.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Campbell has completed just over 50 percent of his passes through the first two preseason games. bodes well for his fantasy value. M ARK S ANCHEZ Sanchez struggled mightily during Saturday’s preseason win over the Panthers. 3 RB gig. Heyward-Bey has had a quiet preseason after the coaches raved about his offseason work. the Daily News reports.) highlight of the game for Smith was a 45-yard reception over Pittsburgh’s Bryant McFadden. Higgins is probably the favorite out of that group. Bush has not put up huge stats this preseason (15 attempts. according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. Bell said.

Vick may not be the most efficient or effective passer in the league.63 percent . who is dealing with a shoulder contusion. “If we can get him out in space. R ASHARD M ENDENHALL The Steelers intend on using Mendenhall out of the backfield more than in 2009. 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. He was intercepted once and did not throw any touchdowns in his first taste of game action this season. which is a possibility. relieving Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter before giving way to Dennis Dixon in the second half. D E S EAN J ACKSON Jackson had four catches for 74 yards in Friday’s preseason win over the Bengals. the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 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. 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. the Eagles will look to acquire a veteran who will likely take Buckley’s roster spot. but this apparent problem will likely correct itself by the start of the regular season. although it’s worth noting the entire Eagles’ run game. Bell is slated to back up LeSean McCoy and if he ends up getting touches around the goal line. who could be a candidate to split carries with McCoy. is “a little sore but did practice” Sunday. Mike Bell. He came out of the game at one point with what appeared to be a rib issue. J EREMY M ACLIN Maclin. with the exception of quarterback Michael Vick. Pittsburgh Steelers D ENNIS D IXON Dixon completed 7-of-8 passes for 82 yards in the preseason win against the Giants Saturday. Despite being a bit banged up in practice this week. but returned and scored on a 12-yard run. has struggled thus far. so beyond defenses rolling coverages to Jackson. particularly in the red zone. He has just three catches for 32 yards in two games. He is currently slotted as the No. we think he can be special. Not a bad showing in limited action for the tight end. M EWELDE M OORE Moore had five rushes for 27 yards in Saturday’s preseason action against the Giants. B EN R OETHLISBERGER Roethlisberger (suspension) completed 6-of-8 passes for 76 yards in Saturday’s preseason matchup against the New York Giants. 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. 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. K EVIN K OLB Kolb went 11-for-17 for 126 yards during Friday’s preseason tilt with the Bengals.) returns to the mix.. but Vick did manage to scramble for 34 yards on three . Jackson looks to be fully recovered from the back injury that limited him early this preseason..9 YPA is an impressive start but fantasy owners have to be concerned he’s yet to throw a touchdown. if Mike Bell (hamstring. On a positive note for McCoy owners. Buckley is in a battle with Martell Mallett for the third spot. He had 25 receptions last season. The 7. Eagles’ coach Andy Reid also has the starters throwing at a slightly higher clip . hasn’t seen any preseason action and his practice work has been limited due to calf and hamstring injuries. Redman played well in limited action. He continues to play well in the preseason. 2 back on the depth chart and that is not likely to change (barring injury) for the start of the season. calf) isn’t able to stay on the practice field. McCoy has an unimpressive 14 carries for 50 yards through two preseason games. Leftwich did not get a lot of time on the field. Moore took over at running back for Rashard Mendenhall when the starters were taken out. carries.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. Byron Leftwich relieved him in the second quarter. but Buckley’s special teams play makes him the more valuable asset. Roethlisberger started the game and played three series. the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. However. E LDRA B UCKLEY Although Buckley remains the favorite to be the Eagles’ third team running back. He also added 27 yards rushing (five attempts). Leftwich remains the favorite at this point to start in place of Roethlisberger in Week 1. so McCoy’s job is not in jeopardy. it looks like Redman will start the season third on the team’s RB depth chart. Don’t be concerned with Celek’s lack of preseason production. but he’s expected to be one of new quarterback Kevin Kolb’s favorite targets this season. the club may be looking for a more experienced back in case Mike Bell’s injury woes continue. His passing performance was awful. B YRON L EFTWICH Leftwich threw for 95 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. I SAAC R EDMAN Redman (shin) had six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason contest against the Giants. and is now 17-for-28 for 221 yards this preseason.” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Dixon ran the offense for the second half of the game. 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.than he has in past seasons. B RENT C ELEK Celek had one reception for 14 yards in Friday’s preseason game against the Bengals. but he’ll have value due to his rushing skills in the event of an injury to starter Kevin Kolb. New Eagles’ quarterback Kevin Kolb has impressed thus far. The starters haven’t reached the end zone yet this preseason and have struggled accordingly in the red zone. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Unless Jonathan Dwyer has truly standout performances in the remaining preseason action. H EATH M ILLER Miller had three catches for 33 yards in Saturday’s preseason action against the Giants. he could emerge as a useful player in TD-heavy leagues. you shouldn’t need to worry about Jackson lacking opportunities to make big plays.

It will be interesting to see how many and what kind of touches Tolbert gets during the all important third preseason game. at this point. which could actually help open up the passing game. Fullback Mike Tolbert has been carrying the ball quite a bit this preseason. but it’s starting to look like the Bolts might not actually need a third tailback behind Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Wallace hauled in a 68yard touchdown bomb from Byron Leftwich. Seattle Seahawks J OHN C ARLSON Carlson had one reception for six yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to Green Bay. 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. Philip Rivers has a very high level of comfort with Floyd. However. 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. The report adds San Diego is committed to trading Jackson since he’s seeking a long-term contract worth $9 million a season. D ARREN S PROLES Sproles saw his first action of the preseason on Saturday against the Cowboys. but otherwise he was productive enough for his first game of the year. J USTIN F ORSETT Forsett had five carries for 13 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Packers. 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 T OLBERT Tolbert had 10 rushes for 34 yards and two receptions for 21 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys. but it was Leon Washington who scored the team’s only rushing touchdown. Carlson has just one catch for six yards in two preseason games. Floyd is very capable of putting up reliable numbers week in and week out. 1 receiver in San Diego as long as Vincent Jackson stays away. The veteran wideout played well Saturday. and a time-share still appears the most likely regular season scenario. V INCENT J ACKSON Seattle has been given permission to discuss contract terms with Jackson as a prelude to a possible trade. Sanders has shown signs of being a good option in the passing attack for the future. with Philip Rivers to take it in himself at the one. especially with Chris Baker signed as a blocker to free Carlson to be used in the slot and passing formations. and he seems like he is ready for the challenge. Sproles also lost a fumble deep in Cowboys territory in the game.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. 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. It’s also possible that Tolbert could be a preferred option in short yardage / goal line situations. 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. Jackson is holding out from training camp while seeking a new contract. R YAN M ATHEWS Mathews had 12 carries for 53 yards during Saturday’s preseason game. 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. and he has been busier than fellow fullback Jacob Hester so far this preseason. it appears the Chargers are prepping the rookie for a big role this season. it looks like the Bolts are going to be better at running the ball in 2010. Based on early action. adding one reception for 13 yards. half and looked pretty sharp. San Diego Chargers M ALCOM F LOYD Floyd caught three passes for 47 yards on Saturday against the Cowboys. In the midst of a battle with Justin Forsett to get the bulk of the carries heading into the season. He was again ignored at the goal line. Hasselbeck engineered two touchdown drives in the first half after he had struggled a bit in the Seahawks’ preseason opener. Still. Julius Jones added another five carries and 14 yards. T. Yahoo! Sports reports. Expect Sproles to be a big part of the offense when the real games begin in a few weeks. 77 . H OUSHMANDZADEH Houshmandzadeh got the start Saturday in Green Bay despite missing three days of practice last week for personal reasons. and though he is not quite as explosive as Jackson. The Chargers appear very comfortable with Tolbert carrying the ball. M IKE W ALLACE Wallace had two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason win over the Giants. 4 receiver on the depth chart. 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. 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. Floyd is the defacto No. 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. tallying four receptions for 61 yards. However. rushing one time for three yards and catching three passes for 38 yards. H INES W ARD Ward (hamstring) did not catch any passes in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants.. Rivers remains a top notch passer in an elite offense. None was particularly impressive.. he is penciled in as the No. Mathews took the lion’s share of carries. Houshmandzadeh finally appears to be healthy into the regular season.J. but all signs are pointing to an increased role in the offense for Tolbert in 2010.) E MMANUEL S ANDERS Sanders caught three passes for 51 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. Many expect Carlson to be a sleeper and improve from last year’s disappointing season. Ward has yet to catch a pass this preseason. Forsett took the team’s first carries.

it ended up being his only reception. completing 9-of-13 passes for 88 yards. He’s not hurt.6 YPC mark is obviously quite unimpressive. it could open the door for Sam Bradford to start the Rams’ next preseason tilt. Davis will hopefully be back up to speed soon. CSN Bay Area reports. T ED G INN Ginn caught two passes for 65 yards during the 49ers’ win Sunday. V ERNON D AVIS Davis (knee) will not play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Vikings but could return to practice next week. Expect Davis to be ready come Week 1. and it will take injuries for him to be on the fantasy radar this season. R USSELL O KUNG Okung (ankle) will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his high ankle sprain. K ENNETH D ARBY Darby ran for 16 yards on five carries during the Rams’ win over Cleveland on Saturday night.. he’s unlikely to be rosterable this season. the Seattle Times reports. 2 fantasy QBs available. Dixon carried 20 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. S TEVEN J ACKSON Jackson carried four times for 20 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Browns. who mostly pointed to preparation issues. 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. 1 running back during the team’s win over the Vikings on Sunday. calming fears that the ultra-athletic tight end would miss an extended amount of time. Ginn was San Francisco’s No. C HARLIE W HITEHURST After playing well in his debut with Seattle. Feeley still looks like the starter in St. Whitehurst played the entire second half and completed 9-of-20 passes for 73 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. finally saw some preseason action after being forced to sit out the first game due to injury. an undrafted rookie. 1 job seems far from over. He understandably didn’t have many touches. with Bradford needing a strong showing in the next couple of weeks for that to change. and no one else caught more than three passes all game. He also added one reception for six yards. Gore is still the undisputed top back in San Francisco. It’s uncertain if Feeley will be able to practice Monday. 1 WR.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont. He’s a deep threat on a run-first team with at least two legitimate passing options ahead of him. but he produced just a 43. He finished with just five carries for 14 yards Saturday and also caught two passes for 12 yards. He kept his jersey clean at least. Fells. With Vernon Davis (knee) and Michael Crabtree (neck) out. so the competition for the No. Okung’s injury is horrible news for the Seahawks if they are without their rookie left tackle to begin the regular season. also adding three catches for eight yards. A. F RANK G ORE Gore did not suit up for Sunday’s exhibition game against the Vikings.8 completion percentage and drew a rather critical assessment from coach Mike Singletary afterward.) Jones has done little to distinguish himself in the Seahawks’ first two preseason games. Whitehurst had an unspectacular showing Saturday in the loss to Green Bay. Ginn showed impressive separation skills while hauling in a 60-yard catch. He clearly had the best night of the back-up candidates but the competition for the No. K EITH T OSTON Toston carried the ball 13 times for 23 yards during the Rams’ win over Cleveland on Saturday night. Bradford looked shaky once again in his second preseason game. Louis Rams S AM B RADFORD Bradford went 6-for-14 passing for 24 yards during Saturday’s preseason win over the Browns. 2 and No. However. The Seahawks moved the ball well with starter Matt Hasselbeck in the game but struggled with Whitehurst at the helm. has not had a strong camp and needed that TD. who is currently listed as the Rams’ No. and both Billy Bajema and Michael Hoomanawanui had two or more receptions and 30-plus yards receiving. 3 job is still likely to come down to the last preseason game. remains in the picture for one of the back-up RB jobs and the num78 . 1 tight end. in Saturday’s preseason game against Green Bay..J. He remains firmly entrenched as the team’s QB3. but if the injury lingers. Expect coaches to remain protective of their workhorse throughout the rest of preseason. L EON W ASHINGTON Washington (leg) had four carries for 19 yards. He looked at full strength on his touchdown run and showed a nice burst of speed. San Francisco 49ers N ATE D AVIS Davis completed 7-of-16 passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns during the 49ers’ win Sunday. F EELEY Feeley is slated to have an MRI on his right thumb. A. San Francisco might have found a useful running back. The 2. St. last year’s No. D ANIEL F ELLS Fells caught a nine-yard TD pass during Saturday’s preseason win. It was Washington’s first game since suffering a broken leg last season. for a sixth round pick. 2 RB behind starter Steven Jackson. Davis showed off tremendous arm strength while completing a bomb to Ted Ginn that traveled at least 65 yards through the air. including an 11-yard touchdown run. but he looked to be at full speed when he had the ball. A NTHONY D IXON With Frank Gore and Brian Westbrook both being rested. It was Jackson’s first game action since undergoing back surgery in April. but for fantasy terms. While he may have a third-down and kick-return role initially. Toston. Louis at the moment. He marched the 49ers down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive. A LEX S MITH Smith looked sharp Sunday.J. Brian Stull of 101 ESPN reports. It’s been an up and down preseason so far for Smith. after being sacked four times last week. Still. Despite the signing of Brian Westbrook. Dixon acted as the 49ers’ No. Darby. a result made all the more impressive by the fact most of the team’s other main offensive weapons weren’t in the lineup. he’ll be a nice late-round flier if he continues to look healthy. but is just getting a very light workload this preseason in an effort to keep him healthier for when the games actually matter.

Willie Parker will get an opportunity to take the bulk of the carries next week against the Jets. He was stuffed against the Ravens. when you lose your first quarterback. Still. Gage (thumb) is battling Kenny Britt and Nate Washington for a starting receiver spot this year. though admittedly he was facing a very strong front seven. Benn finally caught his first pass of the preseason Saturday. a team spokesman said. As of right now. 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. but he too sounds optimistic that Freeman will be back for Week 1. Moss is the only receiver that has an established role heading into the regular season. Carpenter has looked good this preseason. C LINTON P ORTIS Portis rushed twice for 14 yards during Saturday’s preseason game.. but he could end up fairly low on the depth chart at WR to begin the season.” the Tampa Tribune reports. At this point. It is somewhat troubling that he fractured the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand. “We’re lucky. M ICHEAL S PURLOCK Spurlock had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ preseason game Sunday versus the Chiefs.. S ANTANA M OSS Moss looked good on the field during Saturday’s preseason game. 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. which will mean current No. Two of his receptions came from backup Josh Johnson. Johnson provided Mike Shanahan no reason to bump him ahead of Clinton Portis on the depth chart. but that is being called “precautionary. Ward’s poor first preseason game led to talk he could be cut and Saturday’s game won’t help. so it’s not a huge surprise that he’s in the walking boot. What’s unclear at this time is if his availability for Friday’s preseason game against the Jets is in any doubt. We expect him back in the first week of the season and that’s very fortunate. If his legs can stay healthy this year he has big play potential playing alongside McNabb. McNabb came out of the locker room following halftime during Saturday’s contest with a large wrap around his lower left leg and ankle. Tennessee Titans J USTIN G AGE Gage (thumb) has been ruled out of Monday’s game against Arizona. 2 RB Derrick Ward and No. “the current expectation is that he will practice and play (in) Week One. there’s a decent chance Johnson could be Tampa Bay’s Week 1 starter. 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. D ONOVAN M C N ABB McNabb (ankle) was sporting a walking boot Monday. Another strong performance by the rookie who looks to become a big factor in the Tampa Bay passing game right away. 2 RB.PLAYER GRAPEVINE (cont.” It sounds like the Bucs will get their second-year QB back in time to start the season. R UDY C ARPENTER Carpenter was 8-of-11 for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ preseason game Saturday night. 79 . 2 RB behind Cadillac Williams to open the season. but that’s of course barring a setback.) ber of carries he got Saturday tells us the club is very interested in seeing what he can do. obviously. He outplayed Larry Johnson in limited action and appears fully entrenched as the starter. M IKE W ILLIAMS Williams had three receptions for 44 yards in Saturday’s preseason win over Kansas City. Tampa Bay Buccaneers A RRELIOUS B ENN Benn had one catch for 16 yards Saturday night in preseason action versus the Chiefs. He has been a bit of a disappointment so far this offseason. the Tampa Tribune reports. Johnson failed to showcase much in his “showcase” game on Saturday. The Bucs are not calling it a concussion. Portis is the man to own in the ‘Skins backfield. but we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the eventual diagnosis. With Josh Freeman breaking his thumb in Saturday’s game. 3 RB Clifton Smith are not locks to make the team. the Tennessean reports. but head coach Mike Shanahan has proven in the past he likes timeshares. 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. He will make the team as he was a 2010 secondround pick. Washington Redskins L ARRY J OHNSON Johnson carried eight times for just four yards during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Ravens. which is reassuring given he will now be the No. which should give some comfort for his fantasy value if Josh Freeman misses regular season games with a thumb injury. He could force the team to cut the likes of Clifton Smith and Micheal Clayton if he makes the team. 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.” coach Raheem Morris said after Saturday’s game.” the Washington Post reports. then he would have some potential fantasy value given Williams’ injury history. If Huggins does indeed wind up as the No.. “It’s a huge setback. Huggins is the favorite to end up as the No. 2 QB at least the rest of the preseason now that Josh Freeman is sidelined with a broken thumb. He caught four passes for 82 yards and looked comfortable playing with Donovan McNabb. Portis is a much better pass blocker than Johnson. J OSH F REEMAN When addressing Freeman’s (thumb) status. It wasn’t a very impressive outing. Spurlock has really been making a strong push this offseason to make the team as a KR/PR and backup WR.

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