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									                                                               QUARTERBACKS                                                                                                                                                                                                                               RUNNING BACKS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why mess around? Round 1: Take an RB. Round 2: Same
                                                 If ever there was a year to be the last guy to take a QB,
                                                 this is it. After Peyton, parity reigns supreme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Until LJ proves his reliability, the insanely durable and
                                                 He’ll be neutralized somewhat by 3-4 schemes, and                                                                                                                                                                                          productive Alexander goes first. A power slasher who
                                                 Edge’s departure could lead to some offensive kinks. But                                                                                                                                                                                   runs with patience and vision, he also gets excellent
                                                 no other QB comes close to his track record, and his                                                                                                                                                                                       support from Seattle’s line and passing game.
                                                 receivers remain top-notch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Call it the curse of              Speed, power and vision all rate as 10s. There’s no scale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          horizontal passing:               big enough to measure his athletic arrogance. A lock for

                                                 For all his savvy-gutsy-gamer rep, the guy puts up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Simms completed only              No. 1—in 2007.

                                                 monster numbers (including an NFL-best 4,110 passing                                                                                                                                                     three throws of 40-plus

                                                 yards last year). His attempts only figure to increase with                                                                                                                                              yards last season.
                                                 Corey Dillon wearing down.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Might be the most talented of all. But nagging injuries,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a callow QB (Philip Rivers) and an underwhelming line

           SCOUTS INC.
                                                 Mr. Safe. First name: Solid. He’s big, tough and durable,                                                                                                                                                                                  mean his numbers won’t quite measure up.
                                                 his supporting cast is elite, he makes smart throws and
                                                 he even runs a little bit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Undersized and aging. Big whoop. Actually finished
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stronger than he started in 2005. And his on-the-rise

                                                 No longer a scrambling whiz, but he makes up for it with                                                                                                                                                                                   offense will keep him busy in the red zone.
                                                 his arm, smart decisions and improved touch. And good
                                                 QB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         RB

                                                 heavens, Andy Reid sure loves to pass.                                                                                                                                                                                                     For all his personas, we most appreciated his
                                                                                                                                                                After-the-catch fireworks of Steve Smith and DeShaun         He’s been too old for five years, but can still produce        impersonation of an elite back (credit the team’s
                                                                                                                                                                Foster make his ordinary tools go a long way.                when the matchup is right.                                     improved playcalling for that). He’ll be even more
                                                 His mobility may suffer due to that knee injury, but he’ll
                                                 still produce thanks to his accurate and efficient arm and                                                                                                                                                                                 convincing if new coordinator Al Saunders opens the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 SHAUN ALEXANDER SEA                                BYE: 5

                                                                                                                                                                Wack decisions, wack line and freelance runs that lead       Career resurgence? Not buying it. Lacks zip, and his           passing floodgates.
                                                 all those slick weapons at his disposal.
                                                                                                                                                                to him getting whacked.                                      vaunted accuracy is now spotty.
                                                 1 PEYTON MANNING IND                                         BYE: 6

                                                 He won’t sling as much in a new, more-balanced                                                                                                                                                                                             He’ll get all the touches he can handle—on the ground,
                                                                                                                                                                We dig the killer receiving cast and D-softening Edge.       Talent up the wazoo, but the Bucs’ horizontal passing          in the air and at the goal line. Running behind a
                                                 offense. But he’ll also suffer less punishment and enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                The cheesecloth line? Not so much.                           scheme flattens his fantasy upside.                            promising set of hosses, he’ll take next step toward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 CHRIS SIMMS

                                                 better looks. That trade-off works for us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 LARRY JOHNSON KC                                   BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fantasy greatness.

                                                                                                                                                                A big-play giant throwing to fleet receivers. Now, about     Bright, athletic and well-built, but way too inexperienced
                                                 2 TOM BRADY NE                                               BYE: 6

                                                 Honest truth, he threw just 7 INTs in 2005. And new WR
                                                                                                                                                                those misreads and forced throws …                           to translate that to fantasy viability.                        Zona’s a graveyard for RBs (RIP: Emmitt Smith), and his
                                                 Javon Walker boosts The Snake’s TD potential. But three
                                                 picks in two playoff games last season are a reminder of                                                                                                                                                                                   slashing style doesn’t exactly mesh with stiff linemen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 LADAINIAN TOMLINSON SD                             BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                                Immobile? Turnover-prone? Locks onto receivers? Yep.         First-year starters are bad news. But give him a season        But c’mon, it’s Edge. There’s only so bad he can be.
                                                 his iffiness.
                                                                                                                                                                Still, TO makes up for some sins.                            or two, and he’ll be Eli-tric.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trendy pick for a reason: has the size, speed, vision and
                                                 3 MATT HASSELBECK SEA                                        BYE: 5

                                                 If you’re not revved up that he’s thrown for 4,000 yards in
                                                                                                                                                                Even if Pitt frees him up a bit, the AFC North’s             A soft-tosser before his torn rotator cuff. Is it possible       receiving skills to shine. Doesn’t hurt that he’s a high-
                                                  each of the past three seasons, snack on this: His
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 TIKI BARBER NYG                                    BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                strengthened D’s will slow his ascent to fantasy elite.      his throws might go backward now?                                   character guy.
                                                   schedule is chock-full of sketchy pass D’s.

                                                                                                                                                                He’s still got the arm and guile. But poor protection and    Forget Jon Kitna. He has the arm to take                              With prototypical size and skills, he boasts
                                                 4 DONOVAN McNABB PHI                                         BYE: 9

                                                      Still misses his mark way too often, but has all the
                                                                                                                                                                running-game support mean another long year.                 advantage of the Lions’ enigmatic but oh-so-                               galactic potential. But injury issues, iffy
                                                      right tools to build on his breakout second season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 CLINTON PORTIS WAS                                 BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             talented receivers.                                                         line and a new scheme raise risk.
                                                      And with the Giants lacking an ideal goal-line back,
                                                                                                                                                                11 JAKE DELHOMME CAR                                BYE: 9   23 BRAD JOHNSON MIN                                   BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                                If the Texans can keep him upright, he’ll emerge. New
                                                       he’ll throw into the end zone more than ever.
                                                                                                                                                                coach Gary Kubiak offers some hope.                          Loads of potential—to get battered                                            As reliable as two-down players get. So
                                                 5 CARSON PALMER CIN                                          BYE: 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and bruised due to shoddy                                                       why not higher? He faces a tough
                                                          Don’t draft before reviewing his medical chart; it
                                                                                                                                                                12 MICHAEL VICK ATL                                 BYE: 5   24 MARK BRUNELL WAS                                   BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                                The answer: No. The question: Are shoulder surgery and       protection and subpar receivers.                                                 schedule and the possibility of more
                                                           may take a few weeks before he’s fully up and
       Nobody’s happier about the signing of                                                                                                                    a move to the Saints good things?                                                                                                             eight-man fronts until Carson Palmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6 LAMONT JORDAN OAK                                  BYE: 3

       OT Jason Fabini than Bledsoe—he was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   returns to full speed.
                                                 6 MARC BULGER STL                                            BYE: 7
                                                                                                                                                                13 KURT WARNER ARI                                  BYE: 9   25 CHRIS SIMMS TB                                     BYE: 4

       sacked 49 times last season. Only David                                                                                                                  Until Vince Young is ready, he’ll make decent things
       Carr (68) was grounded more.                                                                                                                             happen with smarts and poise.

                                                                   When he went 13-for-28 vs. the Jags
                                                                                                                                                                14 AARON BROOKS OAK                                 BYE: 3   26 CHARLIE FRYE CLE                                   BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                                Arm still works, but the rest of his body breaks down
                                                 7 JAKE PLUMMER DEN                                           BYE: 4

                                                                   in Week 2, it was the first time in 69                                                                                                                                                                                                LT averaged only 3.7 ypc in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 EDGERRIN JAMES ARI                                 BYE: 9

                                                                                                                                                                with alarming frequency.
                                                                   regular-season starts that Manning                                                                                                                                                                                                    December versus 5.2 in November.
                                                                   completed fewer than 50% of his passes.                                                                                                                                                                                               Blame a Week 13 rib injury.
                                                                                                                                                                15 DREW BLEDSOE DAL                                 BYE: 3   27 PHILIP RIVERS SD                                   BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                                Immobile, injury-prone and inconsistent is no way to go
                                                                                                                                                                through fantasy life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8 RONNIE BROWN MIA                                   BYE: 8

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                                                 8 TRENT GREEN KC                                             BYE: 3
                                                                                                                                                                16 BEN ROETHLISBERGER PIT                           BYE: 4   28 CHAD PENNINGTON NYJ                                BYE: 9

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                                                                                                                                                                17 BRETT FAVRE GB                                   BYE: 6   29 JOSH McCOWN DET                                    BYE: 8         9 STEVEN JACKSON STL                           BYE: 7
                                                     9 ELI MANNING NYG                                        BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                18 DAVID CARR HOU                                   BYE: 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             30 ALEX SMITH SF                 BYE: 7                                      10 RUDI JOHNSON CIN                     BYE: 5
                                                        10 DAUNTE CULPEPPER MIA                               BYE: 8
                                                                                                                                                                19 DREW BREES NO                                    BYE: 7
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                                                                                                                                                                20 BILLY VOLEK TEN                                  BYE: 7

                                                                   1 PEYTON MANNING                                                                             21 STEVE McNAIR BAL                                 BYE: 7
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                                                                                                                                                                22 BYRON LEFTWICH JAX                               BYE: 6

                                                       C M Y K                                                                                                                                        C M Y K
     Carries some health risk after last season’s foot injury,      Fading, but until he hangs ’em up, we’ll never
     but you gotta dig his upside, especially as his young          count him out. It’s called pluck.
     offense jells.
                                                                    Greg Jones is stealing his goal-line
     On almost any other team, he’d be a top-three back.            looks, whether he gets hurt or not.
     But the Bills are just that bad.                               And he will.

     He’s no Bush, but his slashing style and receiving             Who you calling a rookie bust? He
     chops play well in this offense.                               has the body, burst and grit to
                                                                    take over games.
     Tough and powerful, he’s a near-perfect match for his
     team’s ball-control attack.                                    If he can beat out the competition,
                                                                    this banging rookie is ready to roll.
     Thrives in Atlanta’s scheme. But the odds of another
     1,400-yard year, given his age (31), size and homefield        A better starting option than fragile Fred
     turf? Not good.                                                Taylor—but do the Jags know that?

     Electric but fragile, he’ll cede some of his workload          His upright running style leads to injuries.
     to Ryan Moats.                                                 White leads to the bench.

     Now’s his time to deliver on his sick blend of big-play        Physical style gives him Tuna cred. If injuries                                                          Was it any wonder that
                                                                                                                                                                             he finally broke down
     11 CADILLAC WILLIAMS TB                               BYE: 4   31 CURTIS MARTIN NYJ                             BYE: 9

     running and expert pass-catching.                              fell Julius Jones again, look out.
                                                                                                                                                                             in 2005? From 2000 to
                                                                                                                                                                             2004, Green and Curtis
     Like a heyday Marshall Faulk—except even more                  No. 2 for now, but a better fit for the offense                                                           Martin were the only
                                                                    32 FRED TAYLOR JAX                           BYE: 6

     versatile and dangerous. Just give him time.                   than Green.                                                                                                 RBs to total at least
     12 WILLIS McGAHEE BUF                                 BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                                                   250 carries each
     Scintillating and surprisingly tough. But until he             Shifty, nifty and intense. But at 5'8" there’s a limit to                                                        season.
     proves his durability and goal-line chops, he’s a              what he can do.
     13 DOMANICK DAVIS HOU                                 BYE: 5   33 CEDRIC BENSON CHI             BYE: 7

     second-tier option.
                                                                    Even if Addai steals his No. 1 gig, he has the versatility
     He’s got No. 1 talent, but so does backup (for now)            to contribute passable numbers.
     14 REUBEN DROUGHNS CLE                                BYE: 6

     Cedric Benson.
                                                                    34 LENDALE WHITE TEN          BYE: 7

                                                                    He has the stuff of an NFL feature back, but limited
     Tantalizing talent. But for all his speed, he’s a straight-    opportunity stuck behind Foster.
     15 WARRICK DUNN ATL                                   BYE: 5

     liner with dubious toughness.
                                                                    35 GREG JONES JAX                            BYE: 6

                                                                    Sure-handed and a sound pass-blocker, he’ll make fast
     Ruthless and powerful. Aging and dogged by injuries.           friends with Brad Childress.
     Sound like a No. 1 profile to you?
     16 BRIAN WESTBROOK PHI                                BYE: 9   36 CHRIS BROWN TEN                           BYE: 7

                                                                    A dynamic third-down threat, he’s not that far off from
     Still moves the chains. But he’s showing effects of five       pushing for top job.
                                                                                                                                                                             28 AHMAN GREEN

     years of almost nonstop punishment.
     17 DESHAUN FOSTER CAR                                 BYE: 9   37 MARION BARBER DAL                          BYE: 3

                                                                    No, no, no. He’s not a lead back. Too tentative and
     Better watch his step, or he could lose more than just         inconsistent.
     goal-line carries to Marion Barber.
     18 REGGIE BUSH NO                                     BYE: 7   38 SAMKON GADO GB                                    BYE: 6

                                                                    With Bus taking the exit ramp, the Steelers could turn to
     What a letdown. Looking like a two-down back again in          his heft and pass-catching skills down low. But first he’ll
     a pass-happy offense.                                          have to shove aside Verron Haynes.
     19 WILLIE PARKER PIT                                  BYE: 4   39 RYAN MOATS PHI                                         BYE: 9

     Can do it all, but he doesn’t lack for job competition.        Reliable bruiser. But forget his Mile High numbers. He’s
                                                                    Baltimore’s Plan B.
                                                                    40 DOMINIC RHODES IND                                     BYE: 6

     Even on rotten 49ers, he has the tenacity, power and
     20 THOMAS JONES CHI                                   BYE: 7

     speed to surprise.                                             Best pure rookie runner after Reggie Bush. Must-have
                                                                    for Dillon owners.
                                                                    41 DEANGELO WILLIAMS CAR                                  BYE: 9

     Tough division, run D’s and brutal supporting cast
     21 TATUM BELL DEN                                     BYE: 4

     eliminate any chance of his return to 2003 form.               Too versatile? The Bucs like him in multiple roles
                                                                    more than as the featured back.
                                                                    42 MEWELDE MOORE MIN                                      BYE: 6

     Poised for a huge comeback from a torn ACL—until he
     22 COREY DILLON NE                                    BYE: 6

     got Bushwhacked.                                               Goal-line specialist averaged 1.1 ypc
                                                                    over his last five games. Spooky.
                                                                    43 CHRIS PERRY CIN                                        BYE: 5

     Savvy rookie is perfect fit, but vet Dominic Rhodes is

     23 JAMAL LEWIS BAL                                    BYE: 7

     no pushover.                                                   Perfect profile for red zone battering ram.                        He won’t miss Mike Martz. Few
                                                                                                                                       feature backs were featured less
                                                                                                                                       last season: Jackson had only three
                                                                    44 RON DAYNE DEN                                          BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                       games with 20-plus carries.
     24 JULIUS JONES DAL                                   BYE: 3

                                                                    45 DUCE STALEY PIT                                        BYE: 4
     25 KEVIN JONES DET                                    BYE: 8

     26 CHESTER TAYLOR MIN                                 BYE: 6   46 MIKE ANDERSON BAL                                      BYE: 7

     27 FRANK GORE SF                                      BYE: 7
                                                                    47 LAURENCE MARONEY NE                                    BYE: 6
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     28 AHMAN GREEN GB                                     BYE: 6
                                                                    48 MICHAEL PITTMAN TB                                   BYE: 4
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     29 DEUCE McALLISTER NO                                BYE: 7
                                                                    49 T.J. DUCKETT ATL                         BYE: 5

     30 JOSEPH ADDAI IND                                   BYE: 6
                                                                    50 VERRON HAYNES PIT               BYE: 4                          9 STEVEN JACKSON

                                                                                                                                         C M Y K
                       WIDE RECEIVERS                                                                                                                                                                                                              TIGHT ENDS
                                                                                                                                       Harrison’s receptions have
     With the top group packed so tightly, no one’s worthy of a Round 1 pick.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since “Big Ben” is already taken, how
                                                                                                                                       declined every season since                                                                   Someone will jump the gun on Gates. You’ll wait one
     But careful, now: It’ll thin out fast after Round 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   about “Big Play Ben.” Watson averaged
                                                                                                                                       he caught an NFL-record                                                                       round on Gonzalez, who’ll outproduce him in the end
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           15.2 ypc last season—tops among TEs
                                                                                                                                       143 passes in 2002.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with at least 20 receptions.
     Bet on a dazzling encore. Panthers creatively find ways
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Stop your howling—his down season was a fluke. Watch
     to get him the ball in space; his elusiveness takes care of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     him clean up on red zone looks created by LJ while
     the rest. And looky here: Keyshawn’s in the slot to draw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Philip Rivers drags Gates down.
     some attention.                                                Count on a comeback. Until the Colts
                                                                    establish a new lead RB, he’s sure to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Undeniable talent. But the same can’t be said (yet) for
     Now that he’s sharpened his route-running, there are           draw more touches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rivers. And without a WR upgrade, D’s will be keyed on
     virtually no flaws to his game. And if Carson Palmer                                                                                           He’ll provide plenty of the routine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Gates more than ever.
     returns to form, his supporting cast is spot-on too.           Even playing with average QBs and in a                                          catches but needs McNair to be on
                                                                    tough division, this is the year his talent won’t be denied.                   point for the big stuff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     As running game erodes, Ravens will lean on their top
     Breakout 2005 is just the beginning. Edge gives the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     passing target more than ever, especially in the red
     Cards more play-action bite, feeding Fitz’s ability to         Coming off a career season. But a healthy Cadillac and          Last year, he proved he’s no No. 1. But as the No. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     zone. Smart, that: He has few weaknesses.
     devour DBs with his fluidity and size.                         Michael Clayton means he’s not as big a focal point.            playing off Givens, he’ll approach 2004’s form.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     His recklessness leads to injuries, and his talent often
     We know, a boring pick. But even going on 34, his              Eli’s main hookup is a worthy No. 2. But don’t overrate,        TO will hog touches but open up things deep. Call it even.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     benefits his teammates more than his numbers. But
     quickness, hands and route-running remain off the              as he often wastes talent with drops and feeble effort.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     when he’s unleashed, few are in his fantasy class.
     charts. Just pretend he’s a rookie and enjoy.                                                                                  A bust in Minny but a sleeper in Seattle, thanks to

                                                                    Not the most reliable hands, but then again, Favre’s            improved surroundings and a cushy sked.
                                                                                                                                       4 MARVIN HARRISON                                                                             TE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Total package: size, quicks, hands and agility. And the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8 BEN WATSON

     Opposite Terry Glenn and with an inconsistent running          going to have no choice but to keep throwing it his way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sheer number of passes Vick sends his way (even if they
     game, he’ll be used as a chains-mover. But if anyone can                                                                       Still talented, but he won’t age gracefully.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     aren’t always accurate) stabilizes his numbers.
     turn that job description into fantasy gold, it’s TO.          We don’t care how explosive or fast he is—he’s too
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Limited big-play potential, but makes tough grabs in
                                                                    streaky to qualify as a true fantasy No. 1.                     One of the few pure possession guys worth targeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Even with TO serving as primary chains-mover, Tuna                                                                             horizontal passing scheme.
     1 STEVE SMITH CAR                                    BYE: 9

     Missed two games with a nagging knee injury, yet still                                                                         because of his red zone potential.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1 TONY GONZALEZ KC                                  BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     won’t ignore his skills and production. Plus, the team’s
     recorded his record sixth-straight 1,300-yard season.          Watch that right knee. If he can’t push off the line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     O-line upgrades should free him up.                                                                                                  Revamped offense won’t do any favors for his
     Golly. New coach Scott Linehan, an offensive whiz,             normally, his numbers will tumble.                              Slick midround grab. Has a vet’s game, and now a vet QB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            already mediocre production.
                                                                    11 REGGIE WAYNE IND             BYE: 6

     ensures he makes a run at No. 7.                                                                                               throwing to him.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ain’t no fluke. For all the Skins’ new receiving weapons,                     For all his Super Bowl bumbling,
                                                                    Not exactly a speed demon, but he’ll face a nonstop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2 ANTONIO GATES SD                                  BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     he remains their top big target and possession guy. And                       Stevens hasn’t lost a fumble in                           Great hands, but sketchy health and
     2 CHAD JOHNSON CIN                                   BYE: 5

     Deep-ball specialist Aaron Brooks is just the guy to bring     parade of favorable individual matchups.                        Cue Chad Pennington, cue violins of grave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Joe Gibbs adores the fella.                                                   his four-year NFL career.                              tremendous blocking ability limit pass-
                                                                                                                                                    31 DERRICK MASON BAL                   BYE: 7

     out the pow in the NFL’s most gifted downfield receiver.                                                                       disappointment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     catching chances.
                                                                    12 ROY WILLIAMS DET                      BYE: 8

     Look for a return to double-digit TDs.                         Moving to X position, where after-the-catch ability will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     With David Givens off to Tennessee and Daniel Graham
                                                                    mean a lot. It would mean more if his QBs didn’t reek.          From Hasselbeck to Frye, from exclamation point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3 TODD HEAP BAL                                     BYE: 7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     relegated to blocking, there’s nothing standing in the way                                                                     Versatile, so he’s a candidate for more action. But he still
     3 LARRY FITZGERALD ARI                               BYE: 9

     Durable, entering his prime and one of the NFL’s few                                                                           (10 TDs!) to question mark.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of his breakout. This. Is. The. Year.                          Ideal No. 2. Coming off a strong rookie season, his red         takes a backseat to Clark.
                                                                    13 JOEY GALLOWAY TB                                    BYE: 4   32 DREW BENNETT TEN                                    BYE: 7

     true vertical threats. Is there any doubt he and Daunte        As the primary deep threat in dynamo offense, he’s got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    zone role figures to expand.
     are going to get along most fabulously?                        at least one more good year left in his bones.                  Unexceptional dependability, which sure beats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Not much of a red zone threat, but a fluid receiver who                                                                        Mismatch weapon. But fellow rook Dominique Byrd
                                                                                                                                    unexceptional undependability.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4 JEREMY SHOCKEY NYG                                BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     quickly eats up a safety’s cushion. Daunte will bring out      Don’t let his Super Bowl choke job throw you. He’s on the       could steal reps because of his superior blocking.
     4 MARVIN HARRISON IND                                BYE: 6    14 PLAXICO BURRESS NYG                                 BYE: 4   33 TERRY GLENN DAL                                     BYE: 3

     Will be good, just not 1,400-yards good. Edge lessens the      If his knee’s okay, he has the size, strength and speed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the best in that profile.                                      brink of very-goodness.
     need for short throws, Boldin’s speciality. His penchant       become The Snake’s favorite big-play target.                    Screaming speed, quick learning curve. But a strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With Troupe on the rise and Steve McNair out, his role
                                                                                                                                    34 NATE BURLESON SEA                                   BYE: 5

     for going over the middle also raises his injury risk.                                                                         running game sometimes leaves him stranded.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Who cares that he can’t bust it deep? Size, quickness and      If Volek’s the answer at QB, he’ll finally live up to his       is in jeopardy.
                                                                    15 DONALD DRIVER GB                                    BYE: 6

                                                                    The next TO, just as soon as the Texans figure out how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5 ALGE CRUMPLER ATL                                 BYE: 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     burst make him the perfect TE for the West Coast—and           game-breaker hype.
     5 TERRELL OWENS DAL                                  BYE: 3

     If Cowher lets Big Ben sling it, this guy’s having a career    to keep David Carr on his feet.                                 Flawed, but as the No. 2 receiver in a powerhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     McNabb’s favorite target.
                                                                                                                                    35 JOE HORN NO                                         BYE: 7

     year. Thanks to smarts and work ethic, he plays bigger                                                                         offense, he’ll see lots of favorable matchups.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Held back by injuries and the Colts’ myriad weapons.
                                                                    16 SANTANA MOSS WAS                                    BYE: 8

     than his size and faster                                       Old. Also tough, well prepared and incredibly fit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20 ALEX SMITH TB                                     BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       But with Edge gone, his profile grows.
                                                                                                                                    36 KEYSHAWN JOHNSON CAR                                BYE: 9

     than his speed.                                                                                                                Took a huge step forward, but his size (5'11") and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6 JASON WITTEN DAL                                  BYE: 3
     6 TORRY HOLT STL                                     BYE: 7

                                                                    Still unpolished. Still ludicrously fast.                       struggles vs. press coverage limit his upside.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So special, we almost don’t care that: A) he’s a
                                                                    17 DARRELL JACKSON SEA                                 BYE: 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     21 MARCUS POLLARD DET                              BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rookie; and B) Alex Smith is his QB. Draft and stash.
                                                                                                                                    37 MARK CLAYTON BAL                                    BYE: 7

                                                                    Not quite ready for prime time, but the Eagles’ pass-           Revamped offense means he’s far from done.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          12 JERRAMY STEVENS

                                                                    heavy attack ensures he’ll produce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     7 CHRIS COOLEY WAS                                  BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     With a lengthy medical chart and inexperience, the only
                                                                    18 T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH CIN                             BYE: 5

                                                                                                                                    Vick’s hardships make a full-fledged breakout unlikely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22 DANIEL GRAHAM NE                        BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thing that rivals his upside is his uncertainty.
     7 RANDY MOSS OAK                                     BYE: 3                                                                    38 LAVERANUES COLES NYJ                                BYE: 9

                                                                    Exciting talent. Think a bigger Randy Moss. But he needs

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                                                                    another layer of polish to truly shine.                         High-risk, and Brad Johnson’s noodle arm limits reward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aging, ineffective downfield and limited in the red zone.

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                                                                    19 LEE EVANS BUF                                       BYE: 8                                                                                                    8 BEN WATSON NE                                     BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That about covers it.
                                                                                                                                    39 JOE JUREVICIUS CLE                                  BYE: 6

                                                                    Expect greatness: Receive disappointment. Expect 900            Buffalo was a bum situation. Houston is worse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23 BRYAN FLETCHER IND                                BYE: 6
     8 CHRIS CHAMBERS MIA                                 BYE: 8

                                                                    yards: Receive 900 yards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 HEATH MILLER PIT                                    BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just doesn’t have enough game to rise above the
                                                                    20 EDDIE KENNISON KC                                   BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                    Rocks the red zone but can’t get by anyone or juke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Packers’ mess of an offense.
                                                                                                                                    40 KEENAN McCARDELL SD                                 BYE: 3

                                                                    Undisputed GTG now, though in the Pats offense, that’ll         tackles. That’s a formula for inconsistency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     9 RANDY McMICHAEL MIA                               BYE: 8                                                                     24 JOE KLOPFENSTEIN STL                              BYE: 7

                                                                     still only translate to No. 2 numbers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 JERRAMY STEVENS SEA                                 BYE: 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A tad lumbering, but his frame (6'8", 268) creates looks.
     9 ANQUAN BOLDIN ARI                                  BYE: 9    21 JAVON WALKER DEN                                    BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                    Underrated deep threat, but Pennington and weak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And you know Brees loves his TEs.
                                                                                                                                    41 RODDY WHITE ATL                                     BYE: 5

                                                                         A high-quality possession weapon with speed.               protection render Jets’ vertical game moot.                                                                                                                                                                                                      His QB was erratic, his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25 ERRON KINNEY TEN                                  BYE: 7

 Underachiever no more. Over                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         numbers were not: Crumpler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     10 L.J. SMITH PHI                                   BYE: 9     13 BEN TROUPE TEN                                      BYE: 7

82                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 83
                                                                    22 ANDRE JOHNSON HOU                                   BYE: 5

 his final six games last season,                                           Doesn’t get open nearly enough, not that it             Injuries sunk his soph season. But he’s big, tough, quick                                                                                                                                                                                        had 440 total yards in Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1-8 and 437 in Games 9-16.
     10 HINES WARD PIT                                    BYE: 4                                                                    42 SAMIE PARKER KC                                     BYE: 3

 Chambers averaged 7 catches,                                                matters in the Bears’ grounded offense.                and sure-handed. Perfect for this offense.
 103 yards and 1 TD.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Even after last year’s drought, there’s no doubting his red zone chops:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    14 DALLAS CLARK IND                                    BYE: 6
                                                                    23 ROD SMITH DEN                                       BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  70% of Gonzalez’s 56 TDs have come on receptions inside the 20.
                                                                                                                                    43 KEVIN CURTIS STL                                    BYE: 7
                                                                    24 JERRY PORTER OAK                                    BYE: 3                                                                                                                                                                       15 VERNON DAVIS SF                                 BYE: 7

                                                                    25 REGGIE BROWN PHI                                    BYE: 9   44 ISAAC BRUCE STL                                     BYE: 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     16 KELLEN WINSLOW CLE                                 BYE: 6
                                                                                                                                    45 MICHAEL JENKINS ATL                                 BYE: 5
                                                                    26 MATT JONES JAX                                      BYE: 6

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                                                                                                                                    46 KOREN ROBINSON MIN                                  BYE: 6                                                                                                   17 JERMAINE WIGGINS MIN                                BYE: 6

                                                                    27 DONTE’ STALLWORTH NO                                BYE: 7   47 ERIC MOULDS HOU                                     BYE: 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18 BUBBA FRANKS GB                                     BYE: 6
                                                                                                                                    48 ERNEST WILFORD JAX                                   BYE: 6
                                                                    28 DEION BRANCH NE                                     BYE: 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19 ZACH HILTON NO                                      BYE: 7
                                                                                                                                    49 JUSTIN McCAREINS NYJ                                BYE: 9
                                                                        29 DAVID GIVENS TEN                                BYE: 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 ALGE CRUMPLER
                                                                           30 MUHSIN MUHAMMAD CHI                          BYE: 7   50 MICHAEL CLAYTON TB                                  BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1 TONY GONZALEZ

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                                                                      He’s mastered the wind and soft footing at Heinz,
                                                                      earning Bill Cowher’s faith. And with The Bus departed,
                                                                      more drives could stall at the goal line.

                                                                               Forget that Seattle mishap. He’s smooth,
                                                                                                                                                              1    SHAUN ALEXANDER                           RB
                                                                                                                                                              2    LARRY JOHNSON                             RB

                                                                                 powerful and dependable even in the most
                                                                                                                                                              3    LADAINIAN TOMLINSON                       RB

                                                                                 adverse conditions.
                                                                                                                                                              4    TIKI BARBER                               RB
                                                                                                                                                              5    CLINTON PORTIS                            RB
                                                                                                                                                              6    LAMONT JORDAN                             RB
                                                                                                                                                              7    EDGERRIN JAMES                            RB

     Before his injury-                                                     The Boys’ strong-but-not-too-strong offense will
                                                                                                                                                              8    RONNIE BROWN                              RB

     plagued 2005, Akers                                              provide more chances than Indy’s did.
                                                                                                                                                              9    STEVEN JACKSON                            RB
                                                                                                                                                             10    RUDI JOHNSON                              RB

     had finished in the
                                                                                                                                                             11    CADILLAC WILLIAMS                         RB

     top 10 in kicker                                                 So-so leg, iffy offense—once you get past accuracy,
                                                                                                                                                             12    PEYTON MANNING                            QB
                                                                                                                                                             13    WILLIS MCGAHEE                            RB

     scoring for five                                                 there’s not much to recommend.
                                                                                                                                                             14    DOMANICK DAVIS                            RB

     straight seasons.
                                                                                                                                                             15    STEVE SMITH                               WR
                                                                                                                                                             16    REUBEN DROUGHNS                           RB

                                                                                   Even without Brees, LT ensures the offense
                                                                                                                                                             17    WARRICK DUNN                              RB
                                                                                                                                                             18    CHAD JOHNSON                              WR

                                                                                   remains efficient close, limiting FGs.
                                                                                                                                                             19    BRIAN WESTBROOK                           RB
                                                                                                                                                             20    TOM BRADY                                 QB
                                                                                                                                                             21    DESHAUN FOSTER                            RB

                                                                          Appealing kicking situation, but sketchy mechanics
                                                                                                                                                             22    LARRY FITZGERALD                          WR
                                                                                                                                                             23    REGGIE BUSH                               RB

                                                                         may mean he blows it.
                                                                                                                                                             24    WILLIE PARKER                             RB
                                                                                                                                                             25    MATT HASSELBECK                           QB
                                                                                                                                                             26    MARVIN HARRISON                           WR

                                                                        Big-time leg, big-time headache. Lacks the fire and
                                                                                                                                                             27    THOMAS JONES                              RB
                                                                      11 JEFF REED PIT                                      BYE: 4

                                                                        work ethic to ever fulfill his potential.
                                                                                                                                                              TOP 100

                                                                                                                                                             28    TATUM BELL                                RB
                                                                                                                                                             29    TERRELL OWENS                             WR

     Take one, only one. Take him late, as late as you can
                                                                                                                                                             30    COREY DILLON                              RB
                                                                                                                                                             31    JAMAL LEWIS                               RB

                                                                        Resurrected his career, but it’s still hard to forget just
                                                                                                                                                             32    TORRY HOLT                                WR

                                                                        how crossed up he was in 2004.
                                                                                                                                                             33    DONOVAN MCNABB                            QB
                                                                      12 JAY FEELY NYG                                      BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                             34    JULIUS JONES                              RB

     A top-five kicker before the calamity of 2005. Now
                                                                                                                                                             35    RANDY MOSS                                WR

     that he’s healthy, he’ll rise to the top again behind                     Among many problems, he’s far from
                                                                                                                                                             36    CHRIS CHAMBERS                            WR
                                                                                                                                                             37    CARSON PALMER                             QB

     all the chippies his offense sends his way.                               proven and has a history of injuries.
                                                                                                                                                             38    TONY GONZALEZ                             TE
                                                                                                                                                             39    KEVIN JONES                               RB

                                                                                                                                                             40    CHESTER TAYLOR                            RB
                                                                                 13 MIKE VANDERJAGT DAL                     BYE: 3

     Prime-time leg, but Edge could turn all his field goal           Doesn’t matter how accurate you are when you
                                                                                                                                                             41    FRANK GORE                                RB
                                                                                                                                                             42    ANQUAN BOLDIN                             WR

     chances into extra points, making him a long shot to             never leave the sideline.
                                                                                                                                                             43    ANTONIO GATES                             TE

     match last year’s 140 points.
                                                                                                                                                             44    HINES WARD                                WR
                                                                                                                                                             45    MARC BULGER                               QB
                                                                      14 MATT STOVER BAL                                    BYE: 7

                                                                                                                                                             46    REGGIE WAYNE                              WR

     Elite leg strength, improving consistency. With the
                                                                                                                                                             47    ROY WILLIAMS                              WR
                                                                                                                                                             48    JAKE PLUMMER                              QB

     offense unlikely to match its insane 2005 efficiency,
                                                                                                                                                             49    AHMAN GREEN                               RB
                                                                           15 NATE KAEDING SD                               BYE: 3

                                                                                                                                                             50    JOEY GALLOWAY                             WR

     he’ll be a monster.
                                                                                                                                                             51    DEUCE MCALLISTER                          RB
                                                                                                                                                             52    JOSEPH ADDAI                              RB
                                                                                                                                                             53    PLAXICO BURRESS                           WR

     The offense will keep him plenty busy, but don’t expect
                                                                                                                                                             54    TRENT GREEN                               QB
                                                                                16 JOSH SCOBEE JAX                          BYE: 6

     many deep tries, as he regularly faces some of the NFL’s
                                                                                                                                                             55    TODD HEAP                                 TE
                                                                                                                                                             56    CURTIS MARTIN                             RB

     harshest conditions.
                                                                                                                                                             57    DONALD DRIVER                             WR
                                                                                                                                                             58    SANTANA MOSS                              WR
                                                                                                                                                             59    FRED TAYLOR                               RB
                                                                        17 SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI OAK                         BYE: 3

     Even if his leg isn’t what it used to be (zero 50-plus-
                                                                                                                                                             60    CEDRIC BENSON                             RB

                                                                                                                                                             61    ELI MANNING                               QB

     yarders since 2002), he’s trading in one of the toughest
                                                                                                                                                             62    DARRELL JACKSON                           WR

     kicking venues for one of the friendliest.
                                                                                                                                                             63    T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH                       WR
                                                                                                                                                             64    LEE EVANS                                 WR
                                                                        18 OLINDO MARE MIA                                  BYE: 8

                                                                                                                                                             65    DAUNTE CULPEPPER                          QB

                                                                                       Elam has hit 35 career 50-plus-
                                                                                                                                                             66    LENDALE WHITE                             RB

     Ball-control O and opportunistic D provide ample
                                                                                                                                                             67    EDDIE KENNISON                            WR

                                                                                       yarders, No. 2 on the NFL’s all-time
     1 DAVID AKERS PHI                               BYE: 9

     chances, and while he’s getting shorter in the leg, John
                                                                                                                                                             68    JAVON WALKER                              WR

                                                                                       list. No. 1? Morten Andersen (40).
                                                                           19 MATT BRYANT TB                                BYE: 4

                                                                                                                                                             69    JAKE DELHOMME                             QB

     Fox still sends him out there from beyond 50.
                                                                                                                                                             70    ANDRE JOHNSON                             WR
                                                                                                                                                             71    GREG JONES                                RB
                                                                                                                                                             72    JEREMY SHOCKEY                            TE

     Expect fewer turnovers and more consistent drives out
                                                                                                                                                             73    ROD SMITH                                 WR
     2 NEIL RACKERS ARI                                      BYE: 9   20 PHIL DAWSON CLE                          BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                             74    JERRY PORTER                              WR

     of the offense, greasing more and better looks. But can
                                                                                                                                                             75    REGGIE BROWN                              WR

     the D step up and turn the field over?
                                                                                                                                                             76    MICHAEL VICK                              QB
                                                                                                                                                             77    CHRIS BROWN                               RB
                                                                                                                                                             78    MARION BARBER                             RB

     He’s been around since John Elway was under center,
                                                                                                                                                             79    ALGE CRUMPLER                             TE
                                                                                                                                                             80    SAMKON GADO                               RB
     3 JOSH BROWN SEA                                        BYE: 5

     but he can still boom long-distance field goals through
                                                                                                                                                             81    MATT JONES                                WR
                                                                                                                                                             82    RYAN MOATS                                RB

     that mile-high air.
                                                                                                                                                             83    DONTE’ STALLWORTH                         WR
                                                                                                                                                             84    DEION BRANCH                              WR
                                                                                                                                                             85    DOMINIC RHODES                            RB

     From Green Bay’s frozen tundra to the climate-
                                                                                                                                                             86    DEANGELO WILLIAMS                         RB
     4 SHAYNE GRAHAM CIN                                     BYE: 5

     controlled Metrodome. Can you say value pick?
                                                                                                                                                             87    JASON WITTEN                              TE
                                                                                                                                                             88    KURT WARNER                               QB
                                                                                                                                                             89    DAVID GIVENS                              WR
                                                                                                                                                             90    MUHSIN MUHAMMAD                           WR

     The leg’s large, and you have to believe that Herm
                                                                                                                                                             91    DERRICK MASON                             WR

     Edwards will trust it more than Dick Vermeil did.
                                                                                                                                                             92    CHRIS COOLEY                              TE
     5 ADAM VINATIERI IND                                    BYE: 6

                                                                                                                                                             93    DREW BENNETT                              WR
                                                                                                                                                             94    MEWELDE MOORE                             RB

                                                                                                                                                             95    TERRY GLENN                               WR
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                                                                                                                                                             96    NATE BURLESON                             WR
                                                                                                                                                             97    JOE HORN                                  WR

                                                                      Kaeding ranked third with 49 XPs, but
                                                                                                                                                             98    CHRIS PERRY                               RB
                                                                                       8 JASON ELAM

                                                                      only 22nd with 21 FGs. Lighten up, LT!
                                                                                                                                                             99    KEYSHAWN JOHNSON                          WR
     6 JOHN KASAY CAR                                        BYE: 9

                                                                                                                                                            100    MARK CLAYTON                              WR
     7 JEFF WILKINS STL                                      BYE: 7

     8 JASON ELAM DEN                                        BYE: 4

     9 RYAN LONGWELL MIN                                     BYE: 6

     10 LAWRENCE TYNES KC                                    BYE: 3

                                                                      15 NATE KAEDING

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                              DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
     So many defenses, so little dependability. When in doubt, err on the side of “Wait ’til next round”

     The operative word is “loaded.” Despite 11 returning
                                                                                                                   Fueled by Seymour, the Patriots
     starters, the Bears spent four draft picks on D. Faster,
                                                                                                                   had fantasy’s 11th-best defense
     deeper, tougher—and fantasy gold.
                                                                                                                   over the final eight weeks.

     With the playmaking, stingy red zone streak and
     explosive return teams, what more could you want?
     Hmm. How about DT Kris Jenkins’ return? Done.                                                                                     New coordinator Donnie Henderson is a master
                                                                                                                                       motivator. But good luck with that pass D.
     There are holes here, but these guys are money, thanks
     to coordinator Dick LeBeau’s creative blitz packages and                                                                          New year, same problems: unathletic LBs and limited
     personnel groupings.                                                                                                              playmakers up front and in back.

     Powered by insane luxury: not one but two massive                                                                                 They’re well coached and play hard, but the schedule is
     game-changing DTs in Marcus Stroud and John                                                                                       unforgiving. Avert your eyes.
     Henderson. Platinum-solid.                                                           New DE Darren Howard allows
                                                                                         coordinator Jim Johnson to crank QB           Respectable run D, but secondary is brutal.
     If offense (minus Edge) doesn’t create leads                                        heat back up.

     as usual, this hard-attacking unit won’t be                                                                                       Dick Jauron loves to create upfield pressure but lacks
     quite as effective. But a cupcake division                                      Only one thing stands between this unit           the depth to make it happen.
     slate helps.                                                               and dominance: an underachieving secondary.
                                                                                                                                       Transitioning to 3-4. Nice idea, wrong players.
     1 CHICAGO BEARS                                     BYE: 7
                                                                                                                   10 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

     More star power (hello, LB Julian Peterson),                       Will give up tons of yards and points but will also
     more depth. But will killer chemistry remain                       reward you with big plays.                                     Made some solid moves, but tackling problems and
     intact?                                                                                                                           sloppy technique aren’t about to go away.
                                                                     Ordinary talent and iffy depth, but Tim Lewis’ aggressive
     2 CAROLINA PANTHERS                                 BYE: 9

     With the additions of massive, block-gobbling DT Haloti         scheme delivers takeaways.                                        DE Mario Williams and LB DeMeco Ryans are fine fits for
     Ngata and DE Trevor Pryce, look for LB Ray Lewis to                                                                               new 4-3. Most everything else? Unfit.
                                                                                                                                       24 DETROIT LIONS                                                             BYE: 8

     return to prime playmaking form.                                Holes abound, but Tuna’s 3-4 is showing signs of fantasy
                                                                     life. Look out in 2007.                                           You name it, they’re missing it: star power, depth,
     3 PITTSBURGH STEELERS                               BYE: 4

     After a disastrous start, the Vikes surged in the second                                                                          identity, return teams.
                                                                                                                                       25 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS                                                        BYE: 7

     half. Better health and new ball-control offense promise        Few teams blitz as effectively, but the line generates
     another step forward.                                           little pressure and depth is lacking.

                                                                                                                                                                         Even without Jenkins for their last
     4 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS                              BYE: 6                                                                        26 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers                                                       BYE: 7

     Age and size loom as issues for a D that can be worn            Forget last year’s No. 8 fantasy ranking. Weak depth,
                                                                                                                                                                           15 games, the Panthers had 42
     down by physical running games. But any Monte Kiffin            weak pass rush, getting old fast.
                                                                                                                                                                                 takeaways, second only
                                                                                         11 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES             BYE: 9

     unit deserves the benefit of the doubt.
                                                                                                                                                                                      to the Bengals (44).
                                                                                                                                       27 TENNESSEE TITANS                                                          BYE: 7

                                                                     Making huge strides but still can’t slug it
     5 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS                                BYE: 6

     Not as spry or deep as Super Bowl squads, but DE                out, plus front seven doesn’t get to QB

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                                                                                                                                       28 BUFFALO BILLS                                                             BYE: 8

     Richard Seymour and returning SS Rodney Harrison                often enough.
                                                                                        12 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS               BYE: 3

     will mask a lot of the flaws.
                                                                     Secondary’s no good, but DE/LB Jason
                                                                                                                                       29 NEW YORK JETS                                                             BYE: 9

                                                                     Taylor makes everyone up front better.
     6 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                    BYE: 5                         13 ATLANTA FALCONS                                BYE: 5
                                                                                                                                       30 ST. LOUIS RAMS                                                            BYE: 7

                                                                     Bolstered line. Fleet linebackers.
                                                                     Physical secondary. Long way to go,
                                                                     14 NEW YORK GIANTS                                     BYE: 4

                                                                     but uprising’s coming.
     7 BALTIMORE RAVENS                                  BYE: 7                                                                        31 HOUSTON TEXANS                                                            BYE: 5

                                                                     Struck gold in draft, but still a few
                                                                     15 DALLAS COWBOYS                                      BYE: 3

                                                                     players (especially linemen) away
                                                                                                                                       32 OAKLAND RAIDERS                                                           BYE: 3

                                                                     from viability.
     8 MINNESOTA VIKINGS                                 BYE: 6
                                                                     16 WASHINGTON REDSKINS                                 BYE: 8

                                                                     Even if all goes well up front—which
                                                                     it won’t—secondary will struggle to
                                                                                                                                                                      2 CAROLINA PANTHERS

                                                                     match up.
     9 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS                              BYE: 4      17 DENVER BRONCOS                                      BYE: 4

                                                                     Too few sacks, too many missed
         There’s no denying Stroud’s impact: His                     tackles vs. run, too many massive

         team allowed an NFL-low four rushing TDs.
                                                                     18 CINCINNATI BENGALS                       BYE: 5

     10 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS                             BYE: 6

                                                                     19 MIAMI DOLPHINS                        BYE: 8

                                                                     20 ARIZONA CARDINALS                      BYE: 9

                                                                     21 CLEVELAND BROWNS             BYE: 6

                                                                     22 GREEN BAY PACKERS            BYE: 6

                                                                     23 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS         BYE: 3

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