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 QUARTERBACKS
1. Tom Brady, New England: 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 2 TDs rushing, eight 300-yard games. Could he really go for record-tying 50 scores again? Odds are he won't, but then again maybe he'll hit 60.
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: 4,040 yards, 31 TDs, 14 INTs, 3 TDs rushing, 3 300-yard games. Unlike every other year, he's no longer the top QB. But he's still a pretty close second, even with routine surgery that'll make him miss big chunk of camp.
3. Tony Romo, Dallas: 4,211 yards, 36 TDs, 19 INTs, 2 TDs rushing, 7 300-yard games. Depending on the distraction factor of whoever's his Hollywood girlfriend at the time, should lock up your fantasy playoff spot before his annual end-of-season statistical meltdown.
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans: 4,423 yards, 28 TDs, 18 INTs, 1 TD rushing, 5 300-yard games. Offense that's been humming along nicely for two years now gets dangerous new threat in TE Jeremy Shockey.
5. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: 4,131 yards, 26 TDs, 20 INTs, 5 300-yard games. Turned into an interception machine for a dysfunctional offense that didn't score 20 points in four of the last five games. Big potential's still there, though, especially with Chad Johnson playing nice.
6. Derek Anderson, Cleveland: 3,787, 29 TDs, 19 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Top fantasy free agent of 2007 should only get better, especially with speedy target Donte' Stallworth added to offense.
7. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle: 3,966 yards, 28 TDs, 12 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Question here is whether Seahawks continue their 2007 strategy of ignoring the running game. (Their new backfield's sort of built to be ignored.)
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: 3,154 yards, 32 TDs, 11 INTs, 2 TDs rushing, 0 300-yard games. Won't get you many yards, but those occasional 4-TD games sure are nice. Lumbering, slow-motion scrambles are fun to watch, too.
9. Eli Manning, NY Giants: 3,336 yards, 23 TDs, 20 INTs, 1 TD rushing, 2 300-yard games. Better without Shockey? That whole Super Bowl MVP thing should keep the media from making too much fun of him and the fans from cruelly taunting him - at least until September.
10. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia: 3,324 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Yeah, yeah, the usual preseason talk about ``Healthy Donovan'' has already started. But please, kids, learn from my mistakes and don't get suckered into drafting injury magnet too early.
11. Jay Cutler, Denver: 3,497 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs, 2 300-yard games. Was pretty decent after he realized how easy it is to just throw to Brandon Marshall 20 times a game. So don't expect a whole heck of a lot from him while Marshall's suspended the first 3 games.
12. Marc Bulger, St. Louis: 2,392 yards, 11 TDs, 15 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Has never exceeded 24 TDs and has only played 16 full games once since 2002. May be getting injured right now, in fact.
13. Brett Favre, NY Jets: 4,155 yards, 28 TDs, 15 INTs, 1 retirement, 1 unretirement, 1 trade. Wonder if he's eligible for comeback player of the year award. He is old and learning a new system, but he's got some good receivers and the Jets have beefed up the line.
14. Jake Delhomme, Carolina: 624 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT, 1 300-yard game. Was off to a great start last year before injury cost him 13 games, and overhaul of last year's laughable offense should help. Stats will suffer first two weeks, when Steve Smith is suspended.
15. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: 218 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTS, 1 major hamstring injury. With Favre safely out of the state, lookalike of B-movie star Eric Roberts finally gets chance to really take charge of offense.
16. Philip Rivers, San Diego: 3,152 yards, 21 TDs, 16 INTs, 1 TD rushing, 2 300-yard games. Last year was a big step back for Rivers, who's always at his best handing the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson.
17. David Garrard, Jacksonville: 2,509 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs, 1 TD rushing. Jags showed uncharacteristic interest in the forward pass in the offseason, actually shopping for some new receivers. Seems like they're all hurt now, though.
18. Matt Schaub, Houston: 2,241 yards, 9 TDs, 9 INTs, 1 300-yard game. Missed 5 full games and parts of several others in first season in Houston, but surging Texans are now officially in favor of hiring qualified offensive linemen. (Just be sure to take backup Sage Rosenfels, too.)
19. Vince Young, Tennessee: 2,546 yards, 9 TDs, 17 INTs, 3 TDs rushing, 395 yards rushing, 1 300-yard game. Did I really predict a huge year for this guy last year? In proper knee-jerk fashion, let's go with a disastrous '08.
20. Jon Kitna, Detroit: 4,068 yards, 18 TDs, 20 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Among the merits of a Mike Martz-free offense, the Lions surely noted, is that Kitna can't throw interceptions while handing off.
21. Jason Campbell, Washington: 2,700 yards, 12 TDs, 11 INTs, 2 300-yard games. Wow, did the Redskins' offense ever look sharp under coach Jim Zorn in first preseason game. (Just remember they were saying the same things after Steve Spurrier's preseason debut in D.C.)
22. Matt Leinart, Arizona: 647 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs. Is he healthy? How's his psyche after losing snaps to Warner? (Move him way down if Kurt Warner beats him out in camp.)
23. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota: 1,911 yards, 9 TDs, 12 INTs, 3 TDs rushing. Mostly looked terrible last year, but showed flashes of competence. It is cool that he sometimes looks a little like actor Omar Epps.
24. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland: 373 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs. Huge former top pick is actually preparing for the season rather than battling Al Davis over a contract. He's more comfortable in the offense, and he denies reports he tipped the scales at 300 pounds.
25. Kurt Warner, Arizona: 3,417 yards, 27 TDs, 17 INTs, 1 TD rushing, 4 300-yard games. He's about 50 and no longer bends at the waist, but can somehow still air it out. (Don't be surprised if he wins starting job in camp).
26. Trent Edwards, Buffalo: 1,630 yards, 7 TDs, 8 INTs. A legitimate 15-TD threat.
27. Alex Smith, San Francisco: 914 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs. Can new offensive coordinator Martz save him from becoming a massive bust? Cleared 200 yards just twice in last 17 games, and may not even beat out Shaun Hill or journeyman J.T. O'Sullivan.
28. Kyle Boller, Baltimore: 1,743 yards, 9 TDs, 10 INTs. With Steve McNair no longer producing meager stats and rookie Joe Flacco probably not ready, Boller could make for a decent fantasy backup.
29. Shaun Hill, San Francisco: 501 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT. Could be a real steal if (or when) Smith flames out. (Move him up several notches if he wins the job in camp.)
30. The Chicago starter. (Kyle Orton, 478 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs; or Rex Grossman: 1,411 yards, 4 TDs, 7 INTs.) Orton has cooler hair, but Grossman's continued NFL employment is somehow kind of heartwarming.
31. The Miami starter. Josh McCown listed No. 1 on depth chart because, well, somebody had to be. Remember, this is a group that got the Dolphins thinking about Quincy Carter.
RUNNING BACKS
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego: 1,474 yards and 15 TDs rushing (4.7 yards per carry), 60 catches for 475 yards and 3 TDs, 6 100-yard games. Don't start sweating his durability based on the AFC title game injury. TD machine has only missed one game in seven seasons.
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota: 1,341 yards and 12 TDs rushing (5.6 yards per carry), 19 catches for 268 yards and 1 TD, 4 100-yard games, 2 200-yard games. Teams stopped him late after realizing the Vikings couldn't throw against defenses that weren't even using defensive backs.
3. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia: 1,333 yards and 7 TDs rushing (4.8 yards per carry), 90 catches for 771 yards and 5 TDs, 6 100-yard rushing games, 1 100-yard receiving game. Once considered injury risk, now pretty much all the Eagles have.
4. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis: 1,072 yards and 12 TDs (4.1 yards per carry), 4 100-yard games, 41 catches for 364 yards and 3 TDs. Durability a question as he wore down late in the year, so make sure to get his backup, too.
5. Steven Jackson, St. Louis: 1,002 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 38 catches for 271 yards and 1 TD, 4 games missed to injury. Durability, weak offense slightly concerning, as is the fact that his holdout is well past the fake, first-day-of-camp variety.
6. Frank Gore, San Francisco: 1,102 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 53 catches for 436 yards and 1 TD. Offensive coordinator Martz has lost some genius points over the years, but he's smart enough to build scheme around Gore. (Gore got 20 carries just five times last year.)
7. Clinton Portis, Washington: 1,262 yards and 11 TDs rushing (3.9 yards per carry), career-high 47 catches for 389 yards, 4 100-yard games. Drop in yards per carry a bit of a concern, but he thinks he'll have more big plays in Zorn's new offense.
8. Marion Barber, Dallas: 975 yards and 10 TDs rushing (4.8 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 44 catches for 282 yards and 2 TDs. Finally, Julius Jones left town to make maniacal runner Dallas' main threat. Will share some carries, but was nice to hear coach Wade Phillips talk in camp about Barber handling a big workload.
9. Ryan Grant, Green Bay: 956 yards and 8 TDs rushing (5.1 yards per carry), 5 100-yard games, 30 catches for 145 yards. Scored eight times in his final eight games after taking over as primary back. And happy now that holdout's finally over and he's a lot richer.
10. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo: 1,115 yards and 7 TDs (4.0 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 1 TD pass, 18 catches for 184 yards. Had two of his three 100-yard games after Trent Edwards took over, though never did develop into the receiver he was supposed to be.
11. Willis McGahee, Baltimore: 1,207 yards and 7 TDs (4.1 yards per carry), 5 100-yard games, 43 catches for 231 yards and 1 TD. New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has a history of feeding the featured back. (See Tomlinson, Ronnie Brown.) Knee injury bears watching.
12. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland: 1,304 yards and 9 TDs rushing (4.4 yards per carry), 30 catches for 248 yards and 2 TDs, 4 100-yard games, 1 200-yard game. Not so washed up after all, as many of us feared last season. Wide-open passing game opens up a lot of holes.
13. Larry Johnson, Kansas City: 559 yards and 3 TDs (3.5 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 30 catches for 186 yards and 1 TD. Only made it through half of 2007 after getting seriously overworked. Will again be workhorse, but for how long? Last year's horrid line totally reworked.
14. Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay: 898 yards and 10 TDs (4.0 rushing), 3 100-yard games, 49 catches for 324 yards. A fourth-stringer this time last year, just signed to big deal and his backups shouldn't steal too many carries.
15. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville: 768 yards and 9 TDs (4.6 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 40 catches for 407 yards. Tiny wrecking ball doesn't really see the ball all that often (about 15 times a game in his 2-year career), but he's always in the end zone somehow (13 times a year).
16. Brandon Jacobs, NY Giants: 1,009 yards and 4 TDs (5.0 yards per carry), 5 100-yard games, 23 catches for 174 yards and 2 TDs. 264-pounder's fun to watch when he's running everybody over, but never was short-yardage guy. Battering ram mind-set leads to injury, and there's a sizable crowd in that backfield.
17. Laurence Maroney, New England: 835 yards and 6 TDs (4.5 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 4 catches for 116 yards. Suffers from recurring injuries, team's refusal to run. But he's capable if teams figure out how to shut down Brady. Big question is how many carries LaMont Jordan gets, especially near the goal line.
18. Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati: 497 yards, 3 TDs (2.9 yards per carry). After getting too skinny last year, bulked up again to weight he was at when steadily putting up 1,300 yards and 12 scores. Bengals want to run more, but recurring hamstring problems a concern.
19. Michael Turner, Atlanta: 316 yards and 1 TD (4.5 yards per carry), 1 100-yard game, 4 catches for 18 yards. Longtime Tomlinson backup gets his shot, though he will share some. Unclear how he'll fare against defenses not exhausted from chasing LT, and new line has woes.
20. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh: 1,316 yards and 2 TDs rushing (4.1 yards per carry), 8 100-yard games, 23 catches for 164 yards. Dude, remember the end zone? After just two visits there last year, working some on the goal line in camp. Uncertain if Parker or time-share partner Rashard Mendenhall will punch in the 1-yarders.
21. Thomas Jones, NY Jets: 1,119 yards and 1 TD (3.6 yards per carry), 4 100-yard games, 28 catches for 217 yards and 1 TD. Great big arms, but tiny yards per carry and TD total. Still, Jets seem committed to Jones as main runner, and there are two new starters on OL. Oh, and their new QB's pretty good, too.
22. Darren McFadden, Oakland: Rookie. Averaged 5.8 yards a carry in college and went for 100 yards in 22 of 38 games. Electric runner worth a high pick, even considering he joins a lousy team with a crowded backfield.
23. Ronnie Brown, Miami: 602 yards and 4 TDs (5.1 yards per carry), 4 100-yard games, 39 catches for 389 yards and 1 TD, 9 missed games. Low ranking for fear of slow torn ACL recovery, rejuvenated Ricky Williams, retiring of the ``Give it to Ronnie Every Time'' playbook.
24. LenDale White, Tennessee: 1,110 yards and 7 TDs (3.7 yards per carry), 5 100-yard games, 20 catches for 114 yards. Didn't miss a game despite some injury and size issues. But Titans' drafting Chris Johnson in the first round raises questions once again.
25. Edgerrin James, Arizona: 1,222 yards and 7 TDs (3.8 yards per carry), 3 100-yard games, 24 catches for 204 yards. Quietly had a decent 2007, but he's a long way from those monster numbers he posted in Indy. And he's had that dreaded 30th birthday, when most RBs receive the gift of decreasing effectiveness.
26. Selvin Young, Denver: 729 yards and 1 TD (5.2 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 35 catches for 231 yards. The probable starter, but obscure-back loving Broncos probably think he's so last year.
27. Reggie Bush, New Orleans: 581 yards and 4 TDs (3.7 yards per carry), 73 catches for 417 yards and 2 TDs. Now we know he won't ever carry the load as a featured runner, but large number of catches make him valuable in leagues that reward receptions.
28. Matt Forte, Chicago: Rookie. Second-round pick and Tulane career leader in touchdowns (44) is expected to be Bears starter. Late signing of Kevin Jones initially was worrisome, although Jones' extended stay on PUP list does ease concerns.
29. Kevin Smith, Detroit: Rookie. Piled up nearly 2,700 yards and 29 TDs last year in a Central Florida scheme very similar to Detroit's. Should get more carries in what looks to be a job-share with Tatum Bell.
30. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina: Rookie. 235-pounder from Oregon will share time with DeAngelo Williams, but his ability to pound away means he'll probably get more carries.
31. Justin Fargas, Oakland: 1,009 yards and 4 TDs (4.5 yards per carry), 4 100-yard games, 23 catches for 188 yards. Career backup made most of his opportunity in just seven starts before season-ending knee surgery. At least he's starting, though just till McFadden warms up.
32. Deuce McAllister, New Orleans: 92 yards (3.8 yards per carry), 4 catches for 15 yards. At 29, he's missed 25 games the past three years. Just had another MRI on one of two injured knees, but has somehow looked great in camp since.
33. Fred Taylor, Jacksonville: 1,202 yards and 5 TDs (career best 5.4 yards per carry), 5 100-yard games, 9 receptions for 58 yards. How did he do that last year? At 32 with his injury history, odds are long he'll hit 1,200 yards again.
34. Chester Taylor, Minnesota: 847 yards and 7 TDs (5.4 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 29 catches for 281 yards. Best bench-warmer around is an automatic 100 yards whenever Peterson's too hurt to go.
35. Ahman Green, Houston, 260 yards, 2 TDs (3.7 yards per carry), 10 games missed to injury. Much as I hate to list anybody this old, 31-year-old injury machine's at least a starter. Just don't count on him for a whole season. (Maybe not even a half season.)
36. Chris Johnson, Tennessee: Rookie. First-round pick was the fastest back in the draft and should swipe carries from White, one of the slowest backs in many drafts.
37. Tatum Bell, Detroit: 182 yards, 1 TD (4.1 yards per carry). Was quickly banished to the bench or inactive list by Martz last year, but should still see plenty of touches. Currently tops depth chart, but that may just be so rookie Smith doesn't get cocky.
38. Julius Jones, Seattle: 588 yards and 2 TDs (3.6 yards per carry), 23 catches for 203 yards. After years in Dallas losing short TD runs to Barber, now he gets to lose them to fellow new Seahawk T.J. Duckett. (He'll even lose other carries to co-starter Maurice Morris.)
39. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina: 717 yards and 4 TDs (5.0 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 23 catches for 175 yards and 1 TD. Longtime fantasy favorite appeared to be on his way when DeShaun Foster was cut, but was back to time-share after Panthers drafted Stewart.
40. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh, Rookie: First-rounder from Illinois spells Parker a year after running for nearly 1,700 yards and 17 scores.
41. Maurice Morris, Seattle: 628 yards and 4 TDs (4.5 yards per carry), 23 catches, 213 yards and 1 TD receiving. Longtime backup upgraded to cog in big fat RB committee.
42. Jerious Norwood, Atlanta: 613 yards, 1 TD (6.0 yards per carry), 28 catches, 277 yards. His big chance to be the man for Falcons vanished when Turner arrived, but a back who averages 6.2 yards a carry in two-year career will still get carries. Good insurance for Turner owners.
43. Ricky Williams, Miami: Maybe he really is rejuvenated, and maybe Ronnie Brown isn't.
44. LaMont Jordan, New England: 549 yards and 3 TDs (3.8 yards per carry), 28 catches, 247 yards. Backs up the oft-injured Maroney, and Patriots have a pretty good track record with Oakland castoffs.
45. Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis: 302 yards and 1 TD (4.0 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 11 catches for 70 yards. After a year of reflection, turns out playing for the good Colts beats playing for the bad Raiders. Good guy to tuck away in case Addai gets hurt.
46. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans: 252 yards, 1 TD (4.8 yards per carry), 17 catches for 151 yards, 1 TD. Move him way up if all the screws holding McAllister together start falling out.
47. Derrick Ward, NY Giants: 602 yards and 3 TDs (4.8 yards per carry), 1 100-yard game, 26 catches for 179 yards and 1 TD. Good to have on the shelf for next time Jacobs thinks he can run straight into a large gathering of 350-pounders. (May also want to snag Ahmad Bradshaw, for next time Ward thinks he can run into similar gatherings.)
48. Kolby Smith, Kansas City: 407 yards and 2 TDs (3.6 yards per carry), 1 100-yard game, 22 catches for 148 yards. You have to take him if you have Larry Johnson.
49. Ray Rice, Baltimore: Rookie. Rutgers star a good late gamble in case McGahee gets hurt again.
50. Kevin Jones, Chicago: 581 yards and 8 TDs (3.8 yards per carry), 32 catches for 197 yards receiving. Coming back from torn knee ligaments but was nimble in workouts after Lions let him go. Bears were in big rush to sign him, put him on PUP list.

WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Randy Moss, New England: 98 catches, 1,493 yards, 23 TDs, 9 100-yard games. Caught two or more TDs in half his games. And he didn't get mad or sulky or anything.
2. Terrell Owens, Dallas: 81 catches, 1,355 yards, 15 TDs, 6 100-yard games. His 28 receiving scores over the past two years are most in the league. And he didn't get mad or sulky or anything.
3. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis: 104 catches, 1,510 yards 10 TDs, 6 100-yard games. Doubtful he'll repeat those numbers if Marvin Harrison recovers fully from two knee injuries, but he could come close.
4. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland: 80 catches, 1,289 yards, 16 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Arrival of Donte' Stallworth could make it harder to double-cover Edwards every down. (Though he does still suffer from the occasional droppsies.)
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona: 100 catches, 1,409 yards, 10 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Could fall off a bit if Anquan Boldin somehow gets healthy and if the unstable QB situation goes south.
6. Marques Colston, New Orleans: 98 catches, 1,202 yards, 11 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Proved rookie 1,000-yard season was no fluke and cashed in with new deal. Won't be quite so covered now that TE Jeremy Shockey's a Saint.
7. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati: 112 catches, 1,143 yards, 12 TDs 3 100-yard games (but none in final 11). Led league in catches, and that was before Chad Johnson was openly sulking. Will be hard to duplicate last year's stats.
8. Chad Johnson, Cincinnati: 93 catches, 1,440 yards, 8 TDs, 4 100-yard games, 1 200-yard game. Another huge year was marked by vanishing act - Johnson was held scoreless in 12 of 13 games at one point. He's now being a team player, after his trade plea was refused.
9. Torry Holt, St. Louis: 93 catches, 1,189 yards, 7 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Hard to get more steady than Holt's average of 100 catches and just under 10 touchdowns over the past five years, but that QB situation could get iffy in a hurry.
10. Plaxico Burress, NY Giants: 70 catches, 1,012 yards, 12 TDs, 3 100-yard games. His 29 TD catches from Eli Manning are most by any duo since 2005. Last real practice was sometime in 2006, but ailing ankles don't seem to hurt performance much.
11. Andre Johnson, Houston: 60 catches, 851 yards, 8 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Freakish talent but always hurt. (He's already limped off the practice field once.) Missed nearly half the season to injury but still averaged nearly 100 yards and scored in 7 of 9 games.
12. Wes Welker, New England: 112 catches, 1,175 yards, 8 TDs, 4 100-yard games, 3 10-catch games. You'd think he has one-year wonder written all over him, but as long as Moss is around nobody's ever really going to cover Welker.
13. Steve Smith, Carolina: 87 catches, 1,002 yards, 7 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Former hot-head's regression led to suspension for the first two games. If he's already punching guys, can you count on him to keep his cool in October?
14. Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis: 20 catches, 247 yards, 1 TD. Stock rising now that he can run and everything. Seems somebody's going to get a steal with Harrison ... or throw a fairly high pick out the window.
15. Anquan Boldin, Arizona: 71 catches, 853 yards, 9 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Had a career high in TDs despite missing 4 games to injury. A little dicey this year since hamstring is hurting and he's so unhappy with contract that he plans to scram from Arizona next year.
16. Brandon Marshall, Denver: 102 catches, 1,325 yards, 7 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Was unstoppable late in the season, averaging 9 catches in final four games. Should pick up that pace after serving three-game suspension due to frequent visits from cops.
17. Roy Williams, Detroit: 64 catches, 838 yards, 5 TDs, 2 100-yard games, 1 200-yard game. Has only hit 1,000 yards and played 16 games once in four seasons. And now Lions aren't wanting to throw so much.
18. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh: 52 catches, 942 yards, 8 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Would have easily surpassed 1,000 yards had he not missed 3 games.
19. Greg Jennings, Green Bay: 53 catches, 920 yards, 12 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Scored 12 times in his 13 games, but how will he fare without Favre?
20. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: 70 catches, 995 yards, 5 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Somehow had decent numbers as a rookie playing with no QB. May get better as second-year guy with no QB.
21. Donald Driver, Green Bay: 82 catches, 1,048 yards, 2 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Coming off fourth straight season over 80 catches and 1,000 yards. But he's gone 13 games without a score, but how will he fare without Favre?
22. Calvin Johnson, Detroit: 48 catches, 756 yards, 4 TDs, 1 100-yard game. OK, so maybe he wasn't really the next Randy Moss. Natural talents make him worth a shot, even if his team hopes to avoid passing this year.
23. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh: 71 catches, 732 yards, 7 TDs, 0 100-yard games. Somehow had worst season since 2000 while Steelers were throwing more than ever. Even had a game with 2 yards receiving.
24. Bobby Engram, Seattle: 94 catches, 1,146 yards, 6 TDs, 2 100-yard games. First 1,000-yard season of 35-year-old's career lacked big games. May see more balls with D.J. Hackett gone, but he's steamed about not getting a new deal.
25. Santana Moss, Washington: 61 catches, 808 yards, 3 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Speed is great, but touchdowns would be better. QB situation still a little dicey, too.
26. Lee Evans, Buffalo: 55 catches, 849 yards, 5 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Maybe frustratingly erratic receiver will start clicking with Trent Edwards in his first full year as a starter. And maybe gigantic rookie James Hardy will cut down on some of the double coverage he sees.
27. Jerricho Cotchery, NY Jets: 82 catches, 1,130 yards, 2 TDs, 4 100-yard games. With Favre in town, should be able to get off the Willie Parker TD plan and score more than twice.
28. Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia: 77 catches, 1,110 yards, 6 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Throw out his one monster game last year against the Lions (11 catches, 221-yards, 3 TDs) and he averaged 4 catches and 59 yards a game, with a score every five games.
29. Laveranues Coles, NY Jets: 55 catches, 646 yards, 6 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Worst season since 2000, but missed 6 games. Should bounce back because never missed a game in previous six years. And now he has a QB who often can throw at intended targets.
30. Nate Burleson, Seattle: 50 catches, 694 yards, 9 TDs, 1 100-yard game. One of few receivers back from last year, scored six times in last 7 games of 2007.
31. Roddy White, Atlanta: 83 catches, 1,202 yards, 6 TDs, 5 100-yard games. Don't draft him too high, because those numbers aren't likely again. (It's Roddy White, people.)
32. Bernard Berrian, Minnesota: 71 catches, 951 yards, 5 TDS, 1 100-yard game. Before fretting about whether he'll catch anything from serial bounce-passer Tarvaris Jackson, remember he's also had decent games fielding balls from Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.
33. Chris Chambers, San Diego: 66 catches, 970 yards, 4 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Had some nice games once he got used to San Diego, scoring twice in final two games.
34. Donte' Stallworth, Cleveland: 46 catches, 697 yards, 3 TDs, 1 100-yard game. After being overshadowed by Randy Moss,joins fourth team in four years to be overshadowed by Braylon Edwards. And in shocking development, hamstring's already hurting, but has drawn raves in camp.
35. Patrick Crayton, Dallas: 50 catches, 697 yards, 7 TDs. Essentially the third WR because of all the balls thrown to TE Jason Witten, and he vanished late last year. Still, a starter in the Dallas offense is worth a shot.
36. Javon Walker, Oakland, 26 catches, 287 yards, 0 TDs: He always gets hurt, always trashes his workplace, was reportedly out of shape for offseason workouts and had to be talked out of retiring. Hey, that just may work in Oakland.
37. Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina: 40 catches, 570 yards, 3 TDs. Had 16 touchdowns last time he played in Carolina, in 2004.
38. Vincent Jackson, San Diego: 41 catches, 623 yards, 3 TDs. Somehow got a lot worse after becoming full-time starter, but postseason performance (averaging 6 catches and 100 yards in 3 games) might help fantasy value.
39. Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay: 57 catches, 1,014 yards, 6 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Still putting up numbers even though he's about 80 years old and the only decent QB on the roster's about 70.
40. Derrick Mason, Baltimore: 103 yards, 1,087 yards, 5 TDs. Living proof that 1,000-yard seasons are overrated. He never hit 100 yards in a game, never scored in consecutive games and had one catch longer than 28 yards.
41. Reggie Brown, Philadelphia: 61 catches, 780 yards, 4 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Could do something if McNabb stays upright.
42. D.J. Hackett, Carolina: 32 catches, 384 yards, 3 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Last year's failed sleeper only played in six games, but went over 100 yards twice. A decent start for first two weeks, with Smith suspended.
43. Darrell Jackson, Denver: 46 catches, 497 yards, 3 TDs. Has scored just 3 times in 2 of last 3 seasons, but could recapture some old glory with Marshall's suspension.
44. Jerry Porter, Jacksonville: 44 catches, 705 yards, 6 TDs, 0 100-yard games. Hamstring will keep prized free agent out for preseason, and those injuries have a way of sticking around. (If you draft him, do so thinking about real help by Week 4 or so.)
45. Ronald Curry, Oakland: 55 catches, 717 yards, 4 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Should be open often if Javon Walker can stay on the field.
46. Ernest Wilford, Miami, 45 catches, 518 yards, 3 TDs. Never cleared 700 yards in 4-year career, but it's a safe bet Dolphins will have to throw a lot. And he's about all they have to throw to.
47. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis: 37 catches, 576 yards, 3 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Started 9 games as rookie. Good late-round gamble in case Marvin Harrison breaks down again.
48. Sidney Rice, Minnesota: 31 catches, 396 yards, 4 TDs. Sure, it's a long shot to say the Vikings can actually produce two receivers, but Rice really had some bright moments as a rookie.
49. Isaac Bruce, San Francisco: 55 catches, 733 yards, 4 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Slowing down as he enters his first year not wearing a Rams uniform since 1994. Averaging 4 TD catches the past 5 years.
50. David Patten, New Orleans: 54 catches, 792 yards, 3 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Good late pick if you have the fragile Colston, unless he gets lost in crowd with Devery Henderson, Robert Meacham.

TIGHT ENDS
1. Jason Witten, Dallas: 96 catches, 1,145 yards, 7 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Romo's pal always seems open, hard to tackle.
2. Antonio Gates, San Diego: 75 catches, 984 yards, 9 TDs, 4 100-yard games. Did all that playing hurt. Surgically repaired big toe still healing.
3. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City: 99 catches, 1,172 yards, 5 TDs, 5 100-yard games. Did all that with no real QB.
4. Kellen Winslow, Cleveland: 82 catches, 1,106 yards, 5 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Actually backed up swagger last season.
5. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis: 58 catches, 616 yards, 11 TDs. Doesn't get many yards, but always catches TD passes.
6. Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans: 57 catches, 619 yards, 3 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Had his best year when new coach Sean Payton was his offensive coordinator.
7. Chris Cooley, Washington: 66 catches, 786 yards, 8 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Offense may be more run-oriented.
8. Alge Crumpler, Tennessee: 42 catches, 444 yards, 5 TDs. Vince Young's new go-to guy?
9. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh: 47 catches, 566 yards, 7 TDs: Great short-yardage guy since Steelers no longer interested in short TD runs.
10. Vernon Davis, San Francisco: 52 catches, 509 yards, 4 TDs. New offense will actually acknowledge his hulking existence.
11. Owen Daniels, Houston: 63 catches, 768 yards, 3 TDs. Texans finally have reliable tight end.
12. Kevin Boss, NY Giants: 9 catches, 118 yards, 2 TDs: New starter excelled while replacing the injured Shockey in the playoffs.
13. Todd Heap, Baltimore: 23 catches, 239 yards, 1 TD. Back after missing 10 games to injury.
14. L.J. Smith, Philadelphia: 22 catches, 236 yards, TD. Was hurt most of last year.
15. Tony Scheffler, Denver, 49 catches, 549 yards, 5 TDs, 1 100-yard game. I have no idea who this guy is, but nice numbers.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1. Minnesota. Jared Allen adds 15 sacks, sets up lots of picks.
2. New England: Still old, still solid.
3. San Diego: Snagged league-most 30 interceptions last year.
4. Seattle: Always better at home, for some reason.
5. Indianapolis. Allowed NFL-low 16.4 points a game.
6. Pittsburgh: Allowed fewest yards last year.
7. NY Giants: Led league in sacks, though will miss Michael Strahan.
8. Tennessee: Keeps team in games.
9. Tampa Bay: Second in yards allowed.
10. Jacksonville. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams helps already tough unit.
11. Dallas: Hoping Pacman Jones will be cleared for season opener.
12. Chicago. Defense stinks, but plenty of kick returns.
13. Green Bay: Nobody ran much on Pack last year.
14. Houston: Lots of sacks, kick returns.
15. Baltimore: Aging D still has a little something left, though may be very little.
16. Philadelphia: Allowed fewest TDs in league.
17. Washington: In shocking development, added another aging big name.
18. Denver: Oakland, Kansas City QBs should pad the sack and interception stats.
19. Buffalo: Added lots of help in offseason.
20. New Orleans: Revamping defense was top priority.

KICKERS
1. Mason Crosby, Green Bay: 141 points, 31 FGs.
2. Rob Bironas, Tennessee: 133, 35.
3. Nick Folk, Dallas: 131, 26.
4. Shayne Graham, Cincinnati: 130, 31.
5. Olindo Mare, Seattle: 64, 30.
6. John Kasay, Carolina: 99, 24.
7. Stephen Gostkowski, New England: 137, 21.
8. Phil Dawson, Cleveland, 120, 26.
9. Robbie Gould, Chicago: 126, 31.
10. Josh Brown, St. Louis, 127, 28.
11. Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay, 118, 28.
12. Nate Kaeding, San Diego: 118, 24.
13. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis: 118, 23.
14. Shaun Suisham, Washington: 116, 29.
15. Kris Brown, Houston, 115, 25.
16. Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh, 113, 23.
17. Mike Nugent, NY Jets: 110, 29.
18. Neil Rackers, Arizona: 110, 21.
19. Lawrence Tynes, NY Giants, 109, 23.
20. Jason Elam, Atlanta, 114, 27.
 

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