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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. And his sore foot's nothing to worry about.
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. Expects to be back from routine knee surgery in time for season opener.
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. 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. That is, unless he has lingering effects from possible concussion.
6. 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 if he has any healthy receivers.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle: 3,966 yards, 28 TDs, 12 INTs, 3 300-yard games. Question isn't so much whether Seahawks continue their 2007 strategy of ignoring the running game, but whether they can. Hasselbeck's ailing back has been keeping him out of practice, where he barely recognizes the receivers.
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. 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.
13. 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. (But please, Pack announcers, stop referring to him as ``A-Rod.'')
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.)
17. 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.
18. 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. Fragile elbow, suspension of Steve Smith, other injured WRs all a bit scary.
19. 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. But maybe run-first offense is what he really needs to thrive.
20. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota: 1,911 yards, 9 TDs, 12 INTs, 3 TDs rushing. Mostly looked terrible or hurt last year, but showed flashes of competence. It is cool that he sometimes looks a little like actor Omar Epps.
21. Jason Campbell, Washington: 2,700 yards, 12 TDs, 11 INTs, 2 300-yard games. Wow, does the Redskins' offense ever look sharp under coach Jim Zorn in the preseason. (Just remember they were saying the same things after Steve Spurrier's preseason debut in D.C.)
22. Trent Edwards, Buffalo: 1,630 yards, 7 TDs, 8 INTs. He's starting to work on J.P. Losman's trick of throwing to Lee Evans every time, though keep an eye on his injury status.
23. 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. (Tennessee Boo-birds seem to concur.)
24. Matt Leinart, Arizona: 647 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs. There seems to be a pretty good chance he'll lose the job to Kurt Warner before or during the season.
25. Chad Pennington, Miami: 1,765 yards, 10 TDs, 9 INTs. Noodle-armed veteran a perfect fit for the Dolphins, who are probably best off focusing on 4-yard throws to running backs.
26. 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, which just may call for him to hand off every down.
27. Brodie Croyle, Kansas City: 1,227 yards, 6 TDs, 6 INTs. Big targets Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez are nice, but only if Croyle's not getting sacked all day or firing more passes sort of near their shins.
28. Kyle Orton, Chicago: 478 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs. Congratulations, Kyle, you're the Bears' starter! Oh, and sorry about that, Kyle. Have you seen the Bears' offense?
29. 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. (Move him way up if he wins the job.)
30. The San Francisco starter: It may be some character named J.T. O'Sullivan, who apparently has sat on just about everybody's bench the past few years. Also could be bust-errific former first-round pick Alex Smith or last year's flash in the pan Shaun Hill.
31. The Baltimore starter: Kyle Boller has the experience, but Troy Smith will be able to elude all the guys who aren't getting blocked.
32. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: Rookie. Worth a late, late, late gamble.

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 sweat his durability based on the AFC title game injury, nagging preseason aches. 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. Draft orders everywhere back to normal now that the holdout's over.
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. 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.
10. 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? (Take backup Kolby Smith, too.)
11. 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.
12. Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay: 898 yards and 10 TDs (4.0 rushing), 3 100-yard games, 49 catches for 324 yards. Fourth-stringer this time last year just signed big deal. Coach Jon Gruden's refusal to discuss backfield workload worrisome, but Graham will get all the TD runs.
13. 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).
14. 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 8 times in his final 8 games. Hasn't been able to practice in camp due to apparently unhealable hamstring, but says he could play in a real game if he had to.
15. 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 featured backs. Knee problem, woeful offense, line always described as ``makeshift'' hurt value, but Ravens think he'll be ready for opener.
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. He'll probably get hurt due to battering-ram mind-set, but watching the 264-pounder mow people down will be worth it in the meantime. (Don't forget to take Derrick Ward in later rounds, too.)
17. 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, tiny yards per carry and TD total, but Jets seem committed to Jones and now he has lots more help.
18. 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 shut down Brady. Big question is how many carries LaMont Jordan gets, especially near the goal line.
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. 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.
21. 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? Had only two visits there last year. Still unclear exactly what percentage of carries he'll get, but starting.
21. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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 speedy rookie Chris Johnson will swipe plenty of carries.
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. Matt Forte, Chicago: Rookie. Second-round pick and Tulane career leader in touchdowns (44) is expected to be Bears starter, though Kevin Jones eventually could steal some carries. Can anybody block for either?
28. 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. But at this point, I need to see his hamstring in action before realistically considering him any earlier.
29. 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, hurt thumb, rejuvenated Ricky Williams, retiring of the ``Give it to Ronnie Every Time'' playbook.
30. 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 appears to be stuck in another committee, but time-share partner Jonathan Stewart's recovering from toe surgery.
31. 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.
32. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina: Rookie. 235-pounder from Oregon will share time with DeAngelo Williams, but his ability to pound away means he could eventually get more carries once he's healthy.
33. 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.
34. 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, though should catch decent number of passes.
35. Chester Taylor, Minnesota: 847 yards and 7 TDs (5.4 yards per carry), 2 100-yard games, 29 catches for 281 yards. Depth chart on the Vikings' Web site curiously lists him as starter. But seriously, folks ... Taylor's an automatic 100 yards whenever Peterson's hurt.
36. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh, Rookie: First-rounder from Illinois spells Parker a year after running for nearly 1,700 yards and 17 scores.
37. Brandon Jackson, Green Bay: 267 yards, 1 TD (3.6 yards per carry), 16 catches, 130 yards. Has looked great in camp, could get break if Grant continues to be a ghost.
38. Chris Perry, Cincinnati: Out injured all last year. What does it say about the state of the Bengals when this injury machine is known as the healthy one? Could be a big bargain if Rudi Johnson's hamstring never comes back.
39. Ricky Williams, Miami: Maybe he really is rejuvenated, and maybe Ronnie Brown isn't.
40. 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.
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, but may wind up as the best cog.
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. Steve Slaton, Houston: Rookie. Speedy third-round pick may be only guy standing in Houston at some point, since almost every other back is old and rickety.
44. Ray Rice, Baltimore: Rookie. Rutgers star a good late gamble in case McGahee keeps struggling with injury this year.
45. 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.
46. Andre Hall, Denver: 216 yards, 2 TDs (4.9 yards per carry), 2 catches, 69 yards. May at some point wind up as coach Mike Shanahan's flavor of the week. Also could pile up scores as the goal-line guy.
47. 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 with injuries to both knees. Has somehow looked great in camp, but is he more than a feel-good story?
48. 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. Seems to be giving way to Smith in the competition to start.
49. 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.
50. 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.

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. Edwards should be back from freak foot injury for regular season, hopefully wearing shoes.
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, especially if hamstring keeps bugging him.
8. 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.
9. 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. It will be a little harder for the flat-footed Burress to be cool now that he's wearing orthotics. (What next, bingo?)
10. 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, winning a close race with Ahman Green to the trainer's room.) Missed nearly half of last season to injury.
11. 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. Offseason has included demand for trade, ankle surgery, shoulder injury.
12. Steve Smith, Carolina: 87 catches, 1,002 yards, 7 TDs, 3 100-yard games. Former hot-head regressed early in camp. Absurdly low ranking due to two-game suspension, recent concussion, team disgusted by his punching of an unsuspecting teammate.
13. 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.
14. 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. Offense should be solid again, but it's a bit unnerving that he doesn't like his team or coach all that much.
15. 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. Like Smith, take him higher if you really like him, just be ready to plug in a scrub during his three-game suspension.
16. Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis: 20 catches, 247 yards, 1 TD. Looks like he can run and catch and everything. Seems somebody's going to get a steal with Harrison ... or throw a fairly high pick out the window.
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. Lee Evans, Buffalo: 55 catches, 849 yards, 5 TDs, 2 100-yard games. Frustratingly erratic receiver has started to click with Trent Edwards in the preseason.
20. 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?
21. 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.
22. 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.
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 - but shouldn't tank again.
24. 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?
25. 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.)
26. 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.
27. 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, but needs to quit sulking about buddy Chad Pennington's release.
28. 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.
29. 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. Will drop his share of passes, though.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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. Drew raves in camp - before accidentally injuring Edwards' foot.
33. 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.
34. Reggie Brown, Philadelphia: 61 catches, 780 yards, 4 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Could put up nice numbers if his hamstring's better, if McNabb stays upright and if Kevin Curtis is kept out for long by that sports hernia that's become so trendy in Philadelphia.
35. Kevin Walter, Houston: 65 catches, 800 yards, 4 TDs, 1 100-yard game. Anybody really expect Andre Johnson to play 16 games? Walter will get big opportunities.
36. Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina: 40 catches, 570 yards, 3 TDs. Had 16 touchdowns last time he played in Carolina, in 2004.
37. Eddie Royal, Denver: Rookie. Smart and speedy Virginia Tech alum will really start shining once Marshall returns from suspension and draws double coverage.
38. 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.
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. Ted Ginn Jr., Miami: 34 catches, 420 yards, 2 TDs. Dolphins will have to throw a lot, and now they have somebody who is physically capable of throwing accurately, so he's worth a shot late.
41. 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.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. Courtney Taylor, Seattle: Rookie. Big-time receiver at Auburn getting hurried into the real big time with Bobby Engram's recent injury and Deion Branch's batch of unending injuries.
45. 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 - if he can stay healthy.
46. Drew Bennett, St. Louis: 33 catches, 375 yards, 3 TDs. Remember this blast from the past? He's taken over Bruce's job as second fiddle to Holt.
47. 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.)
48. 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.
49. 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 could be the last. He'll be back in late September at the earliest after cracking a shoulder in a preseason game.
50. Chris Henry, Cincinnati: 21 catches, 343 yards, 2 TDs. In a crazy coincidence, his character issues apparently cleared up just when the Bengals really needed another receiver. Though he will still start the year on four-game suspension, from back when his character wasn't so great.

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. Finally returned to practice this week with surgically repaired big toe.
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. Todd Heap, Baltimore: 23 catches, 239 yards, 1 TD. Back after missing 10 games to injury.
12. Kevin Boss, NY Giants: 9 catches, 118 yards, 2 TDs: New starter excelled while replacing the injured Shockey in the playoffs.
13. L.J. Smith, Philadelphia: 22 catches, 236 yards, TD. Was hurt most of last year.
14. Ben Utecht, Cincinnati: 31 catches, 364 yards, TD. With all those hurt receivers, who else they going to throw to?
15. Owen Daniels, Houston: 63 catches, 768 yards, 3 TDs. Texans finally have reliable tight end.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1. Minnesota. Jared Allen adds 15 sacks, sets up lots of picks.
2. NY Giants: Led league in sacks, and maybe won't even miss Michael Strahan that much.
3. New England: Still old, still solid.
4. San Diego: Snagged league-most 30 interceptions last year.
5. Seattle: Always better at home, for some reason.
6. Indianapolis. Allowed NFL-low 16.4 points a game.
7. Pittsburgh: Allowed fewest yards last year.
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. Chicago. Defense actually stinks lately, but plenty of kick returns.
12. Dallas: Hoping Pacman Jones will be cleared for season opener.
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. Jason Elam, Atlanta, 114, 27.
19. Neil Rackers, Arizona: 110, 21.
20. Lawrence Tynes, NY Giants, 109, 23.
 

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