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BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals: Green-Ellis got great news when the Bengals didn't draft a running back. Now "The Law Firm" is going to have the No. 1 spot in Cincinnati to himself. He has the ability to play all three downs and he will be a top 10 running back in Cincinnati.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Fantasy enthusiasts had a glimpse of the future when Murray tore up the fantasy world during his seven starts. The only problem is his season ended a few weeks short because of an injury. If Murray can stay healthy (and honestly, this was a problem of his at Oklahoma), he's a top 10 running back for sure.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Mathews has been celebrated since the Chargers moved up in the draft to take him. But he's never quite lived up to expectations in San Diego because of injuries and Mike Tolbert. Mathews still placed in the top 10 of fantasy running backs despite these obstacles, and if he's healthy, he's a top five running back.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Many are looking at Demaryius Thomas as the top receiver in Denver, but it will be Decker, whose proficiency running routes will set him ahead of the competition. And as an added bonus, he's already working out with Peyton Manning.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears: The Bears finally have some big-time receivers to go with Cutler, who reunites with Brandon Marshall. The duo put up great numbers with the Broncos and stands to reason they will do it again. The Bears also drafted Alshon Jeffery, who gives Cutler another big-bodied target.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Broncos: Tamme gives Peyton Manning some familiarity in a new situation in Denver. The Broncos also signed Joel Dreessen, but he's more of a blocker and Tamme is the established route runner. Tamme will crack the top 10 of fantasy tight ends in 2012.

Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys: Austin admitted he wasn't in good shape following the lockout in 2011, so his renewed focus will have him at the top of fantasy leaderboards this season. The departure of Laurent Robinson also frees up a lot of fantasy points that were gobbled up last year.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Jones had an excellent rookie season in 2011, but things will be even better in 2012. Look for the Falcons to become more of a passing team this season, and Jones should see his targets increase as a result.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Green had a fantastic rookie season, and a full year of working with Red Dalton will have this duo reaching new heights in 2012. Green had 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011, but Green will improve on those numbers and hit double digits in touchdowns.

Panthers DST: If you're looking for a defense at the end of the draft, take the Panthers, whose defense will be much improved in 2012. Rookie Joe Adams is also a huge addition as a punt returner and will pay dividends for enthusiasts who play the Panthers DST.


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