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Team Player Analysis

Minnesota Vikings

1. Adrian Peterson
(Auction: $35)
Peterson might be the NFL's most talented running back. A powerful and elusive athlete, he led all backs in rushing yards last season and finished third in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com. He rushed for 100-plus yards 10 times in 2008 and has hit the century mark in nearly 60 percent of his career games. "All Day" also saw his total carries last year increase by 125 over his rookie season in 2007, so he's close to being a true featured back despite the presence of Chester Taylor. Peterson will be the consensus No. 1 overall selection in fantasy drafts. (Bye: Week 9)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1670
16
23
175
0
3


Team Player Analysis

Chicago Bears

2. Matt Forte
(Auction: $33)
Forté was the best rookie runner in a stout 2008 class. A versatile back with a nose for the end zone, he hauled in 63 passes, rushed for 1,238 yards, and scored 12 total touchdowns. With great field vision, soft hands, and the ability to block on passing downs, he is the complete package. And now that Jay Cutler is at quarterback for Chicago, defenses will have to remain honest, and Forté will be even more productive. The addition of tackle Orlando Pace should improve the offensive line, too, so Forté is in for a monster season.(Bye: Week 5)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1265
9
67
540
4
2


Team Player Analysis

Jacksonville Jaguars

3. Maurice Jones-Drew
(Auction: $31)
Fantasy owners looking for a breakout running back should look no further than Jones-Drew, who is in position to have a career season in 2009. With Fred Taylor now in New England, Jones-Drew will get the majority of the carries and an increase in chances as a receiver out of the backfield. That's exciting news for a player who caught 62 passes in 2008 and has averaged close to 13 total touchdowns in his NFL career despite serving in a committee situation. With a much-improved offensive line in front of him, there's no limit to what Jones-Drew can produce.(Bye: Week 7)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1120
13
59
540
1
2


Team Player Analysis

Atlanta Falcons

4. Michael Turner
(Auction: $29)
After five seasons in San Diego backing up LaDainian Tomlinson, Turner proved himself as a top back in Atlanta in 2008, when he finished second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,699) and rushing TDs (17). He ran for 100-plus yards eight times, including a pair of 200-plus yards performances, and scored at least 1 touchdown in 10 of 16 regular-season games. He compiled a hefty 376 attempts, but that shouldn't be a concern because of his previously limited workload. One of the few featured backs left in the league, Turner is a top-five pick for 2009. (Bye: Week 4)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1525
15
8
55
0
2


Team Player Analysis

Carolina Panthers

5. DeAngelo Williams
(Auction: $28)
Rated as the second-most valuable fantasy back on his own team entering 2008, Williams held off rookie Jonathan Stewart and exploded for 1,515 rushing yards and 20 total TDs. The top-scoring back on NFL.com, he scored at least 1 TD in 10 of the last 12 games. That included two games with 4 TDs, one of which came against the Giants in fantasy's championship week. Most backs who score 20-plus times experience a decrease in TDs the following season, so don't expect Williams to duplicate last year's numbers. But he's still a surefire first-round pick. (Bye: Week 4)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1345
12
21
180
2
2


Team Player Analysis

Tennessee Titans

6. Chris Johnson
(Auction: $27)
A versatile running back with immense speed, Johnson burst on to the fantasy scene as a rookie in 2008 with 43 receptions, 1,488 yards from scrimmage, and 10 total touchdowns. What makes those numbers more impressive is that he reached them while sharing carries with LenDale White. He'll continue to share the workload with White this year, but his touches, especially as a receiver out of the backfield, should increase. That bodes well for his chances to improve on his rookie totals and makes Johnson a top-10 selection in most fantasy drafts. (Bye: Week 7)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1290
8
51
325
2
2


Team Player Analysis

St. Louis Rams

7. Steven Jackson
(Auction: $25)
Jackson's huge 2006 season was supposed to be his springboard to fantasy stardom. But over the last two years, injuries have taken him a step back. Despite that, Jackson still has tremendous fantasy value. He's a young player with immense talent, and new coach Steve Spagnuolo plans to use him as his offensive centerpiece this season. Jackson will run behind what should be an improved offensive line in 2009, and there's no reason to believe he can't put up big numbers. Look for him to come off the board in the first round in both standard and PPR drafts. (Bye: Week 9)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1205
8
51
465
1
2


Team Player Analysis

San Francisco 49ers

8. Frank Gore
(Auction: $24)
Gore is a valuable fantasy runner, but he's been more of a risk-reward player in recent seasons. In fact, his games played, carries, and rushing yards have decreased each of the last two seasons. Still, Gore's immediate future looks bright. The 49ers will be more run-oriented under new coordinator Jimmy Raye, so Gore should get at least 20 carries a week. The team also added Moran Norris, who served as the lead fullback when Gore rushed for 1,695 yards and scored 9 touchdowns in 2006. Barring injuries, he appears set for a bounce-back season. (Bye: Week 6)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1255
7
41
355
2
3


Team Player Analysis

Dallas Cowboys

9. Marion Barber
(Auction: $22)
Barber had a more featured role for the Cowboys last season, but the increased workload hurt his value. His rushing yards and touchdowns both fell, and a late-season toe injury made him far less effective down the stretch. As a result, Dallas will utilize Felix Jones and Tashard Choice more often in 2009. That's not necessarily a negative in terms of Barber's production, as he'll play the "closer" role in which he previously thrived. Because TDs are like gold in fantasy football, Barber remains valuable. His receiving skills make him a nice option in PPR formats, too. (Bye: Week 6)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
995
10
43
360
2
2


Team Player Analysis

San Diego Chargers

10. LaDainian Tomlinson
(Auction: $21)
Tomlinson appears to be heading toward the downside of an illustrious career. The consensus No. 1 overall pick in 2008 drafts, L.T. failed to meet expectations. His 1,110 rushing yards were a career low, and his level of consistency tumbled due to age, an injured toe, and a less effective offensive line. Tomlinson still has some gas left in the tank, but he'll be 30 at the start of this season and seems destined to lose some carries to Darren Sproles. Fantasy owners should consider L.T. more of a second-round selection as a high-end No. 2 back. (Bye: Week 5)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1125
9
43
355
1
2


Team Player Analysis

Houston Texans

11. Steve Slaton
(Auction: $20)
One of the top fantasy sleepers of 2008, Slaton thrived under the guidance of coordinator Kyle Shanahan and assistant coach Alex Gibbs, whose zone-blocking scheme proved to be a nice fit for the elusive runner. Gibbs has helped a long line of backs find success at the NFL level, and his continued presence with the team makes Slaton even more valuable in fantasy football. With no significant competition in the team's backfield, Slaton will remain the Texans' top option in the running game. He'll come off the board in the first or second round.(Bye: Week 10)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1210
7
41
305
1
2


Team Player Analysis

Washington Redskins

12. Clinton Portis
(Auction: $18)
Portis was fantasy's No. 1 back the first half of last season, rushing for 944 yards and 7 TDs in his first eight games. However, a variety of injuries turned him from a must-start to a risk-reward option down the stretch. He finished with 342 carries-the last time he had so many attempts was in 2005, and he missed half of the following season due to injuries. His average of 340.5 carries over his last four full seasons also makes him a breakdown candidate in 2009. He'll still come off the board in the first or second round but is a high-risk, high-reward runner. (Bye: Week 8)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1200
8
23
195
1
3


Team Player Analysis

Philadelphia Eagles

13. Brian Westbrook
(Auction: $17)
Westbrook has long been a fantasy superstar, as his rushing and receiving skills have made him a dual threat. But his reception and yardage totals fell last season, and his best days could be behind him. Westbrook, who turns 30 before the start of the season, has dealt with a variety of injuries, including knee and ankle issues, throughout his career. That wear and tear makes him more of a risk-reward selection than in previous seasons. Despite the addition of LeSean McCoy, Westbrook is still a second-round talent, but he could be a less consistent fantasy option. (Bye: Week 4)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
875
7
51
500
3
2


Team Player Analysis

New York Giants

14. Brandon Jacobs
(Auction: $16)
Jacobs ran for 1,089 yards and an impressive 15 TDs in just 13 games in 2008. The bruising runner could have an even greater role in the Giants' offense without Derrick Ward (who is now in Tampa Bay), but the presence of Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, and rookie Andre Brown should help keep Jacobs fresh. From a fantasy perspective, injuries are the downfall with Jacobs, who tends to miss time due to various ailments. While those bumps and bruises make him a risk-reward choice, it's hard to argue with his production. He'll go in the second round of most drafts. (Bye: Week 10)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1070
12
14
105
0
2


Team Player Analysis

Miami Dolphins

15. Ronnie Brown
(Auction: $15)
Brown could be a nice draft value in 2009. Despite coming off reconstructive knee surgery and sharing carries with Ricky Williams, he was still able to post 1,170 yards from scrimmage yards and score 10 touchdowns. He lacked consistency, but his final numbers were impressive nonetheless. With a full season under his belt since the procedure, Brown should now see a more robust workload. With a strong offensive line in front of him, he has the potential to rush for 1,000-plus yards and post solid TD totals. A viable No. 2 fantasy back, he'll be among the first 15 to 20 RBs chosen. (Bye: Week 6)

2009 Projections
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
1065
8
38
295
1
2


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