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Fantasy Football - Top 150 Players

2008 Fantasy Football Rankings
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The Top 150 has been determined using the Player Value Method. In most fantasy leagues, there are 12 teams and those squads start: one QB, two RBs, three WRs and one TE.

Thus, there are 12 starting QBs in the league, 24 starting RBs, 36 starting WRs and 12 starting TEs. The Player Value Method looks at the 12th QB, 24th RB, 36th WR and 12th TE in my player rankings. Their projected fantasy points becomes a base, and that number is subtracted from every other players' projected fantasy points. Every player in this top 150 is sorted by this value.

Note: These rankings are determined by a traditional points system: one point per 20 yards passing, one point for 10 yards rushing/receiving, and six points for a touchdown. Keep in mind that I don't count receptions. If your league uses receptions for the scoring system, adjust the rankings accordingly.
  1. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    If you don't take LaDainian Tomlinson with the first pick of your fantasy draft, you might as well burn the money you're spending on the league. If the league's free, you're just embarrassing yourself.
    Projected Stats: 1,700 rushing yards. 550 receiving yards. 23 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 363
    Player Value: 197

  2. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    There's a reason I gave the Rams a four-star rating at running back. Not only did Steven Jackson rush for 1,528 yards, he also caught 90 passes. Ninty passes!
    Projected Stats: 1,450 rushing yards. 750 receiving yards. 15 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 310
    Player Value: 142

  3. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Unless he gets hurt, Frank Gore has an excellent shot at winning the rushing title in 2007. Furthermore, he should be able to increase his production in the passing game. Sixty-one receptions could easily become 75 or 80.
    Projected Stats: 1,750 rushing yards. 525 receiving yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 305
    Player Value: 137

  4. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    In 2006, Joseph Addai was a decent running back to have on a fantasy roster; he compiled 1,081 yards at a 4.8 clip. Now that Dominic Rhodes is gone, Addai's numbers should see a sharp increase. Keep in mind that he also generates numbers in the passing game. The only way Addai doesn't produce is if he gets hurt.
    Projected Stats: 1,525 rushing yards. 550 receiving yards. 15 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 297
    Player Value: 129

  5. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs (Huge Injury Risk)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    As I mentioned in my 2007 Chiefs Season Preview, running backs who carry the ball more than 380 times in a single season have a tendency to break down. If you draft Larry Johnson, be careful and make sure you have solid depth on your team. Furthermore, Johnson's average yards per carry, which dropped a full yard in 2006, could go down even further without Will Shields.
    Projected Stats: 1,480 rushing yards. 475 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 291
    Player Value: 123

  6. Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    An excellent mixture of power and speed, Laurence Maroney rushed for 745 yards at a 4.3 clip. Now the full-time starter, Maroney's stats will also improve tremendously.
    Projected Stats: 1,450 rushing yards. 250 receiving yards. 19 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 284
    Player Value: 116

  7. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
    If you have a late first-round pick in a league that counts receptions, consider Brian Westbrook. The Villanova product rushed for 1,217 yards, caught 77 passes and scored 11 touchdowns in 2006.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 rushing yards. 800 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 272
    Player Value: 104

  8. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
    Despite receiving more than 20 carries just twice in 2006, Maurice Jones-Drew was able to rush for 941 yards and 15 total touchdowns. He also caught 46 passes for 436 yards. Now in his second NFL campaign, Jones-Drew should get more of the workload.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 rushing yards. 550 receiving yards. 15 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 265
    Player Value: 97

  9. Travis Henry, RB, Broncos (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
    As I mentioned above, I'm expecting a lot out of Travis Henry this season. Henry, who registered 1,200 yards as a Titan in 2006, is a tough, physical runner who will thrive in Denver's zone-blocking system. A 1,600-yard campaign is definitely possible.
    Projected Stats: 1,600 rushing yards. 175 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 261
    Player Value: 93

  10. Willie Parker, RB, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 7.
    OK, so maybe he can get into the end zone. Willie Parker took Jerome Bettis' red-zone opportunities and capitalized, scoring 16 total touchdowns in addition to his 1,494 yards. Parker is one of the top running backs in the game - whether it's real or fantasy.
    Projected Stats: 1,520 rushing yards. 200 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 256
    Player Value: 88


  11. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    One year removed from catching 103 passes, 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns. Steve Smith's numbers dropped a bit because he missed the first two games of the 2006 season. He's still one of the top wide outs in real and fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 1,400 receiving yards. 11 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 206
    Player Value: 87

  12. Terrell Owens, WR, Cowboys (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    Terrell Owens' numbers peaked with Tony Romo at quarterback; he averaged 73 receiving yards per contest with Romo, as opposed to 55.4 with Drew Bledsoe. Keep in mind that Owens was nursing an injury the entire 2006 season. For reasons I describe in my 2007 Cowboys Season Preview, I don't think Owens will be a distraction this year.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 14 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 204
    Player Value: 85

  13. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    Antonio Gates' receptions, yards and touchdowns decreased a bit in 2006 because he was playing with a rookie quarterback. He'll bounce back this season.
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 11 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 171
    Player Value: 82

  14. Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    Peyton Manning is still fantasy king as far as quarterbacks are concerned. However, his stats could slip just a bit in 2007. Now that Joseph Addai has established himself as a potent weapon, offensive coordinator Tom Moore may call more plays for him inside the red zone.
    Projected Stats: 4,250 passing yards. 29 passing TDs. 35 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 401
    Player Value: 71

  15. Marvin Harrison, WR, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    Age could be an issue, but Marvin Harrison probably stays strong for another three years.
    Projected Stats: 1,175 receiving yards. 12 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 189
    Player Value: 70

  16. Lee Evans, WR, Bills (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    One of the top wide outs in the NFL, Lee Evans caught 82 passes for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He's averaged eight scores throughout his career. It's amazing how underrated Evans is. If ESPN paid any attention to the Bills, he'd be a top-five receiver on most draft boards.

    I have Lee Evans ranked ahead of Torry Holt, Chad Johnson and a few other renown wide outs. Does that mean you take Evans if they're still on the board? Of course not - unless other people in your league are reading this site, chances are Evans will be available the next time you're drafting. You can end up having Evans and one of those other guys on your roster.
    Projected Stats: 1,325 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 186
    Player Value: 67

  17. Torry Holt, WR, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Definitely should be one of the first receivers taken in your fantasy league.
    Projected Stats: 1,250 receiving yards. 10 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 185
    Player Value: 66

  18. Chad Johnson, WR, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    Touchdowns. Celebrations. Marriage proposals. Chad Johnson does it all. Or at least he used to before the No Fun League stepped in. Still, Johnson has averaged about 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns the past four seasons. No reason that won't continue.
    Projected Stats: 1,300 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 184
    Player Value: 65

  19. Carson Palmer, WR, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    Off a torn knee, Carson Palmer threw for 4,035 yards and 28 touchdowns. Yeah, I think that's pretty good. Second to Peyton Manning on the fantasy quarterback list.
    Projected Stats: 4,150 passing yards. 30 passing TDs. 30 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 391
    Player Value: 61

  20. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
    After beginning his career with six 1,200-yard seasons, the closest Randy Moss has come to hitting that plateau is 1,005 yards in 2005. Keep in mind that Kerry Collins, Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks were throwing him the ball the past two years.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 180
    Player Value: 61


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  21. Donald Driver, WR, Packers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
    Other than Brett Favre, the only Packer worth taking in fantasy football. Donald Driver is perennially underrated, so you may be able to obtain him a little bit later than when he should be drafted.
    Projected Stats: 1,275 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 175
    Player Value: 56

  22. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 7.
    Undoubtedly one of the top receivers in real and fantasy football. Once Matt Leinart gets more experience, his touchdown totals will increase.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 174
    Player Value: 55

  23. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    Fifth pick, sixth round, T.J. Houshmazoad. Lock it up! Houshmandzadeh actually had an incredible season last year, catching 90 passes for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns. Here's the kicker: He missed the first two games of the season. With everyone focused on Chad Johnson, Houshmandzadeh actually has more value in terms of where you'll be able to obtain him in the draft. Championship!
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 174
    Player Value: 55

  24. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Bills
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 26.
    My pick to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Marshawn Lynch is already the starter and will have the luxury of running behind one of the largest offensive lines in the game. Projected Stats: 1,400 rushing yards. 150 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 221
    Player Value: 53

  25. Shaun Alexander, RB, Seahawks (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
    Lots of reasons not to take Shaun Alexander: He could still be injured; his offensive line won't be as great as it was in 2005, so he's a bit over-valued; and his yards-per-carry average was mediocre even before he got hurt. If you take Alexander, make sure you have great backups.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 50 receiving yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 220
    Player Value: 52

  26. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Over the past three seasons, Tom Brady has averaged 3,775 yards and 26 touchdowns. With much better weapons at his disposal, it's not unreasonable to expect those numbers to experience a significant increase.
    Projected Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 28 passing TDs. 70 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 380
    Player Value: 50

  27. Cedric Benson, RB, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    I hope Cedric Benson didn't cry when he heard Thomas Jones was traded. Benson will be the featured back this year. He should be able to put up solid numbers on the ground, although he's pretty useless in the passing game.
    Projected Stats: 1,300 rushing yards. 100 receiving yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 218
    Player Value: 50

  28. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
    Reggie Wayne will notch his fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season. I don't have him as high as ESPN does, however.
    Projected Stats: 1,150 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  29. Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
    Read what I wrote about Larry Fitzgerald. Same applies to Anquan Boldin.
    Projected Stats: 1,275 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  30. Joey Galloway, WR, Buccaneers (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 21.
    Joey Galloway recorded his second-consecutive 1,000-yard season with the Buccaneers, doing so with Bruce Gradkowski at the helm. His numbers can only increase with Jeff Garcia.
    Projected Stats: 1,150 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  31. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
    Tony Romo threw for 2,900 yards and 19 touchdowns in just 11 full games of action. Even when he was "struggling," he compiled 249 yards versus New Orleans, 278 at Atlanta and 321 against Detroit.
    Projected Stats: 4,150 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 130 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 377
    Player Value: 47

  32. Jon Kitna, QB, Lions (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
    Jon Kitna's not the best or most-accurate quarterback in the world, but he's definitely capable of putting up nice stats in Mike Martz's system.
    Projected Stats: 4,300 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 110 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 376
    Player Value: 46

  33. Rudi Johnson, RB, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    Rudi Johnson has rushed for more than 1,300 yards the past three years. Problem is, he doesn't do much in the passing game. If your league counts receptions, take him a bit later than you would in a traditional league.
    Projected Stats: 1,400 rushing yards. 100 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 212
    Player Value: 44

  34. Roy Williams, WR, Lions
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
    Still the No. 1 receiver despite Calvin Johnson's presence. When healthy, Roy Williams is one of the top wide outs in the game.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 162
    Player Value: 43

  35. Javon Walker, WR, Broncos
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    Javon Walker started hot, but fizzled toward the latter stages of the 2006 season, coinciding with Jay Cutler replacing Jake Plummer under center. Cutler was only a rookie, so it's natural that Walker's stats declined. He'll bounce back in 2007, just as long as Cutler isn't a bust.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 162
    Player Value: 43

  36. Marques Colston, WR, Saints (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    Sophomore slump? Fantasy owners better hope not. Personally, I'd rather take a proven wide out, but that's me.
    Projected Stats: 1,125 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 160
    Player Value: 41

  37. Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    Plaxico Burress takes plays off, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy football - unless Tom Coughlin decides to bench him.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 158
    Player Value: 39

  38. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
    I'd love to have Hines Ward on any real football team, but he may be overrated in the world of fantasy. Ward hasn't notched more than 1,004 yards since 2003. If Ben Roethlisberger is completely healthy, he could pass that mark, but who knows the status of Pittsburgh's quarterback?
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 153
    Player Value: 34

  39. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
    Thomas Jones finally gets to have the starting job all to himself without some overrated, overpaid, cry-baby behind him on the depth chart.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 rushing yards. 150 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 201
    Player Value: 33

  40. Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 22.
    Santana Moss' stats won't be as high as they were in 2005, but definitely won't be as low as they were in a disappointing 2006 campaign.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 152
    Player Value: 33


  41. Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    Chris Cooley's numbers actually increased with Jason Campbell under center. A good sign if you're planning on taking the Utah State alumnus.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 121
    Player Value: 32

  42. Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    If receptions count in your league, make sure to bump Reggie Bush up a couple of notches; as a rookie, he caught 88 passes. The majority of his aerial work came in December; Bush had 24 receptions for 311 yards in that month.
    Projected Stats: 650 rushing yards. 800 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 199
    Player Value: 31

  43. Reggie Brown, WR, Eagles
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 23.
    The Eagles love to spread the ball around, so I wouldn't expect monstrous numbers from Reggie Brown, even though he's the No. 1 wide out for the first time in his career.
    Projected Stats: 1,025 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 150
    Player Value: 31

  44. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    Drew Brees had the season of his life in 2006, as he threw for 4,418 yards and 26 touchdowns. It's unfair to ask him to match those numbers, but he could come close.
    Projected Stats: 4,025 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 30 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 360
    Player Value: 30

  45. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    If only Andre Johnson had a quarterback who actually had the time to throw him deep passes downfield. If only...
    Projected Stats: 1,125 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 148
    Player Value: 29

  46. D.J. Hackett, WR, Seahawks (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 38.
    I already mentioned above what D.J. Hackett accomplished the final four weeks of the season. If you multiply those figures by four, you get 1,164 yards and eight touchdowns. Not bad at all. Someone's going to have to take Darrell Jackson's 10 scores. Major sleeper because no one knows about him.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 148
    Player Value: 29

  47. Jeremy Shockey, TE, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    One of the top tight ends in the NFL. Eli Manning may throw to him more often in the wake of Tiki Barber's retirement.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 117
    Player Value: 28

  48. Todd Heap, TE, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
    Brilliant. Consistent. Reliable. What more could you ask for?
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 116
    Player Value: 27

  49. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Chiefs
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    Tony Gonzalez caught 102 passes for 1,258 yards in 2004. Since then, he's had a pair of 900-yard campaigns, each with about 75 receptions. Now in his 11th season, Gonzalez isn't the player he used to be, but he's still one of the top tight ends in the NFL.
    Projected Stats: 925 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 116
    Player Value: 27

  50. Alge Crumpler, TE, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Should be one of the first tight ends taken in your fantasy league.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 116
    Player Value: 27


  51. Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 21.
    As I mentioned in the offensive portion of my season preview, I believe Marion Barber will be featured more in Dallas' offense. I don't know if he'll get most of the carries, but he should receive at least half.
    Projected Stats: 940 rushing yards. 225 receiving yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 194
    Player Value: 26

  52. Mark Clayton, WR, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 29.
    Quietly became the No. 1 receiver in Baltimore last year, compiling 67 catches for 939 yards and five touchdowns. If Clayton were in a more pass-happy offense, he'd be able to do major damage in fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 145
    Player Value: 26

  53. Tony Scheffler, TE, Broncos (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    Sleeper. You could tell Jay Cutler and Scheffler developed a rapport last preseason. Scheffler caught just five passes with Jake Plummer at the helm. With Cutler? How about 12 receptions, 219 yards and four scores in just five contests? That translates to 700 yards and 12 touchdowns over a 16-game slate. Don't worry about Daniel Graham's presence - he's a blocking tight end, and won't factor much into the aerial attack.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 113
    Player Value: 24

  54. Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    There's no fantasy value here because I have a feeling people are going to take him too high. Still, his numbers figure to be impressive. He was able to finally click with his receivers after Week 11 and even threw for more than 400 yards at Minnesota. If Levi Brown isn't a bust, Leinart will have more time to throw.
    Projected Stats: 3,800 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 60 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 352
    Player Value: 22

  55. Willie McGahee, RB, Ravens (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    Willis McGahee garnered a 3.8 yards-per-carry average behind a decent offensive line. Now, he'll be running behind a front that allowed its former back to rumble at a 3.4 clip. Suddenly, McGahee doesn't seem too promising.
    Projected Stats: 1,150 rushing yards. 150 receiving yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 190
    Player Value: 22

  56. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
    Jason Witten had 754 yards but only one touchdown. He should be able to bounce back in 2007.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 110
    Player Value: 21

  57. Laveranues Coles, WR, Jets
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 20.
    Broke the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time since 2003. Guess it helped to have a healthy Chad Pennington throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 1,025 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 138
    Player Value: 19

  58. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 25.
    Came out of nowhere to record 82 receptions, 961 yards and six touchdowns. There's no reason why Jerricho Cotchery won't stop improving.
    Projected Stats: 1,010 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 137
    Player Value: 18

  59. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 45.
    I normally have reservations about taking rookies in fantasy football, but I think you'll be OK with Calvin Johnson.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 136
    Player Value: 17

  60. Terry Glenn, WR, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 24.
    With Tony Romo busy making Terrell Owens happy, Terry Glenn's touchdown ratio dipped the latter stages of the 2006 season. Still a decent fantasy receiver, however.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 134
    Player Value: 15

  61. Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Browns
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 7.
    Kellen Winslow Jr. had an exceptional season, notching 89 receptions for 875 yards and three touchdowns. What's remarkable is that he did so with Charlie Frye throwing him the ball.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 104
    Player Value: 15

  62. Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 27.
    If only he had a quarterback who can get him the ball. Braylon Edwards will have his wish in 2008 when Brady Quinn's a second-year signal caller. Edwards won't reach his full potential until then.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 133
    Player Value: 14

  63. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 32.
    A possible late-round sleeper, Jackson caught only seven passes prior to Nov. 19. From then on, he registered 20 receptions, 357 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers translate to 816 yards and nine scores for an entire season. He's worth a late-round pick.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 133
    Player Value: 14

  64. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
    I talked about the type of production Vernon Davis displayed the final four weeks of his rookie campaign. Spread those figures out for an entire 16-game campaign, and you get 784 yards and eight touchdowns. That's pretty realistic.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 101
    Player Value: 12

  65. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 32.
    The Panthers use two running backs and cannot open interior lanes very well. DeAngelo Williams will, however, score you points in the passing game.
    Projected Stats: 800 rushing yards. 575 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 179
    Player Value: 11

  66. Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 40.
    Santonio Holmes had a nice rookie campaign (49 receptions, 824 yards, 2 TDs), with most of his production coming in late December when he was inserted into the starting lineup. If Ben Roethlisberger's at 100 percent, expect more from Holmes.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 130
    Player Value: 11

  67. Ronald Curry, WR, Raiders (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 48.
    Ronald Curry, the Raiders' No. 1 receiver in 2006, managed only 727 yards and one touchdown. Doesn't sound too promising, but check out the stats he compiled the final four weeks of the season: 33 catches, 339 yards and one touchdown. Multiply each of those numbers by four and you get 132 receptions, 1,356 yards and four scores. That's not realistic, but Curry has "sleeper" written all over him.
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 129
    Player Value: 10

  68. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
    Defenses will continue to stack the line of scrimmage against Ronnie Brown because the Dolphins don't have an aerial attack. Miami's offensive line stinks.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 310 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 177
    Player Value: 9

  69. Vince Young, QB, Titans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    You can't like the fantasy prospects of a guy who doesn't have great passing stats, and has lost his starting running back and top two receivers. But this is Vince Young we're talking about. His rushing numbers make him a solid fantasy player. Beware the Madden Curse.
    Projected Stats: 2,800 passing yards. 16 passing TDs. 600 rushing yards. 7 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 338
    Player Value: 8

  70. Deuce McAllister, RB, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    I guess you can say Deuce McAllister is the polar opposite of Reggie Bush; he rumbled for 1,057 yards in 2006, but only had 30 catches for 198 yards. Just 10 touchdowns.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 176
    Player Value: 8

  71. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    Rivers' stats should increase a bit, given that Marty Schottenheimer didn't let him loose until the fifth week of the season. However, Rivers will never be a fantasy stud as long as Tomlinson is the one always rumbling into the end zone.
    Projected Stats: 3,650 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 50 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 337
    Player Value: 7

  72. Darrell Jackson, WR, 49ers (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 19.
    I think Darrell Jackson's a bit overrated from a fantasy perspective because lots of players will be expecting him to produce big numbers now that he's on a different team. However, Jackson will be asked to learn a new, but similar system in an offense where the ground attack is the focal point.
    Projected Stats: 900 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: 7

  73. Isaac Bruce, WR, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 31.
    You should be able to get Isaac Bruce a little late because his age makes him a bit underrated. Bruce will start declining soon, but he probably has two or three solid years left in the tank. A decent No. 3 wide out in fantasy land.
    Projected Stats: 1,020 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: 7

  74. Marc Bulger, QB, Rams (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
    Fantasy owners were happy to see that Marc Bulger played all 16 games for the first time in his career. Can it happen again? Maybe - just make sure you have a quality backup if you make Bulger your starter.
    Projected Stats: 3,900 passing yards. 22 passing TDs. 35 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD. .
    Projected Fantasy Points: 336
    Player Value: 6

  75. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 23.
    I think it's safe to assume that Brandon Jacobs will receive at least half of Tiki Barber's carries.
    Projected Stats: 900 rushing yards. 180 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 174
    Player Value: 6

  76. Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
    A run-in-the-mill starting quarterback in fantasy football, Matt Hasselbeck threw for an average of 3,400 yards per season prior to last year. His injuries restricted him to just 2,442 yards and 18 touchdowns. Could be a spot starter against teams like Arizona and St. Louis.
    Projected Stats: 3,350 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 125 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 335
    Player Value: 5

  77. Ben Watson, TE, Patriots
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    Ben Watson experienced a surge in yardage (643) but only scored thrice in 2006. A second-tier tight end.
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 94
    Player Value: 5

  78. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 27.
    Cadillac Williams won't be as bad as he was in 2006, but he might not be as solid as he was in 2005. It's worth the risk, but he could rebound.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 250 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 171
    Player Value: 3

  79. Baltimore Ravens Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    Sixty sacks and 28 picks? How is that humanly possible? With Adalius Thomas gone, Baltimore won't be able to match those numbers, but they may come close.
    Projected Ranking: Top 4 Defense

  80. Chicago Bears Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    How well do you think the Bears' defense will do this year?
    Projected Ranking: Top 4 Defense

  81. Bernard Berrian, WR, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 33.
    Bernard Berrian started off hot, but fizzled along with Rex Grossman, starting in the middle of October. It's a shame that Berrian doesn't have a better quarterback throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 121
    Player Value: 2

  82. Chris Chambers, WR, Dolphins (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 26.
    It's a real crime that Chris Chambers has never played with a legitimate quarterback during his entire career.
    Projected Stats: 900 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 120
    Player Value: 1

  83. Jay Cutler, QB, Broncos
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    Jay Cutler started five games and compiled 1,001 yards, nine yards and five picks. That translates to 3,203 yards, 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the course of a 16-game schedule. That's not anything great, but keep in mind that Cutler was only a rookie in 2006. He threw for less than 200 yards in three contests. That'll happen less frequently this season.
    Projected Stats: 3,500 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 50 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 330
    Player Value: 0

  84. Jamal Lewis, RB, Browns
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 24.
    The left side of Cleveland's offensive line looks promising. Jamal Lewis doesn't.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 100 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 168
    Player Value: 0

  85. Deion Branch, WR, Seahawks
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 28.
    Starting to think the Patriots got the better end of the Deion Branch trade? In my opinion, Branch was a bit overrated because he played with Tom Brady for a few seasons. Brady's capable of making Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell look good. Branch is nothing more than a spot starter in fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 830 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 119
    Player Value: 0

  86. L.J. Smith, TE, Eagles
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    A solid tight end in fantasy football, unless your league deducts points for dropped passes.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 89
    Player Value: 0

  87. Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    Although I believe Donovan McNabb will play well coming off a busted knee, I wouldn't risk my entire fantasy season on it. If you take McNabb, make sure you have a dependable backup.
    Projected Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 120 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 327
    Player Value: -3

  88. Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 39.
    Devery Henderson is listed as the team's No. 2 receiver, but that doesn't mean I trust him. Couldn't garner more than two receptions in any December contest.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 116
    Player Value: -3

  89. New England Patriots Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    The Patriots accumulated 44 sacks and 22 interceptions in 2006. Both figures will rise with Adalius Thomas on board.
    Projected Ranking: Top 4 Defense

  90. San Diego Chargers Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Sixty-one sacks! 'Nuff said.
    Projected Ranking: Top 4 Defense.

  91. Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    Heath Miller's numbers dropped, but maybe that was in connection to all of Ben Roethlisberger's complications. If so, look for him to rebound in 2007.
    Projected Stats: 475 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 83
    Player Value: -6

  92. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    With Tiki Barber gone, the number of times Eli Manning has that deer-in-the-headlights look on his face should increase. Too bad those don't count in fantasy.
    Projected Stats: 3,500 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 40 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 323
    Player Value: -7

  93. Eddie Kennison, WR, Chiefs
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 44.
    Eddie Kennison, who's still the No. 1 wide out in Kansas City, turned 34 in January, so his skills will quickly diminish the next few seasons. His yardage dropped from 1,102 in 2005 to 860 in 2006. Looks like the end is near.
    Projected Stats: 880 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 112
    Player Value: -7

  94. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
    Dallas Clark is a household name although he has yet to register more than 500 receiving yards in a single season. He had 367 last year, but missed four games with an injury. He may hit 500 in 2007, but he's still overrated in terms of fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 510 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 81
    Player Value: -8

  95. Alex Smith, TE, Buccaneers (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 33.
    After a promising rookie campaign, Alex Smith struggled a bit in 2006, catching only 35 passes for 250 yards. Don't forget that Bruce Gradkowski was at quarterback.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -9

  96. Desmond Clark, TE, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 22.
    Desmond Clark caught 45 passes for 626 yards and six touchdowns. Greg Olsen likely won't supplant him as the starter until 2008.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -9

  97. Brett Favre, QB, Packers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    Brett Favre's touchdowns are down (20 in 2005, 18 in 2006) and his interceptions are up. Is it age (Favre turns 38 in October), or is it the lack of talent around him? Could be both, but I have a feeling it's the latter.
    Projected Stats: 3,900 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 30 rushing yards. 0 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 318
    Player Value: -12

  98. Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 43.
    Will Brandon Jackson start right away? How talented is he? Will he fit into Green Bay's system? These are questions no one has answers to. He's worth a shot if he falls, but I wouldn't take him early.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 rushing yards. 100 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 156
    Player Value: -12

  99. Muhsin Muhammad, WR, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 43.
    An aging receiver in a stale offense is not something I'd be interested in.
    Projected Stats: 775 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 107
    Player Value: -12

  100. Drew Carter, WR, Panthers (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 51.
    A potential sleeper. Drew Carter will be Carolina's new possession receiver in the wake of Keyshawn Johnson's release. Carter caught eight passes for 144 yards against the Giants on Dec. 10.
    Projected Stats: 825 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 106
    Player Value: -13

  101. Matt Jones, TE, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 34.
    Caught 11 passes for 144 yards in the first two weeks of the season. Finished with only 643 yards and four touchdowns. It should be noted that Matt Jones had 320 yards in December, so he's worth a shot in the final rounds of your draft.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 105
    Player Value: -14

  102. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    Had a pretty solid rookie campaign. Caught nine passes for 99 yards at Tennessee. Registered five receptions for 36 yards against the Jets. Only had three catches in December, however. A flash in the pan like Billy Miller? For the sake of Houston, I hope not.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 75
    Player Value: -14

  103. Alex Smith, TE, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 20.
    No fantasy value here. Alex Smith threw for more than 230 yards the first three weeks of the season, but failed to reach that figure for the rest of the year. His numbers will be better with Darrell Jackson, but I wouldn't expect a miracle or anything.
    Projected Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 21 passing TDs. 125 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 315
    Player Value: -15

  104. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
    Not much to like in the fantasy department; Ben Roethlisberger has never thrown more than 18 touchdowns in a single NFL season.
    Projected Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 21 passing TDs. 110 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 314
    Player Value: -16

  105. Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 19.
    Clinton Portis will regain his job as starting running back, but he'll likely split carries with Ladell Betts, who proved himself last year.
    Projected Stats: 900 rushing yards. 200 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 152
    Player Value: -16

  106. Randy McMichael, WR, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    Joe Klopfenstein caught 20 passes for 226 yards in St. Louis' offense last year, so Scott Linehan decided to go out and sign Randy McMichael. The former Dolphins tight end had triple whatever Klopfenstein was able to muster. Not sure what to make of McMichael; he's talented but will be playing in a brand-new system.
    Projected Stats: 550 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 73
    Player Value: -16

  107. Jake Delhomme, QB, Panthers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
    It's hard to dub Jake Delhomme a spot starter in fantasy football because he has his best games against defenses like Baltimore, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, and his worst performances versus Minnesota, Cleveland and St. Louis.
    Projected Stats: 3,450 passing yards. 22 passing TDs. 20 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 312
    Player Value: -18

  108. Brandon Jones, WR, Titans (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 60.
    Brandon Jones caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Week 16. A glimmer of hope? Probably not - he had zero receptions the week before and only one catch the week after. Still, he's the No. 1 wide out. Someone has to catch the ball, right?
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 101
    Player Value: -18

  109. Mike Furrey, WR, Lions
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 51.
    Mike Furrey's numbers will likely take a step back with Calvin Johnson on the team.
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 100
    Player Value: -19

  110. Jeff Garcia, QB, Buccaneers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 27.
    Jeff Garcia doesn't put up monstrous numbers, but he wins, which matters most. Not in fantasy football, however.
    Projected Stats: 3,200 passing yards. 21 passing TDs. 180 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 310
    Player Value: -20

  111. Donte' Stallworth, WR, Patriots (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 30.
    If Donte' Stallworth can stay healthy, he'll be an incredible No. 2 option for Tom Brady.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 99
    Player Value: -20

  112. Marty Booker, WR, Dolphins (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 63.
    Not much to like, fantasy-wise. Marty Booker's an average receiver with a sub-par quarterback throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 99
    Player Value: -20

  113. J.P. Losman, QB, Bills
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 21.
    Lacking receivers with talent beyond Lee Evans, J.P. Losman won't put up huge numbers.
    Projected Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 21 passing TDs. 125 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 309
    Player Value: -21

  114. Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 58.
    Like Tony Scheffler, Brandon Marshall played better with Jay Cutler at the helm. With Jake Plummer, Marshall caught only six passes. Paired with Cutler, Marshall had 14 receptions, 233 yards and a touchdown. Take him in the latter stages of your draft as a sleeper.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 98
    Player Value: -21

  115. Zach Miller, TE, Raiders (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 41.
    One of two offensive players on the Raiders worth drafting in a traditional league. It's hard to say what Zach Miller will do because he's only a rookie.
    Projected Stats: 550 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 67
    Player Value: -22

  116. Arnaz Battle, WR, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 56.
    Arnaz Battle picked up his production after Nov. 12, catching 21 passes in December. He'd be a sleeper if San Francisco's aerial attack were more potent.
    Projected Stats: 725 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 96
    Player Value: -23

  117. Ahman Green, RB, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 22.
    Over the hill and running behind a very poor offensive line. Let someone else take him.
    Projected Stats: 700 rushing yards. 325 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 144
    Player Value: -24

  118. Greg Jennings, WR, Packers (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 35.
    I like Greg Jennings, although the following stat concerns me: Jennings caught only nine passes in December after registering 10, 11 and 15 receptions the previous three months. Rookie wall, or defenses finally catching on?
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 94
    Player Value: -25

  119. Reuben Droughns, RB, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 44.
    Didn't do much with the Browns last year. Then again, no one else did either.
    Projected Stats: 800 rushing yards. 300 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 140
    Player Value: -28

  120. Denver Broncos Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    The Broncos don't get many sacks, but if you take them, you'll get plenty of interceptions and a few single-digit efforts. The unit held five teams to less than 10 points in 2007.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  121. Philadelphia Eagles Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    If Jevon Kearse stays healthy, the Eagles will collect a large number of sacks and interceptions, and limit most foes to 17 points or less. That's a huge "if", however.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  122. Dallas Cowboys Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    With Greg Ellis healthy and Anthony Spencer joining the linebacking corps, expect many more sacks and turnovers from Dallas' defense.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  123. Joe Horn, WR, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 42.
    Joe Horn missed six games and still had more receiving yards (679) than any Atlanta wide out. That said, Horn has broken the 1,000-yard barrier only once since 2002. Playing with Vick or Harrington won't change matters.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 89
    Player Value: -30

  124. Marcus Pollard, TE, Seahawks
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 24.
    A forgotten man in Mike Martz's offense, Marcus Pollard registered only 12 receptions in 2006 after garnering 46 for 516 yards the year before. Problem is Pollard is 35. Not sure how much he has left in the tank.
    Projected Stats: 350 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 59
    Player Value: -30

  125. Carolina Panthers Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    You're guaranteed a bunch of sacks if you take Carolina's defense. They'll also give you a shutout or two. Keep in mind, however, that they play Seattle and Dallas weeks 15 and 16.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  126. Seattle Seahawks Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    Lots of sacks should create tons of interceptions - as long as the secondary's healthy.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  127. Cincinnati Bengals Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    Pay attention to the Odell Thurman situation. If he comes back, the Bengals could have a top-10 fantasy defense because they tend to force a lot of interceptions and other turnovers. Thurman will certainly help matters.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  128. Atlanta Falcons Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
    One of the top defenses in the league, but could become tired if they're on the field the entire game.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  129. Oakland Raiders Defense
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    The Raiders get a lot of interceptions and their sack total should be up, so they're worth taking as a starting unit in a 12-team league. Imagine how much more effective they'll be if the offense steps it up a bit.
    Projected Ranking: Top 12 Defense

  130. Reggie Williams, WR, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 49.
    Like Jones, Reggie Williams showed some promise the first two weeks of the 2006 campaign, catching 14 passes for 142 yards and a score. However, he finished with only 616 yards and four touchdowns. And this guy was a No. 1 pick?
    Projected Stats: 625 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 86
    Player Value: -33

  131. Devin Hester, WR, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: N/A.
    No one's really sure how Ron Turner will utilize Devin Hester, but it should be fairly obvious that he won't put up huge numbers.
    Projected Stats: 200 rushing yards. 400 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35

  132. Kevin Curtis, WR, Eagles (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 37.
    The numbers Kevin Curtis garnered in St. Louis were the product of Mike Martz's system. Notice that his production declined last year with Scott Linehan on the sidelines.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35

  133. Drew Bennett, WR, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 52.
    Drew Bennett is taking the spot of Kevin Curtis, who registered 40 receptions for 479 yards and four scores in 2006. Bennett had 737 yards and three touchdowns with the Titans. Either way, he's not worth drafting.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35

  134. Bryant Johnson, WR, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 61.
    We have no idea how good this guy really is because he's stuck behind Fitzgerald and Boldin. We caught a glimpse when Fitzgerald was injured; Johnson had a career-high 740 yards and four touchdowns in 2006. Worth taking in a deep league just in case one of the top wide outs goes down.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 83
    Player Value: -36

  135. Ben Troupe, TE, Titans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 23.
    This offense is too statistically dreadful to warrant any sort of fantasy consideration. Look at other tight ends.
    Projected Stats: 350 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 53
    Player Value: -36

  136. Bo Scaife, TE, Titans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 20.
    Not much here either from Young's other tight end.
    Projected Stats: 410 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 53
    Player Value: -36

  137. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 52.
    Four words any fantasy player doesn't want to hear: Running back by committee. No one but Brad Childress knows how the number of carries will be split between Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson.
    Projected Stats: 800 rushing yards. 150 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 131
    Player Value: -37

  138. Eric Parker, WR, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 59.
    Parker actually had more yards than Keenan McCardell, but like the veteran wide out, he couldn't get into the end zone. That should change with a more experienced Rivers at the helm, but I still wouldn't draft him.
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 82
    Player Value: -37

  139. Ladell Betts, RB, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 28.
    I can't see Al Saunders going away from Ladell Betts, who had a higher yards-per-carry average (4.7) than Clinton Portis (4.1).
    Projected Stats: 700 rushing yards. 300 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 130
    Player Value: -38

  140. Warrick Dunn, RB, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 30.
    Warrick Dunn turned 32 in January, so he's at that age where things start going downhill. His yardage dropped from 1,416 in 2005 to 1,140 in 2006. Jerious Norwood will undoubtedly steal more of his carries.
    Projected Stats: 900 rushing yards. 150 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 129
    Player Value: -39

  141. Chris Henry, WR, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 69.
    If arrests and rehab sessions count, take him in the first round of your draft.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -39

  142. Amani Toomer, WR, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 57.
    Amani Toomer's receiving yardage since garnering 1,057 in 2003: 747, 684, 360 (8 games). At age 33, Toomer's essentially done.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -39

  143. Daniel Graham, TE, Broncos (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
    Daniel Graham's a good player, but he's more a blocking tight end. His career highs include 409 yards (2003) and seven touchdowns (2004). He's changing systems, so you never know how that will effect his statistics.
    Projected Stats: 325 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 50
    Player Value: -39

  144. David Martin, TE, Dolphins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 25.
    Way to replace Randy McMichael with a guy whose career highs are 27 receptions, 224 yards and three touchdowns.
    Projected Stats: 325 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 50
    Player Value: -39

  145. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 46.
    Derrick Mason has had a respectable career, but at age 33, his skills and stats appear to be in decline. Nothing more than a solid fantasy backup at this point.
    Projected Stats: 675 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 79
    Player Value: -40

  146. Michael Clayton, WR, Buccaneers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 62.
    What happened to this guy? Michael Clayton had 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004. Since then, only 728 yards and one score. Take him late if he's still available because you never know.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  147. Jerious Norwood, RB, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 36.
    With Warrick Dunn getting older, Jerious Norwood will get more opportunities to carry the ball.
    Projected Stats: 850 rushing yards. 175 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: -42

  148. Julius Jones, RB, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 33.
    If the rumors about the Cowboys attempting to trade Julius Jones this offseason are true, Jones will be featured less in Dallas' offense.
    Projected Stats: 800 rushing yards. 100 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: -42

  149. Kevin Jones, RB, Lions
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 35.
    The Lions don't run the ball much, and Kevin Jones has problems staying healthy. When he's in the lineup, however, he does play a role in the passing game; Jones caught 61 passes for 520 yards in 2006.
    Projected Stats: 500 rushing yards. 400 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: -42

  150. Fred Taylor, RB, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 29.
    A decent backup fantasy running back you can use against horrendous rush defenses. Taylor isn't a starter because the last time he had at least 10 touchdowns was 2002. Maurice Jones-Drew should see even more carries his second season.
    Projected Stats: 800 rushing yards. 125 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 122
    Player Value: -46



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