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Fantasy football Top 300: 2013 player rankings, projections

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Fantasy football Top 300

Fantasy football 2013 draft prep central: Rankings, position primers and much more

The fantasy football season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Prepare for your league's draft with in-depth analysis from SI.com's fantasy experts.

Has Adrian Peterson once again assumed the throne as the No. 1 player in fantasy? Can Calvin Johnson replicate his historic season at the wide receiver position? Will last year's outstanding dual-threat rookie quarterbacks regress or progress? How will flux at the tight end position impact drafts? Is Stephen Gostkowski still the top kicker given all of the uncertainty with New England's offense? Might the Super Bowl champion Ravens be poised for defensive dominance despite losing star leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed?

Full position primers: Quarterbacks | Receivers | Running backs | Tight Ends | Kickers | D/ST

Our Top 300 answers those questions and many more. Sortable by overall rank, position, league and team, our rankings table offers a comprehensive view of each player's performance over the past three years, stat projections for the upcoming season and up-to-date advice.

Top 300: Printable draft kit cheat sheet (pdf)

Check back throughout the preseason for updates, as we'll adjust our order and projections based on the latest injury news, position battles and exhibition game results.

Notes: *Indicates college stats; auction values are based off an assumed total of $100.

Rankings By Position
Rankings By Team
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New England Patriots
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • San Diego Chargers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • St. Louis Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Washington Redskins
Rankings By Conference
    1. Overall
      1
      RB Rank1
      RB Rank
      1
      Overall1
    2. Player
      Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$35
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Peterson entered last season as an injury risk; he exited nine yards shy of the NFL's single-season rushing record. Following that remarkable comeback from an ACL tear, Peterson is again the No. 1 overall player in fantasy. He is by far Minnesota's best weapon, meaning defenses will stack the box against him. They won't be able to slow him, though, as Peterson has proved highly capable of carrying an immense load.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010152831,29851236341150
    20111220897031218139123
    2012163482,097101240217151
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163451,80081436200150
    1. Overall
      2
      RB Rank2
      RB Rank
      2
      Overall2
    2. Player
      Arian FosterArian Foster
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$29
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Foster is coming off another stellar year and is entering his prime at age 27. Houston is limited through the air, so Foster will continue to carry this offense. Even though his receptions have dipped in each of the past two seasons, he should remain among the league leaders in total touches, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. Foster is once again among the safest bets at any position in fantasy football.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010163271,61681666604284
    2011132781,22471053617272
    2012163511,42471540217258
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163251,30061447300265
    1. Overall
      3
      RB Rank3
      RB Rank
      3
      Overall3
    2. Player
      Doug MartinDoug Martin
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$28
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Martin, in the aftermath of his nickname-spawning rookie season, apparently prefers Douginator to Muscle Hamster. Let's agree to call him "fantasy superstar." Tampa Bay's run-oriented offense is almost entirely in Martin's capable hands, which should make him a top five pick in all leagues. There's little competition for touches in the backfield and little threat of Josh Freeman and the passing game becoming the focus.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132011,260612283382--
    2011*132631,299716282552--
    2012163191,45451149472170
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163201,37561245425065
    1. Overall
      4
      RB Rank4
      RB Rank
      4
      Overall4
    2. Player
      Marshawn LynchMarshawn Lynch
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$27
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Among the elite backs, Lynch plays in arguably the most explosive offense. He is also among the most consistent rushers, as he produced ten 100-yard games last year. Seattle attempted the fewest passes per game (25.3) in the NFL last season, and while that number will rise as Russell Wilson continues to evolve, Lynch remains a workhorse capable of carrying the Seahawks--and a fantasy team.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162027370622145028
    2011152851,20461228212141
    2012163151,590101123196130
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163201,40061226215230
    1. Overall
      5
      RB Rank5
      RB Rank
      5
      Overall5
    2. Player
      Ray RiceRay Rice
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$26
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Baltimore, a perennial contender, has made a point of monitoring Rice's usage before the playoffs. As a result his regular-season carries have declined in each of the past three seasons. Rice has still been plenty productive, especially as an elite pass-catching back, so don't let him slip out of the top five at his position. Quarterback Joe Flacco and backup running back Bernard Pierce don't diminish Rice's fantasy value.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010163071,2202563556182
    2011162911,364612767043104
    2012162571,1434961478183
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162651,1255960450080
    1. Overall
      6
      RB Rank6
      RB Rank
      6
      Overall6
    2. Player
      Jamaal CharlesJamaal Charles
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$25
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Like Adrian Peterson, Charles rebounded well from knee surgery; unlike Peterson, Charles didn't earn boundless praise as a result. That doesn't diminish his accomplishments. Now he'll play in Andy Reid's West Coast system behind a strong offensive line. Charles is the alltime leader among running backs in yards per rush (5.8), so Reid will put the ball in his explosive back's hands. He could vault to Tier 1.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162301,4674545468364
    201121283005916
    2012162851,5097535236148
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162901,4256744375160
    1. Overall
      7
      RB Rank7
      RB Rank
      7
      Overall7
    2. Player
      C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$24
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Spiller had a more reliable quarterback situation around him, his prospects would be even greater. New coach Doug Marrone is an offensive guru who plans to pick up the pace, and Spiller seems to be the perfect breakaway back for Marrone's system. Should Kevin Kolb or rookie EJ Manuel prove able enough to keep defenses from consistently putting eight men in the box, Spiller can rise to Tier 1 status.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201014742830024157132
    2011161075611439269253
    2012162071,2445643459257
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162501,3255740450250
    1. Overall
      8
      WR Rank1
      WR Rank
      1
      Overall8
    2. Player
      Calvin JohnsonCalvin Johnson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$24
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Megatron was remarkable in 2012, breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving-yardage record despite a knee issue and multiple broken fingers. Speaking of historic: Aside from a lower touchdown total, Johnson beat the Madden Jinx. Whether or not Matthew Stafford becomes a more consistent passer, Johnson can dominate. He's the only receiver who seems guaranteed to return on a first-round investment.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201015771,12014.516412137
    201116961,68117.532816158
    2012161221,96416.140115204
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013161081,72516.030911180
    1. Overall
      9
      RB Rank8
      RB Rank
      8
      Overall9
    2. Player
      Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$22
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Richardson had a solid rookie year but mostly because of his touchdowns. He should become more of a complete pro back under new coordinator Norv Turner, who has coached three league-leading rushers in the past. Richardson, who will again get the ball at the goal line, should become a better receiver while continuing to serve as Cleveland's most dynamic offensive threat. He's a burgeoning fantasy star.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*1111270026232664--
    2011*132831,679921293383--
    20121526795031151367170
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013152851,12541050350170
    1. Overall
      10
      RB Rank9
      RB Rank
      9
      Overall10
    2. Player
      LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$21
    3. BYE WEEK12

    McCoy took a step back last year while playing in a flailing offense and battling concussion symptoms late in the year. Worse, while McCoy was out, rookie Bryce Brown played well. McCoy has as much potential as any fantasy running back, especially in Chip Kelly's offense, but there's bust potential too: Durability concerns coupled with the emergence of a backup push this all-purpose RB to the end of the first round.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162071,0803778592290
    2011152731,30961748315369
    2012122008403254373367
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013142451,0504950370365
    1. Overall
      11
      RB Rank10
      RB Rank
      10
      Overall11
    2. Player
      Alfred MorrisAlfred Morris
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$20
    3. BYE WEEK5

    How obscure was he heading into last season? He wasn't even on most fantasy draft boards. Morris truly came out of nowhere, and while Robert Griffin III got credit for Washington's revival, Morris deserves his fair share. Now, though, he goes from unknown to potentially overrated. With the way coach Mike Shanahan uses his backs--he has an infamous carousel--Morris may be destined to disappoint fantasy owners.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*12227928378471--
    2011*122351,18669151391--
    2012163351,6137131177016
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163251,40061215125123
    1. Overall
      12
      WR Rank2
      WR Rank
      2
      Overall12
    2. Player
      A.J. GreenA.J. Green
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$20
    3. BYE WEEK12

    If there's a receiver capable of challenging Calvin Johnson for the No. 1 spot, it's Green. Quarterback Andy Dalton's lack of a big arm hasn't hindered Green, who exploded onto the professional scene as a rookie and entered the elite tier as a sophomore. The Dalton-Green duo should become even more potent in year three, so if Green limits the drops, he has a chance to become fantasy's most productive wideout.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*95784814.9--39--
    201115651,05716.31947115
    201216971,35013.916511164
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013161001,47514.820712175
    1. Overall
      13
      WR Rank3
      WR Rank
      3
      Overall13
    2. Player
      Brandon MarshallBrandon Marshall
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$20
    3. BYE WEEK8

    After two subpar seasons in Miami, Marshall returned to form upon being reunited with former Denver teammate Jay Cutler in Chicago. Marshall is coming off the best season of his career and should be excellent again now that West Coast guru Marc Trestman is scripting the plays. Plus the Bears have improved their secondary targets, which should help Marshall by forcing defenses to pay attention to other receivers.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201014861,01411.8943145
    201116811,21415.02056141
    2012161181,50812.818711194
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013161081,38512.818612170
    1. Overall
      14
      QB Rank1
      QB Rank
      1
      Overall14
    2. Player
      Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$20
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Green Bay spent two draft picks on running backs, but make no mistake: This is still Rodgers' team. If anything, increased offensive balance should help limit opponents' ability to key on the pass. The departure of wideout Greg Jennings won't hurt Rodgers, as the Packers still boast an outstanding corps of receivers. Rodgers can deliver a four-touchdown game in any given week.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010153124753,922528113564
    2011153435024,64384562573
    2012163715524,29563982592
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163505254,350838102453
    1. Overall
      15
      RB Rank11
      RB Rank
      11
      Overall15
    2. Player
      Chris JohnsonChris Johnson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$19
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Johnson, who hasn't hesitated to speak out about his inferior offensive line, was doing Twitter backflips when Tennessee drafted Alabama guard Chance Warmack in the first round. New addition Shonn Greene may vulture some TDs, so Johnson shouldn't go in the first round, but the former top fantasy pick can still do more with a small crease than almost any other back in the league.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010163161,36481144245157
    2011162621,0474457418079
    2012162761,2435636232049
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163001,3006645265160
    1. Overall
      16
      RB Rank12
      RB Rank
      12
      Overall16
    2. Player
      Stevan RidleyStevan Ridley
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$19
    3. BYE WEEK10

    If not for New England's large stable of runners, Ridley would rank as a top 10 back. As things stand, however, he must share his touches, including with superior pass-catching backs who serve Tom Brady well on third down. Even so, Ridley has stayed healthy, gets the goal line work and is the closest thing the Patriots have to a No. 1 back. He'll be a horse on many weeks, but he will also disappoint at times.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132491,14741511610--
    201116874410131305
    2012162901,263412651014
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013163001,2254131075112
    1. Overall
      17
      WR Rank4
      WR Rank
      4
      Overall17
    2. Player
      Julio JonesJulio Jones
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$19
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Unlike the three receivers ranked above, Jones plays alongside an equally talented receiver in Roddy White. The presence of another stud on the outside can prevent Jones from posting dominant fantasy performances every week. Owners who base their draft picks primarily on ability and potential, however, know Jones is on par with the best. Entering that magical third year as a pro, Jones should deliver his best season yet.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*13781,13314.5--47--
    2011135495917.8165895
    201216791,19815.217410129
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316901,37515.320612150
    1. Overall
      18
      WR Rank5
      WR Rank
      5
      Overall18
    2. Player
      Dez BryantDez Bryant
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$19
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Right on cue, Bryant broke through in his third season, staying healthier and posting eye-opening stats. Once QB Tony Romo and Bryant got on the same page, they were nearly unstoppable, as 10 of Bryant's 12 touchdowns came in the second half of the year--and eight of those in the second half of games, a crucial detail for a player who has taken knocks for losing his focus. Bryant is finally living up to his prospect hype.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010124556112.581672
    2011156392814.71709103
    201216921,38215.019512138
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316901,32514.720612145
    1. Overall
      19
      WR Rank6
      WR Rank
      6
      Overall19
    2. Player
      Demaryius ThomasDemaryius Thomas
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$19
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Buoyed by Peyton Manning, Thomas was outstanding in his third season. While Wes Welker's arrival means Manning will have to distribute the ball to more bodies, Thomas will continue to be a game-breaker. He remains Denver's best big-play threat and will get his receptions, yards and touchdowns no matter what. If anything, Welker's slot work could leave Thomas in single coverage on the outside more often.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010102228312.950239
    2011113255117.292469
    201216941,43415.329710141
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316801,27515.925610150
    1. Overall
      20
      RB Rank13
      RB Rank
      13
      Overall20
    2. Player
      Steven JacksonSteven Jackson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Entering his 10th season Jackson has 2,395 career carries, 438 more than any other active back. While he may be a shell of his formerly elite self, Jackson is joining one of the most productive offenses in football. The veteran will be a TD producer this season, even if the young and quick Jacquizz Rodgers spells Jackson between the 20s. Though Jackson is no longer top-tier, the move to Atlanta will extend his career.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010163301,2414646383061
    2011152601,1454542333158
    2012162571,0422438321053
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013142531,0003940300050
    1. Overall
      21
      TE Rank1
      TE Rank
      1
      Overall21
    2. Player
      Jimmy GrahamJimmy Graham
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Assuming he doesn't sign an extension, Graham will be playing for a contract as he approaches the prime age of 27. He'll also be playing in a potent, pass-happy offense piloted by one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history. It's a dream situation for a talent at Graham's level. The only question is whether Graham can rebound from an injury-tinged 2012 (wrist). If so, he will once again be a fantasy superstar.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010153135611.530544
    201116991,31013.218411149
    2012158598211.61229135
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201315901,10012.215410140
    1. Overall
      22
      QB Rank2
      QB Rank
      2
      Overall22
    2. Player
      Drew BreesDrew Brees
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Even with offensive guru Sean Payton suspended, Brees proved to be a consistent force last year. With Payton back, Brees can again be the monster he was in 2011. Though Brees is nearing the age of decline and lacks the supporting cast that surround other elite passers, his accuracy and his place in a pass-happy system make him a clear top-tier starting fantasy quarterback.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010164486584,62073322-30
    2011164686575,476134614861
    2012164226705,17710431951
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013164406504,950104017150
    1. Overall
      23
      WR Rank7
      WR Rank
      7
      Overall23
    2. Player
      Roddy WhiteRoddy White
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK6

    White, a longtime presence atop wide receiver rankings, has seen his receptions decline in each of the past two seasons. Not surprisingly, that correlates with Julio Jones' arrival in Atlanta. As Jones continues to rise, White is bound to dip a bit, but with a quarterback as gifted as Matt Ryan and an offense as potent as the Falcons', White will remain a No. 1 receiver in fantasy even if he isn't a No. 1 receiver on his own team.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010161151,38912.115510179
    2011161001,29613.01858180
    201216921,35114.71877143
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316901,22513.61668147
    1. Overall
      24
      RB Rank14
      RB Rank
      14
      Overall24
    2. Player
      Matt ForteMatt Forte
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Forte has been a solid fantasy back for a while. Although new coach Marc Trestman's West Coast offense helps Forte, he has had injury issues and he won't get the goal line touches, which will go to Michael Bush. Chicago's improvements on the offensive line and a screen-heavy scheme means that Forte has high value in PPR leagues. Outside of those leagues, however, he could disappoint.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162371,0693651547370
    2011122039974352490176
    2012152481,0943544340160
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013142501,0003451425170
    1. Overall
      25
      WR Rank8
      WR Rank
      8
      Overall25
    2. Player
      Victor CruzVictor Cruz
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK9

    While Cruz wasn't able to replicate the monster plays that exemplified his breakout 2011 campaign, he did deliver double-digit touchdowns last season. With Hakeem Nicks banged up, Cruz did more possession work than field stretching. Regardless of how New York uses Cruz, he has proven to be a reliable fantasy star, not a one-hit wonder.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20103000.00000
    201116821,53618.72579131
    201216861,09212.712510143
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316851,15013.515610145
    1. Overall
      26
      WR Rank9
      WR Rank
      9
      Overall26
    2. Player
      Larry FitzgeraldLarry Fitzgerald
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$18
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Finally Fitzgerald has a capable quarterback. Carson Palmer may not be a fantasy gem in his own right, but the veteran passer can help Fitzgerald post stats befitting the wide receiver's talents. New coach Bruce Arians knows how to get the ball in his playmakers' hands, Palmer knows how to sling it and Fitzgerald knows how to catch it. Expect a huge rebound season for one of fantasy's slumping superstars.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016901,13712.61436173
    201116801,41117.62568154
    2012167179811.2924156
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316901,25013.92067170
    1. Overall
      27
      QB Rank3
      QB Rank
      3
      Overall27
    2. Player
      Peyton ManningPeyton Manning
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      37
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$17
    3. BYE WEEK9

    After missing 2011 following career-threatening neck surgery, Manning returned to top form in his first season in Denver. Since then the Broncos have added Wes Welker to give Manning the NFL's strongest receiving trio and drafted Montee Ball to help the running game. Owners willing to gamble on a 37-year-old might wind up with fantasy's most productive passer.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010164506794,70073317180
    20110----------------
    2012164005834,6599371160
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163855654,3508331350
    1. Overall
      28
      RB Rank15
      RB Rank
      15
      Overall28
    2. Player
      DeMarco MurrayDeMarco Murray
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$16
    3. BYE WEEK11

    After rushing for 131 yards in Dallas's 2012 season opener, Murray looked primed to break out; instead he broke down and proved to be one of the biggest injury risks among fantasy backs. Murray won't face competition for carries--fifth-round pick Joseph Randle isn't a threat yet--so he can deliver a breakthrough season if he stays healthy. Murray possesses the skill set to be one of the few do-it-all backs in the league.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*142821,214415715945--
    2011131648973226183035
    2012101616631435251042
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013132651,0504840250150
    1. Overall
      29
      WR Rank10
      WR Rank
      10
      Overall29
    2. Player
      Andre JohnsonAndre Johnson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$16
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Miraculously Johnson stayed relatively healthy in 2012, setting a career high in yards at 31 years old. Make no mistake, though: He has reached the age of decline. It's hard to bank on Johnson playing 16 games again. Even so, when Johnson plays, he rates as the go-to receiver in an offense looking to balance an elite rushing attack. Johnson might rank higher here if Matt Schaub were better at finding his targets in the end zone.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201013861,21614.11868138
    201173349214.9101251
    2012161121,59814.32364162
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201314921,29014.01756145
    1. Overall
      30
      WR Rank11
      WR Rank
      11
      Overall30
    2. Player
      Vincent JacksonVincent Jackson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$15
    3. BYE WEEK5

    When Jackson joined Tampa Bay last year, many fantasy experts thought the big receiver would wilt with Josh Freeman as his quarterback. Not so much. Jackson enjoyed his best season, leading the league by averaging an astounding 19.2 yards per catch. Even if rookie Mike Glennon surprises and takes over at QB, Jackson can perform. He's a veteran capable of excelling in any situation.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201051424817.731324
    201116601,10618.42149115
    201216721,38419.22458147
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316751,30017.32258145
    1. Overall
      31
      WR Rank12
      WR Rank
      12
      Overall31
    2. Player
      Randall CobbRandall Cobb
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$14
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Cobb broke out last season, and with longtime Green Bay wideout Greg Jennings now in Minnesota, Cobb should see even more targets in 2013. There's reason for caution, however: It is very unlikely that Cobb can maintain his outstanding catch-per-target percentage (77 percent last season), meaning that even if he plays very well, he could fail to match his pre-fantasy-draft hype.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*13841,01712.1--47--
    2011152537515.030131
    2012158095411.91738104
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201315851,08012.72048125
    1. Overall
      32
      WR Rank13
      WR Rank
      13
      Overall32
    2. Player
      Marques ColstonMarques Colston
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$13
    3. BYE WEEK7

    New Orleans' pass-first offense has helped Colston be a model of consistency in recent seasons. His three-year averages of around 80 catches, 1,100 yards and just shy of double-digit touchdowns make him a surefire fantasy starter even though he's nearing the age of decline. With Sean Payton and Drew Brees reunited, Colston, his fantasy owners and the rest of the Saints' receivers will likely benefit.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201015841,02312.21237132
    201114801,14314.31548107
    201216831,15413.915310130
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201315801,07513.41548135
    1. Overall
      33
      QB Rank4
      QB Rank
      4
      Overall33
    2. Player
      Matt RyanMatt Ryan
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$13
    3. BYE WEEK6

    The youngest of the top-tier quarterbacks, Ryan is just now entering his prime. He also happens to have exceptional wideouts as well as Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez at his disposal. Atlanta opened up its offense last season, and the evolution should continue for one of fantasy's burgeoning stars. The Falcons are a team on the brink, but Ryan has already arrived.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163575713,70512891220
    2011163475664,17762912842
    2012164226154,719732141411
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013164006004,650833101201
    1. Overall
      34
      QB Rank5
      QB Rank
      5
      Overall34
    2. Player
      Cam NewtonCam Newton
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$13
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Newton sparked the read-option QB craze with his record-breaking rookie year, and though his numbers dipped a bit in his sophomore season, he regained his form in the second half. Even though Carolina doesn't have an elite receiving corps, Newton remains capable of dominating defenses through the air or on the ground--he's dangerous in the NFL and in fantasy play.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*141852802,85423071,47320
    2011163105174,0513211770614
    2012162804853,869319127418
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163205204,100524136957
    1. Overall
      35
      WR Rank14
      WR Rank
      14
      Overall35
    2. Player
      Wes WelkerWes Welker
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Welker moves from one Hall of Fame quarterback to another, signing on to work as Peyton Manning's slot man in the NFL's most talented receiving corps. Planning for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Welker is a coordinator's worst nightmare, so Manning should be able to distribute the ball. Welker will remain a stud in PPR leagues even though he'll likely regress a bit now that he's not the sole elite target.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201015868489.9617123
    2011161221,56912.92189173
    2012161181,35411.51356175
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316881,10012.51556127
    1. Overall
      36
      WR Rank15
      WR Rank
      15
      Overall36
    2. Player
      Eric DeckerEric Decker
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK9

    He is entering his physical peak and would be primed for bigger things if not for Wes Welker's arrival. A possession receiver like Welker, Decker is more likely than teammate Demaryius Thomas to dip with the former Patriot in town. Decker will also be hard-pressed to match his huge 2012 TD total. He is still a strong candidate for 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 scores, but he'll probably be overvalued on draft day.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201014610617.72018
    2011164461213.991897
    201216851,06412.511213123
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316791,01012.81439135
    1. Overall
      37
      RB Rank16
      RB Rank
      16
      Overall37
    2. Player
      Reggie BushReggie Bush
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Finally Bush seems to have found the perfect offensive fit. Detroit plans to feature him prominently in its offense, as coach Jim Schwartz said Bush may catch as many as 80 passes this season. Bush won't get the grunt work or the short touchdowns -- Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell will -- but that should help him stay fresh and healthy. He'll get enough carries, yards and receptions to remain a fantasy starter.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20108361500034208142
    2011152161,0865643296152
    2012162279862635292252
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013142008002360440280
    1. Overall
      38
      WR Rank16
      WR Rank
      16
      Overall38
    2. Player
      Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$11
    3. BYE WEEK10

    New England let Wes Welker walk as a free agent and gave a long-term deal to Amendola, who is just now entering his peak years. The only potential problem: Amendola hasn't been able to stay healthy, and the Pats already have banged-up tight ends. If Amendola is able to stay on the field, however, he could experience a huge breakthrough now that he's catching passes from Tom Brady instead of Sam Bradford.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016856898.1203123
    201115459.00006
    2012116366610.6523101
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201314901,00011.1737170
    1. Overall
      39
      QB Rank6
      QB Rank
      6
      Overall39
    2. Player
      Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK9

    There's risk in overrating Kaepernick based on his small sample size, but there is no denying what we saw last season: a dynamic passer and runner who can take over a game in a number of ways. Losing Michael Crabtree (Achilles surgery) takes away Kaepernick's top outside threat, but even if Kaepernick regresses as a passer, he brings fantasy-starter value on the ground.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*142333593,02222181,20620
    201133535000-20
    2012131362181,81401034155
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013162804503,650222125955
    1. Overall
      40
      QB Rank7
      QB Rank
      7
      Overall40
    2. Player
      Tom BradyTom Brady
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      36
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Brady is getting older and might be without his top four targets from a year ago, including tight ends Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) and Aaron Hernandez (released) and security blanket Wes Welker (signed with Denver). The emergence of a steady ground game behind Stevan Ridley can help transition the Pats' offense from the pass to the run. Brady is no longer a Tier 1 quarterback, but he could be a real value pick after Round 5.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163244923,9004364301
    2011164016115,2351139121093
    2012164016374,8278348324
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163255003,95053010302
    1. Overall
      41
      QB Rank8
      QB Rank
      8
      Overall41
    2. Player
      Russell WilsonRussell Wilson
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$12
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Though fellow rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III also excelled, Wilson was the biggest surprise of the 2012 season after slipping in the draft and then beating out Matt Flynn for the starting job in Seattle. While Wilson may stumble a bit this season, he remains a potential dual-threat fantasy star, though losing Percy Harvin to injury is a blow.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*133085273,563828144359
    2011*142253093,17523343386
    2012162523933,118026104894
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013162854453,575224134655
    1. Overall
      42
      TE Rank2
      TE Rank
      2
      Overall42
    2. Player
      Rob GronkowskiRob Gronkowski
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$11
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Last year Gronk was the face of the tight end renaissance in fantasy; now he's the poster boy for the need for restraint on draft day. He's gone through multiple surgeries on his twice-broken arm and has been plagued by back trouble. If he's 100-percent healthy, Gronk is the No. 1 top tight end, but his uncertain recovery time bumps him down. Since the top tight ends pose injury risks, don't bite too early this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010164254613.01111059
    201116901,32714.722517124
    2012115579014.41331180
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013116080013.31041085
    1. Overall
      43
      WR Rank17
      WR Rank
      17
      Overall43
    2. Player
      Reggie WayneReggie Wayne
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$11
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Wayne returned to the fantasy elite in 2012, proving his 2011 decline stemmed from poor quarterback play rather than deteriorating skills. Though Wayne loses offensive guru Bruce Arians this season, he gains another year of experience from passer Andrew Luck. While owners need to anticipate some regression due to Wayne's age, the Indianapolis veteran should once again be a reliable fantasy starter.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010161111,35512.21346176
    2011167596012.81234131
    2012161061,35512.82235195
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316911,11012.21645156
    1. Overall
      44
      QB Rank9
      QB Rank
      9
      Overall44
    2. Player
      Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$11
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Griffin's rank depends entirely on his health. It sounds as if he'll be ready to play in Week 1, but owners must be wary that injuries will hit again because of the way Griffin plays and the way he's used in Washington's offense. The ceiling is immense, even with a suspect receiving corps, so view Griffin as a high-risk pick worth selecting in the middle rounds. There are enough serviceable backups on the wire to justify gambling on RGIII.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*133044543,50142286358
    2011*132914024,293937669910
    2012152583933,20032058157
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013132504103,15032376755
    1. Overall
      45
      RB Rank17
      RB Rank
      17
      Overall45
    2. Player
      Maurice Jones-DrewMaurice Jones-Drew
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$11
    3. BYE WEEK9

    MJD proved the truth of two fantasy mantras last year: 1) Drafting holdouts is a bad idea, and 2) Lisfranc injuries are season killers for running backs. While he hopes to return from the injury that cost him 10 games last season, his injury history makes Jones-Drew a mere No. 2 fantasy back this year--and given how feeble Jacksonville's offense has been, anyone expecting more may be in for a letdown.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010142991,3247534317244
    2011163431,6066843374363
    2012686414111486118
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013122501,0004630225240
    1. Overall
      46
      RB Rank18
      RB Rank
      18
      Overall46
    2. Player
      Frank GoreFrank Gore
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Gore surprised many by performing like a starter last season, though he's a risky second- or third-round pick now that he's 30. Gore remains the feature back for a Super Bowl contender, however, as backups Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James are only change-of-pace options. Even if Gore slows considerably this season, he will still be a factor at the goal line for a San Francisco team that will find itself there often.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010112038534346452272
    2011162821,2115817114031
    2012162581,2143828234136
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013142501,0002725215135
    1. Overall
      47
      QB Rank10
      QB Rank
      10
      Overall47
    2. Player
      Matthew StaffordMatthew Stafford
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Despite helping Calvin Johnson to a record receiving season, Stafford took a step back last year in terms of his touchdown production. Stafford boasts elite primary targets in Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew as well as a new check-down threat in Reggie Bush, which should help the QB rebound. Detroit's mediocre secondary receiving options make Stafford a mid-round pick.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    201035796535061111
    2011164216635,03884116780
    2012164357274,967820171264
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013164256704,94582516651
    1. Overall
      48
      WR Rank18
      WR Rank
      18
      Overall48
    2. Player
      Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Nicks is an annual What If? player. As in: What if he stayed healthy for 16 games? He'd likely emerge as one of the best receivers in football because he's displayed that talent in spurts over the years. The receiver might frustrate fantasy owners with his injury-report status, but Nicks can be a beast in Kevin Gilbride's modified run-and-shoot attack, and his red zone ability makes him worth taking on some risk.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201013791,05213.320411128
    201115761,19215.71737133
    2012135369213.11213100
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201314751,06014.12048135
    1. Overall
      49
      TE Rank3
      TE Rank
      3
      Overall49
    2. Player
      Jason WittenJason Witten
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Witten began last season amid health concerns (he was recovering from a lacerated spleen) but delivered a career-high 110 catches and played 16 games. Witten has seen more targets and receptions in recent years. At an uncertain position, he provides some certainty and solid production, though his yards after catch have dipped and Dallas's drafting of tight end Gavin Escobar means you don't want to bite too high.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016941,00210.71319128
    2011167994211.91525117
    2012161101,0399.4833149
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013169095010.6725125
    1. Overall
      50
      WR Rank19
      WR Rank
      19
      Overall50
    2. Player
      Dwayne BoweDwayne Bowe
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Despite Kansas City's woeful quarterback play in 2012, Bowe reached 800 receiving yards. Though new QB Alex Smith isn't a topflight passer, new coach Andy Reid will implement a system that can help restore Bowe to must-start fantasy status. Smith is a capable game manager, and Bowe should be a frequent target in the Chiefs' West Coast offense, leading to a rebound year for a receiver who's still in his prime.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016721,16216.119515133
    201116811,15914.31935141
    2012135980113.61123114
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316751,10014.71647150
    1. Overall
      51
      WR Rank20
      WR Rank
      20
      Overall51
    2. Player
      Torrey SmithTorrey Smith
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$10
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Owners looking for a breakthrough candidate outside of the top tier should target Smith, who's now the main guy for Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Anquan Boldin's move to San Francisco makes Smith a primary target for the first time in his career--and he will continue to stretch the field. Given the Ravens' offensive circumstances, Smith stands to make the biggest statistical jump of all potential third-year breakout receivers.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*13671,05515.7--412--
    2011165084116.8142796
    2012164985517.41628110
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316671,06015.82049139
    1. Overall
      52
      WR Rank21
      WR Rank
      21
      Overall52
    2. Player
      Jordy NelsonJordy Nelson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$9
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Nelson failed to follow up on his 2011 breakthrough, mostly because injuries limited his playing time last year. With former No. 1 wideout Greg Jennings now in Minnesota, Nelson will become Aaron Rodgers' top receiver on the depth chart. Though Randall Cobb may see the most targets, Nelson should still be better than he was a season ago. Expect Nelson to find the middle ground between his sterling '11 and disappointing '12.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010164558212.971264
    201116681,26318.61951596
    2012124974515.282773
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013147097013.915410105
    1. Overall
      53
      WR Rank22
      WR Rank
      22
      Overall53
    2. Player
      James JonesJames Jones
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$9
    3. BYE WEEK4

    With Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson banged up and Aaron Rodgers as lethal as ever in the red zone, Jones stepped forward as a touchdown machine last season. Jennings is now in Minnesota, so Jones should emerge as a reliable option for Rodgers instead of a mere reserve. While Jones is highly unlikely to replicate his 2012 TD total, he should reach career highs in targets, receptions and yards this season.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010165067913.682587
    2011163863516.7111755
    2012166478412.31111498
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013167096513.815210115
    1. Overall
      54
      QB Rank11
      QB Rank
      11
      Overall54
    2. Player
      Tony RomoTony Romo
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      33
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$9
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Romo gets a bum rap in NFL circles, which actually makes him a value pick in fantasy. His penchant for boneheaded plays will allow him to slip to the middle rounds, where brave owners can pounce on an underrated starter who gets to enjoy touchdown connections with two of the game's best pass catchers in wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    201061482131,6052117380
    2011163465224,18453110461
    2012164256484,90392819491
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013164006004,57572915450
    1. Overall
      55
      RB Rank19
      RB Rank
      19
      Overall55
    2. Player
      David WilsonDavid Wilson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$8
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Wilson, who is expected to take over as the starter for the departed Ahmad Bradshaw, is a tantalizing breakout candidate. The former track star is hugely athletic and capable of tearing it up if he consistently sees more than 15 touches per game. The presence of Andre Brown as the goal line back is the only reason to temper expectations for Wilson's 2013 fantasy impact.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*1311361915152344--
    2011*142901,709109221291--
    201216713581443419
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162201,0003621200230
    1. Overall
      56
      RB Rank20
      RB Rank
      20
      Overall56
    2. Player
      Montee BallMontee Ball
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$8
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Denver rotated through backs a year ago, so it was no surprise to see the Broncos draft Ball in the second round this April. With Willis McGahee released, Ball stands a good chance of starting for a potent offense. Ronnie Hillman might challenge for carries as the third-down back, but Ball could get the goal-line work in addition to the most overall carries. He should be the first rookie back drafted.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*12163996518161280--
    2011*143071,9231033243066--
    2012*143561,830102210720--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162251,0252917150010
    1. Overall
      57
      QB Rank12
      QB Rank
      12
      Overall57
    2. Player
      Andrew LuckAndrew Luck
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$8
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Luck lived up to his billing in 2012, and though fellow rookie star RGIII has more fantasy upside, Luck isn't a constant injury risk. Playing in new coordinator Pep Hamilton's system, he ranks as the last starting QB in a standard league. Indianapolis focused on defense in the draft, and its only notable offensive addition was Darrius Heyward-Bey. Even if he keeps winning, Luck's numbers may dip.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*132633723,33833284533
    2011*132884043,517537101502
    2012163396274,374623182555
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163456154,250625152253
    1. Overall
      58
      WR Rank23
      WR Rank
      23
      Overall58
    2. Player
      Mike WallaceMike Wallace
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$8
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Feel free to knock Wallace's ill-advised contract dispute with the Steelers, the ridiculous money Miami threw at him this winter and the uncertain progress of second-year QB Ryan Tannehill. Don't dismiss the fifth-year receiver's ability, though. Wallace is only now entering his prime at age 27 and can resurface as a legitimate fantasy factor now that he's the main guy in Joe Philbin's rhythm passing attack.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016601,25721.02671099
    201116721,19316.61848113
    2012156483613.1928119
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316651,00015.41249125
    1. Overall
      59
      RB Rank21
      RB Rank
      21
      Overall59
    2. Player
      Darren McFaddenDarren McFadden
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$7
    3. BYE WEEK7

    McFadden won't remain healthy. The sixth-year back has failed to play more than 13 games in any season, and his 2012 was shortened by a high-ankle sprain. If his health weren't a concern, he'd rank higher--especially in light of Oakland's switch from a limiting zone-blocking scheme to a system that will keep McFadden squared to the line of scrimmage and suit his style. If he stays on the field, McFadden's a sleeper.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010132231,1576747507361
    201171136142419154123
    2012122167073242258163
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013132208803541240160
    1. Overall
      60
      WR Rank24
      WR Rank
      24
      Overall60
    2. Player
      Pierre GarconPierre Garcon
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$7
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Garcon has flashed serious potential in his young career, but he's also proved to be a serious injury risk. He has said that he may not be 100 percent for the season opener, and there's no guarantee that he'll be able to avoid surgery for his foot issues. In theory Robert Griffin III and Garcon should be one of the most potent QB-receiver combos in the league; in reality, drafting either requires a leap of faith given the injury history.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010146778411.7716118
    2011167094713.5936134
    2012104463314.4102467
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013147595012.71338140
    1. Overall
      61
      WR Rank25
      WR Rank
      25
      Overall61
    2. Player
      Antonio BrownAntonio Brown
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$7
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Brown experienced a rare regression for a third-year receiver. With Mike Wallace now in Miami, however, Brown will become Ben Roethlisberger's go-to man. Brown will be Pittsburgh's leading outside threat, and with Heath Miller coming off knee surgery, Brown could become a possession man as well. He has the type of game-breaking speed to replace Wallace as the Steelers' field-stretching force.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201091616710.420019
    201116691,10816.11832124
    2012136678711.91005106
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316731,00013.72047120
    1. Overall
      62
      RB Rank22
      RB Rank
      22
      Overall62
    2. Player
      Ryan MathewsRyan Mathews
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$6
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Mathews hasn't proved durable enough to be a feature back, but it does not appear as if San Diego has accepted that reality--which will make him overrated on draft day. While Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely handle third-down duties, Mathews is the only Chargers back talented enough to be the main guy. A bolstered offensive line helps, but Mathews' injury history and inconsistency limit his appeal.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010121586781722145026
    2011142221,0914650455059
    2012121847070139252056
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013132008502443370055
    1. Overall
      63
      WR Rank26
      WR Rank
      26
      Overall63
    2. Player
      DeSean JacksonDeSean Jackson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$6
    3. BYE WEEK12

    In light of his immense ability and the hype surrounding his skill and persona, Jackson has been a bust in recent seasons. It's not entirely his fault, as injuries and inconsistent quarterback play have limited Philadelphia's offense. Jackson believes new coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo scheme will suit him, so a healthy season could mean a return to fantasy form. Don't bite on him too early; he's a backup with potential.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201014471,05622.5214696
    2011155896116.61524104
    2012114570015.692288
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201314601,00016.72035115
    1. Overall
      64
      RB Rank23
      RB Rank
      23
      Overall64
    2. Player
      Darren SprolesDarren Sproles
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Because Sproles is more a receiver than a runner--he hasn't delivered a 100-yard rushing game in the past four seasons--his age-30 season is less of a fantasy red flag. Though Sproles is not a starter in non-PPR formats, he is easily the best pass-catching back in football. Even if Mark Ingram emerges as New Orleans' go-to tailback, Sproles will have a meaningful role now that Sean Payton is back on the Saints' sideline.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201016502670059520275
    2011168760302867107112
    2012134824401756677104
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013134017500706506100
    1. Overall
      65
      RB Rank24
      RB Rank
      24
      Overall65
    2. Player
      Lamar MillerLamar Miller
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Miller performed well as a seldom-used rookie last season and looks like the starter now that Reggie Bush is in Detroit. Daniel Thomas will do the hard running and short-yardage work, while Miller figures to shine as a receiver. Though Joe Philbin's offense isn't running-back heavy, Miller is an explosive player capable of earning the dominant touches and emerging as a viable fantasy starter.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*111086462611960--
    2011*122271,2727917851--
    201213512500164508
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162259002424190135
    1. Overall
      66
      RB Rank25
      RB Rank
      25
      Overall66
    2. Player
      Eddie LacyEddie Lacy
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK4

    There are myriad reasons to resist overpaying for this rookie: Green Bay doesn't emphasize the run game; the Packers have a lot of backs to choose from when they do run; Lacy's outstanding college numbers might be a product of playing behind Alabama's excellent offensive line; and Lacy once had a toe fused. He is a talented player, so don't shy away completely. Just don't bite too soon.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*1256406162180--
    2011*129567417111310--
    2012*142041,322517221892--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013152007752717140030
    1. Overall
      67
      TE Rank4
      TE Rank
      4
      Overall67
    2. Player
      Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      37
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Gonzalez elected to put off retirement in order to attempt one more Super Bowl run, which is a reasonable mission considering the elite offense on which he plays. Gonzalez put up excellent numbers last season and has been a portrait of health and consistency throughout his career. Though it's tough to guarantee anything out of a 37-year-old tight end, he remains a valuable starter--just don't expect last year's numbers.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016706569.4516109
    2011168087510.9817116
    2012169393010.0328124
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316737009.6316105
    1. Overall
      68
      TE Rank5
      TE Rank
      5
      Overall68
    2. Player
      Vernon DavisVernon Davis
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Davis disappeared from San Francisco's game plan at times in 2012, though he then showed flashes of his past brilliance in the playoffs, with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. As Kaepernick and the offense continue to evolve, Davis stands to benefit. That said, Davis's past inconsistency coupled with the Niners' addition of possession receiver Anquan Boldin limit Davis to being a mid-round pick this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010165691416.3162793
    2011166779211.8152695
    2012164154813.4121561
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166080013.31526100
    1. Overall
      69
      WR Rank27
      WR Rank
      27
      Overall69
    2. Player
      Mike WilliamsMike Williams
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Vincent Jackson's presence in Tampa Bay is the only thing keeping Williams out of the top 25 in these rankings. Williams has been a consistent threat, especially in the red zone, and deserves to be drafted as a starter in three-receiver formats. At worst, he's a flex play. While an injury to Jackson could elevate Williams into the elite ranks, the fourth-year veteran is a reliable part of an owner's arsenal in his own right.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010166596414.818111129
    2011166577111.9903124
    2012166399615.81739126
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166495014.82037126
    1. Overall
      70
      WR Rank28
      WR Rank
      28
      Overall70
    2. Player
      Cecil ShortsCecil Shorts
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Shorts, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick out of Division III Mount Union (Ohio), enjoyed a breakthrough for Jacksonville last season, when 2012 first-round selection Justin Blackmon was supposed to emerge as a rookie force. Shorts led the team in reception yards, and he played equally well with two different quarterbacks. Draft Shorts as a No. 3 wide receiver or a flex play in two-wideout leagues.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*12701,19617.1--818--
    20111023015.010112
    2012145597917.81747105
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201315651,00015.42046135
    1. Overall
      71
      WR Rank29
      WR Rank
      29
      Overall71
    2. Player
      Stevie JohnsonStevie Johnson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Johnson is about as consistent as a No. 3 fantasy wide receiver can get. Despite playing with mediocre passer Ryan Fitzpatrick, Johnson topped 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons. That means fantasy owners can trust him regardless of whether veteran Kevin Kolb or rookie EJ Manuel takes hold of the starting job. At the prime age of 27, Johnson will be a near lock for 75 catches, 1,000 yards and a handful of touchdowns.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016821,07313.111310142
    201116761,00413.21317134
    201216791,04613.21236148
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013167497013.11225140
    1. Overall
      72
      WR Rank30
      WR Rank
      30
      Overall72
    2. Player
      T.Y. HiltonT.Y. Hilton
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Rookie receivers are tough to trust in fantasy. Hilton proved to be a rare exception, emerging as an instant downfield threat for fellow rookie Andrew Luck. Hilton posted a surprising five 100-yard games while adding seven touchdowns and helped divert attention from possession receiver Reggie Wayne. New addition Darrius Heyward-Bey could cut into Hilton's targets, but the speedy sophomore is a smart grab regardless.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*135984814.4--15--
    2011*13721,03814.4--47--
    2012155086117.2135790
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165592516.81837100
    1. Overall
      73
      RB Rank26
      RB Rank
      26
      Overall73
    2. Player
      Giovani BernardGiovani Bernard
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The Bengals made Bernard the first running back off the board in the draft, but the 21-year-old early entrant sophomore isn't projected to start for the Bengals going into training camp. He is also a bit undersized for a feature back at 5-feet-9 and 202 pounds. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is more of a physical runner that suits a team in the black-and-blue AFC North. But if Bernard rises to the top of the depth chart, look out.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*0----------------
    2011*132391,253713453621--
    2012*101841,228512474905--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161406001618190130
    1. Overall
      74
      RB Rank27
      RB Rank
      27
      Overall74
    2. Player
      Daryl RichardsonDaryl Richardson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK11

    The Rams must be pretty confident in their 2012 seventh-rounder out of Abilene Christian, Richardson, or their second-rounder Isaiah Pead out of Cincinnati, because they allowed franchise back Steven Jackson walk via free agency and didn't draft a back this April until their last pick (Zac Stacy in Round 5). Richardson finished ahead of Pead on the '12 depth chart and opens the year atop it again. Consider him a sleeper.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*1111551707251991--
    2011*11139825411403712--
    201216984750024163036
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161807251328175038
    1. Overall
      75
      WR Rank31
      WR Rank
      31
      Overall75
    2. Player
      Steve SmithSteve Smith
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$5
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Cam Newton's arrival has extended Smith's career in Carolina. Now that Smith is 34, however, fantasy owners will be taking a gamble by betting on a third consecutive season of 16 games, 70-plus receptions and 1,100-plus yards. Smith has reached the age of NFL decline, and while it has yet to impact him, the simple risk of a dip in production keeps the longtime fantasy stud out of the top 25.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010144655412.070299
    201116791,39417.62967129
    201216731,17416.11754138
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201314631,00015.91545125
    1. Overall
      76
      WR Rank32
      WR Rank
      32
      Overall76
    2. Player
      Anquan BoldinAnquan Boldin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK9

    While the newly acquired San Francisco receiver is a little long in the tooth, he will be the team's primary wideout in the wake of Michael Crabtree's Achilles injury. Boldin gives quarterback Colin Kaepernick a possession receiver and a proven winner. If Kaepernick lives up to the immense hype, Boldin will have a season that keeps him in starting contention in standard leagues and makes him a stud in PPR leagues.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010166483713.11037109
    2011145788715.61523106
    2012156592114.21714112
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013156289014.41537110
    1. Overall
      77
      WR Rank33
      WR Rank
      33
      Overall77
    2. Player
      Greg JenningsGreg Jennings
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Jennings has seemed older than his age in recent seasons, suffering injuries that limited his fantasy impact. Now he's leaving one of the best passing teams in football (Green Bay) for one of the worst (Minnesota). Jennings will be good for Christian Ponder, and otherworldly back Adrian Peterson will draw most of the defensive attention, but don't draft Jennings as anything more than a flex play or backup.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016761,26516.621512124
    2011136794914.21339101
    201283636610.231462
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013137086512.41026105
    1. Overall
      78
      RB Rank28
      RB Rank
      28
      Overall78
    2. Player
      Ahmad BradshawAhmad Bradshaw
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Bradshaw is a quick, tough runner, but chronic foot woes have kept him from the NFL's elite. The Colts signed the veteran for his experience and pass-protection skills, but he will have to beat out Vick Ballard for the starting job. He'll also have to stay healthy, which has always been an issue. Bradshaw's name will generate interest in fantasy, but consider him a mere reserve given where he landed and his health concerns.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162761,2354847314058
    2011121716591934267244
    2012142211,0154623245031
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013131706501423235030
    1. Overall
      79
      RB Rank29
      RB Rank
      29
      Overall79
    2. Player
      Rashard MendenhallRashard Mendenhall
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK9

    As much as new coach Bruce Arians gushed about free-agent addition Mendenhall this winter, he still went out and drafted a pair of well-regarded backs in Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, who slipped to the fifth and sixth rounds. Arians sees Mendenhall as an elite talent and doesn't want an RB committee, so consider the former Steeler and knee-surgery survivor a potential rebound candidate as a starter.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010163241,27431323167034
    2011152289282918154028
    201265118200962111
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013132257002619110025
    1. Overall
      80
      RB Rank30
      RB Rank
      30
      Overall80
    2. Player
      Chris IvoryChris Ivory
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK10

    The Jets were not thrilled with Shonn Greene and now they turn their ground-and-pound attack over to draft-day trade acquisition, Ivory and incumbent Bilial Powell. Ivory had the look of a feature back from the bottom of the Saints' depth chart in past years and the Jets must feel good about him, because they didn't draft a tailback. Watch Ivory closely early, because the run-heavy Jets can make him a star.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010121377162511701
    2011679374110001
    20126402170221503
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201313200800251190115
    1. Overall
      81
      RB Rank31
      RB Rank
      31
      Overall81
    2. Player
      DeAngelo WilliamsDeAngelo Williams
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Williams salvaged his 2012 season in Week 16, rushing for 210 yards and two TDs. That performance might have saved his spot on the Panthers' roster and his status in fantasy leagues. A potential cap casualty, Williams is now 30 with his stud days well behind him, so he's a backup fantasy RB. He still can do something and he won't have to deal with Jonathan Stewart (PUP list) stealing carries from him in the early going.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010687361011161013
    2011161558361716135025
    2012161737371513187220
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141958001415110120
    1. Overall
      82
      RB Rank32
      RB Rank
      32
      Overall82
    2. Player
      Mark IngramMark Ingram
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK7

    It might be now or never for the Heisman Trophy winner. He proved capable of staying healthy last season but wasn't able to do much as New Orleans' run game suffered in Sean Payton's absence. The Saints have vowed to improve the run, and Ingram will lead the charge. Darren Sproles is primarily a pass catcher, while Pierre Thomas looks like a backup. Ingram will get an opportunity to shine.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*11158875213212821--
    201110122474051146013
    20121615660205629010
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20131620080017860015
    1. Overall
      83
      RB Rank33
      RB Rank
      33
      Overall83
    2. Player
      Bilal PowellBilal Powell
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK10

    The third-year back out of Louisville stands to compete for the lead role in the Jets' power running game. The fact the Jets didn't draft a back after losing Shonn Greene might be a sign they like what they have in Powell. Chris Ivory went into camp as the favorite to start, but Powell proved to be more impressive. Powell can at least complement Ivory if he doesn't start. If he does, watch him as a sleeper.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*122291,405711181583--
    201121321001701
    2012141104370417140036
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141455751421150335
    1. Overall
      84
      WR Rank34
      WR Rank
      34
      Overall84
    2. Player
      Miles AustinMiles Austin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$4
    3. BYE WEEK11

    With Dez Bryant emerging as a megastar and Jason Witten producing a career year, Austin was a fringe fantasy threat last season. On the plus side he stayed healthy, so he avoids the injury risk label. Austin should post respectable stats once again, though don't draft him as anything more than a flex play or backup. Tony Romo only has so many footballs to distribute and many hands to fill.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016691,04115.11757119
    2011104357913.591773
    2012166694314.31326119
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166491514.31336115
    1. Overall
      85
      WR Rank35
      WR Rank
      35
      Overall85
    2. Player
      Sidney RiceSidney Rice
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Seattle added Percy Harvin this winter, which was good for the team but bad for Rice's fantasy prospects. With Harvin now lost for much (maybe even all) of the season due to hip surgery, Rice is again in good fantasy standing. Rice was going to be a high-upside pick regardless, and now he's a safe pick as well.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201061728016.551242
    201193248415.172257
    2012165074815.0110782
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166090015.01526110
    1. Overall
      86
      TE Rank6
      TE Rank
      6
      Overall86
    2. Player
      Kyle RudolphKyle Rudolph
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Christian Ponder limited Minnesota's passing game last season, but Rudolph proved to be a solid red zone target when Adrian Peterson put the Vikings in scoring position. Rudolph boasts outstanding touchdown potential once again and should become a more complete player in his third season. With Percy Harvin gone, Ponder will need to target Rudolph more often, adding receptions and yards to those TDs.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*62832811.7--13--
    201115262499.630339
    201216534939.350993
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316676309.4607110
    1. Overall
      87
      RB Rank34
      RB Rank
      34
      Overall87
    2. Player
      BenJarvus Green-EllisBenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK12

    As solid as the Law Firm's first season in Cincinnati was, it didn't stop the Bengals from becoming the first team to select a running back in the draft. Rookie Giovani Bernard, a second-round pick, is projected as the complementary back but is capable of passing Green-Ellis this season. Owners who grab this plodder as a starter on draft day must handcuff him with Bernard in the later rounds.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162291,0082131285016
    2011161816671119159013
    2012152781,0944622104029
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013152258603510100020
    1. Overall
      88
      QB Rank13
      QB Rank
      13
      Overall88
    2. Player
      Ben RoethlisbergerBen Roethlisberger
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Big Ben has never been an elite fantasy QB, but he has been a pretty good one for a long time. With Pittsburgh no longer boasting a top running game, the offense will rely even more heavily on Roethlisberger. He's capable of shouldering the load when healthy, though there's the rub: Owners have to accept that he'll likely get banged up and miss a couple of games.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010122403893,20031751762
    2011153245134,07752114700
    2012132844493,2653268920
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013143004653,75052510650
    1. Overall
      89
      QB Rank14
      QB Rank
      14
      Overall89
    2. Player
      Eli ManningEli Manning
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Manning regressed after a career year in 2011, in part due to injuries to No. 1 receiver Hakeem Nicks and in part due to Manning's own sloppy play. Manning will continue to air it out in New York's modified run-and-shoot offense, so expect some big showings. But also prepare for some frustrating, interception-heavy weeks. Manning is a backup fantasy QB this year but a backup worth targeting.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163395394,00243125700
    2011163595894,93382916151
    2012163215363,94832615300
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163255404,40052715200
    1. Overall
      90
      DST Rank1
      DST Rank
      1
      Overall90
    2. Team
      Seattle SeahawksSeattle Seahawks
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Seattle was tough on quarterbacks last season, so imagine how fierce it'll be after adding pass rusher Cliff Avril. Opponents won't find relief in the secondary, where corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner star. Tack on the advantage of the deafening 12th man at CenturyLink Field, and this becomes the clear No. 1 DST despite the four-game suspension to defensive end Bruce Irvin.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201025.43711210230
    201119.7331229400
    201215.33601813310
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013164011815300
    1. Overall
      91
      DST Rank2
      DST Rank
      2
      Overall91
    2. Team
      San Francisco 49ersSan Francisco 49ers
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$3
    3. BYE WEEK9

    While the secondary didn't force as many turnovers last season, the 49ers remain a great fantasy defense because of their stud linebacker corps, led by outside rusher Aldon Smith (191/2 sacks in 2012) and IDP monsters NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. That group makes San Francisco dependably stout against the run and one of the few units that fantasy owners can trust regardless of the matchup.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201021.6360157301
    201114.34212315111
    201217.13811411300
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201316.53511514300
    1. Overall
      92
      RB Rank35
      RB Rank
      35
      Overall92
    2. Player
      Vick BallardVick Ballard
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Indianapolis appeared to have settled on Ballard as its starting back instead of Donald Brown or Delone Carter, but the signing of Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) complicates things. Assuming Andrew Luck and the offense continue to progress, Ballard could find himself protecting more leads late in games. Draft him as an RB3 or as a flex-option positioned to develop into more as the season goes on, particularly if Bradshaw proves as injury prone as he has in the past.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*12186968419101061--
    2011*131931,189610201871--
    2012162118141217152127
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013162208452319145030
    1. Overall
      93
      WR Rank36
      WR Rank
      36
      Overall93
    2. Player
      Lance MooreLance Moore
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Last season, Moore broke the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. This season New Orleans will again field one of the NFL's most wide-open offenses, and Moore should come through with some big games for his fantasy owners. The problem with Moore is his lack of consistent touches. Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around to his numerous weapons; Moore is a reserve who some weeks will perform like a starter.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010166676311.671895
    2011145262712.190873
    201215651,04116.01446104
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013156383513.3123694
    1. Overall
      94
      WR Rank37
      WR Rank
      37
      Overall94
    2. Player
      Josh GordonJosh Gordon
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Gordon, who is suspended for the first two games of the season, proved to be a steal of a second-round pick in the July 2012 supplemental draft, emerging as Cleveland's most dynamic receiver last year. If the Browns' quarterback situation were settled, it would be easier to view Gordon as a fantasy starter once active for Week 3. The missed time and question marks make him a high-upside backup fantasy receiver, but little more.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*134271417.0--27--
    2011*0--------------
    2012165080516.1121592
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145990015.31525110
    1. Overall
      95
      RB Rank36
      RB Rank
      36
      Overall95
    2. Player
      Shane VereenShane Vereen
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK10

    New England drafted Vereen before Stevan Ridley in 2011, but injuries have limited the Cal product. Healthy, Vereen is capable of making a fantasy impact, in part by inheriting the third-down role that ex-Pat Danny Woodhead held. The Patriots' offense is potent and generates many red zone opportunities, making Vereen a must-have Ridley handcuff and a breakout candidate in his own right.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*122311,167613222093--
    201151557010000
    20121362251038149113
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161255001516275225
    1. Overall
      96
      RB Rank37
      RB Rank
      37
      Overall96
    2. Player
      Bryce BrownBryce Brown
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Brown, who was considered the best high school prospect in the class of 2009 ahead of the likes of Trent Richardson, made a huge splash late last season while filling in for the concussed LeSean McCoy. Though he disappointed in college, Brown clearly has the talent to succeed as a pro if he can correct his fumbling issues. He won't threaten McCoy's starting role, but Brown will see enough carries to perform on a weekly basis.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*0----------------
    2011*231600130--
    201216115564241356019
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316175750251685125
    1. Overall
      97
      RB Rank38
      RB Rank
      38
      Overall97
    2. Player
      Ronnie HillmanRonnie Hillman
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Hillman is a talent with breakaway speed, but he is stuck on a team that wants a power running game under "big back" coach John Fox. John Elway calls Hillman a change of pace for the Broncos starter, who could be second-round pick Montee Ball. The Broncos also called Ball a three-down back, so Hillman might be left to pick the scraps with "big back" veteran Willis McGahee, who can no longer handle the load.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132621,5326179681--
    2011*133111,711919242701--
    20121485330011062012
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141506250325240120
    1. Overall
      98
      RB Rank39
      RB Rank
      39
      Overall98
    2. Player
      Le'Veon BellLe'Veon Bell
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Pittsburgh's search for a back who fits its physical attack would have been over, but the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Bell sprained his foot and might miss the first month-plus of the season. If Bell can prove healthy in October and retake hold of the go-to-back role for the ground-and-pound Steelers, he will be a top 20, if not a top 10, fantasy option. Pick him up after Round 5 after you have your running back starters in drafts.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*131076052811970--
    2011*14182948213352670--
    2012*133821,793812321671--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013101657202520140032
    1. Overall
      99
      RB Rank40
      RB Rank
      40
      Overall99
    2. Player
      Jonathan DwyerJonathan Dwyer
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Pittsburgh was the second team to draft a back in April with Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell in Round 2, but Dwyer can still earn himself the starting job. The Steelers like having their physical running game in the hands of a veteran. Dwyer is that, now. If any of the Steelers backs assert themselves in training camp, you should consider the winner of that position battle a starter in fantasy. For now, Dwyer is a mere reserve.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20101928000000
    2011716123101601
    2012131566232218106025
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141455803622135125
    1. Overall
      100
      RB Rank41
      RB Rank
      41
      Overall100
    2. Player
      Isaac RedmanIsaac Redman
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Redman couldn't prove to be a lead back in 2012 as Jonathan Dwyer thoroughly outplayed him. The Steelers then went on to make Le'Veon Bell the second back selected on draft day. Neither bodes well for Redman's prospects for 2013. Whoever wins the starting job for Pittsburgh should be considered a potential fantasy starter, but it just doesn't look like Redman is anything better No. 3 on the depth chart.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010165224700972210
    201116110479031878022
    2012141104101219244023
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141506000422235125
    1. Overall
      101
      RB Rank42
      RB Rank
      42
      Overall101
    2. Player
      Bernard PierceBernard Pierce
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Pierce quietly delivered a productive rookie season, serving as Ray Rice's backup and proving capable of carrying the load in the future. Baltimore showed faith in Pierce by not drafting a back in April despite his having little experience behind Rice. Pierce is one of the must-own handcuffs in fantasy because the Ravens don't figure to stray from the running game even if Rice goes down.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*91547283108871--
    2011*122731,4819273520--
    20121610853211747011
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161557201515125120
    1. Overall
      102
      RB Rank43
      RB Rank
      43
      Overall102
    2. Player
      Ben TateBen Tate
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Tate was supposed to be the best handcuff to own last season, but he took a step back and couldn't stay healthy. Houston let Justin Forsett leave as a free agent this winter, so the team is expecting Tate to return to his 2011 form. The Texans will again boast one of the better running games in football, which means Tate will see carries even with Arian Foster around. Tate should be one of the first backs drafted after the NFL starters go.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20100----------------
    201115175942441398019
    20121165279021149011
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013152008002416100120
    1. Overall
      103
      WR Rank38
      WR Rank
      38
      Overall103
    2. Player
      Justin BlackmonJustin Blackmon
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Blackmon got off to a slow start with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Once Chad Henne took over, though, Blackmon did too, proving he warranted the lofty expectations. Blackmon's four-game suspension makes him simultaneously tough to draft and a great potential sleeper: Owners who get him late might reap the rewards when it counts most in the season. Draft him on talent while being wary of the QB situation.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*121111,78216.1--1220--
    2011*131211,52212.6--718--
    2012166486513.5915132
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013126590013.81014135
    1. Overall
      104
      WR Rank39
      WR Rank
      39
      Overall104
    2. Player
      Kenny BrittKenny Britt
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Britt is long on talent, short on a supporting cast. Tennessee figures to stick with Jake Locker at quarterback, rendering the receivers tough fantasy plays. Unless Locker makes some serious strides this year, Britt will be a fantasy backup. Between his injury issues, legal history and offensive setting, Britt simply may not be destined for fantasy greatness. He's not a first-round bust; he's also not worth reaching for.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010124277518.5122973
    201131728917.042326
    2012144558913.171490
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145580014.51027100
    1. Overall
      105
      WR Rank40
      WR Rank
      40
      Overall105
    2. Player
      Alshon JefferyAlshon Jeffery
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Fantasy owners looking for a late-round diamond in the rough should target the immensely talented Jeffery, who, like all of Chicago's weapons, will benefit from playing in new coach Marc Trestman's offense. Jay Cutler should improve as a passer, and with Brandon Marshall drawing so much defensive attention on the other side, Jeffery is positioned for a breakthrough. The sophomore just needs to stay healthy.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*14881,51717.2--89--
    2011*134976215.6--18--
    2012102436715.360348
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145475013.91217100
    1. Overall
      106
      WR Rank41
      WR Rank
      41
      Overall106
    2. Player
      Tavon AustinTavon Austin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Austin is a blazer with 4.28 speed, and though at 5-foot-8 he's shorter than the NFL prototype, he's dynamic enough to succeed at this level. St. Louis certainly thinks so, as the team made him the first receiver drafted in April at No. 8. If Austin commands the starting job working out of the slot, he could make an instant impact. He's the pass-catcher Sam Bradford has been waiting for the Rams to grab.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*135878713.6--28--
    2011*131011,18611.7--58--
    2012*131141,28911.3--612--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166780011.9152490
    1. Overall
      107
      WR Rank42
      WR Rank
      42
      Overall107
    2. Player
      Vincent BrownVincent Brown
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Brown stood a chance to become Philip Rivers' go-to man last year; then the wideout's season ended before it began due to a broken ankle. He hoped to return late last year, but San Diego chose to give him a full season to recover. If Brown is healthy enough to start for the Chargers this year, he can become a viable fantasy starter. Draft him among the backup wideouts, but know he has a good deal of upside.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*13691,35219.6--610--
    2011141932917.390240
    20120--------------
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145685015.21525118
    1. Overall
      108
      RB Rank44
      RB Rank
      44
      Overall108
    2. Player
      Andre BrownAndre Brown
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    It took multiple years and teams for Brown to show he can be a worthy NFL runner, but he burst onto the scene as the Giants' bruising change-of-pace back last season. A broken fibula ended Brown's year, and that lack of durability helps ensure that he will merely serve as David Wilson's backup in 2013. Brown will vulture Wilson's goal line touchdowns, though, making the veteran one of fantasy's more valuable backups.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201042-1000000
    20110----------------
    20121073385181286017
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201313135530091390020
    1. Overall
      109
      RB Rank45
      RB Rank
      45
      Overall109
    2. Player
      Isaiah PeadIsaiah Pead
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Pead was supposed to be St. Louis' running back of the future, but he was outplayed by seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson last year. Pead will get the chance to compete for the starting spot, said coach Jeff Fisher, and will prove useful as a change-of-pace or third-down back even if he fails to win the job. Monitor this battle closely, because Pead has a high ceiling if he manages to overtake Richardson.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*111571,02946261901--
    2011*132371,259612393193--
    20121510540031604
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161606650325145235
    1. Overall
      110
      WR Rank43
      WR Rank
      43
      Overall110
    2. Player
      Denarius MooreDenarius Moore
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK7

    As a rookie, Moore looked like a rising star at the receiver position. Inconsistency and drops limited his growth as a sophomore, and now that Carson Palmer is no longer Oakland's quarterback, Moore will be hard-pressed to return to his 2011 form. Moore's speed makes him a big-play threat, but that matters less for a receiver stuck in an offense that will likely struggle to move the ball with regularity.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*134798120.9--39--
    2011133361818.7123576
    2012155174114.51217114
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013155580014.51226124
    1. Overall
      111
      WR Rank44
      WR Rank
      44
      Overall111
    2. Player
      Kendall WrightKendall Wright
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Wright was a stat monster at Baylor with Robert Griffin III as his quarterback; as a pro he has to deal with the inferior Jake Locker under center. That limits Wright's production and fantasy potential even though his physical gifts are off the charts. If Tennessee somehow finds a passing game under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, Wright will be a huge part of it. He could soon surpass Kenny Britt in this offense.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*137895212.2--57--
    2011*131081,66315.4--914--
    201215646269.8604104
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013167070010.01015115
    1. Overall
      112
      QB Rank15
      QB Rank
      15
      Overall112
    2. Player
      Andy DaltonAndy Dalton
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Though Dalton doesn't have that huge NFL arm, that hardly matters when he's throwing to a receiver of A.J. Green's caliber. If Cincinnati's young, complementary receiving corps improves, Dalton could be in for a career year. His game-manager approach makes him a fantasy backup quarterback but one with nice upside relative to his likely draft position.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*132093162,85712764356
    2011163005163,398220131521
    2012163295293,669327161204
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163305253,800425131302
    1. Overall
      113
      DST Rank3
      DST Rank
      3
      Overall113
    2. Team
      Houston TexansHouston Texans
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Last year Houston lost Mario Williams to free agency and Brian Cushing to a torn ACL but dominated thanks to a breakout year from J.J. Watt, who delivered 201/2 sacks and what coordinator Wade Phillips called "the best season ever" for a defensive lineman. With Cushing healthy at linebacker, free-agent signee Ed Reed bringing leadership to the secondary and Watt in peak form, the Texans will again be elite.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201026.7300135000
    201117.44401710101
    201220.74411514300
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013194011713200
    1. Overall
      114
      DST Rank4
      DST Rank
      4
      Overall114
    2. Team
      Chicago BearsChicago Bears
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The Bears should be more offensively oriented under new coach Marc Trestman, which could hurt the D. Charles Tillman (10 forced fumbles last season), however, remains a turnover machine, while end Julius Peppers, 33, and linebacker Lance Briggs, 32, still have plenty in the tank. Chicago also spent two of its first three draft picks on linebackers. Brian Urlacher is gone, but this DST's potency remains.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201017.93402114103
    201121.33312011612
    201217.34102420900
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013193812216500
    1. Overall
      115
      DST Rank5
      DST Rank
      5
      Overall115
    2. Team
      Denver BroncosDenver Broncos
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Some might be tempted to call this the top DST, but Denver lost pass rusher Elvis Dumervil and is relying on an aging Champ Bailey, 35, on the outside. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 27, will play opposite Bailey, but DRC is coming off a down year with the Eagles. Still, Von Miller (181/2 sacks in 2012) and Denver's mediocre AFC West opponents will make this a top five fantasy unit, provided Miller avoids a reported possible suspension for a drug violation.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201029.4230108110
    201124.441099302
    201218.1522168611
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201319.54001510311
    1. Overall
      116
      DST Rank6
      DST Rank
      6
      Overall116
    2. Team
      Cincinnati BengalsCincinnati Bengals
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The strength of this unit is the line, where Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson flank Geno Atkins, one of the league's best defensive tackles. The secondary isn't flawless, but it is deep, and it could improve greatly if 2012 first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick develops into an impact player. The Bengals' best defenders are in their prime and ready to dominate the NFL's most physical division.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201024.72701610200
    201120.24511012301
    2012205101416301
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013194811513301
    1. Overall
      117
      TE Rank7
      TE Rank
      7
      Overall117
    2. Player
      Greg OlsenGreg Olsen
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Olsen set career highs in receptions and yards last season while working with second-year quarterback Cam Newton, and the two should develop an even better rapport in their third year together. In fact, Carolina's entire offense should improve now that Newton has another year under his belt. Olsen doesn't boast the upside other tight ends in the top 10 bring, but he's a steady starting option.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016414049.930569
    2011164554012.060589
    2012166984312.21115104
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166477512.11215108
    1. Overall
      118
      WR Rank45
      WR Rank
      45
      Overall118
    2. Player
      Jeremy KerleyJeremy Kerley
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK10

    With Santonio Holmes hampered by a foot injury and rookie Stephen Hill struggling with drops a year ago, Kerley stepped forward as Mark Sanchez's go-to man. Now Kerley enters his third season, a breakout year for many wideouts. Expecting him to remain as productive is questionable, however, as Holmes will be healthier, Hill should improve and the QB situation is in flux after New York drafted Geno Smith.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*125657510.3--010--
    2011142931410.840147
    2012165682714.8141296
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166085014.11214100
    1. Overall
      119
      TE Rank8
      TE Rank
      8
      Overall119
    2. Player
      Owen DanielsOwen Daniels
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Houston is a run-first team, but it likes looking to Daniels when it goes to the air. The Texans don't have great downfield threats (outside of Andre Johnson), so Daniels rates as a top target. He hasn't delivered a 16-game season in the past four years (he came close the past two seasons), but owners who don't mind stashing a backup tight end should Daniels miss time should feel happy to grab him as a starter.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010113847112.480268
    2011155467712.581385
    2012156271611.5706104
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013146170011.5805100
    1. Overall
      120
      TE Rank9
      TE Rank
      9
      Overall120
    2. Player
      Antonio GatesAntonio Gates
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      33
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Gates, a constant injury risk, is a shell of his former self. The good news? Gates as a shell is still startable in most fantasy leagues. Though Philip Rivers is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, a new coaching regime can revitalize Rivers and help Gates remain productive. The lumbering tight end is now more of a red zone threat than a chain mover, but he'll deliver enough touchdowns to help fantasy owners.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010105078215.61531065
    2011136477812.281788
    2012154953811.050780
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013135762010.971780
    1. Overall
      121
      TE Rank10
      TE Rank
      10
      Overall121
    2. Player
      Brandon PettigrewBrandon Pettigrew
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Calvin Johnson's record receiving season came at the expense of Detroit's other pass catchers, including Pettigrew. The Lions' tight end looked like one of the position's rising stars before he regressed last season, so he's capable of rediscovering his impact form if Matthew Stafford starts getting him the ball more consistently. Draft Pettigrew as a backup tight end with breakout star potential.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010167172210.2814111
    201116837779.4725126
    201214595679.6303102
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201315706659.5514110
    1. Overall
      122
      TE Rank11
      TE Rank
      11
      Overall122
    2. Player
      Martellus BennettMartellus Bennett
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Finally out from under former teammate Jason Witten's shadow, Bennett enjoyed a breakout campaign last year with the Giants, becoming a consistent threat in a modified run-and-shoot attack. Now Bennett joins Chicago, where West Coast guru Marc Trestman is revamping the offense. A rhythm passing game should make Jay Cutler prone to targeting his tight end across the middle and in the red zone.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016332607.910048
    201114171448.500026
    2012165562611.470590
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166060010.0815100
    1. Overall
      123
      TE Rank12
      TE Rank
      12
      Overall123
    2. Player
      Brandon MyersBrandon Myers
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Myers enjoyed a breakthrough last season, proving to be Carson Palmer's go-to man in Oakland. Now Myers joins an even more pass-happy offense. Eli Manning has used his tight end well in recent years, positioning Myers to be a solid backup or No. 2 option in fantasy this season. Myers dealt with a shoulder injury for much of last season, so it'll be intriguing to see what he can do when healthy.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20101512806.700016
    201116161519.430027
    2012167980610.2914105
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166060010.080583
    1. Overall
      124
      TE Rank13
      TE Rank
      13
      Overall124
    2. Player
      Jermichael FinleyJermichael Finley
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Finley has struggled with drops, so much so that Green Bay debated not bringing him back for 2013. But it did. And Aaron Rodgers will be throwing him passes, which instantly makes Finley fantasy relevant. Finley posted consecutive 16-game seasons after major knee surgery in 2010, so he's healthy. If he can regain the Packers' trust, he has the natural tools to be an impact player.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201052130114.372126
    2011165576713.9140892
    2012166166710.9100287
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013166070011.7100389
    1. Overall
      125
      RB Rank46
      RB Rank
      46
      Overall125
    2. Player
      Pierre ThomasPierre Thomas
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK7

    New Orleans desperately wants to rejuvenate its running game, but Thomas isn't the answer at this point in his career. He finished last year on IR with a knee injury and heads into this season as a backup to the younger Mark Ingram. Darren Sproles will again be the third-down threat, and Ingram will be the goal line back, so that leaves little but scraps for Thomas. Don't expect Thomas to see starter's carries.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20106832690229201029
    2011161105620550425159
    2012151054731139354153
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141455800135300045
    1. Overall
      126
      RB Rank47
      RB Rank
      47
      Overall126
    2. Player
      Jacquizz RodgersJacquizz Rodgers
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Rodgers has added some bulk to his 5-foot-6 frame. Although he hasn't officially earned full-time duties yet, Atlanta turned away from one 30-year-old back, Michael Turner, and turned to another, Steven Jackson. That means Rodgers is an injury away from becoming the starter. Even absent that development, he is a wise fantasy investment because the Falcons' productive offense relies on multiple players.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*122561,184514442873--
    201116572050121188127
    201216943620153402159
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161003250050400160
    1. Overall
      127
      RB Rank48
      RB Rank
      48
      Overall127
    2. Player
      Ryan WilliamsRyan Williams
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Williams is a gifted runner, but he has battled injuries dating to high school. He suffered a major knee injury in 2011, then went down with a shoulder ailment in '12. Coach Bruce Arians hopes the talented back can compete for his share of carries, but that didn't stop Arizona from acquiring Rashard Mendenhall and drafting running backs this offseason. The upside on Williams? Mendenhall may have injury issues too.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*1011047719101091--
    20110----------------
    201255816400744010
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013101455750421130118
    1. Overall
      128
      RB Rank49
      RB Rank
      49
      Overall128
    2. Player
      Knowshon MorenoKnowshon Moreno
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Moreno made a fantasy splash down the stretch when Willis McGahee (torn MCL/broken leg) was ruled out for the season, but the truth is Browns GM John Elway and John Fox never really liked former first-round pick Moreno. Denver went ahead and drafted Wisconsin's NCAA TD record-holder in Round 2, perhaps on durability alone. Moreno will be fighting playing time again, if not his spot on the roster.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010131827792537372348
    20117371790011101115
    201281385252421167026
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013101305200420150125
    1. Overall
      129
      QB Rank16
      QB Rank
      16
      Overall129
    2. Player
      Joe FlaccoJoe Flacco
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Coming off a Super Bowl win and a breakout postseason, Flacco would rank as a fantasy starter if not for questions about his weapons. While Torrey Smith should continue his ascent, Baltimore lacks another go-to receiver in the wake of Anquan Boldin's departure. Although the Ravens' rebuilding defense could lead to some Sunday shootouts, Flacco is nothing more than a backup.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163064893,62212510841
    2011163125423,61042012881
    2012163175313,81752210223
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163355454,00062410351
    1. Overall
      130
      WR Rank46
      WR Rank
      46
      Overall130
    2. Player
      Chris GivensChris Givens
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$2
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Givens, gifted with 4.4 speed, began his rookie year as a field stretcher for St. Louis. He enters year two looking to become the go-to guy now that Danny Amendola is in New England. Here's the problem: The Rams drafted Tavon Austin in the first round to fill that role, then took Austin's West Virginia teammate Stedman Bailey later in the draft. Givens has blazing speed, but so do his new teammates. Austin is the smarter grab.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*113551414.7--14--
    2011*13831,33016.0--79--
    2012154269816.6101380
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165481015.01525105
    1. Overall
      131
      WR Rank47
      WR Rank
      47
      Overall131
    2. Player
      Brandon LaFellBrandon LaFell
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    LaFell's improvement through three seasons has been largely incremental; if a power running game leads opponents to stack eight men in the box against Carolina, LaFell's breakthrough this season could prove exponential. Steve Smith may be declining, which positions LaFell to emerge as the better option for Cam Newton and for fantasy owners by season's end. This is a crucial year for LaFell, which makes him appealing.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010143846812.340177
    2011163661317.0131356
    2012144467715.4130476
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013155076515.3151589
    1. Overall
      132
      WR Rank48
      WR Rank
      48
      Overall132
    2. Player
      Darrius Heyward-BeyDarrius Heyward-Bey
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Heyward-Bey failed to repeat his 2011 breakout year and suffered a scary concussion that set him back. He's in a great situation now that he's in Indianapolis, where he'll catch passes from one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. Heyward-Bey will compete with second-year man T.Y. Hilton to start opposite veteran Reggie Wayne, but all three figure to get many targets, catches, yards and scores.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010152636614.151165
    2011156497515.21434115
    2012154160614.880580
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013155074014.81415100
    1. Overall
      133
      WR Rank49
      WR Rank
      49
      Overall133
    2. Player
      Emmanuel SandersEmmanuel Sanders
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Sanders just missed becoming a starting receiver for Tom Brady and the Patriots, who made him an offer as a restricted free agent. Pittsburgh matched after losing Mike Wallace to the Dolphins, so now Sanders will be a starter. Sanders' numbers popped in his third season, and he stands to continue to improve as one of Ben Roethlisberger's leading targets opposite fellow budding star Antonio Brown.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010132837613.460250
    2011112228813.140243
    2012164462614.2110174
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165772512.71514101
    1. Overall
      134
      WR Rank50
      WR Rank
      50
      Overall134
    2. Player
      Golden TateGolden Tate
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The Seahawks are a run-first team, but Tate, a third-year receiver breakout candidate, stands to benefit from Percy Harvin's injury. Russell Wilson had a decent connection with Tate last season and could improve that bond this year as Seattle's offense should improve across the board.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010112122710.820039
    2011163538210.950358
    2012154568815.3121767
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165073514.7151580
    1. Overall
      135
      WR Rank51
      WR Rank
      51
      Overall135
    2. Player
      Greg LittleGreg Little
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Little, who came into the league amid great expectations, has wallowed in mediocrity during his first two seasons. While some of the blame goes to poor quarterback play, Little hasn't done himself any favors with costly drops. He has some late-round value after the top 50 receivers are gone based on talent alone, but it's hard to trust him given his unimpressive track record. Don't expect much from this Brown.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*0--------------
    2011166170911.6612121
    2012165364712.2110492
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165871512.31214110
    1. Overall
      136
      WR Rank52
      WR Rank
      52
      Overall136
    2. Player
      Kenbrell ThompkinsKenbrell Thompkins
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Tom Brady has needed some of his rookie receivers to emerge in training camp and the undrafted Thompkins (Cincinnati) has been the most surprising of them. Danny Amendola is clearly the slot man, so there are two starting spots available in the Patriots offense. Thompkins was owning one of them well into camp, so consider him a late-round sleeper in deeper leagues, especially long-term keeper formats.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*----------------
    2011*124453612.2--12--
    2012*133454115.9--12--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013114053013.360350
    1. Overall
      137
      TE Rank14
      TE Rank
      14
      Overall137
    2. Player
      Jermaine GreshamJermaine Gresham
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Gresham has steadily upped his receptions and yards each of the past three seasons and would be considered an emerging star if he didn't struggle with dropped passes. Andy Dalton has an elite outside receiver in A.J. Green and a new toy in rookie tight end Tyler Eifert, but Dalton will continue to look for Gresham on underneath routes and in the red zone. Dalton and Gresham could break through together this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201015524719.150483
    2011145659610.6100692
    2012166473711.581594
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013155560010.91015103
    1. Overall
      138
      TE Rank15
      TE Rank
      15
      Overall138
    2. Player
      Jared CookJared Cook
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Cook looked like an emerging star in 2011, but he fell back last year while catching passes from a sputtering Jake Locker in Tennessee. That didn't stop St. Louis from signing Cook as a free agent and making him one of Sam Bradford's new weapons. Cook's year-to-year inconsistency makes him a mere late-round backup selection, but his natural ability and new home give him a chance to be a pleasant surprise.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010162936112.460145
    2011164975915.5112381
    2012134452311.980472
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013155466012.281494
    1. Overall
      139
      TE Rank16
      TE Rank
      16
      Overall139
    2. Player
      Jordan CameronJordan Cameron
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Cleveland added ex-Bear Kellen Davis via free agency but announced that third-year man Cameron will be its starter. Cameron, a USC product and a former basketball player, could experience a breakthrough under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who likes to use the tight end in his schemes. Cameron is no Antonio Gates in his prime, but he's capable of catching more than 20 passes.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*12161267.9--01--
    201186335.500013
    2012142022611.340140
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013163842511.260477
    1. Overall
      140
      WR Rank53
      WR Rank
      53
      Overall140
    2. Player
      Andre RobertsAndre Roberts
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Roberts has steadily progressed in each of his three seasons with Arizona, and he has done it while playing with some of the NFL's weakest passers. Roberts figures to work out of the slot in Bruce Arians' vertical attack, which can mean a lot of receptions in the short-to-intermediate range. Carson Palmer should help open up the offense for everyone, so Roberts can perform even if he fails to hold on to a starting spot.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010152430712.841249
    2011165158611.571298
    2012156475911.91025114
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013156477512.11222120
    1. Overall
      141
      WR Rank54
      WR Rank
      54
      Overall141
    2. Player
      Brian HartlineBrian Hartline
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Hartline emerged as Ryan Tannehill's go-to man in coach Joe Philbin's rhythm passing game last season but now figures to drop back to a secondary role following Miami's addition of Mike Wallace. Even if he catches a lot of passes, Hartline isn't a threat in the red zone, so consider him a backup fantasy receiver in leagues that reward a point per reception and a deep bench stash in standard scoring systems.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010124361514.3100173
    2011163554915.780166
    201216741,08314.61431131
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013167090012.91221125
    1. Overall
      142
      WR Rank55
      WR Rank
      55
      Overall142
    2. Player
      Mohamed SanuMohamed Sanu
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Just when Sanu was emerging as a potent red zone target for Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, the rookie fractured his foot and was lost for the rest of the season. Sanu's four touchdowns came in his last three games before injury, so he had found a rhythm. A healthy Sanu will compete to start, though regardless of whether he does, he will be a solid source of short touchdowns because of his large frame and strong hands.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*12444189.5--02--
    2011*131151,20610.5--77--
    20129161549.610425
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145157511.371775
    1. Overall
      143
      WR Rank56
      WR Rank
      56
      Overall143
    2. Player
      Keenan AllenKeenan Allen
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    At times Allen, coming out of Cal, looked as if he would be the top receiver in the 2013 NFL draft class. Questions surrounding a knee injury and a subpar 40 time, however, allowed him to slip to round 3. That was a blessing for San Diego, which needed to add receivers. Allen has to prove healthy and worthy on the practice field; if he does, he could quickly become one of Philip Rivers' leading targets.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*114649010.7--15--
    2011*13981,34313.7--56--
    2012*96173712.1--16--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013135367512.71015100
    1. Overall
      144
      WR Rank57
      WR Rank
      57
      Overall144
    2. Player
      Michael FloydMichael Floyd
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    For most of his rookie season Floyd was a nonfactor for one of the most pitiful passing attacks in the NFL. Now Arizona has aerial guru Bruce Arians and veteran gunslinger Carson Palmer in town. Given that situation Floyd is well positioned to enjoy a second-year breakthrough, especially if he beats out Andre Roberts to start opposite superstar Larry Fitzgerald. The Cards' No. 2 will see a lot of single coverage.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*12791,02513.0--412--
    2011*131001,14711.5--49--
    2012164556212.561286
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165571513.01224100
    1. Overall
      145
      WR Rank58
      WR Rank
      58
      Overall145
    2. Player
      DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Hopkins isn't the biggest or fastest receiver in the 2013 NFL draft class, but he enjoyed one of the most productive receiving seasons in ACC history and leaves Clemson a year early as the receiving record holder in yards (3,020) and TDs (27). He was productive in each of his three seasons and stands a great chance to start opposite Andre Johnson in Houston. Hopkins can eventually emerge as a Roddy White--like receiver.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*115162612.3--24--
    2011*147297813.6--35--
    2012*13821,40517.1--618--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165567512.381490
    1. Overall
      146
      QB Rank17
      QB Rank
      17
      Overall146
    2. Player
      Josh FreemanJosh Freeman
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    After rebounding last season from a down 2011, Freeman saw Tampa Bay spend a third-round draft pick on Mike Glennon, a prototypical pocket passer with a cannon arm. Though Freeman will keep the starting job for now, his fantasy relevance will suffer from coach Greg Schiano and running back Doug Martin: The Buccaneers' offense will be built on a stellar ground game.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010162914743,45102563640
    2011153465513,592216222384
    2012163065584,065327171390
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163155453,700423151250
    1. Overall
      147
      QB Rank18
      QB Rank
      18
      Overall147
    2. Player
      Philip RiversPhilip Rivers
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    New coach Mike McCoy and new coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will look to revitalize the career of former fantasy mainstay Rivers, who has seen his production dwindle along with the health of safety valve Antonio Gates. Even if Rivers improves, he'll be limited by a poor supporting cast and sketchy offensive line--which helps explain why he's no longer a starting fantasy quarterback.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163575414,71063013520
    2011163665824,62462720361
    2012163385273,60622615400
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163455353,85042517300
    1. Overall
      148
      QB Rank19
      QB Rank
      19
      Overall148
    2. Player
      Jay CutlerJay Cutler
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Cutler has failed to deliver 20 touchdowns in either of the past two seasons, so he can't be drafted as a fantasy starter. He could see a bump this year, however, as Chicago moves to a less conservative offense under new coach Marc Trestman. If Cutler stays healthy, cuts down on the interceptions and finds Brandon Marshall often, he'll see a boost. Of course, that's a lot of ifs.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010152614323,274123162321
    2011101823142,3192137551
    2012152554343,033119142330
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013153004653,500324121000
    1. Overall
      149
      QB Rank20
      QB Rank
      20
      Overall149
    2. Player
      Michael VickMichael Vick
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      33
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Vick couldn't make quick enough decisions in Andy Reid's offense; now Vick will be asked to thrive in Chip Kelly's up-tempo system. That could be trouble. Vick, who has disappointed fantasy owners in recent years, has said that he thinks he can rush for 1,000 yards under Kelly. He has the ability to do so -- if he can win the starting job and keep it.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010122333723,01832166769
    2011132534233,303318145891
    2012102043512,362312103321
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013132454003,450420125003
    1. Overall
      150
      WR Rank59
      WR Rank
      59
      Overall150
    2. Player
      Aaron DobsonAaron Dobson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Dobson wasn't an elite receiving prospect in the 2013 draft, but he comes with reviews of him as an excellent route runner and someone who reportedly didn't drop a pass in his senior season. That sounds just like a Patriots type receiver. Dobson was picked in the second round this April and the Pats might give him an opportunity to start. If he performs well in the preseason, he could break out.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*114468915.7--25--
    2011*134966813.6--212--
    2012*105767911.9--13--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145463511.882670
    1. Overall
      151
      DST Rank7
      DST Rank
      7
      Overall151
    2. Team
      New England PatriotsNew England Patriots
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    In their sophomore seasons this year, defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower can make this the best front seven in the league. The Patriots need that growth, because even though New England led the AFC in interceptions, the secondary ranked 29th in yards allowed (271.4) last year. Since a strong front makes a secondary better, this unit could be a steal.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201019.63602513521
    201121.44002311301
    201220.73712021511
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013194002214311
    1. Overall
      152
      DST Rank8
      DST Rank
      8
      Overall152
    2. Team
      Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    This star-studded defense was merely average in 2012, ranking 11th in points and yards allowed. Now its suspect secondary must replace Charles Woodson, and it's unclear whether all-purpose threat Randall Cobb will keep returning punts. But while the defense will allow points, it will also force turnovers, partly because Aaron Rodgers's offense makes opponents throw from behind.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201015470248400
    201122.4290317511
    201221470185201
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201320400207301
    1. Overall
      153
      DST Rank9
      DST Rank
      9
      Overall153
    2. Team
      Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Steelers
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Don't write off this aging defense just yet. The Steelers had a down season in 2012 yet still surrendered the fewest passing yards in the league. James Harrison is gone, but first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones will help Pittsburgh contain the run. Plus, stopping the pass is paramount in today's NFL. Safety Troy Polamalu should be healthier this season, which will again make this a solid starting fantasy unit.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201014.54802114310
    201114.2352114101
    201219.63701010100
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201319380139100
    1. Overall
      154
      WR Rank60
      WR Rank
      60
      Overall154
    2. Player
      Ryan BroylesRyan Broyles
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Despite tearing his ACL early last December, Broyles enters his sophomore season as a huge breakout candidate. He still has work to do to prove healthy enough to avoid the PUP list, as that tear came just more than a year after he tore his opposite ACL as a senior at Oklahoma. Broyles' long-term fantasy potential is outstanding, but the injury risk makes him a late-round pick this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*141311,62212.4--1014--
    2011*9831,15713.9--610--
    2012102231014.151232
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013135264512.4102570
    1. Overall
      155
      WR Rank61
      WR Rank
      61
      Overall155
    2. Player
      Santonio HolmesSantonio Holmes
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Holmes' once-promising career has fallen apart, mostly because of the struggles of quarterback Mark Sanchez. Holmes was also undone in 2012 by a foot injury that limited him to four games and figures to impact him well into this season. He will attempt to rebound and would be New York's one legitimate receiving threat, if healthy. He is a mere fantasy reserve because of his health questions and the offense in which he plays, however.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010125274614.3112695
    2011165165412.8808101
    201242027213.621141
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013115264512.481595
    1. Overall
      156
      RB Rank50
      RB Rank
      50
      Overall156
    2. Player
      Shonn GreeneShonn Greene
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The Jets clearly weren't enamored of Greene, allowing him to leave via free agency. Greene is apparently resigned to not being a feature back, because he wound up signing on to serve as Chris Johnson's caddie in Tennessee. Greene can vulture some touchdowns as the goal line back; beyond that, he is nothing more than a Johnson handcuff pick in the late rounds.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010151857661216120024
    2011162531,0542630211041
    2012162761,0632819151031
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161505500615110025
    1. Overall
      157
      RB Rank51
      RB Rank
      51
      Overall157
    2. Player
      Fred JacksonFred Jackson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Jackson declared himself healthy this winter. Fantasy veterans know it won't last, as injuries have derailed his past two seasons. Given his health issues and his advanced age, Jackson is now little more than insurance for one of the best big-play backs in football, C.J. Spiller. Draft Jackson as a handcuff without worrying about him stealing carries from Spiller, who should see the bulk of Buffalo's workload.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162229273531215255
    2011101709346639442050
    2012101154371334217142
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013121204750330195040
    1. Overall
      158
      RB Rank52
      RB Rank
      52
      Overall158
    2. Player
      Danny WoodheadDanny Woodhead
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Woodhead has come a long way on his talent, parlaying his time with the Patriots and Tom Brady into a contract with the San Diego Chargers. He isn't big enough to be a feature back, but if something happens to Ryan Mathews like it does every year, Woodhead might be asked to step into that role. He will be a third-down and change-of-pace back going in, which gives him value in PPR leagues as a late-round pick.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201015975470534379144
    201115773510118157031
    201216763010440446355
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316702700134300050
    1. Overall
      159
      RB Rank53
      RB Rank
      53
      Overall159
    2. Player
      Kendall HunterKendall Hunter
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Frank Gore is 30 this season, so either Hunter or LaMichael James could be a real fantasy surprise. San Francisco boasts one of the best rushing attacks in the league, which will leave ample carries, yards and touchdowns if the team chooses to take some of the load off Gore's aging legs. Hunter is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, so he might not be 100 percent out of the gate. When he's healthy, he can perform.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132711,548916201010--
    2011161124730216195026
    2012117237102960012
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013121004250417130020
    1. Overall
      160
      RB Rank54
      RB Rank
      54
      Overall160
    2. Player
      Daniel ThomasDaniel Thomas
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Miami thought that it was getting a star by selecting Thomas in the second round out of Kansas State in 2011; the team discovered Reggie Bush was a better between-the-tackles runner. Now the Dolphins are hoping Thomas can be a goal line back and supplement projected starter Lamar Miller. You can consider Thomas a solid handcuff to Miller and, perhaps, a touchdown vulture.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132981,585719271710--
    201113165581101272117
    201212913250415156022
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013131254500415125025
    1. Overall
      161
      RB Rank55
      RB Rank
      55
      Overall161
    2. Player
      Joique BellJoique Bell
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Journeyman Bell finally got a chance last season with the Lions. While he performed admirably as a runner and pass receiver, his talents will be trumped this year by the signing of Reggie Bush. Mikel Leshoure will be the Lions short-yardage back, while Bell is the change of pace. He showed he can contribute for the Lions and fantasy owners, but he's a mere late-round flier still.

    #N/A
    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    1. Overall
      162
      RB Rank56
      RB Rank
      56
      Overall162
    2. Player
      Zac StacyZac Stacy
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK11

    The Rams, not quite sure if Daryl Richardson or Isaiah Pead are the answer as Steven Jackson's heir apparent, traded up in the fifth round to draft Stacy, a two-year starter out of Vanderbilt. Stacy ran for over 1,000 yards and double-digit TDs for a lower-tier team in the rugged SEC. That's not easy to do. He's the only one to ever do that at Vandy. His size-speed combination make him a darkhorse to start for the Rams.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*966331039320--
    2011*132011,193514201060--
    2012*132071,141410102050--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013121254950721165027
    1. Overall
      163
      RB Rank57
      RB Rank
      57
      Overall163
    2. Player
      Mikel LeshoureMikel Leshoure
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Leshoure made his return from a torn Achilles' in 2011 and a two-game suspension at the start of 2012, earning the Lions' feature-back role. He will now have to serve as a complement to offseason free-agent signee Reggie Bush, but Leshoure will at least remain the goal-line touchdown threat. That makes him a borderline flex option for owners. He would need an injury to Bush to be a true fantasy starter, though.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132811,697917171963--
    20110----------------
    2012142157981934214048
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161656000619140030
    1. Overall
      164
      RB Rank58
      RB Rank
      58
      Overall164
    2. Player
      Jonathan StewartJonathan Stewart
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    With DeAngelo Williams now 30, we expected the Panthers to turn their lead back role over to Stewart, but the sixth-year back was placed on the PUP list to start the season and will miss the first six weeks. He had offseason ankle surgery and has dealt with myriad maladies over his career. He cannot be drafted as anything more than a late-round flier now or a potential Williams running back handcuff.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201014178770228103114
    2011161427610447413161
    20129933360117157123
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201381004002320200130
    1. Overall
      165
      RB Rank59
      RB Rank
      59
      Overall165
    2. Player
      LaMichael JamesLaMichael James
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    This is a big year for James, a pint-sized scatback out of Oregon. Frank Gore is 30 this season, backup Kendall Hunter is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, and draft pick Marcus Lattimore could spend the entire year on the PUP list while recovering from major knee surgery. At 195 pounds, James is too small to be a true feature back for San Francisco, but he could become a fantasy starter by midseason if injuries hit.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*122941,731921172083--
    2011*122471,805818172101--
    20124271250032905
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316803600219180220
    1. Overall
      166
      RB Rank60
      RB Rank
      60
      Overall166
    2. Player
      Johnathan FranklinJohnathan Franklin
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Green Bay got its big back in round 2 by selecting Alabama's Eddie Lacy, but fourth-round pick Franklin might prove to be the steal of the NFL draft. Somehow six backs were drafted before this 4.49-40 speedster, who figures to be the perfect complement to power runner Lacy. While the Packers don't run enough to make their No. 2 rookie back a fantasy starter, Franklin could outperform expectations in 2013.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*122141,1275810630--
    2011*14166976359741--
    2012*142821,734913333232--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161004500315125118
    1. Overall
      167
      RB Rank61
      RB Rank
      61
      Overall167
    2. Player
      Michael BushMichael Bush
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Bush gives Chicago decent insurance for starter Matt Forte. Though Bush broke down last season, fantasy owners looking for a backup who will be used in short-yardage and goal line situations should feel confident selecting him in the later rounds. Given Forte's recent injury history, Bush is also a must-own handcuff. He performed well in spot duty last season and is all but guaranteed a start or two this year.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010141586552818194024
    2011162569772737418147
    20121311441105983011
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013141053750519100015
    1. Overall
      168
      RB Rank62
      RB Rank
      62
      Overall168
    2. Player
      Robert TurbinRobert Turbin
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    At 5-foot-10 and a chiseled 222 pounds, Turbin impressed with his power in 2012 preseason workouts, earning the nickname Sea-Hulk along with Seattle's backup running back job. Turbin figures to occupy that role again this season, though the Seahawks did spend a second-round draft pick on Texas A&M's Christine Michael, an outstanding athlete who dropped into their lap. Turbin is Lynch's handcuff, for now.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*00000000--
    2011*132491,517819171714--
    201216803541019181023
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161104650220185025
    1. Overall
      169
      DST Rank10
      DST Rank
      10
      Overall169
    2. Team
      Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Aside from a suppressed sack total last season, the Falcons were worth starting in most fantasy leagues. They allowed fewer than 20 points per game and piled up interceptions, and the secondary should be even better with first-round pick Desmond Trufant in the fold. Adding lineman Osi Umenyiora should lead to more QB hurries and sacks, which could make Atlanta a strong value pick late.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201018310229311
    201121.93301910300
    201218.72902011200
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013203502010200
    1. Overall
      170
      DST Rank11
      DST Rank
      11
      Overall170
    2. Team
      San Diego ChargersSan Diego Chargers
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    In his first season as coordinator, John Pagano turned the Chargers' defense into an attacking unit capable of forcing turnovers. Duplicating last year's fumble recoveries and touchdowns will be tough, but San Diego bolstered its ranks by adding cornerback Derek Cox and drafting linebacker Manti Te'o. The lack of big-name players could allow the Chargers to slip into a position of value in fantasy drafts.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201020.1471167300
    201123.6320174210
    201221.93811414711
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013213501512310
    1. Overall
      171
      DST Rank12
      DST Rank
      12
      Overall171
    2. Team
      St. Louis RamsSt. Louis Rams
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK11

    The Rams regained some defensive pride in Jeff Fisher's first season as coach, racking up the sacks behind bookends Chris Long (111/2) and Robert Quinn (101/2). Janoris Jenkins and notorious instigator Cortland Finnegan bring swagger to the secondary, while first-round draft pick Alec Ogletree will shore up the middle. St. Louis isn't an NFC contender, so this unit could fall in fantasy drafts.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201020.54311412000
    201125.4392126101
    201221.8521174500
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201321481157300
    1. Overall
      172
      QB Rank21
      QB Rank
      21
      Overall172
    2. Player
      Carson PalmerCarson Palmer
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      33
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    It's easy to forget that Palmer threw for more than 4,000 yards and 20 TDs with Oakland's ragtag bunch. He'll have vastly superior receiving weapons in Arizona, with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Palmer isn't going to be a fantasy superstar, but he's a reliable backup in standard leagues and a sneaky second starter with upside in two-quarterback formats.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163625863,97042620500
    2011101993282,75341316201
    2012153455654,01862214361
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013143405503,85052415250
    1. Overall
      173
      K Rank1
      K Rank
      1
      Overall173
    2. Player
      Stephen GostkowskiStephen Gostkowski
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    This ranking is less a function of Gostkowski's ability than of New England's system: A Tom Brady-led offense is going to produce points. Plus, the Patriots' anticipated defensive improvement should lead to better field position and still more opportunities to score. Gostkowski was among the NFL's top three in kicker points in each of the past two years, and he hasn't missed an extra point since 2006.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20108101320262656
    2011162833915959143
    2012162935926666153
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162934826060147
    1. Overall
      174
      K Rank2
      K Rank
      2
      Overall174
    2. Player
      Matt BryantMatt Bryant
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      38
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Bryant is getting older, but he kicks in a climate-controlled dome in home games, and he benefits from playing for one of the NFL's most explosive offenses. offseason acquisition Steven Jackson will help reignite Atlanta's running game, which should spark more red zone trips and scoring opportunities. Bryant is a top-tier kicking option and has a claim for the No. 1 spot.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010162831814444128
    2011162729524545126
    20121633381044444143
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163237834848144
    1. Overall
      175
      K Rank3
      K Rank
      3
      Overall175
    2. Player
      Blair WalshBlair Walsh
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Walsh was half man, half machine as a rookie, kicking an NFL-record 10 field goals of 50 or more yards. He's a dome kicker who benefits from the unstoppable Adrian Peterson constantly moving the chains. Walsh is capable of scoring shortly after the ball crosses midfield and should be the No. 1 kicker in formats that award more points for longer kicks.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*132023424647106
    2011*142135524646109
    20121635387103636141
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163540873838143
    1. Overall
      176
      K Rank4
      K Rank
      4
      Overall176
    2. Player
      Matt PraterMatt Prater
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Last season Peyton Manning revitalized Denver's offense--and Prater's fantasy value. Now, with new weapons Wes Welker and Montee Ball, the Broncos should continue to light up the scoreboard. That will mean ample opportunities for Prater, who gets the additional aid of Colorado's mile-high air. The altitude means Prater can compete with anyone for distance kicks.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    201012161842282976
    201116192533303087
    2012162632535555133
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162833735757141
    1. Overall
      177
      K Rank5
      K Rank
      5
      Overall177
    2. Player
      Justin TuckerJustin Tucker
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Tucker surprised many by winning the job last season, but he quickly became a premier fantasy starter. He went 4 for 4 from 50-plus yards and ranked among the most consistent kickers from any distance. Behind newly minted Joe Flacco, Baltimore figures to play more high-scoring games, so consider Tucker one of the elite options to target on draft day.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*12232751272796
    2011*13172141444495
    20121630331044242132
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163236854545141
    1. Overall
      178
      K Rank6
      K Rank
      6
      Overall178
    2. Player
      Phil DawsonPhil Dawson
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      38
    1. TIER1
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    The 49ers grew disenchanted with David Akers, who had been an elite fantasy kicker for a decade. Now they turn to Dawson, who for years was an underrated fantasy commodity on a Cleveland team that simply didn't score enough. The defending NFC champions will reach the end zone plenty, making one of the league's best kicking talents fantasy relevant at last.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    201016232830282897
    201116242977202092
    2012162931672929116
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163338974141140
    1. Overall
      179
      DST Rank13
      DST Rank
      13
      Overall179
    2. Team
      Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Despite losing safety Adrian Wilson, this defense boasts plenty of talent, including All-Pro Patrick Peterson. Linebacker Daryl Washington's four-game suspension will hurt Arizona's fantasy stock, but this unit's average draft position will belie its actual worth. Peterson's return abilities (four punt-return TDs in 2012) coupled with draft pick Tyrann Mathieu's penchant for turnovers make Arizona a sleeper.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201027.13301713720
    201121.8420109004
    201222.33802211300
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013224001511302
    1. Overall
      180
      DST Rank14
      DST Rank
      14
      Overall180
    2. Team
      Baltimore RavensBaltimore Ravens
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Some may expect the Ravens to fall apart after losing future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, but Baltimore added solid players in safety Michael Huff, tackle Chris Canty, ends Elvis Dumervil and Marcus Spears, as well as top draft pick Matt Elam, a safety. Coming off a down year by their lofty standards, the Ravens are still worth drafting as a backup unit with bounce-back potential.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201016.9270198310
    201116.64801511401
    201221.53701312221
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013224001511211
    1. Overall
      181
      QB Rank22
      QB Rank
      22
      Overall181
    2. Player
      Matt SchaubMatt Schaub
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Though Schaub remains the starting quarterback on a top contender, it's impossible to view him as a fantasy force. His numbers simply aren't good enough, and he has to cede some glory in the Houston offense to Arian Foster and the ground game. Schaub's one redeeming fantasy quality is that he's a safe backup to stash. He won't hurt owners with real meltdown games.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163655744,37072412280
    2011101782922,479215692
    2012163505444,00822212-90
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013153455503,9503231250
    1. Overall
      182
      QB Rank23
      QB Rank
      23
      Overall182
    2. Player
      Sam BradfordSam Bradford
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Though Bradford has yet to earn fantasy-starter status, St. Louis made offseason changes that should help him improve statistically. The team added left tackle Jake Long to protect the passer, tight end Jared Cook to split the seam and No. 8 draft pick Tavon Austin to provide a downfield threat. With better weapons at his disposal, Bradford could be a late-round value pick.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010163545903,51211815631
    2011101913572,164266260
    2012163285513,702321131271
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163455803,85032414650
    1. Overall
      183
      DST Rank15
      DST Rank
      15
      Overall183
    2. Team
      New York JetsNew York Jets
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK10

    The usually stout Jets fell apart last year, particularly after Darrelle Revis went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. Revis is now a Buc, but New York drafted his heir apparent, Dee Milliner. Expect Rex Ryan's well-coached unit to rebound. The Jets' biggest obstacle won't be losing their best player; it'll be handling the pressure an inept offense puts on the defense each week.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2010194021218320
    201122.73531912210
    201223.43011112311
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201321.53521515310
    1. Overall
      184
      DST Rank16
      DST Rank
      16
      Overall184
    2. Team
      New York GiantsNew York Giants
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Bafflingly, New York's talented front couldn't get to the quarterback last season, as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul slumped to 61/2 sacks. He's too good to stay down, so even though the Giants are weak at linebacker and in the secondary, they'll still generate turnovers and should get to the passer more in 2013. Consider this a solid backup DST with the chance for more fantasy production.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201021.74601623000
    2011254822011100
    201221.53302114210
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201321.54001613100
    1. Overall
      185
      K Rank7
      K Rank
      7
      Overall185
    2. Player
      Dan BaileyDan Bailey
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Amid the excitement over last season's rookie kickers, many failed to notice the outstanding sophomore campaign from Dallas's Bailey, who missed just two kicks. The Cowboys figure to be potent enough this season to put the unheralded Bailey among the league leaders in field goal attempts. His accuracy makes him a smart pick after the elite kickers go.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*132731836870149
    20111632371023939135
    2012162931733737124
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163035834040130
    1. Overall
      186
      K Rank8
      K Rank
      8
      Overall186
    2. Player
      Garrett HartleyGarrett Hartley
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK7

    After missing 2011 with a hip injury, Hartley saw only 22 field goal attempts last year (and converted 18). Kicking for the Saints is both a blessing and a curse: Hartley gets a ton of chances but mostly for extra points. Still, he is a dome kicker for arguably the best offense in football, so he needs to be targeted as a second-tier starter in all fantasy drafts.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010142025624040100
    20110--------------
    2012161822235757111
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162226335555121
    1. Overall
      187
      K Rank9
      K Rank
      9
      Overall187
    2. Player
      Steven HauschkaSteven Hauschka
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Hauschka doesn't have a big leg, but he connected on all his field goal attempts from inside 50 yards last year. (He did miss two PATs.) Seattle is a potent contender with a defense that creates great field position and an offense that can move the ball between the 20s. If not for playing on an often slick turf, Seattle's kicker would be considered a must-have in fantasy.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    201046720101028
    2011162530723434109
    2012162427514648118
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162530514646121
    1. Overall
      188
      K Rank10
      K Rank
      10
      Overall188
    2. Player
      Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      35
    1. TIER2
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK7

    As usual, Janikowski will get drafted too early because he's a big name at a relatively meaningless fantasy position. Don't bite on him before the final round, though, particularly given Oakland's awful offense. Janikowski still has one of the game's best legs, but the Raiders will be prone to getting blown out--or shut out. View Janikowski as a low-end starting option.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20101633411244343142
    20111531351173636129
    2012163134562525118
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013163135772828121
    1. Overall
      189
      K Rank11
      K Rank
      11
      Overall189
    2. Player
      Adam VinatieriAdam Vinatieri
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      40
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Andrew Luck accelerated Indianapolis's rebuilding process, and one of the most clutch kickers in Super Bowl history enjoyed a renaissance as a result. The Colts should continue to improve, so as long as Vinatieri remains their guy (he missed seven kicks last season, his most since 2003), he will be a viable low-end fantasy starter. He's no longer the sure thing he once was, however.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010162628905151129
    201116232782242493
    2012162633943737115
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162733834040121
    1. Overall
      190
      K Rank12
      K Rank
      12
      Overall190
    2. Player
      Mason CrosbyMason Crosby
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Green Bay Packers
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER3
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Despite being in his prime years, Crosby lost his elite luster last season. He missed a career-high 12 kicks, which a contender like Green Bay will not be able to afford again. To be fair, seven of those misses came from beyond 50 yards. If he rebounds, Crosby will be a real value as one of the last starting kickers drafted. If nothing else, the Packers will score a lot of points.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010162228824646112
    2011162428326869140
    2012162133925050113
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162330725050119
    1. Overall
      191
      WR Rank62
      WR Rank
      62
      Overall191
    2. Player
      Cordarrelle PattersonCordarrelle Patterson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Patterson is a potential game-breaking receiver. He's still a bit raw as a prospect, having spent two years at Hutchinson (Kans.) Community College before playing last season at Tennessee. Patterson, who declared for the draft early, boasts exciting measurables and landed with a team that needs receivers to emerge. He's a project on a two- or three-year plan, though, and not a rookie who will impact fantasy right away.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*115290817.5--49--
    2011*126192415.1--315--
    2012*124677816.9--15--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165072514.51014100
    1. Overall
      192
      WR Rank63
      WR Rank
      63
      Overall192
    2. Player
      Malcom FloydMalcom Floyd
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Floyd's numbers have remained relatively steady the last three seasons regardless of his fellow receivers or San Diego's overall effectiveness. When the Chargers needed Floyd to take the next step last year and emerge as a true No. 1, however, he could not quite get there. With Vincent Brown healthy and rookie Keenan Allen in the mix, Floyd could see fewer targets this year. He's no longer the top option.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010113771719.4121677
    2011124385619.9164570
    2012145681414.5152585
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134775016.0152480
    1. Overall
      193
      WR Rank64
      WR Rank
      64
      Overall193
    2. Player
      Riley CooperRiley Cooper
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The loss of Jeremy Maclin (torn ACL) for the season opens up an opportunity for the likes of Cooper, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson to emerge as the Eagles' WR2 behind DeSean Jackson. Cooper is the fundamentally sound choice to start, even if he might not be the athlete the others are. Consider Cooper a potential bye-week replacement if he assimilates nicely as a starter.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201013711616.630118
    2011161631519.750135
    2012112324810.830347
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164650010.9101675
    1. Overall
      194
      RB Rank63
      RB Rank
      63
      Overall194
    2. Player
      Felix JonesFelix Jones
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Jones fell out of favor in Dallas when he reported to camp overweight and in bad shape. The Cowboys couldn't understand it, considering he was coming off an injury the year before. We have to officially call Jones a first-round bust, something that is becoming all too common with Arkansas backs (Darren McFadden, hello). With the Steelers, though, could emerge as a potential answer until Le'Veon Bell is healthy.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010161858001148450152
    2011121275753133221044
    2012161114020326262236
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201314903300015135025
    1. Overall
      195
      TE Rank17
      TE Rank
      17
      Overall195
    2. Player
      Rob HouslerRob Housler
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Housler, who new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wanted in the draft a few years ago, is a potential breakout candidate in his third season. Arians loves to use the tight ends in his offense and new Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer made a fantasy sleeper out of Brandon Myers a year ago. Housler is even more talented than Myers as a receiver, so consider him an intriguing pick-up in-season this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*123962916.1--04--
    2011121213311.120026
    201215454179.350068
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165050010.080282
    1. Overall
      196
      TE Rank18
      TE Rank
      18
      Overall196
    2. Player
      Zach SudfeldZach Sudfeld
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    The Patriots look like they have found a gem in 6-foot-7 tight end, who came undrafted out of Nevada. The rookie is slotting as the move end in place of the released Aaron Hernandez and stands, literally, a huge target for Tom Brady in the red zone. Sudfeld won't have downfield polish between the 20s, but most fantasy-leaguers just need touchdown production out of their sleeper tight end anyway.

    #N/A
    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    1. Overall
      197
      WR Rank65
      WR Rank
      65
      Overall197
    2. Player
      Kenny StillsKenny Stills
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Stills was a productive receiver at Oklahoma and the season-ending injury to Joe Morgan opened up a big opportunity for the rookie in the pass-heavy Saints offense. Stills is holding off competition for the No. 3 receiver's spot much longer than anyone might have anticipated, so he deserves late-round consideration in fantasy. Drew Brees remains the only multiple-time 5,000-yard passer in history.

    #N/A
    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    1. Overall
      198
      WR Rank66
      WR Rank
      66
      Overall198
    2. Player
      Jason AvantJason Avant
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Avant has proven to be a consistent No. 3 receiver over the years in Philly, playing behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. With Maclin now out for the season with a torn ACL, Avant might be called upon to start. Don't expect much improvement from his three-year averages, but consistency counts for something this deep into the receiver rankings.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010165157311.280174
    2011165267913.1102181
    2012145364812.281076
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013145771012.5101284
    1. Overall
      199
      RB Rank64
      RB Rank
      64
      Overall199
    2. Player
      Toby GerhartToby Gerhart
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    If you were lucky enough to get the first overall pick and selected Adrian Peterson, you need to circle Gerhart's name on your cheatsheet. He is A.P.'s seldom-used backup you'll want to draft and hope he never comes off the bench. If anything happens to A.P., Gerhart can perform like a fantasy starter -- or in the unlikely event the Vikes start blowing teams out, Gerhart could also pick up garbage-time numbers.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201015813220121167029
    2011161095311123190328
    201216501690120155027
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161004200220165125
    1. Overall
      200
      RB Rank65
      RB Rank
      65
      Overall200
    2. Player
      Peyton HillisPeyton Hillis
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$1
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Look at Hillis' numbers the past three seasons. Now, try to guess which year he graced the cover of Madden. Hillis is the Madden Jinx in the flesh, going from fantasy star in 2010 to fantasy bust thereafter. He is not old, but his bruising style winds up leaving his body just as beat up as his opponents'. He will serve as Doug Martin's backup and fantasy handcuff in Tampa Bay, but he won't be good for much more than a fewer short-yardage scores.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010162701,17751161477277
    2011101615871322130034
    20121385309111062014
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20131295335011380450
    1. Overall
      201
      WR Rank67
      WR Rank
      67
      Overall201
    2. Player
      Nate BurlesonNate Burleson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      32
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    A broken leg ruined Burleson's season and contributed to Matthew Stafford's disappointing year. While troubled teammate Titus Young is no longer around to threaten Burleson's status as Detroit's No. 2 receiver, Burleson has reached the age of decline. Even if he stays healthy, he won't deliver many touchdowns or approach 1,000 yards, so he isn't worth owning as anything more than a backup.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010145562511.481686
    2011167375710.4703110
    20126272408.930243
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013125660010.770486
    1. Overall
      202
      QB Rank24
      QB Rank
      24
      Overall202
    2. Player
      Alex SmithAlex Smith
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Smith never really lived up to the hype in San Francisco, but he'll get a second chance in Kansas City. His accurate short passing should be a nice fit in new coach Andy Reid's offense. The Chiefs are underrated, and while Smith doesn't have the upside of a fantasy starter, he has a less dangerously low floor than some comparably ranked backup options.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010112043422,37011410600
    2011162734453,14401751792
    2012101532181,73711351320
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013143004703,35021891250
    1. Overall
      203
      QB Rank25
      QB Rank
      25
      Overall203
    2. Player
      EJ ManuelEJ Manuel
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The Bills shocked many by making Manuel the first quarterback drafted, at No. 16. Strong-armed and fleet-footed, he inherits a talented receiver in Steve Johnson and a breakaway back in C.J. Spiller. Manuel remains a long-term project, but he merits a draft flier because of his ability to be a dynamic fantasy quarterback in the mold of the last year's rookie breakthrough quarterbacks.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*1065938610441701
    2011*122033112,66621881514
    2012*142633873,392323103104
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013101302551,800012151703
    1. Overall
      204
      QB Rank26
      QB Rank
      26
      Overall204
    2. Player
      Ryan TannehillRyan Tannehill
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Though Tannehill showed flashes in 2012, he failed to emerge as a viable fantasy starter like some other rookie quarterbacks. The additions of receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Dustin Keller coupled with the loss of Reggie Bush adds upside but also puts more on Tannehill's shoulder. His ability to handle that weight will determine his fantasy standing moving forward.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*131522341,6381136761
    2011*133275313,744629153064
    2012162824843,294112132112
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013162905103,500315121751
    1. Overall
      205
      TE Rank19
      TE Rank
      19
      Overall205
    2. Player
      Brent CelekBrent Celek
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Despite the turmoil in Philly last season, Celek posted stats in line with his three-year averages. Consistency should count for something at the most inconsistent fantasy position. The Eagles drafted Stanford tight end Zach Ertz in the second round, but new coach Chip Kelly loves tight ends, so Celek's value shouldn't suffer from Ertz's presence. Celek is also a veteran capable of producing regardless of the QB situation.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010164251112.280480
    2011166281113.1141597
    2012155768412.0101188
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165567012.2111391
    1. Overall
      206
      TE Rank20
      TE Rank
      20
      Overall206
    2. Player
      Fred DavisFred Davis
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Davis was supposed to be Robert Griffin III's security blanket last year; instead he was mostly invisible in the read-option offense before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 7. While it's hard to get excited about Davis again, he did show potential in 2011 and is the right age for a breakthrough. Plus, RGIII should be better at finding his tight end as Washington opens the playbook to use more drop-back passing.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010162131615.040331
    2011125979613.5151388
    201272432513.540032
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134966013.5100371
    1. Overall
      207
      TE Rank21
      TE Rank
      21
      Overall207
    2. Player
      Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Because of his Stanford connection with Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener was supposed to be the Indianapolis rookie tight end to own last season. Instead, Allen proved to be the more NFL-ready talent, excelling as a blocker and catching passes consistently. Even if Fleener closes the gap in their sophomore season, Luck is good enough to make both Colts tight ends worth owning as fantasy backups.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*133337311.3--01--
    2011*145059812.0--08--
    2012164552111.690366
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165157511.3100475
    1. Overall
      208
      TE Rank22
      TE Rank
      22
      Overall208
    2. Player
      Coby FleenerCoby Fleener
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Fleener's first season was an unequivocal disappointment. Expected to be an instant success, both on the field and in fantasy, he fell behind fellow rookie Dwayne Allen on the depth chart. Indianapolis will use Fleener in space more this season, mostly out of the slot, where he'll be a matchup nightmare for defenders. The two-tight-end model works for New England; it can work for the Colts.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*132843415.5--17--
    2011*133466719.6--110--
    2012122628110.850248
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134852510.971570
    1. Overall
      209
      QB Rank27
      QB Rank
      27
      Overall209
    2. Player
      Brandon WeedenBrandon Weeden
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Cleveland took a chance on the old-for-a-rookie Weeden, and Weeden did little to repay that confidence in his first season. He has decent young talent at his disposal in running back Trent Richardson and receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little, but Weeden will be kept on a short leash this season. He is not worth a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*133425114,27773413-680
    2011*134095654,72793713-1021
    2012152975173,385314171110
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013143005103,12531515650
    1. Overall
      210
      RB Rank66
      RB Rank
      66
      Overall210
    2. Player
      Justin ForsettJustin Forsett
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Forsett is making the rounds as the caddie for the stars. He backed up Marshawn Lynch in Seattle until 2011, played behind Arian Foster in Houston last year and will now spell Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville. MJD is coming off a Lisfranc injury, which could plague him early this year, so Forsett is a smart handcuff. He will likely play ahead of converted QB Denard Robinson, whom the Jags plan to use as a running back.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010161185230233252051
    201116461450123128034
    201216633750133805
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161004000220125028
    1. Overall
      211
      TE Rank23
      TE Rank
      23
      Overall211
    2. Player
      Ed DicksonEd Dickson
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Dickson was supposed to break through in his third season; instead, Dennis Pitta took off as Joe Flacco's go-to tight end while Dickson was left fighting for scraps. With Pitta now out for the season, the 26-year-old Dickson has a huge opportunity before him. Consider him a late-round sleeper who could emerge as a viable fantasy starter at the thinning tight-end position.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010151115213.820123
    201116545289.820589
    2012132122510.720033
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164852510.941580
    1. Overall
      212
      RB Rank67
      RB Rank
      67
      Overall212
    2. Player
      Donald BrownDonald Brown
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Brown became a fantasy breakout candidate last preseason after taking Andrew Luck's first pass as a Colt for a 63-yard touchdown. Brown failed to follow through on that promise, though, suffering through an injury-plagued year and eventually winding up on IR with a high-ankle sprain. Rookie Vick Ballard played well in Brown's absence, and now Brown is a backup with little fantasy appeal. He's not even an essential handcuff.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010131294971220205028
    201116134645151686019
    20121010841701993013
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013131004000217160025
    1. Overall
      213
      RB Rank68
      RB Rank
      68
      Overall213
    2. Player
      Knile DavisKnile Davis
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Davis is physically powerful with good size (5-foot-10 and a rock-solid 227 pounds) and speed (4.37 in the 40), but he has dealt with injuries dating to high school. At Arkansas he was arguably the best back in college in 2010, but he missed '11 with a broken ankle and struggled in '12. Kansas City took a chance on him in round 3 as the sixth back off the board and hopes he can emerge as a complement to Jamaal Charles.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132041,322613191361--
    2011*00000000--
    2012*1011237702111571--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013121104150212115115
    1. Overall
      214
      WR Rank68
      WR Rank
      68
      Overall214
    2. Player
      Leonard HankersonLeonard Hankerson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Hankerson has struggled to gain separation over his first two seasons, but he's a big target with huge hands. Assuming he continues to grow with quarterback Robert Griffin III and establishes himself as a starter for Washington, Hankerson could enjoy a breakthrough 2013 campaign. Pierre Gar?on's health and status may affect Hankerson's total targets too, so he's a smart handcuff for those who gamble on Gar?on.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*13721,15616.1--413--
    201141316312.521020
    2012163854314.380357
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164562513.9101467
    1. Overall
      215
      DST Rank17
      DST Rank
      17
      Overall215
    2. Team
      Dallas CowboysDallas Cowboys
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK11

    After a disappointing year under coordinator Rob Ryan, Dallas's defense will move to the 4-3 behind Tampa Two architect Monte Kiffin. The main ripple will be DeMarcus Ware's move from outside linebacker to defensive end, where he'll team with Anthony Spencer to form arguably the NFL's quickest tandem. That should mean more pressure on the opposing quarterback and more turnover chances.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201027.33502010403
    201121.74201510100
    20122534079301
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201322.54001310301
    1. Overall
      216
      RB Rank69
      RB Rank
      69
      Overall216
    2. Player
      Marcel ReeceMarcel Reece
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Reece, a fullback, has become an intriguing fantasy player in recent seasons. When Darren McFadden is healthy, Reece serves as the lead blocker and is a receiving option out of the backfield. When McFadden is hurt, which he often is, Reece can step in as the starting back. Reece should remain a factor in PPR formats even if Oakland's offense becomes less productive following Carson Palmer's departure.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201016301220125333343
    201112171120027301236
    201216592711052496173
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316502050035325140
    1. Overall
      217
      RB Rank70
      RB Rank
      70
      Overall217
    2. Player
      Mike TolbertMike Tolbert
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Carolina uses Tolbert as a fullback in two-back sets, so as long as Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams stay healthy, Tolbert will be limited to blocking, situational receiving and short-yardage running. He's worth targeting in touchdown-only leagues, as he has shown a real knack for capitalizing on goal line work; in standard leagues, go for a younger backup with more fantasy upside instead.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20101518273531125216029
    2011151214900854433279
    201216541830727268039
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316451570523200035
    1. Overall
      218
      RB Rank71
      RB Rank
      71
      Overall218
    2. Player
      Roy HeluRoy Helu
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Helu entered camp last year as Washington's most likely starting running back. The injury-prone Nebraska product got banged up in camp, however, and was beaten out by late-round draft pick Alfred Morris. Helu expects to be 100 percent following toe surgery and can complement Morris as a third-down back. With Morris emerging as a star, though, Helu's fantasy ceiling is considerably lower than it was last preseason.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*141881,2454115460--
    2011151516403249379159
    20123220074507
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201312903650030180040
    1. Overall
      219
      RB Rank72
      RB Rank
      72
      Overall219
    2. Player
      Joseph RandleJoseph Randle
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Dallas Cowboys
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't mince words when he said he expects Randle, a fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State, to serve as DeMarco Murray's backup this season. That instantly made Randle a must-own handcuff for one of fantasy's biggest injury risks. Odds are the Cowboys will need Randle at some point this season. He'd rank higher than 70 if he had any pro experience because the talent is certainly there.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*138245202374271--
    2011*132081,216624432662--
    2012*132741,417814282240--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013161004101220105020
    1. Overall
      220
      WR Rank69
      WR Rank
      69
      Overall220
    2. Player
      Nate WashingtonNate Washington
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Washington broke out when Tennessee lost Kenny Britt in the 2011 season, but Washington just couldn't get anything accomplished with Jake Locker last year. Reports surfaced during the offseason that the Titans were shopping Washington, and he might be in danger of losing some of his targets. Britt should be healthier and Kendall Wright is emerging, factors that make Washington a fading third receiver.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010164268716.4112694
    201116741,02313.81327121
    2012164674616.2141490
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165062512.5131395
    1. Overall
      221
      WR Rank70
      WR Rank
      70
      Overall221
    2. Player
      Quinton PattonQuinton Patton
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Patton emerged as an intriguing professional prospect after delivering huge statistics in his final season in a wide-open Louisiana Tech offense. He wasn't initially expected to make much of an impact in his rookie season with San Francisco, but Michael Crabtree's Achilles injury should change that. Now Patton figures to serve as Colin Kaepernick's No. 3 wide receiver behind Anquan Boldin and A.J. Jenkins.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*115068713.7--24--
    2011*13791,20215.2--411--
    2012*121041,39213.4--713--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164561013.6101480
    1. Overall
      222
      WR Rank71
      WR Rank
      71
      Overall222
    2. Player
      Robert WoodsRobert Woods
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Despite not boasting premier size or speed, Woods emerged as an explosive target for Matt Barkley at USC. Like Barkley's, Woods' numbers dipped in 2012 and sparked some questions about his ability to succeed in the NFL. Woods certainly has fantasy potential and will compete to start alongside Steve Johnson in Buffalo. Though Woods could be limited by the Bills' quarterback play this year, he has nice long-term potential.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*126579212.2--26--
    2011*121111,29211.6--715--
    2012*137684611.1--111--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164565014.4101375
    1. Overall
      223
      WR Rank72
      WR Rank
      72
      Overall223
    2. Player
      Rueben RandleRueben Randle
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    New York liked what it saw from Randle as a rookie, so it moved him to No. 3 on the depth chart. That's a valuable spot when Eli Manning is throwing the ball. Plus, given Hakeem Nicks' injury history, the Giants' No. 3 guy can become the No. 2 guy on any given Sunday. Randle is a late-round pick capable of rising up the fantasy ranks despite operating in New York's crowded receiving corps.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*113354416.5--13--
    2011*145391717.3--48--
    2012161929815.740332
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164060015.081470
    1. Overall
      224
      RB Rank73
      RB Rank
      73
      Overall224
    2. Player
      Christine MichaelChristine Michael
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Blessed with 4.3 speed and prototypical big-back size, Michael was arguably the most physically gifted back in the draft. Though he fell to fifth at his position, he still went in the second round. Built in the Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin mold, the Texas A&M product will serve as insurance for those two going into the season. If anything happens to either, Michael's fantasy value will surge. Seattle is committed to the run.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*812663134131740--
    2011*9149899488351--
    2012*11884170128480--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013139039003980015
    1. Overall
      225
      QB Rank28
      QB Rank
      28
      Overall225
    2. Player
      Christian PonderChristian Ponder
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Ponder seemed to be making strides as a starter last season until top receiver Percy Harvin hurt his ankle and Adrian Peterson went on a near-record-breaking tear on the ground. The offense got very simple at that point, and Ponder became a nonfactor. Losing Harvin offsets Minnesota's addition of Greg Jennings, but continue to see Ponder as a bye-week replacement with a bit of upside.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*121842992,04402081804
    2011111582911,853113132190
    2012163004832,935118122532
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013163155003,100016122251
    1. Overall
      226
      QB Rank29
      QB Rank
      29
      Overall226
    2. Player
      Jake LockerJake Locker
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The former first-round draft pick hasn't been able to stay healthy. This will be a critical year for Locker, who needs to make some serious strides before meriting fantasy consideration. He has talented receivers in Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright, though Tennessee's offense is built around Chris Johnson and the ground game. Locker's ability isn't a question; his durability is.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*121843322,26511793856
    201153466542040561
    2012111773142,176210112911
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013142554652,950314123202
    1. Overall
      227
      K Rank13
      K Rank
      13
      Overall227
    2. Player
      Robbie GouldRobbie Gould
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Chicago Bears
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Gould struggled to stay healthy last season, but if he plays 16 games he'll be an underrated commodity. Chicago should gain some sizzle under offensive-minded new coach Marc Trestman, keeping Gould busier at the end of drives. Jay Cutler doesn't even have to take the Bears deep, because Gould is a remarkable 8 for 8 from 50-plus yards the past two seasons.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010162530433535110
    2011162832663737121
    201213212572333396
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013152631654141119
    1. Overall
      228
      RB Rank74
      RB Rank
      74
      Overall228
    2. Player
      Rashad JenningsRashad Jennings
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Jennings got a huge opportunity with Jacksonville when Maurice Jones-Drew went down last season, and he blew it. Now he's signed on with rebuilding Oakland to be an insurance policy for oft-injured starter Darren McFadden. Jennings is a less appealing handcuff than Marcel Reece, however, and it's impossible to justify owning the Raiders' third option given how ineffective that offense will likely be this season.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201013844592426223034
    2011000000000
    2012101012830219130026
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201312903600215105020
    1. Overall
      229
      RB Rank75
      RB Rank
      75
      Overall229
    2. Player
      Brandon BoldenBrandon Bolden
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Bolden looked like an emerging rookie threat in 2012 before his season derailed amid a knee injury and a four-game suspension for PED use. Those setbacks allowed Stevan Ridley to break through and buried Bolden on the depth chart. Bolden is currently the No. 3 option behind Ridley and Shane Vereen, though if Ridley goes down, Bolden may be more likely to earn carries on early downs with Vereen working on third down.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*12163976514323443--
    2011*109647214141471--
    201210562741221102
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316903750353007
    1. Overall
      230
      QB Rank30
      QB Rank
      30
      Overall230
    2. Player
      Terrelle PryorTerrelle Pryor
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    The Raiders picked up Matt Flynn from Seattle to slot atop the depth chart at QB, but the Seahawks did the same thing the year prior. Flynn wound up losing out to a more mobile passer in Russell Wilson, who went on to a huge year. Pryor is this year's Wilson in that sense, but his supporting cast in Oakland is just not that intriguing. Pryor's best fantasy attribute might be his rushing TDs.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*132103232,772127117544
    2011000000000
    201231430155021511
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    1. Overall
      231
      RB Rank76
      RB Rank
      76
      Overall231
    2. Player
      Denard RobinsonDenard Robinson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Robinson was one of college football's most explosive players during his tenure at Michigan, and while he worked out for pro teams as a receiver, Jacksonville drafted him as a running back. Robinson, who was a gifted running quarterback in college, has immense potential and can earn his way into the Jaguars' lineup as a third-down back early in the season. He's worth a flier despite being so raw.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132561,702914000--
    2011*132211,176516000--
    2012*111771,266673310--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201312652750118120015
    1. Overall
      232
      K Rank14
      K Rank
      14
      Overall232
    2. Player
      David AkersDavid Akers
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Detroit Lions
    5. Age
      38
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Akers had been a reliable kicker for more than a decade, but his struggles last year led the 49ers to cut him loose. Six of his 13 misses came from 40 to 49 yards, four from 50-plus. A pelvis injury that required a minor offseason procedure might have contributed to his decline, but Akers is an aging kicker facing the pressure of replacing another veteran legend (Jason Hanson).

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010163238914747143
    2011164452673434166
    2012162942724444131
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013132634524141119
    1. Overall
      233
      K Rank15
      K Rank
      15
      Overall233
    2. Player
      Shaun SuishamShaun Suisham
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Pittsburgh had questions about Suisham in the past, particularly after he missed eight field goals in 2011, but he settled those questions last season. He missed just three kicks and helped Pittsburgh overcome its surprising inadequacies in the running game. Regardless of whether that area improves, Ben Roethlisberger is still a chain-mover who will give Suisham ample opportunities.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20107141580191961
    2011162331613636105
    20121628311213434118
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20131627321013535116
    1. Overall
      234
      K Rank16
      K Rank
      16
      Overall234
    2. Player
      Alex HeneryAlex Henery
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Henery was solid as a rookie in 2011, but he was a victim of Philadelphia's widespread collapse last season. Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack should amp up the offense this year, and it could help Henery rediscover his rookie form. Indeed, if the Eagles' offensive prospects were more certain, Henery could rank as a fantasy starter. Instead, he's a flier for those looking to gamble.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*141819825454108
    2011162427414646118
    20121627311102526106
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20131626301013838116
    1. Overall
      235
      TE Rank24
      TE Rank
      24
      Overall235
    2. Player
      Marcedes LewisMarcedes Lewis
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Blaine Gabbert's inability to progress has hampered Lewis' production the past two years, as the tight end delivered his two best fantasy performances of 2012 with Chad Henne under center. If Jacksonville finds a passing game, Lewis can once again be a major red zone threat. Lewis isn't worth drafting, but he'll be a popular target on the waiver wire once owners start looking for bye-week replacements.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010165870012.1901088
    2011153946011.860085
    2012165254010.491477
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165055011.090484
    1. Overall
      236
      TE Rank25
      TE Rank
      25
      Overall236
    2. Player
      Delanie WalkerDelanie Walker
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    After losing Jared Cook to the Rams via free agency, Tennessee turned to Walker as Cook's replacement. Walker spent seven years as San Francisco's backup tight end, so he's yet to prove he can produce at the level of a fantasy starter. Plus, the Jake Locker-led Titans offense leaves a lot to be desired. Walker has the physical skills to be a useful option, but he's too much of a question mark to draft.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010142933111.450045
    2011151919810.420335
    2012162134416.490339
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164556012.4110480
    1. Overall
      237
      TE Rank26
      TE Rank
      26
      Overall237
    2. Player
      Anthony FasanoAnthony Fasano
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Fasano was at best a backup fantasy tight end as a starter for the Dolphins, but now with the Chiefs, you might find some late-round value here. Head coach Andy Reid likes to use his tight ends and quarterback Alex Smith posted one of the most accurate seasons for a passer in NFL history last year. Consider Fasano a sleeper as a No. 2 tight end in leagues where you have to dive that deep in the tight-end pool.

    #N/A
    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    1. Overall
      238
      WR Rank73
      WR Rank
      73
      Overall238
    2. Player
      Joshua MorganJoshua Morgan
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Morgan is coming off multiple offseason surgeries, but he should be healthy for the start of the season and he is expected to compete for a starting job opposite Pierre Garcon. In fact, Garcon has not been a picture of health, so Morgan might even emerge as the Redskins' No. 1 receiver this season. That could be real interesting if Robert Griffin III is healthy for Game 1 and improves in his second year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010164469815.9121280
    201151522014.740120
    2012164851010.640273
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165055011.060381
    1. Overall
      239
      TE Rank27
      TE Rank
      27
      Overall239
    2. Player
      Jacob TammeJacob Tamme
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    If not for a time-share with Joel Dreessen, Tamme might have enjoyed a career year catching passes from former Colts teammate Peyton Manning. Tamme gets more targets and receptions than Dreessen but fewer red zone opportunities, which limits Tamme's fantasy value to that of a backup or a bye-week replacement. What's more, Denver has too many receivers to make its tight ends true fantasy factors.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016676319.451493
    201116191779.320131
    2012165255510.760285
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165052510.550280
    1. Overall
      240
      TE Rank28
      TE Rank
      28
      Overall240
    2. Player
      Zach MillerZach Miller
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Miller should have more fantasy upside this season because he's entering his prime and will most likely see more check-down passes from sophomore Russell Wilson. Still, the tight end simply isn't a meaningful enough part of Seattle's offensive game plan to make him more than a bye-week replacement for fantasy owners.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010156068511.4111592
    201115252339.320044
    2012163839610.470353
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164545010.070360
    1. Overall
      241
      TE Rank29
      TE Rank
      29
      Overall241
    2. Player
      Lance KendricksLance Kendricks
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK11

    The addition of Jared Cook via free agency this winter was a curious one for St. Louis, because Kendricks was looking capable of emerging as a legit No. 1 tight end -- in the NFL and fantasy. Now, Kendricks' development figures to be stunted as he is relegated to a secondary role. It makes it unlikely he can significantly boost his numbers from what he posted a year ago. He is no better than a backup TE.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*134366315.4--25--
    2011152835212.650059
    2012164251912.461464
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164555012.280378
    1. Overall
      242
      TE Rank30
      TE Rank
      30
      Overall242
    2. Player
      Dallas ClarkDallas Clark
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Clark's career appeared tied to Peyton Manning, but he made a bit of a comeback with the Buccaneers in the middle of last season, scoring his four touchdowns in a span of seven weeks. Signing with the tight end-needy Ravens could be enough to extend his career, but his age and declining skills put him too far past his prime to be truly worth drafting in fantasy. Consider Clark a mere in-season pick-up.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20106373479.430353
    2011113435210.430265
    201216474359.340475
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201313363509.430465
    1. Overall
      243
      TE Rank31
      TE Rank
      31
      Overall243
    2. Player
      Heath MillerHeath Miller
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Miller's career year in 2012 came to an abrupt end, as he tore his ACL and other ligaments in Pittsburgh's penultimate regular-season game. He probably won't be ready to play in Week 1, though the fact that the Steelers passed on drafting a tight end indicates it's a possibility. If Miller opens on the PUP list, he'll miss nearly half the year; if he's healthy, he'll again be a red zone target and a touchdown producer.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010144251212.260267
    2011165163112.480275
    2012157181611.51108101
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013103541011.760452
    1. Overall
      244
      WR Rank74
      WR Rank
      74
      Overall244
    2. Player
      Donnie AveryDonnie Avery
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Kansas City has its go-to receiver in Dwayne Bowe. The team needs a deep threat, though, and Avery can provide that. The former Ram, Colt and Titan is coming off a rebound season, and he could get some decent targets as a starter. The downside? He has struggled with injuries, and it's hard to expect him to be as productive with Alex Smith and the Chiefs as he was with Andrew Luck and the Colts in 2012.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010----------------
    2011834515.020111
    2012166078113.0923126
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013144869014.41011110
    1. Overall
      245
      WR Rank75
      WR Rank
      75
      Overall245
    2. Player
      Stephen HillStephen Hill
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Hill is coming off a disappointing rookie season and offseason surgery on his knee, but his size and speed still make him a tantalizing pro prospect. The question fantasy owners need to ask is whether Hill's poor rookie showing was more a function of his own struggles or of Mark Sanchez's poor play. Since Hill is still raw and New York still has quarterback problems, the wideout is little more than a late-round flier.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*101529119.4--03--
    2011*132882029.3--35--
    2012112125212.030347
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013144554012.081495
    1. Overall
      246
      WR Rank76
      WR Rank
      76
      Overall246
    2. Player
      Doug BaldwinDoug Baldwin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Baldwin looked like a burgeoning starter as a rookie in 2011, but the Seahawks have added loads of talent ahead of him on the depth chart and now he is no more than the team's fourth-best receiving option heading into training camp. Baldwin can rebound in his third season, but barring an injury to a Seahawks starter in camp, he should be little more than an in-season waiver pickup as a bye-week replacement.

    #N/A
    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    #N/A
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    1. Overall
      247
      WR Rank77
      WR Rank
      77
      Overall247
    2. Player
      Davone BessDavone Bess
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cleveland Browns
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Bess has proved to be a viable possession receiver, which will make him a valuable asset to Cleveland's quarterback. It won't make Bess a valuable fantasy player, though. The Browns acquired Bess on draft day because they needed to beef up their receiving corps, but he simply isn't enough of a difference maker to do much damage against the loaded defenses he'll face in the AFC North.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010167982010.4815125
    2011165153710.580386
    2012136177812.81121105
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165056011.2802100
    1. Overall
      248
      WR Rank78
      WR Rank
      78
      Overall248
    2. Player
      Brian QuickBrian Quick
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK11

    St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher expects this to be a big year for the 2012 second-round pick out of Appalachian State. Quick struggled to do anything as a rookie, but with coaches comparing him to a young Vincent Jackson, it's hard for fantasy owners to write him off entirely. While the Rams took two receivers in April's draft, they're still counting on Quick to emerge as one of Sam Bradford's prime options in an improving offense.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*124784418.0--29--
    2011*12711,09615.4--711--
    2012151115614.230227
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013163955014.1101480
    1. Overall
      249
      WR Rank79
      WR Rank
      79
      Overall249
    2. Player
      Mario ManninghamMario Manningham
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Manningham has made some plays in his career, including a clutch catch in the Super Bowl, but his numbers have declined each of the past three seasons and he is coming off a major knee reconstruction from Week 16 last year. It is possible he opens the season on the PUP list, which would knock him out for at least the first six weeks. Until he proves healthy, Manningham is a mere late-round pick.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010166094415.7193992
    2011123952313.440477
    2012124244910.760157
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013124152012.7101466
    1. Overall
      250
      TE Rank32
      TE Rank
      32
      Overall250
    2. Player
      Scott ChandlerScott Chandler
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Chandler was progressing nicely as a touchdown threat last season before tearing his ACL in Week 16. He'll likely start this season on the PUP list, which makes him undraftable in most leagues, but he could make an impact down the stretch as a red zone target. Owners in leagues with ample IR spots could take a flier by grabbing Chandler off the wire and stashing him until he returns.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201013188.00003
    2011143838910.240646
    2012154357113.3100674
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013123540011.460445
    1. Overall
      251
      TE Rank33
      TE Rank
      33
      Overall251
    2. Player
      Tyler EifertTyler Eifert
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    The Notre Dame product runs the 40 in 4.68 seconds while checking in at 6-foot-6 and 251 pounds. With measurables like that, it was no surprise to see him go in the first round of the NFL draft. Though Eifert looks like an elite talent, we may not see his ability translate into stats this season--he figures to play second fiddle to Jermaine Gresham in Cincy, making Eifert only a late-round flier or keeper-league selection.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*112735213.0--02--
    2011*136380312.7--05--
    2012*135068513.7--04--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013143940010.350360
    1. Overall
      252
      TE Rank34
      TE Rank
      34
      Overall252
    2. Player
      Zach ErtzZach Ertz
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    With Coby Fleener off to the NFL, Ertz broke out as a senior at Stanford, leading FBS tight ends in receiving yards. New Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly knows how good Ertz is after seeing him shred Kelly's Oregon team in Pac-12 play, so it made sense to see the Eagles pounce on Ertz early in the second round of the NFL draft. Ertz will have to beat out Brent Celek to gain real fantasy value, but he's a gifted player worth monitoring.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*131619011.9--05--
    2011*102734612.8--04--
    2012*146989813.0--36--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013143340012.171455
    1. Overall
      253
      TE Rank35
      TE Rank
      35
      Overall253
    2. Player
      Jake BallardJake Ballard
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Ballard is an intriguing player this year. He emerged as a seam threat in his second season with the Giants in 2011 before tearing up his knee against New England in the Super Bowl and missing all of '12. If Ballard can stay healthy, he'll be a nice backup plan for the tight end-reliant Patriots. Ballard likely won't get drafted, but Rob Gronkowski owners should keep Ballard in mind as a handcuff capable of making an impact.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20101000.00000
    2011143860415.9130461
    20120--------------
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013123742012.0100356
    1. Overall
      254
      WR Rank80
      WR Rank
      80
      Overall254
    2. Player
      Jon BaldwinJon Baldwin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    If talent and potential matter anything to you in fantasy, you will want to take a late-round flier on this former Chiefs first-round pick who was traded in mid-August to the receiver-needy 49ers. Baldwin is a physical receiver who fits the 49ers' attack and could emerge as one of Colin Kaepernick's favorite targets behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Wells. Baldwin might need time to adjust, but watch him.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*135382215.5--35--
    2011112125412.120153
    2012152032516.360147
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013163240012.5111278
    1. Overall
      255
      QB Rank31
      QB Rank
      31
      Overall255
    2. Player
      Mark SanchezMark Sanchez
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Sanchez's 2012 season was an absolute disaster, though to be fair, he really didn't have much with which to work: Santonio Holmes was injured and rookie Stephen Hill failed to make a meaningful impact. The Jets drafted a quarterback, West Virginia's Geno Smith, in the second round, so Sanchez will have a very short leash. Avoid him even if he's slated to be the starter in Week 1.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010162785073,291217131053
    2011163085433,474326181036
    2012152464532,88331318280
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013122154252,55031313200
    1. Overall
      256
      K Rank17
      K Rank
      17
      Overall256
    2. Player
      Kai ForbathKai Forbath
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Washington found one of the game's emerging legs when it made Forbath the starter last Oct. 14. Forbath didn't miss from 40-plus last year, and considering that he won the Lou Groza Award at UCLA in 2009, it's likely his NFL breakthrough was no fluke. If you're in on sophomores Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III, you might as well make Forbath your kicker too.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*12131861272766
    20110--------------
    2012111718111333484
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20131625301024142116
    1. Overall
      257
      K Rank18
      K Rank
      18
      Overall257
    2. Player
      Mike NugentMike Nugent
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Nugent got hurt at the end of last season, but there's no reason to question his ability or Cincinnati's commitment to him. He was one of fantasy's top kickers in 2011, and Andy Dalton's natural progression as a passer will make the Bengals more effective in the red zone moving forward. Nugent may not see 30-plus attempts, but he will be a consistent matchup play this year.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20109151914171762
    20111633381403334132
    201212192361353592
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162631713838116
    1. Overall
      258
      K Rank19
      K Rank
      19
      Overall258
    2. Player
      Greg ZuerleinGreg Zuerlein
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      St. Louis Rams
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK11

    Greg the Leg, a.k.a. Legatron, opened his rookie season on fire, going 15 for 15 and setting an NFL record with two 58-plus-yard field goals in the same game. Then he missed 8 of his final 16 attempts. Six of those misses came from 50-plus yards, so don't judge the D-II product too harshly. Pros: He's a dome kicker with a strong leg. Cons: He's young and he's on an iffy offense.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*0--------------
    2011*102324393840107
    201216233177262695
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162733873535116
    1. Overall
      259
      WR Rank81
      WR Rank
      81
      Overall259
    2. Player
      Santana MossSantana Moss
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    An elder statesman, Moss was largely limited to third-down duty with Washington last season. He'll fill that same role in 2013. While that makes Moss a touchdown threat, it also makes him too inconsistent in terms of targets, receptions and yards to really trust in most fantasy formats. Moss is clearly past his prime, and the Redskins figure to focus on their younger options instead. Fantasy owners should do the same.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201016931,11512.0936145
    2011124658412.7100496
    2012164157314.0100862
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013144052513.190467
    1. Overall
      260
      DST Rank18
      DST Rank
      18
      Overall260
    2. Team
      Washington RedskinsWashington Redskins
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Despite losing All-Pro Brian Orakpo to a torn pectoral early last season, Washington fielded one of the NFL's elite rush defenses thanks in part to ageless wonder London Fletcher, 38, who returns at linebacker this year. The Redskins must beef up a secondary that ranked 30th in passing yards allowed (281.9) last season, but a healthy Orakpo should pay dividends for the entire defense in 2013.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201023.62901413210
    201122.9410138100
    201224.33202110400
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201322.54001610200
    1. Overall
      261
      QB Rank32
      QB Rank
      32
      Overall261
    2. Player
      Blaine GabbertBlaine Gabbert
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    A tough start to his NFL career earned Jacksonville's QB an unfortunate moniker: Blame Gabbert. The nickname stuck last season after Chad Henne came on for an injured Gabbert and threw four touchdown passes versus Houston in Week 11. Gabbert's grip on the starting job is tenuous. He has a strong arm and talented receivers; he needs to translate that into points and wins.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*133014753,18641692325
    2011152104132,21401211980
    2012101622781,662196560
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013122003502,0002118650
    1. Overall
      262
      QB Rank33
      QB Rank
      33
      Overall262
    2. Player
      Geno SmithGeno Smith
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Smith went into the NFL Draft with some mixed reviews on what kind of pro he will be, but the production in college is exciting and we have seen some similarly talented rookie QBs become instant hits in fantasy. After slipping out of the first round, the Jets traded up to select Smith, who will have to beat out Mark Sanchez. If the Jets turn the offense over to Smith, move him up into the top 25 fantasy QBs on potential alone.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*132413722,76322472170
    2011*133465264,3858317-332
    2012*133695184,20574261512
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    201371102151,45017101001
    1. Overall
      263
      QB Rank34
      QB Rank
      34
      Overall263
    2. Player
      Nick FolesNick Foles
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Philadelphia Eagles
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Rumors arose that Foles' former coach, Andy Reid, now with Kansas City, might try to trade for him this offseason, but Philadelphia wasn't interested in parting ways. Though Michael Vick probably has a slight edge over Foles to win the starting job, that nontrade decision bodes well for Foles' future in Philly. Chip Kelly faced Foles in the Pac-12 and thinks highly of him. If Vick wins the job, Foles will merely be a handcuff, but Foles has the potential for more.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010*112864263,19152010-1131
    2011*123875604,334102814-1030
    201271612651,699265421
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2013101702701,750179502
    1. Overall
      264
      WR Rank82
      WR Rank
      82
      Overall264
    2. Player
      Dexter McClusterDexter McCluster
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    McCluster entered the NFL as an undersized runner; now he looks as if he fits as a slot receiver after moving to the position full-time in 2012. Assuming McCluster stays there, Andy Reid's West Coast offense can make the speedster a consistent contributor. Owners won't get much in the way of yardage or touchdowns with Alex Smith as the quarterback, but McCluster is a dink-and-dunk target who can become a safety net.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010112120910.020139
    201116463287.120164
    201216524528.740177
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316604808.050190
    1. Overall
      265
      WR Rank83
      WR Rank
      83
      Overall265
    2. Player
      Rod StreaterRod Streater
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Streater, a relative unknown out of Temple, enjoyed a fairly productive rookie season with Oakland. Though Streater now stands a good chance of keeping the starting job opposite Denarius Moore, the Raiders' enigmatic quarterback situation makes it tough to get too excited about any of Oakland's wideouts. Carson Palmer had his limitations, but he was able to turn almost any receiver into a respectable downfield target.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*113048116.0--04--
    2011*91940121.1--03--
    2012163958415.061374
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164055013.860380
    1. Overall
      266
      WR Rank84
      WR Rank
      84
      Overall266
    2. Player
      Jacoby JonesJacoby Jones
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Baltimore Ravens
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Jones' seventh season presents his best fantasy opportunity to date. Baltimore traded Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, making Jones the No. 2 receiver opposite Torrey Smith. The Ravens are going to throw the ball after giving Joe Flacco a huge contract, and Jones has the breakaway speed needed to stretch the field. Expecting Jones to turn into a fantasy star after years of mediocrity, however, is an unwise leap.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010155156211.061378
    2011163151216.590265
    2012163040613.590155
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013163857015.0100370
    1. Overall
      267
      WR Rank85
      WR Rank
      85
      Overall267
    2. Player
      Marvin JonesMarvin Jones
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Cincinnati Bengals
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    When Mohamed Sanu went down for the season, Jones stepped forward as the starter opposite A.J. Green, while Andrew Hawkins worked the slot. The Bengals figure to go with more of a Patriots offensive model, having drafted TE Tyler Eifert in Round 1 to complement Jermaine Gresham, but if Jones starts, he can be a surprise second-year receiver for fantasy owners and he will be available very late.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*125076515.3--34--
    2011*136284613.6--23--
    2012111820111.210132
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134350011.620360
    1. Overall
      268
      QB Rank35
      QB Rank
      35
      Overall268
    2. Player
      Chad HenneChad Henne
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Jacksonville Jaguars
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Henne looked like he might be able to revive a listless Jags passing game when he came on against the Texans to throw for 354 yards and four TDs. It turns out that game would be his season highlight before finishing with a flurry of interceptions. Henne will compete to start in camp, but it is more likely the Jags go with the younger option. If Henne does start, there will be some surprising games with those Jags wide receivers.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    2010153014903,30131519520
    20114641128681441121
    2012101663082,08421111641
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    201381452551,5001810500
    1. Overall
      269
      WR Rank86
      WR Rank
      86
      Overall269
    2. Player
      Brandon GibsonBrandon Gibson
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Miami needed wide receivers desperately this winter, and it added two in Gibson and Mike Wallace. While Wallace instantly becomes the Dolphins' No. 1 target, Gibson may not even crack the starting lineup. If Gibson does rise up the depth chart, he'll post numbers on par with what he delivered in St. Louis. More likely, he'll add depth to Miami's roster and serve fantasy owners as a bye-week replacement.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010145362011.760291
    2011153643112.060171
    2012165169113.591582
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164554012.060278
    1. Overall
      270
      WR Rank87
      WR Rank
      87
      Overall270
    2. Player
      Nick ToonNick Toon
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER6
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    What might have been a promising rookie season for the son of former Jets receiver Al Toon wound up being a year lost to a foot injury. The younger Toon has reportedly been impressive in training camp and can compete for targets in the most prolific passing offense in NFL history. Toon is raw, but he is also talented enough to emerge as a potential second option to Marques Colston on the outside. Watch Toon closely.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*93645912.8--03--
    2011*136492614.5--310--
    2012000--0000
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134547510.680375
    1. Overall
      271
      WR Rank88
      WR Rank
      88
      Overall271
    2. Player
      Julian EdelmanJulian Edelman
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    If offseason acquisition Danny Amendola stays healthy and serves as Tom Brady's de facto Wes Welker, Edelman won't make much more of a fantasy impact than he has during the first four years of his career. Of course, Amendola hasn't proved capable of staying healthy, and Brady loves working underneath with a possession receiver. Edelman is a potential handcuff for Amendola owners, especially in PPR formats.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20101578612.320014
    2011134348.50008
    201292123511.210332
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013134044511.130475
    1. Overall
      272
      WR Rank89
      WR Rank
      89
      Overall272
    2. Player
      Steve BreastonSteve Breaston
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New Orleans Saints
    5. Age
      30
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    After two non-descript years with the Chiefs, Breaston landed with the Saints thanks to a deal signed in the middle of training camp. The former Michigan star had some fantasy-worthy seasons with the Cardinals and Kurt Warner and might be able to regain some value now that he's catching passes from Drew Brees. Breaston is a longshot to start, but watch him in the preseason, as he could be a potential late-round sleeper.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010134771815.3122187
    2011166178512.9131298
    20121077410.610015
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013124055013.8101167
    1. Overall
      273
      DST Rank19
      DST Rank
      19
      Overall273
    2. Team
      Cleveland BrownsCleveland Browns
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    New defensive coordinator Ray Horton wants to attack, and the Browns outfitted him with pass rushers by signing ex-Raven Paul Kruger (nine sacks in 2012) and drafting LSU's Barkevious Mingo in the first round. A better pass rush should help improve Cleveland's aerial defense, which is already poised to succeed behind shutdown corner Joe Haden. Consider the Browns a bye-week replacement.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201020.8290199300
    201119.2320911001
    2012233801712201
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013224001511201
    1. Overall
      274
      DST Rank20
      DST Rank
      20
      Overall274
    2. Team
      Minnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings
    3. Position
      DST
    4.  
       
    1. TIER5
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Any defense boasting a consistent pass rusher--in this case, Jared Allen--has the chance to help fantasy owners. First-round draft picks Sharrif Floyd, a lineman, and Xavier Rhodes, a cornerback, can start immediately, while Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson are solid linebackers to boot. The Vikings will be a potential top 10 team against the run and a serviceable matchup play in fantasy.

    StatsDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    201021.83101511210
    201128.1501815010
    201221.84401012311
    SI ProjectionDefense
    YEARPPGSACKSFTYINTFRDEF TDKR TDPR TD
    2013224001113210
    1. Overall
      275
      WR Rank90
      WR Rank
      90
      Overall275
    2. Player
      Michael CrabtreeMichael Crabtree
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Crabtree looked destined for fantasy stardom before tearing his Achilles during organized team activities in May. Defenders Terrell Suggs and Da'Quan Bowers proved last year that it's possible to tear an Achilles in the spring and still play in the fall, so Crabtree's season may not be entirely shot. Still, the best-case scenario is that he starts on the PUP list and returns midway. That anticipated wait makes him a flier at best.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010165574113.51026101
    2011157287412.11214114
    201216851,10513.01549127
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201352938013.252446
    1. Overall
      276
      WR Rank91
      WR Rank
      91
      Overall276
    2. Player
      Percy HarvinPercy Harvin
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Seattle Seahawks
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Harvin saw his wish to leave the Vikings granted, but now he needs to wish for his health. He required preseason surgery on a hip tear, putting his season in jeopardy. Once healthy, Harvin will work with one of the game's rising-star quarterbacks, Russell Wilson, but Harvin's health will always be an issue. Consider him a mere late-round flier, particularly in leagues that allow you to stash a player on IR for weeks.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010147186812.21435109
    2011168796711.11426122
    201296267710.983385
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013106570010.853593
    1. Overall
      277
      WR Rank92
      WR Rank
      92
      Overall277
    2. Player
      Harry DouglasHarry Douglas
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Douglas is the underutilized third receiver in one of the NFL's best offenses. There simply aren't enough throws to go around after Julio Jones, Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez get their targets from quarterback Matt Ryan. Douglas is skilled, however, and he stands to make a fantasy impact if any of Atlanta's other weapons go down. Douglas is a smart handcuff with slight sleeper potential in his own right.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010162229413.440153
    2011163949812.8101162
    2012153839510.450159
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164044011.060165
    1. Overall
      278
      WR Rank93
      WR Rank
      93
      Overall278
    2. Player
      Domenik HixonDomenik Hixon
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Carolina Panthers
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK4

    Hixon overcame two major knee surgeries to become a productive third receiver for the Giants last year. Now he figures to fill that same role with Carolina, backing up aging veteran Steve Smith and the emerging No. 2, Brandon LaFell. Even though Hixon will play primarily in three-receiver sets, quarterback Cam Newton's big arm and tremendous upside can help Hixon match his production from last season.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    20100--------------
    2011245012.51016
    2012133956714.561259
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013133549014.040153
    1. Overall
      279
      WR Rank94
      WR Rank
      94
      Overall279
    2. Player
      T.J. GrahamT.J. Graham
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Buffalo Bills
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK12

    Though Buffalo is remaking its offense, Graham will likely occupy the same role he did last year: field stretcher. New coach Doug Marrone is an offensive guru, and Graham will be asked to grow alongside first-round draft pick EJ Manuel. Still, Graham doesn't have a high ceiling in 2013. He delivered just 322 yards and one touchdown with a proven quarterback last season and will be hard-pressed to do much more this year.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*132531612.6--04--
    2011*134675716.5--47--
    2012153132210.430158
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013164044011.060170
    1. Overall
      280
      WR Rank95
      WR Rank
      95
      Overall280
    2. Player
      A.J. JenkinsA.J. Jenkins
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Jenkins, a first-round pick out of Illinois, ostensibly red-shirted as a rookie, drawing just one target in the three games he was active for the 49ers. Despite a huge opportunity before him with Michael Crabtree coming off a torn Achilles' and Mario Manningham coming off a torn ACL, Jenkins was dealt to the Chiefs in mid-August. He was at risk of not making the 49ers' roster and now shouldn't be draft-worthy.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*135674613.3--27--
    2011*13901,27614.2--58--
    201230000001
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013165271513.8122590
    1. Overall
      281
      WR Rank96
      WR Rank
      96
      Overall281
    2. Player
      Josh BoyceJosh Boyce
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Boyce made an instant impact in college as one of Andy Dalton's leading targets at TCU. Now the fourth-round draft pick has a chance to make a quick impact with Tom Brady and New England. While Boyce is currently no better than a third receiver initially, he could carve out regular playing time by midseason. The Patriots will be sorting out their new group of receivers, so watch their potentially fluctuating depth chart closely.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*136689114--27--
    2011*136199816--29--
    2012*123464619--26--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013143241012.850255
    1. Overall
      282
      WR Rank97
      WR Rank
      97
      Overall282
    2. Player
      Jarius WrightJarius Wright
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Minnesota Vikings
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    As a pint-sized rookie out of Arkansas, Wright spent some time as Minnesota's leading receiver when injuries hit in 2012. Though Wright should improve in his second season, the Vikings see him as a fourth receiver. He can serve as a slot option for Christian Ponder, but don't expect Wright to build on his stats and become a fantasy starter. Only owners desperate for bench depth should bother drafting him.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*134278818.8--25--
    2011*12661,11716.9--412--
    201272231014.130236
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013163438011.250255
    1. Overall
      283
      WR Rank98
      WR Rank
      98
      Overall283
    2. Player
      Austin CollieAustin Collie
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      27
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    The receiver-needy 49ers took a chance on the perennial injury risk Collie this preseason and have liked the results to date. Collie is recovering from multiple injuries and concussions and hopes to revive a career that once looked promising under Peyton Manning with the Colts. Collie is a mere reserve pick now best left for the deepest of fantasy leagues but watch him as a potential in-season waiver claim.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201095864911.292872
    201116545149.560196
    20121166.00001
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013102838013.651345
    1. Overall
      284
      RB Rank77
      RB Rank
      77
      Overall284
    2. Player
      Evan RoysterEvan Royster
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Washington Redskins
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK5

    Royster was supposed to challenge Roy Helu for Washington's leading role, but neither sophomore back proved healthy enough to beat out sixth-rounder Alfred Morris, who went on to have a huge rookie season. While Morris remains the starter, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a history of rotating players through his backfield. Consider Royster as Morris' second handcuff with the prospect for more if Shanahan gets itchy.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132081,01436252021--
    201165632820968013
    20121623880215109023
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316522200215125020
    1. Overall
      285
      RB Rank78
      RB Rank
      78
      Overall285
    2. Player
      Mike GoodsonMike Goodson
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New York Jets
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    In early April, Goodson looked as though he might have a chance to win New York's starting job. Then the team traded for Chris Ivory and Goodson was charged with possession of drugs and weapons following a mid-May arrest. The former Panthers and Raiders back had his best fantasy season in 2012, and he could still make an impact in '13. But there are suddenly a lot of ifs about his character--and his future

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010161034522340310057
    2011400001403
    201212352210016195116
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201314702900016170023
    1. Overall
      286
      WR Rank99
      WR Rank
      99
      Overall286
    2. Player
      Justin HunterJustin Hunter
    3. Position
      WR
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER9
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The Titans, still looking to add some explosion to their offense, selected this Tennessee Volunteers product early in the second round of April's draft. Hunter is raw and will need some time to develop, particularly given the Titans' quarterback woes, but his physical makeup led some draftniks to compare him with superstar A.J. Green. If Hunter earns some playing time, he could emerge as a fantasy sleeper by midseason.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010*131641525.9--27--
    2011*31731418.5--22--
    2012*12731,08314.8--49--
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2013133042014.082255
    1. Overall
      287
      RB Rank79
      RB Rank
      79
      Overall287
    2. Player
      Shaun DraughnShaun Draughn
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Kansas City Chiefs
    5. Age
      25
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    Draughn delivered some blips of fantasy impact last season while serving in a reserve role for Kansas City, but 2013 third-round pick Knile Davis is a far better prospect. The Chiefs will likely have Davis serve as Jamaal Charles' primary backup and use Draughn for backfield depth. If Davis, who struggled with injuries at Arkansas, gets hurt or flames out, Draughn would become the handcuff Charles owners should target.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*121296372613620--
    2011100000000
    201216592330224158030
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201316501900120110125
    1. Overall
      288
      RB Rank80
      RB Rank
      80
      Overall288
    2. Player
      Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Ellington is a small back who runs a 4.5 in the 40 and has drawn solid reviews for his pass protection despite his size. The sixth-round pick has a chance to become the third-down back for what figures to be a pass-happy Arizona attack with offensive guru Bruce Arians calling the shots and gunslinger Carson Palmer zipping the passes. Ellington can be a late keeper-league flier even though he won't compete to start.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*9118686410121091--
    2011*132231,178511221090--
    2012*132121,08138142321--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20131690360001070115
    1. Overall
      289
      RB Rank81
      RB Rank
      81
      Overall289
    2. Player
      Stepfan TaylorStepfan Taylor
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Arizona Cardinals
    5. Age
      22
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Taylor's poor time in the 40 belies his consistent production as a workhorse at Stanford. Andrew Luck has raved about his college teammate's pro potential, but Taylor slipped to the fifth round and might not make as big a splash as fellow Arizona rookie Andre Ellington, a sixth-rounder. Taylor is not a situational player, so he figures to get a redshirt kind of year behind Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132231,137715282661--
    2011*132421,330610251822--
    2012*143221,530813412872--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013169032002955015
    1. Overall
      290
      K Rank20
      K Rank
      20
      Overall290
    2. Player
      Rob BironasRob Bironas
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Tennessee Titans
    5. Age
      35
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    Bironas is no longer in the conversation to be fantasy's top kicker like he once was, a function of the Titans' offensive ineptitude. Chris Johnson is more of a home-run hitter than chain-mover and Jake Locker is no sure thing as a passer. Bironas has a strong, consistent leg, but he is just outside the group of viable fantasy starting kickers because of his supporting cast.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010162426823838110
    2011162932963434121
    2012162531513535110
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162630733636114
    1. Overall
      291
      K Rank21
      K Rank
      21
      Overall291
    2. Player
      Randy BullockRandy Bullock
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Houston Texans
    5. Age
      23
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The Texans drafted Bullock to be their long-term kicker last season, but ended up playing Shayne Graham. Now, they would like to turn to the Texas A&M product, a local kid from a Houston high school and the 2011 Lou Groza Award winner. There's talent here, and Houston's kicker tends to be among the league leaders in attempts. Bullock is a great sleeper if he wins the job in camp.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*13162111505098
    2011*1329331215557142
    201200000000
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013132330713636105
    1. Overall
      292
      K Rank22
      K Rank
      22
      Overall292
    2. Player
      Josh BrownJosh Brown
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      New York Giants
    5. Age
      34
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Lawrence Tynes was one of fantasy's most productive kickers last year, but the Giants let him walk and signed journeyman Brown, who kicked for the Bengals in the playoffs and the Rams before that. Brown is no sure thing, but the Giants figure to give him ample opportunities to enjoy a renaissance. Consider him a kicker to use in the right matchup.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010163339732627125
    201116212880181881
    201241112318841
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013142226713939105
    1. Overall
      293
      K Rank23
      K Rank
      23
      Overall293
    2. Player
      Nick NovakNick Novak
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      San Diego Chargers
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    The Chargers finally bid adieu to the oft-injured Nate Kaeding and settled on the more reliable veteran Novak, signing him to a big contract this winter. There should be serious questions about Philip Rivers, Ryan Matthews and the new Chargers offense post-Norv Turner, but Novak should at least prove to be consistent when they call on him. He is just off the fantasy radar entering the preseason.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    201000000000
    2011152734844142122
    201213182042333387
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2013162329633636105
    1. Overall
      294
      RB Rank82
      RB Rank
      82
      Overall294
    2. Player
      Delone CarterDelone Carter
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Indianapolis Colts
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK8

    There was a time when Carter was billed to be the Colts' future feature back, but injuries relegated him to a reserve role and wound up getting him dealt to Baltimore in training camp. Once at risk of not making the roster, Carter will serve as insurance behind ace Ray Rice and emerging backup Bernard Pierce, who was banged up in the preseason. That latter point might have been the impetus for Carter's Ravens arrival.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132311,233598450--
    2011161013770251808
    201210321220311302
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201312702700531505
    1. Overall
      295
      RB Rank83
      RB Rank
      83
      Overall295
    2. Player
      Marcus LattimoreMarcus Lattimore
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      San Francisco 49ers
    5. Age
      21
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Lattimore is coming off one of the most gruesome injuries you'll see, but he's so talented, the 49ers picked him in Round 4 out of South Carolina. The 49ers are an elite contender that loves to run, but they have enough on the roster to give him a full year off. We should fully expect Lattimore stay on the injury list to start the season and, if nothing happens to Frank Gore early, stay there. He's a long-term keeper flier.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010*132491,197417294122--
    2011*7163818410191821--
    2012*10143662311261730--
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2013000000000
    1. Overall
      296
      TE Rank36
      TE Rank
      36
      Overall296
    2. Player
      Joel DreessenJoel Dreessen
    3. Position
      TE
    4. Team
      Denver Broncos
    5. Age
      31
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK9

    Dreessen made a fantasy impact in some games last season, but mostly because Peyton Manning targeted him in the red zone. Dreessen had just one TD in Denver's final eight games, though, and Jacob Tamme wound up seeing considerably more targets (85 to Tamme's 58) over the season. As a time-share tight end, Dreessen should make be on your fantasy roster only if something happens to Tamme.

    StatsReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    2010163651814.491455
    2011162835312.661639
    201216413568.740558
    SI ProjectionReceiving
    YEARGRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
    201316383509.250455
    1. Overall
      297
      RB Rank84
      RB Rank
      84
      Overall297
    2. Player
      Jason SnellingJason Snelling
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      Atlanta Falcons
    5. Age
      29
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Snelling, who has been a fringe fantasy factor for years, figures to be marginalized by the addition of Steven Jackson and the further emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers. Snelling is nearly 30, so while he's worth eyeballing as a late-round flier in case anything happens to fellow old guy Jackson, Snelling no longer has value as a flex-play or spot starter. He'll only be usable if one of the guys ahead of him gets injured.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201014873241244303351
    201115441510026179132
    20121618630031203135
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    20131615500128190035
    1. Overall
      298
      RB Rank85
      RB Rank
      85
      Overall298
    2. Player
      LeGarrette BlountLeGarrette Blount
    3. Position
      RB
    4. Team
      New England Patriots
    5. Age
      26
    1. TIER8
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK10

    The oft-troubled Blount wore out his welcome in Tampa Bay and wound up being dealt to New England. If he had issues backing up one guy (Doug Martin), he is going to have real problems emerging from the Pats' backfield, which is arguably the deepest in football. Blount's size and bulldozer style can make him a short-yardage factor if he can avoid the doghouse and earn some goal line carries.

    StatsRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    2010132011,0074651406
    2011141847813515148025
    20121341151021202
    SI ProjectionRushingReceiving
    YEARGATTYD100-TD GTDRECYDTDTGT
    201313752850421003
    1. Overall
      299
      K Rank24
      K Rank
      24
      Overall299
    2. Player
      Caleb SturgisCaleb Sturgis
    3. Position
      K
    4. Team
      Miami Dolphins
    5. Age
      24
    1. TIER4
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK6

    Before last year, Miami had been one of the NFL's most kick-reliant teams. That ended with the arrival of Joe Philbin and QB Ryan Tannehill and now the Caleb Sturgis era begins in Miami. Sturgis, drafted out of Florida, beat out Dan Carpenter in a training camp battle, so you might consider the strong-legged Sturgis a potential late-round option -- especially after watching the rookie kicker successes of a year ago.

    StatsKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    2010*42410192125
    2011*12222663313197
    2012*132428533435106
    SI ProjectionKicking
    YEARGFGMFGA40-4950+XPMXMAPTS
    20131425311023030105
    1. Overall
      300
      QB Rank36
      QB Rank
      36
      Overall300
    2. Player
      Matt FlynnMatt Flynn
    3. Position
      QB
    4. Team
      Oakland Raiders
    5. Age
      28
    1. TIER7
    2. AUCTION$0
    3. BYE WEEK7

    Oakland moved on from Carson Palmer by taking a chance on Seahawks castoff Flynn, who in Seattle was beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson and never got an opportunity to make good on the free-agent deal he signed before last season. Flynn faces an uphill battle given the Raiders' lack of weapons. He'll have little value beyond garbage time.

    StatsPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
    201074066433032260
    201153349518162-61
    201235968000-50
    SI ProjectionPassingRushing
    YEARGCOMPATTYD300-YD GTDINTYDTD
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