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One and Done
Adam Duerson
August 20, 2007
Clear-cut stars make for no-brainer choices
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August 20, 2007

One And Done

Clear-cut stars make for no-brainer choices

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Projected split: LYNCH, 60%; THOMAS, 30%; WRIGHT, 10%

Predicting Atlanta's platoon promised to be difficult even before Warrick Dunn injured his back, keeping him out of training camp; he's due to return for opening week. With Dunn, the projected starter, in his 11th season, sidelined, flashy second-year back Jerious Norwood has received the bulk of the reps in first-year coach Bobby Petrino's offense--putting Norwood in position to gobble up even more of Dunn's carries.

Projected split: DUNN, 60%; NORWOOD, 40%

Where to start? Or better yet, whom to start? The short-term answer is simple: LaMont Jordan will bear the load while Dominic Rhodes serves a four-game suspension. And when Rhodes is back? New coach Lane Kiffin will employ the dreaded one-two punch, giving more carries to whoever's hotter. Rhodes's return will also push aside rookie Michael Bush from Louisville and veteran Justin Fargas.

Projected split: JORDAN, 45%; RHODES, 40%; FARGAS, 10%; BUSH, 5%

The starter's job is LenDale White's to lose--and there's a strong chance he'll lose it. Coach Jeff Fisher prefers to ride one back, and White fits his style perfectly. But there are questions about White's weight, health (he tweaked a hamstring in May) and practice habits. Behind White is Chris Brown, an injury-prone veteran, and second-round pick Chris Henry from Arizona, who had fewer than 200 carries in college.

Projected split: WHITE, 65%; BROWN, 25%; HENRY, 10%

Vernand Morency was set to be the guy here, but by missing camp with a knee injury he has given Brandon Jackson, a second-round pick from Nebraska, a chance to impress coaches--and to cloud the picture for fantasy owners. So far the 5' 10", 212-pound Jackson has simply looked better around the goal line. Noah Herron will earn playing time because he catches well and is the best pass blocker of the three.

Projected split: MORENCY, 60%; JACKSON, 25%; HERRON, 15%

Risky Business

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