CALL HIM Tiki
Lite. Like Barber, Dunn is 31 years old, small (5'9", 180 pounds), shifty,
a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield and as dependable as the
sunrise. Though not as productive as Barber, Dunn keeps churning out Pro
Bowl--caliber seasons at an age when most other backs fade. Last year he ran
280 times for 1,416 yards--both career highs--averaging 5.1 yards per rush as
the main cog in the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense. He also had 11 runs of 20
yards or more. T.J. Duckett, a 2002 first-rounder, has been unable to dethrone
Dunn, who has started 32 straight games. All of which means that you should
handle Dunn as the Falcons do: Just plug him in your lineup and watch the
points roll in.
More Rock-Solid Players
1 - Marvin
Harrison WR COLTS
Safety in numbers: seven straight 1,000-yard, 10-TD seasons.
2 - Edgerrin
James RB CARDINALS
Consistency will be tested when he runs behind a suspect offensive line.
3 - Terrell Owens
The bad 'Boy would be No. 1 if not for his inflammatory episodes.
4 - Brett Favre
Green Bay blows, but Favre always throws--for 3,000 yards and 20 TDs.
5 - Matt
Hasselbeck QB SEAHAWKS
Favre's ex-prot�g� has averaged 3,561 yards over the last three seasons.
6 - Rod Smith WR
He's 36 but continues to produce: eight 1,000-yard seasons in nine years.
7 - CLINTON
PORTIS RB REDSKINS
Famous for his weekly alter egos, Portis must just not have been himself in
2004 (five rushing TDs), the only subpar season among his four.
8 - Alge Crumpler
Michael Vick's safety valve is always good for 500 yards and four TDs.