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Lynch will miss the first three games for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Also, Fred Jackson is catching up to him. That said, once Lynch returns from suspension, he'll make for a good RB2 because, despite the addition of T.O., the Bills will still need a ground game in wintry Buffalo late in the year. Just make sure to play a backup for the first three weeks.
20 Jonathan STEWART
He'd be a starter on most NFL teams, but Stewart finds himself in a time-share with DeAngelo Williams again in '09. Despite the part-time role, you can't really complain about his production (tied for eighth in the NFL in rushing TDs as a rookie). A strong offensive line and Carolina's stated commitment to the run add up to Stewart being drafted before many first-string runners.
21 Felix JONES
[ON THE RISE] Before being knocked out for the season by a hamstring and then a toe injury, Jones dazzled during his brief action. Now owner Jerry Jones wants to get his fellow Razorback on the field, and what Jerry wants, Jerry usually gets. Even without the owner's endorsement, Jones's game-breaking skill-set is too special to keep off the field. Do your team a favor and pick him.
22 Kevin SMITH
[ON THE RISE] Perhaps the least heralded of last year's bumper crop of rookie tailbacks, Smith isn't to be overlooked. In all the mess that was '08, he remained a presence in the end zone (eight TDs) and excelled as he got more carries. In his six games with 20-plus rushes Smith averaged 93.8 yards. Coordinator Scott Linehan's off-season dedication to "power football" bodes well for Detroit's go-to back.
23 Julius JONES
New coordinator Greg Knapp and his zone-blocking scheme will be good for Jones. Although he is in danger of losing goal line carries to T.J. Duckett, he has the ability to set career highs in rushing and TDs in Knapp's system, which has placed 10th or better (including three firsts) in rushing yards in each of the last eight years. Owners in TD-only leagues should stay away, though.
24 Jamal LEWIS