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[SLEEPER PICK] He was often third in Baltimore's RB rotation last season, but Rice has a chance for a bigger role in '09 with Willis McGahee's ongoing injury woes. Rice is the best receiver of the Ravens' three backs and could own third downs if he improves in blitz pickup. He's not a red zone option as long as Le'Ron McClain is healthy, but Rice could be a nice high-upside RB3 in PPR leagues.
40 Leon WASHINGTON
[SLEEPER PICK] The positives: The lightning-quick Washington can strike at any time and is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The negatives: When he's not returning punts or kickoffs, he's only a change-of-pace option and a receiver out of the backfield, and he'll see fewer snaps with rookie Shonn Greene. If your league rewards return yards, Washington is a suitable RB4.
41 Fred JACKSON
[SLEEPER PICK] In two seasons with the Bills, he has impressed coaches with a tenacious running style. He averaged 4.4 yards a carry last year, better than Marshawn Lynch's 4.1, and will be the starter for Buffalo's first three games while Lynch serves a suspension. And if Jackson performs well, he may be hard for the Bills to sit. You've been warned: Handcuff Lynch with Jackson in the later rounds.
42 Le'Ron McCLAIN
If you're going to take a Ravens runner, McClain makes a strong argument to be that guy. Among him, Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, McClain should continue to get the goal line carries. He also plays a bigger role in the passing game than many "big" backs. As long as you're not expecting a 300-carry season, McClain should satisfy as a borderline RB3.
43 Jamaal CHARLES
[SLEEPER PICK] Don't let the pedestrian 629 total yards from '08 fool you. Charles showed glimpses of his potential last season, and if Larry Johnson is not on the Chiefs' radar come September, it's reasonable to expect 1,200 total yards and six TDs from Charles. And even if LJ is around, Charles has still carved a niche as a third-down back. He'll bring you fourth-round production for a seventh-round price.
44 Donald BROWN