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August 04, 2011
THE STUD RUNNER is still the easiest way to fantasy glory. The NFL's recent trend toward time-share backfields has only widened the gap between fantasy teams with an Adrian Peterson—type workhorse and those without one. So if you're in position to take Peterson, Arian Foster or Chris Johnson, do it. In the later rounds look for sleepers such as James Starks (who is emerging), Rashad Jennings (who's backing up a possibly ailing Maurice Jones-Drew) or Montario Hardesty (who is healthy and ready to steal carries from Peyton Hillis).
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August 04, 2011

Running Backs

9 DeAngelo WILLIAMS PANTHERS

AGE: 28 BYE WEEK: 9 AUCTION: $21

The Panthers surprised many by quickly re-signing Williams to a big contract after the lockout. So if he's healthy, he will be the primary ballcarrier, ahead of Jonathan Stewart. The two make a great tandem, but they take value away from each other. In a different offense Williams could be an elite fantasy back. Instead he is merely a second-tier runner to target on draft day.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

10 Steven JACKSON RAMS

AGE: 28 BYE WEEK: 5 AUCTION: $19

Back surgery freed up Jackson to play in all 16 games in 2010, and he churned his way to his best season since '07. But he may have worn down. In his last three games Jackson was held well shy of 100 yards. Another reason for concern: When new coordinator Josh McDaniels called the plays in New England and Denver, he never had a back run for more than 947 yards.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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