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June 28, 2012
1. Ray RICE
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June 28, 2012

Running Backs

Were he on almost any other team, the powerful Ivory would be a legitimate sleeper candidate. When he has played, he has produced, such as in Week 17 in 2011 when he ripped off 127 yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately for him, he's on the stacked Saints, which means he's the No. 4 back and may only vulture a few touchdowns when other backs are hurt.

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85 Shane VEREEN PATRIOTS TIER: 6

AGE: 23 BYE WEEK: 9 AUCTION: $0

The team's second-round pick in 2011 was buried on the depth chart for most of the year after missing training camp and suffering a hamstring injury during the regular season. With BenJarvus Green-Ellis gone, there will be touches up for grabs. Stevan Ridley may be the early-line favorite for those touches, but remember that the Pats drafted Vereen before Ridley last year.

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86 Rashard MENDENHALL STEELERS TIER: 6

AGE: 25 BYE WEEK: 4 AUCTION: $0

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