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- J_Cuz   Fantasy Football Predictions   Aug 30 2005, 12:35 PM
> Fantasy Football Predictions, 2005
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Kerry Collins (Oak)- throwing to Moss and Porter is one thing but I think the key is Norv Turner's ball control offense. Collins will still be capable of a thirty TD season but his int levels should drop.

Kurt Warner (AZ)- Speed kills, this team under Denny Green looks hauntingly like Green's 98 Vikings or Warner's 00 Rams. Take your pick either way they'll be flying the friendly skies.

Drew Brees (SD)- Alot of haters saying it was a fluke in 04. Tomlinson and Gates'es 134 rec and 14 td combined say otherwise. Don't fear the reaper.

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Chad Peinngton (NYJ)- Injuries will continue to plague this once-star aligned QB. As brilliant as he can be, starting 34 of 48 games the past three seasons is not encouraging.

Steve McNair (Ten)- It is truly sad to see a player who anchored so many teams (fantasy and otherwise) fall off like this. Don't be the one reminiscing of the glory days. The Volek era in Tennessee is near so if you are intrigued by a Tennessee QB, and I can't understand why you would be, McNair still isn't your guy.

Carson Palmer (Cin)- Yes, we all saw the talent and the flashes from this formed first selection, he has a variety of receiving weapons, but he has looked horrible in the pre-season and with a young QB that will always connotate a buyer beware asterick. Let someone else take the gamble here.


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Willis McGahee (Buf)- When healthy this explosive back is on par with LaDanian Tomlinson as far as production goes. The big difference is that Willis will not have to share red-zone touches with a player like Gates. I wouldn't say take him over LT but 13TD in eleven starts makes him option 1a.

Corey Dillon (NE)- The offense rolled though Dillon in 04 and fantasy ownrs can only expect more of this ith no Charlie Weis around. The YPC could decrease from 4.7 but the TD's could increase from 13. Throw out his lame duck 03 season and he is an easy first round pick.

Stephen Jackson (Stl)- It is clear who will be buttering the bread in St. Louis after a transitional 04 season. Sure, Faulk will see time in third and long situations but make no mistake, Jackson is the thoroughbred in St. Louis.

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Ahman Green (GB)- Everybody seems to knock this guy every year and every year he answers the haters, however, this time around he will be working behind a rebuilt offensive line and the fumbling thing has never been corrected. Unless he drops dramatically look elsewhere. There is plenty of young talent at RB to find upside-rich alternatives.

Rudi Johnson (Cin)- Everything about this back suggests that last season was an aberration. While 1,400 yards and 13TD is strong production from a number one back, The lead-footed Johnson will be hard-pressed to repeat his 04 numbers especially if his QB is shaky as expected.

Domanick Davis (Hou)- Sure, we all liked his breakout 03 campaign and last season he didn't disappoint, but with Houston starting to add depth to their roster and a promising rookie Morency breathing down his neck, his touches are likely to decrease.


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Hines Ward (Pit)- An established number two receiver for years, don't be surprised to see Ward break off some monster games early. With the runnning game in shambles and a new contract under his belt, Ward is going to be the primary weapon for Pittsbugh for the forseeable future. There is no question that he is capable of carrying the load in the Steel City. A repeat of his remarkable 02 campaign is less unlikely than you might imagine.

Nate Burleson (Min)- This preseason, Burleson looks ready to rock. Given the fact that he likely won't see many double teams until he posts some breakout games the numbers could be staggering early. When he starts seeing the doubles it might be a different story but some quick, fast stats can be had here early.

Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)- If you're having trouble deciding who to rank higher Fitzgerald or Boldin, fret no more the answer is Fitzgerald. First, he is practically a part of Dennis Green's family and second he possess a high gear that Boldin simply can't match.

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Darrell Jackson (Sea)- If you draft him you deserve what you get: low yardage, dropped TD's, a mediocre player at best. The fact is, he isn't really trending downwards but every year he is ranked in "expert's" top twenty and I can never understand why. So if you're looking for a guy to lose your league he's the man... otherwise go a different route (like Darrell would).

Drew Bennett (Ten.)- Sure, he and Volek comprised the Rainbow Connection last season, and sure Volek is primed to replace McNair the first sign of a gimpy shoulder, but seriously, why wait on a player like Bennett who will be struggling to succeed for a cellar dwelling Titans team when there are so many better upside players to consider.... puff, puff, pass.

Rod Smith (Den)- Last year it was the same song ith Smith who went out and dropped 1144 yards and 7Tds on the haters. Unfortunately, the early returns are in on Lelie and he will be the head honcho for the Broncos receiving corps in 05. Smith may be a solid 5th receiver option but anything higher would be expecting too much from this old soldier who is, as they say, fading away.


Top Three

Cadillac Williams HB (TB), Ronnie Boown HB (Mia), Mike Nugent K (NYJ)

Steer Clear

Ced Benson HB (Chi), Trow Williamson WR (Min), Alex Smith QB (SF)

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