1. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego-
Hands down the most talented and productive running back in the league. Not only did LT run for 31 TD's setting the record, but he also threw for 2, padding his stats that much more. He is the total back, speed, power, a great receiver, and very smart.
2. Stephen Jackson, St. Louis-Last year Jackson broke out, piling up 2,334 yds and 16 TD's. Jackson improved not only his rushing, but his reception stats as well, catching 90 passes for 806 yards. Although he has one less TD than LJ, he makes up for it with yardage.
3. Larry Johnson, Kansas City-
Larry Johnson was second in rushing TD's last season only to the great LT. He is a model of consistency, having 11 100-yard games last season with 17 TD's. He has played every game the last 2 seasons, having more than 1700 yds in both. Johnson is the focal point of the Chiefs attack, and will get plenty of carries per game to produce. It is pretty much a toss up between LJ and Stephen Jackson, you can't go wrong with either.
4. Shaun Alexander, Seattle- The leagues best rusher over the last 5 seasons is coming off a down year in 2005 where he was plagued with injury. He will come back healthy and resume the work-horse rushing load seen in 2005, and should be on pace for 15+ TDs and 1500+ yards.
5. Frank Gore, San Fransisco- Frank would be 4 but since the report is out that he has broke his hand in camp, he has slid to 5. Since his breakout season last year, the Niners responded by beefing up their offensive line to help Gore. Gore is a solid back but still lacks the consistency of a good offense around him. Do to lack of offensive firepower, defenses will be able to focus on shutting down San Fransisco's running attack.
6. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis- Although young, Addai proved that he can run durring last years Super Bowl. In his rookie season, Addai ran all over the best ranked defense in the most important game of the season, and probably his life. Addai is said to have a greater skill set than the 2 previous Colts running backs before him, Edgerrin James and Marshall Faulk, and now that Dominic Rhodes is out of the way, Addai will become the feature back.
7. Laurence Maroney, New England- Like Addai, Maroney is coming off a good rookie season and will be losing the feature back Corey Dillon who stole the majority of the workload last season. Maroney will also benefit from one of the leagues best offenses and coaching staff. Maroney was used as a workhorse back in college to maintain leads, and looks to do the same this season.
8.Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia- Even with McNabb out for much of last season, Mr. Versatility logged some great numbers for fantasy owners both on the ground and through the air. This will be another year where Westbrook gets the bulk of the passes in the Philly offense as well as the rushes, and is poised to have some great fantasy numbers.
9.Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati-
Rudi has consistently put up 1400+ yds and 12 TDs the last couple seasons and should do no less this season. Until Rudi learns to catch the ball and adapt to the versatile style back the Bengals offense need, he will continue to put up the same numbers each seasons.
10. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh- Willie is a very streaky runner, who plays great at home. Parker had 7 games where he ran for 125+ yards and scored multiple TDs in most of those games, but he also had 4 games where he put up
47 yards or less and threw up a goose egg in the TD column. If Pittsburgh's offense gets back on track this season and takes some pressure of the run game, Willie could break out.
11.Edgerrin James, Arizona
12.Reggie Bush, New Orleans
13.Brandon Jacobs, New York
14.Willis McGahee- Baltimore
15.Maurice Jones-Drew- Jacksonville
Watch out for Adrian Peterson
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