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2014 Top Twenty-Five Preseason Preview
The hope in Tennessee is that the passing
game under Vince Young will improve and take the pressure
off of Chris Johnson and while that may mean less yards,
it could mean an up tick in TD's and receptions.
1. Chris Johnson - Titans - 2014 Preview:
After an electrifying 2009 season that included over 2,500 yards
gained and 16 touchdowns, it is easy to pick Tennessee Titan Chris
Johnson as the number one running back (and therefore number one
overall player) in fantasy football.
Johnson is a rare back who every time he touches the ball it looks
as if he is going to score. The good news is playing in Tennessee
he touches the ball a lot. Not only did he carry the ball a league-lead
350 times, but he also caught 50 passes.
The good news in the offseason was that goal line back, LenDale
White, is gone and that should send more goal line carries coming
While Johnson would be hard-pressed to improve upon his 2009 breakout
season, you can be assured that he is the real deal and is one
of the few sure-thing studs in fantasy football.
2,006 Yds - 14 TD's - 50 Rec - 503 Yds - 2 TD's
1,801 Yds - 15 TD's - 56 Rec - 531 Yds - 2 TD's
2. Adrian Peterson - Vikings - 2014 Preview:
There are no questions about Adrian Peterson's talent. He may be
the best pure-runner in the game today. There are questions about
his team, his ability to hold onto the football and his rash of
minor injuries. The latter two are likely not going to change much,
but the question of his team is big. Whether or not Brett Farve
returns (which we believe he will) will have a great effect on Peterson's
First he is likely to run more if Farve doesn't return, but he would
likely score less, but worse for fantasy managers, he would likely
get less receptions. This was the one area where Peterson surprised
in 2009. He managed more receptions and yards (43 catches for 436
yards) than he did in his previous two seasons combined.
The other team question is its offensive line play. Going into 2009,
the Vikings were supposed to have one of the best O-lines in the
NFL. It was good, but it was also overrated, especially for run-blocking.
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was a bust in 2009 and needs to take
a step back up in 2014. Steve Hutchinson, on the other hand, dominated
as expected. 2009 #2 pick Phil Loadholt played well and his growth
and McKinnie's play will determine how good this line really is.
Finally, the great backup/time-stealer, Chester Taylor, has moved
on to Chicago. The Vikings drafted running back Toby Gerhart with
their second pick to take Taylor's spot, nevertheless, this is small
advantage for Peterson in 2014.
1,383 Yds - 18 TD's - 43 Rec - 436 Yds - 0 TD's
1,442 Yds - 16 TD's - 38 Rec - 378 Yds - 1 TD
3. Maurice Jones-Drew - Jaguars - 2014 Preview:
As many expected Jones-Drew had a breakout season in 2009 finishing
with over 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns. Jones-Drew is similar to
Chris Johnson in that he can score every time he touches the ball
and that is the type of back you want as a fantasy owner. The question
for Jones-Drew will be his supporting cast.
His offensive line is below average, though it is full of potential.
If 2009 #1 pick (8th overall) Eugene Monroe and 2009 #2 pick Eben
Britton take the step up that is expected, the Jaguars offensive
line can rise from the lower-end of NFL O-lines to a above average
O-line. Naturally Jones-Drew would benefit as would the whole of
the Jaguar offense.
If wide receiver's Mike Sims-Walker and 2009 rookie standout Mike
Thomas can stretch the defenses a bit, it will open more holes for
Jones-Drew. If not, in 2014 the opponents of the Jaguars will key
on Jones-Drew and make it very difficult on him. Thus, as the Jaguars
offense goes so will Jones-Drew to an extent.
1,391 Yds - 15 TD's - 53 Rec - 374 Yds - 1 TD's
1,302 Yds - 14 TD's - 57 Rec - 485 Yds - 2 TD's
4. Steven Jackson - Rams - 2014 Preview:
Doubt playing for the worst team in the the NFL and running behind
a makeshift offensive line, Steven Jackson still managed over 1,700
total yards in 2009. This ranks among the best in fantasy football.
The drawback is Jackson only scored 4 touchdowns as a part of the
lowly Ram offense.
There is hope on the horizon for Jackson and the Rams, namely number
one overall pick, quarterback Sam Bradford. While nothing huge will
be expected in his first season, rookie quarterbacks in today's
NFL have been playing pretty well as of late and anything is better
than the quarterback play for the Rams of 2009.
Where the Rams need to improve the most to see Jackson succeed will
be the play of the offensive line. The Rams are banking on last
season's second-overall-pick tackle Rodger Saffold and the first-pick
of the 2014 second-round, tackle Jason Smith, to spearhead a new
offensive line for the young Rams.
With a young QB like Bradford the Rams will lean on Jackson as much
as possible, in both the running game and the passing game and that
should result in a big year for Steven Jackson, though touchdowns
may still be hard to come by.
1,416 Yds - 4 TD's - 51 Rec - 322 Yds - 0 TD's
1,463 Yds - 8 TD's - 52 Rec - 417 Yds - 1 TD
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