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Chris Johnson, in some ways, was a victim of his own success. He set the world on fire with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. He added 503 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns. While he never came close to those numbers again, he has averaged 1,454 total yards the past three seasons. His scoring dipped to 6.7 touchdowns per season during that stretch, but the Tennessee Titans were a mess as a whole. Can he succeed with the New York Jets?
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Since averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie and 5.6 ypc during the season that coined the nickname CJ2K, he has averaged 4.3, 4.0, 4.5 and 3.9 ypc and dozens of not-so-flattering variations of his moniker. Still, 1,454 total yards and 6.7 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at.
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Last year Tennessee averaged 4.1 ypc and 118.4 rushing yards per game as a team compared to 4.4 and 134.9 by the Jets. In 2012 the Jets averaged 118.5 yards compared to 105.4 from the Jets. In 2012 it was 105.8 for the Jets and 89.9 for the Titans. Clearly Rex Ryan believes in running the football.
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Johnson will have a little stiffer competition for carries this year. He shared the load last year with Shonn Greene, who managed to gain 3.8 ypc on 77 carries. In New York he’ll share the load with Chris Ivory. Ivory averaged 4.6 ypc on 182 carries. If Bilal Powell, who averaged 4.0 ypc on 176 carries is also in the mix, there isn’t enough for Johnson to continue his past success.
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Johnson will be a low-end RB2 at best. Ivory moves to RB3 status. This is a move that should help the Jets, but hurt fantasy owners.
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Alfredo Simon
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Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs
Simon is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has a career 3.98 ERA and a 2.64 ERA since joining the Reds in 2012. Simon has a 3.38 career ERA against the Cubs
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Season Totals:  2-5, 83.1 IP, 70 Ks, 4.43 ERA (41 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (85 hits, 33 walks)
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Scott Feldman Astros
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Scott Feldman, Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals
Feldman is 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has held the Rangers, Yankees and Angels to one run in 20.2 innings. He was 1-0 against the Royals last year with a 2.25 ERA. Lifetime he’s 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA against them.
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Season Totals:  2-5, 77.1 IP, 66 Ks, 4.31 ERA (37 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (79 hits, 31 walks)
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With the 2014 NFL Draft finally approaching, here’s an early look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. With Darren Sproles being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles, Graham will take on even more meaning for the potent Saints’ offense. Graham will likely negotiate a long-term deal before training camp.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. When he’s healthy he’s as good as anybody in the league. He’s coming off a knee injury that will likely limit his preseason involvement. There are healthy doses of risks and rewards associated with Gronk.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas figures to be more of a focal point in the offense. Having Peyton Manning’s confidence, particularly in the red zone, puts him a notch ahead of Vernon Davis in my book.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in his most impressive season since 2009. Michael Crabtree, who was limited to five games because of an Achilles injury figures to eat into some of Davis’ production. Still, Davis has a combination of size and speed that is difficult to match. He’s too fast for most linebackers and too strong for most defensive backs.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s topped 750 yards for 10 straight years. Witten is as consistent as they come. He had his fewest receptions (73) since 2006, but he finished with eight touchdowns.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns, which was his sixth straight season with at least five scores. With a shortage of reliable options for Cam Newton in the passing game, Olsen should play a huge role for Carolina in 2014.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta appeared poised for a breakout season before a hip injury limited him to four game last year. Despite being sapped of his explosiveness, Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score. In 2012 Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. Don’t let the Owen Daniels’ signing scare you off. Pitta is primed to deliver.
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8. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron also emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns after catching 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons. No longer in Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner’s system, Cameron will likely regress. Still, he’s too good of a talent not to peg him in the top half of the fantasy tight end landscape.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph (foot) was limited to eight games last year and subjected to five games with Christian Ponder at the helm. With Matt Cassel at quarterback and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the mix, look for much better things from Rudolph.
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10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns last year as a rookie. All four of his touchdowns came in the second half of the season. Look for a step forward in Ertz’s second year, particularly with DeSean Jackson’s 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns up for grabs.
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Jeremy Guthrie Royals
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Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros
Guthrie is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He’s a good bet to keep rolling against the Astros.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 72.2 IP, 59 Ks, 4.21 ERA (34 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (73 hits, 30 walks)
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Jadeveon Clowney Gamecocks
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In 2006 the Houston Texan shocked the world by selecting Mario Williams over the likes of Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Reggie Bush has had a nice career as did Williams. Vince Young was an amazing college quarterback, but his game just didn’t translate at the pro level.
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This year the Texans again have the first pick in the NFL Draft. They could choose quarterback Blake Bortles, offensive lineman Greg Robinson or the speedy Sammy Watkins. I think they would be best served going with defensive lineman in this draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina.
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Williams is 6’6″ and 292 pounds. Clowney is 6’5″ and 266 pounds. Clowney has impressive speed and athleticism. Williams has 76.5 sacks in eight season, including four double-digit sack seasons. Playing opposite of J.J. Watt could lead to even impressive numbers for Clowney.
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It would be different if a talent like Andrew Luck was available. Unfortunately for the Texans, Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater aren’t surefire prospects. This is a quarterback driven league. If you can’t have a top passer, go after the talent to try to slow the elite ones down. Having Watt and Clowney as bookends would be a great start.
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Robbie Erlin
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Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Erlin is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Last year Erlin was 2-0 at home with a 2.18 ERA and 1-3 on the road with a 7.06 ERA.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 67.2 IP, 56 Ks, 4.12 ERA (31 earned runs), 1.36 WHIP (64 hits, 28 walks)
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