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Here’s an early look at the 2011 tight end rankings.
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1.  Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers:  Gates was limited to ten games last year, but his ten touchdowns and 782 yards were enough maintain the top slot.
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2.  Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys:  Steady as they come. He’s topped 90 catches and 1000 yards in three of the past four years. His “off” year was still 81 and 952.
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3.  Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers:  His ability is not an issue. Durability is a different story. High risk, high reward pick.
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4.  Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers:  In 2009 he proved he wasn’t a bust with 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last year he proved he wasn’t a fluke with 914 yards and seven scores.
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5.  Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts did not miss a beat when Dallas went down. That shouldn’t take anything away from Clark though. He’s big and fast, runs clean routes, and has great hands.
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6.  Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders:  Miller showed unbelievable toughness last year and still managed to turn in another solid season. He has averaged 756 yards over the past three years.
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7.  Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots:  Gronkowski caught ten touchdown passes last year as a rookie. There will be times when fellow second-year Aaron Hernandez gets the looks, but Gronkowski is the better red zone option.
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8.  Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints:  Jimmy proved to be a nice red zone threat thanks to his 6’6″ frame. Consistency could be an issue because Brees likes to spread the ball around, but there will be catches to be had if Reggie Bush is shown the door.
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9.  Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Winslow regressed a bit, but his 730 yards and five scores were still solid.
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10.  Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions:  Pettigrew had 722 yards and five touchdowns. He didn’t finish strong with 36 or fewer yards in four of his last five games, but the talent is clearly there.
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Still waiting for the lockout to end, but the show must go on. Here’s an early look at the 2011 wide receiver rankings.
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1.  Andre Johnson, Houston Texans:  1216 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games. Has averaged nearly 100 yards per game over his past 54 games.
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2.  Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions:  Recovered nicely from a down 2009 season with 1120 yards and 12 scores. Now if only Matthew Stafford can stay healthy.
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3. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants:  Exploded for 1052 yards and 11 scores in 13 games. The scary thing is, there is still room for growth.
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4.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons:  Julio Jones will take some of his production, but Roddy has been a force for the past four years. I expect the Falcons to throw even more in 2011, which will offset Jones’ arrival somewhat.
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5. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs:  Conditioning could be a concern, but in a contract year I think he knows he has too much to lose.
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6.  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals:  The Cards were dysfunctional last year, but Fitz still managed 1137 yards and six scores. I expect more stability out of the quarterback position.
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7.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Wallace broke out with 1257 yards and ten touchdowns showing he’s more than a deep threat. Wallace is a solid WR1.
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8.  Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts:  Wayne may on the downside of his career, but after his 1355 yards and six touchdowns, he still has something left in the tank.
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9.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers:  Jennings is nice, but when Jermichael Finley is healthy he doesn’t get as many looks. Still a solid WR1 though.
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10.  Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers:  Assuming he’s under contract or willing to play with the franchise tag, V-Jax should be nasty once again.
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11.  DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles:  Consistency can be an issue, but he can put your fantasy team on his back when he explodes.
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12.  Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  After 964 yards and 11 scores as a rookie he is a regression risk. I think the yardage will be up, the touchdowns down, and Williams to be a low-end WR1.
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13.  Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys:  His maturity concerns me, but the ability is there.
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14.  Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys:  Austin and Dez are on equal footing (aside from maturity). I give Bryant a slight edge, but Miles is the safer choice.
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15.  Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles:  He’s not as explosive as DeSean, but he’s steadier.
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16.  Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans:  So far Teflon Kenny hasn’t has slid out of criminal charges. If he can avoid Goodell’s wrath, he should put up huge numbers.
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17.  Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins:  Marshall only scored three touchdowns, but showed some signs at the end of the year averaging 101.7 yards over the past three games.
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18.  Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings:  The migraines appear to be under control. The Vikings are committed to being more creative to get Percy the ball in space. If he can stay healthy he can be a dynamic threat.
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19.  Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos:  I know he’s coming off a monster 1448 yard, 11 touchdown season, but I feel the coaching change will be detrimental to Lloyd’s value.
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20.  Wes Welker, New England Patriots:  What Welker did (848 yards, seven touchdowns) only a few months removed from a knee injury is staggering. Look for Brady to get him the ball early and often once again in 2011.
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The lockout had yet to be settled, but the show must go on. Here’s an early look at the 2011 running back rankings.
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1.  Arian Foster, Houston Texans:  As if leading the NFL in rushing (1616 yards) wasn’t enough, he added 66 catches for 604 yards. Oh, and he had 18 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 2 receiving). He’s the perfect back for Houston’s zone blocking scheme.
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2.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: With a rookie quarterback likely leading the way the focus of the Vikings’ offense will shift back to All Day. He’s ran for at least 1298 yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of his four season.
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3. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: He didn’t top 2000 yards again, but 1364 yards and 11 touchdowns (along with 244 yards and another score receiving) is nothing to shy away from. He’ should be a tremendous value.
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4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles should get a heavier workload this year, which is scary considering he ran for 1467 yards on 230 carries (6.4 ypc). He is less likely to score a touchdown than the top three, which is why he’s at four, but he’s capable of being the most productive fantasy back in the league.
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5.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons:  Obviously in PPR leagues, his value takes a hit, but few backs can off 100 yards and a score just about every time he takes the field.
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6.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers:  His tweets can stir up controversy, but when it comes to running the football, the kid is alright. 1273  yards and 11 touchdowns last year and he’ll be just 24 if and when the season starts.
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7.  Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders:  Run DMC finally lived up to the hype, collecting 1664 total yards (1157 rushing) and ten touchdowns (seven rushing) in 13 games. If he can stay healthy, he could rank right up there with the big four.
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8.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens:  Rice will probably never be a touchdown guy, but he’s a yardage (and PPR) beast.  He’s averaged over 1900 total yards over the past two seasons.
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9.  LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles:  McCoy caught 78 passes for 592 yards and two touchdowns. Those are solid receiving numbers. Don’t forget about the 1080 rushing yards (5.2 ypc) and seven rushing touchdowns. He’ll be just 23.
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10.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars:  Mojo showed the toughness to battle through injuries last year, but I don’t know if he could be as effective (1641 total yards, seven total touchdown) if his knee acted up again.
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11.  Shonn Greene, New York Jets:  I know he was supposed to be a beast last year, but LaDainian Tomlinson ran like a kid in the early going. This is the year Shonn puts it all together.
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12. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams:  Jackson had just 3.8 yards per carry last year and six touchdowns, but the offense should be improved in Sam Bradford’s second year.
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13.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers:  When he’s healthy there are only a few backs that can match his production. Unfortunately he’s averaging just 13 games the past two year.
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14.  Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers:  Stewart had a disappointing season, but the ability is still there. If D-Will doesn’t return, J-Stew will climb the ranks.
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15.  Matt Forte, Chicago Bears:  Forte bounced back with 1616 total yards (1069 rushing) and nine touchdowns (six rushing). He’s particularly valuable in PPR leagues.
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We are still unsure if there will be a 2011 season or not, but fantasy football players need to start thinking about the season as we are approaching June.
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1.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:  A concussion ended his 4000 yard streak at two, but 3922 is close enough. Add 28 passing touchdowns, a career high 356 rushing yards, and four rushing scores and you’re looking at the number one fantasy quarterback option once again.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints:  Brees puts up better passing numbers, but the rushing numbers distinguishes Rodgers as the premier fantasy quarterback.
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3.  Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers:  Three straight 4000 yard seasons. Like Brees it doesn’t really matter who he is throwing to.
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4.  Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles:  As explosive as they come. He easily could be the number one fantasy quarterback, but he comes with an injury risk. Not to mention a regression risk because Vick never had a season near last year’s monster campaign.
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5.  Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts:  Ho hum. Another epic season for Manning. The Colts added some pass protection, but it could take some time to gel without adequate OTA time.
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6.  Tom Brady, New England Patriots:  His overall numbers were great, but he is more likely to drop a dud than the top five, which is why I have him ranked at six. When all is said and done he will likely have another big year.
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7.  Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys:  He has the weapons and the ability. It’s a matter of staying healthy and mentally tough enough to deliver. Adding a solid backup is a must.
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8.  Matt Schaub, Houston Texans:  The Texans should have improved on defense, which means he’s more likely to repeat last year’s form than his 2009 production.
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9.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Ben’s troubles could work in his favor this year as he has experience with getting up to speed quickly.
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10.   Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons:  Ryan got a shiny new toy when the Falcons traded up to grab Julio Jones. We know he is a talented quarterback in reality. This year he takes the next step on the fantasy side.
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11.  Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams:  Bradford set the rookie completion record and should only get better thanks to the experience he gained last year.
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12.  Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens:  The Ravens added Anquan Boldin last year and Torrey Smith this year to help Flacco continue to progress.
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13.  Eli Manning, New York Giants:  It’s easy to get on Eli for his 25 picks, but he reached 4000 yards for the second straight year and set a career high with 31 TD passes.
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14.  Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Freeman’s numbers are bloated from a five-touchdown performance against Seattle. While I think he’ll throw more than the six interceptions he tossed last year, I think he finally collects a rushing touchdown.
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15.  Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs:   Cassel took a step forward throwing for 31 touchdown passes last year, forming a great bond with Dwayne Bowe. They added Jonathan Baldwin to keep the defenses honest.
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