7) Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: After slumping a bit early in his sophomore season, Newton returned to form over the final few weeks. More importantly, he still finished as the fourth-highest scorer at the QB position in a year when he supposedly took a step back. In his first two seasons, Newton has basically averaged 4,000 yards and 20 scores through the air to go along with 700 yards on the ground and 11 scores, and I'm not convinced he has reached his full potential by any means.
8) Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Reggie Wayne, Eric Decker ... a few others would be good picks here, too, I'm sure. Kind of splitting hairs, for some, considering the offenses for which they play. A line with something like 75-plus receptions, 1,250-plus yards and 10-plus TDs seems about right for a healthy Nelson, especially now that Greg Jennings plays for a rival.
9) Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Witten has never been a touchdown machine, but his consistency in one of the NFL's most pass-happy offenses makes him one of the most valuable players in PPR leagues. I don't expect him to catch 110 passes again, but there is no indication that Witten's role will decrease significantly, even though the Cowboys drafted Gavin Escobar. He should be good for 90 catches and 900 to 1,000 receiving yards.
10) Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Miller, despite not quite having a stranglehold on the starting job just yet, is poised to be one of this year's breakout players. In a retooled Miami offense, featuring some big-play receivers and little competition at running back, there should be plenty of open holes for Miller to slash through. He can run inside and outside, should be a three-down back and catch plenty of passes. I'm expecting 1,200 yards rushing, 500 yards receiving and close to 10 total touchdowns.
11) Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: A last-minute gear change has me pointed in a different direction than I had expected to go. DMC likely will miss a few games, but he should be dynamite when healthy with the return to a power-blocking scheme in Oakland. I think this offense will have some competency with Matt Flynn under center. I'm hoping for around 1,200 rushing yards, 400 receiving and 10 total scores. Seeing him live up to his potential and start 16 games is asking for too much.
12) Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I briefly considered Eric Decker, but the fact that he's competing for targets with Wes Welker in addition to Demaryius Thomas scared me away. At 34 years old, Wayne still plays at a high level and is the unquestioned No. 1 wideout on his squad. He was targeted almost 200 times last year by Andrew Luck. If he can stay healthy for another full season, there's no reason why he shouldn't top 1,000 yards with around 90 grabs.
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