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ON THE RISE

JOSEPH ADDAIColts
He's the first NFL back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season without starting asingle game.

TRAVIS HENRYBroncos
The free agent parlayed a comeback season with the Titans into a plum jobrunning behind Denver's heralded line.

LAURENCE MARONEYPatriots
Expect him to pick up most of the departed Corey Dillon's 50 yards pergame.

ON THE DECLINE

AHMAN GREENTexans
Even a change of scenery won't make the beat-up Green, 30, a starter in mostleagues.

LARRY JOHNSONChiefs
A weak passing game means foes will stack the line against this former topfantasy pick.

CLINTON PORTISRedskins
The man of a thousand personas will have a hard time gaining 1,000 yards whilesplitting time with Ladell Betts.

SLEEPERS

LAMONT JORDANRaiders
Dominic Rhodes's four-game suspension gives Jordan a shot to reestablishhimself as a full-time player after a poor '06.

CEDRIC BENSONBears
Like him or not, the third-year man will be the centerpiece of Chicago'soffense.

THOMAS JONESJets
New top guy for a team that gained 1,738 rushing yards without a feature backin '06.

IMPACT

BRANDON JACKSONPackers
He'll replace another Cornhusker, Ahman Green, in Green Bay's backfield.

MARSHAWN LYNCHBills
The Pac-10 Off. Player of the Year from Cal is a power runner, a good receiverand has only Anthony Thomas to beat out.

ADRIAN PETERSONVikings
He ran for 137.3 yards per game and 41 TDs in less than three full seasons atOklahoma.

KEEP AN EYE ON

MICHAEL BUSHRaiders
A broken leg kept the Louisville powerhouse from being a first-round pick. Hecould contribute in the second half.

BRIAN LEONARDRams
A rookie with a nose for the end zone (45 TDs at Rutgers), he should get sometouches.

GARRETT WOLFEBears
Nation's leading rusher in '06, the Northern Illinois star gets a shot ifCedric Benson falters.

BUYER BEWARE

JULIUS JONESCowboys
Team's three-time rushing leader will share touches in the final year of hiscontract.

FRANK GORE49ers
Had a great 2006 but has regularly gone under the knife since his college daysat Miami.

LENDALE WHITETitans
He may be No. 1 on the depth chart, but he'll be pushed by veteran Chris Brownand rookie Chris Henry from Arizona.

SI PLAYER RANKINGSFOR 2007 with 2006 stats

 

 

 

GAMES

CARRIES

RUSH. YARDS

YARDS/CARRY

YARDS/GAME

100-YARD GAMES

TDs

BYE WEEK

1.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers

16

348

1,815

5.2

113.4

11

33

7

2.

Steven Jackson, Rams

16

346

1,528

4.4

95.5

6

16

9

3.

Larry Johnson, Chiefs

16

416

1,789

4.3

111.8

11

19

8

4.

Shaun Alexander, Seahawks

10

252

896

3.6

89.6

3

7

8

5.

Frank Gore, 49ers

16

312

1,695

5.4

105.9

9

9

6

6.

Rudi Johnson, Bengals

16

341

1,309

3.8

81.8

5

12

5

7.

Willie Parker, Steelers

16

337

1,494

4.4

93.4

7

16

6

8.

Laurence Maroney, Patriots

14

175

745

4.3

53.2

1

7

10

9.

Joseph Addai, Colts

16

226

1,081

4.8

67.6

3

8

6

10.

Brian Westbrook, Eagles

15

240

1,217

5.1

81.1

8

11

5

11.

Travis Henry, Broncos

14

270

1,211

4.5

86.5

6

7

6

12.

Reggie Bush, Saints

16

155

565

3.6

35.3

1

9

4

13.

Thomas Jones, Jets

16

296

1,210

4.1

75.6

6

6

10

14.

Cedric Benson, Bears

15

157

647

4.1

43.1

1

6

9

15.

Willis McGahee, Ravens

14

259

990

3.8

70.7

2

6

8

16.

Ronnie Brown, Dolphins

13

241

1,008

4.2

77.5

4

5

9

17.

Deuce McAllister, Saints

15

244

1,057

4.3

70.5

5

10

4

18.

Julius Jones, Cowboys

16

267

1,084

4.1

67.8

5

4

8

19.

Edgerrin James, Cardinals

16

337

1,159

3.4

72.4

3

6

8

20.

Marshawn Lynch, Bills +

13

223

1,356

6.1

104.3

8

15

6

21.

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers

13

121

501

4.1

38.5

1

2

7

22.

Clinton Portis, Redskins

8

127

523

4.1

65.4

1

7

4

23.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars

16

166

941

5.7

58.8

3

16

4

24.

Marion Barber, Cowboys

16

135

654

4.8

40.9

0

16

8

25.

Chester Taylor, Vikings

15

303

1,216

4.0

81.1

4

6

5

26.

Brandon Jacobs, Giants

15

96

423

4.4

28.2

0

9

9

27.

Jamal Lewis, Browns

16

314

1,132

3.6

70.8

2

9

7

28.

Warrick Dunn, Falcons

16

286

1,140

4.0

71.3

3

5

8

29.

Ahman Green, Texans

14

266

1,059

4.0

75.6

5

6

10

30.

Fred Taylor, Jaguars

15

231

1,146

5.0

76.4

4

6

4

31.

Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers

14

225

798

3.5

57.0

2

1

10

32.

LaMont Jordan, Raiders

9

114

434

3.8

48.2

1

2

5

33.

Kevin Jones, Lions ‚úù

12

181

689

3.8

57.4

2

8

6

34.

Vernand Morency, Packers

14

96

434

4.5

31.0

1

2

7

35.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings +

7

188

1,012

5.4

144.6

6

12

5

36.

Ladell Betts, Redskins

16

245

1,154

4.7

72.1

6

5

4

37.

Jerious Norwood, Falcons

14

99

633

6.4

45.2

2

2

8

38.

Brandon Jackson, Packers +

14

188

989

5.3

70.6

4

10

7

39.

Reuben Droughns, Giants

14

220

758

3.4

54.1

2

4

9

40.

DeShaun Foster, Panthers

14

227

897

4.0

64.1

3

3

7

41.

Chris Henry, Titans +

11

165

581

3.5

52.8

1

8

4

42.

Maurice Morris, Seahawks

16

161

604

3.8

37.8

2

0

8

43.

LenDale White, Titans

13

61

244

4.0

18.8

0

0

4

44.

Tatum Bell, Lions

13

233

1,025

4.4

78.8

5

2

6

45.

T.J. Duckett, Lions

10

38

132

3.5

13.2

0

2

6

46.

Anthony Thomas, Bills

16

107

378

3.5

23.6

1

2

6

47.

Sammy Morris, Patriots

12

92

400

4.3

33.3

1

1

10

48.

Dominic Rhodes, Raiders

16

187

641

3.4

40.1

1

5

5

49.

Michael Robinson, 49ers

16

38

116

3.1

7.3

0

2

6

50.

Michael Pittman, Buccaneers

16

50

245

4.9

15.3

0

1

10

51.

Correll Buckhalter, Eagles

16

83

345

4.2

21.6

0

3

5

53.

Greg Jones, Jaguars *

14

151

575

3.8

41.1

2

4

4

53.

Kevin Faulk, Patriots

15

25

123

4.9

8.2

0

3

10

54.

Musa Smith, Ravens

12

36

153

4.3

12.8

0

0

8

55.

Wali Lundy, Texans

14

124

476

3.8

34.0

1

4

10

56.

Leon Washington, Jets

16

151

650

4.3

40.6

2

4

10

57.

Adrian Peterson, Bears

16

10

41

4.1

2.6

0

2

9

58.

Mike Bell, Broncos

15

157

677

4.3

45.1

1

8

6

59.

Noah Herron, Packers

16

37

150

4.1

9.4

0

3

7

60.

Lorenzo Booker, Dolphins +

13

143

616

4.3

47.4

1

4

9

61.

Corey Dillon, free agent

16

199

812

4.1

50.8

0

13

62.

Najeh Davenport, Steelers

13

60

221

3.7

17.0

0

2

6

63.

Ron Dayne, Texans

11

151

612

4.1

55.6

1

5

10

64.

Kenny Irons, Bengals +

11

198

893

4.5

81.2

3

4

5

+ Collegestats

* 2005 stats

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