Fantasy Clicks: An SI Special

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An SI Special

Adrian Peterson: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Fantasy Football is always in season, and with the debut of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Fantasy Football manual hitting newsstands, it's right in the forefront of many SI writers' minds, including mine. We're proud to say that it's the best-looking, most informative and most useful issue of its kind ever published. Go run out and grab a copy. To help get you in the mood, here's a preview of the top five players at each position:

Running Backs
1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
2. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
4. Steve Slaton, Texans
5. Michael Turner, Falcons

Quarterbacks
1. Drew Brees, Saints
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Peyton Manning, Colts
4. Philip Rivers, Chargers
5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals

Wide Receivers
1. Larry Fitzgerald
2. Andre Johnson
3. Randy Moss
4. Greg Jennings
5. Anquan Boldin

Tight Ends
1. Tony Gonzalez
2. Antonio Gates
3. Jason Witten
4. Chris Cooley
5. Anthony Fasano

Kickers
1. Jason Elam
2. Garrett Hartley
3. David Akers
4. Stephen Gostkowski
5. Lawrence Tynes

Defense/Special Teams
1. Steelers
2. Giants
3. Chargers
4. Vikings
5. Jets

Trendspotter

Now take a look at who's in and out in this week's edition of Fantasy Fad Watch, with an early eye toward trends you need to know for Fantasy Football '09:

IN

FIVE MINUTES AGO

OUT

Must-Have RB

Steve Slaton

Michael Turner

LaDainian Tomlinson

Hot Fantasy QB

Donovan McNabb

Tony Romo

Jay Cutler

Best Sleeper TE

Anthony Fasano

Dustin Keller

Todd Heap

Favre's Halo Helps ...

Bernard Berrian

Jerricho Cotchery

Donald Driver

Back to the Diamond


*debuted the following season

As expected the Nationals took San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg with the first pick of baseball's amateur draft. After what's expected to be a tough negotiation, Strasburg will likely be thrown right into the big-league fire and will fly off the waiver wire in fantasy leagues that don't allow ownership of amateur players. He'll become the ninth college pitcher of the draft era to go straight from campus into the majors. Here's how the first eight fared in their first years:

Pitcher

College

MLB Team

Draft Year

Games

W-L

ERA

Darren Dreifort

Wichita State

Dodgers

1993*

27

0-5

6.21

Jim Abbott

Michigan

Angels

1988

29

12-12

3.92

Eddie Bane

Arizona State

Twins

1973

23

0-5

4.92

Dick Ruthven

Fresno State

Phillies

1973

25

6-9

4.21

Pete Broberg

Dartmouth

Senators

1971

18

5-9

3.47

Burt Hooton

Texas

Cubs

1971

3

2-0

2.11

Steve Dunning

Stanford

Indians

1969*

19

4-9

4.96

Mike Adamson

South Carolina

Orioles

1967

3

0-1

8.38

This week's fantasy dream line

Sunday, June 7, 2009 vs. MilwaukeeAtlanta Braves AB R H RBI 3B HR TB BB
Chipper Jones 4 2 4 5 1 2 12 1

American (and National) League Idols

It hasn't been a stellar year for rookies, especially on offense. But the season is far from over, and so are these races, but at this point here are my top five picks for Rookie of the Year in each league.

American League
1. Josh Outman, Athletics 4-0 3.17 ERA 1.17 WHIP 49/24 K/BB
2. Rick Porcello, Tigers 6-4 3.98 ERA 1.30 WHIP 36/20 K/BB
3. Nolan Reimold, Orioles .280/.330/.561 7 HR 16 RBI 0 SB
4. Elvis Andrus, Rangers .273/.330/.400 3 HR 12 RBI 9 SB
5. Alfredo Aceves, Yankees 4-1 2.59 ERA 1.07 WHIP 24/6 K/BB

National League
1. Colby Rasmus, Cardinals .269/.235/.469 7 HR 23 RBI 1SB
2. J.A. Happ, Phillies 4-0 2.98 ERA 1.08 WHIP 34/18 K/BB
3. Dexter Fowler, Rockies .254/.349/.400 3 HR 13 RBI 11 SB
4. Omir Santos, Mets .277/.300/.436 3 HR 18 RBI 0 SB
5. Sharion Martis, Nationals 5-1 5.04 ERA 1.35 WHIP 28/29 K/BB

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