June 11, 2009
Fantasy Clicks
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

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

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


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:

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

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

*debuted the following season
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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