No matter how much you prepare for your fantasy draft, it's almost impossible to select the perfect team. But it's fun to imagine what your squad might look like if you had the luxury of picking nothing but top-tier players. Here is our dream team, plus some more-than-able backups.

QUARTERBACK

Peyton Manning, Colts
The 2004 NFL co-MVP (with Steve McNair) operates in a finely tuned offense and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the last five seasons.

BACKUP:
Josh McCown, Cardinals
New coach Dennis Green loves this Sam Houston State product who threw for 1,018 yards in eight games last year.

RUNNING BACKS

Priest Holmes, Chiefs
He's flourished in Dick Vermeil's high-powered offense, rushing for 3,035 yards and scoring 51 TDs in the last two seasons.

Clinton Portis, Redskins
He won't have the Broncos' awesome line opening holes for him anymore, but because of his running style Portis (1,905 total yards, 14 TDs in 2003) has a chance to be the best back ever to play under Joe Gibbs.

BACKUPS:
Kevin Jones, Lions T
he rookie out of Virginia Tech should get the bulk of the carries in a dangerous young offense.

Tatum Bell, Broncos
He will have to battle for playing time, but the rookie from Oklahoma State gained 1,286 yards and scored 16 TDs as a senior last year.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Randy Moss, Vikings
Only a handful of wideouts can control games by themselves, and Moss is one of them. He had a career year in 2003 with 111 catches for 1,632 yards and 17 TDs despite being slowed by plantar fasciitis in his left foot. After 31/2 months of rest, he could be even better.

Marvin Harrison, Colts
He runs precise routes and is a perennial threat to catch 100 passes. Look for Peyton Manning's favorite target to bounce back from an "off year" in which he caught 94 balls for 1,272 yards.

BACKUPS:
Michael Clayton, Buccaneers
The plan is for the rookie from LSU to be a possession receiver, but don't be surprised to see Clayton do much more.

Drew Bennett, Titans
Limited by injuries that cost him four games in '03, he still made great strides and will be Steve McNair's No. 2 receiver.

TIGHT END

Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs
A tremendous athlete, he was tied for fourth among all players in receiving touchdowns (10) last season, marking the third time in the last five years he ranked in the league's top 10.

BACKUP:
Itula Mili, Seahawks
He has to fend off Jerramy Stevens for playing time, but Mili has shown a knack for making big plays.

KICKER

Mike Vanderjagt, Colts
It's hard to be any better than Vanderjagt was in 2003 when he made 37 of 37 field goal and 46 of 46 extra-point attempts. And he kicks in a dome.

BACKUP:
Jason Hanson, Lions
The veteran hasn't had many opportunities in the last few years, but he should get more this year with an improved offense.

DEFENSE

Ravens
Anchored by right inside linebacker Ray Lewis (163 tackles, 6 interceptions in '03), this swarming D has the ability to outscore many offenses. Safeties Ed Reed and Chad Williams, cornerback Chris McAlister and Lewis all returned interceptions for touchdowns last season, and the defense ranked second in takeaways with 41.

BACKUP:
Bengals
They took a step back defensively last season, but they'll be much better in the second year of Marvin Lewis's system after re-signing safeties Rogers Beckett and Kevin Kaesviharn and trading for cornerback Deltha O'Neal.

 

 

2003 NFL

STAT LEADERS

PASSING YARDS*

Peyton Manning, Colts

266.7

Marc Bulger, Rams

256.3

Trent Green, Chiefs

252.4

Daunte Culpepper, Vikings

248.5

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

Brett Favre, Packers

32

Peyton Manning, Colts

29

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks

26

Brad Johnson, Buccaneers

26

Jon Kitna, Bengals

26

RUSHING YARDS*

Jamal Lewis, Ravens

129.1

Clinton Portis, Broncos

122.4

Ahman Green, Packers

117.7

RECEIVING YARDS (WIDE RECEIVERS)*

Torry Holt, Rams

106.0

Randy Moss, Vikings

102.0

Anquan Boldin, Cardinals

86.1

RECEIVING YARDS (TIGHT ENDS)*

Jeremy Shockey, Giants

59.4

Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs

57.2

Shannon Sharpe, Broncos

51.3

SCORING (KICKERS)

POINTS

Jeff Wilkins, Rams

163

Mike Vanderjagt, Colts

157

Matt Stover, Ravens

134

SCORING (NONKICKERS)

POINTS

Priest Holmes, Chiefs

162

Ahman Green, Packers

120

Randy Moss, Vikings

102

LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers

102

*Per Game

COLOR PHOTOBILL FRAKES (MANNING) COLOR PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (HOLMES) COLOR PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (MOSS) COLOR PHOTODAVE KAUP/GETTY IMAGES (GONZALEZ) COLOR PHOTO ICON SMI (VANDERJAGT) COLOR PHOTONICK WASS/AP (RAVENS' D)
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)