ON THE RISE

RONNIE BROWN,Dolphins
He led Miami in rushing last season, and Ricky Williams's exile means he'sofficially the man now.

BRIAN WESTBROOK,Eagles
As Philly turns more toward the ground game, look for him to flirt with the1,000-yard mark.

FRANK GORE,49ers
Last season as a rookie he ran for more yards per carry than fellow Miami alumEdgerrin James. This year he's the favorite to get the lion's share of thecarries.

ON THEDECLINE

SHAUN ALEXANDER,Seahawks
It'll be impossible to match his MVP stats, especially without All-World guardSteve Hutchinson.

COREY DILLON,Patriots
He turns 32 in October, and rookie Laurence Maroney is knocking on thedoor.

CURTIS MARTIN,Jets
His 3.3 yards per carry was a career low. Though he pledges a comeback, he'stoo risky to count on.

SLEEPERS

DEUCE MCALLISTER,Saints
He appears to be fully healed from a torn ACL, and new coach Sean Payton willplay him and Reggie Bush together, creating matchup problems.

CHESTER TAYLOR, Vikings
He'll thrive behind new blocker Hutchinson, who joins one of the league'sbetter offensive lines.

KEVIN JONES,Lions
In Mike Martz's wide-open offense he'll play the Marshall Faulk role, which hasfantasy owners drooling.

DESIGNATEDSCORERS

MIKE SELLERS,Redskins
He moves into the backfield after being one of the league's most reliable pointproducers as a tight end.

BRANDON JACOBS,Giants
He could be an every-down back, but with Tiki Barber around he'll play largelyin short-yardage situations.

LENDALE WHITE,Titans
A load at 6'1", 235 pounds, he has a nose for the goal line (52 TDs on theground, plus five through the air, at USC over the last three seasons).

IMPACTROOKIES

REGGIE BUSH,Saints
Few players have his ability to take a pitch the length of the field.

DEANGELOWILLIAMS, Panthers
Behind oft-injured DeShaun Foster, he's worth a relatively early pick,especially in keeper leagues.

JOSEPH ADDAI,Colts
Rule No. 1 in Indy is Protect Peyton, so Addai has a big advantage over DominicRhodes in the quest for playing time: Addai is an excellent blocker.

BUYER BEWARE

FRED TAYLOR,Jaguars
After missing 31 games in his eight-year career, he's too fragile andinconsistent to count on, except as a late-round pick for depth.

RON DAYNE,Broncos
The Heisman Trophy winner has a chance to start, but he could lose carries toTatum Bell and Cedric Cobbs.

THOMAS JONES,Bears
His numbers last season were spectacular, but a contract dispute has led tomajor uncertainty.


  SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2006 With 2005 stats GAMES RUSH YARDS YARDS/
CARRY
100-YARD GAMES REC. YARDS YARDS/
CATCH
TOTAL TDS BYE WEEK
1. Larry Johnson, Chiefs 16 1,750 5.2 10 343 10.4 21 3
2. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers 16 1,462 4.3 5 370 7.3 20 3
3. Shaun Alexander, Seahawks 16 1,880 5.1 11 78 5.2 28 5
4. Clinton Portis, Redskins 16 1,516 4.3 9 216 7.2 11 8
5. Edgerrin James, Cardinals * 15 1,506 4.2 9 337 7.7 14 9
6. Tiki Barber, Giants 16 1,860 5.2 8 530 9.8 11 4
7. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins 15 907 4.4 2 232 7.3 5 8
8. Rudi Johnson, Bengals 16 1,458 4.3 4 90 3.9 12 5
9. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers 14 1,178 4.1 6 81 4.1 6 4
10. Steven Jackson, Rams 15 1,046 4.1 2 320 7.4 10 7
11. Kevin Jones, Lions 13 664 3.6 0 109 5.5 5 8
12. Brian Westbrook, Eagles 12 617 4.0 1 616 10.1 7 9
13. LaMont Jordan, Raiders 14 1,025 3.8 3 563 8.0 11 3
14. Warrick Dunn, Falcons 16 1,416 5.1 5 220 7.6 4 5
15. Willis McGahee, Bills 16 1,247 3.8 5 178 6.4 5 8
16. Reggie Bush,† Saints * 13 1,740 8.7 8 478 12.9 19 7
17. Chester Taylor, Vikings * 15 487 4.2 0 292 7.1 1 6
18. Corey Dillon, Patriots 12 733 3.5 2 181 8.2 13 6
19. Jamal Lewis, Ravens 15 906 3.4 2 191 6.0 4 7
20. DeAngelo Williams,† Panthers * 11 1,959 6.3 10 78 6.5 19 9
21. Frank Gore, 49ers 14 608 4.8 1 131 8.7 3 7
22. Cedric Benson, Bears 9 272 4.1 0 3 3.0 0 7
23. Julius Jones, Cowboys 13 993 3.9 1 218 6.2 5 3
24. Willie Parker, Steelers 15 1,202 4.7 5 218 12.1 5 4
25. Tatum Bell, Broncos 15 921 5.3 3 104 5.8 8 4
26. Domanick Davis, Texans 11 976 4.2 3 337 8.6 6 5
27. Reuben Droughns, Browns 16 1,232 4.0 3 369 9.5 2 6
28. Deuce McAllister, Saints 5 335 3.6 1 117 6.9 3 7
29. Curtis Martin, Jets 12 735 3.3 1 118 4.9 5 9
30. DeShaun Foster, Panthers 15 879 4.3 2 372 10.9 3 9
31. Mike Anderson, Ravens * 15 1,014 4.2 4 212 11.8 13 7
32. LenDale White,† Titans * 13 1,302 6.6 6 219 15.6 26 7
33. Fred Taylor, Jaguars 11 787 4.1 3 83 6.4 3 6
34. Joseph Addai,† Colts * 13 911 4.9 5 180 9.0 10 6
35. Chris Brown, Titans 15 851 3.8 0 327 13.1 7 7
36. Dominic Rhodes, Colts 13 118 3.0 0 88 7.3 4 6
37. Thomas Jones, Bears 15 1,335 4.3 5 143 5.5 9 7
38. Ahman Green, Packers 5 255 3.3 0 147 7.7 0 6
39. Ron Dayne, Broncos 10 270 5.1 0 17 5.7 1 4
40. Mewelde Moore, Vikings 16 662 4.3 2 339 9.2 3 6
41. Brandon Jacobs, Giants 16 99 2.6 0 0 -- 7 4
42. T.J. Duckett, Falcons 14 380 3.1 0 63 10.5 8 5
43. Cedric Houston, Jets 12 302 3.7 0 66 8.3 2 9
44. Sammy Morris, Dolphins 16 58 3.6 0 54 6.8 1 8
45. Ladell Betts, Redskins 12 338 3.8 0 78 7.8 2 8
46. Ryan Moats, Eagles 7 278 5.1 1 7 1.8 3 9
47. Mike Sellers, Redskins 15 1 1.0 0 72 6.0 8 8
48. Kevan Barlow, 49ers 12 581 3.3 1 241 7.8 3 7
49. Duce Staley, Steelers 5 148 3.9 0 34 5.7 1 4
50. Lee Suggs, Browns 8 15 1.9 0 26 4.3 0 6
51. Greg Jones, Jaguars 14 575 3.8 2 65 6.5 4 6
52. Priest Holmes, Chiefs 7 451 3.8 0 197 9.4 7 3
53. Ciatrick Fason, Vikings 13 62 1.9 0 0 -- 4 6
54. Najeh Davenport, Packers 5 105 3.5 0 3 1.5 2 6
55. Laurence Maroney, †Patriots * 11 1,464 5.2 8 170 10.0 11 6
56. Antowain Smith, Texans * 16 659 4.0 1 46 3.8 3 5
57. Marion Barber, Cowboys 13 538 3.9 1 115 6.4 5 3
58. Michael Turner, Chargers 16 335 5.9 1 0 -- 3 3
59. Michael Pittman, Buccaneers 16 436 6.2 1 300 8.3 2 4
60. Marshall Faulk, Rams 16 292 4.5 0 291 6.6 1 7
61. Samkon Gado, Packers 8 582 4.1 3 77 7.7 7 6
62. Chris Perry, Bengals 14 279 4.6 0 328 6.4 2 5
63. Shawn Bryson, Lions 16 306 4.8 0 284 7.7 1 8
64. Maurice Morris, Seahawks 16 288 4.1 1 48 9.6 1 5

*New team for2006 season †*College stats

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