Need To Know

August 20, 2006

What Might HaveBeen
Look for Boldin and Burress to put up bigger numbers

IT'S EASY tofigure out who led the league in receptions, yards and TDs. What fantasy ownerswant to know is who has the potential to rack up big numbers in the seasonahead. One way to get a fix on that potential is to see which receivers had themost catches nullified by penalties last year. Another is to look at whichreceivers had the most passes thrown to them. Anquan Boldin ranks high on bothlists, making him worthy of a nudge upward on your draft board. Plaxico Burressis a sleeper candidate; in his second season with the Giants, he'll be morefamiliar with quarterback Eli Manning.

RECEIVER CATCHES NULLIFIED ADJ. TOTAL
EDDIE KENNISON, Chiefs 68 8 76
STEVE SMITH, Panthers 103 6 109
ANQUAN BOLDIN, Cardinals 102 6 108
CHAD JOHNSON, Bengals 97 6 103
(THREE TIED WITH FIVE)

 

RECEIVER INTENDED PASSES CATCHES PCT.
ANQUAN BOLDIN, Cardinals 171 102 59.6
PLAXICO BURRESS, Giants 166 76 45.8
CHRIS CHAMBERS, Dolphins 166 82 49.4
LARRY FITZGERALD, Cardinals 165 103 62.4
TORRY HOLT, Rams 163 102 62.6
SOURCE: STATS INC.


TELLING NUMBERS

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KICKERS with active streaks of four consecutive 100-point seasons: JASON ELAM,Mike Vanderjagt and Adam Vinatieri. Josh Brown, Shayne Graham, Jeff Reed andMatt Stover have scored 100 points in each of the last three seasons.

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WIDEOUTS who had more than 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie since 1986 (AnquanBoldin, Michael Clayton, Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and Randy Moss). The rookiewith the best chance this year is the Packers' Greg Jennings, who had 1,259yards as a senior at Western Michigan. In Green Bay's thin receiving corps, heshould quickly become one of Brett Favre's favorite targets.

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SEASONS in a row in which at least one rookie running back has rushed for 1,000yards. Over that time 24 rookies have hit the 1,000-yard mark. This season'sbest bets are Reggie Bush of the Saints, DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers andJoseph Addai of the Colts.

THE BEST THEY CANBE
A handful of teams opened training camp with a relatively unproven starterpenciled in at running back. Each of those backs has had some success in theNFL, however. Here's how each performed in his best career outing.

NAME, TEAM YEARS PRO BEST GAME CARRIES YDS. TDS
DOMINIC RHODES, Colts 5 Dec. 16, 2001 29 177 2
CHESTER TAYLOR, Vikings 4 Dec. 5, 2004 23 139 1
RON DAYNE, Broncos 6 Sept. 30, 2001 19 111 1
FRANK GORE, 49ers 1 Jan. 1, 2006 25 108 0
CEDRIC BENSON, Bears 1 Nov. 6, 2005 14 79 0

 

PHOTOGREG TROTT/WIREIMAGE.COM (BOLDIN) PHOTOJOHN PYLE/ICON SMI (ELAM) PHOTODARRON CUMMINGS/AP (RHODES) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (BURRESS)

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)