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This is an article from the Aug. 28, 2006 issue Original Layout

Start off with abang by drafting these players

EVERY FANTASYFOOTBALL owner wants to get a quick jump out of the gate. But since you're notlikely to land one of the top two players at every position--keepdreaming--consider some of the names below. These players have been the mostproductive during the season's first four games since 2002 (minimum 10 games).The players, all active in 2006, are listed with their current teams.

RUSHING YDS INFIRST FOUR

LADAINIANTOMLINSON Chargers
GAMES 16
YDS 1,790
AVG. 111.9

EDGERRIN JAMESCardinals
GAMES 14
YDS 1,413
AVG 100.9

PRIEST HOLMESChiefs
GAMES 16
YDS 1,605
AVG 100.3

JAMAL LEWISRavens
GAMES 14
YDS 1,322
AVG. 94.4

RECEIVING YDS INFIRST FOUR

TORRY HOLTRams
GAMES 16
YDS 1,552
AVG. 97.0

HINES WARDSteelers
GAMES 14
YDS 1,260
AVG. 90.0

RANDY MOSSRaiders
GAMES 15
YDS 1,350
AVG. 90.0

TERRELL OWENSCowboys
GAMES 15
YDS 1,281
AVG. 85.4

PASSING YDS INFIRST FOUR

MARC BULGERRams
GAMES 11
YDS 3,147
AVG. 286.1

TOM BRADYPatriots
GAMES 15
YDS 4,198
AVG. 279.9

DONOVAN MCNABBEagles
GAMES 15
YDS 4,058
AVG. 270.5

DREW BLEDSOECowboys
GAMES 15
YDS 3,943
AVG. 262.9

RUSHING TDS INFIRST FOUR

PRIEST HOLMESChiefs
GAMES 16
TDS 23

LADAINIANTOMLINSON Chargers
GAMES 16
TDS 18

SHAUN ALEXANDERSeahawks
GAMES 14
TDS 16

JAMAL LEWISRavens
GAMES 14
TDS 11

RECEIVING TDS INFIRST FOUR

RANDY MOSSRaiders
GAMES  15
TDS 13

MARVIN HARRISONColts
GAMES  15
TDS 12

TERRELL OWENSCowboys 1
GAMES  5
TDS 12

HINES WARDSteelers
GAMES  14
TDS 12

PASSING TDS INFIRST FOUR

PEYTON MANNINGColts
GAMES 15
TDS 32

BRETT FAVREPackers
GAMES 16
TDS 31

DONOVAN MCNABBEagles
GAMES 15
TDS 29

TOM BRADYPatriots
GAMES 15
TDS 27

SOURCE: ELIASSPORTS BUREAU

FOOT-FRIENDLYFIELDS

Where yourfantasy team's placekicker is playing in a given week can be the differencebetween winning and losing. Traditional wisdom dictates that domes are the bestplace for field goals, but based on the success rates of visiting kickers lastseason, a little sunshine goes a long way toward a big day.

BEST STADIUMS FORVISITING KICKERS

DOLPHINS STADIUM,Miami
FG 15
FG ATT. 15
PCT. 100%

M&T BANKSTADIUM, Baltimore
FG 14
FG ATT. 15
PCT. 93.3%

RAYMOND JAMESSTADIUM, Tampa Bay
FG 14
FG ATT. 15
PCT. 93.3%

FORD FIELD,Detroit
FG 10
FG ATT. 11
PCT. 90.9%

WORST STADIUMSFOR VISITING KICKERS

FEDEX FIELD,Washington
FG 9
FG ATT. 16
PCT. 56.3%

LP FIELD,Tennessee
FG 7
FG ATT. 12
PCT. 58.3%

RALPH WILSONSTADIUM, Buffalo
FG 5
FG ATT. 8
PCT. 62.5%

TEXAS STADIUM,Dallas
FG 8
FG ATT. 12
PCT. 66.7%

THE END ZONE

Are you in aleague that heavily rewards touchdowns? If so, take note of touchdowns pertouch (TDs/touch), the statistic measuring the percentage of a player's catchesand/or carries resulting in six points. (In 2005 tight end Mike Bartrum of theEagles and offensive guard Dwayne Carswell of the Broncos--who lined up as atight end--each reached the end zone the only two times they saw the ball.)Here are the '05 leaders in TDs/touch, based on a minimum of 10 touches andfive TDs.

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PLAYER, POS., 2006 TEAMREC.RUSHESTOUCHESTDSTDS/TOUCH
MIKE SELLERS, TE, Redskins121138.615
KYLE JOHNSON, RB, Broncos174216.286
CHRIS HENRY, WR, Bengals310316.194
BRANDON JACOBS, RB, Giants038387.184
JOE JUREVICIUS, WR, Browns5505510.182
ROY WILLIAMS, WR, Lions450458.178
ERNEST WILFORD, WR, Jaguars410417.171
MARCUS ROBINSON, WR, Vikings310315.161
HEATH MILLER, TE, Steelers390396.154
HINES WARD, WR, Steelers6937211.153


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PHOTOGENE LOWER/SLINGSHOT (JAMES)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (MCNABB)PHOTOICON SPORTS MEDIA (SELLERS)