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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2008 with 2007 stats GAMES CARRIES RUSH YDS REC. YDS TOTAL YDS/GM 100-YD GMS TOTAL TDs BYE WEEK
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers 16 315 1,474 475 121.8 6 19 9
2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings 14 238 1,341 268 114.9 6 13 8
3. Joseph Addai, Colts 15 261 1,072 364 95.7 4 15 4
4. Brian Westbrook, Eagles 15 278 1,333 771 140.3 6 12 7
5. Marion Barber III, Cowboys 16 204 975 282 78.6 3 12 10
6. Steven Jackson, Rams 12 237 1,002 271 106.1 2 6 5
7. Clinton Portis, Redskins 16 325 1,262 389 103.2 4 11 10
8. Frank Gore, 49ers 15 260 1,102 436 102.5 2 6 9
9. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins 7 119 602 389 141.6 4 5 4
10. Jamal Lewis, Browns 15 298 1,304 248 103.5 5 11 5
11. Michael Turner, Falcons 16 71 316 16 20.8 1 1 7
12. Larry Johnson, Chiefs 8 158 559 186 93.1 3 4 6
13. Willis McGahee, Ravens 15 294 1,207 231 95.9 5 8 10
14. Marshawn Lynch, Bills 13 280 1,115 184 99.9 3 8 6
15. Ryan Grant, Packers 15 188 956 145 73.4 5 8 8
16. Darren McFadden, Raiders* 13 325 1,830 164 153.4 10 17 5
17. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars 15 167 768 407 78.3 2 9 7
18. Brandon Jacobs, Giants 11 202 1,009 174 107.5 5 6 4
19. LenDale White, Titans 16 303 1,110 114 76.5 5 7 6
20. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers 15 222 898 324 81.5 3 10 10
21. Willie Parker, Steelers 15 321 1,316 164 98.7 8 2 6
22. Selvin Young, Broncos 15 140 729 231 64.0 2 1 8
23. Julius Jones, Seahawks 16 164 588 203 49.4 0 2 4
24. Reggie Bush, Saints 12 157 581 417 83.2 0 6 9
25. Fred Taylor, Jaguars 15 223 1,202 58 84.0 5 5 7
26. Thomas Jones, Jets 16 310 1,119 217 83.5 4 2 5
27. Edgerrin James, Cardinals 16 324 1,222 204 89.1 3 7 7
28. Laurence Maroney, Patriots 13 185 835 116 73.2 3 6 4
29. Matt Forte, Bears* 12 361 2,127 282 200.8 9 23 8
30. Kevin Smith, Lions* 14 450 2,567 242 200.6 13 30 4
31. Justin Fargas, Raiders 14 222 1,009 188 85.5 4 4 5
32. Rudi Johnson, Bengals 11 170 497 110 55.2 1 4 8
33. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers* 13 280 1,722 145 143.6 9 13 9
34. Ricky Williams, Dolphins 1 6 15 0 15.0 0 0 4
35. Ahman Green, Texans 6 70 260 123 63.8 0 2 8
36. Andre Hall, Broncos 10 44 216 69 28.5 0 2 8
37. Chester Taylor, Vikings 14 157 844 281 80.4 2 7 8
38. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers* 13 262 1,681 318 153.8 8 19 6
39. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants 12 23 190 12 16.8 1 1 4
40. Kenny Watson, Bengals 16 178 763 374 71.1 2 7 8
41. Chris Taylor, Texans† 4 28 123 40 40.1 0 1 8
42. Jerious Norwood, Falcons 15 103 613 277 59.3 0 1 7
43. Felix Jones, Cowboys* 13 133 1,162 176 102.9 6 11 10
44. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers 16 144 717 175 55.8 2 5 9
45. Marcel Shipp, Cardinals 16 15 41 25 4.1 0 1 7
46. Sammy Morris, Patriots 6 85 384 35 69.8 2 3 4
47. Kolby Smith, Chiefs 16 112 407 148 34.7 1 2 6
48. Antonio Pittman, Rams 11 38 139 15 14.0 0 0 5
49. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers 16 227 720 238 59.9 1 4 10
50. Chris Johnson, Titans* 13 236 1,423 528 150.1 5 23 6
51. Maurice Morris, Seahawks 14 140 628 213 60.1 0 5 4
52. Deuce McAllister, Saints 3 24 92 15 35.7 0 0 9
53. Adrian Peterson, Bears 16 151 510 420 58.1 1 4 8
54. Jason Wright, Browns 16 60 277 233 31.9 0 1 5
55. Ray Rice, Ravens* 13 380 2,012 239 173.2 10 25 10
56. Pierre Thomas, Saints 12 52 252 151 33.6 1 2 9
57. Kevin Faulk, Patriots 16 62 265 383 40.5 0 1 4
58. DeShaun Foster, 49ers 16 247 876 182 66.1 1 4 9
59. Fred Jackson, Bills 8 58 300 190 61.3 1 0 6
60. Ladell Betts, Redskins 16 93 335 174 31.8 0 2 10
61. Correll Buckhalter, Eagles 14 62 313 87 28.6 1 4 7
62. Brian Calhoun, Lions 4 7 35 35 17.5 0 0 4
63. Jesse Chatman, Jets 14 128 515 161 48.3 1 1 5
64. Brandon Jackson, Packers 11 75 267 130 36.1 1 1 8

*Rookie (college statistics)
† 2006 stats

On the Rise

• MICHAEL TURNER
Falcons
Out of San Diego and a starter at last, the free-agent signee will account for most of Atlanta's offense.

LENDALE WHITE
Titans
He ran for 1,110 yards and seven TDs last year with torn knee cartilage. Now he's healthy.

RYAN GRANT
Packers
He was the lone back to average more than one rushing TD per game after Thanksgiving.

On the Decline

WILLIE PARKER
Steelers
Worried about his workload, the Steelers drafted Rashard Mendenhall in the first round.

DEANGELO WILLIAMS
Panthers
Yes, DeShaun Foster is gone, but Williams has fallen behind first-round pick Jonathan Stewart.

RUDI JOHNSON
Bengals
When Johnson was out last year, his understudies did well enough to push the vet toward expendability.

Sleepers
• RONNIE BROWN
Dolphins
The NFL's total yards leader when he tore his ACL in Week 7, he appears healthy and ready for a big comeback.

EARNEST GRAHAM
Buccaneers
From Nov. 4 through Dec. 2, only Justin Fargas (106.0) averaged more yards per game than Graham's 101.8.

JULIUS JONES
Seahawks
He'll beat out Maurice Morris as the starter—but as in Dallas, he could miss out on goal-line touches.

• MATT FORTE
Bears
He will be an every-down back in an offense that desperately needs a strong ground attack.

DARREN MCFADDEN
Raiders
The No. 4 pick will have his opportunities to fulfill the high expectations Oakland has for him.

KEVIN SMITH
Lions
The NCAA's 2007 rushing leader, from Central Florida, is a dark-horse candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Keep an Eye On

RICKY WILLIAMS
Dolphins
He's more motivated than ever and his quest for a big payday could translate into big fantasy points.

PIERRE THOMAS
Saints
Worth a look because Reggie Bush is a receiver, Deuce McAllister is a medical risk, and Aaron Stecker is old.

CHRIS TAYLOR
Texans
This coaches' favorite missed '07 with a knee injury; he could emerge as a late-season force.

Buyer Beware

• FRED TAYLOR
Jaguars
He was a fantastic story last season, but it's a risk to count on the oft-injured 11-year vet to be anything more than your third running back.

JUSTIN FARGAS
Raiders
Oakland re-signed him to a rich multiyear contract after his breakout '07 season, but he'll still have to fight off McFadden all season.

KEVIN JONES
Bears
You should make this your draft-day tradition: Let someone else take a chance on the oft-disappointing Jones.

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PHOTODALE ZANINE/US PRESSWIRE (TURNER) PHOTOJASON ARNOLD/ICON SMI (BROWN) PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (BARBER)SMART PICK Already a big scorer (28 touchdowns over the past two seasons), Barber will pick up more carries with the departure of Julius Jones to Seattle. PHOTOSCOTT BOEHM/GETTY IMAGES (FORTE) PHOTOGRAY QUETTI/CAL SPORT MEDIA (TAYLOR)

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