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Friday, August 27, 2010

1. Brent Celek, TE, PHI
2. Steve Smith, WR, NYG
3. Marion Barber, RB, DAL
4. Joseph Addai, RB, IND
5. Pierre Garcon, WR, IND
6. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
7. C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
8. Justin Forsett, RB, SEA
9. Johnny Knox, WR, CHI
10. Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
11. Wes Welker, WR, NE
12. Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE

Notes: The Ahmad Bradshaw hype is in full swing now, so getting him a full two rounds after Brandon Jacobs is great value. ... Steve Smith (NYG) takes a big hit in non-PPR leagues, but it's still surprising to see him go after Hakeem Nicks. ... I love Justin Forsett's talent, but this Seattle backfield is heading for a three-headed monster. Upside is capped. ... Brent Celek is Kevin Kolb's best friend. Don't forget it. ... I'm not surprised at all to see Johnny Knox come off the board this early. He's gone from late-round flier to No. 1 breakout candidate in a few short months. Reach to get him.

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1. Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
2. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3. Hines Ward, WR, PIT
4. Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE
5. Brett Favre, QB, MIN
6. Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
7. Santana Moss, WR, WAS
8. Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
9. Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
10. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
11. Michael Bush, RB, OAK
12. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK

Notes: Percy Harvin is a steal here now thanks to Sidney Rice's injury. ... Owners looking for running back help in this range are going to be speculating heavily. Darren McFadden has the most talent in the tier, but continues to show very little. He has a big shot Saturday when he'll start the Raiders' third preseason game. ... Montario Hardesty (knee) has a couple weeks to get his momentum back. ... Kenny Britt is no longer on my list of players to target. The dude just can't keep his head on straight long enough to earn the trust of his teammates/coaches. ... Hines Ward and Santana Moss are two of the rare "veteran sleepers."

1. Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ
2. Robert Meachem, WR, NO
3. Zach Miller, TE, OAK
4. Devin Hester, WR, CHI
5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA
6. Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
7. Reggie Bush, RB, NO
8. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
9. Donald Driver, WR, GB
10. Kevin Kolb, QB, PHI
11. Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
12. Kellen Winslow, TE, TB

Notes: I've seen Zach Miller go as high as the sixth round, so adjust accordingly. He should lead the Raiders in targets and catches this year. ... Owen Daniels and Kellen Winslow are major injury question marks, but Daniels has more upside. ... Reggie Bush should have an expanded red-zone role, but he's tough to swallow in non-PPR. ... Love the value of Kevin Kolb here, more than four rounds after Jay Cutler. ... It's odd to see a clear starting running back like Clinton Portis go so late, but this is the correct range thanks to his eroding skills and brutal offensive line.

1. Lee Evans, WR, BUF
2. Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
3. Terrell Owens, WR, CIN
4. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
5. Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
6. Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
7. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, MIN
8. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
9. Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
10. Donald Brown, RB, IND
11. Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI
12. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ

Notes: If you want to wait on your tight end, Chris Cooley is a great one to target. ... Interesting strategy by Team 4: Take Ben Roethlisberger as your QB1 and back it up with Donovan McNabb for the first five weeks of the season. I can dig it, although I prefer Matthew Stafford over McNabb. ... Terrell Owens is much better value here in Round 9 than Chad Ochocinco was in Round 5.

1. Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN
2. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
3. Steve Breaston, WR, ARZ
4. Eagles D
5. Carnell Williams, RB, TB
6. Jets D
7. Darren Sproles, RB, SD
8. Thomas Jones, RB, KC
9. Donovan McNabb, QB, WAS
10. Tim Hightower, RB, ARZ
11. Leon Washington, RB, SEA
12. Kevin Walter, WR, HOU

Notes: Bernard Berrian gets a boost thanks to the Sidney Rice news. ... The first defenses come off the board here, and our top-ranked unit goes first. The Jets are a much better choice in real life than in fantasy. ... Kevin Walter remains in front of Jacoby Jones on the depth chart, but it's a little surprising to see the veteran with less upside come off the board first.

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Adam Levitan is in his seventh season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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