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SHANE VEREEN, New England Patriots RB
With Danny Woodhead gone, Vereen has the Patriots’ No. 2 running back spot locked up behind starter Stevan Ridley. Vereen had a solid year on the ground in 2012, rushing for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries. But his biggest fantasy boost could be in the passing game, especially in PPR leagues. Vereen had eight catches for 149 yards and a TD last season and has six catches for 64 yards and a TD in the preseason. |

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RONNIE HILLMAN, Denver Broncos RB While the running
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RONNIE HILLMAN, Denver Broncos RB
While the running back battle is still being fought in the trenches, it looks like Hillman will play second-fiddle to rookie Montee Ball. But that’s no reason to give up on him. With injury prone Knowshon Moreno rounding out the Broncos’ options, Hillman will likely get his fair share of carries as part of one of the best offenses in the league. He’s not someone to jump on early — no sooner than the ninth round — but at worst, he could be a solid flex play. |

E.J. MANUEL, Buffalo Bills QB Manuel seemed to
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E.J. MANUEL, Buffalo Bills QB
Manuel seemed to have the Bills’ starting job locked up before having to undergo minor knee surgery, but even with the injury he could be the guy for the long haul this season. The Bills don’t have a timetable for Manuel’s return, but he could be back in time for the start of the regular season. Manuel looked great in two preseason games, going 26-for-33 for 199 yards, two TDs and no picks. He also broke off a 24-yard run, showing he fits in with the new regime of NFL quarterbacks. He has top-15 upside but this knee injury could be cause for concern. |

SHANE VEREEN, New England Patriots RB With Danny
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SHANE VEREEN, New England Patriots RB
With Danny Woodhead gone, Vereen has the Patriots’ No. 2 running back spot locked up behind starter Stevan Ridley. Vereen had a solid year on the ground in 2012, rushing for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries. But his biggest fantasy boost could be in the passing game, especially in PPR leagues. Vereen had eight catches for 149 yards and a TD last season and has six catches for 64 yards and a TD in the preseason. |

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DEANDRE HOPKINS, Houston Texans WR The first-round pick
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DEANDRE HOPKINS, Houston Texans WR
The first-round pick out of Clemson seems to be the Texans’ answer as their No. 2 receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Hopkins had a monster senior year — 1,405 yards, 18 TDs on 82 catches. Obviously, there’s no way he’ll come close to that this season, but it’s just a glimpse of what this youngster can do. The Texans are a run-heavy team, but Matt Schaub has still managed to throw for at least 4,000 yards three of the past four seasons. He can’t always throw to Johnson. |

CHRIS IVORY, Jets RB Shonn Greene has been
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CHRIS IVORY, Jets RB
Shonn Greene has been one of the more frustrating fantasy running backs the past few seasons, despite his top-20 performance last year. Fantasy owners and Jets fans alike are happy to see him relegated to Chris Johnson’s backup in Tennessee, and Ivory has a lot to do with it. In three seasons with the Saints, Ivory has shown he has what it takes to be a starter. He’s only played in 24 games over that span, but he has a career 5.1 yards per carry average. If Ivory gets 265 carries — Greene’s average the past two seasons — he could be a top-10 running back. |

ZACH SUDFELD, New England Patriots TE In the
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ZACH SUDFELD, New England Patriots TE
In the wake of the Patriots’ tight end question marks, the undrafted rookie has stepped up. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s only the preseason, but so far he has three catches for 54 yards and a TD. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez had at least 50 catches each of the past two years and both missed time last year with injuries. Tom Brady loves to go to his tight ends. Even when Gronk returns, Sudfeld will be productive. Once you’re past the Jimmy Grahams and Jason Wittens of the world, this guy falls into the next tier. |

RYAN BROYLES, Detroit Lions WR Even with the
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RYAN BROYLES, Detroit Lions WR
Even with the addition of Reggie Bush, the Lions are a pass-heavy offense. Matthew Stafford had a league-high 727 pass attempts last season, and much like the Texans’ situation, the Lions can’t throw it to Calvin Johnson on every play. Broyles makes for a great late pick. |

MICHAEL VICK, Philadelphia Eagles QB You may not
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MICHAEL VICK, Philadelphia Eagles QB
You may not like reading this, but Vick has a big fantasy upside. As it always is with Vick, health will be a concern. If he can stay on the field, the mobile quarterback is a perfect fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. So far in the preseason, Vick has been rather efficient as a passer, going 13-for-15 for 199 yards. It’s only the preseason, but it’s a good sign going forward. Vick has top-five QB potential, but keep in mind there’s always a risk. |

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DANNY AMENDOLA, New England Patriots WR When was
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DANNY AMENDOLA, New England Patriots WR
When was the last time Tom Brady didn’t make a wide receiver better? Amendola has struggled with injuries in his young career, but if he stays healthy, he could have a big fantasy impact. He has a similar skill set to Wes Welker, who went for more than 1,000 receiving yards and at least 100 catches in five of the last six seasons with Brady, and is five years younger. We know Brady’s going to throw the ball (he had 637 pass attempts in 2012), and with Rob Gronkowski likely out until about Week 3 and Aaron Hernandez gone, Amendola looks like he’s in line to be Brady’s new favorite target. |

DARYL RICHARDSON, St. Louis Rams RB Isaiah Pead
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DARYL RICHARDSON, St. Louis Rams RB
Isaiah Pead could end up being the guy, but Richardson, who's been named the Week 1 starter with Pead out for the Rams' opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, has a chance to prove himself. Richardson averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season on a team that will look to run the ball. |

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