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9. CALVIN JOHNSON
Detroit Lions, WR
“Megatron” marched his way into history last year, breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record with 1,964 yards. Johnson also led the NFL in receptions with 122, making him an even better option in PPR leagues. While he only made it into the end zone five times — a significant drop from his 16 and 12 TDs in 2011 and 2010, respectively — Johnson remains Matthew Stafford’s favorite target. |

Top 30 fantasy football players

With NFL training camps underway, here's a look at the top 30 fantasy football players heading into the season. By Casey Musarra

30. CAM NEWTON Carolina Panthers, QB Newton continues
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30. CAM NEWTON
Carolina Panthers, QB
Newton continues to be a force through the air and on the ground. After breaking the rookie rushing and passing yards records in 2011 (only to have both broken by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, respectively, in 2012), Newton threw for 3,869 yards and rushed for 741 yards in 2013, and it was considered a down sophomore season. Look for him to continue to dominate defenses.

29. RANDALL COBB Green Bay Packers, WR The
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29. RANDALL COBB
Green Bay Packers, WR
The third-year receiver was a total steal in last year’s fantasy draft. Injuries to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson largely contributed to Cobb’s 954 yards and eight TDs, but you can’t take that away from what he did. |

28. DEZ BRYANT Dallas Cowboys, WR Bryant may
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28. DEZ BRYANT
Dallas Cowboys, WR
Bryant may be a headache for the Cowboys, but he’s a sigh of relief for fantasy owners. With a big-time second half of the season, Bryant finished with a career-best 1,382 receiving yards and 12 TDs in 2012. He’s been short of dependable in the past, but it appears Bryant has put it together. |

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27. MAURICE JONES-DREW Jacksonville Jaguars, RB Coming off
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27. MAURICE JONES-DREW
Jacksonville Jaguars, RB
Coming off a fractured foot in Week 7 last year, Jones-Drew could yet again be a risk. But assuming he’s healthy, the reward will likely be greater than the risk. With Blaine Gabbert still under center in Jacksonville, MJD should get a heavy load like in the past. |

26. TOM BRADY New England Patriots, QB Brady
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26. TOM BRADY
New England Patriots, QB
Brady might be lacking proven targets this season, but he’s done more with less. With Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez gone and Rob Gronkowski’s health in question, he’ll need Danny Amendola, who has struggled with injuries himself the past two years, to step up. But Tom Brady is still Tom Brady. Expect comparable numbers to his 2012 season of 4,827 yards and 34 TDs. |

25. JULIO JONES Atlanta Falcons, WR In just
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25. JULIO JONES
Atlanta Falcons, WR
In just his second season, Jones continued to show he’s a big deep threat. On a team full of offensive weapons, Jones had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 TDs. His one downside just may be the fact that QB Matt Ryan has so many options. |

24. RODDY WHITE Atlanta Falcons, WR With Julio
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24. RODDY WHITE
Atlanta Falcons, WR
With Julio Jones becoming one of the best receivers in the league, White had a slight dip in targets from the past three seasons. White had 143 targets to Jones’ 129 last season and finished with 1,351 yards and seven TDs last year. White hasn’t missed a game in his eight NFL seasons. |

23. PEYTON MANNING Denver Broncos, QB After missing
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23. PEYTON MANNING
Denver Broncos, QB
After missing all of 2011 with a neck injury, Manning didn’t miss a beat in his first season out of a Colts uniform. The NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year threw for 4,659 yards and 37 TDs. It was the 12th time in 14 seasons Manning exceeded the 4,000-yard mark. |

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22. DEMARYIUS THOMAS Denver Broncos, WR Peyton Manning
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22. DEMARYIUS THOMAS
Denver Broncos, WR
Peyton Manning makes everyone better. Thomas had pedestrian years in his first two seasons in the NFL, but that changed with Manning. Thomas led the Broncos with 1,434 receiving yards and 94 catches on 141 targets, and scored 10 TDs. |

21. CHRIS JOHNSON Tennessee Titans, RB Johnson got
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21. CHRIS JOHNSON
Tennessee Titans, RB
Johnson got off to a rough start last season with only 45 rushing yards in his first three games, but he improved dramatically from there. Johnson finished with 1,243 yards after rushing for more than 122 yards five times. The 27-year-old only had six TDs in 2012, but can still break big runs (83 yards vs. Buffalo, 80 vs. Chicago and 94 vs. Jets). |

20. BRANDON MARSHALL Chicago Bears, WR Marshall was
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20. BRANDON MARSHALL
Chicago Bears, WR
Marshall was dominant in his first year with the Bears. He had a career-high in yards (1,508) and touchdowns (11) in his reunion with QB Jay Cutler. |

19. FRANK GORE San Francisco 49ers, RB Age
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19. FRANK GORE
San Francisco 49ers, RB
Age and health are the questions that surround the 30-year-old back, but with two straight seasons of 16 games, the latter is less of a problem. Even at the big 3-0, Gore looks to be a threat behind a solid 49ers’ offensive line. |

18. JIMMY GRAHAM New Orleans Saints, TE With
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18. JIMMY GRAHAM
New Orleans Saints, TE
With Rob Gronkowski coming back from two surgeries, Graham stands alone as the top tight end this season. Graham had a slightly down year in 2012, with 982 receiving yards and nine TDs, but on a team with plenty of receiving options, he remains Brees’ go-to. Despite finishing third on the team in receiving yards behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore, Graham led the Saints with 135 targets and 85 catches. |

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17. A.J. GREEN Cincinnati Bengals. WR After a
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17. A.J. GREEN
Cincinnati Bengals. WR
After a breakout rookie year in 2011, Green topped himself in 2012. The Bengals receiver, who turns 25 before Week 1, posted 1,350 receiving yards and 11 TDs in his second season. After Week 1, Green went on a nine-game stretch with at least one TD catch, but only had one the rest of the year. |

16. DREW BREES New Orleans Saints. QB Another
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16. DREW BREES
New Orleans Saints. QB
Another year, another 5,000-plus passing yards for Brees, who led the league with 5,177 yards and 43 TDs. Brees’ one downfall is interceptions — he threw 19, the second most of his career in 2012. But his outstanding numbers elsewhere outweigh the turnovers. |

15. MATT FORTE Chicago Bears. RB Despite injuries
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15. MATT FORTE
Chicago Bears. RB
Despite injuries the past two seasons, Forte remains a top-tier fantasy option. He rushed for 1,094 yards and five TDs in 2012. The past couple of seasons the Bears have looked elsewhere in the red zone, favoring Michael Bush and Marion Barber in 2012 and 2011, respectively. With Bush back in 2013, it will likely be the same, so Forte will have to score on big gains. |

14. STEVEN JACKSON Atlanta Falcons, RB Jackson has
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14. STEVEN JACKSON
Atlanta Falcons, RB
Jackson has been about as consistent as they come. For the eighth straight year, he rushed for at least 1,000 yards with the St. Louis Rams and looks to do the same in his first year in Atlanta. Jackson adds to an already potent offense of Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones. |

13. TRENT RICHARDSON Cleveland Browns, RB Richardson was
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13. TRENT RICHARDSON
Cleveland Browns, RB
Richardson was kept out of June training camp with a leg injury, but that doesn’t seem like it will be a problem in 2013. The first-year back rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 11 TDs last season and should see improvements with a year in the NFL under his belt. |

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12. AARON RODGERS Green Bay Packers, QB Only
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12. AARON RODGERS
Green Bay Packers, QB
Only when you’re Aaron Rodgers is 4,295 yards and 39 TDs considered a down year. But that’s what he did in 2012, marking the fourth time in five years that he threw for more than 4,000 yards. With a slate of targets that includes Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley, expect similar numbers. |

11. LESEAN MCCOY Philadelphia Eagles, RB Even before
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11. LESEAN MCCOY
Philadelphia Eagles, RB
Even before suffering a concussion in Week 10 and missing four games, McCoy had a down year. He rushed for only 840 yards and two touchdowns, partly because of his lack of carries. With the new Chip Kelly offense and the Eagles’ questions at quarterback, McCoy is expected to get more touches, which should translate to increased production. |

10. STEVAN RIDLEY New England Patriots, RB The
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10. STEVAN RIDLEY
New England Patriots, RB
The Patriots led the league in total offensive yards, but with Tom Brady’s lack of proven receivers this year, Ridley could get even more work than in 2012. The second-year back rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns on 290 carries last season. |

9. CALVIN JOHNSON Detroit Lions, WR “Megatron” marched
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9. CALVIN JOHNSON
Detroit Lions, WR
“Megatron” marched his way into history last year, breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record with 1,964 yards. Johnson also led the NFL in receptions with 122, making him an even better option in PPR leagues. While he only made it into the end zone five times — a significant drop from his 16 and 12 TDs in 2011 and 2010, respectively — Johnson remains Matthew Stafford’s favorite target. |

8. ALFRED MORRIS Washington Redskins, RB It’s been
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8. ALFRED MORRIS
Washington Redskins, RB
It’s been tough to depend on a Mike Shanahan running back in fantasy because of his penchant for splitting carries, but Morris put those questions aside with a ridiculous rookie year. Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 TDs, both good for second in the league in both categories. Morris’ one downfall is he doesn’t do much in the receiving game, but his ability on the ground is enough for fantasy owners. |

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7. C.J. SPILLER Buffalo Bills, RB Spiller had
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7. C.J. SPILLER
Buffalo Bills, RB
Spiller had a breakout year in 2012. From opening week against the Jets when he rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 14 carries, Spiller showed he’s one of the most elusive backs. Fred Jackson’s injury troubles helped Spiller show the Bills he’s their top guy, which will give him more carries from the get-go. |

6. MARSHAWN LYNCH Seattle Seahawks, RB Lynch is
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6. MARSHAWN LYNCH
Seattle Seahawks, RB
Lynch is easily the best power back out there. He rushed for a career-high 1,590 yards — third best in the NFL — in 2012, and for the second consecutive season he found the end zone at least 11 times. Lynch doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. |

5. JAMAAL CHARLES Kansas City Chiefs, RB The
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5. JAMAAL CHARLES
Kansas City Chiefs, RB
The Chiefs were as bad as it got last season, but Charles continued to dominate even behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Charles still managed to rush for 1,509 yards, good for fourth in the league. Now that he’ll be running behind No. 1 draft pick Eric Fisher and have a legitimate starting QB in Alex Smith to distract defenses, he should have an even better year. |

4. DOUG MARTIN Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB Martin’s
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4. DOUG MARTIN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB
Martin’s rookie season was lost a bit behind the argument for the best rookie quarterback, but it wasn’t lost on the Bucs. The 24-year-old had one of the best years ever for a rookie running back with 1,454 rushing yards and 11 rushing TDs. |

3. RAY RICE Baltimore Ravens, RB Despite his
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3. RAY RICE
Baltimore Ravens, RB
Despite his fumbling issues in the postseason, Rice only has seven in five NFL regular seasons, which is what matters in fantasy. Rice is as durable as they come, having played in all 16 games the past four seasons. The 26-year-old also adds a nice boost, especially in PPR leagues, in the passing game. He was second in the league among RBs with 61 receptions in 2012. Count on that plus his typical 1,000-plus rushing yards. |

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2. ARIAN FOSTER Houston Texans, RB For the
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2. ARIAN FOSTER
Houston Texans, RB
For the second time in three years, Foster led the league with 15 rushing TDs. Foster also finished sixth with 1,424 rushing yards, but it’s his ability to get into the end zone that will keep fantasy owners happy. Including his two receiving touchdowns, Foster averaged a little more than one TD per game in 2012. |

1. ADRIAN PETERSON Minnesota Vikings, RB After the
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1. ADRIAN PETERSON
Minnesota Vikings, RB
After the season Peterson put up in 2012 following ACL surgery, it’s hard not to wonder if he really is human. Following Week 1, Peterson went on a six-game stretch without a touchdown and still finished tied for third with 12 rushing TDs. But even more impressive, he rushed for 2,097 yards, just nine short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season record. He’s a no-doubt No. 1 pick. |

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