I remember during my first fantasy football draft with my high school friends, my buddy C-Nast showed up with a bunch of names scribbled on a napkin. When we asked what they were, he simply replied, "A list of guys I want and guys I don't want."

Well that league has evolved to the point where a couple laptops were present last year, but the point remains the same. It's smart to come up with a list of possible sleepers and busts before you draft. Once the later rounds begin, and you've spilled sauce on your cheat sheets, it can be tough to focus on whether to draft Ciatrick Fason or Brandon Jacobs. However, such decisions could make a difference later in the season.


So here's who will be on my napkin come draft day. I'll follow with some QBs and WRs in the next couple days.


Kevin Jones, Lions- What makes for a better sleeper candidate than a guy who was one of the biggest busts of 2005? Jones had 20 or more carries just three times last year and failed to reach 90 yards rushing in any single game. Look for him to bounce back under new head coach Rod Marinelli and new offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Lions plan on using Jones more in the passing game after he caught only 20 balls last season. In 2004, he showed he can put up numbers, posting four 100-yard games in the season's final seven weeks. I've seen him ranked anywhere from 11th to 27th. I had Jones at No. 17 in my rankings, but I could certainly see him finishing higher. If your top two running backs have question marks, and you can grab Jones as a third option, don't hesitate. He will finish the season as a legitimate No. 2 back.

Chester Taylor, Vikings- Several factors point to him having a solid fantasy season in Minnesota. Taylor showed ability as a receiver last season, posting 41 catches in Baltimore. His new coach, Brad Childress, was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia where Brian Westbrook emerged as the best receiving back in the NFL. Expect Taylor to be one of the league's top receiving backs this season. As far as Minnesota's ground game goes, the Vikings added guard Steve Hutchinson to an already strong offensive line. Childress made it known to Andy Reid that he wanted to run the ball more in Philly. Now he gets his chance.

Worth a mention: Frank Gore- He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in limited action last season with the 49ers, and now Norv Turner takes over the offense. If he is named the starter over Kevan Barlow, he could be a decent fantasy option.


Tatum Bell, Broncos: I wonder if Sidney Ponson would be effective in Denver's system? If Bell were named the No. 1 option for the Broncos, he would be worth a high pick. However, with Mike Bell recently being named the starter for Denver's first preseason game and Ron Dayne still in the backfield, he's not in a position to put up big numbers. I'm not saying you shouldn't take him at all, but he's certainly not ranked among my top-25 running backs.

Domanick Davis, Texans: He ran for two touchdowns last year. He missed five games. And he's experienced knee problems throughout training camp. Yet I still see people predicting big things for Davis in 2006. The potential has always been there, and Davis should be ranked in your top-15, but be very careful of making him your team's No. 1 option. He just has too many question marks.