Indianapolis Colts - Should Joseph Addai be considered an elite running back?
There's no doubt about it. Addai split carries with Dominic Rhodes last season and still managed over 1,400 rushing/receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Rhodes is now gone, and the Colts have done nothing to replace him, meaning Addai becomes the undisputed starter. He rushes behind a great offensive line and showed great versatility last season, catching 40 balls for 325 yards. Don't be scared off by Indy's high-powered passing attack. Remember, Edgerrin James had back-to-back seasons of more than 1,500 yards in 2004 and 2005. Addai might not reach those heights this season, but he's certainly a first-round pick and can be counted on to produce as a No. 1 running back.
Jacksonville Jaguars - What can Maurice Jones-Drew do for an encore?
The Jaguars running back was one of fantasy's biggest surprises last season, accounting for 15 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards. However, don't expect him to repeat those numbers in 2007. Fred Taylor is still Jacksonville's primary running back, and Greg Jones could return from injury to take over short-yardage carries. It will be imperative for fantasy owners to keep an eye on how the RB position plays out for Jacksonville during training camp. The good news for Jones-Drew fans is that he did his damage with just 212 touches last season. But the truth is he'll probably be over-valued by a fantasy owner in your league who's drafting based on last year's stats. Don't be that guy.
Houston Texans - How good can Matt Schaub be in his first full season as a starter?
Anyone who's watched the Texans over the past few seasons knows David Carr wasn't their biggest problem on offense. The offensive line showed some improvement last season, but still allowed 43 sacks. And keep in mind, Carr has shown good mobility in five NFL seasons. Schaub has thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions in his career, will be protected by a poor offensive line and will be joined by a supporting cast that lacks true weapons other than wide receiver Andre Johnson. That's plenty to overcome considering this will be Schaub's first year as a full-time starter. I think he has potential, but he's probably a year away and doesn't possess much fantasy value for '07.
Tennessee Titans - Should Vince Young be considered a fantasy starter?
It's hard to find anyone who wasn't impressed with Young during his rookie campaign. VY led Tennessee to wins in six of its last seven games and an 8-8 record overall. As for Young as a fantasy quarterback, he was great with his legs, rushing for 552 yards and seven touchdowns. The results as a passer weren't as spectacular. Young completed less than 52 percent of his passes, tossed 12 touchdowns and was picked off 13 times. In 2007, he figures to once again produce big numbers as a runner, but the Titans didn't do much to improve Young's supporting cast. Tennessee has no proven No. 1 RB, and its wide receiving corps is one of the worst in the league. Young should produce as a top-15 QB because of his rushing numbers. The smart move would be to draft him along with a veteran QB to reduce your risk.