Taking a look at Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, Knowshon Moreno and more NFL players. Carson Palmer, Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals: Palmer has now had a few years to recover from his knee injury and he should finally be back to 100 percent health for the first time in several years. He’s good some good receivers and should be in line for a bounce-back season as long as the offensive line holds up. Palmer is being overlooked in fantasy drafts and could be a real steal.
Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco really seemed to start gripping the offense towards the end of the season last year and he could take a leap this season and become more of a guy that wins the team games than a guy who simply doesn’t lose them.
Knowshon Moreno, Running Back, Denver Broncos: Moreno will be the starter in Denver and Josh McDaniels is going to use him in a variety of ways. Moreno is a good receiver out of the backfield and will see his fair share of catches to go along with a solid workload on the ground.
Felix Jones, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys: Marion Barber is the starter, but his hard running style invites bumps and bruises. Even if Barber is healthy this season, Jones will get his touches; he’s too talented not to. He’s got star potential and should rip off some big gains this season.
Rashard Mendenhall, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers: Mendenhall is being groomed to take over the starting job eventually and they’ll be looking to get him involved this season. He’s a bruising back that provides power to supplement Willie Parker’s speed.
Ray Rice, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens: Rice could very well see the Lion’s share of the carries as Willis McGahee can’t stay healthy and LeRon McClain is moving back to fullback. He’s got a lot of tools and he could be a major steal.
Michael Bush, Running Back, Oakland Raiders: If McFadden gets hurt again, I think Bush will be in line for a lot of carries. He’s a starting-caliber back; it’s just a question of opportunities.
Anthony Gonzalez, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts: Gonzalez started to develop a good rapport with Peyton Manning and will be starting for the first time this season.
Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, New York Giants: Nicks is more NFL-ready than most wide receivers when they come into the league. He’s big and has great hands. Eli Manning likes throwing to big receivers and Nicks could step up right away and have a good year.
James Johnson, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers: Johnson is ready for his coming out party. Injuries prevented a breakout season last year, but this is the year people start to know this guy’s name.
Chris Henry, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals: Henry looks to finally have his life on track off the field, which should translate into success on the field. The only thing that has held him back is himself, and now that those days appear to be over he could have a big year. He’s got the big play ability that sells NFL tickets.
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