Running Wild: The 2005 Rookie Running Back Class

Written by Jason Clarke

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A few players that should be on your draft radar forrepparttar 2005 season should be Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Cedric Benson, J.J Arrington, Eric Shelton and maybe even Maurice Clarett.

Brown may berepparttar 140937 most solid fantasy prospect for this season since he really faces no significant competition forrepparttar 140938 starting job. Even if Ricky Williams can come back and play this season, donít expect head coach Nick Saban or his teammates to accept him with open arms. Williams has burned too many bridges and cast too much doubt inrepparttar 140939 minds of his coaches and fellow players to be handed backrepparttar 140940 feature running back job. Brown should not have much trouble beating out Sammy Morris, Travis Minor or Lamar Gordon forrepparttar 140941 starting job. None of those player possessrepparttar 140942 combination of size and speed that Brown possesses.

Aboutrepparttar 140943 only question mark with Brown is if he will have enough players around him to make him successful. The offensive line is mostly a collection of journeymen and backups and A.J. Feeley did nothing last year to make defenses fearrepparttar 140944 Dolphins arial attack. Even if defenses stackrepparttar 140945 line and try to stoprepparttar 140946 run, Brown should get enough attempts to make a fantasy impact.

Rookie running backs other than Brown face some sort of competition heading into training camp. Carnell Williams will have to beat out incumbent starter Michael Pittman in Tampa Bay. Cedric Benson will have to battle with last yearís starter, Thomas Jones forrepparttar 140947 top spot in Chicago. J.J. Arrington may have to split time with Marcel Shipp who is returning from injury in Arizona and Maurice Clarett faces an uphill battle for playing time with Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson andrepparttar 140948 newly acquired Ron Dayne onrepparttar 140949 roster.

If we had to rankrepparttar 140950 top five rookie running backs in terms of fantasy value right now, it would look a little something like this:

1. Ronnie Brown, Mia 2. Cedric Benson, Chi 3. J.J. Arrington, Ariz 4. Carnell Williams, TB 5. Eric Shelton, Car

So when this years draft rolls around, donít makerepparttar 140951 mistake of simply dismissing a talent just because he a rookie. You might find out that you could get some outstanding production and value out of a wide-eyed rookie running back that has a bright future ahead of him.

Jason is the webmaster and editor of, a respected Fantasy Football analysis website.

Being A Boston Sports Fan

Written by Jason OConnor

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Butrepparttar tide turned. Third string quarterback Tom Brady tookrepparttar 140910 place of an injured Bledsoe, and broughtrepparttar 140911 championship home to Bostonians. The 2002 NFL playoffs were absolutely awesome to watch if you were a Boston sports fan. Watching Vinatieri blast it thoughrepparttar 140912 uprights in a blizzard to beatrepparttar 140913 Oakland Raiders, and again to winrepparttar 140914 Super Bowl beatingrepparttar 140915 St. Louis Rams was monumental. Thank God forrepparttar 140916 Pats. They brought respect back to Boston. They showed what true grit is, whatrepparttar 140917 word ďteamĒ actually means, in a day when everything in sports seems to be centered on individual feats. I loved it when they ran out onrepparttar 140918 field together as a team instead of being introduced one at a time atrepparttar 140919 beginning ofrepparttar 140920 Super Bowl.

Pathetically enough, most people thoughtrepparttar 140921 Pats would not win it all again. They thought it was a fluke. The Pats had lost for so long that few had faith in them. But they won it again two years later and people started to pay attention. The word ďdynastyĒ crept up in New England vernacular. Whenrepparttar 140922 Pats won their third Super Bowl in four years, they were finally accepted as a dynasty. These wins will carry me for many years. Again, thank God forrepparttar 140923 Pats.

But no good article about being a Boston sports fan can be complete without discussingrepparttar 140924 Boston Red Sox. What can be said aboutrepparttar 140925 Sox? They wererepparttar 140926 epitome of frustration. They wererepparttar 140927 Bad News Bears for so long. Of allrepparttar 140928 Boston teams, they wererepparttar 140929 most painful to watch. They often hadrepparttar 140930 talent, they often played well, but they didnít win a World Series for 86 years! Betweenrepparttar 140931 ball rolling betweenrepparttar 140932 knees of Bill Buckner, and Grady keeping Pedro in againstrepparttar 140933 Yankees duringrepparttar 140934 2003 playoffs, every Sox fan was pushed torepparttar 140935 limit of what they could endure. Of course there were many other less notable, but just as frustrating moments in Red Sox history. Any Red Sox fan who remained a fan throughout should be given a gift.

And what a sweet gift it was whenrepparttar 140936 Sox wonrepparttar 140937 2004 World Series. Being down 3-0 inrepparttar 140938 ALCS againstrepparttar 140939 Yankees, and then coming back to beat them and sweeprepparttar 140940 Cardinals inrepparttar 140941 World Series was one ofrepparttar 140942 greatest professional sports stories in history. In fact, itís been called one ofrepparttar 140943 greatest comebacks ever. All those long years of no championships in Boston finally came to end withrepparttar 140944 Pats winning in 2002. But after 86 years of no World Series rings,repparttar 140945 Red Sox win wasrepparttar 140946 sweetest of all. 2004 was one ofrepparttar 140947 greatest years in Boston sports ever. A World Series and Super Bowl win by Boston teams inrepparttar 140948 same year, almost unbelievable.

So I guess being a Boston sports fan is not so much like battered-wife syndrome. Itís more like being in a difficult marriage that has lots of ups and downs only, but is worth working at to keep. Being a Boston sports fan is as frustrating as it is rewarding. Patience, loyalty, persistence, and faith will get you through. And inrepparttar 140949 end, it all works out. Just keeprepparttar 140950 faith.

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