Fantasy Football 2012: 10 Players Who Could Lead the NFL in All-Purpose Yards
Looking for versatility for your fantasy football team?
Then this slideshow should be right up your alley. Outlined in this slideshow will be 10 players who should challenge for the most all-purpose yards in the NFL. As such, they will become invaluable fantasy assets.
So without further ado, here are 10 players who should challenge for the most all-purpose yards in 2012.
Ray Rice: Baltimore Ravens
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In some early mock drafts, Rice is being selected first, signifying just how much his versatility matters in the fantasy world.
Rice is your classic bulldog who is a lot stronger than you think. He can take a handoff and go 90 yards just as much as he'll take a screen pass to the house.
Rice is without a doubt a top-three selection.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,300 rushing yards, 717 receiving yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jacksonville Jaguars
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Jones-Drew is another diminutive, explosive back who can rush the ball as well as catch it out of the backfield.
With the offense in Jacksonville centering around MJD, he has every chance to contend for the all-purpose yards title.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,540 rushing yards, 390 receiving yards
Darren Sproles: New Orleans Saints
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When you think all-purpose yards, almost without hesitation you’ll always think of Sproles.
Sproles was a smash hit in the Bayou in his first season with the Saints. With the Saints offense nearly intact, expect Sproles to be a major part of the offense again, as he will be all over the place.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 720 rushing yards, 755 receiving yards, 305 punt return yards and 1,120 kick return yards.
Arian Foster: Houston Texans
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Atop most draft boards will once again be the Texans centerpiece on offense, Arian Foster.
There are just so many ways that Foster can beat you, as he has become one of the game’s best dual-threats.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,530 rushing yards, 690 receiving yards.
Antonio Brown: Pittsburgh Steelers
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When taking kick returns into consideration, there is just no telling how good Brown could be this year.
Brown should have a more pivotal role in Steelers offense this year and he should be in line for a breakout year. Draft him with supreme confidence.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 50 rushing yards, 1,275 receiving yards and 720 kickoff return yards.
Percy Harvin: Minnesota Vikings
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The Vikings like to use Harvin in a lot of packages and schemes, as his athleticism is a godsend to their offense.
Harvin stayed healthy for the whole year last season and thus fortified his stock as an elite receiver.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,245 yards receiving, 315 rushing yards and 475 kick return yards.
Ryan Mathews: San Diego Chargers
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After a so-so rookie campaign, Mathews really came on strong down the stretch last season and as a result, the future looks even brighter for the third-year player out of Fresno State.
Much like the rest of the names mentioned here, Mathews can do it all and is as adept at rushing the ball as he is receiving it out of the backfield.
The sky is the limit for Mathews this year.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,320 rushing yards, 525 receiving yards.
Randall Cobb: Green Bay Packers
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Want a great sleeper for your draft? Then look no further than Cobb, who is set to take the next step in his sophomore campaign.
Last season was a year to get his feet wet, but with his speed and athleticism, Cobb should carve a niche out for himself in the Packers offense. When you take his return yardage into account, expect 2012 to be a banner year for Cobb.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 760 receiving yards, 300 punt return yards and 1,110 kick return yards.
Matt Forte: Chicago Bears
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Although he got injured late in the 2011 season and is unhappy with his contract situation, Forte looks primed and ready to begin the 2012 season with a renewed sense of vigor.
With Michael Bush backing him up, Forte will be out to be prove all his doubters and critics wrong. Forte will want to make sure he is the focal point of the Bears defense.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 1,290 yards rushing, 600 yards receiving.
David Wilson: New York Giants
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This is as deep a sleeper for all-purpose yards as you can find, but David Wilson has a great chance to make his mark in the Giants offense.
Between his ability to run the ball, catch it out of the backfield and return kicks, plus factoring in the injury history attached to Ahmad Bradshaw’s name, Wilson has every chance to make an impact this year with his versatility.
Expect a solid, but not great all-around season from Wilson this year.
All-Purpose Yards Prediction: 610 rushing yards, 220 receiving yards and 435 kick return yards.
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