For those of us who have become fantasy football fanatics, the next couple months will become so full of conversation and arguments over the merits of our particular predictions that wives across the country will be yearning for Sept. 10 to arrive, if only to shut us all up.
The exception is those of you blessed enough to have a wife as equally fanatical.
This series is my contribution to the crescendo.
To make my predictions digestible I will dissect one position and conference at a time. Since I am doing it in this manner, I will limit my picks to the top five. Once the series is complete we will have a solid foundation on which to build a championship fantasy team.
I have placed Adrian Peterson on the front of this slide show as he is the cream of the crop, when discussing running backs. This is regardless of the conference.
The first installment in the series are 2009's top five running backs from the National Football Conference.
Chris Wells is the biggest gamble in my top five. He is a player worth gambling on, though.
Wells will begin the season sharing touches with Tim Hightower. From the start, I predict he will get the majority of the goal-line carries.
With the receiving threats the Cardinals have, Wells will be in a position to show off his skills in plenty of situations where the defense will be caught on their heels.
In Arizona's system, I foresee a minimum of 900 yards and 10 touchdowns for Wells in his rookie campaign.
The value in having Brian Westbrook on your fantasy roster is the fact he is a double threat.
Last season he had 54 catches for 402 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 936 yards and nine more scores. He did this in 14 games.
The Eagles drafted Jeremy Maclin and a couple offensive linemen to improve their passing game. If this pans out, opposing defenses won't be crowding the line every down. Result: more running lanes.
The only question mark here is Westbrook's health. He has a tendency to get banged up.
If healthy, expect very solid numbers from Brian Westbrook.
Brandon Jacobs ran for just under 1,100 yards last season and had 15 touchdowns.
Derrick Ward is gone.
Ahmad Bradshaw will still get his touches, but, Jacobs is clearly the feature back.
Brandon Jacobs should have a huge year.
I, like many other fantasy owners, won my league last year thanks, in large part, to the performance of Michael Turner.
He ran for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns. Nothing has occurred to suggest to me their will be a drop off in production for the Falcons or Turner.
Michael Turner is a solid first-round pick in any league.
The big news in Minnesota recently is whether or not Brett Favre will be signed.
The big news out of Minnesota, for fantasy football participants is Adrian Peterson.
This is a no-brainer, so I won't bog you down with stats. If he is on the board, grab him!