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2011 NFL Season: 10 Key Players Who Will Be Benched This Season

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2011 NFL Season: 10 Key Players Who Will Be Benched This Season
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The NFL is nothing if not a fluid game of roster management. If fantasy sports have taught us anything, it’s that most players’ stocks rise and fall like tidal waves from season to season.

Position battles are a natural part of the game. Lightning bolts of injury strike now and then. Rookies and unheralded names come out of nowhere to supplant veterans.

Three short seasons ago, DeAngelo Williams racked up a league-leading 18 touchdowns. 2009? Seven TDs. 2010? One. Things change fast. You may be itching to grab Arian Foster this year, but would you bet serious cash that you’ll be in the same position come 2012? How about Michael Vick?

I sure wouldn’t. Outside the elite quarterbacks and a few entrenched position players, NFL rosters keep moving.

One of the few fun exercises we have at the end of an NFL season, as we figure out what to do during Sports Purgatory (my term for the Super Bowl to March Madness dead period), is to look back on rosters and say, “Ohh, that’s right…that guy was supposed to start this year.”

Let’s try to get ahead of the curve. In some cases "benched" obviously translates to "heavily demoted"…

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