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Don’t Hit the Panic Button

We’ve all been there. You just made your second- or third-round pick (or Heaven help you, your first), and you’re already regretting your move. You can’t believe that you took Brandon Marshall over DeAngelo Williams, or Knowshon Moreno over Shonn Greene. No one will make a draft day trade in Round 3. How do you save your draft? How do you save your season?

Here is a list of guys who will produce at least a full round ahead of where they’re being taken. If you keep your composure, you can right the ship.


Jay Cutler – A rough start last year really put him behind the 8-ball, but he wasn’t that bad in the second half. And now that he’s a little more comfortable in ‘The Windy City,’ he’ll settle in just fine. He also has Mike Martz calling plays, and I’ve heard of that guy. Cutler will throw for 4,400 yards, 25 touchdowns and limit the interceptions to 15. That’s good enough to be a QB1.

Cassel – The Chiefs were a mess last year. But they shipped out Larry Johnson’s corpse, and now they’ve got a lethal rushing tandem in Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. That will help open things up for
Cassel. Keep in mind, he has a couple of offensive gurus in Todd Haley and Charlie Weis on his sideline.
Cassel can certainly achieve a 3,500-yard, 22-touchdown season.

Carson Palmer – He’ll have Cedric Benson behind him again, but this year, in addition to Chad Ochocinco, he’ll also have some new toys to play with: Antonio Bryant, Terrell Owens and rookie Jermaine Gresham. He can put up 3,400 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Shonn Greene – He’s the guy in

New York
. Plus, that defense is going to be good enough to hold leads, which means a lot of late-game pounding the rock. He’s got 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns written all over him.

Cedric Benson – No one is showing him any love. Again. But he put up a ridiculous 2009 campaign, and should only improve this year. Palmer will hook up with Ochocinco and Owens, which means a little more running room for Benson. Put him down for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Justin Forsett – He’s going to win the

job. Who’s going to stop him? Julius Jones? No. He was effective last year, and he’ll be even better this year. He’ll get 1,000 on the ground, another 300 through the air, and score eight touchdowns total.

Wide Receiver:

Pierre Garcon – Peyton Manning’s favorite target down the stretch last year was not Reggie Wayne. To be fair,

gets red zone targets, but he’s not going to get them if Garcon is breaking everything thrown his way. He’s going to surpass 1,000 yards, and I won’t be surprised when he scores nine times.

Bernard Berrian – Sidney Rice blew up last year. But, everyone is going to be paying more attention to him now, and Berrian should be the recipient of some single coverage. His speed on that turf should get him some extra looks downfield. Berrian can put up 900 yards and seven touchdowns, but he’s a health risk.

Derrick Mason – Similar to Berrian, he’s going to have single coverage thanks to Anquan Boldin across the field. Mason can still play at a high level and he already has Joe Flacco’s confidence. Mason is another guy that should flirt with 1,000 yards and around seven touchdowns.

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