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The Fantasy Elevator

1. Larry Fitzgerald is going down this year, maybe just a floor, but he is still heading south. Fitzgerald has three big changes taking place in

Arizona
working against him. First, he has to say goodbye to certain future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, and hello to the oft struggling and perennial Warner backup, Matt Leinart. Second, Fitzgerald has lost the help of Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals’ other star receiver has moved on to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Fitzgerald without another true secondary attention stealing wideout. Finally, the Cardinals’ emerging run-first mentality, largely due to the quarterback change as well as the increased production of Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells, will give Fitzgerald less first- and second-down catch-passing opportunities. While the talented Fitzgerald is still a top five wideout, be sure to take Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Miles Austin and Randy Moss before him.

2. Chester Taylor is heading up this year.

Taylor
has left the Minnesota Vikings and landed in the same division with the Chicago Bears. No longer handcuffed to Adrian Peterson, as little more than fantasy insurance,
Taylor is sure to be used a lot more in

Chicago
. Last year, Chicago Bear runningback Matt Forte failed to impress in his sophomore effort, forcing the Bears to add

Taylor
for some much-needed help in the backfield. Not only will

Taylor
be splitting almost even carries with Forte, but he will also add some much needed help out of the backfield for Jay Cutler and the Bears passing attack. An accomplished receiver and runner,
Taylor’s career, and stats, are heading up in

Chicago
. Grab

Taylor
in your draft’s middle rounds and he will prove to be a tailor-made number two or three rotating back in your lineup.

3. Kevin Kolb is coming off the bench and heading all the way up the fantasy elevator to the card key only penthouse floor in the city of brotherly love. Having been a backup to Donovan McNabb, now surprisingly a Washington Redskin, Kolb has been handed the keys to the

Philadelphia
offense, being named their new starting quarterback this offseason. The talented Kolb will make the most of his opportunity.

Philadelphia
has potent offensive weapons in wideouts DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, tight end Brent Celek, and runningbacks LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell.

Philadelphia
also has a solid defense to help the young quarterback keep games close. While I would not take a first-time starter as my number one quarterback, Kolb will make a nice backup, and may even find his way into your starting lineup as the season progresses.

4. Jamaal Charles is heading up. While he has lost the chance to be the every-down back in Kansas City, with the addition of Thomas Jones, Charles will still see action as the featured back in all 16 games this year, not just the final half of the season like last year. Charles is small, but very fast and extremely elusive. While he may miss some goal line opportunities to Thomas Jones, the talented back will bust out some long runs in 16 games and put up solid yardage consistently.

Kansas City
is not going to set the league on fire with wins this year, but Charles will once again light up fantasy scoreboards, and this time, he will do it all season long.

6. Shonn Greene is on his way up in

New York
. With Thomas Jones sent off to

Kansas City
, Greene was given the green light to be the featured back for the Jets. However, in yet another case of losing a single back opportunity to runningback by committee, the Jets added one-time Charger LaDainian Tomlinson, who will cut into Green’s carries and third-down opportunities. However, the addition of the aging and struggling Tomlinson should not hinder Greene’s rise too much in

New York
. With second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez at the helm, the Jets are still a run-first team and Greene is going to be the first option the majority of the time. While Tomlinson will be a third-down, change-of-pace back, Greene is not only the guy for the New York Jets; he is also the back for fantasy owners looking to run first, too.

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