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Tuesday, September 27, 2005


LaDanian Tomlinson was likely the top draft pick in most fantasy football drafts. And thus far this season, he's played up to that status.
But it's highly unlikely some of the other top performers from the first three weeks were first-rounders.
Here's a quick look at the top performers so far.
LaDanian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego. LT has been as good as advertised. He's been a star.

Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia. He doesn't get the rushing yardage that other top backs do, but Westbrook is the best pass-catching running back in the game. He'll get over 2,000 combined yards this season.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia. McNabb has been outstanding this season, even if he is banged up.

Steve Smith, WR, Carolina. Smith missed most of last season with a broken leg. He's proving this year that he's back.

Shaun Alexander, RB, Seattle. It's likely in many leagues that Alexander was the second player taken in many drafts behind Tomlinson. He's been deserving.

Drew Bledsoe, QB, Dallas. Enjoy it now. Bledsoe started fast last year as well before fading down the stretch. Trade him now if you can.

Kerry Collins, QB, Oakland. Collins and Randy Moss have hooked up early and often to give Collins plenty of fantasy points. He's still a bum, but as long as Moss stays healthy, he's a productive bum.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati. Palmer was one of my breakout players this season. He's proving that you can believe the hype.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. The Cadillac is a shoe-in for rookie of the year, just as I predicted on this site. If you drafted him after the second round, you got a steal.

Terrell Owens
, WR, Philadelphia. The last of the Philadelphia triplets has been good after a spotty preseason.

Thomas Jones, RB, Chicago. Even with a rookie quarterback and a No. 1 draft pick at running back pushing him, Jones has been outstanding. No reason to believe Cedric Benson is going to push him aside anytime soon.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Thomas' little brother is every bit as good as his sibling. Bill Parcells will run him as much as possible.

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