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Fantasy predictions 2009: Cedric Benson runs for 1,000?

Updated: January 4, 2009, 11:43 PM ET
By Nate Ravitz | ESPN.com

What does 2009 hold in store for the world of fantasy sports? We surveyed our team of fantasy analysts and editors for the answers. Check out all twelve completed surveys by using the drop-down menu. (Some surveys were abridged to protect the innocent.)

Your name:
Nate Ravitz

But you wish to be referred to as:
No, not the jerk. The other guy.

You're a shameless, unabashed fan of:
Me

But we shouldn't hold it against you because:
It'd be an exercise in futility.

Your fondest sports wish for 2009 is:
The Jets win the Super Bowl.

Why will this happen/not happen?
Because Brett Favre hates me.

Any sport, what is your biggest sleeper pick for 2009?
Johnnie Lee Higgins

How high would you reach for that sleeper in a standard ESPN draft?
Round 13

Which player are you buying into but is most likely to disappoint you?
Tom Brady

Which player are you not buying but will likely disappoint everyone else?
A.J. Burnett

Any sport, who will be the best rookie to emerge in 2009?
David Price

… but everyone is going to think it's going to be?
Matt Wieters

Who will be …

[+] EnlargeAlbert Pujols
Icon SMIHas there been a more consistent fantasy force than Pujols?

… The first player drafted in fantasy football leagues? Adrian Peterson
… The player everyone wishes they had drafted? Adrian Peterson
… The first player drafted in the NFL draft? Andre Smith
… The first rookie drafted in fantasy football leagues? Beanie Wells
… The first player drafted in fantasy baseball leagues? Albert Pujols
… The first pitcher? Johan Santana
… The first rookie? David Price
… The player who'll start his season in Triple-A to everyone's frustration? Matt Wieters
… The NHL's top scorer? Sidney Crosby
… The NBA's MVP? LeBron James
… The 2009 Sprint Cup champion? Jimmie Johnson

Mad Gabs

Fill in the blanks any which way you want to create 10 more predictions for 2009.

  1. In 2009, Kevin Smith will rush for 1,400 yards.
  2. There is no way that Marshawn Lynch will be a top-10 back.
  3. Darren Sproles will be this year's Leon Washington.
  4. Brett Favre will cry.
  5. If Citi Field plays as a hitters' park then David Wright will hit 40 home runs.
  6. There will be two players that get 30 homers and 30 steals
  7. … but only one player that hits 50 home runs.
  8. Matthew Berry will continue to lose Fantasy Focus "The Board" wagers to me.
  9. This is the year that Matt Schaub finally plays 16 games and is a top-10 QB.
  10. 2009 will forever be remembered as the year LeBron wins the first of five MVPs.

The Name Game

A-Rod or Hanley Ramirez? Hanley
Tim Lincecum or Johan Santana? Santana
Evan Longoria or Garrett Atkins Longoria
Chase Utley or Dustin Pedroia? Utley
Manny Ramirez or Mark Teixeira? Teixeira
Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Brady
Michael Turner or LaDainian Tomlinson Turner
Randy Moss or Calvin Johnson? Moss
Antonio Bryant or Marques Colston? Colston
Brandon Jacobs or Marion Barber? Barber
DeAngelo Williams or Clinton Portis? Williams
Chris Paul or LeBron James? (For the rest of the season) James
Danny Granger or Dirk Nowitzki? (for next season) Granger
Derrick Rose or Kevin Durant? (for their careers) Rose

Playing with Numbers

Baseball

Francisco Rodriguez saves: 42
A.J. Burnett wins: 15
CC Sabathia's ERA: 3.60
Yovani Gallardo wins and strikeouts: 12 and 170
Manny Ramirez home runs and RBIs: 32 and 110
Matt Holliday home runs and RBIs: 25 and 100
Mark Teixeira home runs and RBIs: 34 and 110
Jay Bruce batting average and home runs: .295 and 29
Rafael Furcal average and steals: .285 and 30
Rafael Furcal average and steals against the Braves: .000 and 0

Football:

Adrian Peterson yards and touchdowns: 1,750 (total) and 13
Drew Brees yards and touchdowns: 4,400 and 31
Tom Brady yards and touchdowns: 4,300 and 36
Kurt Warner starts: 12
Braylon Edwards yards, touchdowns and drops: 1,200, 10 and 15
Chad Ocho Cinco's yards and touchdowns: 1,300 and 8
Chad Ocho Cinco's ridiculous statements: 1,300 and 8

Speak now or forever hold your peace

What question do you wish you had been asked on this survey?

The rookie who will disappoint in fantasy football.

And the answer is?
Beanie Wells

What question are you glad you weren't asked?

Will Cedric Benson be a 1,000-yard rusher for the Bengals.

Sucker! Now you have to answer.

(Gulp). Yes.

Nate Ravitz is the deputy editor for ESPN.com Fantasy and co-hosts -- along with Matthew Berry -- the Fantasy Focus baseball and football podcasts.