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No reason to make this keeper business any more complicated than it is. Protect running backs; the younger, the better. If you don't have good running backs, protect a quarterback or a wide receiver. Again, the younger the better. If you don't have good running backs, quarterbacks or wide receivers, bummer. Guess you'll have to protect a tight end. To make your decisions easier, here are my Top 70 keepers, along with my thoughts on some of the more compelling names.
Karabell's Top 70 Keepers
|EK's take: Fantasy's third-best running back from 2008 could easily be a top-3 guy for the next five years. Only 24, my No. 1 in any format and still can set records.|
|14||Marion Barber III||RB||DAL|
|EK's take: His best days are behind him, but while he may lose carries to Darren Sproles in 2009, he'll still be scoring double-digit touchdowns for a few more years, making him a near top-10 guy.|
|EK's take: The Raiders' top pick in 2008 had some dynamite moments running and catching as a rookie but never got a full chance stuck behind Justin Fargas. McFadden might not be a star in 2009, but his future still looks terrific, so bump him up a few spots over his regular ranking, then thank your lucky stars for 2010.|
|EK's take: Only Drew Brees bested him in fantasy points, and Rodgers was essentially a rookie. Surrounded by great receivers in a well-oiled system, he's a terrific option in 2009 and also long-term. He could be Peyton-lite for a decade.|
|EK's take: My DeAngelo Williams ranking is an indication I think he can recreate his fantasy MVP campaign, but Stewart also moves up the ranks for keeper formats. One injury, and he gets all the touches.|
|EK's take: A bit risky in the top 30 considering he's 32 and his success is tied to that of a 32-year-old quarterback who missed most of 2008. In one-year leagues, Moss is worth more.|
|46||Roy E. Williams||WR||DAL|
|EK's take: Only 26 and entering his fourth season, Addai's short-term value might actually be better than long term. Durability remains an issue, and the Colts will limit his work. Let someone else think he's a keeper.|
|EK's take: While Marion Barber will go early, the enticing Jones deserves attention, especially in keeper formats. He averaged 8.9 yards per carry as a rookie, and with his big-play ability, he could force a timeshare this season.|
|EK's take: Don't expect his passing touchdowns to be trumped by a running back again, not with Tony Gonzalez in town. Ryan excelled as a rookie and should be an annual 25-touchdown guy starting this season.|
Eric Karabell is a senior writer for ESPN.com who covers fantasy baseball, football and basketball. Check out his daily Baseball Today podcast at ESPN Podcenter. He has twice been honored as fantasy sports writer of the year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. His book, "The Best Philadelphia Sports Arguments," was published by Source Books and is available in bookstores. Contact Eric by e-mailing him here.
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