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Roberts: Don't sleep on Shonn Greene

Updated: January 5, 2010, 2:42 PM ET
By Brendan Roberts | ESPN.com

"There's always next year," they say. Well, next year is here. We surveyed ESPN's fantasy staff to find out a bit about what they think is in store for fantasy owners in 2010.

Reality check

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Your fondest sports wish for 2010 is:
The Cardinals to win the World Series

Why will this happen/not happen?
"Because they're good enough, they're smart enough, and doggone it, people like 'em!"

Any sport, who is your biggest sleeper pick for 2010?
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets

Any sport, which player do you fear will let you down, but you feel compelled to keep drafting him anyway? Alex Rios, OF, White Sox.

Which player has let you down one too many times and is now "dead to you"?
Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets.

Let's talk football

Who will be …

The first quarterback drafted in fantasy football leagues? Drew Brees.
The first running back? Chris Johnson.
The first wide receiver? Andre Johnson.
The first rookie? CJ Spiller.
The NFL MVP? Aaron Rodgers.
The fantasy football MVP (most value for draft position)? Rashard Mendenhall.
Fantasy football's leading scorer. Aaron Rodgers.

The name game …
Which player would you rather draft in 2010?

Frank Gore or Ray Rice? Rice.
Terrell Owens or LaDainian Tomlinson? LT.
DeSean Jackson or Brandon Marshall? DeSean.
Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates? Gates.
Jay Cutler or Kyle Orton? Cutler.
Freddy Jackson or Jonathan Stewart? Stewart.
Knowshon Moreno or Beanie Wells? Knowshon.
Shonn Greene or LeSean McCoy? Shonn Greene.
Miles Austin or Roddy White? Rowdy Roddy.
Steve Smith or Steve Smith? Steve Smith! (ahem, Carolina's version)

Playing with numbers:
Predict the 2010 stat.

Tom Brady's passing touchdowns: 28.
Michael Vick's total touchdowns: 18.
Adrian Peterson's total yards: 1,891.
Chris Johnson's total yards: 2,199.
Terrell Owens touchdowns: 7.
Brett Favre games played: 16.
Kurt Warner games played: 8.
Matt Forte's average draft position: 32.2

Play ball!

Who will be …

The second player taken in fantasy leagues? Hanley Ramirez (behind Pujols).
The first starting pitcher? Tim Lincecum.
The first closer? Joe Nathan.
The second catcher? Victor Martinez.
The AL MVP? Mark Teixeira.
The NL MVP? Albert Pujols.
The AL Cy Young? CC Sabathia.
The NL Cy Young? Adam Wainwright.
The AL Rookie of the Year? Neftali Feliz.
The NL Rookie of the Year? Buster Posey.
The fantasy baseball MVP (most value for draft position)? Matt Wieters.
The highest-rated player on Player Rater? Albert Pujols.

The name game …
Which player would you rather draft in 2010?

Hanley Ramirez or Alex Rodriguez? Hanley.
Tim Lincecum or Zack Greinke? Lincecum.
Roy Halladay or Chris Carpenter? Halladay.
Ryan Braun or Matt Kemp? Braun.
Yovani Gallardo or Josh Johnson? Johnson.
Prince Fielder or Ryan Howard? Fielder.
Adam Lind or Josh Hamilton? Hamilton.
Aaron Hill or Ben Zobrist? Hill.
Evan Longoria or Mark Teixeira? Teixeira.
Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Broxton? Rivera.

Playing with numbers:
Predict the 2010 stat.

Roy Halladay wins: 19.

Cliff Lee wins: 16.
Mark Reynolds home runs and batting average: 39, .251.
Joe Mauer's batting average and home runs: .338, 30.
Chone Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki's stolen bases: Chone: 36; Ichiro: 27; Total: 63.
Matt Capps saves: 27.
Javier Vazquez wins, ERA and WHIP: 16, 3.79, 1.16.
Stephen Strasburg's wins, ERA and WHIP: 8, 4.16, 1.22.
Grady Sizemore's HR/SB: 23, 23.
Alfonso Soriano's average draft position: 107.2.

Mad gabs

Fill in the blanks to formulate 10 predictions for 2010. Do not limit yourself to football and baseball.

In 2010, Rashard Mendenhall will rush for 1,450 yards.
There is no way that Kurt Warner will stay healthy another season.
Michael Crabtree will be this year's DeSean Jackson.
If Buster Posey starts the season as the Giants' No. 1 catcher, then he will be a top-6 catcher.
• CC Sabathia will be the next big sports star to win not only 20 but 21 games in a season.
There will be 12 players who hit 35-plus homers in 2010
… but only two players who hit 40-plus homers (Prince Fielder 42, Ryan Howard 41)
Matthew Berry will lose more hair, yet still look stylish.
This is the year that Kyle Busch finally wins the NASCAR championship.
2010 will forever be remembered as the year pitchers started to gain control and make us forget about the "steroids era."

Have we missed anything?

What question do you wish you had been asked on this survey?
What's the best sport to watch live?

And the answer is?
Hockey.

What question are you glad you weren't asked?
What sport would you rather impale yourself with a giant novelty pencil than watch?

Sucker! Now you have to answer.
Golf.

Brendan Roberts is a contributing writer/editor for ESPN Fantasy. He has been covering fantasy sports as an editor and writer for more than eight years and was awarded the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2006 from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Roberts can be read in both the fantasy baseball and football areas at ESPN.com.