Grant, McFadden move up in fantasy rankings

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Ryan Grant rushed for 1,203 yards and four TDs last season. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

Fantasy football has become a 365-day a year passion for NFL fans. Whether it’s sleepers, busts, rookies or offseason movement, keeping tabs on the latest player values is vital to draft success.

Of course, one great way to prepare for your draft is by picking up NFL.com’s 2009 Fantasy Guide. There’s a ton of information that you’ll be able to use to get the step up on your competition, including over 400 player profiles and projections.

In an effort to be as up to date and in-depth as possible in our never-ending quest to help you win a title, we’ll be updating all of our rankings and profiles on NFL.com right up until the regular-season opener.

With that said, I’ve made a few notable changes to the running back position as we inch closer and closer to training camp.

First off, Maurice Jones-Drew has moved ahead of Michael Turner and up to third among running backs. His potential as both a runner and receiver makes him just a tad more valuable than Turner, who will be hard pressed to duplicate his 2008 totals.

I’ve also moved Ryan Grant up to No. 18, ahead of Knowshon Moreno (No. 19) and Joseph Addai (No. 20), who dropped down two spots. Darren McFadden, who should improve on his disappointing rookie totals, has moved up to No. 23 and now has RB2 status.

Earnest Graham’s recovery from ankle surgery appears to be going well, so Derrick Ward (No. 24) has fallen a few spots in standard formats. Sleeper Felix Jones (No. 33) and Tim Hightower (No. 34) have also moved up at the position.

A few players who’ve seen their stock drop include Jamal Lewis (No. 32), Willis McGahee (No. 36), Julius Jones (No. 37), Le’Ron McClain (No. 45) and Sammy Morris (No. 50).

With so many depth-chart battles still yet to be completed, especially at the quarterback and running back positions, I’ll no doubt be making even more changes in the weeks and months to come.

As always, be sure to check back to NFL.com for all the latest news and notes pertaining to your fantasy team.

And if you haven’t seen our 2009 Fantasy draft kit (what are you waiting for?), it will also continue be updated as we move closer to another exciting season of fantasy football!

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