Ah, autumn -- a time for back-to-school sales, colorful leaves and, of course, the virtual competition in which people act as general managers of make-believe football teams.
It may sound silly, but fantasy football can be pure jollification. If you get your cursor on the right guys.
Who are the right guys this year? Read on.
1. Aaron Rodgers: It doesn't take a Matthew Berry to see that Aaron Rodgers is your best option at the QB position. Last year, he threw for more than 4,600 yards and collected 48 TDs. Of course, he probably won't be able to duplicate those numbers this season, but the A-Rod of the gridiron shouldn't have a problem racking up some serious points.
2. Ray Rice: If you're looking for a player who can do it all, Rice Rice Baby is your man. This guy can get you points by a) catching passes, b) collecting yards and c) punching the pigskin past the goal line. Last year, he caught 76 balls, accumulated more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
3. Adrian Foster: Although Foster will probably share some of the load with Ben Tate, he'll be the main man in the Texans' backfield. Foster averaged about 20 fantasy points per game last year, and that shouldn't change much in 2012.
4. LeSean McCoy: McCoy has exactly want you want in a feature back: a nose for the end zone. Last year, he hit pay dirt 20 times, and because the Eagles' offense will run through him again in 2012, McCoy should produce similar numbers.
5. Tom Brady: Brady may be out of his prime, but the 35-year-old has two hulking targets in his arsenal: Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Plus, his coach seems to prefer throwing the ball rather than running it -- even when the team is deep in the red zone.
Jared Bray is a featured contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and a fantasy football veteran.
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