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Here are the men among boys of the fantasy world. Selecting them in your draft often leads to being champion of the fantasy league.

Ladanian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

LT diving for a first down.In the past three years, no football player has done more for his fantasy owners than LT. He broke fantasy records for most points in a season while breaking the NFL record for most touchdowns in a regular season (31). Without a doubt LT will be the number one running back selection in most 2007 fantasy drafts, and another huge season is expected of him. Tomlinson even acknowledged this after a game in 2005, saying that he knows "some of the fans are (my) fantasy owners," referring to the fans of the arch-rival Oakland Raiders.
Fantasy owners who overlooked Tomlinson in the 2006 draft (such as me) are kicking themselves. Taking another running back over LT in 2006 was foolish, as he not only was a threat from the ground, but threw two touchdown passes and caught another three. Don't sleep on him in 2007 if you are lucky enough to have the number one pick, or another owner could be running all over you.

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Prince Albert is the first player to hit at least 30 home runs in his firstAlbert Pujols Making a play six seasons and also the youngest player in MLB history to reach 250 career home runs.
Quite simply, he's good.
He single-handedly wins batting categories for owners in certain weeks. He would have led the major leagues in home runs in 2006 if not for an injury that kept him from playing for a few weeks, and he may have even broken Barry Bonds' record for most home runs in a season (73). He was the first pick in any draft where the owner with the first pick was not brain dead in both 2006 and this baseball season. He's even a great defensive first baseman, winning the Gold Glove Award in 2006, when he also led the Cardinals to a World Series victory.
He is projected to have another huge year in 2007, and most experts have him hitting another 50 home runs. No baseball player in recent years has performed as well as Pujols.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Forget about the three NBA titles this man has. Forget the nine All-Star selections. The eight All-NBA selections.
Fantasy owners drool over things like the 81-point game against theKobe shooting a basket. Toronto Raptors in January 2005. The four consecutive games with 50 or more points in March 2007, then "only" getting 43 points in the next game.
Kobe Bryant has been one of the most consistent scorers in the NBA for the past five years and has average more than 20 points per game since the 1999-2000 season. He is one of the few options the Lakers have had since Shaquille O'Neal left them, so he is almost always on the court.
Usually a top-five fantasy pick, this star with 14 career triple-doubles also plays monster defense, grabbing more than five rebounds per game, one or two steals per game and also blocking shots. But his offense is just ridiculous, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Look to Bryant get get your fantasy basketball team big time scoring numbers.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Though this young kid is only finishing his second season in the National Hockey League, he is quickly proving to be as great asSidney Crosby everyone thought he would be. In his rookie season he won the Art Ross Trophy, given to the NHL player with the most points in a season. He won it again this season. He is the youngest player in NHL history to have two consecutive 100-point seasons, the youngest to earn 200 career points, and the youngest to have 100 points in a season. Along with teammate Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals player Alexander Ovechkin, the future of the NHL looks bright.
At only 19 years old, Sid the Kid figures to be a huge fantasy hockey player for more than a decade to come. He is leading the Penguins into the playoffs for the first time since the 2000-2001 season, and maybe responsible for keeping the flailing franchise from leaving Pittsburgh.
If you have a chance to pick him up early in the 2008 draft, do it. He won't let you down.