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They Might Be Slatons

Five running backs candidates for a breakout 2009 season

Updated: May 27, 2009, 12:57 PM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

How did Steve Slaton turn out to be fantasy football's seventh-most valuable running back in 2008, especially when he lasted until the 89th pick in the '08 NFL Draft? First and foremost, certainly, it was talent: Slaton is a decisive one-cut runner custom-made for the blocking system Gary Kubiak and Alex Gibbs prefer in Houston. But talent alone doesn't make you a statistical stud.

Slaton had opportunity. Ahman Green and Chris Brown were supposed to be the Texans' starters, but that's ...

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