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Dynasty Rookie Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted on: June 14, 2010 5:38 pm
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6/14/2010
Dynasty - Rookie Rankings - Fantasy Football


While it may be early to get started on the 2010 fantasy football season, I just cannot seem to wait.

When searching the net for information on rookie drafts, I found it to be lacking. Perhaps people just don't play in dynasty leagues? It is true that many of the free fantasy leagues on the net are a hodgepodge of people and getting into an actual competitive league can prove difficult without a compilation of friends and/or colleagues. But some of us need information on dynasty leagues and so I decided to provide it.

The 2010 rookie stable is not that bad. I am sure you have heard of the main guys so I will keep it short and to the point on each of them. The idea here is to find those guys and provide some guidance in the 2nd or 3rd round of your upcoming rookie drafts.

Rankings by Position:
RB:
1 - Ryan Mathews - Chargers - Turner looks like he will lean on the rookie as Sproles lacks the inside running capability desired with this offensive system. Mathews will have an opportunity to fill the void left by LT in 2008. (Yes, I said 2008)
2 - CJ Spiller - Bills - An electric runner who drew comparisons to Chris Johnson at the combine. If it weren't for the offensive line, well ok, entire offensive team in Buffalo, he might be the top back.
3 - Jahvid Best - Lions - Injuries will be a concern. Can his body hold up to the NFL if it couldn't hold up in college? It's a risk, but the skill level is off the charts.
4 - Monterio Hardesty - Browns - A hard worker. At Tennessee, Hardesty went from a slashing freshman to a stud within four years. He just keeps getting better and better. This kid has solid character as well.
5 - Ben Tate - Texans - Has an opportunity to take over for fumble prone Slaton. Forgotten man, Arian Foster, is still in the mix as well.
6 - Jonathan Dwyer - Steelers - Slid well into the draft after many thought he could be the 3rd back off the board. The recipient of the gift? The Steelers.
7 - Toby Gerhart - Vikings - Power back who may find it more difficult to run over NFL'ers.
8 - Joe McKnight - Jets - Tough break to get drafted behind Shonn Greene who was a beast towards the last half of the year. Oh yea, LT is there too...
9 - LeGarrette Blount - Titans - Could have been a first rounder had he not punched out a Boise player on national TV last year. His reward? Benching it behind CJ.
10 - James Starks - Packers - Quiet pick by the Packers could have a huge impact with Grant beginning to slow.
11 - Anthony Dixon - 49ers - Should get some PT with Gore getting the occasional breather.
12 - Charles Scott - Eagles - Probably should have come out as a Jr, but you live and you learn. Will find playing time slim behind McCoy and Bell.

QB:
1 - Sam Bradford - Rams - The Rams new hope. Has all the tools to be a great NFL QB, but starting as a rookie, with no mentor, coming off a shoulder surgery, and playing for the Rams does not give me a warm and fuzzy.
2 - Jimmy Clausen - Panthers - Slid into a perfect spot. Moore isn't much of a QB and Clausen can come in a take over for a competitive club with a HOF receiver to learn from.
3 - Colt McCoy - Browns - Another workman. Solid QB with some questionable skills but superb intangibles. Sounds a lot like a guy named Montana.... No, there is NOT a comparison there so don't say I tried to compare them...
4 - Tim Tebow - Broncos - Kyle Orton has never struck me as much of an NFL QB, but he continues to play. Tebow will likely be underestimated because of all the news media about how poor he will be in the league. We'll see...
5 - John Skelton - Cardinals - Think Flacco... If Leinart and Anderson continue to be poor options at QB, this sleeper could find himself in a dandy situation with Fitz, Breaston, and Co. to throw to.

WR:
1 - Dez Bryant - Cowboys - About as good as they come as a rookie. He should be starting by week 3.
2 - Demaryius Thomas - Broncos - May go through a slow start due to the foot injury, but the size and speed are there for this kid to be amazing on the field. He and Bryant represent the cream of this years WR crop.
3 - Arrelious Benn - Bucs - Will start on opening day. He should be a solid player, the question really is, can he be special?
4 - Golden Tate - Seahawks - The Hawks have a stable of mediocre WR's. If Tate can come in and put on a show in camp, he could find the field.
5 - Dexter McCluster - Chiefs - McCluster's size is an obvious concern, however his speed is electric. Sometimes those quick college guys don't look so fast in the NFL though...
6 - Brandon LaFell - Panthers - LaFell will have every opportunity to start next to Smith and what a luxury that would be. Always getting the worst of the coverage as Smith gets bottled up?
7 - Eric Decker - Broncos - A poor man's Wes Welker. Decker may be a slot receiver who works well in Weis' system.
8 - Mardy Gilyard - Rams - Electricity is what we're looking for in Gilyard. Paired with Bradford, it will prove to be a tough rookie season. And Laurent Robinson won't go away quietly.
9 - Jordan Shipley - Bengals - Quality receiver. Don't expect a star, but possession receivers can win games in fantasy.
10 - Emmanuel Sanders - Steelers - Has the opportunity to ease the pain and suffering of the Steeler faithful with the loss of Holmes and tumultuous offseason.
11 - Mike Williams - Bucs - With the cupboard bare in Tampa, he could be starting next to Benn.
12 - Damian Williams - Titans - Kenny Britt hasn't impressed this offseason and the Titans look to be tired of his antics. Damian is a definite sleeper.


Overall Rankings (Based on impact now):

1 - Ryan Mathews - Chargers
2 - Dez Bryant - Cowboys
3 - Jahvid Best - Lions
4 - Sam Bradford - Rams
5 - Arrelious Benn - Bucs
6 - Demaryius Thomas - Broncos
8 - Monterio Hardesty - Browns
7 - Ben Tate - Texans
10 - CJ Spiller - Bills
9 - Golden Tate - Seahawks
11 - Jimmy Clausen - Panthers
12 - Colt McCoy - Browns
13 - Damian Williams - Titans
14 - Dexter McCluster - Chiefs
16 - Jermaine Gresham - Bengals
15 - Eric Decker - Broncos
18 - Jordan Shipley - Bengals
19 - Mardy Gilyard - Rams
21 - Tim Tebow - Broncos
20 - Mike Williams - Bucs
23 - Toby Gerhart - Vikings
24 - Joe McKnight - Jets
25 - LeGarrette Blount - Titans
17 - Jonathan Dwyer - Steelers
22 - James Starks - Packers
26 - Anthony Dixon - 49ers
27 - Charles Scott - Eagles
28 - Brandon LaFell - Panthers
29 - John Skelton - Cardinals
30 - Emmanuel Sanders - Steelers


Overall Rankings (Based on future value):

1 - Dez Bryant - Cowboys
2 - CJ Spiller - Bills
3 - Sam Bradford - Rams
4 - Ryan Mathews - Chargers
5 - Demaryius Thomas - Broncos
6 - Monterio Hardesty - Browns
7 - Arrelious Benn - Bucs
8 - Jahvid Best - Lions
9 - Ben Tate - Texans
10 - Golden Tate - Seahawks
11 - Jimmy Clausen - Panthers
12 - Jermaine Gresham - Bengals
13 - Mardy Gilyard - Rams
14 - James Starks - Packers
15 - Brandon LaFell - Panthers
16 - Dexter McCluster - Chiefs
17 - Damian Williams - Titans
18 - Colt McCoy - Browns
19 - Eric Decker - Broncos
20 - Jordan Shipley - Bengals
21 - Joe McKnight - Jets
22 - John Skelton - Cardinals
23 - Emmanuel Sanders - Steelers
24 - Tim Tebow - Broncos
25 - Mike Williams - Bucs
26 - Jonathan Dwyer - Steelers
27 - Toby Gerhart - Vikings
28 - LeGarrette Blount - Titans
29 - Anthony Dixon - 49ers
30 - Charles Scott - Eagles

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