Fantasy Football: A Look At Some Rookies
Total Pro Sports – Last year’s rookie class helped many fantasy football teams make their way towards the playoffs and in some cases, the league championship. With the likes of Matt Forte, Steve Slaton, Chris Johnson, and Matt Ryan leading the way there was plenty to be excited about for those who took a chance with these first year players.
In 2009, Forte, Johnson and Slaton have all become household names and will likely go in the first round, but there is a new crop of rookies ready to step in and help you fantasy team out. Here is a look at eight of those first year guys that you should be able to find in the later rounds.
Chris Wells, RB, ARI : The former Ohio State Buckeye should have his hands on the ball quite a bit in his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals. With only Tim Hightower standing in his way, we would like to think that the Cards picked him up in the first round for a reason.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN : The first running back taken in the 2009 draft, Moreno should get plenty of carries for a Denver defense that does not have much else to look forward too (besides some good wide receivers). With the likes of LaMont Jordan, Peyton Hillis and Correll Buckhalter also in the backfield, the starting job could be Moreno’s to lose. He has suffered through injuries in the early part of training camp and the Broncos may find themselves throwing the ball often, but if he is around in the later rounds, it can’t hurt to take a shot on this potential starter.
Donald Brown, RB, IND : Colts running back Joseph Addai struggled last year, forcing Indy to go after Donald Brown with their first round pick. While it is expected that Addai will still be the starter, don’t be surprised if that changes at some point in the season. Head coach Jim Caldwell has stated that he will go with which ever running back best suits their opponent. Should Brown perform as he did with UConn, he may eventually become the popular choice no matter who the Colts face.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI : The Eagles already have Brian Westbrook, but his medical history is not exactly a clean one. Hampered by injuries over the past couple of seasons, McCoy should see a fair share of carries to relieve Westbrook, and if the Eagles veteran back goes down, it may be McCoy who is given the starting role.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ, QB : He has only played in one NFL game (and not even a full one), but the former Trojan quarterback looked impressive in it hitting his receivers and making some good decisions. With a few more performances like that, it is very possible that we will see Sanchez under center when the Jets begin their 2009 regular season. He does not have much at wide receiver, but if given the starting job you can expect him to put up some decent numbers.
Matt Stafford, DET, QB : He does not have much of an offensive line, but the Georgia Bulldog alum does have one of the best receivers in the leadue in Calvin Johnson, and a very good Kevin Smith behind him at running back. With these two playmakers around to shoulder some of the load, Stafford may actually be able to help the Lions win some games, and produce some nice fantasy points while he’s at it. We should also mention that with the Lions likely trailing in most of their games, Stafford will be given the opportunity to throw the ball quite often. You just have to hope those passes end up in the hands of his teammates, not his opponents.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI : The Eagles offense is beginning to look like it may be the most exciting in the NFL, or at least up there with the likes of New England, Arizona, and New Orleans. DeSean Jackson seems to be the number one target, but if Maclin can show he is NFL ready, then it is very likely we will see him slide into the second wide receiver position for Philadelphia. If that’s the case, expect him to put up some nice numbers in their pass-happy offense.
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN : We liked him before, but now with Brett Favre on board, Harvin’s stock has risen even more. This pick is a bit of an interesting one, however, as it is not Harvin’s receiving skills that intrigue us, but rather his playmaking skills. Expect to see the former Gator on the field in a variety of situations that will allow him to use his speed, quickness and agility to make the big play and take the ball to the house. Wild-Cat anyone?
That’s all we have for you today, but visit us tomorrow as we discuss some sleepers you may want to keep an eye out for.