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2013 NFL Fantasy Football Rookie Assessment

2013 NFL Fantasy Football Rookie Assessment

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Published by Bill E. Parsons
NFL rookies are difficult to evaluate for usefulness in fantasy football leagues. This article ranks the top 5 QB, RB, WR and TE rookies and if they can be drafted in fantasy football drafts and, if so, in which round.
NFL rookies are difficult to evaluate for usefulness in fantasy football leagues. This article ranks the top 5 QB, RB, WR and TE rookies and if they can be drafted in fantasy football drafts and, if so, in which round.

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 After the season ends, loyal NFL fans look forward to April each year to see whatgifts the NFL draft will provide them. Of course, the NFL will extend that wait untilMay starting next season. No matter what position your team is drafting in, youalways hope that they will find gems to plug those gaping holes or find the heir toreplace current studs at key positions. For us, we look across the league to seewhat players have been drafted onto teams in a spot that they will have animpact on the fantasy football landscape.So, Maximum Fantasy Sports has put its collective heads together and hasranked the Top-5 fantasy football relevant rookies at the core skill positions andtheir projected draft round in standard 12-team
 
.There was a time that we would avoid all rookie QBs that came into the league.However, the game has changed at the collegiate and professional level in waysthat allow talented QBs to step under center and be productive immediately. It isamazing to look at the 2012 season QB stats and see multiple rookies near thetop. Drafting
last year got many teams to the fantasy playoffs. Adding
 
 
late in the season took many teams to fantasy gold.Who from this year’s draft will be the key players on your run to your championship? Below is the consensus review from Maximum Fantasy Sports for the new crop of NFL rookies.
Quarterbacks
 1.
(New York Jets): Draft prognosticators had Geno listed as thefirst QB off the board and many thought he would be drafted in the first round.Unfortunately for his ego, wallet and job satisfaction, he was drafted by the Jetsin the second round. Shockingly, Jets fans weren’t
 
. I amconfused since the
is currently their starting QB. I would not besurprised to see Geno win the job in training camp. Too bad that he has no oneto throw to. He is a 14th round pick at best.2.
(Buffalo): E.J. is this year’s dual-threat QB. He has the wheelsand the arm, though not real accurate, to be successful. He will start on thebench with Kevin Kolb getting the starting position to start the season. Since Kolbis made of cupcakes and is not real talented, Manual should get the job beforelong. He is a speculative add, at best, with the last pick of your draft.3.
(Tampa): Manuel is the “new NFL” QB and Glennon is the “OldNFL”. You are not going to see this kid running much. He is 6’7” and has acannon for an arm. Josh Freeman is the guaranteed starter, but really faltereddown the stretch last year. Tampa has loads of talent on offense, so, if Freemanstumbles again, Glennon could take over. I would have no problem draftingFreeman as my QB2 and backing him up with Glennon as my last pick in mydeeper leagues.
 
(Oakland): Well, it is better than New York, but not by much.Wilson joins a team that has been in search of a good QB since Rich Gannontook them to the Super Bowl in 2002. Matt Flynn gets the starting nod this year.Carson Palmer did put up good fantasy numbers last year, but I don’t expectanything good from Wilson, even if he gets the job at some point. Not draftable.5.
 
 
(Philly): with Michael Vick and Nick Foles ahead of him, Barkleywill probably not see the field this year. Sadly for him, had he come out in 2012,he would have been been a first round pick and may have seen some success.He has talent, so you could consider grabbing him at some point during theseason if you are in a deep Keeper league.
Running Backs
 
1.
(Denver): Ball steps into a good situation in Denver; they have arock solid passing attack so teams can’t load the box to stop the run and theBroncos have a stable of RBs coming off of major injuries. The Wisconsin gradhad been putting in NFL-type seasons in college (over 300 carries each of thepast two years). Some people may shy away from him due to the workload. Ithink it has prepared him for a grueling NFL season. I would add him as a late3rd round or early 4th round pick.2.
(Pittsburgh): Bell is a great fit for the Steelers. He fits their moldat 6’2” and 230lbs. The Steelers had no success with the various backs theytossed on the field last year and would love for Bell to be their workhorse. Ithought Jonathan Dwyer was that player last year when the Steelers drafted him,but know they weren’t happy with him when they decided to draft another RB inBell. He should be the next back off the board after Ball.3.
 
 
(Green Bay): Much like Bell, Lacy is going to a Super Bowlcontending team in need of a go-to running back. Lacy would be tops on this listif the Packers didn’t pick up
as well. I love Franklin and havedecided to add him here as a 3B. They are both draftable, with Lacy being a 5thround pick and Franklin being an 8th round pick, but they will split carries thisseason.4.
 
 
(St. Louis): Who will replace Steven Jackson? The Rams arefacing that dilemma. They have Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, but neither isassured of being The Man. Stacy tore it up at Vanderbilt, which is a good place tohide your talent. I would add him in the 11th round and hope St. Louis recognizeshis talent and gets him the rock.5.
 
 
(Arizona): The Cardinals can’t keep a starting RB healthy.The two guys ahead of Taylor; Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams, are ACLcasualties in recent years, so add Taylor in the last round if you draft either of 
 
these RBs.
Wide Receivers
1.
(St. Louis): Austin is a blazer and will love the turf in St. Louis.He will take the slot left open by Danny Amendola’s departure. Sam Bradford willcall his number as often as he did Amendola's. There is talk that he will even driftinto the backfield a few times a game. With over 100 catches at West Virginia thepast two years, you know he can handle the workload. I would draft him in the6th round.2.
 
 
(Houston): FINALLY, someone that can play on the other side of the field from Andre Johnson. Schaub, Johnson and Hopkins are thrilledwith this draft pick. He is a highlight reel mainstay and catches everything insight. There is no doubt that he starts the first game and doesn’t look back. Iwould grab him in the 7th round.3.
(Minny): Patterson’s stock dropped with questionsabout his character, which is funny considering that he took Randy Moss’number; his idol! Should he stay focused, he is a big play waiting to happen.Greg Jennings is Minny’s number 1 receiver, but he is far from the deep threatthat Patterson is. He won’t catch 100 balls this year, but he will have a big YPRand lots of YAC. He is a solid 9th round pick.4.
(New England): Out with the old and in with the new. Dobson joins a new receiver corp in New England. Tom Brady likes spreading the ballaround and Danny Amendola will be taking Wes Welker’s spot, but Dobsonshould win Brady over easily. The kid had zero Drops last year! I would grabDobson in the 12th round5.
(San Diego): Based on pure talent, Allen would be rankedmuch, much higher. His problems are that he is coming off a knee injury and hasa group of WRs in front of him that he will need to win time from. However,Vincent Brown is also coming off an injury, Robert Meachem was an overpaidno-show last year and Malcom Floyd is an enigma. He is worth taking a flier on inthe last two rounds of your draft.
Tight Ends
 
1.
 
 
(Cincinnati): Eifert could almost be listed in the WR categorysince he has that make-up. The Bengals are sold that Jermaine Gresham is their number 1 TE but they are sure that Eifert could be that, and more. QB AndyDalton likes throwing to his TE and adding Eifert makes him smile. Expect Eifertto be the second-leading pass-catcher for the Bengals this year. TE is deep in

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