Top 5 Fantasy Rookies of 2012
For all of us NFL freaks there is always something to talk about. The NFL draft has been my topic of analysis and discussion since round one was in the books. Now, it’s never too late to talk about fantasy football. So dish up and maybe these selections will help your fantasy squad this coming season.
Doug Martin RB, Buccaneers
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Doug Martin may possibly be a bit of a stretch but I feel like he has a legitimate shot at making a splash in Tampa Bay’s backfield and here’s why. Legarrette Blount did not explode into the X factor star last year that every one thought he was going to, me being one of them. I really felt he had the potential to be “the guy” and maybe this season he still does. But with Blount always a temper tantrum away from pulling a shank out of his NFL liscensed socks and plugging someone on the field, I think that some where down the line this season Boise St. product Doug Martin will start getting the rock. Martin’s senior season at Boise was more than impressive, as he rushed his way to 1,299 yards and 16 touchdowns. I personally think that Doug Matin may possibly have a tough time adjusting to the NFL as far as speed of the game and level of competition goes, but given the situation he has been drafted into I think that once people realize Blount is going no where, and that QB Josh Freeman is a fizziling dud as well Martin will start getting the ball and a lot. Now the only question is how long before Blount is out and Martin is in. Perhaps Martin will steal the job away earlier than expected. If that happens, Doug Martin will be a rookie sleeper that everyone passed up on.
Robert Griffin III QB, Redskins
It’s pretty tough for me to actually pick Griffin for well…anything, but it’s hard to deny that Griffin will score fantasy points. My problems with Griffin are all about his personality and his overall arrogant cockiness towards well…everything. I can’t wait for someone to really welcome him to the NFL but with that said and me biting my tongue, his rushing ability and deep passing accuracy will definitely put up fantasy points as long as he stays healthy. Coach Mike Shannahan has made it clear that RG3 is indeed the starting quarterback and that in and of itself is a solid reason to give RG3 a chance on your fantasy team. Do I think Griffin will have a Cam Newton type season? No, no I do not at all but with his speed and athleticism we all know RG3 will find the endzone time and time again one way or another even without much for surrounding weapons. Washington better hope at least that Griffin plays out and fast, because I think they traded off their next six draft picks, the White House, and the family farm to go get him. Or something like that.
Justin Blackmon WR, Jaguars
The Jaguars drafted Blackmon for one reason, to throw to him this season very early and very often because if not him, then who? Blackmon has the size to really be a Dez Bryant type weapon in the NFL but without the attitude and a stronger work ethic. There really is not much more than that to say about Blackmon, the Jags have no body to throw to so Blackmon will be getting the majority of the balls this season, expect a solid season form the OSU product as long as Gabbert can stay on his feet long enough to get Blackmon the ball.
Coby Fleener TE, Colts
I know Fleener’s talent relies on Luck’s season, but I really feel that Coby Fleener’s fantasy value has way too much upside to possibly ignore when it comes time to draft a tight end.
Every stat ever spewed from us sports nerds is all about the numbers, and when it comes to Coby Fleener the number is ten, no that is not what number Fleener will be this season for the Colts but it is the number of touchdown passes that he caught from Andrew Luck last season. That secuirty blanket and familarity is going feel like a Snuggy for Andrew Luck in his first big league year. Also, all the questions surrounding Fleener pretty much relied on how he would adjust to a new quarterback. Problem averted. The Colts are trying to imitate their biggest rivals offensive style, and even if it sorta kinda works out, trust me Coby Fleener will be catching a lot of footballs in the endzone because thats exactly what Luck and himself did at Stanford.
Trent Richardson RB, Browns
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Where to start with Mr. Richardson, he is the Friday Night Lights Boobie Miles of the NFL, he can do it all. I personally have a football crush on this kid. I think that Trent Richardson is the pound for pound best running back prosect in the past decade if not longer. Richardson has the bowling ball boulder build of stars like Ray Rice and Maurice-Jones Drew except he is much more elusive and agile. Not bad company to be mentioned with huh. As long as Cleveland gives Richardson the ball, and they will, Richardson should rush for double digit touchdowns and he will. Do not be afraid to pick up Richardson earlier then you would expect to draft a rookie. Richardson is one of those rare breeds of football bred athletes that has nothing but positive fantasy value.
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