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Old 04-30-2013, 04:15 AM   #1

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Default Top 10 rookies for 2013 (fantasy football)

1. Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos: Ball lands in a potentially great spot for fantasy value right away. Willis McGahee, who turns 32 in October, is almost certainly gone after suffering a broken leg and torn MCL, and Knowshon Moreno is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery. For a calendar year I've been writing that last year's third-rounder, Ronnie Hillman, is a third-down back, and this pick is an acknowledgement of that. Bottom line: There are a ton of early-down carries available in Denver's elite offense. Ball isn't a top athlete and he doesn't have breakaway speed, but he's instinctive and while he didn't pass protect all that much at Wisconsin, talent evaluators are convinced he's good in that area. Longer term, folks worry about his durability, as he had 1,001 touches in college and rushed for more than 8,000 yards in high school. But for this year, in this offense, there's a chance Ball could approach double-digit TDs. He'll be owned in every fantasy league on the planet, and if McGahee gets released, Ball might be fantasy's top rookie.
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