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Old 04-30-2013, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default Top 10 rookies for 2013 (fantasy football)

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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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Old 04-30-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
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Some good reads on other players drafted.


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3. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: I'm not a fan. In fact, I'm shocked the Steelers took Bell while Lacy was still on the board. Bell looks like a beast at 237 pounds, but sometimes runs like he thinks he's a little back. He just doesn't have the power and oomph you expect from a man his size. I had some Twitter followers take me to task for claiming that Bell reminds me of LeGarrette Blount, telling me that Bell led the nation in yards after contact last year. But as my colleague KC Joyner points out here, Bell had an opportunity to produce after contact so much because his line at Michigan State wasn't very good. Listen, Bell lands in a great spot to be a fantasy factor in '13. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman flamed out as potential feature backs last year, plus Todd Haley wants to throw it short and Bell is an accomplished pass catcher, and the Steelers have always liked to run it when they're near an opponent's goal line. Still, I can't help feeling there's bust potential here. I like big backs who always run like big backs.
This pick made me sick when it happened. Do. Not. Like.
Hes just plain good.
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76. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: He's the Eddie Lacy of wideouts. I don't understand how he lasted this long, and I think we'll look back on this draft and be shocked that he was a third-rounder. Sure, he missed the final month of '12 with a knee injury that bugged him through the pre-draft process, but watch his tape and you see Mr. Smooth. He's got great hands. He runs perfect routes. He's tough to bring down. He's tough in traffic. ESPN's Bill Polian has said many times he thinks Allen is Reggie Wayne, a player Polian knows a thing or two about. Is Allen a little slower than maybe you'd like? It's possible. But if he's not Wayne, he's Anquan Boldin, which is still terrific. Now, the San Diego depth chart is a mess: Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem and Vincent Brown are all around. Allen will need player movement to be draftable in '13. But boy, I like him.
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Some good reads on other players drafted.

This pick did made me sick when it happened. Do. Not. Like.
Hes just plain good.
Yeah, the Chargers draft was pretty disconcerting on the whole. They grabbed a LOT of good, impact players.
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Yeah, the Chargers draft was pretty disconcerting on the whole. They grabbed a LOT of good, impact players.
Yeah, and as to the Sparkler depth chart.... Its only a mess in regards to getting a fantasy player onto the field. That is excellent depth at WR, and if given some time, Rivers has plenty to throw to. Fortunately he wont have 2 seconds to even look downfield against DEN.
Vincent Brown should be back to full strength and good to go.
They eventually get that o-line fixed, and McCoy will have a solid offense again.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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We should have a competition here ... each guy pick 10 who will kill, 10 who will suck.

Results might be interesting.
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