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2011 Fantasy Football - Draft Stock Up: May 6, 2011.
Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
The Rams drafted Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas to surround Sam Bradford with more weapons. Bradford is going to be a fantasy stud with Josh McDaniels calling the shots as his offensive coordinator.
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
Bill Polian smartly drafted a pair of linemen in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. I can't even imagine what Indianapolis' offense will be like if Peyton Manning actually has some pass protection.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Matt Ryan finally has a reliable No. 2 receiver at his disposal. With Tony Gonzalez pretty much done, Ryan needed someone else besides Roddy White.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
The Jaguars didn't address their pass rush or secondary, but they managed to find a potential upgrade on the offensive line in Will Rackley. Rackley should be able to start as a rookie.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
There are no more excuses for Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks spent their first two selections in the 2011 NFL Draft on linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt, both of whom project as powerful run-blockers.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Like Maurice Jones-Drew and Marshawn Lynch, Darren McFadden benefits from upgrades made to the offensive line. Stefen Wisniewski is a huge upgrade at center, while Joseph Barksdale could potentially start at guard or right tackle.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
If DeAngelo Williams signs elsewhere, Jonathan Stewart will move into my top 10 - click here to see my 2011 Fantasy Football Top 150 Rankings. Opposing defenses will be worried about Cam Newton's running ability, a la Vince Young and Chris Johnson in Tennessee. Stewart's YPC will be way up from last year's 4.3.
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
How can Michael Crabtree's value go up with Colin Kaepernick on the team? Because Kaepernick is probably going to sit for a year. Since the 49ers didn't spend a first-round pick on a quarterback, they'll likely have a veteran under center, which means Crabtree will have someone trustworthy throwing the ball to him.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins
As with Michael Crabtree, Brandon Marshall benefits from having a veteran quarterback under center - even if it's Chad Henne again.