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2011 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Rankings:
Aug. 27, 2011.
Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Mark Ingram is obviously the No. 1 rookie in dynasty rankings. There's a good chance he'll score double-digit touchdowns this year. He should take over as the primary runner in 2012.
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Julio Jones has picked up Atlanta's offense very quickly, and unlike A.J. Green, he gets to play with a top-10 veteran quarterback.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
A.J. Green is not going to reach his full potential until Andy Dalton becomes a legitimate NFL quarterback. That may actually never happen, so that's the risk you're taking if you pick Green. The upside is enormous though.
Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
Stevan Ridley has been really impressive this preseason. With Shane Vereen seemingly unable to stay healthy, it could be Ridley who becomes New England's featured running back in 2012.
Delone Carter, RB, Colts
Delone Carter has reportedly passed Donald Brown as Indianapolis' No. 2 running back. Considering how brittle Joseph Addai is, Carter could see tons of action in 2011.
Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
Observers have reported that Denarius Moore has been the best player at Oakland's training camp at times. Moore is unbelievably talented and figures to start at some point in 2011.
Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
Kendall Hunter is an intriguing late-round handcuff in regular leagues. Frank Gore gets hurt often, so Hunter could have the opportunity to start some games in 2011. Hunter is a very talented runner, so he could be the main guy if Gore doesn't get a new contract.
Greg Little, WR, Browns
Greg Little is a really talented receiver who fell to the bottom of Round 2 because of character concerns. Little should be able to post solid numbers once he and Colt McCoy develop a rapport.
Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams
Sam Bradford has already made Lance Kendricks one of his favorite targets. That's not a surprise, considering how often Bradford looked toward Jermaine Gresham at Oklahoma.
Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
Roy Helu is talented, but Mike Shanahan won't utilize him much on offense until he becomes a better pass protector. That's easier said than done, but the potential is there for Helu.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
Kyle Rudolph had a great training camp. He'll be a legitimate starting fantasy tight end by 2013; possibly sooner depending on how quickly Christian Ponder matures.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins
Daniel Thomas was supposed to be Miami's starting running back. That changed when the team signed Reggie Bush and Thomas disappointed in training camp. The opportunity is currently there for Thomas, but he's just not taking advantage of it because he's not very good.
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
Randall Cobb won't do much offensively in 2011, but he could be Aaron Rodgers' top option after Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley once Donald Driver retires.
Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
Shane Vereen is really talented, but can't stay healthy. There's no question that he could really produce in New England's offense if he can stay off the injury report.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys (Phillip Tanner, RB, Cowboys)
DeMarco Murray will battle Phillip Tanner for Dallas' No. 2 running back role behind Felix Jones. Murray is more talented than Tanner, but he's much more injury-prone. I wouldn't trust Murray, and I might actually want Tanner more.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling figure to split carries in the event of a Michael Turner injury. Turner won't be around forever, though Atlanta could easily spend an early-round selection on a replacement.
Titus Young, WR, Lions
Titus Young won't get much playing time until 2012, but there is upside as long as Matthew Stafford stays healthy.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Cam Newton has QB2 fantasy potential because of his rushing ability.
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
Torrey Smith has hands of stone. He's not going to receive much of an opportunity if he keeps dropping passes.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Chiefs
Jonathan Baldwin is a bum. He'll be overdrafted, so avoid.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Redskins
No upside in Washington with Rex Grossman as the quarterback. Besides, Leonard Hankerson hasn't looked very good.
Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals
Out for the year with a torn patellar tendon.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions
Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon in mid-August. He may not be 100 percent until 2013.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.