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2012 FANTASY FOOTBALL NFL ROOKIES TO WATCH

JF November 19, 2011 2

 

Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | franchise quarterback

Andrew Luck is could be a 2012 NFL starting quarterback from day one. (Photo by Han Shot First)

It’s not too early to think about the NFL 2012 rookie class. In fact the success of the 2011 class has probably propelled many teams in playoff contention. Those with AJ Green are probably happier drafting him in the 9th round versus the owner who took Miles Austin in the 3rd. DeMarco Murray owners have seen a recent winning streak, while the LeGarrette Blount owners are wondering when Raheem Morris figures out that committing to the run is not a football sin. And of course discussing the 2011 draft success would not be complete without mentioning Cam Newton and his great, dual threat fantasy skills.

Take a glance at our list of possible NFL 2012 rookies who could put up fantasy starter numbers.

QUARTERBACKS

 

Andrew Luck, Stanford — Right now Luck has all the tools to be a top NFL quarterback and is looking like a lock to be the 1st pick in the draft.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma — Jones has been putting up big numbers this year and will be battling Barkley for the 2nd quarterback off the board, if they both declare for the draft.

Matt Barkley, USC — Barkley has improved his accuracy this year and is making a case to why he should be the 2nd quarterback taken in the draft, if he decides to come out after his junior year.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor — One of the top dual-threat quarterback’s in the draft besides Russell Wilson. Only question is, will he come out early?

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin — The other dual-threat quarterback in the draft.

Kellen Moore, Boise State — Proven winner. He reminds me of an Andy Dalton type quarterback – underrated, but a winner in college.

RUNNING BACKS

Trent Richardson, Alabama — A true power running back. Richardson is the type of player that can handle 20-30 carries a game. Better than Mark Ingram.

LaMichael James, Oregon — James is Oregon’s work horse and should come out after this year.

Lamar Miller, Miami — Underrated running back that doesn’t have the power, but is very shifty.

Montee Ball, Wisconsin — Putting up big numbers behind Wisconsin’s offensive line.

Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

David Wilson, Virginia Tech


WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State — Blackmon is a better wide receiver than Oklahoma State alum Dez Bryant. Blackmon plays bigger than his size and is a cross between Boldin and Fitzgerald.

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame — A tough possession wide receiver.

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina — One of the more gifted wide receiver’s, but he seems to take plays off which could hurt his stock.

Nick Toon, Wisconsin — See Jeffery above and is a little soft.

Marvin McNutt, Iowa — McNutt is a sleeper pick. He doesn’t have top end speed, but has very good hands.

Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

TIGHT ENDS

Dwayne Allen, Clemson

Coby Fleener, Stanford

2 Comments »

  1. Jim November 22, 2011 at 10:40 am -

    I am a big fan of Andrew Luck, but him on the Colts won’t be a good fantasy move.

    If Justin Blackmon gets on a team with a QB he could put up some numbers.

    But I really like LaMichael James as a sleeper as a rookie he is really fast and can carry the ball a lot.

  2. Rich November 22, 2011 at 10:58 am -

    Another guy at QB that has some potential is Case Keenum out of Houston…doesn’t play the best competition but he is putting up some big time numbers