Editor’s Note: Nick Krause is a 26-year old from a small central Wisconsin farming town where cows outnumber people. He is father of a 4-year-old boy and works second shift in a cheese factory. While he aspires to one day open his own landscaping business, he spends time hanging out at chinstrapninas. Below is his first post for the site.
The 2010 draft has come and gone but fantasy football 2010 has just begun. Here’s a look at the best available rookies and the earliest I would draft them. (12-team, 18-round, redraft)
1 ) Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers. Mathews will get the start in week one. Look for 15-25 carries on an already proven offense. Round 4.
2 ) C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills. Spiller is probably going to share time with Fred Jackson in an RBBC role. I still see Spiller getting the bulk of the carries with Jackson stealing a few goal line TDs. Round 5.
3 ) Jahvid Best, RB, Lions. Kevin Smith probably won’t be ready to start the season. Expect Best to take full advantage and steal the show. At worst he’s a third down back. Round 6.
4 ) Ben Tate, RB, Texans. Tate will compliment Steve Slaton well. Look for Tate to be the goal line back on a powerful offense. TD vulture! Round 6.
5 ) Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Bryant will beat out Roy Williams for the No. 2 wideout spot. Dallas likes to pass, let’s hope Bryant can accept his role! Round 7.
6 ) Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns. Hardesty will challenge Jerome Harrison for the starting job. Nobody should be surprised if he wins out. Round 10.
7 ) Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos. Thomas will be Denver’s starting wideout, but a limited QB means limited numbers. Round 10.
8 ) Dexter McCluster, RB, Chiefs. Speed, speed, and more speed. Need I say more? Round 12.
9 ) Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks. Good situation on a rebuilding team. Like Demaryius Thomas, he will start but do you trust Charlie Whitehurst? Round 12.
10 ) Sam Bradford, QB, Rams. Bradford’s the starting QB on a bad team with underachieving receivers, but he is the starter. Round 13.
11 ) Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings. Hard to say what happens with Gerhart, but if Adrian Peterson goes down he’s money! AP’s handcuff. Round 13.
12 ) Arrelious Benn, WR, Bucs. Second year QB Josh Freeman is still learning which won’t make Benn’s learning curve any easier. Still he’s the No. 1 receiver in Tampa Bay. Round 13.
13 ) James Starks, RB, Packers. Starks missed his senior year with a shoulder injury which caused him to drop in the draft. Ryan Grant doesn’t have any competition until now. Expect Starks to be the third down back and steal carries as the season progresses. Round 15.
14 ) Brandon Lafell, WR, Panthers. The Panthers run heavy offense lowers Lafell’s value. Dwayne Jarrett is Carolina’s No. 2 receiver. Look for Lafell to take that spot. If not by week one, by midseason for sure. Round 15.
15 ) Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots. Alge Crumpler is getting old. Gronkowski takes his spot by midseason. Round 15.
16 ) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals. Gresham will be the day one starter but Cinci tends to forget about their TEs. Round 15.
17 ) Marcus Easley, WR, Bills. Possible WR2 in Buffalo. His only competition is underachieving James Hardy and whoever is throwing him the ball. Round 17.
18) Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers. Rashard Mendenhall’s back-up. Possible third down back and TD vulture, but don’t hold your breath. Round 18.
19 ) Eric Decker, WR, Broncos. Eddie Royal was a bust last season. Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley aren’t the answer. Decker is worth a late round flier. Round 18.
20 ) Jimmy Clausen, QB, Panthers. Matt Moore is the starter for now. Moore is effective but not great. It is possible Clausen will get a chance. Round 18.