Here are my top 40 dynasty rookie rankings revealed with a brief capsule on each player and why they were selected there: Critics have at me.
1. Robert Griffin III - QB – Washington Redskins – The NFL has become a quarterback driven league and why not take who I think is the best FANTASY quarterback of this year’s class. The reason I give him the nod over Andrew Luck is his running skills will give you those added rushing fantasy points that Luck doesn’t bring to the table.
2. Andrew Luck - QB – Indianapolis Colts – Luck is a close second to RGIII. He probably is the better pure passer of the two. A good year to be looking for a quarterback if you have a high first round pick in your draft this year.
3. Trent Richardson – RB – Cleveland Browns – Three down backs are rare in the league, and getting one should be a top priority. Richardson could post top 10 running back numbers in Cleveland.
4. Doug Martin - RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Another potential every down back. Just needs to beat out a less talented LaGarrette Blount to get the ball his way. My bet is that he is able to do just that.
5. Michael Floyd - WR – Arizona Cardinals – Floyd landed in a nice spot opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Hopefully he can flourish there much like Anquan Boldin did for years opposite Fitz.
6. Justin Blackmon - WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – Blackmon is probably the best receiver of this year’s group. The only thing pulling him down the list is the quarterback play of last year’s overhyped pretty boy Blaine Gabbert.
7. David Wilson – RB – New York Giants – Even though Wilson projects as a part timer for now, I rank him ahead of many of the receivers from this class because none of them landed as a number 1 receiver in a great situation. Running backs are hard to come by in dynasty and for how brittle Ahmad Bradshaw has been throughout his career, you may have a hidden starting gem in Wilson.
8. Brandon Weeden - QB – Cleveland Browns – Weeden has better weapons around him in Cleveland than his fellow competitor Tannehill in Miami, which is why I give Weeden the slight nod here.
9. Ryan Tannehill - QB – Miami Dolphins – Seems like everyone is trying to find that next great quarterback. Maybe Tannehill is it. Could be worth a look at this point in the draft.
10. Brian Quick - WR – St Louis Rams – Quick will certainly be given the opportunity to be a number 1 receiver for Sam Bradford. The Rams offense desperately needs a receiving playmaker.
11. Chris Givens - WR – St Louis Rams – Givens is more of a vertical threat for Bradford to throw to. Bradford hasn’t been asked to use the vertical game to stretch the field much in his time with the team, so it will be interesting to see how this meshes together.
12. Kendall Wright - WR – Tennessee Titans – Wright has the talent to become a receiving force, but the log jam with Kenny Britt and Nate Washington already on board in Tennessee makes it tough to expect a breakout campaign barring any injuries.
13. Stephen Hill - WR – New York Jets – With Hill’s size and athleticism he should be able to match or exceed Burress’s numbers from last year, which is about all the Jets could hope for.
14. AJ Jenkins - WR – San Francisco 49ers – Once the Randy Moss experiment is over after this year, Jenkins may be given a chance to assert himself into the everyday lineup.
15. Alshon Jeffery - WR – Chicago Bears – Finally the Bears have themselves some receiving talent for Jay Cutler to throw to. He along with Brandon Marshall should form a nice duo together.
16. Rueben Randle - WR – New York Giants – Rumored to be a similar receiver to Hakeem Nicks, Randle will be a nice fit to take Mario Manningham’s place on the outside. He still has limited upside potential though with Nicks and Cruz already in place.
17. Coby Fleener – TE – Indianapolis Colts – Fleener is probably the best receiving tight end in the draft. He goes to the Colts and Andrew Luck his former college teammate will remain throwing him the football. They are sure to have good chemistry right away in their rookie seasons.
18. Mohamed Sanu – WR – Cincinnati Bengals – Rumured to be a similar receiver to TJ Houshmandzadeh, he could become a nice possession receiver complement to AJ Green.
19. DeVier Posey - WR – Houston Texans – I am sure Posey will be given every opportunity to win Houston’s WR2 slot opposite Andre Johnson.
20. Ryan Broyles – WR – Detroit Lions - Broyles will be a nice receiver for the slot position in Detroit. He will take over for Nate Burleson once he is back up to full speed healthwise again.
21. Michael Egnew – TE – Miami Dolphins – Egnew represents the last of the rookies that I project to crack an opening week starting lineup. He could be a nice dump off target for the rookie Tannehill.
22. Isaiah Pead - RB – St Louis Rams – Everybody is always mining for potential starting running later in drafts. Pead could be one. In two years he could be Steven Jackson’s successor with the Rams. I would take the chance on him.
23. LaMichael James - RB – San Francisco 49ers – Let’s remember that this is the first running back that Coach Harbaugh selected to the team. Plus the fact that he coached against him at Stanford means he knows James pretty well. I could see James as being a potential successor to Frank Gore in a few years.
24. Ronnie Hillman – RB – Denver Broncos – The Broncos have seemed to lost faith in Knowshon Moreno. Willis McGahee is no spring chicken either. I could see Hillman fighting for some touches as early as this year.
25. Ladarius Green - TE – San Diego Chargers – If you own Antonio Gates in your dyno league, then pick this guy up as his successor. He and Gates seem like clones of one another.
26. Edwin Baker - RB – San Diego Chargers – The minutive Baker could reprise Darren Sproles role possibly in San Diego again.
27. Lamar Miller - RB – Miami Dolphins – Despite the crowded backfield situation in Miami, Miller could see some playing time if Bush returns to his injured ways and Daniel Thomas trips getting out of the gate again.
28. Chris Polk - RB – Philadelphia Eagles – Andy Reid has said he wants to cut back on LeSean McCoy’s touches this year. Polk could certainly fill the void as a nice receiving back with some size to boot.
29. Bernard Pierce – RB – Baltimore Ravens – Pierce will probably resprise Ricky Williams role from last year and serve as a handcuff to Ray Rice.
30. Robert Turbin – RB – Seattle Seahawks – Can make the team and serve as a decent backup for Marshawn Lynch.
31. Chris Rainey – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers – With The Steelers running game situation in the air for 2012, you never know what role he will have but he could be the third down back of choice.
32. Vick Ballard – RB – Indianapolis Colts – Could be another sleeper at the running back position. He would only have to beat out unimpressive Donald Brown and Delone Carter and all of a sudden he is the starter. Worth a later flier in my opinion.
33. Case Keenum - QB – Houston Texans – Due to oft injured Matt Schaub, I could see Keenum getting some playing time and eventually becoming a successor for Schaub at some point.
34. Brock Osweiler - QB – Denver Broncos – Now that Tebow is gone the backup quarterback situation in Denver is pretty bare. Should Peyton Manning succomb to the neck injuries again, Osweiler could break the starting lineup.
35. Russell Wilson - QB – Seattle Seahawks – This slightly undersized but very talented quarterback could be in line for a starting role should Matt Flynn fall on his face outside of the Green Bay system and talent.
36. Tommy Streeter - WR – Baltimore Ravens – A little more a physical receiver a la Boldin. He could learn a few years behind Boldin and then serve as his eventual replacement.
37. Nick Toon - WR – New Orleans Saints – The Saints see a similar receiver in him as they did with Marques Colston. They need someone to replace Robert Meachem’s role so Toon could be in the mix for some catches.
38. Juron Criner - WR – Oakland Raiders – A good value pick by the Raiders as he showed better talent than his draft position would indicate. As long as the Raiders do not get someone established as a number 1 receiver there, then any Raider receiver is a prospect by me.
39. Jarius Wright – WR – Minnesota Vikings – Even though they signed Jerome Simpson, his off the field behaviors may cause him to not be an answer for the Vikings at wide receiver. Enter Jarius Wright and Greg Childs from Arkansas. Both played well in the tough SEC conference. One of them could at worst stick as a slot receiver for the team.
40. Greg Childs - WR – Minnesota Vikings – Refer to Jarius Wright’s description above.
So there you have it my top 40 dynasty rookie player rankings. I look forward to any comment or criticism below.