Fantasy Football: Rookie report, best situations for 2012 rookies

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ROOKIE REPORT

BEST SITUATION – QB

The top two picks in the NFL draft were both quarterbacks. The Colts selected Stanford QB Andrew Luck while the Redskins traded up and selected Baylor QB and Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.

While both quarterbacks are roster worthy this year, there’s only one I would trust as a QB1 and that’s RG3. Before I go any further, I must first start off by saying, lower your expectations. Cam Newton’s rookie year last year was something we’ve never seen before, it’s unlikely that either Griffin or Luck will produce anywhere close to what Newton did. Having said that, let’s move forward.

I like RG3 over Luck in 2012 because of their situations. The Colts are coming off of a two-win season, which means they are in rebuilding mode right now. He needs better targets.

Richardson is expected to be the workhorse back in Cleveland.

RG3 on the other hand, has proven veteran receivers and a promising running back in Roy Helu. In addition to that, Griffin’s running abilities will get him points that make him a much more attractive option than Luck in fantasy.

BEST SITUATION – RB

Trent Richardson is the hottest commodity in fantasy football this year when talking about rookies. He was drafted into the perfect place for him to get all of the opportunities he needs.

The depth behind Richardson on the Browns depth chart tells the story. This Alabama running back should get all of the attention this year as the Browns starter. He’s an every down type of back who can catch out of the backfield, stay in to pass-protect and obviously running the ball.

He has a great combination of both size and speed, which makes him a very dangerous back. He should easily exceed 1,000 rushing yards and get double-digit touchdowns as a rookie.

Honorable mentions: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin and Richardson are the only two rookie running backs expected to get a good amount of playing time. Martin will be splitting carries with LeGarrette Blount, but is expected to start for Tampa Bay. David Wilson could also provide some value in fantasy for the Giants this year.

BEST SITUATION – WR

We know about first round receivers Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, but a rookie receiver you may not know about is Rams WR Brian Quick.

Quick is my favorite fantasy football draft day steal this year. He was the first pick of the second round in April’s NFL Draft and he’s expected to see a lot of action coming his way this year. He has a solid quarterback in Sam Bradford and he’s going to be the Ram’s number one target this season.

Quick will best be served in PPR leagues as I expect him to get at least 70 receptions this season. The best thing you can ask for as a fantasy football owner is for your player to get targets. Rams management is high on Quick and they want to feed him the ball. Grab Quick at about round 10 in your drafts.

Honorable mentions: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears. Stephen Hill, New York Jets.

BEST SITUATION – TE

There aren’t many rookie tight ends who make an impact their first year in the NFL. It usually takes awhile for them to become successful. However, I feel Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener has the chance to defy that.

Fleener joins his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, in Indianapolis and is immediately their starting tight end. He’s a 6’6” 247-pound tight end who ran a 4.45 40-yard dash time. A tall tight end that can run like that is a mismatch for defenses. Just look at other tall tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham who have been able to jump over defenders and make plays.

Fleener won’t produce like Gronk or Graham his first year in the NFL. Even Gronkowski only had 546 receiving yards his first season.

Honorable mentions: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts. Orson Charles, Cincinnati Bengals. Michael Egnew, Miami Dolphins. *Note: while I mentioned these names, I still feel strongly about Fleener being the only rookie tight end worth drafting this year.