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2011 Fantasy Football Rookie Keeper Rankings - August 17th, 2011

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Rank Pos Player Height Weight College Team NFL Draft
1 RB Mark Ingram 5' 10" 216 Alabama Saints 28 Fell all the way to the Saints, great spot for him. Should have lots of carries immediately, even if he splits time with Pierre Thomas at first.
WR A.J. Green 6' 4" 207 Georgia Bengals 5 Not in a great situation with the Bengals' QB up in the air. Don't let that stop you from drafting him in fantasy, he's still an elite talent.
WR Julio Jones 6' 4" 211 Alabama Falcons 6 Atlanta liked him enough to trade up 21 spots (at great cost). Should be WR2 before the end of 2011 and a fixture there for years. Has great talent at QB and WR1 to take the pressure off.
RB Daniel Thomas 6' 2" 225 Kansas State Dolphins 62 Was drafted to start but will cede a lot of downs to Reggie Bush especially in the Wildcat.
RB Ryan Williams 5' 10" 202 Virginia Tech Cardinals 38 Has a better shot to be useful in fantasy now that Hightower is in DC. Will need to improve ball security and blocking before he can challenge for RB1.
WR Greg Little 6' 3" 220 North Carolina Browns 59 Team is hinting they want him to be WR1 but it will likely take some time for him to get there.
WR Jonathan Baldwin 6' 5" 225 Pittsburgh Chiefs 26 Should take over immediately as WR2. Chiefs now have pieces in place on offense but Baldwin will need Cassel to improve if he's going to have fantasy value.
RB Shane Vereen 5' 10" 204 California Patriots 56 Could be the third down back immediately and put up stats similar to Woodhead in 2010. Will likely split carries with Green-Ellis and fellow rookie Ridley.
RB DeMarco Murray 6' 1" 214 Oklahoma Cowboys 71 Will replace MB3 on the roster and compete for carries with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Could be an injury risk. Has NFL speed and athleticism.
WR Torrey Smith 6' 1" 204 Maryland Ravens 58 Possesses the speed and blocking skills to start immediately and has opportunity to move up the depth chart quickly. In the meantime he should be used as a deep threat, slot receiver and KR.
RB Roy Helu 6' 0" 220 Nebraska Redskins 105

Could be a very popular pick this year considering the Skins' wide-open backfield competition (just remember that the Skins suck.) Helu has prototype NFL size and a 4.4 forty at the Combine. Running style is a perfect fit for offense.

WR Denarius Moore 6' 0" 195 Tennessee Oakland 148 Probably the best WR on the Raiders already. That's not saying much, though. Opportunity is there and he's performed well in the preseason.
WR Titus Young 5' 11" 176 Boise State Lions 44 Should get looks in the slot immediately and catch some underneath passes. May not have strength to play on the outside.
RB Kendall Hunter 5' 8" 197 Oklahoma St. 49ers 115 Has the hands to see time on some 3rd downs but won't be a fantasy factor barring an injury to Gore. If Gore holds out he could be a draft steal.
QB Cam Newton 6' 6" 250 Auburn Panthers 1 He should start immediately but only because the Panthers have no other option. Weak WR corps and team will focus on run. Useful as a fantasy bye week replacement this year because of his rushing ability.
RB Delone Carter 5' 9" 222 Syracuse Colts 119 Great pick for both Carter and the Colts. If he plays well during Addai's injuries this year then he could be starting next year.
WR Dwayne Harris 5' 10" 203 East Carolina Cowboys 176 With Roy Williams gone, he only has to beat out Kevin Ogletree to crack the lineup.
WR Randall Cobb 5' 11" 187 Kentucky Packers 64 Unclear what his role will be, could be used like a Percy Harvin. Driver should be gone by next year which would leave Cobb as WR3.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers 5' 7" 191 Oregon St. Falcons 145 Could be RB2 immediately and give the Falcons the consistent backfield speed that Norwood could never give them.
RB Mikel Leshoure 6' 1" 230 Illinois Lions 57 Much needed power back to pair with Best (who was banged up often last year). Could also be used over Best in goal-line situations. *Recently placed on IR for the 2011 season, so purely a long-term dynasty pick.
WR Jerrel Jernigan 5' 9" 185 Troy Giants 83 If Steve Smith departs as a free agent he can step into the slot and could help in fantasy if he uses his speed to catch a long bomb or two. Great value if your fantasy league counts return stats.
WR Vincent Brown 5' 11" 187 San Diego St. Chargers 82 Chargers get a local product with excellent hands, blocking and toughness. Team is WR-needy so he's likely WR3 already. Slowest 40 time at the Combine by far among WR. Six TEs had better times. (Did a little better at Pro Day though).
RB Jamie Harper 5'11" 233 Clemson Titans 130 Better receiver than Javon Ringer, should be involved on passing downs when CJ's not in. If CJ continues his holdout then Harper is the 3rd down back.
WR Leonard Hankerson 6' 3" 205 Miami Redskins 79 Great spot for him, Skins WR corp is poor and Moss may be out of town soon. Potential WR1 has the size/speed combo but is more solid than explosive.
WR Edmond Gates 6' 0" 192 Abilene Christian Dolphins 111 Ran a sub-4.4 forty at the Combine so has the speed to stretch the field. Little competition ahead of him (Hartline, etc.) Will take a few years to develop.
WR Austin Pettis 6' 3" 201 Boise State Rams 78 Could be as high as WR2 and be a factor in the red zone immediately, especially considering the Rams' weak WR corps.
QB Colin Kaepernick 6' 5" 215 Nevada 49ers 36 Big opportunity to start in his rookie year over busts Alex Smith and David Carr. Great athlete, ran a faster 40 than Cam Newton at the Combine.
QB Blaine Gabbert 6' 5" 240 Missouri Jaguars 10 Jaguars finally got some competition for Garrard but they had to trade up to do it. He won't start for a year or two unless Garrard melts down. Killer Wonderlic score if that impresses you.
RB Alex Green 6 '0" 225 Hawaii Packers 96 Prototypical size, good hands. Could take over Brandon Jackson's pass-catching / 3rd down role in 2011.
TE Kyle Rudolph 6' 6" 260 Notre Dame Vikings 43 Easy to see Ponder checking down to his fellow rookie often. Was top ranked pre-draft TE and selected first. Brought in to catch, not block.
WR Cecil Shorts 6' 0" 205 Mount Union Jaguars 114 Will have the opportunity to start in the slot this year, but it will be tough to jump from D-III to the NFL.
WR Tandon Doss 6' 2" 201 Indiana Ravens 123 Size, speed and route-running to take over for Mason if fellow rookie Smith can't handle it.
QB Jake Locker 6' 3" 228 Washington Titans 8 Great athletic ability, as he proved at the Combine with top-5 finishes in every event. Hasselbeck declining fast so Locker could play this season.
QB Christian Ponder 6' 3" 217 Florida State Vikings 12 Has a clear path to QB1 by next year. Great fit for Vikings offense. Both Ponder and Locker should have better passing stats than Newton in 2011.
RB Dion Lewis 5' 7" 193 Pittsburgh Eagles 149 Doesn't have typical NFL size and only has average speed.
RB Stevan Ridley 5' 11" 225 LSU Patriots 73 Potential goal-line back and TD vulture. Probably won't help your fantasy team but will help ruin the value of Vereen and Green-Ellis.
TE Lance Kendricks 6' 4" 240 Wisconsin Rams 47 Rams throwing to TEs these days and Bradford needs weapons. Could be used more as an H-Back, won't be asked to block much.
RB Johnny White 5'10" 209 North Carolina Bills 133 Bills already have two capable backs so 3 year upside probably limited to RB2 barring injuries. Has the size, hands and blocking skills to at least get on the field in his rookie year.
RB Da'Rel Scott 5' 11" 211 Maryland Giants 221 Giants like to use a lot of backs so could get some carries at the back of the rotation this year if he can make the team. Fastest 40 time at this year's Combine.
QB Andy Dalton 6' 3" 220 TCU Bengals 35 Could end up starting if the Palmer situation comes to a head. Bengals better hope they resolve it since Dalton will not be ready Week 1.
WR Greg Salas 6' 1" 210 Hawaii Rams 112 Possible slot guy, although he doesn't have elite speed. Like fellow rookie Pettis he could be involved in red zone but probably won't play barring injury to Amendola.
RB Evan Royster 6' 0 " 228 Penn State Redskins 177 Probably lacks the speed to be an NFL starter. At the bottom of a crowded backfield depth chart.
RB Jordan Todman 5' 9" 203 Connecticut Chargers 183 Great speed and good size (for a scat back), but his lack of receiving ability will keep him from being a 3rd down back in the NFL. Probably limited to returns for the near future but could fill Sproles' shoes eventually.
RB Taiwan Jones 6 '0" 194 E. Washington Raiders 125 Raiders already have two superior young RBs so upside limited to RB3 and return game.
QB Ryan Mallett 6' 7" 238 Arkansas Patriots 74 Biggest faller from our pre-draft rankings after plummeting in NFL Draft and landing in a spot with little chance of seeing playing time in the next 2-3 years.
RB Bilal Powell 6' 1" 215 Louisville Jets 126 Good prospect but even if he beats out McKnight he won't see carries until Tomlinson is out of the picture.
WR Aldrick Robinson 5' 10" 176 SMU Redskins 178 A bit small but has serious speed. Could be manning the slot immediately if he can beat Malcolm Kelly in camp.
RB Anthony Allen 6' 1" 228 Georgia Tech Ravens 225 Could be Rice's backup as soon as this year.
QB Ricky Stanzi 6' 4" 223 Iowa Chiefs 135 Given a couple years to develop he could be better than Croyle or Cassel, but he's a backup for the foreseeable future. Mobile in the pocket.

RB Noel Devine 5' 8" 178 West Virginia     Undrafted free agent.
WR Armon Binns 6' 4" 200 Cincinnati     Undrafted free agent.
  TE D.J. Williams 6' 2" 250 Arkansas     Undrafted free agent.
  RB Brandon Saine 5' 11" 220 Ohio St.     Undrafted free agent.
  TE Schuylar Oordt 6' 7" 250 Northern Iowa     Undrafted free agent.
  TE Virgil Green 6 '3" 249 Nevada     Undrafted free agent.
  RB Mario Fannin 5' 10" 231 Auburn     Undrafted free agent.
  TE Jordan Cameron 6 '5" 254 USC     Undrafted free agent.
  WR Terrance Toliver 6' 5" 206 LSU     Undrafted free agent.