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 So, picture my shock to see lots of draft-day frothing over Mathews' (immediate) all-world possible last August, as though he was an Adrian Peterson-esque lock to create monster numbers in the rookie campaign of 2010. That it was baffling, and troubling, understandably; it also developed a chance for exuberant proprietors to practice a tough life lesson about fantasy football: Never ever waste a closed society draft choose for a rookie.


In final year's drafts, I saw it a front-row seat because of not a single, but two short-sighted owners (who I enormously respect) snaring Mathews with top-10 selections; and it had not even attempt to do by using his preseason stats (146 rushing yards on 34 carries) but every little thing concerning the insane hype from Chargers coach Norv Turner's innocuous minicamp prediction of "300 carries" for Mathewsthe untwitting heir to LaDainian Tomlinson(notes)'s throne in San diego, ca. Approximately they thought. As an alternative, Mathews did the equivalent of absolutely nothing until his Week 17 breakout of 120 rushing yards and 3 TDs. (Weak hands, inside its final stages in fantasy circles.)


This mini-section is not about Mathews or his slightly depressed predraft value; rather, you want how rookie operating backs tend to be the only players to profit by a five-month lockout. With out minicamp, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was missing the chance to evaluate Roy Helu(notes) to Clinton Portis(notes), circa 2002. Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn't get ample opportunity to hail Mikel Leshoure(notes) as a general "beast." Saints coach Sean Payton wasn't instructed to select from Mark Ingram(notes) and free of charge agent-to-be Reggie Bush(notes). And owner Jerry Jones never got an effort to predict that DeMarco Murray(notes) are the Cowobys' starting up back by Week 6if not sooner. And from that de facto media blackout, fantasy owners definitely won't be duped into grabbing Ingram, Murray, Williams, Helu or Thomas in your draft's early rounds. There's zero worth inside.


Here's my early report on some of the best ten rookie operating backs in fantasyland (standard-scoring leagues):


1. Ryan Williams(notes), Cardinals (high-risk, high-reward talent best programs April's draft)

2. Mikel Leshoure, Lions (could easily score 8-10 red-zone TDs)

3. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (could be the finest rookie back over the fantasy playoffs)

4. Mark Ingram, Saints (a Ron Dayne clone not positive that it's a advantage)

five. Roy Helu, Redskins (perhaps have the best path to a starting up slot)

six. Daniel Thomas(notes), Dolphins (Sporting News has him pegged because the 42nd overall pick wow

7. Shane Vereen(notes), Patriots (Bill Belichick's draft prowess will not be questioned)

eight. Dion Lewis(notes), Eagles (has Jamaal Charles(notes)-like prospective)

9. Delonte Carter, Colts (historical past tell us Carter Will become a minumum of one game on Indy's merry go-round)

ten. Alex Green(notes), Packers (Green Bay execs obviously have the watch for locating good RB value inside draft)

11. Stevan Ridley(notes), Patriots

12. Jacquizz Rodgers(notes), Falcons

13. Kendall Hunter(notes), 49ers

14. Taiwan Jones(notes), Raiders

15. Johnny White(notes), Bills


To be honest, I'm not really a hearty fan of a typical QB within this year's rookie class, however there is five candidates (Cam Newton(notes), Jake Locker(notes), Christian Ponder(notes), Colin Kaepernick(notes), Andy Dalton(notes)) who might actually be starting up come Week 1. Should the astounding come about therefore we experience record-breaking variety of rookie-QB starters in 2011in a lockout-ravaged year, no less The large Lead's Jason Lisk will quickly attack that scenario 1 signal-caller at one time.



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