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2011 Rookie Draft Rankings 1.0

Despite the looming NFL labor talks, the staff of DynastyBlitz.com has been hard at work to get you ready for your dynasty fantasy football league rookie drafts.

While we have no idea where any of these players will be drafted, Andy Miley and Bryan Fontaine have released their own top-30 rankings as of February 12, 2011.

Each player is ranked by a combined consensus ranking.  Any unranked players received a value of 31 in the consensus rankings.

You can hover over Bryan or Andy’s personal ranking to get their opinions and thoughts for each player.

Without further adieu, here they are: Continue reading →

Top-50 Dynasty/Keeper Rookie Rankings 5.0

Our July dynasty rookie rankings may focus on fewer players than our June update; however, we want to provide you the players you need to be targeting in your rookie drafts.  Many of the players outside our Top-50 are players that are only drafted in the deepest of fantasy leagues or are priority waiver wire free agents.

There is not much change from last month with only a few players moving up and down our draft board.  Our rankings still heavily factor in scouting reports, college production, team situations, projected production, and the latest updates from beat writer reports.

Our fantasy football rookie rankings are based on the following:

  • Deep IDP/PPR Leagues
  • Start 3 WR and/or Flex Player
  • Scarcity of starting QB’s and RB’s
  • Defensive Tackles are devalued and start at DL

For a look at what our June dynasty rankings looked like, click here.

If you missed our look at what rookies will have the biggest impact for the 2010 season, click here.

For the latest news and information on each rookie, click on their player page link.

Rookie Blitz Top 50 Rookies – Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

Rank Player POS Team Total Prev Rank
1 Dez Bryant WR Cowboys 9.96 1
2 Ryan Mathews RB Chargers 9.46 2
3 Jahvid Best RB Lions 9.13 3
4 C.J. Spiller RB Bills 8.92 4
5 Sam Bradford QB Rams 8.56 6
6 Demaryius Thomas WR Broncos 8.55 5
7 Golden Tate WR Seahawks 8.52 7
8 Montario Hardesty RB Browns 8.47 8
9 Ben Tate RB Texans 8.22 9
10 Rolando McClain LB Raiders 8.16 11
11 Arrelious Benn WR Buccaneers 7.99 10
12 Jermaine Gresham TE Bengals 7.90 13
13 Dexter McCluster WR Chiefs 7.90 12
14 Sean Weatherspoon LB Falcons 7.74 15
15 Daryl Washington LB Cardinals 7.67 16
16 Toby Gerhart RB Vikings 7.60 14
17 Eric Berry S Chiefs 7.43 21
18 Aaron Hernandez TE Patriots 7.40 17
19 Donald Butler LB Chargers 7.28 20
20 Damian Williams WR Titans 7.25 18
21 Jimmy Clausen QB Panthers 7.15 19
22 Derrick Morgan DE Titans 7.12 25
23 Mike Williams WR Buccaneers 7.04 23
24 Jonathan Dwyer RB Steelers 6.97 22
25 Brandon LaFell WR Panthers 6.77 24
26 Sean Lee LB Cowboys 6.72 30
27 Andre Roberts WR Cardinals 6.70 26
28 Tim Tebow QB Broncos 6.58 32
29 Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots 6.57 33
30 Brandon Graham DE Eagles 6.54 35
31 Anthony Dixon RB 49ers 6.53 28
32 Emmanuel Sanders WR Steelers 6.47 27
33 Mardy Gilyard WR Rams 6.46 31
34 James Starks RB Packers 6.37 29
35 Eric Decker WR Broncos 6.13 34
36 Jimmy Graham TE Saints 6.12 36
37 Jason Pierre-Paul DE Giants 6.11 38
38 Earl Thomas S Seahawks 6.03 42
39 Brandon Spikes LB Patriots 5.85 41
40 Jordan Shipley WR Bengals 5.79 39
41 Morgan Burnett S Packers 5.71 50
42 Taylor Price WR Patriots 5.70 37
43 Joe McKnight RB Jets 5.70 40
44 Taylor Mays S 49ers 5.61 43
45 Anthony Moeaki TE Chiefs 5.53 44
46 Nate Allen S Eagles 5.50 54
47 Jerry Hughes DE Colts 5.45 52
48 Phillip Dillard LB Giants 5.43 49
49 Dennis Pitta TE Ravens 5.34 46
50 Deji Karim RB Jaguars 5.32 47

Top 100 1.0 – April 2, 2010
Top 100 2.0 – April 26, 2010
Top 100 3.0 – May 3, 2010
Top 100 4.0 – June 21, 2010

Top 25 Rookies for 2010

The 2010 NFL Season begins in just 60 days.  Many of you are starting your fantasy football draft prep work or have already drafted some of your teams.  To help you win your league, we are going to take a break from our dynasty rookie rankings and focus on what rookies you should draft this summer.

Knowing when to draft rookies in your redraft league can be an important part of the success of your fantasy team.  Rookies are overvalued in fantasy drafts, so we have also included each player’s current ADP in PPR leagues.  This will give you an idea of their perceived value.  For example, Montario Hardesty is a better value than Ben Tate in our opinion – and you can draft him almost a round and a half later or more than Tate.

Our Player Projections are current as of July 10, 2010.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Ryan Mathews SD 10 28 1035 9 28 209 1

Outlook: Ryan Mathews is an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award as the successor to LaDainian Tomlinson in the Chargers backfield.  Head Coach Norv Turner has already penciled in Mathews for 250 carries and 40 receptions.  Darren Sproles is back for another season as the third-down back and could steal some carries from the rookie.  Mathews did struggle with injuries at Fresno State which will cause concerns for fantasy owners.  Mathews has crept into the first round of many drafts; however, we would feel more comfortable with Mathews as a RB2 and is a good bet to exceed 1,000 rushing yards and score 9-10 touchdowns.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Jahvid Best DET 7 50 882 6 38 281 1

Outlook: Jahvid Best will give Ryan Mathews a run for the Rookie of the Year honors.  Best is one of favorite players from this draft class and could be considered a poor-man’s Chris Johnson with his electrifying speed in the open field.  However, proceed with caution in drafting Best early in your fantasy drafts; the Lions have struggled on offense in recent years and they face a tough schedule in 2010.  With a big season in 2010, Jahvid Best may be one of the best keeper options available next year.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB CJ Spiller BUF 6 62 562 3 40 335 1

Outlook: At the time of writing this, Marshawn Lynch is still a member of the Bills which hampers the value of C.J. Spiller this season.  Spiller was a favorite of many experts leading up to the NFL draft.  Spiller is viewed as an all-around player that can also contribute on special teams; however, he may already have maxed out his potential.  Spiller will be used similarly to Reggie Bush has been for the Saints, and that is also a good player comparison for his early career.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Montario Hardesty CLE 8 96 698 6 18 122 0

Outlook: Montario Hardesty was drafted to be a big-back compliment to Jerome Harrison, and based on his early camp reports, may ultimately pass Harrison on the depth chart sooner than later.  Hardesty was a late-bloomer at Tennessee and struggled with injuries at times.  The Browns have made improvements under Mike Holmgren; however, it is unlikely that Hardesty will be anything more than a flex option this season.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Dez Bryant DAL 4 74 2 0 44 657 5

Outlook: Dez Bryant slid down draft boards due to maturity and character concerns.  Jerry Jones traded up in the draft to land one of the best college wide receivers in recent memory.  Bryant will have no issues displacing Roy Williams in the starting lineup, and is already slated to have punt return duties to begin the season.  Bryant is one of the few wide receivers from this draft class that could be a potential keeper in 2010.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Ben Tate HOU 7 80 564 4 20 168 1

Outlook: Ben Tate enters training camp in a battle with Steve Slaton and Arian Foster for the starting running back spot.  Tate was a late-riser in the draft process with an impressive combine performance, although, he does not play as fast as he timed at the combine.  Tate fits the Texans’ one-cut running scheme well.  Tate is currently overvalued in redraft leagues, and is a risky selection with the uncertainty of who will start for the team.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Dexter McCluster KC 4 154 72 1 43 499 3

Outlook: Dexter McCluster will open the season as the starting slot wide receiver for the Chiefs.  For what McCluster lacks in size, he makes up for it in sheer play-making ability and versatility.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Golden Tate SEA 5 131 28 0 43 524 3

Outlook: The 2009 Biletnikoff Award winner will likely open the season as a starting wide receiver for the Seahawks over T.J. Houshmandzadeh or Deion Branch.  Tate is a physical player and would have been a first round selection in the NFL Draft if he had ideal size.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Arrelious Benn TB 4 153 4 0 42 547 3

Outlook: Arrelious Benn is almost assured of a starting spot as the Buccaneers attempt to replace the departed Antonio Bryant.  Benn declared for the NFL Draft after struggling in his junior campaign with nagging injuries and poor quarterback play.  Benn is a physical player with decent speed, but struggled to make big-plays in college.  He has more value in PPR leagues where second-year quarterback Josh Freeman will be looking his way often this season.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Mike Williams TB 4 179 0 0 38 559 3

Outlook: The troubled ex-Syracuse wide receiver fell in the NFL Draft because of character concerns.  When he was on the field, he looked like a first round talent.  He has a great situation to become a starting receiver with Arrelious Benn this year.  Williams has to prove that he is willing to put in the work to become a solid pro before you should pull the trigger during your draft.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Demaryius Thomas DEN 9 142 3 0 35 506 3

Outlook: Demaryius Thomas was surprising the first wide receiver selected before Dez Bryant on the first day of the draft.  Thomas is a high character player with loads of talent.  Thomas is a similar player to fellow Georgia Tech alumni Calvin Johnson; however, he lacks the same polish entering the NFL.  Thomas is the best long-term bet to help fill the role left by the trade of Brandon Marshall this offseason.  Thomas will have to beat out either Eddie Royal or Jabar Gaffney to get regular targets in Josh McDaniel’s offense.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Toby Gerhart MIN 4 160 325 3 16 112 0

Outlook: Toby Gerhart is the handcuff running back to Adrian Peterson owners with the departure of Chester Taylor to the rival Bears.  Gerhart could see some action as the short-yardage back.  If Peterson goes down with an injury, it is not a certainty that Gerhart would receive all the carries or participate in a committee.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD PassYds TD INT
QB Sam Bradford STL 9 192 123 1 2856 13 16

Outlook: Sam Bradford is the only rookie with a good possibility of opening the season as a starter for his team.  The Rams finally selected their franchise quarterback after passing on Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez.  Bradford has top-10 fantasy upside down the road, but he is going to struggle as a rookie with a poor supporting cast and a rebuilding offensive line.  He could be useful in a spot start, but do not expect to count on Bradford on a weekly basis this season.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Joe McKnight NYJ 7 205 204 2 17 137 0

Outlook: Joe McKnight was drafted to be the understudy to Tomlinson and provide help in the return game and on third down.  McKnight struggled at USC with Reggie Bush comparisons, and he should only be considered in the deepest of redraft leagues.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
TE Jermaine Gresham CIN 6 186 0 0 36 381 3

Outlook: Jermaine Gresham will give the Bengals the first legitimate weapon at the tight end position in recent memory. Gresham missed the entire 2009 season due to knee surgery, but scored 14 touchdowns in 2008. Gresham has shown the ability to become a true three-down tight end – now the question is can the Bengals find a way to use Gresham on the football field. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski does not have a history of featuring the tight end in his offense.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Brandon LaFell CAR 6 264 0 0 20 265 1

Outlook: Brandon LaFell will compete with Dwayne Jarrett for the No. 2 wide receiver job this season.  The winner of the competition will not make much of a fantasy impact, the Panthers remain one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Jordan Shipley CIN 6 264 0 0 22 241 1

Outlook: Jordan Shipley will compete with Andre Caldwell for the slot receiver  job.  If Shipley wins the job at some point this season, he could be worth a flier in deeper PPR leagues.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Jonathan Dwyer PIT 5 258 175 1 8 64 0

Outlook: Jonathan Dwyer slipped to the sixth round due to a failed drug test.  He could earn the short-yard role as a rookie.  He does have the size to become the feature back if Rashard Mendenhall went down with an injury.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Mardy Gilyard STL 9 264 0 0 17 201 1

Outlook: Mardy Gilyard was an impressive college performer at Cincinnati, but he looks like he will focus on kick and punt return duties in his rookie season.  If he sees any game action in 2010, it will likely be in the slot at the expense of Danny Amendola.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Anthony Dixon SF 9 259 121 1 10 80 0

Outlook: Anthony Dixon also slipped to the sixth round.  He will compete with Glen Coffee to backup Frank Gore.  Dixon is a limited player; however, he could be a late season waiver wire steal if Gore misses time again this season.  He is a physical back that could take the punishment as a featured back.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Damian Williams TEN 9 264 0 0 15 167 1

Outlook: Damian Williams gives the Titans a young receiver to eventually pair with second-year player Kenny Britt, but Williams is blocked this season by Nate Washington.  The Titans run their offense quite literally through Chris Johnson at this point, so it is tough to see the team passing more this season.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
WR Andre Roberts ARI 6 264 0 0 13 167 1

Outlook: The former Citadel star likely will not see the field much in 2010 as the Cardinals shift to a run-first philosophy after the retirement of QB Kurt Warner.  Roberts is worth monitoring if injuries strike the Cardinals receiving core sans Anquan Boldin.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB Deji Karim JAC 9 266 110 0 9 73 0

Outlook: Karim will compete with Rashad Jennings to backup Maurice Jones-Drew.  Even though Karim was just a small school player from Southern Illinois, he put on a show for NFL scouts at his pro-day.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
RB James Starks GB 10 267 149 1 6 49 0

Outlook: Starks will likely red-shirt this season behind Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson.  Starks missed his senior season at Buffalo.

POS Player Team Bye ADP RushYds RushTD RecYds RecYds RecTD
TE Aaron Hernandez NE 5 264 0 0 23 254 2

Outlook: Aaron Hernandez is likely to earn the move-tight end role for the Patriots this season while fellow rookie Rob Gronkowski handles the in-line duties.  Hernandez is generating a lot of positive buzz in OTA’s, however, with all the options QB Tom Brady has on offense, it is hard to see Hernandez getting consistent targets in his rookie season.

Top 100 Rookie Dynasty Rankings 4.0

With rookie drafts in full swing across fantasy leagues everywhere, it is time to update our top-100 overall rankings.

A lot has changed in the past two months, and you can find everything you need to dominate your draft here at RookieBlitz.com.

San Diego Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews attends the first day of football practice for the NFL's San Diego Chargers Mini-Camp in San Diego, California May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Check out our new player search to find the latest updates you may have missed.

Read on for our rankings, and don’t forget you can e-mail us for rookie draft advice.

Our fantasy football rookie rankings are based on the following:

  • Deep IDP/PPR Leagues
  • Start 3 WR and/or Flex Player
  • Scarcity of starting QB’s and RB’s
  • Defensive Tackles are devalued and start at DL

Rookie Blitz Top 100 Rookies – Dynasty RankingsPrevious Ranking in Parenthesis

  1. Dez Bryant, WR – Cowboys 9.94 (1)
  2. Ryan Mathews, RB – Chargers 9.38 (2)
  3. Jahvid Best, RB – Lions 8.98 (3)
  4. C.J. Spiller, RB – Bills 8.87 (4)
  5. Demaryius Thomas, WR – Broncos 8.51 (5)
  6. Sam Bradford, QB – Rams 8.50 (7)
  7. Golden Tate, WR – Seahawks 8.49 (6)
  8. Montario Hardesty, RB – Browns 8.44 (14)
  9. Ben Tate, RB – Texans 8.24 (9)
  10. Arrelious Benn, WR – Buccaneers 8.04 (22)
  11. Rolando McClain, LB – Raiders 8.01 (11)
  12. Dexter McCluster, WR – Chiefs 7.85 (19)
  13. Jermaine Gresham, TE – Bengals 7.80 (10)
  14. Toby Gerhart, RB – Vikings 7.70 (12)
  15. Sean Weatherspoon, LB – Falcons 7.68 (17)
  16. Daryl Washington, LB – Cardinals 7.64 (28)
  17. Aaron Hernandez, TE – Patriots 7.44 (24)
  18. Damian Williams, WR – Titans 7.44 (15)
  19. Jimmy Clausen, QB – Panthers 7.43 (13)
  20. Donald Butler, LB – Chargers 7.22 (36)
  21. Eric Berry, S – Chiefs 7.22 (18)
  22. Jonathan Dwyer, RB – Steelers 7.15 (23)
  23. Mike Williams, WR – Buccaneers 7.12 (31)
  24. Brandon LaFell, WR – Panthers 7.11 (16)
  25. Derrick Morgan, DE – Titans 7.01 (21)
  26. Andre Roberts, WR – Cardinals 6.95 (20)
  27. Emmanuel Sanders, WR – Steelers 6.91 (46)
  28. Anthony Dixon, RB – 49ers 6.79 (47)
  29. James Starks, RB – Packers 6.73 (32)
  30. Sean Lee, LB – Cowboys 6.72 (57)
  31. Mardy Gilyard, WR – Rams 6.71 (25)
  32. Tim Tebow, QB – Broncos 6.66 (30)
  33. Rob Gronkowski, TE – Patriots 6.65 (8)
  34. Eric Decker, WR – Broncos 6.55 (27)
  35. Brandon Graham, DE – Eagles 6.46 (39)
  36. Jimmy Graham, TE – Saints 6.28 (40)
  37. Taylor Price, WR – Patriots 6.28 (33)
  38. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE – Giants 6.14 (45)
  39. Jordan Shipley, WR – Bengals 6.04 (35)
  40. Joe McKnight, RB – Jets 5.91
  41. Brandon Spikes, LB – Patriots 5.85 (37)
  42. Earl Thomas, S – Seahawks 5.82 (26)
  43. Taylor Mays, S – 49ers 5.64 (43)
  44. Anthony Moeaki, TE – Chiefs 5.57 (55)
  45. Armanti Edwards, WR – Panthers 5.55 (65)
  46. Dennis Pitta, TE – Ravens 5.54 (34)
  47. Deji Karim, RB – Jaguars 5.45 (48)
  48. Rennie Curran, LB – Titans 5.45 (87)
  49. Phillip Dillard, LB – Giants 5.45 (UR)
  50. Morgan Burnett, S – Packers 5.40 (100)
  51. Pat Angerer, LB – Colts 5.40 (UR)
  52. Jerry Hughes, DE – Colts 5.34 (62)
  53. Carlton Mitchell, WR – Browns 5.33 (59)
  54. Nate Allen, S – Eagles 5.32 (74)
  55. Colt McCoy, QB – Browns 5.30 (42)
  56. Marcus Easley, WR – Bills 5.28 (76)
  57. Joe Haden, CB – Browns 5.27 (44)
  58. Riley Cooper, WR – Eagles 5.22 (50)
  59. Sergio Kindle, LB – Ravens 5.22 (38)
  60. Ed Dickson, TE – Ravens 5.20 (41)
  61. Gerald McCoy, DT – Buccaneers 5.08 (64)
  62. Navorro Bowman, LB – 49ers 5.06 (73)
  63. Charles Scott, RB – Eagles 4.98 (52)
  64. Garrett Graham, TE – Texans 4.90 (49)
  65. Ndamukong Suh, DT – Lions 4.81 (54)
  66. Dezmon Briscoe, WR – Bengals 4.76 (53)
  67. T.J. Ward, S – Browns 4.75 (UR)
  68. Blair White, WR – Colts 4.72 (80)
  69. LeGarrette Blount, RB – Titans 4.71 (51)
  70. Kyle Wilson, CB – Jets 4.64 (75)
  71. Carlos Dunlap, DE – Bengals 4.61 (83)
  72. Dan LeFevour, QB – Bears 4.56 (60)
  73. John Skelton, QB – Cardinals 4.54 (84)
  74. Kerry Meier, WR – Falcons 4.54 (UR)
  75. Jacoby Ford, WR – Raiders 4.53 (63)
  76. Michael Kafka, QB – Eagles 4.52 (98)
  77. David Reed, WR – Ravens 4.48 (61)
  78. Jonathan Crompton, QB – Chargers 4.45 (56)
  79. Jeremy Williams, WR – Chargers 4.42 (66)
  80. Jason Worilds, LB – Steelers 4.38 (77)
  81. Lonyae Miller, RB – Cowboys 4.36 (58)
  82. Antonio Brown, WR – Steelers 4.34 (81)
  83. Koa Misi, LB – Dolphins 4.30 (89)
  84. David Gettis, WR – Panthers 4.30 (91)
  85. Dorin Dickerson, WR – Texans 4.30 (68)
  86. Eric Norwood, LB – Panthers 4.21 (86)
  87. Perry Riley, LB – Redskins 4.17 (UR)
  88. Javarris James, RB – Colts 4.17 (72)
  89. Dimitri Nance, RB – Falcons 4.14 (69)
  90. Shawnbrey McNeal, RB – Chargers 4.09 (UR)
  91. Joique Bell, RB – Bills 4.06 (UR)
  92. Tony Pike , QB – Panthers 4.04 (67)
  93. Levi Brown, QB – Bills 4.02 (UR)
  94. Andrew Quarless, TE – Packers 4.02 (82)
  95. Kareem Jackson, CB – Texans 4.01 (97)
  96. Andrew Edds, LB – Dolphins 4.00 (UR)
  97. Patrick Robinson, CB – Saints 4.00 (70)
  98. Joe Webb, WR – Vikings 3.98 (UR)
  99. Darrell Stuckey, S – Chargers 3.92 (UR)
  100. Fendi Onobun, TE – Rams 3.91 (UR)

Top 100 1.0 – April 2, 2010
Top 100 2.0 – April 26, 2010
Top 100 3.0 – May 3, 2010

June Update 1.0: Dynasty Rookie RB Rankings

All 32 NFL teams will report for training camps in less than two months, and the excitement for the 2010 season is building.

We continually tweak our rookie rankings for you right up until the season begins, and it is time to release our latest update.

Here is the latest on several running backs making headlines since our May ranking update.

Ryan Mathews:

San Diego Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews attends the first day of football practice for the NFL's San Diego Chargers Mini-Camp in San Diego, California May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Ryan Mathews is going to get the football early and often for the Chargers as they attempt to improve on their 31st ranked running game last season.  Darren Sproles was retained to reprise his role as third-down back and return specialist extraordinaire; however, the Chargers identified Mathews as the one player in this draft class that could replace the future hall of famer LaDainian Tomlinson.  Norv Turner has already gone on record saying that they could give Mathews 300 total touches this season.  Mathews should be the first rookie running back taken in all formats.

Jahvid Best:

Tom Kowalski, from MLive.com, reports Jahvid Best is going to be Detroit’s starting running back on opening day.  Even when Kevin Smith comes back from injury, Best is still likely to receive the bulk of carries.  Jim Schwartz has first-hand experience on what an electrifying young running back can do for this team from his days with Chris Johnson in Tennessee.  Best is in early contention with Ryan Mathews for offensive rookie of the year in 2010.

C.J. Spiller:

C.J. Spiller’s immediate value is tied to the fate of embattled running back Marshawn Lynch.  Lynch has not spoken with new head coach Chan Gailey yet, and rumors are swirling that Lynch could be looking for a new home very soon.  Spiller was the top running back on most draft boards prior to the NFL Draft, and now he faces an uncertain future with the struggling Bills.  Spiller will still produce enough big plays to warrant fantasy consideration as a rookie.  In return yardage leagues, Spiller’s value vastly increases.  Don’t let Spiller’s immediate situation deter you from taking him during your rookie draft, he is a nice consolation prize at the fourth overall pick after Bryant, Mathews and Best are off the board.

Montario Hardesty:

Eric Mangini has been impressed with the maturity of rookie Montario Hardesty thus far in offseason team activities.  Hardesty recently lined up as the starting running back over late-season breakout player Jerome Harrison.  A time-share for Hardesty and Harrison seems inevitable, but the early camp reports are encouraging for Hardesty owners.

The ranking score for each player is based on several factors:

  • Pre-draft scouting reports
  • College production
  • Strength of team scouting department
  • Draft selection
  • Offensive scheme
  • 2010 Team Schedule

Running Back Rankings (RB) – Previous Ranking in Parenthesis

  1. Ryan Mathews – Chargers 9.20 (1)
  2. Jahvid Best – Lions 8.79 (2)
  3. C.J. Spiller – Bills 8.72 (3)
  4. Ben Tate – Texans 8.47 (4)
  5. Montario Hardesty – Browns 8.27 (5)
  6. Toby Gerhart – Vikings 8.01 (6)
  7. Jonathan Dwyer – Steelers 7.65 (7)
  8. James Starks – Packers 7.30 (8)
  9. Joe McKnight – Jets 7.15 (9)
  10. Anthony Dixon – 49ers 7.11 (10)
  11. Deji Karim – Jaguars 6.90 (11)
  12. Charles Scott – Eagles 6.59 (12)
  13. LeGarrette Blount – Titans 6.28 (13)
  14. Lonyae Miller – Cowboys 5.99 (14)
  15. Javarris James – Colts 5.72 (15)
  16. Dimitri Nance – Falcons 5.69 (16)
  17. Shawnbrey McNeal – Chargers 5.53 (17)
  18. Joique Bell – Bills 5.36 (19)
  19. Stafon Johnson – Titans 5.31 (18)
  20. Keiland Williams – Redskins 5.19 (20)

June Update 1.0: Dynasty Rookie WR Rankings

All 32 NFL teams will report for training camps in less than two months, and the excitement for the 2010 season is building.

We continually tweak our rookie rankings for you right up until the season begins, and it is time to release our latest update.

Here is the latest on several wide receivers making headlines since our May ranking update.

Demaryius Thomas:

Demaryius Thomas finally returned to the practice field this week after breaking his foot in February.  Per the Denver Post report, Thomas did not experience any setbacks or pain while doing individual drills.  Brady Quinn is already impressed with Thomas:

“He’s just such a big kid, and you don’t really realize it until he gets out there on the field,” Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn said. “His route running looked pretty solid. I know he’s just coming back, but he looked good out there.”

Dexter McCluster:

One thing is very clear: Dexter McCluster is going to add a spark to the Chiefs’ offense.  The Kansas City Star breaks down McCluster’s exploding shoe after torching the defense in a recent OTA practice.  Don’t let McCluster’s slow 40-yard dash times at the combine fool you, in game situations there isn’t a faster player on the field.

Arrelious Benn:

TAMPA - MAY 01: Receiver Arrelious Benn #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass during the Buccaneers Rookie mini camp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

We have gone on record many times that we have concerns about Arrelious Benn as a pro-prospect.  His lack of production is alarming in his junior season (38 rec 490 yards 2 TD).  His poor production has been pinned on quarterback Juice Williams by many draft experts.  He is often compared to Anquan Boldin because of his physical style of play after the catch, but Boldin was a better prospect in 2003 and had the college production to back it up.  We are willing to slightly upgrade Benn on the basis of his poor quarterback situation, but he will be long gone in any rookie draft format before we would select him.  Benn is far from a sure-thing and selecting him comes with great risk.

The ranking score for each player is based on several factors:

  • Pre-draft scouting reports
  • College production
  • Strength of team scouting department
  • Draft selection
  • Offensive scheme
  • 2010 Team Schedule

Wide Receiver Rankings (WR) – Previous Ranking in Parenthesis

  1. Dez Bryant – Cowboys 9.97 (1)
  2. Demaryius Thomas – Broncos 8.66 (2)
  3. Golden Tate – Seahawks 8.60 (3)
  4. Dexter McCluster – Chiefs 8.00 (5)
  5. Damian Williams – Titans 7.94 (4)
  6. Arrelious Benn – Buccaneers 7.86 (9)
  7. Andre Roberts – Cardinals 7.77 (6)
  8. Brandon LaFell – Panthers 7.77 (7)
  9. Mardy Gilyard – Rams 7.65 (8)
  10. Eric Decker – Broncos 7.35 (10)
  11. Mike Williams – Buccaneers 7.30 (12)
  12. Emmanuel Sanders – Steelers 7.29 (13)
  13. Taylor Price – Patriots 7.17 (11)
  14. Jordan Shipley – Bengals 6.99 (14)
  15. Armanti Edwards – Panthers 6.63 (17)
  16. Riley Cooper – Eagles 6.63 (16)
  17. Marcus Easley – Bills 6.56 (18)
  18. Carlton Mitchell – Browns 6.36 (21)
  19. Dezmon Briscoe – Bengals 6.14 (15)
  20. Jacoby Ford – Raiders 6.13 (20)
  21. Blair White – Colts 6.09 (23)
  22. Jeremy Williams – Chargers 6.07 (19)
  23. David Reed – Ravens 6.05 (22)
  24. Kerry Meier – Falcons 5.97 (UR)
  25. Dorin Dickerson – Texans 5.86 (24)
  26. Antonio Brown – Steelers 5.83 (25)
  27. David Gettis – Panthers 5.77 (26)
  28. Joe Webb – Vikings 5.46 (27)
  29. Kyle Williams – 49ers 5.20 (28)
  30. Chris McGaha – Jaguars 5.03 (29)

June Update 1.0: Dynasty Rookie QB Rankings

All 32 NFL teams will report for training camps in less than two months, and the excitement for the 2010 season is building.

We continually tweak our rookie rankings for you right up until the season begins, and it is time to release our latest update.

Here are the latest updates:

Sam Bradford:

St. Louis Rams No.1 draft pick quarterback Sam Bradford prepares to run a play during day one of the Rams rookie camp at the teams practice facility in Earth City on April 30, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

The latest headline for Sam Bradford: He is still not getting first team reps.  In a typical slow news story for the local St. Louis media, the Rams are easing Bradford into the starting role.  Bradford is splitting second and third team reps with Keith Null while A.J. Feeley takes the first team reps.  If anything, use this news to your advantage: Bradford will be starting before long and he is the one quarterback in this draft class with the ability to develop into a franchise quarterback.  Bradford remains the top quarterback from our May QB update.

Tim Tebow:

The Broncos cut third-string QB Tom Brandstater this week in a move that made Tim Tebow the third quarterback on the depth chart.  In a more surprising note, Tebow will be given the chance to start in 2010.  Tebow is the most polarizing player in this draft class and arguably in NFL Draft history.  If you aren’t a Tebow supporter, this news won’t change your opinion of him.  For those that believe that Tebow could succeed in the NFL, this news is encouraging and you can comfortably use a late second or early third round pick on Tebow.

Dan LeFevour:

If there was any hope for Dan LeFevour to see the field in 2010, Mike Martz just put those thoughts to rest:

“We don’t give him much right now,” Martz said. “He’s lucky to find the huddle from the sideline right now. That’s kind of the way it goes, really. The worst thing we could do right now is put him in there, and give him a bunch of plays. We’d like to have him be a spectator as much as possible until we put him in there. You can really break a guy’s confidence, too. So we’re very careful about how much [we] give him.”  – Michael C. Wright, ESPN

LeFevour remains an intriguing player in larger dynasty leagues.

The ranking score for each player is based on several factors:

  • Pre-draft scouting reports
  • College production
  • Strength of team scouting department
  • Draft selection
  • Offensive scheme
  • 2010 Team Schedule

Quarterback Rankings (QB) – Previous Ranking in Parenthesis

  1. Sam Bradford – Rams 8.68 (1)
  2. Jimmy Clausen – Panthers 7.86 (2)
  3. Tim Tebow – Broncos 7.76 (3)
  4. Colt McCoy – Browns 6.84 (4)
  5. Jonathan Crompton – Chargers 6.05 (5)
  6. Dan LeFevour – Bears 6.00 (6)
  7. Michael Kafka – Eagles 5.94 (7)
  8. John Skelton – Cardinals 5.83 (8)
  9. Tony Pike – Panthers 5.55 (9)
  10. Levi Brown – Bills 5.42 (10)
  11. Sean Canfield – Saints 5.29 (11)
  12. Zac Robinson – Patriots 5.25 (12)