2011 NFL Draft: A Look at Day Two from a Fantasy Perspective

Apr 30, 2011


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Ryan Williams, RB, Arizona:  Looks like Beanie Wells has some competition. The Virginia Tech running back ran for 477 yards on 110 carries (4.3 ypc) with nine touchdowns. In 2009 he ran for 1655 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Cardinals will look to run more in 2011, and Williams will certainly be in the mix. With Beanie Wells and possibly restricted free agent Tim Hightower in the mix, the Cardinals’ backfield looks like one to avoid in 2011.
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Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore:  The Maryland receiver slid to the second round, but found a good home with Baltimore. The Ravens were desperate to get younger at the position and add a deep threat. Smith accomplishes both. He’ll have limited value in redraft leagues, but is an intriguing option in dynasty leagues.
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati:  Dalton is a nice fit for the Bengals’ West Coast Offense. Looks like the Bengals are taking Carson Palmer’s threat serious after all. With A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson, Dalton may be worth a look at the end of fantasy drafts.
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Greg Little, WR, Cleveland:  Little was forced to sit out last year due to an NCAA violation. He caught 62 passes for 724 yards in 2009. Remember the name, but he’s probably not somebody to worry about in redraft leagues.
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Demarco Murray, RB, Dallas:  He may get a chance down the road, but even if Marion Barber III doesn’t return, Murray won’t get enough touches to be a fantasy factor in 2011.
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Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions:  Young gives the Lions a deep threat to stretch the field. He won’t be a fantasy asset early on, but he gives Matthew Stafford and additional weapon.
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Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions:  Jahvid Best is an electric back that has durability issues. Leshoure is a physical back that compliments Best perfectly. The Illini back ran for 1697 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. The Lions are no longer a pushover.
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Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers:  Cobb will soften the blow if James Jones leaves and gives the Packers another wide receiver when Donald Driver has had enough. His fantasy value is limited, but he should help keep the Packers’ offense humming.
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Alexander Green, RB, Green Bay Packers:   Green gives the Packers more versatility. He won’t get enough touches for fantasy purposes, but he should be the third-down back. His presence hinders James Starks’ and Ryan Grant’s fantasy value.
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Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins:  Depending on what the Dolphins do with Ronnie Brown, Thomas has the potential to be the top of the rookie running back class next year, simply out of opportunity. He’s a big back that ran for 1585 yards and 19 touchdowns for Kansas State last year.
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Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings:  Rudolph will be Christian Ponder’s future safety valve. He’ll get plenty of work in two tight end sets, but will have minimal 2011 fantasy value.
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Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots:  Last year the Pats went with two rookie tight ends. This year they added two runnings backs. Vereen is a lot like Danny Woodhead. He’ll play on third downs and give the Patriots versatility. Ridley will share regular rushing duties with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It looks like New England running backs won’t be fantasy friendly next year.
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Ryan Mallett, QB, New England Patriots:  He’s a guy to stash on your dynasty team, but doesn’t hold much fantasy value next year.
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Jerrel Jerningan, WR, New York Giants:   Look elsewhere for your fantasy team.
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Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego:  Look elsewhere for your fantasy team.
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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers:  He’s very athletic, but he’s raw. He could have his moments if Alex Smith doesn’t return, but he’s probably not going to help your fantasy team in 2011.
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Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams:  Kendricks probably won’t make much of an impact as a rookie, but he has the potential to develop a good rapport with Sam Bradford.
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Austin Pettis, TE, St. Louis Rams:  Pettis obviously isn’t Julio Jones, who the Rams were hoping for, but he does upgrade the position. I’ll probably look elsewhere for my fantasy teams though.
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Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington:  Hankerson should get a chance to produce early as the Redskins don’t have much to offer at wide receiver. He caught 72 passes for 1156 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. He could be a decent WR4 or WR5 in 2011.
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