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When I looked at the top five 2012 running backs I ranked Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, David Wilson, Isaiah Pead and Bernard Pierce as the top five. I was on the mark with Richardson and Martin. Wilson did not get enough opportunities to do his thing, but I still think good things will come. I totally missed the boat on Pead and Pierce was just decent. The biggest surprise was Alfred Morris. He came out of nowhere to become a top ten running back. Vick Ballard, Daryl Richardson and Bryce Brown also had some moments. All in all, not a bad class. Here is how I rank them for keeper leagues.
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1.  Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Richardson came in with the top slot, but will finish the season third in scoring. His injuries are troublesome and a major source of concern, but the upside is there. He is a gifted runner that is very capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. He has a great mix of power and speed. He will get the short yardage touchdowns and has the ability to break the long one as well. The gap has definitely been narrowed.
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2.  Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin is explosive. He reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones-Drew. He’s short (5’9″), but he is stocky, fast and powerful. He’s a load to bring down and when he gets to the second level, he’s gone. Martin will lead all rookies in total yardage. He only had a couple of duds on the year. Unfortunately, one came in Week 15 in a dream matchup with the New Orleans Saints. I think he remains a top five to seven back for years to come. I just see T-Rich as having more upside.
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3.  Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris was drafted in the sixth round. He is a perfect fit for Washington’s system. He hit a little wall in the middle of the season, but rounded nicely back into form. He’s been the most consistent rookie running back. He’ll likely lead the class in rushing yards. Sustainability is a little more uncertain compared to the top two.
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4.  David Wilson, New York Giants
He could end up leapfrogging all of the backs if he is given the opportunity. His future is more uncertain that the other three. Hence, the fourth ranking. He is electric. However, he plays for a pass-first team. That’s when the offense isn’t a complete mess like it is right now. I still like his prospects. I just don’t want to go “all-in” until I know he’s the lead back.
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5.  Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams
I think Ballard has more immediate value, but Richardson has a brighter future. Steven Jackson probably has one more year left in him. Ballard will likely always be part of a committee of sorts. Richardson should get the keys once S-Jax hangs it up.
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How do you rank the rookie running backs?
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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2012 NFL rookie quarterback class.
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1.  Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 and Andrew Luck are basically a coin flip in terms of fantasy value. I prefer RG3 slightly because of his rushing ability. Both have big time arms and are capable of making the throws. RG3 ran for 33 scores in college. That could translate into big fantasy points.
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2.  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck figures to be a heckuva consolation prize (or RG3 if Luck goes first) in dynasty leagues. RG3 has borderline QB1 potential in re-draft leagues while I would put Luck at a QB2. There is a wide chasm following these two.
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3.  Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Weeden will likely be the third rookie QB to start. He figures to do a lot of handing off to Trent Richardson though. He is seasoned though so he could have some decent spot starts at times. I wouldn’t draft him initially.
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4.  Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill won’t likely start for the Dolphins out of the gate, but could easily see a few starts along the way. He should only be drafted in dynasty leagues.
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5.  Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Cousins would need an injury to RG3 to surface as a fantasy option. He would have had a better chance if he went elsewhere, but those are the breaks.
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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2012 NFL rookie tight end class.
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1.  Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
He has to learn how to play tight end at the next level, but at least he’s familiar with his quarterback. He caught 17 touchdown passes from Andrew Luck the past two years and he provides a big target (6’6″, 250) in the red zone.
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2.  Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were serious about giving Luck some big targets, taking a page out of Bill Belichick’s playbook by taking Fleener with the 34th pick and Allen with the 64th. He caught 50 passes for Clemson last year for 598 yards and eight scores.
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3.  Michael Egnew, Miami Dolphins
Egnew was the Dolphin’s fourth selection, but he was still the 78th overall pick. He was much more productive as a Junior (90 catches, 762 yards vs. 50 and 523), but he doesn’t have much competition.
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4.  Orson Charles, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have Jermaine Gresham, but two solid tight ends is chic. Charles caught 45 passes at Georgia for 574 yards and five TDs. He should be a nice piece in an up-and-coming offense.
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5.  Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Green has the luxury from learning from one of the best (Antonio Gates) with a premier QB (Philip Rivers). He caught 15 touchdown passes over the past two years at Louisiana-Lafayette. He needs to add some weight, which could slow his ascent.
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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2012 NFL rookie wide receiver class.
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1.  Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
While it is debatable whether Floyd or Justin Blackmon is more talented, Floyd easily finds himself in a better position. Not only does Blackmon have to Blaine Gabbert throwing to him, he doesn’t have much help outside of MJD. Meanwhile, Floyd gets to learn from Larry Fitzgerald.
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2.  Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
There was basically one landing place for Blackmon that would prevent him from being the top choice here. Unfortunately for Blackmon, that place is Jacksonville. Poor QB play and no WRs to take pressure off of him. Still, he should have solid games. Consistency will be an issue.
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3.  Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Wright lands in a pretty solid spot. He should get decent QB play whether it’s from Hasselbeck or Locker and teams won’t be able to key in on him thanks to Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt.
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4.  Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have been pretty spot on with their draft picks of late and Sanu has a chance to step in and play opposite of A.J. Green in an up and coming offense.
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5. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
He should earn a starting gig with a solid WR to play opposite of in Brandon Marshall and a solid QB in Jay Cutler. It could take him some time to get acclimated to the NFL, but he should be a nice option as the season rolls on.
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The hottest NFL Draft wives and girlfriends are currently married to, currently or formerly dating the fine men of the 2012 NFL Draft. The newest men of NFL are now not only famous professional athletes but also fortunate enough to have relationships with these hot girls before they trade them in for actresses, musicians or models.
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From a aspiring lingerie model to a Hooters calendar girl these ladies we blessed with not only good looks but apparently an eye for talent. Here are the top 10 hottest wives and girlfriends of the 2012 NFL draft.
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1. Sarah Hinton: Draft Prospect Garrett Celek’s Girlfriend
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2. Lauren Ufer: Miami Dolphins Draft Pick Ryan Tannehill’s Fiancee
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3. Nicole Pechanec: Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick Andrew Luck’s Girlfriend (Stanford Gymnast)
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4. Melanie Weeden: Clevland Browns Draft Pick Brandon Weeden’s Wife
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5. Mary Kate Fitzpatrick: Minnesota Vikings Draft Pick Matt Kalil’s Girlfriend
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6. Rebecca Liddicoat: Washington Redskins Draft Pick and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III’s fiancee
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7. Faith Youngblood: St. Louis Rams Draft Pick Michael Brockers’ Wife
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8. Sevina Fatu: Cleveland Browns Draft Pick Trent Richardson’s (ex?) Girlfriend
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9. Mariel Dunlap: Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Pick Justin Blackmon’s girlfriend
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10. Cherynne Montanero: New England Patriots Draft Pick Chandler Jones’ Girlfriend
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Now that the NFL Draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2012 NFL rookie running back class.
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1.  Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
It is pretty much Richardson and then the rest of the class. He will step in as the feature back right away and run behind a solid offensive line. Be prepared, you will have to pay top dollar to get him, but he has the potential to be a top ten fantasy running back right out of the gate.
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2.  Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He will split carries with LeGarrette Blount and could lose some touches at the stripe, but Martin is in good position. Blount had a disappointing season and has inadequacies in the blocking and receiving aspect of the position. Martin could see a lot of carries as the more complete back.
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3.  David Wilson, New York Giants
The Giants did not opt to replace Brandon Jacobs with another big back. Instead they went with the shifty, athletic type. He will provide insurance for Ahmad Bradshaw, who has an injury history. He will likely be the eventual successor.
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4.  Isaiah Pead, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson isn’t ready to hand over the reigns just yet, but Pead will be waiting in the wings. Jackson will turn 29 later this summer and he has carried a significant load. Look for the Rams to ease it with Pead while groove his eventual replacement.
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5.  Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens 
Pierce will be the primary handcuff for Ray Rice. While he still has a lot of football left, the Ravens tend to utilize their second back better than most. They have gone with veterans Willis McGahee and Ricky Williams in recent years, so Pierce will be a nice change.
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The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft was a two part story. The first two picks were an absolute certainty. After that is was a flurry of moves that kept your head spinning.
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The Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck and RG3 were the locks. There was a little steam that RG3 could be the number one pick, but that never amounted to anything. I think they will both have great NFL careers, but they could have a bumpy first year.
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The Colts are a bad football team, and that was before the exodus of talent. Luck will have Reggie Wayne to throw to, but after that it’s up in the air. The Redskins added former Colt Pierre Garcon, but he really is better suited to be a number two. If I had to choose between the two, I would consider RG3 the better fantasy option in their first year.
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The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill. I don’t expect much from him early on. He’s more of a project than you would think for the eighth pick in the draft. Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden is the opposite. He is an “old” rookie that should be NFL ready. His problem is a lack of weapons in the passing game. I wouldn’t concern myself with either option in re-draft leagues.
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The Running Backs
Trent Richardson has the makings of a great running back. He is probably the most explosive back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson. With a rookie quarterback, they will lean on him heavily. I expect big things from Richardson, perhaps even creeping into top ten fantasy running back value in his rookie year.
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The first round concluded with a pair of running backs. The Bucs, who were hot on Richardson, “settled” for Doug Martin. Meanwhile the Giants added David Wilson. Martin will compliment LeGarrette Blount and Wilson will compliment Ahmad Bradshaw. Martin could win the lead back battle for Blount so he’s one to keep an eye on. If not, neither are more than a handcuff.
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The Receivers
Justin Blackmon came into the draft as the top-rated wide receiver. Unfortunately having Blaine Gabbert throwing to him could stunt his growth. There weren’t many worse landing spots for Blackmon. Maybe he can beat the odds, but fantasy owners had to groan when the Jags traded up for Blackmon.
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Michael Floyd landed in a nice spot despite a questionable quarterback situation as well. He gets to learn from and play opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. For a player with some questionable behavior in the past, he could not have found a better mentor. With his size and speed, he should be a solid option.
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Kendall Wright lands in Tennessee. He also has a top receiver to play off of in Kenny Britt. Unlike the first two receivers taken, he has a little more certainty at quarterback. Whether it is Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker, he should be catching passes from a capable QB.
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Finally, A.J. Jenkins was drafted by the 49ers. They are a run-first, smashmouth defensive team. They are looking to become more balanced, and Jenkins is part of that plan. Unfortunately they added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to go along with Michael Crabtree so he’ll likely see less snaps than his fellow first rounders.
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