10 NFL Draft Prospects Who You Should Target for Your Dynasty Teams
Dynasty and keeper leagues are vastly different from traditional/seasonal leagues.
For fantasy football diehards, the planning and challenge of assembling a good dynasty league team is such a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I would go so far as to say it’s way more fun than your routine fantasy leagues.
In these types of leagues, where you draft with an eye towards the future, you get your chance to play a real-life GM.
Participating in dynasty leagues comes with risk, but with ample room for reward. You have to find the delicate balance between drafting your typical studs and the breakout rookies who can lead you to eventual dominance.
You also have to be patient, because in many cases, rookies will be on a learning curve and could find themselves buried on the depth chart.
In any case, the 2012 NFL Draft class should provide dynasty league owners with a bumper crop of rookies to choose from. In this slideshow, I will outline the 10 most intriguing draft prospects to target.
It all starts with a little bit of luck.
This wunderkind quarterback has been making NFL GM’s salivate for years, and now the time has come for Luck to finally make his impact.
Often compared to John Elway and the person he may be replacing in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning, Luck has been tabbed as a sure thing. He is a cerebral quarterback with a rocket arm and great athleticism (heck, his vertical leap was higher than Cam Newton’s!).
Granted Manning leaves Indianapolis, Luck should assume the starting role as the Colts’ quarterback from Day 1. While he may struggle initially, he should be poised for an awesome career.
Robert Griffin III
The Heisman Trophy winner Griffin is tickling the fancy of many NFL GM’s with his combination of size, strength and speed.
Griffin is high on the draft boards of many teams in need of a franchise quarterback. He’ll undoubtedly make one team extremely happy (Browns, Redskins?) and should be a starting quarterback going into next year.
It’s also not a stretch to see him become this year’s version of Newton, as Griffin can make plays with his arm and his legs.
With the way Julio Jones and A.J. Green played in their rookie seasons, many feel the uber-athletically gifted Blackmon has the chance to do just as well, maybe even better.
Blessed with great hands and above-average athleticism and speed, Blackmon has the chance to make a significant impact among fantasy circles for years to come.
Richardson will go into April’s NFL Draft as the unquestioned number one running back on everybody’s board.
Although he skipped the combine, Richardson’s stock is strong enough for him to be drafted high in the first round.
Richardson possesses a body ready-made for the NFL and has the size and the strength to be a dominant every down running back as soon as next year.
You want speed then look no further than Wright.
The cat-quick receiver has the skills to make an impact in the NFL right away and could also make for an excellent kick returner. Wright should be an outstanding slot receiver and will cause havoc on opposing defenses next year.
The Notre Dame product has longed been hyped as a can’t-miss prospect and he did nothing in college to disprove that notion.
Although he had his off-the-field issues, you can’t deny the physical traits that separate him from most of the pack. Floyd is equipped with great hands, speed and strength; plus he has the intangibles to have a long, successful NFL career.
Although Tannehill won’t come with the same hype as Luck and RGIII, that doesn’t mean he won’t be a coveted quarterback come draft day.
The four-year senior out of Texas A&M is your typical pocket passer. At 6'4", 221 pounds, Tannehill is strong as an ox and knows how to make plays with his arm. Tannehill is no project and his transition to the NFL could be seamless if given the chance.
Playing at Rutgers hardly gets you any pub, but that should mean nothing. Just ask Ray Rice or Kenny Britt.
Sanu is a lot like vintage Hines Ward. That is, he is not gifted athletically or have blazing speed, but compensates for it by being physically strong and elusive.
Sanu is a sleeper to keep an eye on.
After Richardson gets selected early in the first round, it may be a round or two before another running back gets selected, but that doesn’t make secondary running backs like Wilson chopped liver.
Wilson has the speed and elusiveness to contribute as a change-of-pace back. Although, he likely won’t be starting for any team next year, he has the upside to make an impression in this league for years to come.
Wilson may need seasoning, but the sky is the limit in regards to this guys’ potential.
Although he only played one year as a starter for Miami, Miller showcased the tools that will one day make him a dominating running back in the NFL.
Miller has great burst out of the backfield and has shifty moves in the open field.
Like Wilson, Miller will need to adjust to the speed of the NFL game, but in a few years he can be one of the league’s biggest stars.
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