Fantasy Football Draft 2012: 4 Rookies Who Landed in a Perfect Situation
With the NFL draft complete, fantasy football players will want to find that rookie gem who can take your fantasy squad deep into your league's playoffs.
Last year, it wasn't even 100 percent that Cam Newton would be the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. He just ended up throwing for over 4,000 yards and while recording a total of 35 touchdowns.
Not bad for a rookie, right?
Looking ahead to the 2012 season, the following four rookies are in perfect positions to have an impact in fantasy leagues.
Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
In 2012, Trent Richardson will be the Cleveland Browns entire offense.
They have no passing game at all. Whoever starts at quarterback, whether it is Colt McCoy or Brandon Weeden, will have no wide receivers to throw to.
Richardson is going to be getting his number called often. I expect him to touch the ball at least 20-25 times a game. He is the only player on the Browns offense that has any playmaking ability.
Although opposing teams may put eight defenders in the box to take away Richardson, the Browns are still going to have to rely on him. Wide receivers including Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi and Greg Little do not have what it takes to become legit starting receivers.
Richardson will end up being a solid starting fantasy running back, breaking the 1,000-yard mark, while scoring at least eight touchdowns.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
As the 34th overall pick in the NFL draft, there was not a happier person than Coby Fleener.
Fleener is heading to the Indianapolis Colts where he will be reunited with his Stanford quarterback and No.1 draft pick Andrew Luck.
The two of them already have great chemistry. Fleener was one of the most dominant tight ends in college football, scoring 10 touchdowns last season.
With both of them on the Colts, expect this chemistry to continue. The Colts have no impact players on their offense besides Luck, Fleener and wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Can you even name a running back on the Colts' roster right now?
With Luck being a rookie, he is going to rely on his most reliable targets. With years of chemistry already, he will be targeting Fleener often.
Had Fleener gone to another team, he would have been a late-round fantasy tight end and not that special this year. Now that he is with the Colts, Fleener can become a top-10 fantasy tight end by the end of this season.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Attention NFL secondaries. Get ready to deal with one of the top wide receiver duos in the league when you play the Arizona Cardinals.
Floyd is an absolute beast. At around 6'3", he also possesses great speed. He has great hands and can go up and grab any ball.
Teams are going to be focused on shutting down Fitzgerald, and quarterback Kevin Kolb will now be looking to Floyd often.
Expect Floyd to have a very similar year to last year's rookie wide receiver, Julio Jones.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
The New York Giants have always used three wide receivers.
Whether it has been Mario Manningham or Steve Smith, the Giants have always had a third receiver that puts up solid fantasy numbers.
With Manningham gone, the Giants drafted Rueben Randle in the second round to fill that spot. Randle was regarded as a top five wide receiver prospect in this year's draft.
With an elite quarterback in Eli Manning, Randle should get his fair of touches.
He will not be a fantasy stud, but will provide some depth at the wide receiver position for your fantasy team. 50 receptions, 750 yards and five touchdowns is not out of the question for Randle.
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