Fantasy Football 2012: Trent Richardson and 5 Rookies You Must Draft

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Fantasy Football 2012: Trent Richardson and 5 Rookies You Must Draft
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The 2012 NFL Draft produced an intriguing crop of fantasy football rookies.

Take Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson.

Seriously, take him. Every-down running backs are a rare breed in today's NFL. Richardson looks in line to receive a bulk of the Browns carries.

While comparisons to Adrian Peterson may be overblown, they can't be ignored. In an age where NFL teams are drafting running backs with extra caution, the Browns took extra measures to make sure they secured him.

You should too.

Don't be foolish by drafting him among the top 10 running backs. Richardson still comes with all of the standard disclaimers attached to all prospects, especially as a first-year ball carrier in the stingy AFC North.

But don't fool yourself into believing that the fourth round is too early for Richardson. When the price is right, high-upside rookies can be drafted with confidence.

Here are a few other budding stars to watch out for on draft day.

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