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Top Rookies to Draft in Fantasy Football Keeper Leagues
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Keeper league draft strategy is a bit different from redraft league draft strategy.

The biggest difference is that keeper league owners are more likely to focus on rookies.

Outside of running back—and Cam Newton not withstanding—rookies typically offer inconsistent and often minor production, making them unwise selections in redraft leagues.

But in keeper leagues, drafting a rookie can pay dividends if he can blossom into a very productive sophomore or third-year player.

Of course, some rookies never blossom, no matter how many years you wait. One example is 2008 second-round pick Devin Thomas. Today, he is merely a special-teams player.

Not every early-round rookie is worth a pick.

I've got five must-haves to target in the draft, and several others who could be late-round flyers.

So who are the rookies to target in this year's keeper drafts?

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