Since Cam Newton finished third overall in most fantasy football formats due to a record-breaking rookie season a year ago, expectations for the 2012-2013 class are particularly high.
With two stud quarterbacks and the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson headlining the 2012 NFL Draft class, another rookie could crack the top five fantasy players for the second straight year.
Even aside from Newton, 2012 saw other quality contributions from rookies like A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith, Ben Tate, Demarco Murray and Andy Dalton. Though Green, Jones and Murray were the only players drafted in most leagues, all went in the later rounds and provided strong value for their owners.
Though your league would call you crazy to draft only rookies, even in a keeper league, this all rookie team could have made a solid playoff run with some luck.
Green eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark, and Jones and Smith came close. Ben Tate and Demarco Murray turned in near 1,000 yard rushing years as well, so come draft day, do not pass over rookies because of risk.
Here are 11 rookies that should be on your radar on draft day or as early season free-agent pickups.