Fantasy Football 2013: Top Rookies for Keeper Formats

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Fantasy Football 2013: Top Rookies for Keeper Formats
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Fantasy football rookies—we love them, we hate them and sometimes we just can't resist the urge to draft them higher than we should. After all, it's nearly impossible to draft your new favorite offensive rookie without believing you're getting the steal of the draft. 

It happens every year, and unfortunately, with varying and unpredictable degrees of success. Many times these rookies fall flat on their faces or take extra time to transition and develop.

Or, better yet, they produce sporadically from one week to the next without any consistency, in effect hampering your lineup from week to week and creating a false sense of security that slowly manifests itself into pure madness by season's end. 

Face it; we've all been there in our fantasy football careers. 

However, fortunately there is always some light at the end of the tunnel—those rare rookies who actually do pay immediate dividends for their risk-taking owners.

Keeper league powerhouses (if you will), players that provide this type of value are the reason why so many who love fantasy football and dynasty mode in Madden have also fallen in love with the world of scouting and the NFL draft. 

I know I have, and what's not to like? It offers up the perfect opportunity to evaluate rookies before they even set foot in the NFL.

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