NFL Draft Fantasy Impact

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NFL Draft Fantasy Impact

The NFL draft is over, and fantasy football doesn't even open for—well not soon enough. But never fear, there is always time for fantasy analysis.

Here is a list of the rookies who should be the top fantasy producers per round.

So, sorry to the defense wins championships purists in advance—this is fantasy, defense doesn't matter. Oh yeah, no Darren McFadden here, that is just too obvious.

Round 1:

Felix Jones, RB Cowboys - Jones should be able to produce right off the top, being the lightning to Marion Barber's extreme thunder. Jones may not find the end zone as much as his backfield mate, but should rack up a lot of yards.

Dustin Keller, TE, Jets - Well, the downside to him is that he isn't an accomplished blocker, but this is fantasy football, so who cares? That's right, no one. Think Dallas Clark, without Peyton Manning throwing to him. If they get the ball to him, he will produce.


Round 2:

Ray Rice, RB, Ravens - We all saw this kid in college, and we all know he can run the ball, but because he is a tad small he dropped in the draft. He will put up big numbers, and McGahee is not getting younger or any less injury prone.

Limas Sweed, WR, Steelers - This is the guy Big Ben has been waiting for since Plaxico left for the Giants. A tall athletic WR with good hands, he should be the number 3 guy behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, but expect him to be thrown to in jump ball scenarios situations.

Round 3:

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions - The man led the nation in rushing, and was close to the career mark. The Lions let go of Kevin Jones, and Tatum Bell is definitely not the answer. Expect Smith to get a lot of touches, and a lot of opportunities to get you a lot of fantasy points.

Andre Caldwell WR, Bengals - With the release of Chris Henry and Chad Johnson situation being unknown, the only reliant WR the Bengals have is TJ Housyourmama. If Caldwell can put everything together once the season starts, he has a good chance to rack up some serious numbers.

Round 4:

Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Titans - A lot of people say that the Titans need to put some weapons around VY, and Hawkins may be another piece to that puzzle. One downside to Hawkins and any other WR for the Titans is the fact that VY has yet to prove to be a passing threat with only 12 passing TDs last season.

Round 5:

John David Booty, QB, Vikings - I don't see the Vikings keeping with the Tarvaris Jackson experiment much longer, and Booty is just as good as a replacement than whoever else the Vikings have on their roster.

Dennis Dixon, QB, Steelers - Who needs Antwan Randle El? If Dixon wants to play for the Steelers next season, it will not be at QB. Dixon is a great athlete, and thought the state of his knee is questionable after tearing a ligament, he could prove to be a great Brad Smith like player for the Steelers.

Round 6:

Mike Hart, RB, Colts - Here is a guy who may have a legit shot at being the backup to Addai. I wouldn't advise drafting him unless you are in a deep league, but if Addai goes down, Hart should really help your team out.

Round 7:

Brandon Coutu, K, Seahawks - Big kid with a power leg. Plus, I had to get at least one Special Teamer here.

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