2011 Fantasy Football: Current Players Who Were NFL Draft Winners

Ken KellyContributor IIIMay 13, 2011

Knowshon Moreno looks to have a clear opportunity in Denver.
Knowshon Moreno looks to have a clear opportunity in Denver.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The draft has come and gone, and most fantasy football players are combing through sites and publications to get news on all the new rookies. What many don’t consider is how the draft has affected some of the current players in the NFL.

With the labor troubles going on, counting on free agency additions is going to prove to be very difficult this season. While we expect a deal shortly before the season, there’s no guarantee. When you add this unique situation to the mix, some existing players were some clear winners over draft weekend.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB BUF

The Bills failed to address the quarterback position, giving Fitzpatrick one more year to prove he’s capable.

Carson Palmer, QB CIN

The addition of Andy Dalton can at least make the Bengals consider moving him.

Charlie Whitehurst, QB SEA

Seattle is certainly in the hunt for a veteran quarterback like Palmer or Kolb, but there’s no guarantee they can land one.

John Beck, QB WAS

Mike Shanahan is actually considering starting him next season. We thought it couldn’t get worse in Washington!

Chad Henne, QB MIA

Much like Seattle and Buffalo, the Dolphins chose to ignore the quarterback position in the draft. Will Henne make it through the offseason without them adding someone else?

Brian Hoyer, QB NE

The Patriots drafted Ryan Mallett, thus freeing up Brian Hoyer for a possible future trade down the line. Believe it or not, there are teams who have him on their collective radars.

Knowshon Moreno, RB DEN

Moreno made it through draft weekend without the Broncos adding another back to steal carries. While we believe DeAngelo Williams may be on their radar, Moreno is currently sitting pretty.

Tim Tebow, QB DEN

Turns out all that quarterback chatter from Denver was a smokescreen. It looks like Tebow will get his chance.

Tashard Choice, RB DAL

The addition of DeMarco Murray puts Choice on the roster bubble. That’s actually a good thing because he needs a fresh start.

Brandon Tate, WR NE

With the Patriots ignoring the wide receiver position in the draft, it’s a make or break season for Tate.

LeGarrette Blount, RB TB

Some speculated that the Bucs would bring in a more capable change of pace back to spell Blount. The fact they didn’t speaks volumes about what they think of him.

Cedric Benson, RB CIN

The Bengals addressed their wide receiver and quarterback needs through the draft. That almost assures they have to re-sign Benson.

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