Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: 3 Rookies Not Worth Drafting
Anytime you consider drafting an NFL rookie in your fantasy football draft you are asking for trouble.
To be fair, not every rookie is going to be a bust in their first year, but more times than not the rookie season seems to be a year of struggling for most offensive rookies.
It isn’t a black and white formula though, so it’s best to really think long and hard before drafting a rookie.
They may come back to haunt you, or they could be the very player that puts you over the top, and makes you look like the best fantasy football owner in your league.
It’s a risk and you need to be informed, so here are three rookies that you need to stay away from:
A.J. Green, WR Bengals:
If you are in a dynasty or keeper league than I would really consider taking Green, because one day he is going to be one of the best receivers in the league. If not, I would stay away from A.J. Green during his rookie season. He’s got a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton throwing him the ball, who is literally impersonating everything that it means to be a rookie. Dalton doesn’t look good, which means that even though Green is fantastic, he’s not a good fantasy pick in his rookie year.
Titus Young, WR Lions:
Everybody is expecting the Lions offense to be explosive, but I have a feeling they are going to hit some growing pains. If Matthew Stafford is healthy they will be good, but even a great Lions offense won’t have much involvement from Titus Young. He’s still a year or two away from making a huge impact, so I wouldn’t waste your time in 2011.
Cam Newton, QB Panthers:
As tempting as Newton may be as a fantasy player, I urge you to stay away from him. He is nowhere near being ready as a capable NFL quarterback, and he’s got at least two years of tough mistake filled football ahead of him. One day he may be one of the best, but right now he is a raw talent that will hurt you more than he helps you.
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