More and more rookies in the NFL are being expected to make an immediate impact.
Nowadays teams are throwing rookies into the fire right away. The first five quarterbacks taken in the 2011 NFL draft either began the season as the starter, or have become the starting quarterback. You have to remember, with the lockout, rookies missed valuable training camp practices.
Teams are showing a lot of confidence in rookie quarterbacks to come in right away and start. But, you cannot blame them. In recent history rookies have come in and completely rejuvenated a franchise.
For instance, Matt Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs as a rookie in 2008. The Falcons had come into the season with very low expectations—after losing Michael Vick, and bringing in a first-year head coach in Mike Smith.
This of course means rookies can be extremely valuable for fantasy football teams. For the most part any rookie is not going to be drafted early in fantasy football drafts. This is because you do not know what to expect from rookies.
Some of the most successful rookies begin the season buried in the depth chart, but due to injury or just good play, they make their presence felt. If you can accurately foresee a successful rookie, you can grab him for a great value.
This year’s rookie class has been impressive. If you have not been lucky enough to land one of these guys on your roster this year, don’t worry too much; they’ll be back next year. Here are seven rookies you will want on your roster for years to come.