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2010 Cafe Rookie Rankings - 1 comments

By R.J. White

Football has only just begun to get underway in preparation for the 2010 season, but the Cafe faithful have had their collective nose to the grind all off-season. Now that most rookies are settling in with their new teams, we’re proud to bring you the Cafe’s Rookie Rankings for 2010. Here you’ll find the top 40 fantasy rookies for next season according to several knowledgeable Cafe members, including Rookie of the Year favorites Ryan Mathews, Javhid Best and Dez Bryant. Who’s too high and too low? Let us know in the comments section.

Ryan MathewsRBSD1.11
The Chargers traded up for Mathews, and you should do the same in your rookie draft. He has the perfect blend of talent and opportunity to be a fantasy force.
Jahvid BestRBDET2.67
Like Mathews, Best was good enough that a team traded up to get him, and like Mathews, he’s in line for a high number of carries in his first season. Don’t let Kevin Smith’s potential return scare you.
Dez BryantWRDAL2.78
Bryant is a phenomenal talent and is capable of one day being a top 10-15 fantasy wide receiver. Bryant still has a lot to prove, so it’s a bit premature to call him the next Calvin Johnson just yet, but he has huge upside in that Cowboys offense.
C.J. SpillerRBBUF4.11
This was a questionable pick made by the Bills, and even though Spiller was the highest RB or WR drafted this year, landing with the Bills and teaming up with Fred Jackson hurts Spiller’s stock for this year. He’s clearly behind the top three guys.
Ben TateRBHOU5.22
He will be given opportunities, and if his hands were better out of the backfield he would be a top-three pick.
Demaryius ThomasWRDEN5.56
Thomas is an extraordinary talent, but I consider him a bit raw at this point. He is in the perfect situation, though, as the Broncos grabbed Tim Tebow and the two can mature and build a strong rapport together.
Montario HardestyRBCLE7.33
Montario Hardesty lacked power at his college playing size but he has put on some weight this off-season. I have my doubts about him entering his rookie season due to others being ahead of him but I admit my opinion is starting to change.
Arrelious BennWRTB8.78
Benn’s college days did not show off his true potential, but what can you expect with Juice Williams throwing — or attempting to throw — him the ball.
Sam BradfordQBSTL9.67
Number one picks are almost always pressured to take the field as soon as possible, and things will be no different with Bradford. He doesn’t have the upside of a guy like Matt Ryan in his first season, and don’t expect more than QB2 value.
Golden TateWRSEA9.78
The ultra-productive Golden Domer will bring his game to Pete Carroll and his former rival coach Pete Carroll. What Tate lacks in measurables he makes up for in production, and he has the chance to be a fantasy contributor for a long time.
Dexter McClusterWRKC12.22
McCluster has big play ability, and in PPR leagues I would rank him much higher, but it still needs to be seen how he fits into the offense.
Jonathan DwyerRBPIT15.67
Don’t call me crazy: this will be a surprise pick if you take him, but it should reap rewards. He has an awesome skill set and shouldn’t have fallen to the sixth round, but Pitt will give him a chance.
Jermaine GreshamTECIN16.33
The draft’s top TE talent lands in an offense that has lacked a play-making tight end for quite a while. Carson Palmer should look to immediately get Gresham involved in the offense, and he could be a red-zone asset as a rookie.
Jimmy ClaussenQBCAR17.33
Only reason I don’t have him in the top 10 is because of Matt Moore, but if he beats Moore out right away he is instantly a top 7-8 pick. Best overall franchise QB.
Damian WilliamsWRTEN19.22
Sleeper pick here. Britt should be the No. 1, but Williams will start off in the slot and has a great chance to challenge for the No. 1 role. Great route runner with good hands.
Brandon LaFellWRCAR20.22
Gets knocked because of his speed, but he’s going to be playing on the field with one of the fastest WRs in the game. LaFell’s build, jumping ability, and especially his above-average blocking ability will put him on the field early.
Toby GerhartRBMIN20.33
He will be Adrian Peterson’s backup, and unless there’s a significant injury, Gerhart will see a few touches, but nothing like veteran Chester Taylor saw. He is still a tough runner without top speed, but very quick and has good feet for a kid his size.
Taylor PriceWRNE21.89
Price has top-notch speed and great athleticism. He came from a no-name school, but he is far from being a no name. Don’t be scared to take him, as the Pats have confidence in him as a top-90 pick.
Andre RobertsWRARI21.89
Roberts is a solid receiver for where he was drafted. Initially, Roberts will compete for that third receiving spot on the Cardinals’ roster, but don’t be shocked if Roberts unseats Steve Breaston in good time.
Anthony DixonRBSF22.00
Glen Coffee failed to give San Francisco the right complement to Frank Gore, so now it’s Dixon’s turn to try and fit the bill. He has the size to be utilized immediately in short-yardage situations and save Gore a little wear and tear.
Marty GilyardWRSTL22.33
Mike WilliamsWRTB22.56
Joe McKnightRBNYJ24.11
James StarksRBGB24.89
Aaron HernandezTENE25.22
Rob GronkowskiTENE25.56
Emmanuel SandersWRPIT25.78
Eric DeckerWRDEN25.78
Tim TebowQBDEN26.11
Colt McCoyQBCLE27.00
Jimmy GrahamTENO27.22
Jordan ShipleyWRCIN28.33
Carlton MitchellWRCLE29.56
LaGarrette BlountRBTEN29.67
Deji KarimRBJAC31.22
Dezmon BriscoeWRCIN31.22
Marcus EasleyWRBUF31.33
John SkeltonQBARI31.78
Charles ScottRBPHI32.11
Riley CooperWRPHI32.22

Big thanks to Cowboys 4 Life and bazzy_51 for helping with the comments for the top 20 players, and to Flux, Indibuck, aaawall91, bungle613, dream_017, and Kareighuis along with the two writers for joining me in submitting rankings.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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  1. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Nice work, fellas!


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