2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings

These rankings have been updated. Please go here for the latest rankings….

The NFL season is over and while many will now turn their attention to other sports (heard there was a big basketball game last night…), there are many of us that are already preparing for the 2012 fantasy football season. The guys that write for this site are in a dynasty fantasy football league and each year we have a “rookie only” draft to add to our existing veterans. I’ve taken a look at the rookie prospects that will soon be taking the field at the combine and various pro days around the country to show their skills and impress NFL teams… and perhaps more importantly their future fantasy owners. Here are my top 20 pre-combine offensive fantasy rookies ranked for a standard lineup in a PPR league. I’ll give you some details on my top 10 and fill out the top 20 with a list. Look for more details after the combine with the 11-20 players.

**Note: click player names for highlight reels and leave your thoughts/praise/gripes in the comments**

Andrew Luck
(Getty Images/Christian Petersen)

 1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – There seems to be no fear about this guy’s success in the NFL. Frankly, I’m surprised he hasn’t already been named Offensive Rookie of the Year. While many consider he had a down year after Harbaugh left Stanford, the guy has all the tools necessary to be successful in the NFL. For a Dynasty league, this is a guy that can serve your team for 10+ years. You won’t get that out of many players you draft over several seasons, which is why I have him at the top of my list.2. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – Top WR prospect projects as a possession receiver in the NFL. Think Brandon Marshall or Miles Austin. I’ve heard lots of talk about his smarts as well as his toughness. I would normally the top RB ahead of the top WR here but with the recent success of rookie WR’s and Trent Richardson’s lack of receptions, Blackmon gets the nod.

3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – Truthfully, this guy may have the most talent in the top 3 but as I mentioned above, receptions are a concern. His career high for catches is 29 and that came with only a 3 reception improvement over his previous season after his carries nearly tripled over the same span of time. There is also fear around the short shelf life of RB’s in the NFL today which causes some concern. However, RB’s are scarce and Richardson is the best available.

Michael Floyd (rivals.yaoo.com)

4. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Floyd has good size at 6’3”224 lbs. and fantastic playmaking skills. Tons of highlights on a mediocre Notre Dame team over the years and had constant improvement in each of his 4 seasons. Floyd could make a bigger immediate impact than Blackmon but I think may lag just a bit behind long term. That can obviously change depending on who drafts these two.

5. Robert Griffin, III, QB, Baylor – Perhaps I’m riding the wave of rookie QB success that we witnessed last season with Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder (when he was healthy). But I feel RG3 is going to be a touchdown machine in the NFL and we all know that rushing touchdowns from QB’s can propel them into the top tier very quickly even with modest passing numbers. This may be the guy that moves the most on my list depending on who drafts him.

6. Chris Polk, RB, Washington – Sneaking up on many people is Polk. Consistent production in his final 3 seasons at Washington including 1341 yards in his senior season after Jake Locker left town. Also impressive to me, 1 fumble in 263 carries during the 2011 season.

7. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina – It scares me to think that I am ranking a South Carolina WR this high but at 6’4” and 229 lbs. he has the size to make big catches over even the best NFL DB’s. However, this is another player that could drop when I update these rankings. I want to see how he shows up to the combine/pro day and go from there. I’ve heard many knocks on his motivation. This ranking is based on the raw talent he possesses.

8. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State – I think Martin has the best potential to produce in PPR leagues out of the RB prospects. He had over 40 career rushing TDs at Boise State and upped his yards each season. He had a slow start in production in his final college season but finished strong despite a mid-season injury.

Kendall Wright (Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

9. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – What wright lacks in size he makes up for with his speed and quickness. He has the chance to make an impact similar to Percy Harvin, without all the migraines. This is another guy who’s value can shoot up if selected by the right team. If you like him, root for a team with top level talent on the outside where he can take advantage from the slot and find the open spots in the coverage.

10. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech – I’ve read that Wilson benefitted from the play calling at Virginia Tech. They were able to take advantage of his abilities by running a lot of sweeps to take advantage of his speed. He wasn’t great in between the tackles at VT but look for him to improve that part of his game as he prepares for the rigors of the NFL. I know this much, VT would have been (more) awful on offense if it weren’t for him.

The Rest…

11. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon – Size and durability in the NFL are my concerns.

12. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami – Inconsistency lands him here.

13. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina – What a season he had… reminds me of Hakeem Nicks but has a problem with drops.

14. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers – Good but not elite type talent. Lacks Speed.

15. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson – You need a good TE to be competitive in fantasy, is this your guy?

16. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin – First year with a real QB and he catches 10 TD. Al Toon’s son. Could blossom in the NFL.

17. Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple – 27 TDs in 2011, but only 3 receptions all year.

18. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech – Physical WR at 6’5” but lacks experience. 29.3 YPC.

19. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati – Solid runner and contributes in the passing game.

20. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – Accurate, smart player. Needs to sneak into a good NFL situation to stay in the top 20.


11 thoughts on “2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings

  1. After I trade Tim Tebow for the #1 pick I will be drafting Levi Mitchell. Look him up bums!

    • Dwight Jones was inconsistant with his drops this year, couldn’t figure him out. He reminds me a lot of Calvin Johnson. I drafted Megatron last year and plan to keep him for as long as I can in my league (we can keep our first 6 picks from this year). Jones has the size and speed for a great NFL career. I can’t wait to see who picks him up. RG3 will be a great NFL qb, he ran well but the guy’s arm is sweet and accurate. The revolution of the running qb will continue. I’d like to see Luck in SF and see what he does staying home under Harbaugh if the stars aligned for that to happen.

      • I think it’s unlikely for Luck to get to SF but it would be amazing to see what those two could accomplish. RG3 is a hell of a passer. Hope he gets into a good situation

  2. That list looks like my 2012 Fantasy Championship Lineup!

  3. So Tommy, about that first overall pick for Tebow…

  4. Thank you Phil laying out mine and Tommy’s 1st round draft. Tommy do you just want to use those rankings and autopick?

  5. I’m going to need you to go to the 29th pick.

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