One writers take on how the rookies will shape up in 2006 ...
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Fantasy Footballs Top Rookies
Generally, as a rule, I don’t rely too much, if at all, on rookies to make a significant contribution on my fantasy football teams. Sure, I’ll take a chance on a guy I really like in the proper scenario, but usually in a back-up roll. Then if he pans out, I look like a genius. If he doesn’t, my roster isn’t completely deflated.
This year, there are several players who I would consider taking a chance on. And while it might be too big of a risk to spend a high pick on a rookie, the reward could be substantial if you can get him in the mid-to-late rounds.
These are my top-ten rookies based on their fantasy football potential in 2006:
1. Reggie Bush, RB New Orleans - Bush's versatility and explosiveness make him your best bet as a rookie. He'll share carries with Deuce McAllister, but the Saints will try to get the ball in his hands as often as they can, including using him as a slot receiver.
2. LenDale White, RB Tennessee - After falling from a potential top-ten pick in the draft to an early second rounder, White has a lot of motivation to make teams regret passing on him. With the durability issues of current starter Chris Brown, White should see a lot of the field as a rookie.
3. Laurence Maroney, RB New England - Maroney could be a real sleeper this year should Corey Dillon continue to show signs of slowing. At the least, Maroney should take some carries away from Dillon, who turns 32 in October.
4. Vernon Davis, TE San Francisco - Davis has the potential to put up big numbers for a tight end if QB Alex Smith can get him the ball. Smith threw just one TD pass all of last season, so I wouldn't be looking at Davis as a starter. But on teams with larger rosters, it might be worth grabbing him as a backup.
5. DeAngelo Williams, RB Carolina - Williams will split carries with DeShaun Foster, but he is brittle. And with Eric Shelton on the roster, Williams may not get many opportunities near the goal line.
6. Vince Young, QB Tennessee - Obviously, this falls under the assumption that Steve McNair will not be back with the Titans in 2006. If Young is thrust into the starting role immediately, he will likely struggle as a passer. But he has the ability to rack up points with his legs as well.
7. Matt Leinart, QB Arizona - If Kurt Warner plays well, Leinart isn't likely to see much action. But Warner does have serious durability issues which could push Leinart into the starting role sooner than expected. With the weapons that would be at his disposal, it might be worth taking a flyer on him in the later rounds.
8. Joseph Addai, RB Indianapolis - Addai is a guy who is probably going to go a lot higher in your draft than he should. A lot of people are looking at him as an immediate replacement for Edgerrin James, and that's a little unrealistic in my opinion. Pass protection is a big factor for the running backs in Indy's offense, which means Dominic Rhodes will probably see a lot of time early on.
9. Marcedes Lewis, TE Jacksonville - With the retirement of Jimmy Smith, the Jaguars have a lot of inexperience at receiver. Lewis could become a favorite target of Leftwich's, especially in the red zone.
10. Maurice Drew, RB Jacksonville - Fred Taylor is now on the flip side of 30 and has had some trouble staying on the field the past couple years. At just 5'8", there are concerns about his size, but there's no denying his explosiveness.