Ask the Experts
Posted Jul. 15 at 08:49 PM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
Which rookie wide receiver would you most want to own in a dynasty format?
We're not thrilled with any of the top prospects this season -- not too many of them seem able to stand up to the beating of the NFL week in, week out. We'd go with Hakeem Nicks, for a few reasons. First he goes into a solid offense and will have a chance to succeed right away (not true for Heyward-Bey or Crabtree). He has an established QB to get him the ball who is likely to be around for a few years (1st part not true in Oakland, 2nd part not true in Philly or Minnesota). Last but not least he has the size an NFL receiver needs - not true for too many other receivers in the rookie class.
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Percy Harvin appears to be the one that will not only have a sustained, long-term effect in the Vikings offense, but will also have the biggest year 1 impact. We spoke with Harvin in a recent edition of Dynasty Rogues Radio and he said he is being integrated into many aspects of the offense, in the Wildcat, in the backfield with Adrian Peterson, in the backfield as a single back and at wideout. We're also very excited about how he portrayed his role in the red zone offense to be saying the team plans to use him as a guy to find a mismatch in the defense and exploit it. Harvin's speed creates mismatches with top flight DBs to begin with, not to mention what he will do to a slow LB over the middle.
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Not the fastest guy on the draft, but a very good situation in NY with Eli Manning there for years to come and a serious need for Nicks big body. He won;t be Plaxico Burress over night, but give him 2 seasons and he will be Eli's go to guy.
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This year's rookie WR class was a weak one, but Michael Crabtree has the most talent, although he's raw and on a team without a solid QB in San Francisco. Still, in a dynasty format, he's the best rookie to own at that position.
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The obvious answer is Michael Crabtree. He looks like those can’t-miss prospects; he has the size, speed, hands, strength, stats and was rated by most as the No. 1 overall prospect going into the NFL draft in 2009. His only downside is the QB situation in SF and his injury suffered late last year. Both of these questions in a dynasty format can be addressed. Second choice (and maybe a better FF player in his rookie year) goes to Brian Robiskie of the Browns.
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The rookie wideout who is most desirable for the long term is definitely Jeremy Maclin with the Eagles. Michael Crabtree is an obvious consideration but he’s playing for the 49ers and their continuously inept offense that has not seen a quality quarterback since Jeff Garcia left. Maclin is a playmaker and a nice for the west coast offense in Philly. He’s got Donovan McNabb to ensure accurate passing and a far better organization around him. Pairing with DeSean Jackson will give the Eagles one of the youngest and yet most dangerous tandems in the league in the coming years.
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I don’t see much difference between the six guys who were selected in the first round. I will go with the slowest of those players – Hakeem Nicks – to wind up being the best. Certainly, I expect him to be more productive early in his career. He started for three years at North Carolina, and that was in a pro-style offense. I think that will help him adjust to the pros more quickly. He’s also going to a team that already has good parts around him (but badly needs a big-time wide receiver). I expect him to develop into Eli Manning’s No. 1 receiver, and perhaps have a career similar to Muhsin Muhammad (and I mean that in a good way). My early guess is that Nicks will be a top 15 or 20 receiver on team’s draftboards entering the 2010 season.
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It is really hard not to like San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (foot) as a long-term fantasy contributor, but he may never live up to the immense level of hype. I see him as a half-tier below Andre Johnson in the best-case scenario, which is awfully good, but it may take a few years. I question if Crabtree can create enough separation at the pro level. I don't, though, have any worries about his knack for creating yardage after the catch. I am almost as comfortable taking New York Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks as my top rookie receiver. I see him as the next Anquan Boldin, and he could contribute sooner than Crabtree since there is a little more talent around him.
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There are no obvious picks at wide receiver this year, but Michael Crabtree seems like the safest pick. The 49ers are an improving team with a good running game, and they have major holes at wide receiver, so Crabtree won't have to do much to start sooner than later.
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Michael Crabtree is a natural playmaker and he was drafted by a team that badly needs a premier wide receiver. His success, however, ultimately depends on the 49ers developing a real solution to their ongoing deficiency at quarterback. Jeremy Maclin has the most potential for immediate success but he will likely be the third option in Philly and Heyward-Bey plays for the Raiders, the team that turned Randy Moss into "Snoop" Minnis. Need I say more?
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I believe you have to seriously consider Hakeem Nicks from the Giants in this scenario. He has real potential to get some playing time with the release of Plaxico and could be a solid deep threat option for Eli. His competition is mediocre at best so a solid pre season could catapult him into an immediate starting role.
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Michael Crabtree. He has the most talent and is playing for a team that will throw a lot in the next five years.
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There are two WRs I really like for dynasty leaguers in 2009. The first is Michael Crabtree, who set the college world on fire at Texas Tech. He played just two years in college and won the Biletnikoff award both seasons and was the first freshman to do so. He caught 41 TDs in those two years, 6th most in NCAA history and 7 more than the previous two year record which was held by Larry Fitzgerald. He will become a starter very quickly in SF and has the same knack for finding the End Zone and playing faster than his 40 time that all time great Jerry Rice had before him. The second is Jeremy Maclin, who should emerge as the top target before long in Philly. Maclin is one of 3 people in NCAA history to average more than 200 all- purpose yards per game and he scored 32 times in 28 games. He has great hands and is coming off of a 102 catch, 1260 yard season with 13 scores at Missouri and seems destined for great things. He is bigger, faster and better in the open field than teammate DeSean Jackson and he has already been drawing rave reviews from teammates and coaches.
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I felt that Jeremy Maclin had the most talent coming out of the draft, and he's going to a situation in Philadelphia where there's a quality quarterback and no clear No. 1 guy at the position. I'm not sure he'll contribute right away, but two years from now he could be the No. 1. I've come around a little on Hakeem Nicks, who has very good hands, and Michael Crabtree, who is in a good situation if they ever get their passing game dialed in, but Maclin remains my favorite.
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Posted by Jeffrey Haseley | Jul. 19 at 09:30 AM
Hey guys, I pick seventh in a 12 team league with one keeper. Here are the following that are protected.(In order of team picking): Romo, LT, Turner, A. Johnson, Jacobs, P.Manning, Slaton, Forte, D. Williams, A.Peterson, Chris Johnson, P. Thomas. I kept Slaton and I am either looking at Portis or R. Moss/Wayne. Any suggestions. Thank-you, Jeff Haseley
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