Ask the Experts
Posted Aug. 02 at 06:06 AM
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 are you most looking forward to watching this preseason?
Trent Richardson, no doubt. My Bama boy is an uber-STUD in the making. He will surprise people that say he won't produce because the team is no good. Mark my words. He will tear it up this year as a Brown!
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Two names come to mind. Trent Richardson and Robert Griffin III. Both are top-15 players at their positions. But that is a high price to pay with little to no upside. Should they fail to live up to expectations that would be a wasted first or second pick for Richardson and a 7th or 8th pick lost with RG3. Both need to be watched carefully in the preseason.
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That's a tough question to pick just one rookie, it's exciting to see them all in NFL gear. However, picking just one -- 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. We certainly don't think we are going to see Cam Newton numbers (those were simply historic) but we're pretty high on RG3 right out of the gate as a rookie. It's going to be interesting to see how he adjusts to the speed of the NFL game but also his arm strength and his 4.36 speed, plus how he distributes to some decent fantasy receiving prospects in Washington.
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I am most interested in seeing Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans. The rookie running backs will all be intriguing in their own ways but Wright is the guy that could see a nice jump from his current value. Finally signed and in camp, Wright has already flashed the awesome potential that led him to be taken in the first round of this year's draft. His chemistry developed this preseason with possible new starter Jake Locker will play a large part in his success but opportunities will certainly not be limited. With Kenny Britt still battling injury and now upcoming discipline from the commish, Wright should immediately jump into a starting position if he can handle it. Rookie receivers have not been shy to early success lately, Julio Jones and A.J. Green to name a couple, and with a nice preseason Kendall Wright could provide some amazing value very late in drafts.
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Doug Martin, Tampa Bay. He's in a great spot for fantasy production and he's nearly two rounds cheaper than Trent Richardson in drafts. Martin is a 1st-round running back for a team that will focus on running the ball. I want to see him run behind the revamped Bucs offensive line against NFL competition.
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Most fans and experts will select franchise saviors A-Luck & RG3, draft No.'s 1 & 2, studies in contrasting style, yet called upon to resurrect their teams and cities' football fortunes. I am certainly intrigued by the suddenly baggage-laden Justin Blackmon and what he will produce in 2012. First-round "Mr. Irrelevants" Doug Martin & David Wilson will contribute to their teams to be sure. But my home team bias must shine through here as my choices are Cleveland's Trent Richardson & Brandon Weeden. I have been observing them daily since they've been drafted, and so far they have said and done all the right things off the field and now in training camp. Our downtrodden fanbase has been plagued by numerous double-digit loss seasons, years of poor talent evaluation, and a revolving door of front office screw-ups and ever-changing coaching staffs. The additions of T-Rich & B-Weed are the building blocks for renewed hope and optimism for the Browns' return to NFL relevance.
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Doug Martin is the one I really want to get a good feel for since Trent Richardson is already first-round fodder and likely over-hyped. Martin is a far better value and on a better team that should take a big step forward this season. LeGarrette Blount was nothing more than a placeholder with a bad attitude and even worse work ethic.
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Denver running back Ronnie Hillman is the most intriguing back to me. The Broncos need a competent third-down option, and the rook is explosive in this role. The biggest concern is whether he can pick up an NFL blitz, because the Broncs won't put Peyton Manning in harm's way if Hillman struggles in this area. While Willis McGahee will be the primary toter, I see Hillman having every-down back capability. It will be interesting to see if he gets that chance at any point in the 2012 season, but it all starts with how well he handles the third-down role in preseason play.
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I like shiny things as much as the next guy, so I am most intrigued by the quarterbacks atop the draft, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin. Even if the running backs are all they've been hyped to be, these are players we'll be putting out to pasture five or six years down the road. Luck figures to be the next Elway or Manning, while Griffin may burn brighter, but shorter. You can bet I'll be watching their first exhibition games to get those initial impressions of whether we'll still be talking about these guys as NFL stars a decade from now.
Richardson has been a columnist and contributor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and web site for more than ten years. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.
Posted by ARTHUR MOSER | Aug. 02 at 12:10 PM
And for a darkhorse, check out Quick. He is raw but he is huge and powerful and could surprise quickly at the WR spot.
Posted by Don Parsons | Aug. 03 at 05:57 AM
Brian Quick could surprise but I don't think its likely given the talent level around him and his rawness. I have to agree with Doug Martin as the rookie to watch as I want to see how much the team is using him and when he's getting pulled for Blount and how he looks. Definitely a lot of potential there but it also has the ability to become a commitee backfield whereas if Martin does well he can put that to rest.
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