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Just check the top 20 rookies. Laron Landry isn't even mentioned once. Straight from nfl.com...


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6969.jpgBy Michael Fabiano

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The statistical success of Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Maurice Jones-Drew and Marques Colston last season proved there are some rookies who can immediately become productive options for fantasy football owners in seasonal formats.

To find the most valuable rookies for next season, it's important to scout the personnel of all 32 teams and determine where potential on-the-field opportunities can turn into statistical success. In an effort to unearth the next Young, Jones-Drew or Colston, here's our list of the top 20 rookies who will have a chance to produce attractive numbers in 2007.

1. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo: The first rookie taken in most seasonal drafts will be Lynch, a versatile runner out of California with terrific hands who will be the favorite to open the regular season as the Bills' featured tailback. With skill sets similar to those of Marshall Faulk, Lynch will be well worth a third- to fourth-round selection as a No. 2 fantasy runner in most formats.

img10170566.jpg Adrian Peterson will likely have to compete for carries in Minnesota. 2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota: Peterson has the skills and abilities to be a solid No. 1 back in the world of fantasy football in the future, but the fact that he'll share carries with incumbent starter Chester Taylor hurts his value. Still, the former Oklahoma standout should be a viable No. 3 fantasy runner and will even be taken ahead of Taylor in some drafts.

3. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit: Considered the most prized athlete in this class, Johnson is a physical specimen who will become an absolute nightmare for NFL defensive backs. Most wideouts do need a season or two under before their true statistical success arrives, but Johnson should still be considered an attractive No. 3 fantasy wide receiver in most cases.

4. Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay: Jackson, who has been compared to Ahman Green, possesses the speed to break long runs and has decent skills as a receiver out of the backfield. While injuries are a small concern (he has had two shoulder surgeries in two years), Jackson will have the chance to earn a prominent role and is a nice sleeper candidate.

5. Chris Henry, RB, Tennessee: Henry didn't see too much action in his collegiate career, but his stock soared to new heights after impressive workouts at the combine. However, his chances to start for head coach Jeff Fisher fell when the team re-signed veteran runner Chris Brown. The Arizona product is still worth a middle- to late-round selection in drafts.

6. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City: The Chiefs haven't had a legitimate and consistent threat in the pass attack outside of Tony Gonzalez in what seems like forever, so the team hopes Bowe can make a difference. He should have a chance to compete with Samie Parker for a prominent role and could be worth a late-round flier in leagues with 12-plus teams.

7. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis: A perfect fit for the Colts and their prolific offense, Gonzalez is expected to replace veteran Brandon Stokley as the team's new slot receiver. While he isn't an exceptional threat in the red zone, Gonzalez does possess terrific hands and could be worth as much as a late-round selection in most seasonal drafts.

8. Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Carolina: Jarrett, who possesses the same sort of skills as the man he will replace (Keyshawn Johnson), will compete with Drew Carter and Keary Colbert for a chance to start with Steve Smith. An athletic wideout, Jarrett will be a nice red-zone option for Jake Delhomme and could be worth a late-round flier if he earns the role.

9. Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans: Considered the best wide receiver to come out of Tennessee since Carl Pickens, Meachem has the speed and skills to make some noise in a prolific Saints offense. However, a recent surgical procedure on his right knee will hurt his value in drafts and limit him to more of a late-round flier in leagues with 12-plus teams.

10. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota: Rice has terrific hands and should have a chance to start in a Vikings offense with no legitimate threats at the wide receiver position, so he will be one to watch. He could be worth a late-round flier in drafts, but Rice will be available on the waiver wire in most cases and could be a useful reserve if he wins a prominent role.

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11. Ted Ginn, WR, Miami: Ginn possesses incredible speed and pro potential, and he seems to be back to 100 percent health from the foot sprain he sustained in the 2006 NCAA National Championship Game. While he could become one of the more explosive returners in the NFL, Ginn won't see enough time at wide receiver to be a consistent point producer.

12. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland: Bush would have been a surefire first-round selection in the NFL Draft had it not been for an injured leg, so the Raiders might have landed a tremendous bargain. There's a chance he will be back in action in time for training camp, but his value will be limited with veterans LaMont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes also in the backfield mix.

img10170567.jpg Greg Olsen could become a reliable target for Rex Grossman in Chicago. 13. Greg Olsen, TE, Chicago: Olsen could open the regular season behind incumbent Desmond Clark, but he's a terrific underneath receiver and should join the likes of Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow as solid tight ends to come out of the University of Miami. He could be worth as much as a late-round selection as a No. 2 fantasy tight end.

14. Lorenzo Booker, RB, Miami: Booker's quickness and elusiveness should make him a nice change-of-pace and third-down back for head coach Cam Cameron. While he did deal with some injuries in college, Booker will be nice late-round insurance for Ronnie Brown now that it seems the Dolphins have decided not to retain the services of Ricky Williams.

15. JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland: Russell might not be the Raiders' No. 1 quarterback when the regular season opens -- Josh McCown seems to be the favorite for that role headed into camp -- but chances are that he'll be under center sooner than later. He won't be drafted in most seasonal formats, but Russell could have some value for owners down the line.

16. Brian Leonard, RB, St. Louis: Leonard, who is expected to see around 15 to 20 plays per game in his rookie season, will be a viable short-yardage back and could be decent insurance for owners in larger leagues who land Steven Jackson.

17. Zach Miller, TE, Oakland: Miller is a talented athlete and appears to be the favorite to start ahead of Randall Williams and Courtney Anderson, but he'll enter the regular season as no more than a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most formats.

18. Brady Quinn, QB, Cleveland: Derek Anderson, not Charlie Frye, is now considered the favorite to open the regular season as the Browns' No. 1 quarterback, but it shouldn't be long before Quinn takes over the reins of the offense.

19. Kenny Irons, RB, Cincinnati: Veteran runner Chris Perry has been riddled with injuries since he came out of college, so Irons will compete with Kenny Watson and could become late-round insurance for owners who land Rudi Johnson.

20. Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston: Jones is considered a raw prospect and is still behind Kevin Walter, but the Texans are short on wide receivers after Andre Johnson and some scouts believe he can eventually be productive at the NFL level.

Other notables: Tony Hunt, RB, Philadelphia; Dwayne Wright, RB, Buffalo; Garrett Wolfe, RB, Chicago; Craig Davis, WR, San Diego; Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco; Steve Smith, WR, N.Y. Giants; Paul Williams, WR, Tennessee; Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay; Justin Medlock, K, Kansas City.

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Wow, you should have payed a little more attention to what he was listing before you posted. And Michael doesn't hate the skins. He has 2 different drafts where he selected Clinton Portis in the second round...

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ARHGAHGSHGSHGH I am ready to lose my mind at how quickly some people here run to the 'the whole media hates us routine'! Are we night tired of trying so hard to be disrespected????

I would honestly rather talk about LaVar vs. Gregg Williams or if we should use 2 first round picks to draft Calvin Johnson or I'd rather listen to McD5 go on and on about how amazing Ladell Betts is especially when compared to the washed up Clinton Portis.


Seriously...I'm losing my mind :soapbox: .

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And that guy Sonny really hates us too. Did you hear what he said about having a simple playbook. What an obvious shot at Al Saunders. They're all out to get us, I tell you.

I'd laught but it's not funny because of the number of people here who are honestly convinced of it.

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Is this thread for real? Landry will be nowhere near the top 20 rookies for fantasy points, even for teams who do use individual defensive players (unless he happens to get a sack, a pick, and 10 tackles a game or something which I would have no problem with).

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