Each fantasy football season brings renewed hope, as even the most unsuccessful fantasy owner will approach their draft with dreams of a championship. Of course, these lofty ambitions can fade quickly once the regular season starts, especially if a team is loaded with busts or bit hard by the injury bug. Fortunately, any franchise can be strengthened by adding first-year players, and this article about the 10 best fantasy football rookies of 2011 will point you in the right direction.
The Five Best Fantasy Rookies of 2011
When it comes to fantasy football rookies, these five are expected to have the most significant impact in 2011:
Mark Ingram – While he’ll split time with Pierre Thomas to begin with, this talented rookie back is the future of the Saints’ running game.
A.J. Green – Since the Bengals got rid of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, this rookie receiver will have lots of passes coming his way.
Alex Henery – A first-year kicker who holds the all-time NCAA record for accuracy and takes over the spot that made David Akers a perennial fantasy contributor.
Julio Jones – The Falcons are expected to air it out more in 2011, and Jones will benefit from the double-teams facing Roddy White.
Cam Newton – He’ll struggle through some rough patches, but the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft will do damage through the air and on the ground.
Five More Top Rookies for the 2011 Fantasy Football Season
Here are five more rookies who can help your fantasy football team in 2011:
Delone Carter – He’ll start as the back-up to Joseph Addai in Indianapolis, but it won’t be long before he takes over the starting duties. Should get plenty of goal line work either way.
Daniel Thomas – While he’ll have to play second fiddle to Reggie Bush to begin with, Bush’s injury history assures Thomas of copious playing time.
Lance Kendricks – Sam Bradford is a quarterback on the rise, and Kendricks will benefit in the role of a safety valve.
Greg Little – Cleveland doesn’t have much competition at receiver, so Little should get a chance to earn his keep immediately.
Roy Helu – Tim Hightower will enter the season as the starter, but look for the hard-running Helu to carve out playing time as the year wears on.
Now that the identities of the 10 best fantasy football rookies of 2011 have been revealed, you have no excuse for not making your team more competitive. While most of these players will be drafted, you may be able to pick up a few through free agency (especially if they start slow). And, of course, trading for your favorite NFL rookie is also an option.