Yesterday we presented what we consider to be the Bible of draft prep when we posted Mike Mayock’s top 5 by position. Mike is continually watching tape and attending post season all star game practices to provide us draft geeks with his usually on the mark insights. However, as fantasy footballers the defensive side of the ball stays in our rearview mirror except for the few hardcore players in IDP leagues.
Today we take a look at DynatsyFantasyLeague.com’s Top 25 offensive skill position players entering April’s draft that are likely to have the greatest chance at fantasy relevance in their rookie seasons. Despite Andrew Luck’s high pedigree its difficult to see him having a Cam Newton sized fantasy impact in year one with a Colt’s roster in full rebuilding mode (Wayne and Garcon are free agents). Depending on where RG3 lands we could be worth more than Luck for fantasy purposes in 2012. It’s very possible that those two will be the only 2 QBs selected in the first round as Ryan Tannehill’s broken foot has his first round draft status in limbo.
We discussed the depth at WR in previous posts and Justin Blackmon could have an AJ Green / Julio Jones impact as a solid WR2. Michael Floyd is not far off in our opinion and Alshon Jeffery has the frame to become a red zone monster early on.
As for those ranked a bit high in our book – RB Chris Polk (Washington) is sliding on many draft boards as he showed up out of shape to the Senior Bowl. Wisconsin WR Nick Toon reaggravated a foot injury and has multiple red flags that could take him out of the top rounds.