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Rookie Review – The Top-12 from 2013

Review Year End Rankings

Happy Holidays to you all. The fantasy football season is over and I hope you all won your league’s championship. Hopefully this weekly segment helped you to achieve all your hopes and dreams. I will now look at the overall top rookies in fantasy football for this year and give you an idea of where they can be expected to be drafted in next year.

1. Keenan Allen
The race for fantasy football Rookie of the Year was very close. The reason why I give it to Allen is because he probably was not drafted in most leagues. It took San Diego a while to figure out the wide receiver options it had, but once it did, Allen has been a stud. He had 66 catches for 957 yards and eight touchdowns, five of which were scored during the fantasy playoffs. Not bad for a waiver wire pickup! Allen should be a WR1 next year and be in your top-30 overall.

2. Eddie Lacy
Truth be told, Lacy probably would have won this hands down had
Aaron Rodgers

not suffered an injury. Lacy had been everything that was expected with 1,112 yards rushing while adding 33 catches for another 242 yards and 10 total touchdowns. During the fantasy playoffs, Lacy was once again a stud with 346 yards rushing and nine catches for another 61 yards and four total touchdowns. Count in him to be a top-8 pick next year.

3. Zac Stacy
Just like with Allen, who knew what Stacy would have accomplished with a whole year as the lead back? Stacy was another great waiver wire addition and helped out his owners to the tune of 958 yards rushing, and 22 catches for another 118 yards and eight total touchdowns. He also added three touchdowns in the ever-important fantasy playoffs. Stacy is now the focus of the St. Louis offense and should be considered a top-12 pick for next season.

4. Giovani Bernard –
In all honesty, Bernard pretty much led this thing from the very beginning. The Cincinnati Bengals may be saving him for the playoffs due to his game-breaking ability. Bernard had his overall numbers dip just when fantasy owners needed him most, yet he still had a campaign that had him rush for 673 yards and catch 51 balls for 463 yards and eight total touchdowns. His projection next year is tougher to tell than the others above because the Bengals may decide to still hang onto BenJarvus Green-Ellis in a sort of time-share situation. There is no doubt that Bernard is the more talented running back. If Bernard is the “featured” back, he is a top-15 talent.

5. Le’Veon Bell –
The Pittsburgh Steelers have indeed found their next workhorse running back in Bell. Even though he started the year injured, Bell still came through with 770 yards rushing and 44 catches for 393 yards, and eight total touchdowns. With Ben Roethlisberger having a very nice bounceback year and the promise of fellow rookie
Markus Wheaton

opening up the field with his speed, Bell should be a top-20 pick next year. Don’t sleep on him.

6. Cordarrelle Patterson –
Maybe Patterson just needed time. It took most of the season before they trusted Patterson on the field. I can tell you as a Minnesota Vikings’ fan, if he has the ball in his hands, watch out! The kid is dynamite in the open field. Patterson led the NFL in kickoff return average this season and had touchdowns of 105 yards and 109 yards. Not bad! He was finally given the chance to start in Week 12 and he ended the year scoring in four straight games. Patterson will probably get drafted around the eighth round next year, but I will tell you that he will perform much better than that. If you are wise, you get him around Round 6 and still reap the rewards.

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