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In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of dfreethe series by looking at one of my highest rated running backs, Devonta Freeman.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Carolina to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching him in college: Despite his limited touches (under 200 each season of college), Freeman is a decisive back who appears to be able to carry an NFL workload as a feature back.  He played at fullback, half back, and receiver.  As a lead blocker, Freeman squared his shoulders, got good leverage, knocked his defender back, and opened up a seam to run thru.  The back ran routes well enough to need corners to cover him. When acting as a pass blocker, he attacks the blitzers, squaring his shoulders, keeping contact throughout the block usually forcing them backwards.  Freeman sees the pressure pre-snap and adjusts his stance to account for it.  The back is good at selling fakes that freeze the defenders, giving his teammates an opportunity to get an extra step.  When acting as a receiver, the runner adjusts to poorly thrown passes, runs crisp routes, fully extends to make the catch, and does his best to make the reception in stride for the biggest gain.  Freeman is dangerous in the open field with his quickness and wiggle that makes defenders miss.  He also comes back to assist the quarterback whether he needs an outlet receiver, or a block down the field to free up a running lane. Read More »


For the rest of December I will review several skill positions and try to decide their fantasy role for 2012.  It has been a season filled with great performances and utter disappointments from the rookie running backs.  After 13 weeks, this is as good of a time to determine what we learned so far.  Enjoy!

DeMarco Murray

2011 stats through Week 13:  158 carries for 870 yds with 2 TDs, 25 catches for 177 yds

Current role: Starter

2012 expectations:  Murray has the starting gig for the Cowboys; however he has slumped after losing his starting fullback for a few games.  Although Murray acquired the starting job after a Felix Jones injury, he has the better talent set and the killer instinct that Jones lacks.  For the rest click here:

Julio Jones

Every week I will take a look at the rookie play to gage how some of the rookies were used.  I will then try to decide if you should pick these rookies up from your waiver wire or attempt to secure them in a trade.

Julio Jones looks a lot different with Nnamdi Asomugha draped all over him.  Jones managed to catch 2 for 29 yards on 8 targets.  There were a few spectacular catches he might have left on the field, but he is forgiven with the one of the two top CBs on him.  The two catches he did have made me believe things will only get better this year.

Jacquizz Rodgers did not see a lot of the field, but he was used almost as much as Jason Snelling, the #2 RB for the Falcons.  I really liked his red zone carry that he got down to the 3, which Turner took in the next play.  He is a dynasty play and is getting better. To read the rest click here:


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I will be the first to admit, when I was putting my original ranking up for Mr. Rodgers back around the combine, he was an afterthought.  This was not an indictment on him.  I just liked many of the 2011 rookie running backs a bit more.  The Atlanta Falcons made some strong moves in the offseason.  They resigned most of their offensive line, traded up for Julio Jones, got Harry Douglas healthy, resigned backup running back Jason Snelling, and keep Tony Gonzales from retiring.  Michael Turner is an excellent ground and pound running back, but isn’t known to catch many passes or make people miss.  Bringing in Rodgers, who is familiar with a spread type offense, can only help their whole team.  What is Jacquizz Rodger’s outlook for 2011 and beyond?  Click here for the rest:

Day 2 of the NFL Combine is in the books and all offensive players have been weighed, measured, and competed at least to some degree.  First of all, Cam Newton TV was in all its glory; this got in the way of some good running back drills, but I digress.  I wrote an article, Truth or Mirage: Offensive Players to Watch Closely at the Combine, before the combine about some players I wanted to watch closely.  Let’s reflect on what we discovered: Read More »

The 2011 NFL Combine begins this Thursday.  Interviews and physicals dominate the first two days.  Then those of us that have access to the NFL combine, will have the opportunity to see these players for ourselves.  Read More »

Some dynasty players may think this is the quietest time of the year.  Do not let that be you!  Use this time to get a leg up on your competition by starting your own rookie scouting.  First I am no “expert” but I am getting my first impressions on players.  Small differences may make the difference between drafting LeSean McCoy and Chris “Beanie” Wells. Read More »