Rookie players often force fantasy football owners to make risky decisions on draft day, but that is all part of the game. KFFL.com offers you a snapshot of what to expect from notable rookies at their respective positions.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is expected to sit behind veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper in 2009, but recent reports suggest the rook will be given a fair shot at the job. Stafford could receive some playing time down the line this year, but his true value is in full-retention keeper leagues. He deserves no fantasy consideration in single-year leagues.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Sanchez will have a formidable running game, a strong offensive line but questionable targets in the passing game with wideout Jerricho Cotchery as their No. 1 option. Fantasy owners should draft Sanchez only in full-retention keeper formats, but he could be worth a waiver wire pickup during the 2009 season out of sheer desperation.
Pat White, Miami Dolphins
White is unlikely to start a game in 2009 at quarterback, but he should receive a lot of work in the wildcat formation. Due to how erratic his playing time will be, fantasy owners can't count on him. Look for White as a waiver wire pickup if he has a big game, but it will be almost impossible to start him with confidence any given week.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman isn't the answer this year, but the Bucs look to be a few years away from competing anyway. Sitting behind Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown poses an issue for Freeman's playing time in 2009. He has mild value in the deepest of full-retention keeper leagues.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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