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Top rookie fantasy sleepers

Rookies don't typically offer a lot of value, but these are names to keep an eye on

Originally Published: August 30, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Kendricks/LittleAP PhotosLance Kendricks and Greg Little could be solid fantasy rookie options.

According to the overall point totals, Sam Bradford was the top rookie for fantasy football last year. That's not a big surprise -- Bradford started in Week 1 -- but it also provides a harsh reality: He was No. 41 in the rankings. In other words, even when you like a rookie's prospects, he may not be worth much on the fantasy side of things.

That said, nabbing a rookie late in your draft can mean some points later in the year, when the games often matter more. These guys could also be useful to stash away for those in keeper leagues. Since there is only one quarterback -- Andy Dalton -- who figures to start right away, let's jump into the position groups:

Running backs

Daniel Thomas
The acquisition of Reggie Bush does nothing to diminish Thomas' role. He should still pile up carries and will get the bulk of goal-line work for the Dolphins.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst