NFL Fantasy Rookies 2011: The Top Five

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NFL Fantasy Rookies 2011  The Top Five

David Sabino of SI.com revealed his NFL Fantasy Rookies 2011 Top 5 “Best Position to Produce” (in order):  1. Mark Ingram, Saints, 2. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins, 3. Mikel Leshoure, Lions, 4. Julio Jones, Falcons, 5. Delone Carter, Colts.

Mark Ingram, Saints: 

Peter Finney of NOLA.com writes of Ingram’s potential impact in New Orleans

So long as No. 9 remains healthy, there's little doubt the New Orleans Saints will be anything but a pass-first offense, which is certainly what it was in 2009, when they had 100 more first downs throwing, when they passed for 4,355 yards and ran for 2,106.

But now the Saints have the explosive, up-the-gut presence of 215-pound Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who could make a slight dent in those stats.

The little right tackle Jon Stinchcomb has seen of Ingram so far tells him he's an ideal fit for play-action.

"I've seen Mark make a few wicked cuts, the kind that come from good vision," said Stinchcomb, a nine-year veteran. "He's someone who can run for an 'ugly' 5 yards, but it's still 5 yards. Know what I mean? He's always moving forward."

When it comes to betting on the NFL, the Saints could prove to be absolute juggernauts this season, with odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl at 10 to 1 and the NFC South at near even


Daniel Thomas, Dolphins:

The Dolphins ranked third-worst in the league last year in rushing touchdowns, yards per carry and runs of 10 yards or more.  Thomas should help to improve these stats.

He will be paired with newly acquired Reggie Bush.

“It’s going to be a great combination,” Thomas said.

Despite this newly formed tandem, the oddsmakers at BetDSI.com have Miami winning UNDER 8 regular season games in 2011 at -165.

The Dolphins are worth a look to win the 2011 AFC East at 10/1 odds for a payout potential of $1000 on every $100 bet.


Mikel Leshoure, Lions: 

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com: 
First, there is the issue about who is going to get the majority of carries this season - Jahvid Best or rookie Mikel Leshoure. For now, Best is the starter and Leshoure is the backup, but it's a tight competition. The players bring different features to the table, Best with his blazing cuts and speed and Leshoure with his power and muscle.

This battle will likely continue throughout the season with head coach Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan going with the hot hand from Sunday to Sunday. Some of that decision will be based on theopponent and the matchup, but some of it will be based upon who is "on'' that day.

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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