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Draft Fallout: Dynasty Winners

Sunday, June 26, 2011




6. Tony Romo - Dallas picked up athletic left tackle of the future Tyron Smith to pair with an already stellar Doug Free, who is expected to be re-signed once the lockout is lifted. A once-declining offensive line could turn into a strength for the next few seasons. In Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and a pair of dangerous pass-catching backs, Romo's weapons rival those of any QB in the league.

7. Aaron Rodgers - GM Ted Thompson reloaded after his first Super Bowl, picking up left tackle of the future Derek Sherrod, slot receiver of the future Randall Cobb, and passing-down back of the future Alex Green. Already the most coveted Dynasty QB, Rodgers' long-term value has taken on added stability.

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick - The "Amish Rifle" is locked in as Buffalo's starting QB and team leader following the team's vote of confidence in passing up a half-dozen promising signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft. While the Bills figure to address the position with a strong QB class in 2012, Fitzpatrick should carry solid QB2 value throughout the 2011 season.

9. John Beck - The "Offseason of John Beck" jump-started the week after the draft when coach Mike Shanahan implied that he'd be perfectly happy to enter the 2011 season with the former second-round flop as his starter. The "Rexy and Becksy" phenomenon reached its apogee in mid-May with an Adam Schefter report that Beck would enter training camp atop the depth chart. While I have zero in faith in Beck's ability to succeed as even a stop-gap NFL starter, Shanahan's recent history as the pass-heaviest play-caller in the league at least presents a hypothetical opportunity for QB2 value while the Redskins "Suck for Luck."

10. Sam Bradford - Bradford's TD rate should climb steadily under pass-happy offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has worked wonders with Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, and Kyle Orton. McDaniels hand-picked "Joker" tight end Lance Kendricks and receivers Austin Pettis and Greg Salas in the second through fourth rounds to install his 2010 Patriots-style offense, which bodes well for an increase in offensive production. Bradford finished second only to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in pass attempts last season. With improved offensive lines / ground attacks in Indy and New Orleans, Bradford could easily leap-frog both veterans to the No. 1 spot this season.

Bonus: LeGarrette Blount - Like Steven Jackson with the Rams, Blount fought off speculation that the Bucs would draft a back who could steal snaps from the jump. Sixth-rounder Allen Bradford is a decent prospect, but he's more of a pure backup type rather than an immediate threat to Blount's value. As long as the Bucs don't pursue a timeshare back in free agency, Blount should be locked in as a Top-25 Dynasty RB.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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