Chris Wesseling

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Friday, August 31, 2012


51. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots - Welker failed to crack 60 yards in seven of the Patriots’ final 11 games last season while Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez took over the passing game. I’m not expecting a bounce-back to early-season production for Welker now that Brandon Lloyd is also in the picture.

52. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys

53. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

54. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

55. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots - If BenJarvus Green-Ellis can plunge in for 24 touchdowns over two seasons in Tom Brady’s offense, Ridley should have no problem hitting double-digit scores.

56. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

57. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

58. Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

59. Cedric Benson, RB, Packers - Benson’s workload won’t be heavy enough to match the late-career renaissance seasons of Stephen Davis with the Panthers in 2003 and Corey Dillon with the Patriots in 2004, but he could have that kind of rejuvenation in Green Bay.

60. Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs - Hillis is just as good of a bet for double-digit touchdowns as Ridley. A better comparison would be LenDale White, who derived a good portion of his 2008 value from Chris Johnson’s ability to move the ball efficiently before giving way at the goal line.

61. Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks - Health is the only question.

62. Eli Manning, QB, Giants - Eli flirted with 5,000 yards in a career season and still wasn’t an every-week advantage at quarterback.

63. Austin Collie, WR, Colts

64. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

65. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

66. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

67. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

68. DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles

69. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

70. Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills

71. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills

72. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

73. Ben Tate, RB, Texans

74. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

75. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars

76. Kevin Smith, RB, Lions

77. Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

78. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

79. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers

80. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants

81. David Wilson, RB, Giants

82. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

83. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints - Sproles is not going to better his seven receiving touchdowns from a year ago.

84. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

85. Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

86. Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos - The Broncos aren’t going to run the ball 62 percent of the time as they did under Tim Tebow last year.

87. Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins

88. Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

89. Jared Cook, TE, Titans

90. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

91. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals

92. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings

93. Greg Olsen, TE Panthers

94. Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars

95. Greg Little, WR, Browns

96. Jay Cutler, QB, Bears

97. Jake Locker, QB, Titans

98. Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers

99. Roy Helu, RB, Redskins - Pick your poison.

100. Titus Young, WR, Lions

101. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

102. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders

103. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

104. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

105. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

106. Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets

107. Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens

108. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

109. Shonn Greene, RB, Jets

110. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers - If he keeps running the way he has in August, Dwyer has a good chance to lead this committee all year long.

111. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

112. Donald Brown, RB, Colts

113. Randy Moss, WR, 49ers

114. Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals

115. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions

116. Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings

117. Michael Bush, RB, Bears

118. Jahvid Best, RB, Lions - Who knows? If he gains clearance by October, he’s in your starting lineup.

119. Evan Royster, RB, Redskins

120. Jacob Tamme, TE, Broncos

121. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals

122. Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings

123. Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

124. Braylon Edwards, WR, Seahawks

125. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

126. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons

127. Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders

128. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

129. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons

130. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills

131. Matt Schaub, QB, Texans

132. Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers

133. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

134. Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers

135. Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings

136. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Chiefs

137. Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys

138. Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks

139. Steve Slaton, RB, Dolphins?

140. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

141. Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders

142. Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals

143. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

144. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos

145. Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles

146. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts

147. Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams

148. Rod Streater, WR, Raiders - Preseason monster.

149. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints - Pray for a trade.

150. James Jones, WR, Packers - Pray for a trade II.



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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