We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. You're welcome to go back and see the original post here Today's match up: Coby Fleener vs Rueben Randle.
The Indianapolis Colts drafted Coby Fleener with their second round pick to be a familiar target for his college quarterback Andrew Luck. Rueben Randle fell to the New York Giants with the last pick of the second round to further enhance their depth at wide receiver.
Why vote for Fleener?
Luck loves his tight ends (I'm not talking about those ones...) and Fleener was his favorite tight end in college. At 6'6", 247 lbs, it's easy to understand why Luck loves to throw his way. He is a big red zone target, and has the receiving ability to create match up problems against NFL defenses. He's to fast and good as a receiver to be covered by linebackers, but too strong to be tackled by corners. Luck loved audibling his way into these match ups in college with Fleener, and there's no reason to believe he can't do it in the pro's. Fleener is one of my fantasy sleepers that could quite easily pop up with big numbers at the end of the season.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Fleener?
Fleener can only go as far as Luck takes him. There is a chance the Colts lean on the run game to ease Luck into the NFL game, which could take away receptions from Fleener. Not only that, but Fleener isn't as strong of a run-blocker as fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen. It's not impossible to see a scenario play out where Allen see's the field more because of his run-blocking ability, while Fleener drops to number two on the depth chart. (Note, this is highly unlikely, but I needed something to write in this section...)
Why vote for Randle?
The Giants became very much a pass-heavy offense resting on the shoulders of Eli Manning last year. They love to spread the defense out, and use the depth of that receiving corps to beat lesser corners. With Mario Manningham leaving for San Francisco and Hakeem Nicks going down injured, there could be a spot for Randle to win in camp. If he can win the second or even third spot on the depth chart, he'll see plenty of the ball. Cruz will see much more double coverages after his breakout season, meaning more balls thrown to other receivers, with Randle the potential beneficiary.
Why vote against Randle?
Nicks could be back in time for training camp, meaning Randle will be the third receiver at best. Even if Nicks isn't fully healthy come week one, the Giants might try to have a more balanced offense, having drafted running back David Wilson with their first round pick. With defenses expecting a pass-heavy attack, surprising them with a draw run play can pick up big yardage. Either scenario would see less touches for Randle and therefore, less fantasy points.