Bloom 100 Postdraft
By Sigmund Bloom
April 30th, 2012

In general, the Bloom 100 is designed for deep dynasty leagues, but is in no way a "one size fits all" ranking. Your particular league size, lineups, or scoring can change the landscape, as can your team needs or the relative perceived trade value of positions in your league. The typical league in mind for these rankings has:

  • PPR scoring
  • full IDP lineups including CB and DT broken out
  • start 3 WR
  • 1. Trent Richardson, RB, CLE - No brainer No. 1, unless you're in a 2 QB league, and then still probably No. 1.

    **tier break**

    2. Doug Martin, RB, TB - This one is tough. If you need a QB, take one. If not, take Martin. He's a Ray Rice type of back with Rice's college coach.

    3. Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - I won't argue with you if you take Luck first. I think of the debate in terms of players they resemble. RG3 roughly = Vick, Luck = Matt Ryan. I'll take Vick over Ryan and RG3 over Luck. Passing QBs just have it tougher in fantasy.

    4. Andrew Luck, QB, IND - Not that Luck isn't a great runner in his own right...maybe he could have a little Aaron Rodgers in him, after all, he ran for almost 1,000 yards and seven TDs during his three years at Stanford.

    5. Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - Blackmon still projects as a 70- to 80-catch guy in even a terrible pass offense, which Jacksonville is. If Blaine Gabbert can straighten it out, Blackmon would be a value here. It's just hard to love Blackmon on the Jags.

    **tier break**

    6. Kendall Wright, WR, TEN - Just one look at what Nate Washington did with Jake Locker last year should excite you about getting Wright in the middle of the first round.

    7. David Wilson, RB, NYG - Wilson will have to share with Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bradshaw's contract and injury history make me think Wilson will get a chance to run with the job in New York before the end of his rookie contract. I love his combination of balance, lower body strength, and acceleration.

    8. Michael Floyd, WR, ARI - I don't love the QB/OL situation in Arizona right now, and I do think Floyd has the biggest bust risk of the three WRs drafted in the first round. Playing with Larry Fitzgerald as a mentor balances that out to keep Floyd in the first round's third tier in PPR leagues.

    **tier break**

    9. Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - The situation is terrible until you think about what fellow Ramblin Wreck size/speed freak Demaryius Thomas did with Tim Tebow last year. The Jets aren't the best environment for development of such a raw player, so he's a tier behind Wright and Floyd.

    10. Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - What can a less dynamic Sidney Rice do with a QB like Jay Cutler? Probably pretty good things, but not at the Rice with Favre level, more like a WR3.

    11. Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN - Yup, he's worth a first round rookie pick. I love his live legs and workhorse mentality despite his lack of a big NFL RB body. Peyton Manning opens up defenses and I see him doing work on the stretch play Joseph Addai did so well with back in Indy.

    12. Ryan Broyles, WR, DET - Let's see... quality receiver that a team with a 5,000-yard pass offense liked enough to take in the second round. Broyles is a better wide receiver than Titus Young, who went in the second to Detroit last year more on his big play and return ability. Sign me up.

    13. Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR - Take him as high as ninth if you're conservative about rookie pick investment. Likely a solid LB2 for a long, long time.

    14. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - Honestly, I like Tannehill more than this ranking indicates. He might still struggle with a Dolphins franchise in transition that needs to give him better weapons, but Tannehill will be a running threat and get plenty of chances to fail before Miami gives up on him.

    15. Coby Fleener, TE, IND - His best destination for sure, but he only caught 33 passes from Luck last year. Yes, ten were touchdowns, but Fleener's upside is more Heap/Olsen than Hernandez/Finley.

    **tier break**

    16. Rueben Randle, WR, NYG - Patience will be necessary here, but Randle can do more than enough as a No. 3 for the Giants to make you happy to hold him for the necessary time to reap your reward.

    17. Chris Givens, WR, STL - I can't help it, I like Givens better than Brian Quick, even though the Rams paid a lot more for Quick. Givens is fast and reliable and he'll be more polished than Quick in their first camp together battling to start with guys like Danario Alexander and Austin Pettis.

    18. Lamar Miller, RB, MIA - He fell because of shoulder injuries and a lack of an all-around game. Miami is a terrible destination for immediate opportunity, but if Miller has game, he'll get his shot eventually and flash when he does get on the field for the Hurri--err, Dolphins.

    19. Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - Jones has all of the attributes to be a solid No. 2, but what's that worth when you have a balanced to run-heavy offense with AJ Green, Jermaine Gresham, and a host of talented young receivers?

    20. Lavonte David, LB, TB - David is going to get a chance to play a high tackle role early in his career. He has LB2/LB3 upside and is a safe second round rookie pick.

    21. Mychal Kendricks, LB, PHI - It may take a while for Kendricks to get in that every-down MLB role that could make him an IDP fantasy star, but like D.J. Williams, I think this is rare linebacker worth taking pretty early and stashing for the long haul.

    22. Greg Childs, WR, MIN - Childs is basically unobstructed for a starting gig. He flashed great big play talent before his patellar tear and looked close to all the way back at the end of the season.

    23. Brian Quick, WR, STL - I don't believe in Quick and this is basically a "let someone else draft him" ranking.

    **tier break**

    24. Devon Wylie, WR, KC - Dwayne Bowe is on a franchise tag and I don't believe in Jon Baldwin. If Wylie can stay healthy, watch out. Wes Welker was just fine with Matt Cassel.

    25. A.J. Jenkins, WR, SF - I am unmoved by the 49ers willingness to take Jenkins in the first. He's still just a decent No. 2 candidate in a poor passing offense.

    26. Isaiah Pead, RB, STL - The Rams intend for him to play a big role down the line - and that's definitely worth something - but I see Pead as a committee back.

    27. Nick Toon, WR, NO - The discount Ryan Broyles, not quite as dynamic and blocked by a better No. 2 WR (Lance Moore) and TE (Jimmy Graham) from fantasy relevance.

    28. LaVon Brazill, WR, IND - Loved this kid's tape and I can see him and Andrew Luck becoming fast friends.

    29. Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN - Having to come in with Marvin Jones is a big hit for Sanu. He went first in the draft, but Jones is a faster and more athletic overall.

    30. Ladarius Green, TE, SD - Green is a project, but he is in a great pass offense and behind a legend in the autumn of his career.

    31. LaMichael James, RB, SF - James could give SF some playmaking punch on offense, but he's probably closer to Dexter McCluster than Darren Sproles as a fantasy back.

    32. Keshawn Martin, WR, HOU - Martin can be an outstanding slot receiver, and he can't be counted out as an eventual No. 2 in Houston.

    33. Danny Coale, WR, DAL - Coale's situation isn't THAT different than Rueben Randle's. He's blocked for the foreseeable future, but he has starter potential. One of my top targets later in rookie drafts.

    34. Mark Barron, S, TB - Barron could easily end up being a top 10 fantasy safety. I just don't think they are as hard to find as RB/WR of even speculative value.

    35. Chris Polk, RB, PHI - So he went undrafted. I know what I saw from Polk on tape and I'll still spend a third on him.

    **tier break**

    36. B.J. Cunningham, WR, MIA
    37. Rishard Matthews, WR, MIA

    Cunningham plays with a big and rugged style, and Matthews has more speed and lateral agility. Either could start soon in Miami.

    38. Joe Adams, WR, CAR
    39. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

    I love this duo's talent, but they are probably just role-playing "X-factor" players for their teams.

    40. Cyrus Gray, RB, KC - Gray seems buried in Kansas City, but Peyton Hillis only signed a one-year deal. Stash him away.

    41. Travis Benjamin, WR, CLE - The Browns didn't land any big fish at wide receiver, so Benjamin could easily get playing time and a chance to impress early. His speed, elusiveness, and playmaking instincts impressed me on film.

    42. Evan Rodriguez, TE, CHI - Tice loves his TEs, and Rodriguez is a better receiver than Kellen Davis.

    43. Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE - I can't get excited about him. Let someone else take Weeden.

    44. Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA - I don't love Wagner's tape, but he'll get a shot to play the middle in Seattle, and that's worth at least a fourth, but someone else will play more than I would for him.

    45. Chris Owusu, WR, SF - Don't let the undrafted status fool you. Owusu has talent, even if he has a history of concussions. He could push A.J. Jenkins earlier than anyone expected.

    46. Dwayne Allen, TE, IND - More than an outside shot at fantasy relevance with Andrew Luck, but Fleener's presence hurts.

    47. Russell Wilson, QB, SEA - I won't be surprised if Wilson eventually starts, and even has strong fantasy backup QB value, but that's a long wait for a payoff that pretty easy to find on the cheap.

    48. Orson Charles, TE, CIN - Charles has the skills to be a borderline fantasy TE1, but he's stuck in an average pass offense with a great in-line TE in Jermaine Gresham.

    49. Marvin McNutt, WR, PHI - McNutt is probably better than Riley Cooper, but he'll have trouble breaking into the starting lineup in Philly.

    50. Dale Moss, WR, GB - Moss has a long road to fantasy relevance, but the raw materials are there.

    51. Tommy Streeter, WR, BAL - Streeter landed on a team that loves to throw deep with a shot at a starting job in a few years. That's all you could ask for him.

    52. Jordan White, WR, NYJ - Ultraproductive with a little Hines Ward "get it done however you have to" to his game, White is the anti-Hill, and he could move up the depth chart if Hill doesn't develop.

    53. Dont'a Hightower, LB, NE - Hightower is an inside linebacker, but he won't playing linebacker often on passing downs. He will get some pass rush attempts, but it's hard to imagine Hightower as more than an LB3/LB4 except in sack heavy leagues.

    54. Lance Lewis, WR, WAS - Lewis will have to scratch and claw for a spot as an undrafted free agent, but the prospects of playing with RG3 could be worth a late pick.

    55. Juron Criner, WR, OAK - In Miami, I'd have Criner in the 25 on this list. I'm afraid he just gets lost in the shuffle in Oakland and has trouble overcoming more athletic WR on the depth chart for the rest of his career.

    56. Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Shanahan make something out of stubborn downhill guys like Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson. Morris the annual Shanahan RB lottery ticket late.

    57. Taylor Thompson, TE, TEN
    58. Adrien Robinson, TE, NYG

    I love taking upside project TEs late in rookie drafts. Neither of these guys have near Jimmy Graham upside, but they could have fantasy relevance if they hit in these offenses.

    59. Vick Ballard, RB, IND
    60. Terrance Ganaway, RB, NYJ

    I don't like either back, but I don't like any back on either team's roster much right now, so they could get a shot by default.

    61. B.J. Coleman, QB, GB - Next Matt Flynn?
    62. Chris Rainey, RB/WR, PIT - Probably a gimmick player, but Jacoby Ford potential
    63. Edwin Baker, RB, SD - If he's Mathews backup, could have injury value
    64. Bernard Pierce RB, BAL - Career backup
    65. Robert Turbin, RB, SEA - Career backup
    66. Bruce Irvin, DE, SEA - Potential Freeney-level value
    67. Andre Branch, DE, JAX - One-dimensional, but will get on field early
    68. Courtney Upshaw, LB, BAL - Only depth LB for fantasy
    69. Melvin Ingram, LB, SD - Only depth LB for fantasy
    70. Toney Clemons, WR, PIT - Steelers had him in for predraft visit, talented
    71. Jeremy Ebert, WR, NE - Reliable and Welker potentially FA in ‘13
    72. Junior Hemingway, WR, KC - Poor man's Jeffery blocked... for now
    73. DeVier Posey, WR, HOU - Just a depth WR
    74. Jarius Wright, WR, MIN - Just an average slot receiver
    75. Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI - May get shot early, but there's a reason he fell
    76. Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, NE - Bigger NFL than fantasy impact
    77. Harrison Smith, S, MIN - Safeties are a dime a dozen, but Smith could stick
    78. Sean Spence, LB, PIT - Steelers liked him, but where does he fit?
    79. Demario Davis, LB, NYJ - Jets like him, but not great for fantasy
    80. Brock Osweiler, QB, DEN - Let someone else take him
    81. Morris Claiborne, CB, DAL - Rookie corner rule and talented
    82. Stephon Gilmore, CB, BUF - Rookie corner rule and talented
    83. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, CIN - Rookie corner rule and talented
    84. Nick Perry, LB, GB - One-dimensional
    85. Jeff Fuller, WR, MIA - Hands of stone, but you never know
    86. Quinton Coples, DE, NYJ - Middling fantasy impact
    87. Tauren Poole, RB, CAR - Hope to impress in Carolina and catch on elsewhere
    88. Jewel Hampton, RB, SF - Hope to impress in San Francisco and catch on elsewhere
    89. Lennon Creer, RB, WAS - Deep Shanahan lottery ticket
    90. Shea McClellin, DE, CHI - Middling fantasy impact
    91. Michael Egnew, TE, MIA - Project TE with limited upside
    92. Michael Smith, RB, TB - Speed, but not much else
    93. Bobby Rainey, RB, BAL - Hope to impress in Baltimore and catch on elsewhere
    94. Whitney Mercilus, OLB, HOU - Project at 3-4 OLB
    95. Fletcher Cox, DT, PHI - DT Impact doesn't always show up on stat sheet
    96. T.J. Graham, WR, BUF - One-trick pony
    97. Vinny Curry, DE, PHI - Upside, but don't like to carry development DEs
    98. Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Has his moments and could get shot, but won't hit
    99. Zach Brown, LB, TEN - Fast and TEN likes him, but won't hit
    100. Aaron Corp, QB, BUF - Bills may feel unsettled at QB eventually

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