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12 Players on the Rise after the NFL Draft - Footballguys

A look at 12 players who saw their offensive roles and fantasy opportunity solidify as a result of their teams' inaction on draft weekend.

By now, you’ve probably had your fill of post-draft analysis centered around who the incoming crop of rookies are as players and how they fit with their new teams from a fantasy perspective. A strong chance also exists you’ve read more than one article detailing how these rookies will impact the production of the players around them.

With so much draft content currently being consumed by the masses, and so much of it focused on the same (or similar topics), an ever-so-slightly contrarian approach to draft analysis could gain fantasy owners an edge in their early research. Instead of analyzing the players each team drafted and what it means for the remaining players on those rosters, can’t we learn at least as much from how teams elected not to invest their draft capital?

Quite a few teams surprised during the draft by neglecting perceived positions of need. The actions of these teams (or lack thereof) can only be seen as votes of confidence in the players listed below. All of these guys might not become stars next season, but their fantasy outlook has improved significantly based on moves their teams didn't make on draft weekend.

Alex Collins

Alex Collins came off the practice squad last year to rush for nearly 1,000 yards in 12 games as a surprise starter. John Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL League Meetings that Collins would remain Baltimore’s lead back in 2018, and the Ravens backed up their head coach’s assertion by ignoring running backs in the draft. Unless you still believe in Kenneth Dixon -- who has been suspended twice since 2016 and missed all of last season with a torn meniscus -- Collins appears locked into solid RB2 numbers, even if Javorius Allen remains the preferred option on passing downs.

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