The 2008 season proved that rookies can make a significant impact in fantasy football.

Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Matt Ryan and Steve Slaton were just a few of the players to come out of the collegiate ranks and shine at the NFL level. While it will be hard for the same number of rookies to make a similar splash, owners still need to know which players have the best chance to see a prominent role next season.

Here's a look at 10 rookies who will have their names called in most fantasy drafts.

Team Player Analysis

Denver Broncos

1. Knowshon Moreno, RB
The best all-around runner in the 2009 class, Moreno should step right in and be the starter for coach Josh McDaniels. While it is true that McDaniels has used backfield committees in the past, he never had a player like Moreno with the Patriots. Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan are also in the mix, but the Broncos didn't take Moreno 12th overall to sit him behind two older, injury-prone running backs.


Team Player Analysis

Arizona Cardinals

2. Chris Wells, RB
The Cardinals had to be thrilled to see Wells still on the board late in the first round. While his statistical ceiling could be a bit limited in a pass-laden offense, Wells is a definite upgrade over Tim Hightower. This competition is one that owners need to watch in training camp and the preseason, as a committee situation is very possible. For now, consider Wells a viable No. 3 fantasy back or flex starter in 2009.


Team Player Analysis

Indianapolis Colts

3. Donald Brown, RB
The Colts were excited to land Brown, who led Division I football in rushing yards last season. He'll be second on the depth chart behind Joseph Addai, but he'll see more than his share of the carries in what could develop into a backfield committee. Based on Addai's proneness to injuries, Brown should be seen as a must handcuff back as a rookie. He'll be worth as much as a middle-round selection.


Team Player Analysis

Philadelphia Eagles

4. LeSean McCoy, RB
McCoy will be a valuable handcuff in his rookie season. Brian Westbrook has had a history of ailments, including knee problems, and at 30 he could be a greater risk to miss time due to injuries. As a result, owners who draft Westbrook will want to land McCoy as insurance. McCoy is also the heir apparent to Westbrook in the backfield, so he's a solid option in keeper leagues.


Team Player Analysis

Minnesota Vikings

5. Percy Harvin, WR
Harvin, who's been compared to Reggie Bush, will compete with Sidney Rice for the right to start opposite Bernard Berrian. Where Harvin could make an impact in fantasy circles is not only as a receiver, but as a runner out of the backfield in the Wildcat formation. He's an ultra-fast and explosive playmaker, and Harvin can score any time he touches the football. He'll be a popular late-round pick.


Team Player Analysis

Cleveland Browns

6. James Davis, RB
Davis has made some noise in training camp and the preseason, so he's firmly on the fantasy radar. The rookie of Clemson could even push veteran starter Jamal Lewis, who is coming back from ankle surgery, for regular carries. That makes Davis, who could become part of a backfield committee under coach Eric Mangini, worth a late-round draft pick. He's also a viable handcuff option for Lewis.


Team Player Analysis

San Francisco 49ers

7. Glen Coffee, RB
Coffee has made a name for himself in training camp and in the preseason and is now the second option on the 49ers running back depth chart behind Frank Gore. The Miami product has been prone to injuries in the past, so Coffee has become a solid handcuff in all leagues. That makes the rookie well worth a late-round selection in most formats, expecially for owners who land Gore.


Team Player Analysis

New York Jets

8. Shonn Greene, RB
The Jets targeted Greene, trading most of their second-day picks to move up to land him. He's not much of a receiver, but Greene is a hard-nosed, between-the-tackles runner who could push Thomas Jones for carries. With Leon Washington also in the mix, Greene could be hard pressed to make an immediate impact. However, he's still a player to watch and is worth a middle- to late-round pick.


Team Player Analysis

San Francisco 49ers

9. Michael Crabtree, WR
Crabtree, the top-rated wide receiver in the 2009 class, would have been allowed every chance to earn a prominent role in the 49ers' passing attack. However, he's held out of training camp over contractual issues and his seen his fantasy stock in seasonal leagues sink like a stone. At this point, he's worth no more than a draft-and-stash late-round flier across the board.


Team Player Analysis

New York Giants

10. Hakeem Nicks, WR
The Giants took Nicks with their lone pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The North Carolina product has some question marks, but he'll be allowed a chance to start as a rookie. Still, the G-Men don't have a single wideout on their roster that can make up for the loss of Plaxico Burress, which really hurts the stock of Eli Manning. Nicks, in a best-case scenario, will be worth a late-round selection in drafts.


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