Fantasy sports: Targeting the 2011 talents

Julio Jones has the ability to be a Top 5 NFL wideout.

Even at the NFL level, certain guys jump off the game tape as freaks. They are the playmakers, the difference-makers, the elite talents.

In fantasy, these are the players we need to take note of. Their coaches force-feed them the ball and when they get it, they do things that other mere mortals are incapable of.

Here are some guys that emerged as truly different players in 2011:

Julio at the schoolyard

Julio Jones ran a ridiculous 4.39, 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and has ideal size at 6-foot-3/220 pounds. In his rookie year, he proved that he knows how to use those measurements. Jones is already a better receiver than teammate Roddy White, dominating defenses with his physicality.  
      
Moore for Denarius

The ability to go deep at the NFL level is an art form. Denarius Moore showed that he’s close to mastering it already. His ability to adjust on long balls and make extremely tough catches is some-thing that can’t be taught.

Making it rain

If it wasn’t for Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, we’d be talking about Aaron Hernandez as the biggest freak at the tight end position. His skill set is so unique that the Patriots call reverses and bubble screens for him. That’s because in the open field, Hernandez makes defenders miss like a wideout.



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