ESPN.com fantasy sports analyst Christopher Harris put out his list of the 2011 draft's top fantasy rookies, and who's sitting alone on top the list?
Former Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas.
I couldn't agree more. If you're a faithful reader of the blog, you know about my love of fantasy football (Vick's Vapo Rub, 2011 fantasy champs), and players' value in the game is centered around the mix of talent and opportunity.
It's pretty clear that Thomas has both. I pegged him as one of my Big 12 draft steals last week, and I feel pretty confident he'll have the best career of any of the Big 12 backs in this year's class.
But after being selected in the second round by Miami, it looks like he could have a busy year ahead of him. That's assuming, of course, that the NFL has a season in 2011.
Miami's two running backs, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, are both free agents, and using an early selection on Thomas could be a good sign of the Dolphins' hopes for his future.
Thomas proved, without a doubt, that he's an every-down back in his two years in the Big 12. He led the Big 12 in carries both seasons and had the third most in 2010 with 298.
Could that continue into the NFL?
Whoever ends up owning him in fantasy football next year certainly hopes so.