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Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Sam Bradford Could Represent Late Steal

A healthy ankle and new talent at the receiver position could make Sam Bradford an attractive option for fantasy owners looking for value late in their draft.

August 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN USA;  St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of play in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
August 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of play in Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

Sam Bradford's development in the 2012 season is very important for the immediate future of the Rams franchise as the team needs the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to show progress after a lackluster 2011 season that was a bit of a step back after a decent rookie season.

The good news for the Rams is that Bradford says the high ankle sprain that hampered most of that 2011 season is now fully healed and no longer bothering him, but doubt about his potential progress has crept in to the minds of many.

That is why Bradford is an unlikely quarterback to go off the board early in most fantasy drafts, although he is certainly a player that could represent some late value for clever fantasy owners. With a pair of rookie receivers, Brian Quick and Chris Givens, to infuse new talent at the position, Bradford now has some new weapons and a healthy ankle that could make for a breakout season for the young quarterback.

That potential breakout year could make many fantasy owners look pretty clever for drafting the quarterback late.

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