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Lions have year's 'Best' rookie

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By Michael Blunda

Forget Ryan Mathews, the prohibitive favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors prior to the season. The best rookie of 2010 resides in Detroit.

That was proven Sunday when RB Jahvid Best simply took over against the Eagles. Not only did he run for 78 yards and two TDs on 17 carries, but he also caught nine passes for 154 yards and a score. It was an outing unlike any rookie had ever had before, and it's likely just the beginning of what should be a sensational season.

With lightning-fast speed and eye-popping quickness, Best is nearly impossible to bring down in the open field, so he's going to be a big-play machine all season long. He's also fast becoming the centerpiece of the Lions' offense over elite WR Calvin Johnson, so there should be no shortage of touches for the Cal product.

Being called undersized and injury-prone entering the league, Best has a lot of similarities to another guy who outperformed all expectations as a rookie: Titans RB Chris Johnson. Few thought Johnson would do much in Year One, but he went on to make the Pro Bowl. Best might not be at that level yet, but he's quickly getting there.

Injuries are always a concern for Best, who was constantly banged up in college, but owners can't chance trading him away. While he won't be this good every week, he simply has way too much potential to part with. And as he showed Sunday, he can single-handedly win you a fantasy matchup. 

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