Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings 2016

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Rookie Quarterbacks

QB Jared Goff

Picked 1.1 | Height 6-4 | Weight: 215 | California

Of the three first-round quarterbacks drafted in 2016, Jared Goff is easily considered the most pro-ready prospect. With the Rams having very little in front of Goff and looking to make a splash with a local kid in a new market, we should see the 21 year-old take the opening snap for Los Angeles. Goff (6-4 215) has good size, mobility and a quality arm that’s been proven to be accurate on deep balls with good touch on short and medium throws.

At Cal, Goff spent a lot of time under duress behind a poor offensive line, leading to sacks and turnovers. He also spent most of his time in the shotgun and will have to work extensively in the preseason on taking snaps under center and footwork with five and seven-step drop backs. Goff has the look and pedigree of a quality NFL-starter, but enters a less-than-ideal situation with a Rams offense that will feature the running game and has one of the worst group of wide receivers in the league. With the league loaded with proven, quality signal-callers, including several with one or two years’ experience, Goff might be available later than expected in dynasty formats. For redraft leagues, Goff projects as a fringe QB2 whose value should be boosted with plus rushing production.

Written By: Jody Smith

QB Carson Wentz

Picked 1.2| Height 6-5 |Weight 237 | North Dakota State

The Philadelphia Eagles mortgaged the farm to move up and get their franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz will need thick skin if he wishes to survive in a city with fans and sports writers that feed on the weak. Luckily, Wentz is an intelligent young man that seems extremely down to earth. On the field, Wentz 6-5, 237lbs, has the frame to withstand hits at the pro level. He is very light on his feet with the athleticism and coordination in the pocket to buy time to extend plays. Wentz has also been known to take off and run if needed, which is a very familiar Eagle quarterback trait that the fans have learned to love from QB predecessors (Vick, McNabb, Cunningham).

Carson Wentz can make every throw and has a strong arm to stretch the field. Despite not facing top competition at the FCS level, the North Dakota State quarterback was Mike Mayock’s top rookie prospect for 2016. The Eagles ultimate goal is not to throw their franchise QB into the fire year one. They plan to have him learn from a veteran in his rookie season and slowly work his way into the offense. Wentz has little value in re-draft leagues, and is looked at as a late round investment player in dynasty leagues.

Written By: Mike Rigz

QB Paxton Lynch

Picked: 1.26 | Height 6-7 | Weight 244 | Memphis

According to John Elway, the Broncos had Lynch ranked as highly as they did Jared Goff, who went with the draft’s first overall selection to the Rams. Lynch is huge (just under 6-7 244) with a strong arm and excellent mobility for a man of his size. Those are traits that generally fit a Gary Kubiak-coached offense well, and drew favorable comparisons for Lynch to Blake Bortles and John Elway himself. In three years at Memphis utilizing a spread offense, Lynch improved his numbers annually. Starting in 2013, his accuracy, yards-per-attempt, touchdowns and qb-rating improved, while his turnovers dropped each season. Owing to his physical athleticism, Lynch rushed for 13 scores as a sophomore. He can be a dangerous option on bootlegs and qb-sneaks- an interesting wrinkle to Denver’s offense after Peyton Manning won a Super bowl. Landing in Denver affords Lynch the time to adjust to the pro game. Mark Sanchez has proven to be capable of starting in the league and is expected to hold down the fort. It wouldn’t be shocking to have Lynch start Week 1, but the plan seems to be to have Sanchez begin the season under-center while Lynch is groomed to take over in the season’s second half. Expect Lynch to see 6-10 starts this year, with Kubiak hot hesitating to go to the rookie if Sanchez turns the ball over too frequently. Lynch should be the third quarterback from this class drafted in dynasty leagues, but is likely to go undrafted in redraft leagues unless he is named the clear-cut starter before the season opener.

Written By: Jody Smith

QB Christian Hackenberg

Picked 2.20 | Height 6-4 | Weight 223 | Penn State

Christian Hackenberg has all the physical and intangible attributes that NFL scouts are looking for: 6’4” frame, strong arm, leadership, and toughness. However, he lacks many of the actual skills necessary to become a successful NFL quarterback. His passes are inconsistent; he’ll make a fantastic throw on one play then follow it up with a check down thrown into the dirt. His pocket awareness is nonexistent, evidenced by his 82 sacks he’s taken over the last two seasons. But if we learned anything last season, it’s that it doesn’t take a competent quarterback to post decent fantasy numbers in the Jets’ offensive system. Ryan Fitzpatrick, career journeyman who has received no interest from teams this offseason, managed to throw a career high 31 TDs last year. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey puts his quarterback in a position to succeed, and it certainly helps having two Pro Bowl wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on the outside. For dynasty leagues, Hackenberg is a waste of a pick, even in 2 QB formats. But if Hackenberg wins the starting QB job in 2016, he’s worth a late shot in 2-QB leagues or as a contrarian DFS play some weeks due to his offensive system.

Written By: Brian Jester

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RB Ezekiel Elliott

Picked 1.4 | Height 6-0 | Weight 225 | Ohio State

Dynasty owners holding the first overall pick are celebrating immensely after Ezekiel Elliott found himself going to the perfect landing spot, fourth overall in this years NFL Draft. With rumors of the Dallas Cowboys looking to improve their defense adding the likes of shut down corner Jalen Ramsey, it came as a bit of a surprise when Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced Elliot’s name to the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones has always been attracted to the star power of an offensive skilled player in the first round, yet his staff has done an excellent job keeping his hand off the button in years past to steer clear from players like Jonny Manziel for more reliable talent. This year though, the Cowboys got their guy adding an immediate impact player.

Elliott’s presence not only drastically improves the run game in all areas possible, he adds a dependability quality that takes the pressure off Tony Romo’s brittle body to not only be the only focal point for offensive output for the team, but allow the Cowboys to call plays differently.

Elliott is an early favorite for offensive rookie of the year playing behind one of the best offensive lines in football.

Written By: Mike Rigz

RB Devontae Booker

Picked 4.38 | Height 5-11 | Weight 219 | Utah

From my seat at Reser Stadium, I had the privilege of watching Davontae Booker gouge the Oregon State Beavers in 2014, rushing 32 times for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns. I quickly became a fan. At 5′ 11.5″ and 219 lbs., Davontae has prototypical size for an NFL running back. Perhaps his best attribute is his vision. He almost always makes the right decision in reading his blocks and choosing the right lane. He runs with decisiveness and power, finishing most runs falling forward. These traits are ideal for the zone blocking scheme that Denver employs. Booker looks natural as a pass catcher, plucking the ball with his hands away from his body. He is also a very willing pass blocker. This should help him find the field more quickly than typical 4th round rookie backs.

Unfortunately, the knee injury (meniscus) that cut his senior season short kept him from participating in running drills during the combine and his pro-day. Video of his game performances, however, shows a back who lacks ideal top-end speed to consistently break big chunk yardage at the next level. Despite the power that Booker runs with, he needs to slip tackles more frequently, as too often the first defender brings him down (even if it’s several yards beyond contact). Davontae has a similar skill set to that of current Broncos teammate Ronnie Hillman, but I think Davontae is better. I could see Booker securing the 3rd down back role in Denver as early as this season, with a chance to earn significant playing time should CJ Anderson suffer an injury or prove otherwise ineffective. Booker offers appeal as a deep bench stash in redraft leagues, and he’s a guy I would pursue probably more aggressively than most in dynasty formats.

Written By: Rich Thomas

RB Derrick Henry

Picked 2.14 | Height 6-3 | Weight 247 | Alabama

With their third pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans selected former Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Despite already having DeMarco Murray, the Titans continued to add to their backfield in an effort to create a two-headed monster, as Henry’s downhill, thumper mentality will add a great change-of-pace to Murray’s dynamic running style.

At Alabama, Henry took home the Heisman Trophy in 2015, as he carried the ball a whopping 395 times for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns in his final year with the Crimson Tide.

Though he is most recognized for his ability to lower his shoulder in between the tackles and carry defenders for extra yards, Henry has above-average speed for his size, as he ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at 6’3”, 247 pounds. He will surprise the NFL with his speed at times, but NFL defenses will get used to bouncing off his pads.

With that being said, Henry will likely pull a great deal of goal line carries at the next level because of his powerful running style, which in turn, could have Murray missing out on a significant amount of touchdowns in 2016. Though Murray also brings some power behind his pads, Henry is a brick wall when he gets downhill in between the tackles.

The Titans have previously invested a bulk of their carries to some of the younger backs on their roster (i.e. Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey, David Cobb), but Henry should cement himself as the No. 2 back due to his Heisman ability and his value in short-yardage situations. Because of his upside as a touchdown thief, Henry could put up RB3 numbers behind Murray as a rookie.

Written By: Austin Gayle

RB Paul Perkins

Picked 5.10 | Height 5-10 | Weight 208 | UCLA

Paul Perkins is one of the most elusive running backs in this year’s class with the ability to make defenders look silly in the open field. Perkins also has great hands, showing the skills to be a great receiver out of the backfield after recording 80 receptions during his college career. It’s for these reasons that one of his closest NFL comparisons is Duke Johnson. On the downside, Perkins possesses just an average size/speed combo and he hasn’t shown the ability to drive through defenders upon contact. Perkins was drafted by the New York Giants in the 5th round and will join the crowded backfield of Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, and Andre Williams. With those three backs receiving 80-plus touches each a year ago, it was a frustrating situation for fantasy owners. But now that Ben McAdoo has full control of the team, will he use one RB and feature him? Perkins has the talent to lead this backfield, so monitor him closely throughout camp to see if he can leapfrog these veterans. In dynasty leagues, Perkins is deserving of a second-round rookie pick with his all-around skillset and the lack of a true feature back ahead of him on the depth chart.

Written By: Brian Jester

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WR Laquon Treadwell

Picked 1.23 | Height 6-2 | Weight 221 | Ole Miss

Throughout the offseason Treadwell was scouted as the top wide receiver prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. He ended up sliding further than anticipated, mainly due to running a 4.62-second 40 at the Ole Miss pro day. But Treadwell projects to be the type of receiver who runs faster than he appears to move on film, and has all the physical tools needed to be a red zone ball-hawk in the pros. Treadwell is adept at using his size (6-2, 221lbs) to shield himself away from smaller defenders and has the strong ability to catch jump balls at the height of the pass. Being drafted by Minnesota appears to be a favorable landing spot for Treadwell, as the Z-receiver in Norv Turner’s vertical offense.

The Vikings have struggled to find a big-bodied receiver to fill that role recently and Treadwell possess all the same traits that made bigger wideouts like Michael Irvin and Vincent Jackson successful in this offense. With Stefon Diggs starting on the other side, Laquon Treadwell could surprise many people as a potential redzone passing weapon for an offense that has sorely been lacking one. He’s a top-5 dynasty draft pick and on the fringe WR3 radar in redraft leagues.

Written By: Jody Smith

WR Josh Doctson

Picked 1.22 | Height 6-2 | Weight 202 | TCU

Doctson delivers something that Washington’s current starting wideouts, Pierre Garçon and Desean Jackson, can’t- size. At 6-2 and over 200 lbs, Doctson is a considerable target who many draftniks had rated as the top wide receiver in this class. The Redskins thought enough of his potential that they made Doctson the first wide receiver that the franchise has selected in the first round in 15 seasons. Along with size, Doctson tied for the highest vertical jump (41 inches) in the 2016 draft class and has the speed to pull away from defenders. According to PFF, Doctson led the nation in yards-per-route run (4.07), while dropping only seven percent of the catchable balls thrown his way.

Doctson has an intriguing blend of size, speed, hands and athleticism to warrant a first round pick. The expectation is that Jackson and Doctson will lineup outside, while Garçon will man the slot. Jamison Crowder will move into a reserve role for Washington. Doctson’s size assure he could take some red-zone targets away from TE Jordan Reed, giving him WR3/4 potential in 2016. The real value for Doctson could lie next season, with Jackson and Garçon enter free agency, making Doctson a potential WR1 and worthy of a top three dynasty pick this season.

Written By: Jody Smith

WR Tyler Boyd

Picked 2.24 | Height 6-1 | Weight 197 | Pittsburgh

The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd in the second round of the NFL draft, and though doesn’t have the elite quickness or burst to create separation out of his cuts, Boyd gets the job done as a physical possession receiver. Because of his lack of sudden athleticism, Boyd has had to develop into an elite route runner that can catch the ball in small windows and through contact. He possesses strong, reliable hands regardless of where he is on the field, as he consistently put up strong numbers despite the inconsistent quarterback play he experienced at Pittsburgh. According to Pro Football Focus, Boyd dropped just 10 of the 182 catchable passes thrown his way over the last two years. In his three years with the Panthers, Boyd brought in 254 receptions for 3,361 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, Boyd ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at 6’1”, 197 pounds, while he also put up 225 pounds 11 times on the bench press. Now with Cincinnati, Boyd should significantly benefit from having a consistent, proven passer like Andy Dalton under center and a true No. 1 receiver opposite of him in A.J. Green.

With Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones both gone, Boyd should easily assert himself as Dalton’s No. 3 option behind Green and tight end Tyler Eifert, and in turn, he should pull a great deal of targets in such a high octane offense. Also, with Green drawing double coverage for majority of the game, Boyd should benefit from seeing a lot of one-on-one opportunities. Given that he is a proven volume catcher, Boyd should turn the vast amount of targets he sees into serious production with the Bengals. He should put up WR3 numbers easily as a rookie, but he has sneaky WR2 potential in both in PPR and standard leagues because of his ability to get open on key downs and reliable hands.

Written By: Austin Gayle

WR Corey Coleman

Picked 1.15 | Height 5-11 | Weight 194 | Baylor

The Browns planted their stake and ended the ‘first wide receiver drafted’ debate taking the 2015 Biletnikoff Award winner Corey Coleman.

Coleman’s 40.5” vertical jump and 129” broad jump at the combine both top the 90th percentile and he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day. The knocks on Coleman are his size (5’11”), dropped passes (10 out of 116 targets), and limited route tree (four routes accounted for over 80% of the routes he ran at Baylor). The positives are his straight line speed, athleticism, quickness, and elusiveness in the open field. Coleman will enjoy a new offensive brain trust with Hue Jackson (Head Coach and play-caller), Pep Hamilton (Associate Head Coach), and Al Saunders (Wide Receivers Coach). Coleman has TY Hilton/Percy Harvin like qualities which should make him a regular on “Top Plays of the Week.” Hue Jackson and company will manufacture touches for Coleman who can hit a homerun on any given play. Pairing with another Baylor product in Robert Griffin III, Coleman is the #1 receiving threat on the Browns offense and warrants redraft WR3 value, with WR2 upside.

Written By: Eric Ludwig

WR Will Fuller

Picked 1.21 | Height 6-0 |  Weight 186 | Notre Dame

Houston had long been linked to Notre Dame WR Will Fuller in the weeks leading up to the draft. Fuller ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which was fastest among the wide receivers. Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien has coveted a deep-threat to stretch the field and take some pressure off of Pro bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins. While Fuller can certainly blaze down the field, there are questions about his overall skillset. Fuller (6-0 186) has good size, but doesn’t have great explosiveness. He also isn’t the cleanest route runner and could have issues in press coverage. And despite an excellent showing in the combine’s gauntlet drill, the biggest knock on Fuller has been his questionable hands. In the finals days leading to the draft, local “keyed-in” experts indicated that Houston was in fact, not on Fuller, but would rather draft pass rush, secondary or even another wideout like Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson. A report after the draft said Houston coveted West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, but he was selected earlier than anticipated at No. 14 by the Oakland Raiders. Obviously the Texans brass was indeed high on Fuller, as the team- which is not known for trading up or making bold moves- traded a 2017 sixth round selection to swap picks with Washington at No. 21. The Texans and Redskins had similar team needs, so clearly Houston wanted the right to choose Fuller over Docton or Treadwell, who would go back-to-back at 22 and 23 to Washington and Minnesota respectively.

Written By: Jody Smith

WR Pharoh Cooper

Picked: 4.19 | Height 5-11 Weight| 203 | South Carolina

After selecting their franchise quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick, the Los Angeles Rams made an effort to add to his arsenal by bringing in former South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Cooper brought in 135 receptions for 2,073 yards and 17 touchdowns throughout his final two years as the Gamecocks’ primary slot receiver. Coming from a military family, Cooper is a disciplined, hard-working player that is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done both on and off the field. At 5’11”, 203 pounds, Cooper lacks the necessary size and speed (4.63-second 40-yard dash at Pro Day) to have success outside the hashes, but from within the slot, Cooper is a strong route runner with above-average short-area quickness. He should step into a safety blanket role for Goff given his ability to break open both in man and zone coverage, but his production will be negatively affected if he continues to struggle with drops at the next level. With Los Angeles, Cooper will likely see a great deal of snaps from the slot while Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt/Brian Quick play on the outside. Given the poor quarterback play the Rams experienced in 2015, it’s tough to predict how many targets Cooper will see with Goff under center, but given the loss of Jared Cook this offseason,

Cooper has an opportunity to pull a significant percentage of the targets as a rookie. Look for Cooper to have some success in PPR leagues given his experience as a volume catcher, but in standard leagues he should be considered a late-round pick for depth. Even if Cooper plays in every game, his ceiling sits near W3 production in Los Angeles’ rebuilt offense.

Written By: Austin Gayle

 

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Rookie Tight Ends

TE Hunter Henry

Picked 2.04 | Height 6-5 | Weight 250 | Arkansas

Hunter Henry was the first tight end off the board in the 2016 NFL draft. The Chargers picked up a player with a well-developed and complete skillset at the position, finding excellent value in the second round. Henry will help all facets of the offense. His tenacity as a run blocker should help second-year running back Melvin Gordon find a few more creases and rebound from a disappointing rookie season. Henry is capable as a pass blocker. He will help provide Philip Rivers a little extra time to find receivers in the face of fierce divisional pass rushers such as Von Miller, Khalil Mack, and Justin Houston. San Diego didn’t draft Henry simply to block, however. Hunter has remarkably soft hands, as evidenced by his zero dropped passes in 2015 and only two drops on 90 catchable passes over the past two seasons. Video of Henry’s games shows that many of these catches were made either in traffic or on throws in difficult spots, testifying to his incredible concentration. From a fantasy perspective, the presence of teammate Antonio Gates keeps the ceiling low on Henry this year. It would take an injury to Gates for Hunter to be fantasy-relevant this season. The significant depth at the tight end position around the league makes Henry an afterthought in redraft leagues, and this same depth really makes him a low priority in dynasty formats as well. Hunter will likely end up being a much better football player for the Chargers than he will be a fantasy football player for the next couple of seasons.

Written By: Rich Thomas

TE Nick Vannett

Picked 3.32 | Height 6-6 | Weight 257 | Ohio State

Nick Vannett was the third tight end taken in the 2016 NFL Draft when Seattle selected him with the 32nd pick in the third round. Typically when a tight end is selected this early in the draft, he is expected to be a part of his new team’s passing attack. But that’s not the plan for Vannett. The Seahawks drafted the 6-6 257 lbs. former Ohio State Buckeye to be a lead blocker for their power run game. In his four-year college career, Vannett never topped 19 receptions in a season and finished with a total of just 55 catches in his time as a Buckeye. While he did catch five touchdowns his junior year, he lacks athletic ability to get up and down the field with any regularity in the NFL.

At the Ohio State Pro Day, Vannett ran a less than impressive 4.85 seconds 40-yard dash. Vannett will be a nice addition to the Seahawks’ run game as he is a very solid moving blocker and should be able to use his long arms (34 ¼ inches) to control the point of attack. The Seahawks’ new tight end lacks any athletic attribute that will result in him being anything more than a dump off option in the pass game for Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Even with his upside as a blocker, the tight end will not have a role in the Seattle passing game and therefore should not have much to offer in fantasy football now or in the immediate future.

Written By: Wes Anderson

TE Tyler Higbee

Picked 4.12 | Height 6-6 | Weight 249 | Western Kentucky

A converted wide receiver, Tyler Higbee is a great move TE at 6-6 250 lbs. He was an excellent receiver in his final season at Western Kentucky, totaling eight touchdowns despite missing five games with a knee injury. He has the acceleration, hands, and field-stretching verticality to be an elite fantasy tight end. However, it may take a while for him to get on the field full time as his blocking is a work in progress. He still hasn’t filled out his frame, so he’ll have to get in the Rams’ weight room and bulk up to become a two-way tight end. Higbee should have been a Day 2 selection, but an off-field issue where he allegedly knocked out a guy in a bar and put him in a coma caused him to drop to the fourth round. The Rams’ tight end depth chart is wide open, as Lance Kendricks is a mediocre option at best. It’s rare for rookie tight ends to succeed, so Higbee will be a fantasy TE2 at best this season if he’s used as a slot TE. However, he arguably has more upside than Hunter Henry in dynasty leagues, making him an excellent selection once Henry is drafted in your rookie draft.

Written By: Brian Jester

TE Austin Hooper

Picked 3.18 | Height 6-4 | Weight 254 | Stanford

Hooper becomes the latest in a long line of quality Stanford tight ends to enter the NFL. At 6-4, 254 and running a 4.68 40-yard dash, Hooper combines very good size and speed with a dependable set of hands. He also has the base and frame to become a reliable blocker, meaning he can be a three-down, in-line tight end rather than a passing specialist or “move” option restricted to passing downs. Hooper is big enough to be a problem for defensive backs and quick enough to get open against linebackers. He was a hands catcher at Stanford and projects to be above average as a downfield threat, while needing to work on route running. As for fit, landing in Atlanta was almost ideal, as the Falcons are a pass-first offense that has little competition in front of the rookie, and Atlanta is in need of secondary pass catchers to take the pressure off of Julio Jones. Should Jones continue to command double teams, Hooper could be a dangerous option in between the seams and a dependable red zone target for Matt Ryan. It would not be surprising at all for Hooper to lead rookie tight ends in receptions this season, but keep in mind that the transition for tight ends from college to the pros is often challenging, and it’s rare for a rookie to make a big fantasy impact in his first pro season. Hooper is worthy of dynasty consideration, but projects as a lower-tier TE2 in redraft leagues.

Written By: Jody Smith

TE Jerell Adams

Picked 6.09 | Height 6-5 | Weight 247 | South Carolina

Jerell Adams is the athletic type of tight end that you want to stash at the end of your dynasty roster. At 6-5 247 lbs. and the ability to run 4.64 forty, Adams was a high school basketball star who didn’t provide much production in college on the football field. In his final season at South Carolina, he set career highs with just 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns. But his physical profile, ability to get vertical, toughness at the catch point, and his impressive run-after-the catch prowess was enough for the Giants to take a shot on Adams in the sixth round of the draft. There’s no telling how Larry Donnell will recover from his neck injury and Will Tye isn’t a dynamic tight end, so if Adams works on his poor route running and refines his blocking, he could be the Giants’ tight end of the future. It will be tough for Adams to contribute in 2016, so you can ignore him in redraft leagues. But if you have the luxury of a deep bench or practice squad in your dynasty league, he’s a high-upside flier that’s worthy of a late rookie pick or free agent addition.

Written By: Brian Jester

TE Seth Devalve

Picked 4.40 | Height 6-4 | Weight 245 | Princeton

Similar to Tyler Higbee, Seth Devalve is a former wide receiver that has been converted to play tight end. At 6-4 225 lbs., Devalve has the body and skillset to be a matchup problem in the NFL. He has good ball skills and brings a route running technician mindset to the wideout position. Devalve actually wasn’t projected to be drafted, as he is a little light for a tight end and at Princeton he didn’t prove he’s capable of providing in-line blocking, yet the Browns took a shot on him in the fourth round. He’ll get a chance to learn behind Gary Barnidge and once he’s ready, he could be an exciting chess piece for head coach Hue Jackson to use in the passing game.

For 2016, he should be completely off your redraft radar. In dynasty leagues, there are a slew of late-round tight ends who have the pass-catching upside to be a TE1 in the future: Devalve falls in that group. However, it’s unlikely that he’ll show enough to be worth a draft pick in this year’s rookie drafts. The best advice is to keep him on your watch list and pounce on him when he’s bulked up and the coaching staff shows an interest in getting him on the field.

Written By: Brian Jester

TE Rico Gathers

Picked 6.42 | Height 6-8 | Weight 275 | Baylor

Owner Jerry Jones hopes that he’s found the next basketball prospect to transition to successful NFL tight end. At 6-8 275 lbs., Gathers more than has the size to play, but he has no college football experience. Instead, Gathers played basketball for the Baylor Bears recent NCAA tournament team, where he was a mean rebounder. Jones hopes that those skills will transition to the football field. Deep into the sixth round of the NFL Draft, it’s worth a gamble that Gathers can rekindle some of the magic he created on the gridiron as a dominant middle school wide receiver. ESPN’s Todd McShay did not have a draftable grade on Gathers, but thought he would attract attention as an undrafted free agent. Instead, Gathers will have the opportunity to earn a job in camp, learning behind one of the game’s best in veteran tight end Jason Witten. With his lack of experience and pedigree, Gathers should be considered a dynasty stash in only the deepest of leagues.

Written By: Jody Smith

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  • Exp- Years in the NFL
  • GM- Projected Games Played
  • PassY- Total Projected Passing Yards
  • TD- Passing Touchdowns
  • INT- Interceptions
  • RushY- Total Projected Rushing Yards
  • RushTD- Rushing Touchdowns
  • ESPN/NFL.com- Projected fantasy points using ESPN and NFL.com scoring format
  • Yahoo- Projected Fantasy points using Yahoo scoring format
  • MYFFPC- Projected fantasy points using MYFFPC scoring Format
  • AVG- Projected average fantasy points per game

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