Potential 2023 Season Rookie Gems
As a fantasy football team owner, I understand that unforeseen circumstances could occur during the season such as injuries and suspensions. To mitigate the risk, it is important to research and study backup players, especially rookies who could potentially save your season if an unfortunate event should occur. Here are several dynasty players to stash on your bench this season.
The Jets drafted Abanikanda with 143rd overall pick in the draft. If starting running back Breece Hall is not ready to return from his ACL injury that he suffered last season, Abanikanda has a good chance of becoming the team’s number one back. Usually, it takes NFL players about two seasons to return to full health after suffering an ACL tear. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hall is not ready to return from injury week 1. However, when Hall does return to the lineup, Abanikanda will still be active in the running back rotation. Abanikanda’s ADP in rookie drafts is 32 and 165 in dynasty drafts.
The Rams drafted Evans with the 215th overall pick in the draft. Evans is currently the RB2 on the roster, but will compete with starter Cam Akers during the season for the RB1 position. Head coach Sean McVay stated after the draft “I think he has a nice skillset that compliments Cam.” Akers has an injury history including the Achilles tear he suffered during the 2021 preseason. If Akers should reinjure his Achilles tendon or suffer any other injury, Evans will automatically become the team’s starting back. Evans’ ADP in rookie drafts is 29 and 162 in dynasty drafts.
Brown was drafted by the Bengals with the 163rd overall pick in the draft. Brown is the current RB2 on the roster behind starter Joe Mixon. Brown was a standout player during his time as a Fighting Illini, rushing for 1,643 yards and scoring ten touchdowns in his final season. His willingness to pass protect for the quarterback will earn him additional time on the field. However, Mixon has recently been involved in off-the-field issues. If Mixon should be suspended or get injured at any point during the season, Brown would become the number-one back. Even if Mixon can stay clean and healthy the entire season, Brown will see his fair share of snaps this season. Brown’s ADP in rookie drafts is 27 and 151 in dynasty drafts.
Chase Brown has ran for 733 yards and 4 TDs in 5 games to help Illinois start the season 4-1
He’s not getting enough love. pic.twitter.com/3BWHmP4QIj
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) October 2, 2022
The Rams drafted Bennett with the 128th overall pick in the draft. Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford has a lengthy injury history including the lingering elbow injury that caused him to miss eight games last season. If Stafford were to reaggravate his elbow injury or miss time due to a different injury, Bennett would serve as the team’s starting quarterback for the time being. Fortunately, the offensive system that Rams head coach Sean McVay runs is similar to the offense ran by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart where Bennett played college football. Bennett’s ADP in rookie drafts is 55 and 444 in dynasty drafts.
The Chargers drafted Davis with the 125th overall pick in the draft. Wide receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen both have injury histories that caused them to miss multiple games last season. If either one of them were to miss time, Davis would automatically become the WR3 behind fellow former TCU teammate Quentin Johnston. I’m confident that Davis will see time on the field anyways due to his excellent hands, speed, and ability to outrun defenders. Davis’ ADP in rookie drafts is 63 and 405 in dynasty drafts.
The Bears drafted Johnson with the 115th overall pick in the draft. Johnson is currently competing for the RB3 position behind Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman. So far this offseason Johnson has impressed in rookie minicamp. One of Johnson’s greatest strengths is his power back style of running, engaging the defender and fighting for extra yards. Johnson will have to wait his turn as both Herbert and Foreman are competing for the starting position. However, if either should miss time, Johnson would become the RB2 and would see the field. Johnson’s ADP in rookie drafts is 18 and 113 in dynasty drafts.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.