Fantasy Rookies Sleepers
Drafting rookies in re-draft leagues is always a polarizing topic. Veteran fantasy players will pick and choose their spots as far as what rookies to target and when. More casual players and people new to the game tend to buy into all the off-season hype. During the summer months, football fans are starving for football related activities. The result is usually over analyzing and creating false hopes. However, there are situations where a rookie is in line for a heavy workload which could result in a good amount of fantasy points. Those are the obvious choices, but in this article I’m going to bring up some names to know that might not be as well known. They might not have as great of a situation, but could develop one before the season’s end. Broken down by skill position, these are some players that can be taken in late rounds of redraft leagues that could end up paying off come mid season.
For the past few years rookie quarterbacks have been all the rage in fantasy football. Frankly, I think we have been spoiled. This year there aren’t any that will start day one and set the NFL and fantasy worlds on fire. However, there are several who could gain some value this year. E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, and Tyler Bray could all become starters at some point, if they win QB competitions. They are either in unsettled competitions, or will be the backup and could easily step in if need be. These guys would be great to target as late round backups. It’s a low investment, so if they don’t work out just cut them, and pick up someone else.
Rookie running backs will always have value. Every year we see a few emerge regardless of the depth chart situation. There is so much turn over at the position that they are bound to be some rookies pop. While guys like Le’Veon Bell and Montee Ball get all the talk, there are many more to keep tabs on. Even though currently it’s too early to tell, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin should both see enough opportunities to give them some value. Guys like Joseph Randle, Mike Gillislee, Latavius Murray and Stepfan Taylor are just an injury away from stepping into an increased role. These players are great to fill the back half of your roster with. You can never have too much depth at running back in today’s NFL.
First year wide receivers are always tricky. Some man up while others require more time to develop, yet some just need the chance. Justin Hunter and Keenan Allen are a few guys that might have a quicker opportunity than most.Â Quinton Patton, Tavarres King, Josh Boyce and Chris Harper could all step in, but are currently lower on the depth chart. I think these guys would be great to take a chance on later in drafts, if you go running back heavy early in the draft and end up missing out on the top guys. Why not take a flier?
To me, there are two deep sleeper rookie tight ends that I could see having fantasy impact in their rookie year. Iâ€™m looking strictly at pass catchers. The first one is Jordan Reed. Given all the Redskins injuries at receiver and tight end, Reed should see some looks fairly early. The other tight end is Mychal Rivera. The Raiders tight end position is currently up for grabs. With his athleticism and Oakland looking for an offensive spark, Rivera could see some time on the field in his first year. These guys would be great upside back-up picks if you get an established TE1 beforehand.
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