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Fantasy Football Rookie Hype: ADP Spotlight

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Fantasy Football Rookie Hype: ADP Spotlight

We are still a month away from minicamps, but slowly but surely, the new NFL season is approaching.

Since the 2024 NFL Draft, fantasy football players have assessed which rookies could make their team’s lineup. With an abundance of talent set to hit the league, let’s look at five rookies set to make a splash this fantasy season.

 

QB Caleb Williams

Current ADP: QB 15 (98th Overall)

The number one pick in the NFL Draft can often be shrouded in mystery, but that wasn’t the case this year as former USC and Oklahoma Quarterback Caleb Williams was viewed as the undisputed top pick.

Picked up by the Chicago Bears, many draft pundits believe that Williams has a great chance of success due to the talent around him and many of the best sports betting sites believe that due to this immense supporting cast, he is the front runner to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Arguably, Williams will have the best group of wide receivers to throw to in the entire league. Keenan Allen is likely to turn into the ultimate security blanket, and if that wasn’t enough, D.J. Moore and fellow rookie Rome Odunze have huge playmaking abilities.

Combine those three with the experience of Gerald Everett and D’Andre Swift and there is every chance that fans of the Bears can expect a bold showing from their team this season.

With Williams able to hurt teams with both his arm and legs, he will likely be one of the earliest quarterbacks taken in most drafts.

Fantasy Impact: Despite all the talent, QB15 seems a little high for me. When Trevor Lawrence, Matthew Stafford, and Deshaun Watson are still available, I’m waiting for another round.

WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Current ADP: WR 10 (19th Overall)

The consensus going into this year’s draft was that Marvin Harrison was the most pro-ready receiver and the Arizona Cardinals made no mistake in ensuring that he was the pick at number four.

A slick route runner with exceptional hands, despite his lack of NFL experience, Harrison is likely going to be a popular early-round choice.

Despite struggling last year, the team was boosted by the return of Kyler Murray and it’s highly likely that Harrison will become Murray’s new favorite target and be put in plenty of positions where he can score big points for his owners.

The Cardinals look to bounce back this season after an injury-plagued 4-13 season. Jonathan Gannon debut as the team’s new head coach didn’t go well in year one, he will get the benefit of the doubt this entering this season, but if wins don’t come quickly he could be in the hot season.

Fantasy Impact: There’s a lot of pressure on your fantasy team to draft Harrison in the first round (or early second). Putting your fantasy season into the hands of a rookie is not the safest bet. However, Kyler Murray’s odds to be the comeback player of the year are extremely high. Murray and Harrison have already been linked as being on the same page early in mini camps. Harrison is the real deal, but his fantasy value is more appealing as a mid-second-round pick than your first selection of the board.

WR Malik Nabers

Current ADP: WR 26 (55th Overall)

Although he may lack the star power of Marvin Harrison, Malik Nabers is a classy addition for the New York Giants.

For a franchise that has struggled to have any impact at wide receiver since the days of Odell Beckham, there is a good chance that Nabers will become a household name for his new team.

Like Harrison, Nabers is an elite route runner who is exceptionally smooth in his running style.

In a division that is loaded with quality corners, Nabers will need to be a major difference maker if the Giants are to make a dent in a competitive looking NFC East.

With the Giants looking a little light on offense, it’s fair to expect Nabers to become a focal point for Daniel Jones quickly and he looks capable of putting up some big fantasy numbers.

Fantasy Impact: The pressure to produce for the Giants is much greater than it is in fantasy football. 55th average draft position is a potential value pick as the targets should be there for Nabers.

WR Xavier Worthy

Current ADP: WR 42 (103rd Overall)

With Rashee Rice’s immediate future looking unclear, the Chiefs wasted no time in trying to draft Xavier Worthy as his replacement.

Worryingly for the rest of the league, aside from Rice, the Chiefs weren’t particularly strong at wide receiver with no other team committing more drops than the Chiefs wideouts – and still the Chiefs were inevitable, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl title.

Whilst it’s unlikely that Worthy will become the teams number one receiver, Worthy should be capable of making big splash plays and could be used in a similar way to 2023 rookie Zay Flowers.

It could be unwise to start Worthy at the start of the new football season but as he becomes more accustomed to life in the NFL, he could become a major force later on in the season.

Fantasy Impact: While Worthy’s ADP does appear to be a value, the Chiefs WR group outside of Rashee Rice wasn’t great. Mahomes offense hyper focuses on Kelce, his WR1 and then spreads the ball around to the rest. Worthy could step up if Rice sees a suspension, but there’s also a chance Worthy fades in the background with flashes here or there throughout the season but doesn’t become consistent enough to start for your team.

RB Jonathon Brooks

Current ADP: RB 28 (87th Overall)

The running back position is always one of the great debates in the NFL Draft.

In 2023, Bijan Robinson’s selection in the top ten reaffirmed the position’s value, but in 2024, the first running backs didn’t take off the board until round 2.

Coming into the draft, the consensus was that Jonathon Brooks was undoubtedly the best prospect at the position and the Carolina Panthers will feel they have a steel at pick number 46.

Brooks, who is coming off an ACL injury is expected to be fit in time for training camp and despite the presence of veterans Miles Sanders and Chubba Hubbard, Brooks should become the team’s lead back and be tasked with helping out 2023 number one pick, Bryce Young.

A powerful runner who also can make plays out of the back field, Brooks could be another to draft and sit until the new season gets fully underway.

Fantasy Impact: As the RB28 in fantasy drafts, it’s hard to find a reason to complain. Brooks could be the center piece in a ZeroRB strategy.

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