Believe it or not, a rookie likely will picked in the first round of your fantasy football draft this season. But what about the rest of the first-year players?
Let’s look at 10 rookies you should draft and the 10 you should wait another year.
10 ROOKIES YOU SHOULD DRAFT
Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
Elliott has the chance to be drafted in the first round this year. That might end up being a bit too high, but Elliot also has the potential to be one of the league’s top running backs right away.
Derrick Henry, Running Back, Tennessee Titans
The Titans have their new No. 1 running back in DeMarco Murray, but that doesn’t mean Henry will sit on the bench. He put up ridiculous numbers in his Heisman Trophy-winning campaign for Alabama last season, and he should be an instant touchdown threat in the NFL.
C.J. Prosise, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
Without Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks now have a void at running back. Thomas Rawls is the favorite to start, but Prosise should see plenty of playing time.
Kenneth Dixon, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens
As it is with many rookies, Dixon’s opportunities likely will depend on the health of the veteran player in front of him. And with his roadblock being the previously injured Justin Forsett, Dixon could be worth a shot.
Devontae Booker, Running Back, Denver Broncos
Booker likely will see plenty of game action, although C.J. Anderson is the clear starting running back in Denver.
Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver, New York Giants
The Giants are set at No. 1 receiver, but there’s an intriguing competition brewing between Shepard and Victor Cruz for the No. 2 spot. Regardless of the outcome, Shepard still should see plenty of action as a rookie.
Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns
Depending on what happens with Josh Gordon when he returns from suspension, Coleman might be the Browns’ No. 1 wideout as a rookie, although Robert Griffin III likely will be his quarterback.
Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints
The Saints’ high-flying offense has a new weapon this year in Thomas. Sure, he’ll be behind Brandin Cooks on the depth chart, but there’s a chance he still could see important minutes this season.
Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings
Treadwell was one of the top college receivers during his career with Ole Miss, and he has the potential to do the same in the NFL. Teddy Bridgewater might just have a new favorite target in the passing game.
Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins clearly is the Texans’ No. 1 receiver, but Fuller should compete for playing time with the rest of the group.
10 ROOKIES YOU SHOULDN’T DRAFT
Jared Goff, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams
When it comes to rookie quarterbacks, Goff is the most likely to start right away. Still, choosing a rookie quarterback for your fantasy team would be ill-advised.
Carson Wentz, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz someday might be worth a fantasy draft pick but not now. He might not even be the main backup for the Eagles this season.
Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Denver Broncos
Lynch is in a similar situation as Wentz. He likely will be the No. 1 QB of the future for Denver, but for now, he’s third on the depth chart.
Austin Hooper, Tight End, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons aren’t exactly loaded at tight end with Jacob Tamme, but don’t expect too much from Hooper right away, especially with Atlanta’s main playmakers at wide receiver and running back.
Hunter Henry, Tight End, San Diego Chargers
Henry likely will start out behind Antonio Gates on the Chargers’ depth chart, which means he’s likely not a good option this year.
Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins
Doctson has the potential to be the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver as early as 2017, but he’ll be far down on the depth chart this year.
Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
Miller will try to make an impact as a wide receiver, not a quarterback, in the NFL, and while that might work out for him, he has a lot of people in front of him on Houston’s depth chart.
Paul Perkins, Running Back, New York Giants
Perkins is someone to keep an eye out for, but with all the options the Giants have at running back, he’s not a viable fantasy draft pick.
Leonte Carroo, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
See Miller, Braxton. Carroo might be a factor in the years to come for the Dolphins, but they simply have far too many receivers ahead of him.
Nick Vannett, Tight End, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks already have plenty of tight ends, and Vannett might not even be one of their top three choices.
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