Yes, it’s very difficult to pick and predict which fantasy football rookies will compile the best numbers each week for your team, considering they have yet to play a down in the NFL.
But their past college performance is a start in estimating how well they’ll do on the professional gridiron in 2017.
Here are six players worth a shot.
The bar is set high for the Jacksonville Jaguar running back whose size and skill set should suit his team well. And there’s no doubt that the Jaguars will use Leonard Fournette as a workhorse. That should give the LSU product, picked fourth overall in the draft, plenty of opportunities to hit pay dirt throughout the season, making fantasy football owners sing the praises of this rookie.
Mike Williams should be a lock at the wide receiver position, given his physical attributes at six-foot-four and 218 pounds. Plus, his stellar pass-catching abilities in the pass-crazed offense of the San Diego Chargers, led by quarterback Philip Rivers.
While some fantasy general managers might pass on the seventh overall in the draft, Williams’ past neck fracture in 2105 shouldn’t be any concern, as he appears to be healthy.
Considered the best tight end in the 2017 draft class by several NFL insiders, O.J. Howard’s size at six-foot-six and 242 pounds, combined with his 4.51 40-yard dash speed and playmaking ability, fashion him as a potent weapon who will be nearly impossible for linebackers to cover out in the open field.
Williams, who was underutilized in Alabama’s offensive system, will get the chance to prove himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Next to Fournette, some NFL draft experts consider Corey Davis the top wide receiver in the rookie class.
However, one can make an argument for Davis, a superb route runner who has considerable size at six-foot-three and 209 pounds, as the best receiver coming out of the draft. Davis also possesses a fiery competitiveness and laser-like concentration when the pigskin takes to the air.
Speed kills, defensive backfields, that is. John Ross blazed a 4.22 40-yard dash at the combine, the quickest time ever registered.
At five-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Ross, the ninth-round overall selection of the Cincinnati Bengals, reminds me of Deshaun Jackson due to his size and pass catching skills, along with explosive abilities.
Ross has the potential to be a surprise fantasy pick due to his breakout speed and the way it helps him create separation. But he will have to prove his durability, like most smaller players do, in order to be a fantasy draft mainstay.
Running back Dalvin Cook is considered a minor risk due to injury concerns and some off the field issues.
However, the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff seems to love Cook for his coach-ability, according to reports. Plus, the former Seminole has very good intuitive running skills, while possessing great hands.
Cook could be a fantasy draft steal as a third-down back in the Vikings’ offense.