Dynasty leagues offer a unique chance to look at the incoming rookie class from a fantasy perspective. In re-draft leagues only a handful of rookies possess value in any given year. In dynasty leagues you have to be able to look past those few top players if you are going to be successful. So here is a list of players to keep an eye on if you want to become a force in dynasty fantasy football.
1. Todd Gurley RB St. Louis Rams
Gurley had a monstrous career at Georgia. His last year was marred by the autographed memorabilia scandal, and of course the tearing of his ACL upon his return. His week 1 status for the 2015 season is in question, but that shouldn’t prevent you from selecting him number one overall in your league’s rookie draft. His long-term potential is greater than any other rookie in this draft.
2. Melvin Gordon RB San Diego Chargers
There is an argument to make for Gordon going number one overall in your rookie draft. His health isn’t in question and he had a phenomenal senior year at Wisconsin. He is arguably the “safer” pick of the two top running backs as he lands on a dynamic offense in San Diego and should make an immediate impact. I just don’t see his upside as being as high as Gurley, limiting his ranking to number two on my board.
3. Amari Cooper WR Oakland Raiders
Cooper is the safest player to select in this draft, and if you need another wide-receiver he is your man. However, running backs hold more value in fantasy football, so if you need either-or, go with the running back.
4. Kevin White WR Chicago Bears
White reminds me a lot of DeSean Jackson of the Washington Redskins. White has top end speed and will be able to stretch the defense constantly. With Jay Cutler at quarterback, White will get his chances. However, in fantasy football he is going to be feast or famine from week to week.
5. Jameis Winston QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Forget all of his off the field antics and just evaluate him on his play. He is the best quarterback to come out of the draft since Andrew Luck, and he reminds me a lot of Ben Roethlisberger. He won’t be a fantasy starter in his rookie season, but I envision him being a top 10 fantasy quarterback in the next year or two.
6. DeVante Parker WR Miami Dolphins
Parker was a premier deep threat for Louisville last season, average 19.9 yards per catch. Much like Kevin White, Parker could be feast or famine every week in fantasy football. Unfortunately for Parker, his quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, doesn’t have quite the arm Jay Cutler does. That is going to limit his chances at making the big plays.
7. T.J. Yeldon RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Yeldon might not be the most physically gifted running back, but his position as the feature back in Jacksonville makes him worth the risk. The Jag’s expect him to handle the bulk of the workload and he should be able to do so effectively. He’s the next best running back behind Gurley and Gordon for sure.
8. Breshad Perriman WR Baltimore Ravens
Perriman has the chance to be the best fantasy wide receiver of this class. He lands in a favorable position in Baltimore, and is guaranteed a starting job as the number two wide-receiver. Alas, drops are a major concern for Perriman, but if he can maintain his focus on every play, the potential is there.
9. Marcus Mariota QB Tennessee Titans
If you can’t tell by his ranking, I’m not a big fan or Mariota. He came from a simple one read offense at Oregon, and is going to need some time to excel at the NFL level. In addition, he is on a struggling Titans team, and it is going to hamper his development even further. Best case scenario for Mariota is that he starts to excel in his third or fourth year in the league.
10. Tevin Coleman RB Atlanta Falcons
Coleman is a solid running back that should land the starting job in Atlanta. The problem with Coleman is that with Devonta Freeman also in the mix, this could easily turn into a platoon situation, which is bad news for fantasy owners.
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