FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: ROOKIES
In fantasy football, drafting an elite rookie can be a great asset to your roster and it can be a precursor to landing a playoff spot in your league.
Such an anti-rookie bias in #fantasyfootball. Huge market inefficiency. Rookies playing more quickly and more often than ever.
— Michael Salfino (@MichaelSalfino) July 31, 2014
Every year in fantasy football, there is hype surrounding certain rookies that makes us fall in love with them instantly. The majority of the rookies are likely to falter in their first season in the NFL. However, there are a select who thrive in their first season at the professional level.
We saw Eddie Lacy, Kennan Allen, Zac Stacy, and Le’Veon Bell emerge as the top rookies of their class and they had consistent production in fantasy football in 2013.
With all the of the exposure certain rookies do receive, it is important to decipher which players you can trust for them to be productive throughout the entire duration of the fantasy football season.
Here are the top fantasy football rookies that you should target during your draft that you can expect constant fantasy points every week.
WR SAMMY WATKINS BUFFALO BILLS
The ceiling is truly unlimited for the gifted receiver. Watkins was the number fourth overall pick by the Bills with the idea he can be the much needed weapon starting quarterback E.J. Manuel desperately seeks. He was by far the best receiver in the NFL draft. He has the ultimate ability to make a big play on any possession. With the departure of wide receiver Steve Johnson during the off-season, Watkins will be Manuel’s main target to go to.
WR MIKE EVANS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Can Evans and Vincent Jackson evolve into a wide receiver tandem the Chicago Bears have developed with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery? Lovie Smith and Tampa Bay’s front office is hoping they can duplicate such success. He is a strong , big wide-out who should be able to thrive in the slot alongside Jackson. The majority of defenses will be focusing their attention on Jackson, and this should allow Evans to see plenty of targets from quarterback Josh McCown while lining up in the slot.
RB BISHOP SANKEY TENNESSEE TITANS
Everything which is wrong with the Titans, is everything which is right for Sankey. The product from University of Washington has been tabbed of winning the starting running back job over Shonn Greene. Sankey has a great opportunity to make a difference for those who draft him this season due to the fact he is running behind an excellent offensive line and he is being propelled with a run-heavy game-plan. He can safely be proclaimed as a RB2.
WR KELVIN BENJAMIN CAROLINA PANTHERS
Benjamin is entering this season undervalued and he is even being overlooked in many fantasy football drafts. With the departure of Steve Smith and Ted Ginn, Benjamin will be the primary receiver for Cam Newton to throw to. He is in the best situation for any of the rookie wide receivers to succeed because he has veteran Newton as his quarterback.