Tuck: Ranking The Rookies In Fantasy Football

By Mike Tuck
Host, Tuck & O'Neill

QUARTERBACKS

1. Johnny Manziel, Browns- Should be thought of as a QB2 if he wins starting job, but with upside because of rushing yards.

2. Tom Savage, Texans- Best chance to get starts and has weapons to work with. If he wins job I’d rank him as a late QB2 with upside.

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The rest of these guys aren’t worth drafting in standard 12-team or 2QB leagues. I’d rank them like this though as far as seeing the field, and then upside once they do.

3. Blake Bortles, Jags

4. Zach Mettenberger, Titans

5. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

6. Derek Carr, Raiders

7. Logan Thomas, Cardinals

8. David Fales, Bears

9. Aaron Murray, Chiefs

10. AJ McCarron, Bengals

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

1. Bishop Sankey, Titans- At this point, he is the best bet to be the starter.  Very good offensive line. Shonn Greene could be a vulture, but best bet on paper for 1000 yards and 35+ receptions.  A RB3/flex option on draft day.

2. Devonta Freeman, Falcons- At worst he’ll be change of pace option. At best, he could take the job from declining Steven Jackson, but Jackson will probably still get goal line carries so beware.  Could fetch 50 catches if he plays enough.

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3. Tre Mason, Rams- Probably a more talented runner than Zac Stacy, but lacks blocking ability that could limit his reps.

4. Terrance West, Browns- Ben Tate coming off an injury, in line to be a valuable handcuff. RB4 option.

5. Jeremy Hill, Bengals- Could make BJGE expendable and if he does, could jump up to a high upside RB3.

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6. Andre Williams, Giants- Signed journeyman Rashad Jennings and have David Wilson coming off a serious injury. Late round flyer option perhaps.

7. Alfred Blue, Texans- Could win the back-up job to Arian Foster who isn’t getting any younger or healthier.  A must-have handcuff as a RB4.

8. Isaiah Crowell, Browns- Undrafted, but a super sleeper to steal carries in Cleveland. May go undrafted unless he shines in preseason.

9. Ka’Deem Carey, Bears- Matt Forte doesn’t leave the field much, but might be worth owning as a hand-cuff.

10. Dri Archer, Steelers- Could be deployed as a 3rd down back and could pull down 50+ catches.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Brandin Cooks, Saints- Should slide into the role of Lance Moore/Darren Sproles.  High reception total with run after the catch ability.  Reliable WR3 with WR2 upside.

2. Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers- Should rank in the high 20’s for receivers as a major redzone and down-field threat.

3. Martavis Bryant, Steelers- Opportunity to start right away is there for him, and opportunity creates numbers.  Draft as a low-end WR3 if he wins job.

4. Sammy Watkins, Bills- He is going to play, and play a lot.  But temper excitement knowing Buffalo is a run-first team with a inexperienced quarterback. He could be a boom-or-bust weekly type guy.  Target as a high end WR4.

5. Mike Evans, Bucs- Like Benjamin, but in a worse situation on paper.  Probably will see less balls, so limits his upside.  A WR4 option.

6. Cody Latimer, Broncos- This could be a sneaky guy.  If he beats out the smaller, unproven Emmanuel Sanders, he could be in the neighborhood of Eric Decker numbers and the top guy in the class.  Draft as a WR4 knowing that he has WR2 upside.

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7. Marqise Lee/Allen Robinson, Jags- Winner starts opposite Cecil Shorts, but in a bad offense with a bad quarterback. WR5 options who will have good weeks and bad.

8. Jordan Matthews, Eagles- A WR5 with WR3 upside if he can get on the field.  In dynasty leagues I might rank him top 5.

9. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants- Should factor in the passing game, but probably a bench or waiver add/drop guy his rookie year.

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10. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins- Has to battle for third receiver duties on a team that should be more committed to the run this year. Probably goes undrafted in fantasy leagues.

11. TJ Jones, Lions- He won’t get drafted, but if he wins the third receiver job could be a weekly streaming or bye week option guy.

12. Devin Street, Cowboys- Ditto.

13. Tevin Reese, Chargers- Super fast, and doesn’t have many obstacles to overcome to see playing time.

14. Davante Adams, Packers- Will have a tough time seeing the field, but if he does, Aaron Rodgers makes any WR of his a WR3 minimum.

15. Paul Richardson, Seahawks- Role unknown, but drafted high for a reason.

 

TIGHT ENDS

1. Eric Ebron, Lions- A top 10 tight end right now with the Lions pass-heavy offense.

2. Jace Amaro, Jets- Should start, and Vick has always been a fan of targeting the tight end. Consider him a low TE2.

3. Troy Niklas, Cardinals- Might be able to take the starting job, and could factor in as a TE2.

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4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bucs- Value could come as a 3rd down and redzone target. Low reception total expected, but perhaps a sneaky 8-TD threat. Undrafted TE3 worth monitoring.

5. Richard Rodgers, Packers- Just keep an eye on his progress in camp.

6. CJ Fiedorowicz, Texans- Houston liked using tight ends in the past, but new offense/staff so remains to be seen if he’ll have a role or not.

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