When is it ever too early to discuss fantasy? Answer: Never. We have just completed the 2017 NFL Draft and it’s time to rank our top 5 rookies that will not only make an impact on your upcoming fantasy season but also in your dynasty leagues. We are talking PPR Keepers Leagues here, Folks. Lets dive on in!
First- Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
You guessed, my boy Leo is at the top of our rookie list! Fournette is a freakish athlete that is going to be the most fierce human to walk this earth since Maurice Jones-Drew. He is a three down back who can run between the tackles, catch, and block. Fournette is an instant game changer and will bluster your fantasy in week 1 (my jersey has just shipped :-).
Second- Christian McCaffrey RB/WR, Carolina Panthers
The chemistry between Cam and McCaffrey is going to be extremely fun to watch as this electric offense somehow gets better. I wanted to put a disclaimer here though, McCaffrey is only this high in PPR leagues. He is going to play slot receiver (catching 3+ balls per game) and also getting carries out of the back field (12+ carries). I love those stats for the future and beyond.
Third- Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Rookies never play in year 1 of Mike Zimmer run teams. I expect McKinnon and Murray to get the majority of carries next season.. Having said that, I could totally picture Cook coming on late in the season as some extra juice once the Vikes begin a playoff push. Dalvin could take over the starting roll in week 14ish and then become the Vikes lead/chance of pace back for the next 6 years. Worth a risk in a deep dynasty league.
Fourth- Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota never turns the ball over in the red zone, and now he has a beastly WR that runs amazing routes in the end zone and can go up and get 50/50 balls. Expect at least 5 touchdowns as a rookie, and 7+ for the next 8 seasons.
Fifth- Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
This is a stash and keep for deep fantasy leagues. I don’t expect much from the rookie this upcoming season due to a crowded backfield, but I do like Mixon for long term success. Rex Burkhead is out, Jeremy Hill is in a contract year, and Gio Bernard is extremely injury prone; this spells opportunity for me! Like I said, 2 years down the road Mixon will be a beast, buuuut don’t be surprised if he is the most owned on championship teams next year due to the snaps he’ll get towards the end of the season.
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