As is usually the case, the NFL draft can have a huge impact on the fantasy football fortunes of the rookies that are chosen. In dynasty leagues it’s all about the rookie draft. Many rookie drafts begin immediately after the NFL draft ends, some wait until later in OTAs, training camp or pre-season in order to provide the most opportunity to evaluate player situations. For those that draft quickly, it’s important to have opinions on the value of these rookies so with that in mind, here is my post-draft rookie top 12 rankings. This represents the first round in most rookie drafts. Let’s get right to it:
- Todd Gurley (STL) – Gurley was a surprise pick by the Rams, but it makes a lot of sense. Jeff Fisher is a run-minded coach and Gurley can carry the load much better than Tre Mason over the long term. Over the short-term, don’t be surprised to see Tre Mason start the year as the lead dog and still share carries in the second half of the year. As long as you’re thinking long-term, Gurley is your man.
- Amari Cooper (OAK) – Cooper finds himself in a pretty darn good situation. Solid young QB in Derek Carr, absolutely no competition for the WR1 gig, though that also could impact him with a lot of double teaming. There is no reason here to believe Cooper won’t grow into the lead role in year 1. In PPR leagues, you can probably swap Cooper for Gurley and feel pretty good about it.
- Kevin White (CHI) – Chicago has a lot of transition going on, so this pick is not without some risk. Cutler is a solid QB but obviously won’t be there for long. John Fox is not known as an offensive coach, though he lit it up with Peyton Manning in Denver. I just don’t think this offense will have the same fire power. That said, Alshon Jeffrey will make it hard for defenses to focus on เว็บตรงทางเข้า มือถือ White, which will help him. At the end of the day, his talent wins out here to put him in this slot.
- Melvin Gordon (SD) – San Diego traded up to get Gordon and I have to say I love where he landed. While there are decent RBs already on the roster, there is no doubt that both A) Gordon is more talented than all of them and B) San Diego wanted him very badly. I think this makes a terrific fantasy football scenario that could put Gordon as the #1 producing rookie running back in the 2016 season.
- DeVante Parker (MIA) – Another perfect fit. The Dolphins have quietly cobbled together one of the best young receiver corps in the NFL. Parker is the perfect X split end to Kenny Stills Z receiver and Jarvis Landry’s Y slot receiver. Add in Jordan Cameron and you’ve got yourself some weapons. Tannehill is developing in to a quality starter which makes this situation all the better. The only risk here is that in the last few years the Fins receivers really didn’t produce much. That should change going forward.