2015 NFL Draft: Top Fantasy Prospects
Aug 20, 2014
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This is for those of you who participate in dynasty leagues where you can draft a college player. Most of the time, these players can turn out to be low-cost controllable assets that would otherwise turn into future first-round fantasy picks. Of course, this requires a lot of luck, as even these players can be selected by bad teams and never pan out, but the rewards are worth the risk. Here are my top-5 2015 NFL fantasy prospects.
1) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Winston is a superstar in the making. His expectations skyrocketed after winning a National Championship and the Heisman Trophy. Winston reminds me of Cam Newton with the potential to be better than Newton. Winston has every physical tool to be a star, he is even very mobile for a guy who is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. I knew Winston was going to be something special in his first game, which was against the University of Pittsburgh. He finished the game 25-for-27, 357 yards and four touchdowns, and he also rushed for a fifth score. Winston is no doubt my top quarterback over a sketchy prospect Marcus Mariota, who I’m not nearly as high on. This guy is a lock to be the first pick in the NFL Draft come 2015 barring injury. Note: his former backup Jacob Coker is now at Alabama and is another one to watch, but at this point Coker is more of an unknown.
2) Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Gurley is the closest thing to Adrian Peterson I have seen. Gurley runs like a man possessed and should be the top back drafted. Gurley is also a bigger back at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds making him a rich man’s LeGarrette Blount. Gurley could find himself having an Eddie Lacy-type rookie season. He is a must have for dynasty league owners.
3) Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Gordon is five times better than Montee Ball, yet doesn’t receive the same praise. Gordon has much better agility to go with a 7.8 yards per carry in 2013 compared to Ball’s 5.1 in 2012. Gordon could turn out to be a Marshawn Lynch-type back and should be an early 1st-round rookie pick in 2015.
4) T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Yeldon is a bit of a question only because of the Alabama time share but that is not really a bad thing. Yeldon will have very few carries heading to the pros thanks to Derrick Henry and company. Yeldon absolutely looks every bit as good as Lacy his true freshman season at Alabama and should not be overlooked despite the time split. Yeldon could be a sort of Matt Forte-type back who was also overlooked when being drafted in Round 2 over busts like Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Jonathan Stewart.
5) Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Finally there is Hundley, who was probably a top-10 lock had he declared this past season. Hundley looks like a twin of Colin Kaepernick with his impressive arm strength and mobility. Jim Mora and his staff have really turned things around at UCLA and Hundley looks like a star. The only thing that is a bit of a concern is that Hundley never really improved from his sophomore season but there is very little to nitpick about his ability. Hundley should go in the top 10 and his fantasy owners will also love those rushing points he will give you every week.