The draft is now in the past and most of the draftees have signed their contracts at this point. The NFL and Fantasy seasons are coming up fast so now is as good a time as any to look at which rookies are best situated to help your fantasy team right away.
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
This one was easy. Barkley was the best prospect in the draft in my opinion and goes to a team where he is the unquestioned workhorse in the backfield. There are so many weapons to take the attention off Saquon, like OBJ, Sterling Shephard, Evan Engram, and keep defenses from focusing on the run game. Expect Barkley to get a lot of touches as a runner and receiver right away and to score a lot of points for you with those touches.
2. Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals
I think Josh Rosen ended up in the best situation of all the quarterbacks in this draft. You can make an argument that he was the best quarterback in the draft and is in a situation where he doesn’t have to start right away, but is good enough that he could. I expect Sam Bradford to start out the year behind center in Arizona, but with his injury and with just how good Rosen is, I don’t think we will have to wait long to see the UCLA product on the field. He will have Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk to throw to as well as David Johnson from the backfield.
3. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Moore is going into Carolina automatically as the #2 WR behind Devin Funchess. Moore has the all around game to be effective in different roles all over the field and Cam Newton has the arm talent to get him the ball all over the field. Expect Moore to create many plays downfield with his speed to beat defenses deep and create big plays on short passes with his run after the catch ability. Carolina has not had a size/speed all-around weapon like Moore on the outside in quite some time so expect Newton to look for him early and often.
4. Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Mike Gesicki is an athletic freak who will give the Dolphins a pass catching, match up nightmare at tight end that they haven’t had in years. Gesicki will likely line up all over the field and be a down the seam, middle of the field option for Ryan Tannehill. Where he is going to do the most damage, however, is in the redzone. He will be able to use his big frame and jumping ability to score a lot of touchdowns in Miami. He may not have many receiving yards from week to week, but I fully expect him to be among the league leaders for receiving touchdowns this year. At a position that was weak on consistent options last year, it makes Gesicki an excellent option for your fantasy team this year.
5. Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver corps is no doubt in flux this season. They cut Dez Bryant, traded Ryan Switzer for Tavon Austin, and Jason Witten retired. Gallup will be able to step in right away on the outside opposite Terrance Williams or Allen Hurns. The thing that sets him a part from the others in this group is his route running and ability to get separation from the defense on a consistent basis. Dak Prescott will find that very refreshing after last year when the wide receiver group failed to do just that.
Late Round Prospects To Keep An Eye On
These are guys that were taken in the later rounds (4-7) who may not contribute right away, but are in position to be key waiver pickups by the end of the season to lead your fantasy team to victory in the playoffs. So while I may not add these guys right away, I would not forget these names as the season goes on either:
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans – Excellent route runner who will likely line up in the slot for Houston.
Troy Fumagalli, TE, Denver Broncos – Catches everything, will be a threat in the passing game which Denver hasn’t had from the position in quite some time.
Daniel Carlson, K, Minnesota Vikings – Whomever the kicker is in Minnesota, they will have plenty of chances to score a lot of points because of their offense.
Javon Wims, WR, Chicago Bears – The injury history of the Bears’ wide receiver corps gives Wims the chance to step in and contribute down the line.